Bearman Cartoon: Celebrity Death Panel 2

Before we show Part 2 of Celebrity Death Panel, our friend from down under Susi Spice reminded me that we have readers at Beartoons that are NOT of the U.S. so a little explanation of what a Death Panel is might help the joke.

The phrase “Death Panel” was coined by former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin.  President Barack Obama has been pushing Congress to pass some form of Healthcare reform bill.  As part of one of the proposals, Medicare (the government subsidized healthcare program for older people) would offer voluntary counseling sessions to help seniors make end of life decisions like determining a healthcare advocate and whether or not they want extreme measures to keep them alive if they should code.  

Based on other reports (some reasonable and some far fetched) about what the Healthcare Reform might do to current coverage, Sarah Palin wrote in her facebook page:

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.

While there certainly can be plenty of things to question in the proposed reforms, her specific interpretation has been fairly chastised as false in the press. Obama is taking heat from both sides with the far right saying his reforms go too far and the far left saying they don’t go far enough.


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  1. spilledinkguy says:

    I laughed so hard at this my liver hurts! (That doesn’t seem right, does it)? 🙂

  2. frigginloon says:

    I’ll choose “Places to Score” for $500 thank you Bearman.
    …..” What is crack?”

  3. Lynn says:

    that is a great one bearman!! on several levels, without going too much into politics (cause i think both sides suck and represent a larger entity that is pulling the political strings in this country) i especially like 70 yr old rip lynnly…great name! good subject matter and this comic is both current and creative-a serious issue well represented via your art.

  4. John K says:

    Well this is easy, winehouse wins, she is a rich celebrity.

    • Even now celebs seem to get tops on the waiting list. Well actually it is b/c they have fans who say, I want to save so and so, and they designate the celeb is the only one who gets it.

  5. Sheila Deeth says:

    Imagination boggling. Fingers itching at the keyboard. I like this series.

  6. Tony says:

    Aha, now I understand. Can I SMS my vote for Rip? Amy looks like a drunken slag so I won’t waste my 25c text voting for her

  7. George says:

    Amy’s never looked so sexy. Great job, B! 🙂

  8. bschooled says:

    Excellent Bearman!!

    Like I said, you entertain me and give me an education in US politics that you just can’t get from TMZ…

    ps. Amy does look a lot better these days…

  9. Donald Mills says:

    Doesn’t that damned winehouse get all kinds of free transplants under the british health care system? My understanding was that the Brits are given a “buffet of organs” to choose from at the hospital (like selecting a lobster at a fancy restuarant) and all at no cost.

    Seems unfair for her to be taxing our system when she could get a liver, a handful of lungs and a new spleen for free in London.

  10. jammer5 says:

    I would say it all depends on what kind of wine she’s drinkin’.

  11. Nate Fakes says:

    Amy all the way! She’ll trip and fall and it’ll be a total knock-out win

  12. Susi Spice says:

    u made me blush! im all shy now hehe thanks for the explanation!!

    i say that they should toss a coin! 50/50 chance hehe

  13. I should think that a liver would either explode or reflexively contract to the size of a walnut as soon as it got within 20 feet of Ms. Winehouse …

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