The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.- Sarah Palin.
Most people begin the discussion of all of this by claiming that Obama's bill isn't committed to this, and I agree. But let's pose a philosophical question. Why is such a system evil? Exactly? By what moral principles do we condemn it? Utilitarianism? Rawlsianism? Kant's theory? Relativism? Divine Command Theory?
Isn't this just like triage on MASH?