March 30, 2011 9:53 am ET - by Matt Finkelstein
Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) claimed "it cannot be argued or disputed" that the Affordable Care Act creates what amounts to "death panels," though he didn't use that specific term. "They put you on a waiting list for a hip replacement or they put you on a waiting list to die without," King said. "That's one of the things that happens."
KING: To think that the federal government would step in and commandeer, usurp, the God-given liberty and right that we have to manage our own health care and turn it into a ration service according to formula, that only government would decide who would get what service and when, and who would be on the waiting list for surgery and who would be on the waiting list to die without surgery — that is a result of Obamacare, it cannot be argued or disputed. They put you on a waiting list for a hip replacement or they put you on a waiting list to die without. That's one of the things that happens. They don't seem to think that's what they're doing willfully. And I don't accuse them of willfully wanting to do that. It's a consequence of the thick-skulled action of people who believe there is a socialist model to produce their version of utopia rather than the individual dynamics that come from people that have free choices.
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