While all the horrors being unleashed on Americans by Obamacare through the high-profile happenings of policy cancellations, sky-rocketing insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs are coming to light and are devastating to the millions of Americans having that most-personal of services, medical care, shattered by government tyranny, it’s incredibly important to point out that hidden deep in the “mouse type” of Obamacare is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) which was recently renamed Health Technology Assessment Commission (HTAC).
Americans are beginning to experience the horrendous monstrosity that is Obamacare: Prior to the smack-down passing of Obamacare, 85% of Americans had health insurance and nearly all of those Americans LIKED their HEALTH PLANS and they LIKED their DOCTORS. Only about 15% of Americans (at any given time) were NOT covered by a health insurance plan.
As implementation of Obamacare began to affect Americans with individual plans October 1, 2013, over 5.5 million people have received, or soon will receive, notices that their health insurance plans have been canceled and they have been thrown into Obamacare. These people, IF they can access the government websites, are finding their coverage will be greatly reduced while their premiums and out-of-pocket costs will be greatly increased.
Over and above the fact that insurance plans Americans were perfectly happy with have been outlawed by Obamacare and, consequently, eliminated by insurers, Americans are also finding that the DOCTORS THEY LIKE HAVE BEEN DROPPED http://news.yahoo.com/unitedhealth-drops-thousands-doctors-insurance-plans-wsj-030014903–finance.html and so have the hospitals they like. The first people being affected are the elderly as cuts are being made to Medicare plans. (This, of course, was wholly predicable with Obamacare cutting nearly 716 billion dollars from Medicare in order to fund Obamacare.) This is especially difficult for the elderly who have chronic health concerns and have built a trust level with their doctors.
As devastating as all of these happenings are, what is to come will overshadow these upheavals exponentially. Let me introduce you to one of Obama’s top-level advisers on healthcare: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm Emanuel’s older brother. Ezekiel Emanuel introduced the concept of “Complete Lives System” to determine the “fairest” way to allocate medical care and services. To that end Emanuel developed what has come to be known as the “Reaper Curve” which visually shows the general prioritization of medical care based on age: Americans under 10 years old and over 55 will be given the LEAST amount of medical care because those are the age groups that have the least ability to compensate the state for their medical care. In other words, premature babies and three-year-olds who develop leukemia, along with 60-year-olds who need a heart transplant will not be eligible for the expensive treatments they require in order to survive ~ The cost/benefit ratio FOR THE STATE does not exist. Therefore, these individuals are expendable and will be allowed to “expire.”
Emanuel explains the “Complete Lives System” in a paper he published in January of 2009. This brief excerpt explains his concept in his own words:
We recommend an alternative system—the complete lives system—which prioritises younger people who have not yet lived a complete life, and also incorporates prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value principles.
… Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritising adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfilment requires a complete life… Importantly, the prioritisation of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo.
The complete lives system also considers prognosis, since its aim is to achieve complete lives. A young person with a poor prognosis has had few life-years but lacks the potential to live a complete life… When the worst-off can benefit only slightly while better-off people could benefit greatly, allocating to the better-off is often justifiable. Some small benefits, such as a few weeks of life, might also be intrinsically insignificant when compared with large benefits.
Saving the most lives is also included in this system because enabling more people to live complete lives is better than enabling fewer.
… 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 (figure).
… Age can be established quickly and accurately from identity documents. Prognosis allocation encourages physicians to improve patients’ health
(Please take the time to read and understand Ezekiel Emanuel’s entire nine-page paper, Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions, with footnotes, at http://bme.ccny.cuny.edu/faculty/mbikson/Courses/BMESeniorDesign/EthicsOfHealthRationing.pdf Shockingly, early in 2017, FOX News/FOX Business hired Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel as an “Expert Medical Contributor.” http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/21/the-newest-fox-news-contributor-affordable-care-act-architect-ezekiel-emanuel-video/)
The Health Technology Assessment Commission (HTAC) ~ originally the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is embedded in Obamacare as the vehicle that will be used to implement Ezekiel Emanuel’s vision of the “Complete Lives System” as the overarching principle of American medical care philosophy and practice. The bulk of Obamacare money will be directed to people between the ages of 15 and 40 years of age who have the best prognosis for a full and speedy recovery, meaning those who still have enough productive years to warrant the expenditure needed to assure their recovery. On the other hand, if their productive life will not result in enough productive years to offset (and exceed) the cost of their medical treatment, they will be moved into the low-priority area of the curve and medical care will be denied. Obamacare proponents will scream from the rooftops that this assessment is totally without basis in reality but their protestations are demonstrably false.
To get an understanding of this methodology of medical “care” we need look no further than the UK’s Liverpool Care Pathway. Under this protocol disabled babies are left to die of dehydration, http://www.cbc-network.org/2012/11/dehydrating-disabled-babies-in-uk-hospitals/; as many as 130,000 elderly patients are killed off every year because they’re difficult to manage, suffer from dementia or the beds are needed by the hospitals http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2161869/Top-doctors-chilling-claim-The-NHS-kills-130-000-elderly-patients-year.html ; patients suffer needless pain and discomfort while others die of malnutrition and poor care http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/another-horror-story-about-government-run-healthcare-that-cant-possibly-be-true-according-to-paul-krugman/ . Hospitals are bribed to meet quotas for the number of patients who die on the Liverpool Care Pathway http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2223286/Hospitals-bribed-patients-pathway-death-Cash-incentive-NHS-trusts-meet-targets-Liverpool-Care-Pathway.html?ITO=1490 . [See also, ObamaCare PREVENTS Care for Medicare Recipients http://tipofthespear.net/issues_obamacare.htm#HospitalFines]
A British doctor who developed a rare eye cancer is alive today only because she knows the NHS well enough to be able to fight for the treatment she needed http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2047602/Im-alive-I-know-beat-NHS-system.html . Hip replacement, cataract surgery and tonsillectomies are rationed and 64% of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are rationing treatments by rating them as “non-urgent” or “of limited clinical value” and 35% of PCTs have eliminated funding for procedures they now deem to be “non-urgent” or “of limited clinical value.” http://danieljmitchell.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/notwithstanding-paul-krugmans-assurances-the-united-kingdom-announces-more-healthcare-rationing/
These and other examples of the inhumanity of government-run health care can be found throughout the British press and should serve as a clarion call to Americans: The disastrous website, the skyrocketing premiums, the dropping of insurance plans, doctors and hospitals, as painful and disorienting as all these are, will be seen as insignificant when a very premature baby is left to die because weeks of intensive care is not cost-effective or your three-year-old is diagnosed with leukemia or when a Mom or Dad is told that costly cancer treatment, heart surgery or even dialysis is “outside the guidelines” of prescribed treatment.
Obamacare isn’t a constantly crashing website. Obamacare is not just insurance policies, doctors or hospitals that have been cancelled. Obamacare is nameless bureaucrats having the power of life or death over every American. Look carefully at Ezekiel Emanuel’s priority curve. Where do you fall on that curve? Where do your children or grandchildren fall? What about your parents, your grandparents, your favorite aunt or uncle?