Obamacare Architect: Elderly "are feeble, ineffectual, and pathetic" and wants to die at age 75.

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  1. Birdstrike

    Birdstrike 5+ Year Member

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    Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emmanuel writes that the elderly "are feeble, ineffectual, and pathetic" and personally wants to die at age 75.

    His closest friends have told them what they think: "My loving friends think I am crazy."

    Do you agree and what does this say about ObamaCare, if anything, and about those that conceived it?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/09/why-i-hope-to-die-at-75/379329/
     
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    RustedFox We're all stars now. In the GOAT RODEO. 7+ Year Member

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    I had a 99 year old patient last week who still lived independently, and talked with me in depth about the baseball playoff picture.

    I want to live to be at least 130.
     
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    GeneralVeers Globus Hystericus 10+ Year Member

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    We all should have the right to check out when we want and in a manner of our choosing. That being said, it is unethical to put feeding tubes in demented bed-bound patient. There needs to be a change which respects patient wishes, without forcing doctors to do unethical procedures/treatments on terminally ill elderly patients.
     
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    If only there was a way to give people the sensation of what it's like to be a bed-bound gomer. Think how long patients in the ED wait for food or to be escorted to the bathroom/given a bed pan. Then realize that the training and efficacy of the typical ED nurse is light years beyond most NH staff. Make it a 4-8 hour ordeal and tie it into when you start collecting social security. The DNR rate would go up substantially. I can't be alone in not particularly fearing death, but being terrified of disability.
     
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    Standard stupid ivory tower garbage.

    Ill say this I went to school where this guy teaches. I took healthcare economics in undergrad.

    My prof was a big name guy. He told me that he and his friend (also a prof) made a pact that they wouldnt do a ton of medical stuff if they got really ill.

    Without belaboring the point his buddy got sick and threw their pact out the window.

    This dude will likely do the same.

    There was a great article written by (I think) and internal med doc from USC called "How doctors die" now that article I agree with. This bioethicist is a buffoon.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it was an orthopod
     
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