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ObamaCare architect wants to die at 75 and he retains the right to change

Posted in Ezekiel Emanuel with tags , , , on September 22, 2014 by saynsumthn

One of the architects of ObamaCare, Ezekiel J. Emanuel just published an op-ed stating that he wants to die at 75.

Why I Hoe to Die at 75

In Emanuel’s, Why I Hope to Die at 75, he claims he is not advocating euthanasia, “Let me be clear about my wish. I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life. Today I am, as far as my physician and I know, very healthy, with no chronic illness. I just climbed Kilimanjaro with two of my nephews. So I am not talking about bargaining with God to live to 75 because I have a terminal illness. Nor am I talking about waking up one morning 18 years from now and ending my life through euthanasia or suicide. Since the 1990s, I have actively opposed legalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. People who want to die in one of these ways tend to suffer not from unremitting pain but from depression, hopelessness, and fear of losing their dignity and control. The people they leave behind inevitably feel they have somehow failed. The answer to these symptoms is not ending a life but getting help. I have long argued that we should focus on giving all terminally ill people a good, compassionate death—not euthanasia or assisted suicide for a tiny minority.”

Nope he is, “talking about how long I want to live and the kind and amount of health care I will consent to after 75.”

Emanuel calls living long a “loss” saying that it, “It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.”

But 75 defines a clear point in time: for me, 2032, ” Emanual writes, “It removes the fuzziness of trying to live as long as possible. Its specificity forces us to think about the end of our lives and engage with the deepest existential questions and ponder what we want to leave our children and grandchildren, our community, our fellow Americans, the world. The deadline also forces each of us to ask whether our consumption is worth our contribution. As most of us learned in college during late-night bull sessions, these questions foster deep anxiety and discomfort. The specificity of 75 means we can no longer just continue to ignore them and maintain our easy, socially acceptable agnosticism.”

he finishes by giving himself an out-a right to change his mind- because, like all good liberals, he does not believe in absolutes, “Seventy-five years is all I want to live. I want to celebrate my life while I am still in my prime. My daughters and dear friends will continue to try to convince me that I am wrong and can live a valuable life much longer. And I retain the right to change my mind and offer a vigorous and reasoned defense of living as long as possible. That, after all, would mean still being creative after 75.”

Read the full op-ed here.

Ezekiel Emanuel on stem cell reseach, “fifty percent of the time it is capable of developing into a baby”

Posted in Abortion, Ezekiel Emanuel with tags , , , , on July 9, 2010 by saynsumthn

Ezekiel Emanuel, head of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, spoke from the Paepcke Auditorium on August 1, 2009 as part of the Aspen Institute’s McCloskey Speaker Series. Emanuel is on extended detail as a special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Click here to Go to 33:00 and listen, “ You don’t want to – or – I’ll speak to myself. I would think it’s would be a bad thing for us to treat the embryo if it is just somehow the same as just skin cells. It’s obviously got special significance, because in the normal of advance it will not 100% of the time, actually in most bodies probably just about fifty percent of the time it is capable of developing into a baby. So there’s something special about it, but that is clearly mostly potential and not actual. There’s lots of things that can go wrong along the process – so we want to treat it in a very special manner and not treat it cavalierly. And I think part of what our society is having difficulty about and it’s not surprising is what does that mean. What does it mean to treat it with respect and dignity but not in the same way as we treat babies in full and adults and people like that.”

36:187 “The mother and the couple are actually the people who control– they own the embryo”