As a registered Democrat who no longer automatically votes along party lines, I am appalled at what President Obama's advisers on health care are planning to do with our lives. Are you? Part of living a green lifestyle is about not only keeping an eye on the future health of our planet, but also looking out for the future health of each and every one of us. Obama's health care plan is certainly turning me green...as in the color you turn before you puke.
I was all for health care reform but the bill that passed into law through back room deals was NOT THE RIGHT PLAN and it must be repealed. Do you really know what President Obama's health care advisers have in mind for you?
God help you if you are not 25 or have any type of disability. Regardless of whether or not Obama calls it what it is, we will be subjected to death panels. Obama's own adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel put it this way in February of 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) , "Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality of care are merely 'lipstick' cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change."
Oh but he didn't stop there. In the June 18, 2008, issue of JAMA, Dr. Ezekiel writes "Medical school education and post graduate education emphasize thoroughness. 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."
Oh so right, if it weren't for that damn Hippocratic Oath, we could save sooo much money on health care right?
Now meet President Obama's national coordinator of health-information technology, Dr. David Blumenthal. Part of Dr. Blumenthal's job is insure that doctors follow electronically delivered guidelines about what care the government approves as appropriate and cost effective.
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.)
So do you get this yet? Your doctor will no longer be allowed to manage your care as they see fit. Advisers like Dr. Blumenthal will be setting the guidelines for your care to be handed down from a government data base of care.
No wonder so many doctors are so angry; they get it.
How do you think we are going to pay for this health care plan without rationing and dare I say it, death panels?
We must remember who we are. As Americans, we hold the key to reversing this health care plan. Use your voice and vote this November to elect people who will help us repeal this flawed plan and do not be afraid to inform your friends and family so they can act too!
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