Two weeks ago, we wrote with some surprise that President Obama’s lackey-economist Paul Krugman said that death panels – sorry "advisory panels" – would save money by denying people healthcare.
Now it seems even the Administration’s newspaper,
From an economic perspective, health reform will fail if we can’t sometimes push back against the try-anything instinct. The new agencies will be hounded by accusations of rationing, and Medicare’s long-term budget deficit will grow.So figuring out how we can say no may be the single toughest and most important task facing the people who will be in charge of carrying out reform. “Being able to say no,” Dr. Alan Garber of Stanford says, “is the heart of the issue.”
David Leonhardt goes on to praise ObamaCare as the start of saying “no” to people who want more health care. That’s an interesting tack for the Times to take, especially after its screeching over the use of “death panels” by critics, which meant exactly the same thing. Now they admit that the “most important task” of the people running the ObamaCare reform is to deny people medical care — under circumstances where a group of elites decide it’s not worth it.