While Sarah Palin’s comment about “death panels” may have been inflammatory and a bit over-the-top, she was onto something.  As the Wall Street Journal explains, rationing is an inevitable part of a nationalized health care system:

“Far from being a scare tactic, this is a logical conclusion based on experience and common-sense. Once health care is a “free good” that government pays for, demand will soar and government costs will soar too. When the public finally reaches its taxing limit, something will have to give on the care and spending side. In a word, care will be rationed by politics.”