Amanpour's facial expression: Priceless

Paul Krugman says: “some years down the pike, we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes…”

UPDATE: I did not immediately realize that this video is from last year. Which would make sense, actually — the MSM has very quietly allowed the term “death panels” to go away. They don’t argue about it, they just don’t bring it up!

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  • soopermexican

    LOL… excellent catch!!!

  • Libby

    Why is it evil when Health Insurance companies decline to cover a medical treatment or drug, but when the government does it it’s sound fiscal policy?

  • SteveM

    Re: Libby

    The real question is the reverse. If Medicare is privatized, look for the Death Panels to be privatized too.

  • Kathy Schiffer

    I second that astonished glare!

  • Larry

    It looks like she has had an revelation—down the road means ME! Yikes!!!

  • Mike

    OOOOPS! Now to try to get the toothpaste back in the tube.

  • Scott Brooks

    Actually, more and more people are having this sort of reaction to anything that Krugman says.

  • James

    Liberals lie- people die.

    “Hi. We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.”

  • Michael Pichowsky

    @SteveM and Libby:

    There is a difference between government and private corporations, and its all the difference in the world. In a word, its “competition.” If you don’t like the decisions of a particular “death panel”, you may shop around and send your money to someone else. Furthermore, corruption of corporations is routinely prosecuted. However, with monolithic, monopolistic government running everything, you are just out of luck on both counts.

  • Will

    The Paul Ryan Medicare plan would result in at least some seniors having very limited health coverage.

    [The truth is, there is a very serious conversation that needs to be had, by all the country, over when it's time to treat, and when it's time to embrace palliative care. The problem is, that conversation will get bogged down in emotions and also in the truth that when you put a very individualistic question such as that into the hands of legislators who want to regulate and codify such things, individuals get lost. Recall the woman who questioned Obama during the '08 elections: her mother was over 100 years old and had had some sort of heart procedure (pacemaker? Can't recall) at when she was over 90. Her doctor saw that the woman was fully in her wits and still living her life and decided to go ahead with the procedure, to good effect. The daughter asked Obama if his health care plan would make such a procedure possible for the mother under identical circs and he gave her a vague answer about having a surgery or taking a pill. The fact is, my pal's 80+ year old father was treated for TWO cancers last year, came through the treatment and took the gang out fishing last weekend -- but on his 80+ year old wife, that same treatment might prove to be excessive and more harmful to her than simply making her comfortable. I believe what people fear with the "death panels" is the absence of personal consideration in the quest for uniformity. And they are not stupid to fear that. -admin].

  • Will

    I agree that there are no easy answers. The country has to get past the divisions to come up with reasonable solutions.

  • Highlander

    Amanpour may indeed have had a revelation, but if so, she quickly recovered her liberal senses in time to not follow up on Krugman’s statement. I sooner think she was just startled that Krugman said aloud what every liberal elitist knows to be true. She couldn’t change the subject fast enough.

  • SteveM

    Re: Michael Pichowsky and “competition”

    Republicans believe that an insurance company should not have to write a policy that guarantees a loss. Which does make business sense.

    However, many (most?) seniors have pre-existing conditions. There is no real “competition” for their business. Even under Paul Ryan’s most generous subsidy model of $15K a year, what insurance company would write an affordable policy for someone who’s already consuming 800 bucks a month in branded medications? Or someone diagnosed with osteo-arthritis with a probable need for joint replacements at $30K a pop?

    Under the Republican rubric, insurance companies may indeed have to offer policies to seniors. But the only way they would be affordable under the profit paradigm would be if they contained significant coverage restrictions in the form of riders associated with pre-existing conditions. E.g., limited medication formularies, no joint replacements, etc.

    Under the envisioned privatization, the key issue will be notional “Pain Panels” embedded in policies that deny access to significant but expensive quality of life medical procedures services.

  • Tom T

    Your correct Elizabeth. The expression says it all. I stopped watching all these shows with the liberal slant and spin some time ago, with the exception of Fox. Lately I noticed that Fox was starting to slant
    the interviews etc. with a liberal slant,(and they do it
    so professionaly, like we are to stupid to notice) and then I find out Rupert Murdock who owns Fox is a
    liberal. What a bummer. I think I`ll just head off to my favorite Abbey for as retreat but then I would`nt be able to get my news fix. I`ve got to get help for this. Pax

  • Libby

    The differences between public & private coverage are many, I’m just a little annoyed that the Democrats and the media (on the same team) have been feeding us sob stories for years about how the heartless, greedy Health Insurers deny this treatment or that, but when it comes to Obamacare and Medicare, we’re suddenly clear-eyed and rational about the cost of providing care, and the need to deny or ration it for the greater good. People like Krugman and Pelosi used the “Health Insurers & Pharmaceutical companies are evil” story in order to implement Obamacare (and eliminate competition), but now that it’s here, they’ve changed their tune.

  • Tracy

    @ SteveM – I see myself in what you describe. I am not quite fifty years old, I am on disability, and I have almost $1000.00 a month in branded prescription meds. Not that I won’t use generic, there simply aren’t any others that are cheaper. I have the “doughnut hole” thing going on with my meds, and I have been pro-active about getting patient assistance from the manufacturers of the most expensive of my meds, but all the others don’t help at all. So, I don’t take the other meds since I don’t have the money to buy them. The result? I’ll probably die a whole lot sooner than otherwise. But there is nothing I can do about it, except try to pray for God’s grace and mercy, and follow Padre Pio’s advice and not worry. We have only today, tomorrow is not a certain thing. BTW, I changed parties several years ago to Independent, I was so embarrassed and ashamed of what the Democrat party was doing.

  • Tom T

    Libby, I hate to tell you this, but anything or anyone
    that opposes the Democrate`s plans is evil. I am an
    Independant. They need me till after the election, then I`ll get thrown under the bus with the medicare
    and social security recipients and Obama`s grandmother.

  • Rudy

    Bone chilling. Death panels confirmed. You social security recipients over 65, and all other “to expensive” to take care of, better think where this is going (or already went).

  • Greta

    Anchoress, you are right, there needs to be strong intellegent discussion about healthcare. Now can we get the political hacks out of healthcare so it can happen? Healthcare is going along for a very long time without any major government involvement. Everything they have put in place is broken and has created havoc. medicare, medicaid, and all the regulations and protection from real tort reform have created a mess. The Republicans want to sit back and let the market handle the program. That is not possible after you have 50% of payers being the government. Too late. And HSA and other programs of the conservative politicians are a farce. They are half baked ideas with not reall met to them. ObamaCare is the worst piece of legislation that has ever come down the pike since the original concept of medicare/medicaid. Instead of getting government less involved, it gets them into every aspect of the industry by force. It is telling that tens of thousands of friends of Obama who fought with him to get this through are getting waivers for themselves. Obama and the democrats who pushed this through will not be on this plan with their families. they have a golden program without restrictions on our dime. The American people need to stop looking to the central government for benefits and new rights, but to restricting them from being involved in anything that the states by written law have not given them permission to enter into. I have a son who is a doctor, a granddaughter who is a hospital administrator, a granddaughter who is head nurse at a major hospital, and a grandson who is a VP at a major insurance company. None of them believe that ObamaCare has fixed anything and all believe it has made the problem worse.

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  • Anthony

    how about keeping your political slants and rants away from my religious worshipping. I wouldn’t call you a right winged bigot in church..why the “liberal” slams here on this sight?

  • Ellen

    My father just turned 90 and my mother is 89 and so this hits home for me.

  • ladybard

    I’m a practicing Catholic, Classical Hahnemannian Homeopath and the first to consult in a New York hospital in just under a century. I saved the State of NY/Medicaid approximately $3million on one patient alone over a three year period.

    God knows how much I and other Classical Hahnemannian Homeopaths have saved the Insurance companies over the years in abbreviated treatment periods, accelerated recovery rates and procedures cancelled by the surgeons.

    I am more than exasperated when I hear Catholics attribute my work to “miracles” and then turn around and accuse me of witchcraft. Homeopathy is the hardest medicine to learn and the hardest to practice and the only healing protocol 100% consistent with the Magisterium of the Church.

    Consequently it is the easiest to discredit, as any MD can claim to be a Homeopath, pick up a “blue tube” and “prescribe” on the basis of the anemic label descriptions.

  • conservativemama

    When I watch Krugman, and I know that many agree with him, what makes me the saddest is what a limited pessimist he is.

    He argues for death. He argues for more taxes which is just a greater call on our freedom. We spend our time working to make our money, and he just wants more of it. Which means, he wants to own more of me.

    This country was built on optimism and life and challenges and faith. Who are these people, these Krugmans who live in the dark, in the Malthusian world of no hope? How can you not marvel at this life that we’re given and all that people, all people, accomplish. How can you think that you dare to contrive a world that limits my freedom, that defines a life worth living?

    Life is not perfect. But we have the right to live it, and to make of it what we will.