Republican Governor helped Obama rebrand the ACA's Death Panels

On June 25th of 2009 President Barack Obama met with five Governors, two Republicans and three Democrats, in a private meeting to convince them to help him sell health care reform to Congress. One of those Governors was Mike Rounds of South Dakota, who as the head of his own insurance company might have a small interest in drumming up new business. The President was trying to turn the attention off of his roll in the process of creating the Affordable Care Act by recruiting Governors to do his dirty work for him twisting arms in Congress – which in retrospect didn’t work too well as that law became better known as Obamacare.

During the meeting Obama gave the Governors tips on how to sell the federal takeover of health care to our elected legislators. “I think he said what we have to do is not call it rationing, because clearly there is from H.M.O. days a concern about rationing,” remarked Governor Mike Rounds in an interview to the New York Times (Obama Steers Health Debate Out of Capital, 29 Jun 2009). Of course the rebranding of health care rationing as the accurate description “death panels” by Sarah Palin wasn’t exactly what President Obama had in mind so his liberal propaganda minions had that labeled “Lie of the Year” by Politifact. Obama’s idea of the rebranding of health care rationing was the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel of bureaucrats with the power to set rates for Medicare, a power that requires a supermajority vote in Congress to overrule. And it was Howard Dean himself in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece who raised the alarm that the IPAB has the power to set rates so low for procedures it disapproves of that doctors would stop performing the procedures for patients with Medicare. The wait times at the VA are already causing unnecessary deaths among our veterans. Imagine what would happen if doctors stopped caring for senior citizens and we didn’t have enough votes in Congress to overrule the IPAB. And it was Republican Governor Mike Rounds, an insurance salesman, who helped sell and rebrand health care rationing to Congress for Obama.

Now that Obamacare salesman is running for the U.S. Senate, and the NRSC is supporting him by making lovely documentaries about his childhood and family. The hypocrites at the NRSC expect us to buy that they’re working for us and fighting Obamacare while they are working to get one of Obama’s chief peddlers elected to the U.S. Senate. And even more infuriating, he now leads the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center with Tom Daschle, who said “Our primary purpose is to explore how states can move forward in providing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. I am delighted to be working with Governor Rounds on this.” (Former Gov. Rounds joins health insurance task force, Rapid City Journal, 11 Feb 2011)

But should we really be upset with the NRSC? It’s not like we have any illusions about what kind of candidates they’re going to support. What we really need to ask is where are the national conservative groups we give money to? Why do we bother to give money to the Club for Growth, Freedom Works, etc., if they’re just going to let one of Obama’s buddies waltz into a U.S. Senate seat without even trying to stop him in one of the cheapest media markets in the country? The only major national conservative group that has stood up on principle to support the true conservative in the race, Representative Stace Nelson, is the Republican Liberty Caucus. And the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC has also stood up to endorse Stace Nelson. I guess that explains why the Amnesty-supporting Tea Party Express has stayed out of the race, but where is everyone else? Are we really going to let Governor Death Panels just walk into a Senate seat without even trying to stop him? Is this what the Republican Party has come to?