WHY IT'S OKAY TO WORRY ABOUT HEALTHCARE RATIONING
1. When a politician like Obama talks about cutting costs of Medicare and making it more efficient, it is not unreasonable for non-political and somewhat perceptive citizens to translate such spin language into "rationing" - especially when the president himself advises governors not to use the term for fear of the political consequences.
2. When you have a administration that appoints someone like Ezekiel Emanuel as an advisor or an establishment that thinks Peter Singer is kind of nifty, it's okay to be worried.
And it would help if the Democrats and the media stopped acting like only crazy people worried about rationing.
Ed Koch, Real Clear Politics - Most alarming for people like me, who at 84 years of age recently needed a quadruple bypass and aortic valve replacement, are the pronouncements of President Obama's appointee, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who, according to a New York Post op ed article by Betsy McCauley, former Lt. Governor of the State of New York, stated, "Savings, he writes, will require changing how doctors think about their patients: Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, 'as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others'" He also stated, ";communitarianism' should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those 'who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens...An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.'"
Peter Singer, NY Times Magazine - In the current
The case for explicit health care rationing in the
Rationing health care means getting value for the billions we are spending by setting limits on which treatments should be paid for from the public purse. . . The debate over health care reform in the