Sarah Palin visited the Hannity show tonight where she offered her deepest thoughts on Obamacare – which pretty much amounted to reiterating her death panel Lie of the Year for 2009 and egging on the Tea Party to make a “wise decision” and force a government shutdown over defunding Obamacare.
But first, Sean Hannity asked what Palin thought of Howard Dean’s op-ed which Hannity falsely described as “acknowledging” death panels. In fact, Dean’s op-ed, which was supportive of Obamacare overall, suggested getting rid of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) mostly because they don’t control costs, not because they become death panels:
What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients. Most important, once again, these kinds of schemes do not control costs. The medical system simply becomes more bureaucratic.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has indicated that the IPAB, in its current form, won’t save a single dime before 2021. …I believe the IPAB will never control costs based on the long record of previous attempts in many of the states, including my own state of Vermont.