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‘Zeke the Bleak’ at His Putrid Peak

Meet Dr. "Death Panels": Ezekiel Emanuel's outlook really reeks.

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Tom Blumer

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November 7, 2013 - 11:13 pm

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On Sunday, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel appeared on Chris Wallace’s Fox News show to defend the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Though I expected Emanuel, described by Wallace as one of the law’s “architects,” to administer unhealthy doses of contempt for anyone who believes in freer markets, individual autonomy, and the truth, I didn’t expect him to morph into the obnoxious person who may be Obamacare opponents’ best recruiting tool. The best strategy for conservatives and libertarians seeking to more quickly build opposition to Obamacare, which has grown significantly in the 40 days Americans have been able to experience some of what’s really in it, may be to widely distribute the video of Emanuel’s offensive Fox performance and root for the doctor to continue to do weekly rounds with Wallace.

The Fox host identified Emanuel as one of Obamacare’s “architects.” For those who weren’t closely tuned in four years ago when Congress first began “considering” Obamacare — i.e., concocting thousands of pages of continually revised dense verbiage which no one read, let alone fully understood — Zeke Emanuel is also Dr. “Death Panels.”

It appears that Emanuel and his peeps have been furiously at work cleaning up his public persona in the four years since I called him “Zeke the Bleak” in a PJ Media column. With the exception of a feel-good book about growing up with his brother, former Obama chief of staff and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Zeke has until very recently been largely out of the public eye. Despite that, his Wikipedia entry now weighs in at well over 7,000 words, up from fewer than 2,000 in August 2009. A great deal of the additional Wiki verbiage attempts to convey the impression that Zeke really isn’t an advocate of life-threatening or life-shortening rationing regimes, and that his primary interest is reducing what he sees as the chronic “overutilization” of medical services in this country.

As a result of what he saw and heard from Emanuel and other fellow travelers during the early stages of Obamacare’s drafting in 2009, Nat Hentoff, the nationally renowned and left-leaning authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights, wrote:

I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights without blinking. But now I am finally scared of a White House administration.

… Emanuel writes about rationing health care for older Americans that “allocation (of medical care) by age is not invidious discrimination.” (The Lancet, January 2009) He calls this form of rationing — which is fundamental to Obamacare goals — “the complete lives system.”

Four years of airbrushing by Emanuel and his online encyclopedia ghostwriters hasn’t changed his fundamental outlook, as evidenced in his failure to repudiate many of the damning things he has previously written, as well as in several of his statements on Sunday.

According to his Wikipedia entry, Emanuel has tried to explain away his Lancet work as follows:

… [T]he Complete Lives system was not meant to apply to health care in general, but only to a situation where “we don’t have enough organs for everybody who needs a transplant.”

In other words, it would apply in any system which has to resort to rationing. Venezuela already has it. The U.S. will eventually experience severe rationing if Obamacare ever takes full effect.

The “Bolivarian workers’ paradise” which is Sean Penn’s favorite country has actually gone one step further with transplants. They’re not happening at all, while cancer treatments have been sharply restricted:

Last month, the government suspended organ donations and transplants. At least 70 percent of radiotherapy machines … are now inoperable in a country with 19,000 cancer patients — meaning fewer than 5,000 can be treated.

People are dying in Venezuela, one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, because of state-run health care.

On Fox on Sunday, Emanuel, unsurprisingly for a guy who is a big fan of the word “communitarian,” virtually celebrated the impending end of the nation’s individual health insurance market, while claiming that insurance companies are the ones responsible for the millions of accompanying individual plan terminations. The fact is that Kathleen Sebelius’s mid-2010 restrictions on which individual plans could be grandfathered have disqualified so many plans that the insurance industry’s main players will likely decide that what remains of the market won’t justify its continuation. Obamacare is to blame for that, not the insurance companies.

Emanuel also absolved Obamacare of any responsibility for the wave of part-time employer-sponsored health coverage terminations at companies like Walgreens and Kmart, claiming that these companies made decisions to move these employees to private exchanges completely on their own. Wrong again, Zeke. Obamacare has made the cost of covering such employees so prohibitive that these companies had to take the actions they did to control costs and remain competitive. Emanuel’s contention is the same as a government saying, after suddenly starting to charge people $1,000 to cross a bridge over a river, that it had nothing to do with everyone’s decision to swim across instead.

Most crucially, Emanuel ridiculously claimed that Obamacare’s plans are better and far preferable to “low insurance” which has supposedly caused “cost shifting” to patients with better coverage. He’s got to be kidding. The low reimbursement rate regimes of Medicaid and Medicare, the government’s core programs, are far and away the largest sources of cost shifting, while Obamacare’s plans have been shown to have worse coverage and higher costs than many of the terminated individual plans.

Emanuel’s appearance came the day before Obama’s infamous attempt to revise his “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your plan, period” guarantee by adding “if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.” Ron Fournier at the National Journal correctly called this ”lying about lies” in “an orchestrated deceit.”

Just wait until a large percentage of the American people figure out that the other half of Obama’s guarantee — that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” — was equally empty.

(Artwork created using a modified Shutterstock.com image.)

Along with having a decades-long career in accounting, finance, training and development, Tom Blumer has written for several national online publications primarily on business, economics, politics and media bias. He has had his own blog, BizzyBlog.com, since 2005, and has been a PJM contributor since 2008.

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Notice that throughout history, some of the most bloodthirsty among us have been "doctors". Mengele, Guevara, Kevorkian; now this beast in Philadelphia Gosnell, and those who design death panels under the Potemkin banner of "health care". Government allegedly put itself in charge of preventing mad men from killing fellow human beings while promising to care for them. In reality it coddles the killers to further it's pathetic and evil agenda.
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Emanuel's performance on Fox Sunday was so repulsive, so over-the-top Alinsky, that I finally resorted to the safety of the mute button whenever he opened his mouth to speak. However, I really hope Obama will continue to utilize this obnoxious creep as Obamacare spokesperson because he could even be more instrumental in killing the program than people losing their doctors.
37 weeks ago
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Round about the cauldron go
In the poisoned entrails throw
Fillet of Kevorkian snake
In the cauldron boil and bake
Eye of Mengele and toe of Ezekiel frog
Wool of kos ding bat and tongue of rabid dog
Senator’s pork and blind-bureaucrat sting
Chris Matthews tingling leg and White House eugenics wing
Maw of ravening tax shark
Root of Obama hemlock digged in the dark
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Zeke fancies himself as a gourmet cook and a master physician. Likely, he is the most learned man on the planet. However, this occurs only in his mind.
Reality is not a familiar land to him except when getting his check from the University of Penn. After that, he is free to roam at will.
37 weeks ago
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Being a Malignant NARCISSIST or a Muslim means never having to say you are sorry and if you are BOTH like OBOZO is then thats just great.
37 weeks ago
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According to the USURPER its no big deal because its only 5% of the population that are affected. Hmm so why do we have to worry about Homosexuals they are only 1.5% of the population or criminal and violent Black 'Youths' who commit OVER 50% of all the murders and OVER 65% of all the violent crime in the USA but are ONLY about 2% of the population.
Concerned CITIZENS want to know OBOZO why the 5% of them dont really matter but the 1.5% Homosexuals and the 2% Black Youths DO.
37 weeks ago
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Tonight I found out that my bill goes up 600 a month because of Obamacare.
I'm unemployed and my wife is still working. I left the house and sat in the car and cried. I don't have that money.

37 weeks ago
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This guy is scary. One has the impression that the reason that he is in political medicine is that his patients kept transferring to other less doctrinaire doctors and he wants Obamacare to force patients to accept whichever docs the government wants to reward by assigning patients to them. He is the kind of person that when they leave an organization you don't invite them to the going away lunch. You wait until they are safely gone and then have a real celebratory gala.
37 weeks ago
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Of course he wants "complete lives," of course he wants to deny access to care and treatment so that people die. That way, we die quicker, and then the medi-ghouls that receive a government paycheck can start inventorying the still useful tissues and organs and do their "harvesting." Die-damn-you-die, so we can give your corneas and kidneys and livers to young illegal aliens with children to raise, and to gang-bangers with bullet wounds.
37 weeks ago
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RE: "Death Panels"

I'm not condoning Dr. Emanuel, who seems to be an intelligent fool. However, every private health care insurance company has lists of procedures or therapies that it will not pay for under certain circumstances. For example, it may pay for a liver transplant after hepatitis C-induced liver failure, but not for alcohol-caused cirrhosis. It might pay for a certain chemotherapy for one form of leukemia but not another. The committees that create such restrictions are rarely called "death panels."

If a private insurer will not cover a procedure, the policy holder is free to pay for it. The same will be true for ObamaCare. Denying financial coverage is not the same as denying care. The ObamaCare developers of restrictions on coverage will be assaulted by many different groups even if their coverage decisions are medically sound. Of course, given the Obama administrations record of very poor personnel choices, the panel members are likely to make numerous medically unsound decisions. That will result in legitimate griping mixed in with unreasoned griping, and the bureaucrats and politicians will cave-in to the loudest voices rather than the most reasonable ones. That's something that rarely happens to private insurers.
37 weeks ago
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In Britain, as in many countries with "national health services" it is illegal to buy care the government won't supply. In fact it is ILLEGAL in this country to pay with your own money for a procedure Medicare has denied to you if you are on Medicare. Medicare will fine the provider $10,000 per incident for providing care for something they have denied, even if the patient pays for the entire thing out of their own pocket. Therefore, you cannot find a provider who will do the procedure or provide the treatment, unless you go out-of-country. Why would one not expect the same to apply with the PPACA?
37 weeks ago
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Other providers can perform the proceedure. you just need to go to someone who has elected to list themselves as 'non participating' in medicare.
37 weeks ago
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Yes, indeed, that all may be true. However, do we want the government doing it? It is one thing for all of us to complain about insurance companies; we can hate them equally; our hatred for the insurance companies brings us together. Once the government gets involved, it will tear us apart; we end up hating our neighbors and relatives for supporting a program that benefits them, while we get the shaft. Or, they end up hating us because the government let their loved one die while our loved one got the liver. Worse, Congress will spend all of its future time arguing about medical care minutiae in order to get re-elected, while more important issues of national survival go ignored. Obamacare will engender nothing but hatred. Frankly, it already has. It is better to hate a faceless company rather than one's country, with recognizable political faces, whom a person can blame for their health misery.
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"Denying financial coverage is not the same as denying care."

You're not comprehending rationing. If the tech isn't available to provide the care as in Venezuela, denial of care will occur. If they figure out how to kill privately provided care, which IS what they want, there will no alternative short of visiting another country, like Canadians do now with us.
37 weeks ago
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The author's worries about the private health insurance marketplace being replaced are valid. In the 19th century, the private fire protection companies were replaced by city governments who socialized the fire protection industry through the institution of taxpayer supported fire departments.
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Complete Lives? Typical painful twisting of the English language by the Dear Leader and friends. Death Panels, a la Palin, is much better.
37 weeks ago
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"Zeke the Bleak" is a pretty tame handle, by the Alinsky Left's standards.

I was thinking of Dr Death, or Dr Mengele.

Emanuel was just as I imagined him all these years - THE SMARTEST MAN IS HIS OWN MIND.

Must be sheer desperation at Generalissimo o-Bunghole's digs for them to let this obvious mental defective out of his cage. Someone should run the tape of that Fox spot, on continuous loop. Pure, unadulterated mental derangement, on display.

To think THESE are the people the POTUS has surrounded himself with since he was in college... but over half the country thought he could make their lives better...
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