If you want to see what a real death panel looks like, just glance at the comments made by ordinary Americans under this ABC News story about a black teen denied a heart transplant because he has bad grades.
A Georgia teenager needs a lifesaving heart transplant, but his family says low grades and trouble with the law have kept him off the transplant list.
Doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston told the family of 15-year-old Anthony Stokes that they won’t put him on the transplant list because of his history of “noncompliance,” according to ABC’s Atlanta affiliate WSBTV. [...]
Anthony has an enlarged heart and has been given six months to live, according to WSBTV.
Here’s the thing: I could write a story about a white high school classmate who is on the football team who has been arrested and has bad grades, and the comments I would receive after writing that he has been denied a heart transplant and will die in six months would be that of abject outrage.
Instead, because this is a criminalized 15-year-old black teen with bad grades, you receive comments such as “he shoulda thought about being a hoodlum.”
Who needs “government death panels” when ordinary Americans are more than willing to condemn people to death because they might be hoodlums?