People were asking for me to respond to questions about the "death panel" earlier, so here goes.
All health care is rationed. Whether on government-run Medicare/Medicaid/VA or in private industry. Health care resources and the money to pay for them are not in unlimited supply. Somebody, in private or public healthcare, makes a decision on the claims that come in and what sort of procedures to pay for. Whether you want to call it a "death panel" or not is up to you, but whatever you call it, it already exists.
"Obamacare" does not substantially alter Medicare or Medicaid in how they go about doing this, so there's no "new" death panel, despite what Sarah Palin will tell you. The situation is pretty much exactly what it was before. In fact, private industry is being affected more significantly than Medicare, but they're still going to be private employees of private companies making decision about private healthcare delivered by private physicians.
Relating more directly back to the subject, a good rule of thumb is that if you find yourself cutting out sentences to help prove your point about something a person says, you've already lost. The "rationing expert" was saying we already ration health care, but that we do it "blindly." Clearly he is not saying "Hey, we should start rationing health care!"
We ration health care in this country, but we don't have a good, systematic way of determining how best to spend the limited resources we have. Right now, it's left up to whichever profit-motivated insurance company employee happens to pull up your claim. The outcome of those choices is not well tracked or measured, and that should change so that we can improve the situation going forward.
This thread is yet another example of blind partisan nonsense, the infuriatingly-typical tactic of taking statements out of context to mean exactly the opposite of their intent.