Death panel rhetoric is not quite working the way it did in 2010. I’m not sure what is more depressing: that a public official would make such a ridiculous statement, or that he might actually believe what he was saying.
A GOP official tries the “death panel” line in 2017 and opens the gates of hell. People are done with the bullshit. pic.twitter.com/0vS2rizka7
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) February 11, 2017
PS: Now that President Obama has left office, I feel safe revealing that a vast conspiracy involving several teaching hospitals snuck my 87-year-old dad past the Medicare death panel for advanced cancer care in the era of Obamacare. Ironically, the conspiracy unfolded in the belly of the beast–liberal Massachusetts–where many people are saying that white heterosexual men older than 74 are no longer eligible for hospital care. Somehow, we pulled one over on the man. My dad is apparently cancer-free as of this week and doing well.
PPS: Bill Akins, the man in the video, is secretary of the Republican executive committee in Florida’s Pasco County. The Washington Post‘s David Weigel examined Akins’ Facebook page. It, um, wasn’t pretty. Just one example below. The GOP needs to do serious housecleaning. Its problems on matters of race didn’t start and won’t end with President Trump.