The Palin death panel

Every now and then, someone comes up with a label that sticks. Ms. Palen did that when she described a necessary part of any government health care decision making process as a “death panel.” Of course, this got those in favor of government run health care up in arms defending their ideas and pointing out that the legislation currently under consideration does not say anything about death panels. Dr. Clouthier (chiropractor) describes how Sarah Palin Defines the Health Care Debate.

Once again, Sarah Palin brings the essence of a disputed policy into sharp focus. With dramatic flourish she illustrated average Americans’ concerns with her own in a post on her Facebook fan page. … Sarah Palin rightfully notes at the end that a government involved with health care issues will be involved in life and death decisions. … The majority of health care expenses occur at the end of life. Right now, doctors and family members struggle with the ethical decisions individually. A way to cut costs would be to make central decisions — a “death panel,” if you will. … Sarah Palin rightly sees the debate in philosophical terms.

The manner of ‘debate’ against this revealing label is telling. One tactic is to call for more civility and to imply that the label was out of line, hyperbolic, and inflammatory. Another is in the ‘reduce to the absurd’ category. “Many of the punditry on both sides get lost in the minutiae of the bill.” Yet another is to discredit any opposition.

The Democrats don’t like the answers the American people are giving and thus have upped the rhetoric and resorted to name calling. In the last week, opponents of government-run health care have been compared to Nazis by the speaker of the House. They have also been called “un-American,” “terrorists,” “the mob,” and more. That’s a sign Democrats have lost the philosophical debate.

Instead of calling out Sarah Palin, critics need to realize she’s defining the health care debate philosophically. Really, she’s doing the same thing President Barack Obama is doing. It isn’t like he’s been discussing specifics. He’s been trying to convince people that the government can provide more coverage at less cost than the private sector. He’s been trying to convince people that health care is a right. He has not been mentioning the trade-offs people make when giving the government that much power. Sarah Palin is doing that. She is acting as a clear voice in opposition to a powerful government.

It is an important debate. Palin has provided an insight in a way that many can understand whether or not they like it or can even accept it.

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