Yes, Virginia, there really are death panels. And they are ran by the government. Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, summarily stopped transplants Medicaid payments. Summarily enough that one fellow was on the gurney for the operating room, when he was informed if he could not come up with $200,000, they were putting the liver back into storage. Norman J. Ornstein - 'Death panels' are real -- brought on by budget pressures During the debate over health reform, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Sarah Palin and others railed against the "death panels" that would result from the bill. Government bureaucrats, critics said, would decide who would die and when. The bill passed - and indeed there are death panels. But they do not come from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare." They come from Republican administrations in states such as Arizona and Indiana. But, since these are Republican Death Panels, they are just the cat's meow. Saving money, since these citizens are probably useless anyway.