Tag: Affordable Care Act

Beyond Venture Socialism

It’s a safe assumption that American citizens, no matter their party affiliation, believe government is wasteful. Government programs never come in on budget, as the recent and predictable example of the Affordable Care Act demonstrates. The American people were told that the ACA would cost $900 billion in ten years, but the latest estimates by the CBO indicate that it will cost a staggering $2.6 trillion in its first in that same time period. This does not even begin to include the multitudes of anecdotal stories we have all heard about government agencies spending hundreds of dollars on relatively inexpensive items such as hammers. We hear these accounts and accept them as, perhaps, exaggerations of actual government waste.

Truth Be Damned: Palin Revives 'Death Panels' Claim

Sarah Palin Revives ‘Death Panels’ Claim

Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, revived her outrageous claim that President Barack Obama’s health-care law, the Affordable Care Act, includes a provision for “death panels.”

Palin made the comment in a Facebook post on Tuesday in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the health-care law. Palin first uttered her “death panels” claim after the Obama administration made its proposal for comprehensive health care in 2009.

“Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is,” Palin said in her post, “many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding”

Palin was indeed called a “liar” three years ago because what she said was as maliciously reckless as it was maliciously false. The fact-checking Web site, PolitiFact.com, later recognized Palin’s “death panels” statement as its lie of the year.