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Death Panels

By on 8.27.10 | 11:08AM

One year after the most politically significant facebook post of all time, Avik Roy has penned the definitive defense of conservatives' wariness about "death panels." From his piece: 

The attack on Sarah Palin has been: "Palin is lying. There is nothing in this bill that is a death panel" (death panel being defined as a panel of bureaucrats who decides whether or not you can continue receiving care). But this is exactly what happens in Britain. Those who are in their last years of lives are expected to do their part for the national budget, which is to die inexpensively. That is to say, if Palin had been born 60 years earlier, and made the same criticisms of the NHS at its founding, she would have disparaged as a paranoid lunatic demagogue. "Sarah, old girl, there's no death pansies, or panzers, or panels around here. The bill clearly states: ‘Her Majesty's funds shall not be used to ration care for the sick.' After the war, we're done with all that rationing nonsense!"

However, Britain discovered that it wasn't that simple.

I recommend reading the whole thing. 

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