Down Syndrome


Rahm Emanuel’s Brother and Obama’s Top Health Advisor: No Medical Care for Those Who Are Not “Participating Citizens.” For what it’s worth.

Rahm Emanuel’s brother, who is, unsurprisingly enough a “top health adviser” to Obama (”He has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.”), “believes that ‘communitarianism’ should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those ‘who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . .’”

Medical care should be withheld from those who are not “participating citizens.” Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before.  Read the entire post Source..

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THE health bills coming out of Congress would put the de cisions about your care in the hands of presidential appointees. They’d decide what plans cover, how much leeway your doctor will have and what seniors get under Medicare.

Yet at least two of President Obama’s top health advisers should never be trusted with that power.

Start with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He has already been appointed to two key positions: health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research.

Emanuel bluntly admits that the cuts will not be pain-free. “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change,” he wrote last year (Health Affairs Feb. 27, 2008).

Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ‘96).

Translation: Don’t give much care to a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.

He explicitly defends discrimination against older patients: “Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years” (Lancet, Jan. 31).

The bills being rushed through Congress will be paid for largely by a $500 billion-plus cut in Medicare over 10 years. Knowing how unpopular the cuts will be, the president’s budget director, Peter Orszag, urged Congress this week to delegate its own authority over Medicare to a new, presidentially-appointed bureaucracy that wouldn’t be accountable to the public.

Emanuel criticizes Americans for being too “enamored with technology” and is determined to reduce access to it.

Dr. David Blumenthal, another key Obama adviser, agrees. He recommends slowing medical innovation to control health spending.

Blumenthal has long advocated government health-spending controls, though he concedes they’re “associated with longer waits” and “reduced availability of new and expensive treatments and devices” (New England Journal of Medicine, March 8, 2001). But he calls it “debatable” whether the timely care Americans get is worth the cost. (Ask a cancer patient, and you’ll get a different answer. Delay lowers your chances of survival.)

The above are a few excerpts, read this New York Post article in it’s entirety here.

This abortion of a bill must be stopped. And oh yeah, by the way it may fund abortions. It looks like Obama, the champion of infanticide may also become the champion of euthanasia. Contact your elected representatives and tell them NO OBAMACARE. Contacting the Congress.

President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.

Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he’s gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.

He bowled a 129, the president said.

“That’s very good, Mr. President,” Leno said sarcastically.

It’s “like the Special Olympics or something,” the president said.

When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.

“The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,” White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said.

Lorie Byrd and Kim Priestap puts this in the proper, calm perspective:

Look, considering all the other things he has done and said the past two months, this comment is probably the least of his troubles, but I just have to wonder what the reaction to this would have been if it was President George Bush who said it. It remains to be seen how much attention and what kind of reaction the comment will get.

Kim adds: I understand President Obama was trying to make a self-deprecating joke, so I don’t want to make a bigger deal out of this that what it is, but, man that was cringe inducing. At least it was for me since I, like millions of other parents, have a disabled child. I mean his joke is right up there with Joe Biden asking a wheelchair-bound man to stand up. Obama certainly didn’t do anything to quell the teleprompter jokes.

I, too, could make a joke and tell the president to skip the comedy routine and stick to his day job, but he sucks even more at that. These from our friend at Obambi blog.

I agree with Kim. Here is a young man with Down Syndrome. He at that time worked part time at a local market bringing in grocery carts. Several of the young people he worked with took him for pizza bowling every Friday night. It was a deal at the bowling all the games you could bowl and all the pizza you could eat between certain hours. He got a lot of encouragement from his peers and consistently averaged over 100. He also participated in Special Olympics in earlier years. I take offense to Obama’s remark and I know for a fact that this is a true story. When he started doing Special Olympics, I wondered how good a coach they had working with these people. He was a full time coach at BOCES with the handicapped and I soon saw that it took a very special person to do this and was impressed with his patience working with people that were very often uncoordinated.

bowlingHe never used gutter bumpers, but in the very beginning sometimes ended up throwing his ball into the next lane.

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