Since passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), there has been persistent mention by some that the law included a provision for "death panels." The term was coined in August 2009 by Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, when she charged that the then-proposed law would create a "death panel" of bureaucrats that would decide which Americans were "worthy of medical care."
A feeding frenzy followed and was championed by the likes of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, and by the Fox News Channel. The frenzy was designed to not only scare the American public but also discredit both the law and the president who championed it.
All the provisions of Obamacare were implemented on Jan. 1, 2014 and as of today I have yet to hear about one person being selected for elimination because they were not "worthy of medical care." Not one person.
There has been no parade of hearses on Bradenton streets leading to funeral homes and crematoria. All of my neighbors, young and old, are still alive and walking their dogs.
Nothing has changed except that people with pre-existing medical conditions that precluded them from obtaining life-saving health insurance can now be covered by insurance carriers.
Nearly 6 million Americans have signed up for and obtained health insurance under this law and they are now on the road to a healthy life. In the meantime nobody has been eliminated by death panels we were told convincingly would be everywhere.
You don't suppose the Republicans and the conservative-biased media were lying to the American public, do you? If so, when do you think they will apologize for their lies and the hysteria they caused? My guess is they will come clean shortly after hell freezes over.