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Does Obama Want To Pull The Plug On Grandma?

Updated on May 25, 2011

Poor Grandma!

Short Term Memory Loss

There seems to be a load of political rhetoric kaka swirling around the subject of Medicare reform. It's designed to scare seniors and those who hope to one day benefit from this entitlement program. The Democrats have produced an ad showing Paul Ryan pushing Grandma off the cliff, which is absurd since his starting point is reforming a system that is broken and must be reformed or go bankrupt.

What I propose is that an ad be put together that shows Obama pulling the plug on Grandma. Sorry Grandma, don't take any of this personally but more of a reality check so to speak. There was talk back when about death panels, which amounted to end of life counselling and advisory board humma-humma, in proposals for what we now know as Obamacare. May that concept soon rest in peace in the judicial graveyard of bad ideas.

Many liberals will yak away about how that was a myth but it wasn't. It was yanked so fast that it made people's heads spin. If they want to read an interesting tidbit about this subject, I suggest they try this article printed back in early January by The Washington Post:

The fifth paragraph that references Sarah Palin seems to pop out at me as I write this. It was removed from Obamacare and republished as a regulation pertaining to Medicare. I'm becoming accustomed to the smoke and mirrors routine constantly being used to get its way by this administration. It's becoming rather common place. Then it seems, for political expediencies sake more than anything, that the regulation was pulled back in January, if one reads the article I just referenced.

So now it seems, though this one flies in low under the radar, it is resurfacing and I'm sure Obama doesn't want this to get out to the Grandmas in the US of A. He's rather blast away at Paul Ryan for making an honest attempt at reforming what we have now been informed is headed for bankruptcy sooner than expected as reported recently by the "trustees" of such fund. It's so easy to be critical and make absurd TV ads than it is to face reality.

But at the heart of this matter lies Obama's latest proposal concerning Medicare and deficit reduction. You see he doesn't want to push Grandma off the cliff, he just wants to pull the plug on her at some predetermined point and watch her take her last gasp of air. How so you might be inclined to ask?

Rather than address the issue of cost cutting, Obama has decided to punt on first down. This goes back to appointing an Independent Advisory Board, political speak for a death panel arrangement for seniors past and present, to make the decisions for us. Some term this the advent of rationing health care for our health care needs. That's what it really amounts to and smacks of socialized medicine.

This was the same panel that was envisioned originally for Obamacare that left a nasty taste in the American public's mouth. There was a shortage of Listerine at the time to rid it of its stench so it was quickly pulled. This might be a matter of timing now as it is easier to blast away at Medicare reform on one hand and hide the concept in a newer proposal by Obama without the benefit of too much press coverage.

The proposed board would consist of bureaucrats of the unelected flavor. Did you expect less? There will be 15 of them and they will have unbridled power in determining the efficiency and cost decisions associated with your needed treatment. If they decide to pull the plug on you then just grin and bear it, regardless of the decisions you and your doctor want to make concerning your continued treatment. Got the picture there? Those decisions will be micromanaged for you and your Doc.

The details of the proposal should alarm anyone. The means to achieve the end will let these bureaucrats cut reimbursements to our health care providers. Remember those costly end-of-life care procedures? The fix for that will be to restrict those bothersome procedures. The restriction will come in the form of caps on the amount of money that can be spent to sustain your life. A couple of breaths here and there are nothing to these guys and gals. Thrown under the bus too will be disabled Americans and cancer patients due to the high cost of their treatment. Shucks, we didn't need them around anymore anyway, did we?

Minor details in his plan include the fact that Congress won't be able to over rule any of this without a two-thirds vote to override Obama's veto pen. Also sliding in under the radar is the minor detail that the death panel will be law suit proof. Interesting huh? "How convenient" as The Church Lady would say.

Now if this doesn't get the Grandma's of the world thinking then that's scary. My health care is a personal matter. Isn't yours? I sure don't need any government interference in the most personal of matters that affect my continued existence on earth. I damned sure don't want some faceless board of bureaucrats making decisions that should be made between myself, my doctor and my family. According to Obamacare maniacs, the system bars rationing. Isn't what I just I just described to you rationing at the least? So instead of taking the bull by horns, Obama's solution isn't to push the old girl over the cliff. It's far easier to just stroll over and pull the plug.

Call it what you want but I'll call it what it really is - A DEATH PANEL.

Grandma! I hope you're paying attention to the behind the scenes action.

Have a great day. The plot seems to thicken every day.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

Sure He Isn't!


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      Stu From VT 6 years ago

      Great Hub Frog,

      The stupid HC Act actually raises cost by adding 40 million low income insureds who have to subsidized by higher premiums or tax penalties from everyone else, hidden cuts to Medicare, and excessive rationing.

      Obama was too scared or too greedy to take on the special interests, and really fix the problem by lowering the underlying costs themselves, like tort reform, drug importation, hospital automation, cutting excesive Medicare payments for big procedures, letting Medicare Part D bulk negotiate drug prices, etc. This would cost him special interest money from the legal and medical lobbies. Instead he "fixed" insurance, which wasn't even broken.

      No doubt Medicare needs to be reformed, or it will drive us bankrupt. But as with medical care in general, lowering provider cost will make Medicare more afforable for all, permitting benefits to be lowered without causing as much impact on OOP expenses. We really need to get provider costs down far enough that most people can afford private insurance and Medicare without subsidies or excessive rationing. Once Medicare is fixed via provider cost controls, it really should be phased out and handed to the states, since the feds don't even have an enumerated power to operate transfer programs in the first place. The same goes with SS and Medicaid.

      Out of the $90 trillion of off balance sheet debt, about 2/3 is attributable to the big federal transfer programs. Not only can their debts never be repaid, the federal government doesn't even have a constitutional power to operate them. This business of death by a thousand cuts (raising the retirement age, making benefits more and more taxable, etc.) is just delaying the inevitable. Since we can't pay off the entitlement debt, we have to phase the programs out so most of the associated treasury debt can be abrogated. It's better to be honest and make the tough decisions than make hundreds of tiny changes just to get us through budget cycle after budget cycle. This kind of uncertainty causes unnecessary fear, and fails to allow the states and the people to plan for the certainty of a specified new dispensation. Big issues like this call for statesmanship, not politics.


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      Pat Potts 6 years ago

      I think brain dead says it all..... :)

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Pat - The above is contained in Obama's solution to the Medicare problem. If that doesn't scare the sh*t out of anyone then they are brain dead.

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      Pat Potts 6 years ago

      Democrats want to distract seniors from their plan and for years they have been using scare tactic methods as far back as I can remember. But you bet your sweet bippy they will find money to care for the illegal aliens in this country. :)

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Pat - YVW. The Democrat's answer is to start the Mediscare crap. The system is going belly up. They know it, you know it and I know it but they want to scare people into thinking everything is going to be just fine. It isn't and they've known that for decades.

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      Pat Potts 6 years ago

      Enjoyed the read. Thanks again

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      The Frog Princess 6 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      Good hub Jim as I am finally catching up so I can sit down and read a few again. :)

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Tim - I'll push as hard as the next man. Plus we now have a network people trust to get their news.

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      TimBryce 6 years ago

      Good piece. It's time to push back against the O-Bomb brainwashing machine.

      Fasten your seat belts, this is going to be the dirtiest election ever.

      All the Best,


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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Froggy, I think you missed his whole point, this is about energy. How much energy will be saved with the demise of a generation? Think GREEN my man. Children that haven't been thought of yet can have more electronic games in the future because we haven't "WASTED THIS ENERGY." I can't see how you could miss this.

      Honestly, you did a fantastic job. H

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      Ghost32 6 years ago

      Nicely delineated, Frog. As I was reading, another ad image kept coming to mind. What about a spot showing Grandma pulling the plug on the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood?

      The wolf in this case being Obamacare, naturally....

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I said to "GrandPa" the other Day...We need to stay HEALTHY, so eat your Vegetables. He said "Grandma" I don't SMOKE, but our President does...what's he going to do someday, when he's got Lung Cancer...and we OUTLIVE him...Maybe he'll say he's Sorry. But wait 2012 is just around the corner, and things will change with a NEW PRESIDENT in the White House...MY thoughts Frog Prince, thanks for a GOOD HUB!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Will - Most countries with socialized medicine have no choice but to ration health care.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The elderly (over 65), make up just 13% of the population but use up 36 cents of every health care dollar, so of course they will be the target of cost cutting for Obamacare.

      It's a poorly kept secret that the UK national health care system already rations health care to the elderly.

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Obama is stuck with a slam and slur strategy. He's gearing up for the filthiest campaign in history. Excellent job Jim. Up, useful, and awesome.


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      34th Bomb Group 6 years ago

      I'll be one of the first to have my plug pulled.

      Never mind that I remain a contributing member of society - I'll cost too much.

      I have no illusions.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Have you taken roll yet Frog?

      I'm watching the comments:)

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Palin seemed to have hit a sensitive nerve.

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      partisan patriot 6 years ago


      Let’s see the democRATS can run an ad with Paul Ryan pushing granny off a cliff but when the Republicans attempt to engage them in serious debate concerning one of the Premiere’s Socialist Programs they are accused of Racism; huuuuuuuuuummmmm sounds fair to me!

      I’m so sick of this double standard continually put forth by the Liberal Media I could scream. All Republicans who venture out over the next few months to defend their Budget Proposal should Reject Outright the Main Stream Attacks and continue to stay on message. Don’t let the David Gregory’s of the world trap them into discussing the proposal as they (the Democratic Pawn Talk Show Host) frame the debate.

      Republicans stay on message; reject the Liberal Media’s attempt to box you in a corner with their version of your plan as fed to them by this Regime!