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Obama Policy Advisors Want To Ration Elder Healthcare: Glenn Beck

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Posted on August 7 2009 12:08 am

President Obama continues to push his path-to-universal-healthcare scheme even as polls show Americans think he’s taking on too much and is in far too much of a hurry to push through his expensive healthcare plans, Glenn Beck said on his TV program Thursday.

Not surprisingly, Beck added, the president’s approval rating has fallen to 50 percent, which is below where President Bush’s approval rating sat after his first six months in office.

Obama’s current healthcare plan would cost about $1.6 trillion, Beck said. “If it goes as well as the other government medical programs we’ve tried — or say, ‘cash for clunkers”‘ — it will only cost us $13 trillion.”

When the government is strapped for cash, it will have to decide who gets what. “Who in government will be influencing and making those life and death decisions?” asked Beck. “The organizers, the advisers and the ‘czars.’”

Beck reported that Ezekiel Emanuel, who is advising the president, has some scary ideas about how to keep healthcare costs down. Emanuel, who is the brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, wrote:

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… The Complete Lives system justifies preference to younger people because of priority to the worst-off rather than instrumental value.

Yikes. In other words, if according to Emanuel’s calculus you’re not valuable enough to society, you won’t get the care you need.

 

Another so-called czar whom the media has ignored is Cass Sunstein, who wrote in the Columbia Law Review in 2004: ”I urge that the government should indeed focus on life-years rather than lives. A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.”

Beck added:

 

I want to make it very clear: What these people are talking about is how to ration in case of an emergency shortage — shortage of kidneys, hospital beds or flu vaccine. What we all need to remember is that universal health care creates another shortage: a shortage of money. And when we are out of money, these are the people making the rules governing your health care.

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