Because Death Panels

The Lunatic Base and congressmen of dubious purpose are not the only ones free to say amazing things during the August Town Hall Season.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday and he defended his party’s 40 attempts to repeal Obamacare because they are the real protectors of America. Because Death Panels.

PRIEBUS: Republicans had many of those provisions in our bill. When we ran in November we were talking about pre-existing conditions and kids under 26 on their parents plans.

This isn’t like some Democratic exclusive or something. What people don’t want are government panels deciding whether something’s medically necessary. They don’t want a government panel deciding that their doctor instead of getting, you know, a quarter for every dollar of service they’re gonna say now you’re gonna to get a nickle. Well then guess what I’m not taking that patient. People know what Obamacare is. It’s European, socialist style-type health care and people don’t want it.

I can’t be the only who watches Priebus cry that caring about people ‘isn’t a Democratic exclusive’ and laugh uncontrollably.

‘We care about people, too!’

I can’t recall a time when Republicans on the campaign trail presented a full-throated endorsement of eliminating pre-existing conditions or keeping older children on their parent’s insurance plans but, even if they had, it’s amusing that Reince wants to take credit for popular provisions of Obamacare while attempting to repeal it 40 times.

And they offer no alternatives. “Repeal and Replace” has become just Repeal.

In case you’re just joining us, here’s a primmer on what Republicans refer to as Government Death Panels or “European, socialist style-type health care.”

The Independent Payment Advisory Board is an expert body charged with developing and submitting proposals to slow the growth of Medicare and private health care spending and improve the quality of care. The President nominates the board’s 15 members, who require Senate confirmation, for staggered six-year terms. The board must include physicians and other health professionals, experts in health finance, health services researchers, employers, and representatives of consumers and the elderly. To prevent control by special interests, health care providers may not constitute a majority of the board’s membership. [...]

The board’s proposal (or that of the Secretary) may not include any recommendation to ration health care, increase Medicare premiums or cost-sharing, cut Medicare benefits, or restrict eligibility. It must focus exclusively on proposals for achieving savings in the payment and delivery of health care services — not shifting costs to beneficiaries.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/felonious.grammar Felonious Grammar

    Dawg forbid that the field of medicine be required to be concerned about public health, preventive medicine, and best practices. If HMO managers with a high school diploma telling physicians how to evaluate and treat patients while working with insurance companies to maximize hospital profit isn’t a money-grubbing death panel, then how is using scientifically sound practices to prevent and treat disease and injury, and to prevent iatrogenic harm a death panel?

    Corporate ass-kissing douchebags (CADs).

    • http://drangedinaz.wordpress.com/ IrishGrrrl

      Exactly! I’ve run into this very issue several times–some administrative jerk from an HMO says what medication my Doctor can and cannot prescribe to me….are you kidding me!!!! I’d loved to see some research on how many people have died or seriously affected by this kind of interference by “business managers”.

  • trgahan

    The people Priebus is referring to are the ones making a killing (no pun intended) on the status quo and don’t want an independent board charged with basically supervising healthcare’s profit margin and set up in a way that they can’t flood it with cronies during the next Republican presidency.

    Such governance both by the people and for the people just cannot stand!

  • D_C_Wilson

    Yes, but what if an insurance company executive is forced to buy a cheaper yacht because his year end bonus for keeping costs down (ie, denying coverage) wasn’t as high as he had hoped? Who will speak for them if the republicans don’t? They care about (rich) people, damnit!

  • Nefercat

    “What people don’t want are government panels deciding whether something’s medically necessary. They don’t want a government panel deciding that their doctor instead of getting, you know, a quarter for every dollar of service they’re gonna say now you’re gonna to get a nickle. ”

    Sure. I’d much prefer that private for-profit insurance companies beholden to no one but stockholders, at my expense, make those decisions because once they have my premium dollars, I have no control over their decisions. What could go wrong? I mean, for me? Because what am I going to do? Change to one of the other many competitive companies that my employer contracts with? Oh, wait…

    Yes, I would much prefer an insurance company deciding that because I did not pay my premium in full ($518.00 vs. $518.26) that sorry, no, my policy was cancelled so whoopsies, no life saving bone marrow transplant for me. What’s that? You were stressed out what with your husband being terminally ill and trying to hold your household together and pay all your bills and on and on? No excuse, bitch. You tried to cheat us out of 26 cents. Fuck off and die, literally. Or your husband. We really don’t care which. No, really, we don’t.

    Yes. So much better.

    Fuck off and roast in the hottest corner of hell for all eternity, Priebus, you fucking republican monster.

    (Not me, thank goodness. This was a story I saw on the news today. Thank goodness? Well, except that it happened to someone! It is not better because I am not that someone!)

  • Victor_the_Crab

    This isn’t like some Democratic exclusive or something. What people don’t want are government panels deciding whether something’s medically necessary. They don’t want a government panel deciding that their doctor instead of getting, you know, a quarter for every dollar of service they’re gonna say now you’re gonna to get a nickle. Well then guess what I’m not taking that patient. People know what Obamacare is. It’s European, socialist style-type health care and people don’t want it.

    To Reince Preibus, RNC Chairman:

    Hey Fuckmouth,

    Do you ever listen to what the American public actually wants? They want health coverage that will protect them from getting disabled or die without getting themselves bankrupt because of the unchecked medical costs. They don’t want the status quo that your fellow pigfucking Republicans seem to love.

    You speak for the greedy lobbyists of the insurance industry.

    You do NOT speak for the American public. The American public would come after you with tire irons and 2X4s ready to put the hurt on your sorry self, you disgusting piece of shit!

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I had a thing over at HuffPo today where some nut actually insisted that the Republicans’ motives for repealing the ACA were purely and genuinely altruistic. I sh** you not.