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Good and Bad Health Care Reform Facts

Good News—Your Voice Counts:
Associated Press reported the congressional computers are overwhelmed with messages regarding health care reform. Jeff Ventura with the House administrative office, said, “It is clearly health care reform. There’s no doubt about it.”

Senator Chuck Grassley (R) confirmed, his chamber’s Finance Committee dropped the controversial “end-of-life provisions” from its bill “because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly…”

The debate regarding rationing and assisted suicide are pouring in the press and across the country. The U.S. House is not able to handle the large amount of emails.

Bad Facts:
The Fund for the Public offering to pay “volunteers” to support the President’s Health Care Reform.
This ad promises $400-$600 a week to those agreeing to rally on the administration’s behalf, presumably at town hall meetings.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called America’s health care non-conformers “evil-mongers.” Recently, he decided to change his terminology, telling reporters, “I maybe could have been less descriptive. I doubt you’ll hear it from me again.”


Date: 2009-07-27

Now is our chance to make health care work.

America’s health care system is broken. Health care costs are spiraling out of control, throwing families, businesses and government into financial crisis. Families are worried their health coverage won’t be there when they need it. Our country can’t afford to wait for health reform that keeps costs down and protects consumers.

We can’t wait for affordable, dependable health care.

We’re fighting for health care that will protect families’ financial health, lay out a clear path for all Americans to afford health care, and improve patient safety and quality care.

You can work for change this summer.

Join motivated staff around the country working to make change happen. You can make great friends and money along the way. Earn $4000-$6000 this summer.

To apply for a job, visit our website——or call Chris at [213-251-8630.]

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: 
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, President Obama’s medical guide for his Health Care Reform Bill, advocated a health care system in which services “should not be guaranteed” to anyone whose circumstances or conditions “[prevent them] from being or becoming participating citizens.” (The Hastings Center Report, November-December 1996).The question is posed, who defines a “participating citizen”? Would older or disabled Americans be excluded from care because they aren’t perceived by Washington as contributing members to society?
In a New York Post opinion article, Ezekiel Emanuel was described by Betsy McCaughey as a “Deadly Doctor.” The article, which accused Dr. Emanuel of advocating healthcare rationing by age and disability, was quoted from on the floor of the House of Representatives by Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.
Dr. Emanuel also stated the health care plan should give priority to those who are “between roughly 15 and 40 years…”
Emanuel wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association (June 18, 2009) that “Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously….”when it comes to doing “no harm.”  
The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9661, Pages 423 – 431, 31 January 2009, Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions. Govind Persad BS a, Alan Wertheimer PhD a, Ezekiel J Emanuel MD: 

“Allocation of very scarce medical interventions such as organs and vaccines is a persistent ethical challenge. We evaluate eight simple allocation principles that can be classified into four categories: treating people equally, favouring the worst-off, maximising total benefits, and promoting and rewarding social usefulness. No single principle is sufficient to incorporate all morally relevant considerations and therefore individual principles must be combined into multiprinciple allocation systems. We evaluate three systems: the United Network for Organ Sharing points systems, quality-adjusted life-years, and disability-adjusted life-years. We recommend an alternative system–the complete lives system–which prioritises younger people who have not yet lived a complete life, and also incorporates prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value principles.


  Health Care Bill in its entirety:
All life is sacred to God (Psalm 139—the Bible)
Jesus Christ can save anyone from their sins (1 John 5:10-13—the Bible)


August 17, 2009 - Posted by | Health Care Reform, News, Obama, Politics, President Obama, Uncategorized |

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