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Now hiring: Federal “death panelists”

posted at 7:25 pm on January 29, 2013 by

Submit your application today! …Because nobody else wants to, via WaPo:

All of which would make him a natural fit for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the new, 15-member panel that has the authority to reduce Medicare doctors’ reimbursements and pilot new ways to deliver high quality care for less. There’s just one tiny problem: Gruber has absolutely no interest in serving on the panel. “No way,” he says without pause. “Maybe if it was a part-time gig. But full time? I can’t see it.”

It’s not just Gruber. Obama’s former health policy advisers worry that other top health economists, those in hot demand in academia and in the industry, won’t be interested in a federal job where the compensation is low, the political controversy high and the ultimate payoff unclear.

“It is supposed to be 15 members, with limited salaries who can’t do any outside work,” says Peter Orszag, the former director of the Office of Budget and Management under Obama who was a key proponent of IPAB. “It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.”

Well, check that out: Yet another obstacle in centrally orchestrating the many diverse situations and nuanced decisions inherent in the massive health care industry. Who could’ve seen this coming?

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For every 5 persons you sentence to die, you get a $500 dollar bonus check for saving the Government money!

portlandon on January 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Put your anti-social narcissism and nihilism to work!

Calling all sociopaths!

tom daschle concerned on January 29, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Obama’s former health policy advisers worry that other top health economists, those in hot demand in academia and in the industry, won’t be interested in a federal job where the compensation is low, the political controversy high and the ultimate payoff unclear.

Yeah, but the opportunities for graft are HUGE!

Socratease on January 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Where did the silly idea that these DEATH PANELIST people have to be “health-care experts” come from???

In matters of life and death, providing care is but one issue.

And when you get done listing all of the types of people who MUST be represented on these panels, you will realize that it will always be impossible to staff them in any rational way! And all ways will turn out to be anti-democratic and EVIL.

In the end, there is no way to keep these “DEATH PANELS” from turning into the modern equivalent of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to be applied to political enemies and other groups who happen to be out of favor at a given moment.

landlines on January 29, 2013 at 8:16 PM

It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.

Therefore, we should treat it like any other executive branch job and fill it with the president’s cronies.

Odysseus on January 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Maybe I should apply. I’m a pharmacist so I do know something about health care and medicines. I would approve everyone’s treatment so patients could live and see how long it would take for the government to figure out that I wasn’t condemning anyone to death. Then they would fire me but in the meantime I would be saving patients’ lives.

sherrimae on January 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM

“It is supposed to be 15 members, with limited salaries who can’t do any outside work,” says Peter Orszag, the former director of the Office of Budget and Management under Obama who was a key proponent of IPAB. “It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.”

Sounds like the average staff at any McDonalds.

“Head deep fry cook”

BobMbx on January 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Amazing how Palin’s – the unimportant person with unimportant opinions – comment is still driving the discussion.

Palin 2016

ChuckTX on January 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I’d be perfect for this if it was social security. If they cannot pay for it themselves, they do not NEED IT. Denied.

astonerii on January 29, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Death panel proceeding:

“Oh, he’s 40 and needs a liver, he doesn’t get it, he’s a REPUBLICAN”

“Ted Kennedy? He’s 60 years old and has been a lifelong alcoholic, he gets the liver because he’s “too democrat” to die.”

wildcat72 on January 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

What about the doctors in the white coats that appeared with Obama on the White House lawn when he was pushing Obamacare? Why won’t they leave their practices and sacrifice for the greater good?

Fezzik on January 29, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Death panel proceeding:

“Oh, he’s 40 and needs has a good a liver, he doesn’t get it life saving treatment, he’s a REPUBLICAN”

Ted Kennedy? He’s 60 years old and has been a lifelong alcoholic, he gets the 40 year old’s liver because he’s “too democrat” to die.”

wildcat72 on January 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

That seems more likely.

astonerii on January 29, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Boy, that Sarah Palin sure is an idiot, eh?

NoLeftTurn on January 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

i’m worried about who’s going to be on the staff for this. i hope it’s not a bunch of hardcore liberals. 15 unelected hardcore liberals deciding who lives and who dies. scary.

Amazing how Palin’s – the unimportant person with unimportant opinions – comment is still driving the discussion.

Palin 2016

ChuckTX on January 29, 2013 at 9:17 PM

it’s so interesting how so many people made fun of what she said and acted like it was a big myth. and yet, people are still talking about it. it won’t go away. because… it’s true.

Sachiko on January 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Thank you, Sarah Palin. The only politician in America with the guts and honesty to tell it like it is.

rrpjr on January 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

This is a lie. I know this because Sarah Palin is stupid – and nothing she says is anywhere close to true.

Except…when it is.

CycloneCDB on January 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

If a death panel has no members, does it really exist?
I guess the liberals were right all along…
/sarcasm

Glenn Jericho on January 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM

deliver high quality care for less.

We’re talking about the government right?

tommer74 on January 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM

You need to check out this latest Palin rant, regarding “Death Panels”..:)

Short but sweet, and the ending is hilarious…LOL

Why talk of non-existent Obamacare death panels won’t die

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/09/why-talk-of-non-existent-obamacare-death-panels-wont-die/

idesign on January 30, 2013 at 12:48 AM

“It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.”

 
So you citizens will just have to be satisfied with six folks from the DMV, four social workers, three co-op undergrads, and two retired Planned Parenthood receptionists.
 
Enjoy!

rogerb on January 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

NoLeftTurn on January 29, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Still and will love her for the rest of my days for nailing it.

HerneTheHunter on January 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Oh, that’s that Medicare savings Obama was talking about. Retirement age will be changed to 70, death age start at 75. Enjoy your 5 years courtesy of the US Government.

Oil Can on January 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Their bonus monies are concealed and delivered in body bags.

Anyone tired of congress exempting themselves from the laws they pass that apply to the regular folks?

philoise65 on January 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Pelosi said we had to pass it to find out what’s in it. Seems nobody much likes what’s in it.

Bitter Clinger on January 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

rogerb on January 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Thread winner

katablog.com on January 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM

“It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.”

Given the level of incompetence of those hired for the current administration, it shouldn’t be hard at all.

GarandFan on January 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

They’re not taking notes from Stafford Hospital? Amateurs .

EnglishRogue on January 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Sarah Palin’s unemployed right now, I believe.

blammm on January 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Anyone tired of congress exempting themselves from the laws they pass that apply to the regular folks?

philoise65 on January 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Yes. How exactly does that get past the 14th amendment equal protection clause? I’m no lawyer (but I play one on TV).

Nutstuyu on January 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

So you citizens will just have to be satisfied with six folks from the DMV, four social workers, three co-op undergrads, and two retired Planned Parenthood receptionists.

Enjoy!

rogerb on January 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Linda Fiorentino is on the Panel?

fossten on January 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

“It is supposed to be 15 members, with limited salaries who can’t do any outside work,” says Peter Orszag, the former director of the Office of Budget and Management under Obama who was a key proponent of IPAB. “It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.”</blockquote>

Of course it will…duh….this is a feature, not a bug. They will end up with union reps and Democratic activists serving on this panel.

rockmom on January 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Sandra Fluke will work for rubbers

blammm on January 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I hear Ashley (” it’s unconscionable to breed
when there are so many hungery kids in the
world”) Judd is available .

Lucano on January 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Oooohhhh oooohhhh – pick me pick me.

Are you a registered Democrat? Life DEnied.
Do you currently collect welfare of any kind? Life DEnied.
Are you a union member? Life DEnied.
Did you ever vote for Obama? Life DEnied.

Look at how much money I’m saving.
I could learn to enjoy that job…..

dentarthurdent on January 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Obama is going to have to add another incentive by Executive Order, if they are going to get applicants: lifetime protection for the members and their extended families by the Secret Service. Because they are going to need it. This is not Britain. A lot of people are not going to take it well when the government decides that their family members are not politically correct enough to be allowed to live.

For that matter, any medical professional who applies for the job should be publicly pilloried and have their reputation ruined. Just because they are willing to condemn their fellow citizens to death for the regime.

And I carefully note that if conservatives ever do take power from the Left, if we cannot get rid of Obamacare; then turnabout will very much be fair play.

dentarthurdent on January 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM, please have an application form ready to submit.

Subotai Bahadur on January 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM