Palin op-ed: No wonder sick, elderly feared death panels

It is no surprise seniors and terminally ill patients fear Democrats' pursuit of a public option will result in health care rationing and death panels, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, published Tuesday night.

Argues Palin, who has become somewhat infamous for the death panel critique:

"Now look at one way Mr. Obama wants to eliminate inefficiency and waste: He's asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council—an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing Medicare costs.

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Given such statements, is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats' proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans. Working through "normal political channels," they made themselves heard, and as a result Congress will likely reject a wrong-headed proposal to authorize end-of-life counseling in this cost-cutting context. But the fact remains that the Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters. Such government overreaching is what we've come to expect from this administration."

Ultimately, the former governor concludes: "Instead of poll-driven 'solutions,' let's talk about real health-care reform: market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven."