"Dr. Emanuel argues that to make such decisions, the focus cannot be only on the worth of the individual. He proposes adding the communitarian perspective to ensure that medical resources will be allocated in a way that keeps society going: "Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity—those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations—are to be socially guaranteed as basic. Covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia." (Hastings Center Report, November-December, 1996)"
What is going on here? Where are the journalists with integrity? (I know there are some on Fox News.) How can they let Obama continue to say that his health care plan will not require rationing. Dr. Emanuel is the health policy advisor at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the Federal Council on Comparative Research. AND....are you ready for this? He is described as a bioethicist!!! Yup, this guy is a bioethicist. We actually live in a country where a man who has said the above quote is not dismissed as an irrational and ill individual, if not a sociopath. He is a bioethicist and advisor to the President of the United States!!!
So, Dr. Emanuel, if those with dementia are not to receive health care, how about those with Downs Syndrome? Those with learning disabilities? How about the physically handicapped? The mentally retarded?
And Dr. Emanuel, may I ask, when exactly did you decide you were entitled to take on the authority of God?
If President Obama is not interested in health care rationing he would not have this man as an advisor. Just because rationing may not be spelled out in the bill does not mean it will not happen. The President clearly thinks these are good ideas.
I will write about this more later. Some of you may remember my mother suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for many years. I am actually too upset about this to go on. Plus, Blogger or something is messing with my spacing. It feels like harassment. If there are odd spaces in this post, know that I'm trying to fix it.