Thursday, August 13, 2009


Perhaps Sarah Palin made that ridiculous statement about "Obama Death Panels" because she knew this story was going to break -- it was happening in her own state, right under her nose:

State programs intended to help disabled and elderly Alaskans with daily life -- taking a bath, eating dinner, getting to the bathroom -- are so poorly managed, the state cannot assure the health and well-being of the people they are supposed to serve, a new federal review found.

The situation is so bad the federal government has forbidden the state to sign up new people until the state makes necessary improvements. No other state in the nation is under such a moratorium, according to a spokeswoman for the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

In the meantime, frail and vulnerable Alaskans who desperately need the help are struggling. One elderly woman is stuck in a nursing home, for lack of care at home. Another woman, suffering from chronic pain and fatigue, said she's so weak, she often can't even pop dinner into the microwave.

This is the GOP's alternative to a public or universal option. Sarah wants to talk about evil socialist plans that will kill people, but I betcha she doesn't want to talk about the hundreds of Alaskans who died waiting for these services.

A particularly alarming finding concerns deaths of adults in the programs. In one 2 1/2 year stretch, 227 adults already getting services died while waiting for a nurse to reassess their needs. Another 27 died waiting for their initial assessment, to see if they qualified for help. Read on...

In honor of the people of Alaska who died on her watch, Sarah Palin needs to stop makin' stuff up about health care reform, and apologize for screwing things up and then running away when the going got tough.


mud_rake said...

Palin has learned that, if you make up outrageous stuff, the TV cameras roll and her goofy base shouts with joy.

So goes American society.

Dromedary Hump said...

The fact that this vapid, vaccuous, opportunistic piece of human flotsam has such a following almost makes me embarrassed to be an American.

Let's all pray to Tammuz for some hiddeous scandal to silence her dumbass.

steve said...

My wife worked for HR Manercare as a nurses aid. She's quit since then due to stress. But I guess since Carlyle group has taken over Manorcare, they have cut even more staff to the point that the old folks basically sit in their piss and shit all day and are hearded through there like cattle.

There's privatized care for you.

Carlyle exutive: "You need to make that place more profitable son."

Stressed manager: "The only way to do that is to cut staff on a per bed basis sir and/or reduce services to our elderly clientel."

Carlyle executive: "Just do what you have to do son, our shareholders are wanting a big return this quarter."

Stressed manager: "Maybe I can take them out back and shoot them sir, and still report them to the state as a filled bed."

Carlyle executive: "Can you get a good deal on the bullet's?"

Joe said...

Having lived under 'real, living socialism' all I can say is that it kills, and kills for the very same reasons and in the very same ways that you're hoping to see develop in the US.