September 7, 2009

Obama To Decide Who Lives & Who Dies

Ezekiel Emanuel, Chief Health-Care Policy Adviser to President Obama:
"Ultimately, the complete lives system...empowers us to decide fairly whom to save when genuine scarcity makes saving everyone impossible. When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated".

Exactly who decides what "fairly" means? God? Obama? Are they one and the same? Because if Obamination has his way, and you're not between 15 and 40, your life doesn't mean as much as those who do fall into that age group.

If this doesn't scare the shit out of you, you'd better stop drinking the Kool-Aid.


nyp said...

This is an incredibly misleading and unfair slur on a distinguished oncologist. Dr. Emanuel's article was expressly limited to the special case of scarce medical interventions - such as a limited supply of transplant organs or new vaccines where there there are more qualified recipients than there are donors. It says so in the very first sentence of the article. You chose to leave out of your post the fact that his article was limited to organ donations and scarce vaccines. Why did you decide to do that?

And, by the way, don't you think it would have been helpful if your readers had known that Dr. Emanuel was one of the leading opponents of assisted suicide. Of course, that would have blown a large hole in your thesis. Better to simply mislead.

Paladin said...

Wow. So that's what a Kool-Aid drinker sounds like. Thanks for making Hobbes' point for him, nyp.

Hands off my healthcare!

nyp said...

Fascinating - you make absolutely no attempt to engage my arguments. Just invective.