OBAMACARE: PROOF OF HEALTHCARE RATIONING AND DEATH PANELS? AARP CONTINUES TO SELL OUT ITS MEMBERSHIP!
Betsy McCaughey, writing in the Wall Street Journal, notes that Dr. Ezekiel “E-Z KILL” Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s brother and chief healthcare adviser to Obama, is finally unmasked …
Is YOUR life worth saving?
“Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving.”
Serving two masters, one a false God?
“Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree.”
Do no harm to society, feel free to screw over your patient …
“The health bills being pushed through Congress put important decisions in the hands of presidential appointees like Dr. Emanuel. They will decide what insurance plans cover, how much leeway your doctor will have, and what seniors get under Medicare. Dr. Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He clearly will play a role guiding the White House's health initiative.”
The “truth” comes out: Obama is lying …
“Dr. Emanuel says that health reform will not be pain free, and that the usual recommendations for cutting medical spending (often urged by the president) are mere window dressing. As he wrote in the Feb. 27, 2008, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): ‘Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely 'lipstick' cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change.’"
Here we have it: Obama is lying through his teeth and attempting to implement his socialist agenda at the expense of the American people. So why is AARP, ostensibly pledged to support the interests of their senior citizen membership; spending millions of dollars promoting Obamacare? Could it be “quid pro quo” promises to insure that AARP’s “for-profit” business is cut in for a piece of the action under the plan’s prescriptions? Why is this not being reported on a wider basis in the mainstream media so that American citizens can see for themselves how toxic Obama’s associates are to the American way of life?
Separating YOU from YOUR doctor …
“True reform, he argues, must include redefining doctors' ethical obligations. In the June 18, 2008, issue of JAMA, Dr. Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the ‘overuse’ of medical care: ‘Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness,’ he writes. ‘This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath's admonition to 'use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment' as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others.’"
Socialism: putting the state over the individual …
“In numerous writings, Dr. Emanuel chastises physicians for thinking only about their own patient's needs. He describes it as an intractable problem: ‘Patients were to receive whatever services they needed, regardless of its cost. Reasoning based on cost has been strenuously resisted; it violated the Hippocratic Oath, was associated with rationing, and derided as putting a price on life. . . . Indeed, many physicians were willing to lie to get patients what they needed from insurance companies that were trying to hold down costs.’ (JAMA, May 16, 2007).”
“Of course, patients hope their doctors will have that single-minded devotion. But Dr. Emanuel believes doctors should serve two masters, the patient and society, and that medical students should be trained ‘to provide socially sustainable, cost-effective care.’”
When one serves two masters, there can be no loyalty to either one except by coincidence, and certainly their can be no trust. Motives will always be suspect and one party is more likely to be shortchanged for the benefit of the other. With the destruction of trust comes the destruction of society. Especially when the state and its “elite” political leadership is hell-bent at excepting unions and government workers from the consequences of their decisions and programs.
Everyone in the media derided and mocked Sarah Palin when she exposed Obamacare’s potential plans for what she termed “death panels.”
“One sign of progress he sees: ‘the progression in end-of-life care mentality from 'do everything' to more palliative care shows that change in physician norms and practices is possible.’ (JAMA, June 18, 2008).”
While Obama claims their will be no rationing of healthcare rationing, his chief advisers call him out as a liar …
"’In the next decade every country will face very hard choices about how to allocate scarce medical resources. There is no consensus about what substantive principles should be used to establish priorities for allocations," he wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 19, 2002. Yet Dr. Emanuel writes at length about who should set the rules, who should get care, and who should be at the back of the line.
Proof positive …
"’You can't avoid these questions,’ Dr. Emanuel said in an Aug. 16 Washington Post interview. ‘We had a big controversy in the United States when there was a limited number of dialysis machines. In Seattle, they appointed what they called a 'God committee' to choose who should get it, and that committee was eventually abandoned. Society ended up paying the whole bill for dialysis instead of having people make those decisions.’"
“Communitarian” or communist?
“Dr. Emanuel argues that to make such decisions, the focus cannot be only on the worth of the individual. He proposes adding the communitarian perspective to ensure that medical resources will be allocated in a way that keeps society going: ‘Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity—those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations—are to be socially guaranteed as basic.”
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
Arguably the most famous words in the Declaration of Independence, seem to be rendered moot under Obama’s healthcare policies.
“Covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia." (Hastings Center Report, November-December, 1996)”
The “formula” …
“In the Lancet, Jan. 31, 2009, Dr. Emanuel and co-authors presented a ‘complete lives system’ for the allocation of very scarce resources, such as kidneys, vaccines, dialysis machines, intensive care beds, and others. ‘One maximizing strategy involves saving the most individual lives, and it has motivated policies on allocation of influenza vaccines and responses to bioterrorism. . . . Other things being equal, we should always save five lives rather than one.”
Taken to its logical conclusion, the “death panel” would be empowered to throw the “lesser” patient out of their hospital bed in favor of the “greater good” patient who represents a better contributor to a society defined by a morally corrupt and bankrupt “Godless” society.
"’However, other things are rarely equal—whether to save one 20-year-old, who might live another 60 years, if saved, or three 70-year-olds, who could only live for another 10 years each—is unclear.’ In fact, Dr. Emanuel makes a clear choice: ‘When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get changes that are attenuated.
Attenuated: is this the new politically correct term for a life cut short by artificial decisions made by politicians?
“Dr. Emanuel concedes that his plan appears to discriminate against older people, but he explains: ‘Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination. . . . Treating 65 year olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.’"
“Best practices:” for whom, the politically correct state?
To reduce health-insurance costs, Dr. Emanuel argues that insurance companies should pay for new treatments only when the evidence demonstrates that the drug will work for most patients. He says the ‘major contributor’ to rapid increases in health spending is ‘the constant introduction of new medical technologies, including new drugs, devices, and procedures. . . . With very few exceptions, both public and private insurers in the United States cover and pay for any beneficial new technology without considering its cost. . . .’ He writes that one drug ‘used to treat metastatic colon cancer, extends medial survival for an additional two to five months, at a cost of approximately $50,000 for an average course of therapy.’ (JAMA, June 13, 2007).”
Perhaps the “Dr. Death” crown has been passed from Dr. Kevorkian, the pro-suicide doctor to Dr. Emanuel.
Demonic democrats and thuggery” legalized corruption of the system …
“Dr. Emanuel has fought for a government takeover of health care for over a decade. In 1993, he urged that President Bill Clinton impose a wage and price freeze on health care to force parties to the table. ‘The desire to be rid of the freeze will do much to concentrate the mind,’ he wrote with another author in a Feb. 8, 1993, Washington Post op-ed. Now he recommends arm-twisting Chicago style. ‘Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda,’ he wrote last Nov. 16 in the Health Care Watch Blog. ‘If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration's health-reform effort.’"
This is precisely what Obama and his Administration is doing now – doling out the taxpayer’s money to purchase votes and influence to support the democrat’s twisted vision of a socialist America. How else can you explain the head of the New York AFL-CIO being named to head the New York Federal Reserve Bank – without financial credentials or education; and with only a background as a political organizer/activist? Yes, we acknowledge that government has always been relatively corrupt – but now it is different: these people have the power to destroy the American dream and turn the United States over to their Marxist masters.
AARP sells out its membership …
Here is a clear and present example of AARP selling out its senior citizen membership.
Health Care Reform: What's in it for YOU?
What if you already have health insurance through your employer? What happens if you lose your coverage? The debate over health care reform isn't about "other" people. It's about you and your family. It's about your future.
Watch this short video clip from AARP's John Rother to learn how health care reform could impact you and your loved ones.
Just click the arrow on the top video post to begin playing: www.facebook.com/aarpcalifornia.
While you're there, you can also sign up to become a fan of AARP California on Facebook if you'd like to read breaking news and updates about AARP policy, advocacy, community events, and more.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over
The commercial – and it is a commercial for Obamacare – is an attempt to scare senior citizens into supporting Obamacare by suggesting healthcare reform would mean that you would always have insurance protection at an affordable price.
“Healthcare reform would protect you and your family. Healthcare reform you would always have choices; of quality and affordable coverage. No matter what happens. That’s whether you lose your job, get sick or switch jobs for any reason.”
The commercial closes by asking “Don’t you want protection you can count on?”
This is an effin “con job” – speaking about the availability and portability of your insurance coverage – but saying absolutely nothing about the possibility of being denied care because you are old or infirm, less likely to benefit from a “best practices” approach to medicine.
I believe that AARP’s leadership is thoroughly corrupt and in the tank for Obama – much like the politicians who will be able to receive billions of taxpayer dollars for their districts – to be spread around to purchase the political support that is so crucial for their survival.
Bottom line …
Are you willing to trust Obama, who appears to be a committed Marxist community organizer, with YOUR LIFE and the lives of YOUR FAMILY? Can you trust anyone who comes from the corrupt Chicago school of politics. Especially when observing that Obama has made deals with the unions and special interests to support his plan – even though it is toxic to most senior citizens and is likely to gut Medicare.
It’s crunch time and you have to fight a malignant government and corrupt politicians and their special interest cohorts for your survival. Do the right thing – contact your elected officials and consider not returning a single member of Congress to office in the 2010 election cycle.
Be well, be safe and take care of yourself and your family first.
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“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell
“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS