“The Public Option Is Not Your Enemy ” – Oh Really?

Naked Emperor News put together great video that has been making the rounds this weekend, that proves the Obama Administration is lying outright when they promise “nothing will change” for those with private insurance, if ObamaCare is signed into law. What Obama and his policy architects really want is the eventual elimination of private health insurance and the establishment of a nationalized, single payer health care system controlled by the Federal government. Watch it and learn:

You should also take a few minutes and watch this next video, put together by the VerumSerum bloggers, which includes the Jan Schakowsky clip as well as video of Jacob Hacker, architecht of the Obama Administration’s government-run Public Option health plan. Hacker has long been a supporter of single-payer socialized medicine and admits that his ultimate policy goal is the piecemeal destruction of the private health insurance industry – “We’re going to get there, over time, slowly, and we’ll move away from reliance on employment-based health insurance, as we should. But we’ll do it in a way that we’re not going to frighten people into thinking they’re going to lose their private insurance.”

Finally, this article about the views of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and Dr. David Blumenthal, both senior Obama health care advisers, should frighten anyone who believes that everyone deserves the best quality health care even if they are mentally or physically disabled, elderly, or chronically ill:

Savings, [Dr. Emanuel] writes, will require changing how doctors think about their patients: Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, “as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others” (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 18, 2008).

Yes, that’s what patients want their doctors to do. But Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else.

Many doctors are horrified by this notion; they’ll tell you that a doctor’s job is to achieve social justice one patient at a time.

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”

With people like this in charge of rationing our health care, the “public option” will soon become public enemy number one. This doesn’t have to be our future, but in order to stop it we must have the courage to stand up against government tyranny and keep health care in the private sector, where individuals or their families — not government bureaucrats — are free to make their own health care choices.

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