This is a rush transcript from “Hannity,” December 27, 2010.
TUCKER CARLSON, GUEST HOST: Remember those infamous death panels who supposed to have died before the passage of the Democrats health care bill? It looks like they’re alive and kicking.
I’m Tucker Carlson, happy to be in tonight for Sean Hannity. The Democrats took end-of-life planning which critics called, “death panels,” out of the health care bill. But now, they’ve been made part of a federal regulation. The old idea, if you can’t legislate it, enforce it.
According to the New York Times, this new regulation may provide Americans, quote, “advanced directives to forego aggressive life-sustaining treatment.” In other words, the government will now pay doctors to counsel patients to opt-out of medical treatment that might prolong their lives.
But the Democrats don’t want you to know that. The author of the health care bill’s controversial provision, Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer of Oregon is celebrating its victory but he’s also urging his supporters to keep it quiet. An e-mail from his office said, quote, “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”
Why do you think that is? Maybe because when Americans hear about this, they won’t be impressed.
Joining me now with reaction, Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers and former White House political director Matt Schlapp. Welcome to you both. Kirsten.
KIRSTEN POWERS, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Hi, Tucker.
CARLSON: Why would you imagine — just broaden your imagination here for a second. Why do you think that Congressman Blumenauer is asking his supporters to keep secret this great accomplishment?
POWERS: Well, I don’t know Tucker, maybe it’s because people like you call them “death panels,” even though it was called — that was a PolitiFacts lie of the year actually that these were “death panels.” So, I assume that’s why he’s doing it, the reality is…
CARLSON: This is such a great accomplishment that he can defend it, is that what you are saying? read more