Nobody wants to be on Obama’s death panel

The 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (i.e. the so-called “death panel”) included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has run into a bit of problem: Very few want to join.

Jonathan Gruber, for example, helped lay the groundwork for Massachusetts’ health-care law and played an important role in making “Obamacare” the law of the land. So you’d think he’d be an obvious choice for the panel, right?

“No way,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “Maybe if it was a part-time gig. But full time? I can’t see it.”

And he’s not alone.

“It is supposed to be 15 members, with limited salaries who can’t do any outside work,” former director of the Office of Budget and Management under Obama Peter Orszag said. “It will be challenging to find top 15 health-care experts are who would want that job.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sbark

    I say b.s…..Liberals rise in side the beuracratic process, because they will do things to their fellow citizens than others will not.
    …………there is no shortage of those ,….its part of a shell game to hide the identities.

  • SigFan

    Some liberals are smart enough to know that when they start denying care to the elderly or those they deem not worthy of the expense they will become the most reviled (if not outright hunted) people in the country. There will be some though that cannot resist the temptation to wield that much power – it’s like crack to a liberal.