It was nice to relax over the holidays and breath a sigh of relief that Washington D.C. was for the moment, uninhabited by Freedom’s Plague found in the halls of Congress. Yes, it was a time to relish in the fact that if only for a few weeks, the weak parasites who needed to retreat to their resorts were gone for a time, and the rest of us could stop supervising the insubordinates and fully enjoy life with our families and put worry aside.
Today, is January 5, 2010, and that nice time is over. Concession needs to be over as well. It seems that too many fighting Americans actually think that the Health Care bill is Law, likely the result of a deaf and dumb Republican Party too camera shy and busy soaking up sun in some far away land to spread the word. However, the bill is not law, not at least until Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and various Obama advisors huddle in a lair somewhere and hash out a final bill comprised of the Senate and House bills, readying it for one last vote in the House and Senate. You won’t be able to see into the huddle, but the quarterback, or maybe the center, is likely to be Ezekiel Emmanuel, the quack doctor, who wrote one opinion piece after another, favoring rationing health care so that Americans could compete with the rest of the world in dollars spent on vacations. These opinion pieces were published regularly in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Yes, the American Medical Association (AMA); a dying organization made up of the last remnants of doctors too lazy to cure and discover cures; instead focused on easier ways to do harm. One easier way is to just get published ad nauseum in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA); even easier when your wife/ ex-wife holds a staff position at the AMA.
I’ve concluded that, Zeke has had an in at the AMA for years, and latched on to public healthcare policy ever since. Based on the Northwestern University Kellogg Staff webpage, “…Dr. Linda Emanuel was Vice President of Ethics Standards and Head of the Institute for Ethics at the American Medical Association. Dr. Emanuel moved to Chicago to create the Institute for Ethics at the AMA and to expand Ethics Standards.” My research shows the Emanuel’s are no longer married, but a quick google search will pull up articles co-written by the duo. You don’t see medical journal articles written by either of the two with titles like, “Accuracy and dimensional stability of extended-pour and conventional alginate impression materials”, you will instead see articles with titles like, “Who really pays for health care?” “The myth of "shared responsibility"”. “The cost-coverage trade-off: "it's health care costs, stupid"”, “What cannot be said on television about health care”, “Changing pre-med requirements and the medical curriculum.”, “Quantifying the federal minimal risk standard: implications for pediatric research without a prospect of direct benefit.”, “The perfect storm of overutilization.” None of these focus on treatment or science, simply policy, simply spreading the healthcare around, simply rationalizing rationing. The Editors of the Journal and the American Medical Association have looked the other, while the editorial page has become filled with article after article on how to avoid provided medical care. Obama and his large staff includes Dr. Emanuel and the fate of U.S. health care is at the mercy of such people and a derelict Congress.
Folks, this is it. If you would like, in 10 years, to still recognize the health care you grew up with (doctor appointments, reassuring nurses, stethoscopes, good beside manners); the time to act is now. Get on the horn to your U.S. Representative and Senator and let them know what you think. Organize protests in front of your U.S. Reps. offices; it isn’t hard to do. And to my fellow Chicagoans; wake up and realize that you have forced an entire state and now the nation, to endure the rule of a monarchy of many for the past 50 years, due to constantly taking the voting path of least resistance. To you Chicago Catholics; realize this one thing; abortion is against the teachings of your Church; a teaching which covers life and death and may I say, first heartbeat of the Will of God. If your faith means any more to you than a source for social outings and happy thoughts, now is the time to say so. Many of us have been in this battle for years and we could use reinforcements. Many of us have lived outside of the realm of patronage, nepotism, and politics as usual and still have a Chicago address. This is it, dress warm and get out there and tell your representatives what you would have them do.