As if torn from the pages of the Onion, the Times is now defending fears about health care rationing that they previously derided.
Here is their latest "reporting":
By ROBERT PEAR
WASHINGTON — White House officials and Democrats in Congress say the fears of older Americans about possible rationing of health care are based on myths and falsehoods. But Medicare beneficiaries and insurance counselors say the concerns are not entirely irrational.
This is interesting - Eight days ago the Times ignored Obama's own rhetoric in April, their reporting of conservative reactions, and the reactions of non-righties such as Joe Klein and Andrea Mitchell in order to blame a perfidious right-wing conspiracy for these "false" rumors about prospective rationing; now they seem to be placing themselves in league with either White House officials or Congressional Democrats. Works for me.
And what great sleuthing and tough shoe-leather investigative journalism led to the change of outlook at the Times?
Bills now in Congress would squeeze savings out of Medicare, a lifeline for the elderly, on the assumption that doctors and hospitals can be more efficient.
President Obama has sold health care legislation to Congress and the country as a way to slow the growth of federal health spending, no less than as a way to regulate the insurance market and cover the uninsured.
Mr. Obama has also said Medicare and private insurers could improve care and save money by following advice from a new federal panel of medical experts on “what treatments work best.”