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Friday, August 28, 2009

Here is a frightening look at Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. It highlights some of his crazier ideas, among them:

True reform, he argues, must include redefining doctors' ethical obligations. In the June 18, 2008, issue of JAMA, Dr. Emanuel blames the Hippocratic Oath for the "overuse" of medical care: "Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness," he writes. "This culture is further reinforced by a unique understanding of professional obligations, specifically the Hippocratic Oath's admonition to 'use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment' as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of cost or effect on others."

In numerous writings, Dr. Emanuel chastises physicians for thinking only about their own patient's needs. He describes it as an intractable problem: "Patients were to receive whatever services they needed, regardless of its cost. Reasoning based on cost has been strenuously resisted; it violated the Hippocratic Oath, was associated with rationing, and derided as putting a price on life. . . . Indeed, many physicians were willing to lie to get patients what they needed from insurance companies that were trying to hold down costs." (JAMA, May 16, 2007).

Wow, redefinining the Hippocratic Oath. Words cannot describe the insanity of this man's approach. Unless you live in a socialist utopian fantasy. I hope people are ready to continue this fight against nationalized health care, as every voice in opposition is critically important to halt these progressives and their attempt to redefine the aim of medicine in America. The whole piece just gives me chills.

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