Sunday, August 16, 2009

Can't Imagine what they are upset about

Nice discussion of Obama's leading healthcare adviser, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.  My favorite is from a 1996 Journal article he wrote:

"services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

I just don't don't understand what these old people are riled up about?  Who could have gotten them so upset? But is not just old people:

"he and his coauthors proposed a system of valuation that could take into account that "[a] young person with a poor prognosis has had few life-years but lacks the potential to live a complete life. Considering prognosis forestalls the concern that disproportionately large amounts of resources will be directed to young people with poor prognoses.""

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