From Associated Press:
WASHINGTON – Key senators are excluding a provision on end-of-life care from health overhaul legislation after language in a House bill caused a furor.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, said in a statement Thursday that the provision had been dropped from consideration because it could be misinterpreted or implemented incorrectly….
It was only seven days ago that Sarah Palin published a five-paragraph statement on her Facebook page that included two words to describe a questionable provision in the House version of the health care reform bill (HR 3200). Those two words “death panel” set off an instant media firestorm that even caused Obama to twice address the issue himself.
While we can all debate the accuracy of Palin’s statement and her choice of words, we cannot debate the effect it had on focusing attention on the end-of-life provision within HR 3200.
Sarah Palin is keenly aware of the media’s dislike of her. She knew that by using sharp words in a shocking statement would set the media off on a new onslaught against her. In doing so, the media inadvertently focus the entire nation on the end-of-life provision within HR3200. Once the nation started looking at the concept of government involved in end-of-life decisions, a new image emerged of what government run health care would mean, and the people liked it even less.
Some might say that calling Sec. 1233 of HR3200 a “death panel” was hitting below the belt, but when you consider some of the underhanded tactics being used to sell Obamacare it seems pretty fair. Sarah Palin understands that Obama and the Democrats are not playing by Marquess of Queensbury rules and therefore has adapted her own set of political street fighting rules.
Now that Palin has won round one, we all wait to see what her next move is and right on cue, you can read her latest Facebook statement here.