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Death panels hard at work right here in River City
by Andrew Barbano
Jul 03, 2013 | 2228 views | 2 2 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Death panels have come to Nevada. What started as a moonhowler smear that almost derailed Obamacare has now metastasized into cruel reality.

Right here in River City.

Because of the Kafkaesque federal budget sequester, Washoe County as of last Sunday fired a visiting nurse, who was apparently tasked with keeping some unimportant old people alive.

Shades of the legendary Governor Gloom.

“We’ve got a duty to die and get out of the way with all of our machines and artificial hearts and everything else like that and let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life,” stated sensationalist former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm (D, 1975-87).

While the infamous Death Panels proved a very creative fraud perpetrated by a non-descript right-wing blogger, scared congressional Democrats nonetheless amended the health care legislation by removing funding to pay doctors for consulting with patients on end-of-life issues.

As my late, great Tribune colleague in columny Travus T. Hipp often groused, “when there’s a fight, liberals cut and run.”

Witness how Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, announced that impeachment was “off the table” within hours of winning a majority in the House of Representatives in 2006.

Witness how congressional Democrats announced that single-payer health care (Medicare for All) was “off the table” before Obamacare even came before Congress.

Since when has unilateral surrender proven an effective negotiating tactic?

Was the majority-Republican Washoe County Commission aware that it was becoming a de facto Death Panel when slashing the senior services budget? Since this went public, has anyone in officialdom lifted a bony finger against the scythe of the Grim Reaper?

Alas and alack, most government bodies act as Death Panels sooner or later.

Our priorities are demonstrated by how we spend our money. We love war, the most destructive and counter-productive use of taxes.

We are easily rich enough to offer free public education to anyone motivated to do the work. Instead, we have created a government-funded industry of expensive private schools that compete with public institutions and drain taxpayer money.

College is increasingly out of reach for countless hopefuls.

Student loan debt now stands well over a trillion and climbing.

Why pay tens of thousands for a university degree when the financial burden will cripple your future? Hell, you can buy a nicely framed diploma online for twenty bucks.

Redirecting a portion of our war spending would cure so many ills. Instead, the feds bankroll countless forms of corporate welfare, as do Nevada state and local governments.

Witness the gambling and mining industries, NASCAR, Apple, Cabela’s, Scheels and Reno’s Union Pacific railroad trench – among so many others.

Meanwhile, Washoe County’s infant mortality rate is sharply rising.

Babies, like seniors, lie condemned by government Death Panels.

I cry.

Happy Interdependence Day

The great question remains: When will our Death Panels finally stop making more war veterans?

Esté bien. Haga infierno.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan and editor of E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.

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July 04, 2013
Interesting that Obama chose to break the law and postpone the implementation of the business penalties, while still imposing the private mandates and penalties. You can see who he thinks is more important. Also, being 100% political 100% of the time, by postponing this boondoggle he is hoping that he can save the 2014 election for the democrats by not having this monstrosity totally cave in and destroy the economy prior to the election.
Steve Dean
July 04, 2013
I find it difficult to believe that anyone who is paying attention to the federal government would want them to be in charge of our healthcare. With 435 members of the house, 100 senators, and the president, and VP, we have essentially 537 monkeys in charge of our lives.

They argue about every little thing. If a Republican offers an idea to solve a problem, the Democrats start screaming that the Republican's solution will destroy America as we know it. Then when the Republicans have been publicly humiliated, and throw the idea into the trash, the Democrats get the idea out of the trash, and reintroduce it as the panacea that will make America, once again, the greatest, most caring nation on earth.

Don't get me wrong, and think I'm just picking on the Democrats, because the same thing happens when the Democrats offer a bill - the Republicans howl like the moon is about to crash into the earth if the bill gets passed. Then they reintroduce the bill as theirs, after the Democrats give up on it.

How can anybody who pays any attention to the Fiasco we call Washington D.C. want them to be in charge of their healthcare. The very idea that Nancy Pelosi could utter those 16 infamous words . . . “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it - Nancy Pelosi” , and the American people didn't rise up, and evict her, and every one of those clowns, who on Pelosi's advice, voted for Obamacare without knowing what they were voting for, just boggles the mind.

We have become a nation of people lead by the insane. Our healthcare is now a political football, and Congress, and the legislative branch will be squabbling, prevaricating, and using faulty logic, and faulty arguments to turn your access to healthcare into labyrinth of conflicting, and arbitrary rules that will have you dying of easily preventable maladies.

“Obamacare is fully implemented January 1st, even though the regulations haven’t been written yet. And Brian, we’ve got 33,000 pages of regulations that they’ve already written. If we stacked it up here, it would be seven feet tall.” — Rep. Richard Hudson

33,000 pages of nonsense that no one person could ever decipher. And America has now become FUBAR, because we have 537 elected officials that are trying to prove the "Infinite Monkey Theorem" . . . "The infinite monkey theorem states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare" . . . ( that given an finite amount of time, congress, and the president, might accidentally get healthcare right. But, don't count on it in your lifetime.
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