Last week, Governor Palin posted these comments about Obama’s Chief Health Care Advisor Ezekiel Emanuel:
As I noted in my statement last week, nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time. The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisers is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential. Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.
We are now seeing a further look into his scary past and views. The New York Post wrote a piece and Betsy McCaughey of The WSJ, wrote a very good investigative piece entitled Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief:
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. 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.
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.
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."
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."
As a Governor Palin supporter, I am amazed that when she speaks about any topic the world is listening (and begging for more). I would love to know Glenn Beck's ratings after Gov Palin made the gusty announcement to watch his show. Obama's response was to hold several fake town-halls, several news conferences, hundreds of editorials defending ØbamaCare and many politicians, on both sides, attempt to debunk her ‘Death Panels’ but to no avail. Øbama has now called out the unions in an attempt to quiet the American people. What is so astonishing is Øbama has truly become the enemy of the people. All because of post on Facebook by Governor Palin. Impressive to say the least.
AS A DOCTOR, I FIND THIS DEEPLY TROUBLING AND QUITE AN EYE OPENER. A doctors priority should always be what is best for the patient. This evil person can only have the mind of an elitist which naturally coincides with a socialist or communist. These type of individuals (Øbama & cronies) believe the masses (all of us) deserve government rationed health care, simple jobs, no political voice and a maximum of 2 children. The political elites, Obama and his the inner circle, must have a life privileged so they can properly rule over us. SCARY!