Sarah Palin’s Prediction of Bleak Health-Care Dystopia Widely Mocked

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Late Friday afternoon, Sarah Palin emerged from her worrying social-network hiatus to warn the nation of the dangers posed by the health-care-reform plan being debated in Congress. And they're worse than you ever could have imagined.

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

Palin’s curious interpretation of a proposal that would require Medicare to cover optional consulting on end-of-life decisions was panned across the political spectrum on television over the weekend.

On CNN, revered Washington Post scribe Dan Balz thought the posting demonstrated Palin’s “difficulty figuring out how to enter into a serious debate about issues,” and the network’s Jessica Yellin labeled it a “low blow.” Perhaps even more significantly, on Meet the Press, conservative Times columnist David Brooks called Palin “crazy,” while on Real Time With Bill Maher, congressman Jack Kingston of Georgia, one of the most reliably Republican votes in Congress, admitted Palin was using “scare tactics.” We were right there with the critics — does Palin even hear how hysterically insane she sounds? (Not to mention — will she ever tire of involving her baby in her bizarre attempts at political demagoguery?) That is, until we received this video obtained by SarahPAC, which they tell us shows a congressional health-care task force performing a secret mock rehearsal of such a death panel. Needless to say, it's a chilling look at the future that awaits us if Obamacare is to pass.

CONSERVATIVES SLAM PALIN ATTACK AS 'CRAZY' [Political Animal/Washington Monthly]