Sarah Palin, the Magician

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sarah Palin has the kind of influence that equates to power, plain and simple. I engaged in a Twitter conversation yesterday with an anti-Palin, pro-Obama guy. The crazy thing about it is we both went for the jugular, and when it was over, it was like, "All right, catch you later, brother." "Yep, catch you later, sis. I enjoy debating you." In other words, hey...it's all good. I'll keep fighting, and I have a feeling, he will too.

One piece of that conversation involved his telling me that President Obama doesn't spend any time thinking about Sarah Palin. I responded by saying, "Well, then he's a magician also because it's hard to keep quoting someone you're not thinking about."

Now what was I talking about? The president did a Town Hall meeting in New Hampshire a couple days ago...and I was just waiting for it. Sure enough, it came. He couldn't help himself. He just had to refer to Sarah's "death panel" statement. I was waiting, and I wasn't disappointed. Sarah is SO in his head, it's ridiculous. Although the White House continues to say that they waste not one moment thinking about Sarah Palin, the truth is you can't keep quoting someone you're not paying attention to--and then to quote her in a Town Hall meeting! I mean, we knew she was in his head during the campaign, but she has gotten more powerful after losing the election! So anyone who says that Sarah is insignificant is just being dishonest. More importantly, anyone who states that President Obama is not paying attention to Sarah Palin is underestimating him. Yes, underestimating him, not Sarah. Why do I say that? It's simple: If he's just half as smart as people say he is, and if he is the politician he appears to be, he'd have to be paying attention to her because he'd be stupid not to. And President Obama may be many things, but stupid is not one of them. Besides, like I said, if he's not, then he must be a magician because he manages to quote someone he never thinks about!

The sad aspect of this is while he was defending himself against Sarah's comments, making it appear to be simple fearmongering and screaming "boogeyman!" on her part, people in the meeting were giggling about it. Do you think Sarah backed down? Come on, now. Sarah doesn't back down when she believes in something. Instead, she released this statement on her
Facebook page:


Concerning the "Death Panels"
Wed at 11:55pm

Yesterday President Obama responded to my statement that Democratic health care proposals would lead to rationed care; that the sick, the elderly, and the disabled would suffer the most under such rationing; and that under such a system these “unproductive” members of society could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care.

The President made light of these concerns. He said:

“Let me just be specific about some things that I’ve been hearing lately that we just need to dispose of here. The rumor that’s been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for death panels that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we’ve decided that we don’t, it’s too expensive to let her live anymore....It turns out that I guess this arose out of a provision in one of the House bills that allowed Medicare to reimburse people for consultations about end-of-life care, setting up living wills, the availability of hospice, etc. So the intention of the members of Congress was to give people more information so that they could handle issues of end-of-life care when they’re ready on their own terms. It wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything.” [1]

The provision that President Obama refers to is Section 1233 of HR 3200, entitled “Advance Care Planning Consultation.” [2] With all due respect, it’s misleading for the President to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients. The issue is the context in which that information is provided and the coercive effect these consultations will have in that context.

Section 1233 authorizes advanced care planning consultations for senior citizens on Medicare every five years, and more often “if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual ... or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility... or a hospice program." [3] During those consultations, practitioners must explain “the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice,” and the government benefits available to pay for such services. [4]

Now put this in context. These consultations are authorized whenever a Medicare recipient’s health changes significantly or when they enter a nursing home, and they are part of a bill whose stated purpose is “to reduce the growth in health care spending.” [5] Is it any wonder that senior citizens might view such consultations as attempts to convince them to help reduce health care costs by accepting minimal end-of-life care? As Charles Lane notes in the Washington Post, Section 1233 “addresses compassionate goals in disconcerting proximity to fiscal ones.... If it’s all about obviating suffering, emotional or physical, what’s it doing in a measure to “bend the curve” on health-care costs?” [6]

As Lane also points out:

Though not mandatory, as some on the right have claimed, the consultations envisioned in Section 1233 aren’t quite “purely voluntary,” as Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.) asserts. To me, “purely voluntary” means “not unless the patient requests one.” Section 1233, however, lets doctors initiate the chat and gives them an incentive -- money -- to do so. Indeed, that’s an incentive to insist.

Patients may refuse without penalty, but many will bow to white-coated authority. Once they’re in the meeting, the bill does permit “formulation” of a plug-pulling order right then and there. So when Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) denies that Section 1233 would “place senior citizens in situations where they feel pressured to sign end-of-life directives that they would not otherwise sign,” I don’t think he’s being realistic. [7]

Even columnist Eugene Robinson, a self-described “true believer” who “will almost certainly support” “whatever reform package finally emerges”, agrees that “If the government says it has to control health-care costs and then offers to pay doctors to give advice about hospice care, citizens are not delusional to conclude that the goal is to reduce end-of-life spending.” [8]

So are these usually friendly pundits wrong? Is this all just a “rumor” to be “disposed of”, as President Obama says? Not according to Democratic New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, who writes:

Section 1233 of House Resolution 3200 puts our senior citizens on a slippery slope and may diminish respect for the inherent dignity of each of their lives.... It is egregious to consider that any senior citizen ... should be placed in a situation where he or she would feel pressured to save the government money by dying a little sooner than he or she otherwise would, be required to be counseled about the supposed benefits of killing oneself, or be encouraged to sign any end of life directives that they would not otherwise sign. [9]

Of course, it’s not just this one provision that presents a problem. My original comments concerned statements made by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to President Obama and the brother of the President’s chief of staff. Dr. Emanuel has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens....An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.” [10] Dr. Emanuel has also advocated basing medical decisions on a system which “produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.” [11]

President Obama can try to gloss over the effects of government authorized end-of-life consultations, but the views of one of his top health care advisors are clear enough. It’s all just more evidence that the Democratic legislative proposals will lead to health care rationing, and more evidence that the top-down plans of government bureaucrats will never result in real health care reform.

- Sarah Palin

[1] See http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/08/president-obama-addresses-sarah-palin-death-panels-wild-representations.html.
[2] See http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf
[3] See HR 3200 sec. 1233 (hhh)(1); Sec. 1233 (hhh)(3)(B)(1), above.
[4] See HR 3200 sec. 1233 (hhh)(1)(E), above.
[5] See http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf
[6] See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080703043.html].
[7] Id.
[8] See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/10/AR2009081002455.html].
[9] See http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/letter-congressman-henry-waxman-re-section-1233-hr-3200.
[10] See http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Where_Civic_Republicanism_and_Deliberative_Democracy_Meet.pdf[11] See http://www.scribd.com/doc/18280675/Principles-for-Allocation-of-Scarce-Medical-Interventions.

Well, after Sarah caused such a stir with her statement about "death panels," after the Obama media got all bent out of shape about it, after the president found it necessary to deny it by misrepresenting what she said as "pulling the plug on Grandma," we find out yesterday that the end of life provision has now been removed from the bill! Now that's what I call influence. Of course, the president and his people are paying attention to Sarah. When the woman can type something on her Facebook page and get a provision removed, well, what would you call that?! Today radio talk show host and author, Tammy Bruce, called Sarah the 101st senator of the United States because she can "type, type, type, send, and get a change in the Health Care Bill!" Yep, that about says it. But I can do even better than that: Sarah is not only the 101st senator; she's the magician, for how else could she issue a statement that makes Congress remove something that they said wasn't in there to begin with?!

Read about the change:

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.

Read more about this here.


Even though the end of life provision has been removed, Sarah Palin says it's not enough. Early this morning, Sarah released this new statement on her Facebook page:


Troubling Questions Remain About Obama's Health Care Plan

Today at 1:11am

I join millions of Americans in expressing appreciation for the Senate Finance Committee’s decision to remove the provision in the pending health care bill that authorizes end-of-life consultations (Section 1233 of HR 3200). It’s gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress; however, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones.

As I noted in my statement last week, nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time. The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential. [1] Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. [2] How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.

The president is busy assuring us that we can keep our private insurance plans, but common sense (and basic economics) tells us otherwise. The public option in the Democratic health care plan will crowd out private insurers, and that’s what it’s intended to do. A single payer health care plan has been President Obama’s agenda all along, though he is now claiming otherwise. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what he said back in 2003:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan.... A single payer health care plan – universal health care plan – that’s what I would like to see.” [3]

A single-payer health care plan might be what Obama would like to see, but is it what the rest of us would like to see? What does a single payer health care plan look like? We need look no further than other countries who have adopted such a plan. The picture isn’t pretty. [4] The only way they can control costs is to ration care. As I noted in my earlier statement quoting Thomas Sowell, government run health care won’t reduce the price of medical care; it will simply refuse to pay the price. The expensive innovative procedures that people from all over the world come to the United States for will not be available under a government plan that seeks to cover everyone by capping costs.

Read the rest here, along with the sources she cites.


Sarah Palin has chosen to bypass the mainstream media for now, the media that is so clearly in the tank for Obama, and she's simply utilizing social networking sites to get her message out--and Tammy Bruce is correct: All Sarah has to do is type and hit send--and it's all over. Who would have thought one could use Facebook to help win this health care battle? It is clear that Sarah knows more about this Health Care Bill than members of Congress. She knows what she's talking about, and she is studying experts on the issue.

I have one more thing to say: I bet you those on the far Left regret that Sarah was ever asked the demeaning question, "What do you read?" you know, the question she chose to ignore. Hey, Katie, now you have a whole list of her reading material--and you and the Obama administration don't like it too much, do you?!

21 comments:

Michael,  August 14, 2009 at 10:41 PM  

I am harleybubba on twitter. I like your site but hard to read black on yellow. thank you.

Adrienne August 14, 2009 at 10:48 PM  

That's the first time I heard that, Michael. LOL! Thanks for reading.

LoveThatGirl August 15, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

Excellent! Just what I expected for you. I always look forward to your blogs.
Yes, when Sarah types, or speaks D.C. sits up READS and LISTENS. I bet they are trying to figure out what she will say next. I can see them now waiting in front of their computer screen and watching to see if Sarah writes another note to her people. I like that we are Sarah's people "The MOB Squad." Did you notice that she posted her note at 1:11 a.m. When do that girl sleep?
I know Sarah will be the BEST President in the history of the United States of America. She Loves God and Country.
Those is D.C. only love their careers.
Thanks again Adrienne.

Blessings, Irma

Jackytc,  August 15, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

"When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind, unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and a true maxim, that a "drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall."

— Abraham Lincoln
February 22, 1842 in Temperance Address

Gary August 15, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

Great work Adrienne!

Sarah indeed has the power!

stephanie,  August 15, 2009 at 11:56 PM  

Thanks for not caving in to the lefties, I believe in truth, I am not Republican, nor Democrat, but Jefferson libertarian. I am so proud that a young organization such as yours are pushing the truth.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 12:22 AM  

We.
Love.
This.
Woman.

http://hillbuzz.org/2009/08/05/we-will-go-to-hell-and-back-for-sarah-palin/

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 12:29 AM  

It is not just the health care bill Americans are upset about. It is the way the REP. and DEM. have given our country over to the One World...Open Boarders...Homeland Media hype. We are Americans and it is time we the people take back our country from the socialist who have taken control with the help of the media. And when Obama gives citizenship to all the illegals. Wont they also get free medical? 20 to 50 million illegals from all countries that have invaded America with the help of both parties just for the vote. I guess I must be one of those people who Obama said are not the real representatives of America. I feel he will very soon find out that Washington awoke a sleeping giant. Americans for America.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 12:30 AM  

Find your way home sister !!!! Poor thing !!

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 1:49 AM  

I would guess that you also believe that dinos and humans exsited at the same time.

grand canyon created by the great flood?

the world created in 7 days?

Sarah Palin would make a good leader?

see a pattern?

Adrienne August 16, 2009 at 2:28 AM  

Anonymous,

Yes, I see a pattern: You're a "hater." You have nothing substantive--just anti-faith, anti-Palin wheezing. Surely, you can come better than that!

This is America. People of faith are welcome here. In fact, the nation was founded by people of faith--not perfect, but people of faith.

By the way, the world was created in 6 days. On the 7th day God rested, something you should think about doing--because your argument is TIRED! LOL! Hope you have a sense of humor.

I wish you well.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 7:37 AM  

Nice article. I support "health care reform" but certainly not Obama-care, with the problems it will run into. Illegal immigrants who'll get care after congress and Obama naturalize all of them, taxpayer funded abortions, and on the personal side, I have not been able to find any information on proposed programs for Chronic Diseases, one of which I suffer from. I have lived in Japan and experienced socialized medicine FIRST HAND. My doctor failed hard core, and the price tag is nearly the same (seeing as how salaries are WAY lower in Japan, cost-of-living-wise it's probably worse. And even if they fail, you pay). The only "easy" part was that the insurance was organized into 1 entity, the government. I stayed at a university hospital for over 80 days with no internet, no silverware, no patient clothing, and get this, a 2 cents / minute PAY TV! They also expected me to do my own laundry with a catheter stuck into my jugular, a regular IV stuck into my arm, and having a hemorraging large intestine causing bloody diarrhea 8-12 times a day. Great preventative medicine. Had they given me the amount of medicine I had in America the last 2 times I got sick, my 80 day stay would've been down to 20 and they could've "prevented" using tens of thousands of dollars on pumping TPN into my heart after my condition worsened and I couldn't even eat. At times my doctor didn't even come to see me for as long as 5-7 days. I was shocked to find out that all these America-hating news reporters' information about Japan being this "futuristic technologically superior wonder-world with top notch medical care" was all complete lies. I'd take US medical care over this crap any day. All we gotta do is solve the pricing problem.

As for Palin... I don't know :-P But I would support her over someone like Obama, who goes directly against his own holy book and supports the "choice" of infant murder as a way of dealing with those irresponsible pregnancies that just somehow "happen."

I'm no christian, but if Obama says he is one, doesn't he believe this passage?

Psalm 139:13-16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

Just a thought ...

For those many on the left (Katie Couric, Letterman, Olbermann etc.) suffering from severe cases of PDS - Palin Derangement Syndrome - in that it appears to be terminal and incurable, would it NOT be eligible for coverage under ObamaCare???

God help us!

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 9:39 AM  

Sarah Palin is a moron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She of all people should be for a bill the will include health insurance for anyone, regardless of medical history. The mother of a disabled child who under normal health insurance guidelines would not be eligible for health insurance. Lucky for her she doesnt have to worry about that. As for the "death panel Issue" total bull. Think about this by not covering millions of americans to health insurance and denying coverage doesnt that constitute a death panel??? Deciding who lives and who dies??? regardless of income?? Yes very poor children can get help with medicaid. But!! people who make too much over $800 a month doesnt qualify for medicaid. My mother who is 67 had a major stroke, earns 1000 from ssi doesnt qualify, she does receive medicare however it doesnt pay for any end of life care. Zero care!!! So I have to stay with her full time which means I cant work either and I have no health care!!! It is a really big problem and needs to be taken care of. These rumors of course are started by the insurance companies and are backed up by news reporters and politicians who get "donations" from the insurance companys. In closing I want to say people who use God to spread there point of view about politics need to be ashamed!!! God has nothing to do with politics!!! Zero!!!!!! ?What is boils down to is Christians are against giving people health insurance?? what!!! Did Jesus ask for a insurance card or check there bank account? before he healed the sick I dont thinks so.

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

what a bunch of x-tian nutjobs

oneXSturtle (LindaW) August 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM  

Adrienne!! I found you on Yahoo Buzz!! =) You're getting popular now. That's so cool!

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM  

In reading the last few anonymous posts, I am catching the scent of paid Obamabots funded by SEIU Acorn money!

Adrienne, I think Obama is now paying people to post negative anon comments on your blog to try and discredit you and Sarah Palin!

Stand Strong Sister! Greater is He that is with you, than he that is in the World!

Love the Blog. Love Sarah Palin. Love you Adrienne!

Anonymous,  August 16, 2009 at 7:28 PM  

Nope to the last post this is not a obamabot and Im not funded my anything. Im just a regular person living in NC. I wish I was funded by someone at least then I could go to the doctor. I guess the problem is that people dont like the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eunice August 17, 2009 at 4:22 AM  

Adrienne,

Your last paragraph pretty much summed up everything nicely.

Anonymous,  August 17, 2009 at 11:12 PM  

To the Anon commenter who stated "I wish I was funded by someone at least then I could go to the doctor."

UH, If you get a job, they will pay you money. Thats called funding!


UH, I would go out on a limb here and make a wild statement: If you pay a doctor, that doctor will see you.

Nice Try Obamabot! I guess the problem is Obamabots dont like to acknowledge the truth!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous,  August 30, 2009 at 4:49 AM  

great work young lady! you handed it to anon ("yes i see a pattern, you're a hater"). this is what we need: humor, insight and truth that simply deflates the accusation spitting leftards.
you were so kind to that person!
i just love it that an african american woman is full on for palin and letting people know.
you are doing great things for this country and for black people (although they don't see it maybe quite yet :)
keep up the great work.

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