Rahm Emanuel to New York Times: “I have a degenerative gene”

Interesting quote by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, in the New York Times article: On the White House Emanuel at the Epicenter: Then and Now
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I have a degenerative gene, an intensity level that others don’t have,” Mr. Emanuel, then a congressman from Illinois and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, says in the film. “I said I was going to do things different, push people at a level that they’ve never been pushed and that they were going to be furious.”

I wonder if his brother Ezekiel J. Emanuel, knows about this “Gene” ???
Just SAY’N

In January, 2009, Dr. Emanuel published a paper in the Lancet [Persad, Govind, Alan Wertheimer, and Ezekiel J. Emanuel. “Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions.” The Lancet 373 (Jan 31,2009): 423-31]. In it he argues for the use of a “Complete Lives Systems” method of allocating care. From the abstract:

We recommend an alternative system–the complete lives system–which prioritises younger people who have not yet live a complete life and also incorporates prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value principles.

In defending this approach against charges of ageism, Dr. Emanuel claims that because everyone was young once, prioritizing the young over the old is not discrimination:

Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different states rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years.

This system also treats human beings as commodities, evaluating their lives as “investments”:

Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritising adolescents and young adults over infants. 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 fulfillment requires a complete life.

Lifesite News reports that in a Hastings Center Report, 1996, Emanuel also spoke of denying care to the disabled:

In a separate 1996 article for the Hastings Center Report, Emanuel spoke about rationing care away from those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens” to the non-disabled, adding “An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”

In a 2006 interview with Ben Smith of the NY Daily News, Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff, laughed at Smith’s concerns about how far-reaching a mandatory civil-service plan would be.

Rham Emanuel and Obama on the “Give Act”

Mandatory Volunteer/ Civil Service

PDF of HR1388 here

3 Responses to “Rahm Emanuel to New York Times: “I have a degenerative gene””

  1. This is an incredibly misleading and unfair slur on a distinguished oncologist. Dr. Emanuel’s article was expressly limited to the special case of scarce medical interventions – such as a limited supply of transplant organs or new vaccines where there there are more qualified recipients than there are donors. It says so in the very first sentence of the article. You chose to leave out of your post the fact that his article was limited to organ donations and scarce vaccines. In so doing you mislead Americans seeking clarity about an important topic of current debate. Why did you decide to do that?
    And, by the way, don’t you think it would have been helpful if your readers had known that Dr. Emanuel was one of the leading opponents of assisted suicide. Of course, that would have blown a large hole in your thesis. Better to simply mislead.

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