Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel-Reason #1 Not to Support Obamacare

Here is the first of at least a few articles of me explaining why I am against Obamacare. Since the issue of "death panels" has been at the forefront recently, I will start there. While the section is called End of Life Counseling, Sarah Palin was correct in her assessment in describing them as "death panels."

First- There is a mandate in this bill that requires every five years that you absolutely MUST participate in Advanced Care Planning. What??? Govt should have no role in our lives whatsoever as to whether or not we have end of life counseling every five years or at all for that matter. This is yet another example of government trying to claim more control and power over our lives. And the result of this will be taking away even more of our freedom.


There are some items in this bill that would be good suggestions for citizens to take part in but should by no means be in this bill as a requirement. For the average citizen to have knowledge about such things as health care proxies, advanced directives, living wills and durable powers of attorney, and for them to be explained to you by a practitioner is a great idea, but this HAS NO PLACE BEING IN A HEALTH CARE BILL!

Ezekiel Emanuel M.D., P.H.D., the brother of Rahm Emanuel, is a leading opponent of euthanasia laws, sometimes called state-assisted suicide, and a proponent of a Guaranteed Healthcare Access Plan. Emanuel is acting as Special Adviser for Health Policy to Peter Orszag, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. I believe he is the driving force behind Obamacare and the main architect of the bill as well.

One provision of the bill states that the practitioner gives a person a list of national and State-specific resources to assist consumers and their families with advance care planning, including the national toll-free hotline, the advance care planning clearinghouses, and State legal
service organizations.

In section 427 the bill talks about medical orders with regards to life sustaining treatment and how they are standardized all across the State. According to the bill certaiin agencies are involved in your decision making as well. Citizens are guided in their end of life decision making by a Coalition of Stake Holders which includes representatives from:
  1. emergency medical services,
  2. emergency department physicians or nurses,
  3. state long-term care association,
  4. state medical association,
  5. state surveyors,
  6. agency responsible for senior services,
  7. state department of health,
  8. state hospital association,
  9. home health association,
  10. state bar association,
  11. and state hospice association.
Just look above at the long list of government officials, as well as others who in this bill have a stake or a say in your end of life decisions. These would be quite a large number of people that would be a part of your decision making process if the end of life panels stay in the bill. I fear that these people would put mega amounts of pressure on doctors as well as citizens to favor and promote euthanasia.

Coalition of Stake Holders = DEATH PANEL

The fact that this is state run and that the government is involved in a person/patient's decision making is extremely scary to me. Who knows whether the government, in order to save money will be promoting euthanasia. One of the top advisers to the President backs the use of euthanasia so I don't believe it a far stretch by any means to think that these panels would promote euthanasia in order to save the government money, especially if the person is under the government- run health care.

On Chuck Norris's article called Dirty Secret No. 2 in Obamacare he reveals more details regarding Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. And his bible for health care reform
is his book Healthcare, Guaranteed.
Chuck Norris says, "I find it far more than a coincidence how much Emanuel's book parallels Obamacare's philosophy, strategy and proposed legislation."

'First, Emanuel rejects any attempts at incremental change or reform to our health care system (Page 185).
Second, in the chapter "Opening the Door to Comprehensive Change," starting on Page 171 (which reads more like a political and mass-manipulating strategy than a health care manual), Emanuel drives home "a key political lesson: the need to rush the legislation through." (Seen this methodology being used lately?!)'

'Third, as Obama crusades around the country pitching Obamacare, he continues to avoid giving virtually any specific details of the program. That, too, is a strategy of Emanuel's: "Americans need to avoid the policy weeds. Focusing on details will only distract and create tangles and traps (Page 183).'

'Fourth, Emanuel describes a comprehensive government health care program that is run completely by a national health board and 12 regional health boards ("modeled on the Federal Reserve System" -- Page 83). Critics would say, "But that is not the national board as described in Obamacare or H.R. 3200." Not yet, anyway. Does anyone doubt that the duties and power of the national "Health Benefits Advisory Committee" will morph and grow over time? And what power will it wield when it is like the Federal Reserve?'

'Fifth, Emanuel believes in the "phasing out of Medicare (and) Medicaid (pages 88-89 and 94-95)." Could their eventual termination be the reason Obama's administration won't merely reform those programs to accommodate its universal health care desires?'

'Sixth, Emanuel believes in ending employer-based health care (pages 109-112).'

Seventh, Emanuel believes a universal health care program could be paid for by phasing out Medicare and Medicaid, adopting a value-added tax of at least 10 percent, etc., and then allowing Americans themselves to "pay extra with after-tax dollars" (Page 100) for additional medical benefits (beyond the government program).

Chuck Norris states that wherever the money comes from, we will eventually PAY.

'Eighth, enough has been written lately about Emanuel's end-of-life counsel and consultation, including withholding his advice from The Hastings Center Report (in 1996) that medical care should be withheld from those "who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens. ... An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia." '

So, with the knowledge of this information about Ezekiel Emanuel, and with him being the Special Adviser for Health Policy to the White House,
I do believe that the End Of Life Counseling would essentially be "Death Panels."


Bungalow Bill said...

Of course it will lead to that. The government has to work under a budget, and once that budget is used up...

Teresa said...

Yep. I can't believe anyone would want our health care to follow Government models such as medicare and social security when there close to being bankrupt.

Ron Russell said...

Those who Obama surround himself with show a complete picture of the far left person we now have in the White House.

I just added you to my blogroll at Totus.

Opus #6 said...

Ezekiel is creepy. It chills me to think of people like this creating our new health care system. It would not be health care. It would be a way to control the people, body and soul. If this goes through, a great evil will have been wrought.

Barking Spider said...

You guys can't allow any part of this dangerous, despicable bill to be passed.

Thought you might also like to have a look at this, Teresa, if you haven't already seen it.

Teresa said...

His true colors are starting to show just how much of a far leftist he really is. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll.

You are correct. With Ezekiel in charge, this bill will be evil in nature.

Barking Spider,
Thank You very much for the link. I absolutely love Hannan. WE must definitely have to stop this horrible piece of legislation from passing.

MK said...

"I do believe that the End Of Life Counseling would essentially be "Death Panels.""

They will be. Even the mere mention/hint of such a thing ought to scare the daylights out of people.

Opus #6 said...

I am a Hannan fan, too. It is great to have his help in our health care debate.

WomanHonorThyself said...

your'e spot on Teresa!..they are inundated with creeps~!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to just drop in like this but:

I think you've all lost your minds. Do you also believe that the president is not a citizen? Think he's secretly plotting to kill everyone over 65?

Listen to yourselves! You're spreading unfounded rumors started by power-hungry Republicans and insurance companies who are bent on denying you services. You are spreading lies that will hurt you.

Start with some facts, employ your reason, and realize that the insurance companies already *ration* your care.

He's not evil, our president, he's just black.

Heaven help us when commentary goes this far into "red scare" territory!

Teresa said...

I totally agree that it should scare the crap out of people. Even if not scared, who the heck would want a health care system like medicare and social security when they are going bankrupt?

Yes, It is great to have Hannan in this health care debate.

Correct! The Obama administration are full of radicals who are creeps.

Teresa said...

You say, "I'm sorry to just drop in like this but"

So, Why do you then? Please Obamabot have some guts and show your name and stop hiding behind Anon.

Well, Since Obama has not sufficiently proven his citizenship by releasing his long-form birth certificate, I cannot verify whether he is an actual U.S. citizen or not.

Obamabot, you believe in fantasy and rumors. No. My article is not full of rumors. I reported what is in the Bill-H.R. 3200. Have you read any part of it? Or are you trusting Obama and his cronies like a lost little puppy dog?

I did have facts and employed reason. I can't help if you won't accept reality and are relying on your delusions as fact.

Insurance companies allow you to go to the doctors office, ER, Physical Therapy etc. With Obamacare there will be a higher level of rationing of health care due to the amount of new people
entering health care system and the lack of new physicians.

Obama is extremely radical. He has grown up with many radicals in his life. O.K. He may not be evil. He just likes promoting one race over the other.
No scare tactics by conservatives. Only by liberals scaring people into government run health care that will cause rationing among average Americans. Reform does not have to include the government.

Nancy said...

This is simply a lie. There is no 'mandate'. If you cannot cite to one, you should retract this lunacy.

Teresa said...

No. Not a lie. The wording is so iffy it implies a mandate. Besides this section has no business being a part of the bill. Govt, can twist anything including words to fit their agenda, including promoting euthanasia to cut costs.

Nancy said...

Ah, so it it doesn't say mandate.
It simply provides that if you want to consult your doctor about living wills, DNR orders, and other issues vital to anyone facing old age, Medicare will pay for it. Seems like a terrific idea to me. That is why it was originally proposed by sensible conservative legislators in related legislation. How does that possibly equate to what you call a 'mandate' to force people to ask that their ventilators be turned off? I really object to people falling back on weaselly phrases like 'well, it implies, so gosh, that's really the same thing,'
Wasn't there a time recently when conservatives stood for clarity in language and thought? Isn't the decent, ethical thing to do to retract your false statement?

Teresa said...

No. Its vague enough to be interpreted as a mandate. That is what Democrats intended. That's what you and other Libs always defend-the intention. The intention was sinister and did not want citizens to find it. There is no clarification whatsoever in that provision. Stop twisting the words in the bill to seem quite harmless, because they aren't. Plus your not facing the facts about who actually had input in this bill. It is far leftists who had input in the bill and are pro-euthanasia.

This provision has NO PLACE IN THIS BILL!!!!

Nancy said...

I think we are getting to the heart of things. You believe that a provision virtually identical in wording to that proposed by several leading conservative legislators and whose clear language does nothing more than permit Medicare reimbursement for a vital, compassionate service, is, notwithstanding its language, actually a mandate because there is a 'sinister intention' by the sponsors of this language to euthenise old people. It is obviously difficult to respond to such a level of sick paranoia (forgive the tautology) about our system of representative government.
And, by the way, precisely who are these 'far leftists' who 'had input into the bill'and who are 'pro-euthenasia.' And if you have the temerity to name Dr. Ezekial Emanuel, please explain how reconcile that with the fact that he is one of our country's most distinguished and well-documented opponents of euthenasia.

By the way - did you really, really say that our President 'likes promoting one race over the other'? You are not only a paranoid, you are a bigot and a demagogue as well.