Local conservative layabout, Gary Gross, has been churning out quite a few posts since the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is, in fact, Constitutional. Any one of those posts could be the subject of another episode of Gross Inaccuracies but who has the time to keep up with a single childless unemployed blogger who lives off the government he loathes.
Today’s episode of Gross Inaccuracies concerns the most ludicrous of these most recent posts about how terribly awfully no good it is to now have Romneycare (oops, I mean Obamacare). Gross fawns over an exchange on Fox News between Sarah Palin and the token Democrat on the show about how there really are DEATH PANELS in the Affordable Care Act.
Here is the relevant part of the exchange from Palin:
There’s a faceless bureaucratic panel and the acronym is the IPAB and the I-P-A-B, what that will be is that is a board that will tell you, Bob, whether your level of productivity in society is worthy of receiving the rationed care that will be the result of Obamacare.
Now there is a board called the Independent Payment Advisory Board but its purpose isn’t anywhere close to what Palin suggests. The duty of the board is to find ways to keep Medicare spending from growing out of control. However, one of its provisions specifically states that it may not recommend “rationing” care.
From the Affordable Care Act:
‘‘(ii) The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums under section 1818, 1818A, or 1839, increase Medicare beneficiary cost- sharing (including deductibles, coinsurance, and co- payments), or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria. [emphasis mine]
While Palin continues to use a lie that has been repeatedly debunked by fact checking organizations and was even named the Lie of the Year by one, Gross takes the lie to a whole new level by adding some extra lies of his own:
One of the things that the IPAB will consider is an individual’s QALY or quality adjusted life years. IPAB, not you or your physician, will determine based on your QALY, whether you’ll get the treatment that you need. [emphasis mine]
The higher the QALY rating, the more likely it is that a patient will get the treatment.
While this sounds technical, it isn’t. It’s subjective. The first principle that QALY considers is age. The older a person is, the less likely they are to get expensive treatments. When treatment is withheld because of a person’s age, that’s proof that IPAB is interfering in a person’s ability to get the health care they need.
Gov. Palin’s explanation put Beckel in his place because she explained the details of how the ACA limits access to health care. When conservatives confront liberals with well-researched facts, liberalism loses. [emphasis mine]
Let’s take a couple things here, Gary. First, the Independent Payment Advisory Board doesn’t look at any “individuals” but rather looks at the Medicare system as a whole and it explicitly states in its mission that it shall not recommend “rationing” health care. Second, the phrase “quality adjusted life years” is not used ANYWHERE in the Affordable Care Act. I’m not sure which right wing source programmed you with that information but you may want to tell your programmers to do a little research before receiving your daily orders.
Finally, Gary, let’s address that whole “well researched facts” thing at the end. Your entire post is the opposite of “well researched” and nearly everything written in it is a lie so the lesson here is something more like “when conservatives are given free reign to lie without consequence, liberalism loses“.