Obama adviser admits: ‘We need death panels’
A top Democrat strategist and donor who served as President Obama’s lead auto-industry adviser recently conceded that the rationing of heath services under Obamacare is “inevitable.” Steven Rattner advocated that such rationing should target elderly patients, while stating, “We need death panels.” Rattner serves on the board the New America Foundation, or NAF, a George Soros-funded think tank that was instrumental in supporting Obamacare in 2010. Soros’ son, financier Jonathan Soros, is also a member of the foundation’s board. Rattner was the so-called “car czar.” Rattner penned an opinion piece in the New York Times titled “Beyond Obamacare” in which he proclaimed “We need death panels” and argued rationing must be instructed to sustain Obama’s health-care plan. His comments have been virtually ignored by traditional media. Rattner. “Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health-care resources more prudently – rationing, by its proper name – the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.”
The famous ‘third rail’ of American politics – none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.” Rattner lamented how Obama’s Affordable Care Act “regrettably includes severe restrictions on any reduction in Medicare services or increase in fees to beneficiaries.” Rattner said the numbers don’t add up unless Obamacare utilizes rationing. “The problem is, the advisory board can’t propose reducing benefits (a k a rationing) or raising fees (another form of rationing), without which the spending target looms impossibly large.” “At the least, the Independent Payment Advisory Board should be allowed to offer changes in services and costs.” “We may shrink from such stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable.” Rattner serves on the NAF’s 22-person board of directors alongside Jonathan Soros, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and Google’s Eric Schmidt.
Soros’ Open Society Foundation is a primary donor to the NAF. Other major donors include the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google Inc. and the Rockefeller Foundation. Another donor is Free Press, a group that advocates for more government control of the airwaves and Internet. Free Press is also funded by Soros. Free Press was founded by Robert W. McChesney, an avowed Marxist who has recommended capitalism be dismantled “brick by brick.” The NAF, meanwhile, bills itself as bipartisan and “the radical center.” It would help “patients and their families to recognize” that, “[S]ometimes ‘doing everything’ results in more burden than benefit.
THEN WE HAVE STAR PARKER—- It seems pretty clear that so-called social issues are not going to get much attention in this year’s presidential politics. In 1950, there were 16 working Americans for every retiree. Today, there are fewer than three workers per retiree. According to projections, there will be less than two by 2030. Yet the discussion about this crisis is 100 percent focused on how to cut the spending, and zero attention is spent on restoration of values that could rebuild families, produce more children and stop destroying the unborn. The overall fertility rate of American women — defined by the number of births per 1000 women ages 15 to 44 — is the lowest ever recorded since the government started gathering this information. According to demographers, a fertility rate of 2.1 is necessary to keep a population at a steady state — which means that the overall population remains the same size over time. It has now dropped below to 1.9. Which means the overall U.S. population would be shrinking, the U.S., at 1.9, now has a fertility rate lower than France, at 2.0.
According to a new Gallup poll, for the first time, the majority of Americans feel that government should not promote any particular set of values. In 1993, the first year that Gallup did this annual survey, 53 percent said that government should promote traditional values, and 42 percent said that no particular set of values should be promoted.
Steven Rattner, provides a shockingly candid answer.
The op-ed begins by saying, “We need death panels.” Rattner then qualifies this by saying, well, maybe not “exactly.” His conclusion on depriving ailing elderly patients of treatment: “We may shrink from … stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable.”
Sources—wnd, aaron klein, steve rattner, Brenda elliot, star parker, cure