Paul Krugman’s Moment of Truth About Death Panels

Every now and then the smallest man in Princeton blurts it out:

And in a rare glimpse of candor, Krugman appealed to a more “progressive” way of keeping health care costs down:

 “We won’t be able to pay for the kind of government the society will want without some increase in taxes on the middle class, maybe a value added tax. And we’re also going to have to make decisions about health care, not pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits. So the snarky version, which I shouldn’t even say because it will get me in trouble, is death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.”

Readers will remember the horror which greeted Sarah Palin over her observation re death panels.  But perhaps, with nothing else to do one night, Krugman Googled this from my 2009 piece First Dollar, Last Dollar: An Employer’s View of the Shameful Campaign of the Left Against Whole Foods’ John Mackey’s Health Care Alternative:

The left hates to admit it, but without “death panels” or other premature induced life terminations, there’s no way to swing their idea financially, especially in the “zero-sum” economy which they are constructing through higher taxation and regulation.
Oh yes, they do know this.

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