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Rationing Certain to Follow

If you don't think the healthcare plan of Barack Obama and the leaders in Congress will result in widespread rationing of medical services, here are some sobering realities.

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to Barack Obama. Dr. Emanuel is a chief architect behind the healthcare plan. He was quoted in 1996 saying medical benefits of a government-controlled healthcare plan would not be given to (and I quote) "individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens." Just in case you're wondering if you've read this right, Dr. Emanuel clarifies by adding, "An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

So who else will be killed by medical neglect under such a health plan? It will likely be patients with Down syndrome, Parkinson's or one of many other debilitating illnesses. But wait, you say, that quote is over ten years old. Surely he's got a different opinion now. Not so. Dr. Emanuel defended discrimination against senior citizens when he wrote the following in the January 31, 2009 issue of the medical journal, Lancet*: "Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious [offensive] discrimination." The "allocation" he's talking about is healthcare services-many of which are critical to sustaining life or at the very least, a better quality of life. We're talking about everything from life-saving bypass surgery to joint replacements.

To help pay for universal healthcare, they plan to rob billions of dollars from Medicare, which is already under-funded. It's a blueprint for guaranteed rationing of health services for our most weak and vulnerable citizens.

Less than a year ago (Nov. 16, 2008), Dr. Emanuel gave us a hint of their Chicago-style methods of getting what they want. He wrote a column in Health Care Watch that stated: "Every favor to a constituency should be linked to support for the health-care reform agenda. If the automakers want a bailout, then they and their suppliers have to agree to support and lobby for the administration's health-reform effort." This level of arrogance was being displayed months before Barack Obama took office.

It's absolutely imperative that you contact your two Senators and member of the House of Representatives. Tell them that under no circumstances do you want them to support a government-controlled healthcare plan that allows rationing or funding for abortion. Here's the link. Please do it now.

U. S. Senate: www.senate.gov
House of Representatives: www.house.gov

Sincerely,
Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute

* The link provided above is a PDF version of the entire article. You can read the article's summary here.

08/04/09

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