According to one health policy advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. they do.
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” (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 18, 2008). But Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else. He believes that “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” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96).
Translation: Don’t give much care to a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.
So now it’s doctors who determine social justice in this country??
He explicitly defends discrimination against older patients: “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years” (Lancet, Jan. 31).
The bills being rushed through Congress will be paid for largely by a $500 billion-plus cut in Medicare over 10 years. Emanuel criticizes Americans for being too “enamored with technology” and is determined to reduce access to it.
Dr. David Blumenthal, another key Obama adviser, agrees. He recommends slowing medical innovation to control health spending.
This entire article, at http://www.defendyourhealthcare.us/ is amazing. Scoll down a bit to see the article, called Deadly Doctors. The woman who runs this site, Betsy McCaughey, claims to have read the entire Senate bill on health care and has a lot of interesting things to say about it. For instance:
Shockingly, only a portion of the money accumulated from slashing senior benefits and raising taxes goes to pay for covering the uninsured. The Senate bill allocates huge sums to “community transformation grants,” home visits for expectant families, services for migrant workers — and the creation of dozens of new government councils, programs and advisory boards slipped into the last 500 pages.
I’m so shocked.
So if 83% of Americans are happy with their health care, why is the government (supposedly of the people, by the people, and for the people) trying to force everyone into a different health care plan? Oh, and by the way, Obama lied when he said “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” According to Betsy, the bills now before Congress would force you to switch to a managed-care plan with limits on your access to specialists and tests.
He lied? Oh, I’m so surprised.