What does ObamaCare mean for you?
From August 12, 2009:
ObamaCare means rationing of health care services.
Obama dodges and weaves on that, trying to avoid admitting that care will indeed be rationed.
He, of course, doesn't want the public to understand what government-run health care would really entail.
At his alleged town hall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire yesterday, (actually, it was more like a campaign rally), Obama extolled the wisdom of "expert health panels" and their role in government-run health care.
OBAMA: In terms of these expert health panels -- well, this goes to the point about "death panels" -- that's what folks are calling them. The idea is actually pretty straightforward, which is if we've got a panel of experts, health experts, doctors, who can provide guidelines to doctors and patients about what procedures work best in what situations, and find ways to reduce, for example, the number of tests that people take -- these aren't going to be forced on people, but they will help guide how the delivery system works so that you are getting higher-quality care.
Obama touts the judgment of these "expert health panels."
One such "health expert" is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a top adviser to Obama.
Ezekiel Emanuel has a system for determining how to allocate health services. (Allocating, in effect, is rationing.)
Emanuel promotes the "Complete Lives System" as a way to decide who gets treatment and who is denied.
Read The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9661, Pages 423 - 431, 31 January 2009.
Age-based priority for receiving scarce medical interventions under the complete lives system
Emanuel, WHITE HOUSE HEALTH CARE POLICY ADVISER, has some very scary ideas about who's fit to live and who's life has been full enough.
Look at the chart. Determining whether to permit medical intervention on a curve?
Should older Americans be concerned about this? I think so. The very young are also targeted.
At his event in Portsmouth yesterday, Obama tried to convince Americans that rationing won't occur under his single payer plan.
But we've seen how socialized medicine works. It doesn't raise the standards of care for everyone. It creates scarcity. Quality care? Forget it.
Obama mocked opponents who point out that a government-run health care system bent on trimming expenses will mean cutting services.
OBAMA: Let me just be specific about some things that I've been hearing lately that we just need to dispose of here. The rumor that's been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for "death panels" that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we've decided that we don't -- it's too expensive to let her live anymore. And there are various -- there are some variations on this theme.
The Complete Lives System does "pull the plug on grandma."
Emanuel is an "expert" Obama admires.
As Obama said in Portsmouth, "[W]e've got a panel of experts, health experts, doctors, who can provide guidelines to doctors and patients about what procedures work best in what situations."
These same experts also will provide guidelines to doctors about what procedures will not be allowed.
Remember what Obama said on ABC during his health care infomercial in response to this question from Jane Sturm:
OBAMA: We're not going to solve every difficult problem in terms of end-of-life care. A lot of that is going to have to be we as a culture and as a society starting to make better decisions within our own families and for ourselves.
But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system, that's not making anybody's mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs, that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off not having the surgery but taking the painkiller.
If the "expert health panel" deems certain treatments not cost effective, the government WILL be pulling the plug on "grandma."
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