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August 12, 2009

WHY IT'S OKAY TO WORRY ABOUT HEALTHCARE RATIONING

To understand where the debate about healthcare rationing came from, it's important to note two things:

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 U.S. debate over health care reform, "rationing" has become a dirty word. Meeting last month with five governors, President Obama urged them to avoid using the term, apparently for fear of evoking the hostile response that sank the Clintons’ attempt to achieve reform. . .

The case for explicit health care rationing in the United States starts with the difficulty of thinking of any other way in which we can continue to provide adequate health care to people on Medicaid and Medicare, let alone extend coverage to those who do not now have it. Health-insurance premiums have more than doubled in a decade, rising four times faster than wages. . .

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 United States should start from the premise that some form of health care rationing is both inescapable and desirable. Then we can ask, What is the best way to do it?



3 Comments:

Anonymous hypocritic oath said...

I have concerns because my wife has been diagnosed with Parkinson's for which she is prescribed carbidopa leva which makes her feel the urge to urinate rather constantly though there is no urine to expel. It's annoying for her. I actually believe her real condition is caused by thirty years of exposure to dog dip. She was a kennel huntsmen for some rich despicable dregs for thirty years before being discarded with no compensation. Back to the point, I believe our current epidemic of cancer and neural disorders is directly attributable to toxins from agribusiness, manufacturing, and corporate chemical soup. But the AMA, drugcos and healthcos are not interested in health (at least other than their own) and certainly not justice which could prove expensive if not fatal for them. In a a word we don't have a healthcare system, we have a consumer fleecing cover-your-ass system.

August 12, 2009 2:34 PM  
Anonymous pay justice said...

First, my heartfelt sympathies and good wishes to you and your wife, hypocritic oath.

Next, I think it's crazy NOT to realize that austerity measures are CERTAINLY being planned for those already in the house of have-not. I wish Obama's forked fucking tongue would fall right out of his lying mouth!

It is a waking NIGHTMARE that Americans can't see through this goddamn evil shit! Nothing seems able to drive people to see the big picture...but the pattern is so obvious! More and more and more for bankster fraudsters and militarists' profiteering plundering adventures and corporado CEO's - TRILLIONS for these destructive forces and parties - and meantime people are going to entertain the bogus and disgusting and DEADLY idea of rationing of HEALTHCARE?

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOUR BRAINS, AMERICA?!

THIS IS MURDER! IT'S COOPERATION WITH GENO-SADISTIC SUICIDE! COME TO YOUR SENSES FOR HEAVENSAKE!!

We should be DEMANDING that EVERY overseas military base be closed before we listen to ANY talk of rationing healthcare!!!!

MY GOD...WHAT ARE WE DOING?!

ARE WE THINKING WITH OUR ELBOWS OR WHAT????!!!

August 13, 2009 6:54 AM  
Anonymous robbie said...

Single-payer universal health care would allay any fears about rationing.

August 13, 2009 7:26 AM  

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