Thursday, September 25, 2014

'Die at 75' advocate's political motives hidden ~ By Jerome R. Corsi

‘Death panels’

Critics of Obamacare would argue that the alternative to Emanuel’s call for older people voluntarily to forgo costly medical care would be a government body that makes those decisions for the patient.

Sarah Palin
When former Republican vice-presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin warned that under Obamacare, the elderly and infirm would be forced to stand before “death panels,” she was widely ridiculed.

Since then, however, many promoters of Obamacare, including Howard Dean – the former head of the Democratic Party and a former medical doctor – have admitted the law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board is a “health-care rationing body” with the authority to “stop certain treatments.

On her Facebook page in 2009, Palin wrote that Obamacare would have a “coercive effect” on patients because its advisory panels are part of a law that aims to reduce the growth in health-care spending.

That's right. She was widely ridiculed for it, but Sarah Palin tried to warn us, before Obamacare (Obama's Affordable Care Act) was even passed into law:
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.
If for whatever reason she was not taken seriously then, in 2008 and 2009, she should be now, being that one of the architects of the ACA now admits that "affordable health care" should not be given to those that have reached the end of their productive lives.

For those that doubt that people really care about this issue, I dare you to go to a dinner party and criticize those with family members in senior centers.  If you like food fights, that'll be the way to get one going.  Just sayin'....

'Die at 75' advocate's political motives hidden
No mention of his interest as chief architect of Obamacare
Jerome Corsi

By Jerome R. Corsi

Published: September 24, 2014


NEW YORK – Missing in The Atlantic magazine’s recent presentation of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s column declaring his desire to die at age 75 is the fact that he is a chief architect of Obamacare, with a vested interest in curbing life expectancy in a system of limited resources that forces moral decisions concerning who will receive health care and who will not.

Dr. Ezekiel Manuel

In the column, Emanuel argues that improvements in health care that extend life expectancies through vaccines, antibiotics and technological innovations end up “stretching out old age,” resulting in “a progressive erosion of physical functioning.

While Emanuel emphasizes the personal benefits of forgoing measures that extend life, the unspoken issue is the scarcity of resources in a system beholden to a fixed government budget.

If older people don’t follow his chosen course and willingly allow resources to be distributed more to the younger, productive workers in society, government bureaucrats will inevitably enter into those health-care decisions.

A longtime advocate of health-care rationing, Emanuel helped craft Obamacare as health-policy adviser at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. He’s identified at the end of The Atlantic article as director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and head of the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

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