And so it begins. Death Panels are back in the USA, the ones we were told never existed. Our healthcare system will eventually look like the UK’s.
In the UK, a family trying to get an advanced treatment for their son who is dying of a brain tumor, were arrested by INTERPOL in Spain! They pulled their son out of the UK hospital and fled the country when the treatment they believed their son needed was denied. They are now under arrest and cannot see their dying child. The UK healthcare system makes the government the final decision maker over life and death, even over parents.
This is where the US is headed, and to start, US Death Panels are back.
Obamacare will prove to be Deathcare because the government has to dole out the money and they want fewer of the people who cost too much. The Death Panels which Democrats said didn’t exist are being set in stone in our medical system.
Dr. Emanuel, one of the authors of Obamacare, has redefined a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs.
Insurance companies have begun to pay doctors to discuss “end of life” with seniors five years after the Democrats claimed there were no death panels and Sarah Palin was crazy to think there were. They even cover the Death Panel sessions for Medicaid patients in some states.
This is a mindset that will take over medicine. Instead of safeguarding life as long as possible, which was always the clear standard, the government will now get their wish – push the elderly to an early death.
Insurance companies are calling it “advance care planning.”
The Times writes: “People are living longer with illnesses, and many want more input into how they will spend their final days, including whether they want to die at home or in the hospital, and whether they want full-fledged life-sustaining treatment, just pain relief or something in between.”
That is usually the province of lawyers planning peoples’ wills, healthcare proxies and advanced planning, and that is where it belongs, not in the hands of doctors who are supposed to save lives.
While the insurance companies are getting blamed for this, one must remember that they are now government employees and this change had to come directly from the president.
The AMA, handmaidens to Obama, made the request.
If someone is near the end of their life, they can choose the medical treatment, they have always been able to decide that. There is no purpose in these discussions unless they are trying to change the way we all think about the sacredness of life.
Euthanasia can’t be far behind.
In 2011, Dr. Elaina George, a Princeton graduate and board certified Otolarynologist, warned us about Dr. Eekiel Emanuel’s Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research which is changing the way our government healthcare system works. It uses the complete lives system which bases the types and amounts of treatments and medicines on a person’s age.
Obamacare assumes, as Dr. George says, that doctors, in consultation with their patients, do not have the ability to make the right healthcare choices so they appointed a 15-member board of bureaucrats – IPAB or Independent Payment Advisory Board – to make decisions about how doctors and hospitals are paid while ignoring the doctor-patient relationship and the Hippocratic Oath.
Presidential appointees, completely outside of Congress’ jurisdiction, will have power over life and death instead of the physician and the patient.
Deep within the Stimulus was $1.1 billion to set up the framework for Obamacare using the Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. It will use a complete lives system such as the one promoted by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (Rahm Emanuel’s extremist physician brother) or some version thereof.
Basically, if you are very young (under 10, definitely for those under 2) or very old (over 55), you will receive less and less care under this model. The goal is to separate the doctors from the patients emotionally so doctors will be able to ignore their Hippocratic Oath.
Dr. George says, A second board created by the stimulus bill called The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology “will determine treatment at the time and place of care”. They are charged with deciding the course of treatment for the diagnosis given by the doctor.
It is clear why there has been a big push towards the implementation of universal electronic medical record use. It becomes a tool to completely control the physician and the patient.
Those physicians and hospitals that choose to practice individualized patient care in consultation with their patients will be punished because they are not “meaningful users of the system over time.”
The Reaper Curve is pictured above. Ezekiel Emanuel used the above chart in a Lancet article to illustrate the ages on which health spending should be focused. “Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions” The Lancet, January 31, 2009
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).
Without the Hippocratic Oath, the sacredness of life is greatly diminished.
In 2011, Dr. George told us doctors would either follow the government bureaucrat’s mandates to the letter or they would be fined and /or arrested. The fines are large and the jail sentences long.
People didn’t listen.
We are headed for a merciless system run by politically-appointed paper-pushers.
Say goodbye to Grandma.
John McCain supports Sarah Palin on the Death Panels in the video below.