August 28, 2009

Op-ed Nails Zeke the Freak…

Filed under: Activism,Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 1:11 pm

I received the following column in in email from Betsy McCaughey’s “Defend Your Healthcare” organization. It was also carried in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (emphasis mine)…

Obama’s Health Rationer-in-Chief

White House health-care adviser Ezekiel Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the ‘overuse’ of medical care.

OPINION
AUGUST 26, 2009, 7:27 P.M. ET

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY

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.”
…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.” 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).

“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 (see Dr. Emanuel’s chart nearby).

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.”

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.”

Is this what Americans want?

He can call himself a “doctor” all he wants…in reality, he is a Mengele.

Don’t read the whole thing if you don’t want to see the truth about the pre-meditated, murderous death nature of this administration.

Abandon the AARP, abandon any Congress critter who even thinks about “compromising” on YOUR healthcare options and abandon BO’s evil empire once and for all.

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Related Previous Posts:

  • Aug. 22 — Latest Pajamas Media Column (’Meet Rahm Emanuel’s Brother: Dr. Zeke the Bleak’) Is Up (See UPDATE for WaPo Editorial)
  • Aug. 24 — Zeke the Bleak Tries a Sneak

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘There Are Two Types of Boycotts: The Elite-Supported and the Invisible’) Is Up

NoToGMandChrysler0109glenn-beckNoWholeFoodsIt’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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In the column, I noted that Glenn Beck, one of the elitist targets whose boycott getting plenty of media attention, outdrew the other three cable news channels combined on Monday night.

RedState’s Erick Erickson noted this morning that this trend is continuing, with a vengeance (“How’s That Glenn Beck Boycott Working Out For You Pathetic Leftists?”:

On Wednesday Glenn Beck had his best day ever. And it wasn’t just Glenn Beck’s best day, he crushed everyone else on cable.

The kicker? Rush Limbaugh was his guest.

….. By the way, did you know that a number of the advertisers they claim are boycotting Beck have never even advertised on his show?

Here is Media Bistro’s ratings chart for Wednesday:

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Beck wiped out the combined competition by 2-1. What’s more, and this is almost unheard of, his margin of 2.36 over all competitors in the 25-54 demographic was greater than it was in total viewers (2.04).

Beck might be well advised to send thank-you notes — heck, even money — to “green jobs czar” Van Jones, colorofchange.org, and the others determined to continue their boycott. 4 million viewers, here we come!

As to Erick’s contention that many supposedly boycotting advertisers weren’t airing commercials during Beck’s show in the first place, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air investigated and confirmed that very point on August 19.

Positivity: British WWII vet seeks French radio op who saved ship

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 9:45 am

From Nantes, France:

Former British World War II sailor Peter Cadman, now 84, has embarked on a final mission to close a chapter of history and pay tribute to the French resistance hero who saved his ship.

Cadman, of Cavendish in Suffolk, southern England, has written to French historians in a bid to identify the underground radio operator who tipped off a British fleet to a planned German ambush in the seas off Brittany.

On February 8, 1944 his vessel, the aircraft carrier HMS Pursuer, was spotted by the Luftwaffe as it headed south towards Gibraltar and six German bombers based at the French city of Nantes were scrambled to sink it.

Luckily for the Allies, a French radio operator intercepted the German communication and tipped off British command in London, which in turn sent fighters to intercept the German mission and saved the day.

The Attacker-class escort carrier was protecting a convoy of ships loaded with fuel for the British base in Gibraltar and would have made a choice target for the Germans.

“If a single one of the bombers had been on target just once, it could have blown up the ship and the deaths of 650 sailors would have been unavoidable,” said Cadman, in a letter sent in French to the Nantes History Museum.

The museum has begun a search for the mystery resistance operative, publicising the case in the local media and studying its archives. ….

Go here for the rest of the story.

Lickety-Split Links (082809, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:01 am

Barely scratching the surface:

  • A relatively prominent (for a lefty) lib talker yesterday claimed that Ted Kennedy’s older brothers JFK and RFK were murdered by “the right wing.” Facts: Lee Harvey Oswald, who killed JFK, had a “commitment to Marxism and communism.” Sirhan Sirhan, who killed RFK and is still in prison, was motivated by Bobby’s support of Israel. Sirhan is so “right wing” that longtime Obama pal and Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers dedicated his 1974 book “Prairie Fire” to him. Too many on the Left won’t even face the truth about who killed their heroes.
  • Carol McKinley’s “Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way,” which appeared here at BizzyBlog and at Carol’s Lead Us Not Into Temptation blog on August 3, was published at Judie Brown’s American Life League blog on August 17. Carol’s Reax: “As far as I’m concerned, the only place better to defend life in all of Christendom than having your column featured at Judie Brown’s ALL is a spot on the Pope’s piazza!”
  • Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu uses misguided reasoning (HT to an e-mailer), but for the moment, I’ll take it — “I’d like to cover everyone — that would be the moral thing to do — but it would be immoral to bankrupt the country while doing so.” One can go to quite a few places with this quote, but the best points to make are that first, what ObamaCare envisions won’t cover everyone, or even come close; and second, there’s a big difference between “covering everyone” and the state controlling the health care system.
  • “Great” moments in statist health care“‘Cruel and neglectful’ care of one million NHS patients exposed; One million NHS patients have been the victims of appalling care in hospitals across Britain, according to a major report released today.”
  • Oops (HT MKH at the Weekly Standard) “Some people, including Medicare recipients, will have to give up some current benefits to truly reform the nation’s health-care system, Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO) told a gathering of constituents in Fort Collins on Wednesday.” B-B-B-But Obama said there would be no cuts in Medicare benefits ….