Dr. Weeks’ Comment: This from the architect of Obama Care… “I am about ‘I’m not going to the doctor. I’m going to stop doing the doctor stuff,'”… Dear Reader, I just thought you’d want to know that rationing and death panels are indeed in our near future.
Also as regards Dr. Emanuel’s statement “Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years,” who will be surprised when he changes his mind upon the event of his 76th birthday…..
In an article in September’s issue of “The Atlantic” provocatively titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” Emanuel spelled out his case for why longevity in life didn’t necessarily translate to quality as people advanced in age.
“Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years,” Emanuel wrote in the article. “Here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: Living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived.”
Emanuel told “Morning Joe” that it all boiled down to “the meaning and the purpose of your life,” adding that Americans had a tendency to believe they were the “American immortal — they do everything to live as long as possible.”
“One of the big American beliefs is this thing called compression of morbidity. You know, we’re just going to be healthy, healthy, healthy, fall off the cliff, and we won’t have any of this disability.
“The reality is, that hasn’t been, in the last 25 years, the way it’s gone. Disabilities increase every time we live longer. And then there’s Alzheimer’s. At 85, between a third and half of the people have Alzheimer’s. Does that sound so desirable to you to live to 100?” he said.
One fear of Obamacare among some was the concept of “death panels” that could deny treatment for illness for a person as they advanced in age. Emanuel said that while he had “been against euthanasia for 25 years,” he did support the idea of a person halting their medical care once they got to a certain age.
“I am about ‘I’m not going to the doctor. I’m going to stop doing the doctor stuff,'” he said. “The question isn’t living longer. The question is high-quality life. This is what most people want.”