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Smart: Ryan to Campaign With 80-Year-Old Mom in Florida

OriginalDevilDog Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 6:19 PM
Dr. Emanuel chastises physicians for thinking only about their own patients’ needs: “Patients were to receive whatever services they needed, regardless of its cost. Reasoning based on cost has been strenuously resisted; it violated the Hippocratic Oath, was associated with rationing, and derided as putting a price on life.” “In the next decade, every country will face very hard choices about how to allocate scarce medical resources,” Emanuel predicted in the Sept. 19, 2002 , issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
OriginalDevilDog Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 6:19 PM
“You can’t avoid these questions,” Dr. Emanuel said in an Aug. 16, 2009, interview in The Washington Post. “We had a big controversy in the United States when there were a limited number of dialysis machines. In Seattle, they appointed what they called a ‘God committee’ to choose who should get it, and that committee was eventually abandoned. Society ended up paying the whole bill for dialysis instead of having people make those decisions.” Emanuel obviously feels more comfortable than most of us do with the notion of a panel or committee playing God.
OriginalDevilDog Wrote: Aug 16, 2012 6:20 PM
In TheLancet.com on Jan. 31, 2009 , Dr. Emanuel and co-authors presented a “complete lives system” for the allocation of very scarce resources, such as kidneys, vaccines,dialysis machines, and intensive care beds. Dr. Emanuel makes a clear choice: “When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.”

The Romney-Ryan ticket holds a small lead in Florida, according to two new polls.  Hoping to shore up the Sunshine State, the Romney campaign is deploying Ryan to speak at a large retirement community, alongside his octogenerian mother:
 

How serious is the Romney campaign about seizing the offense in the Medicare battle? The campaign is dispatching Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, to a Florida retirement community this weekend. Ryan will headline a campaign event at 10 a.m. Saturday in The Villages, the sprawling retirement community frequented by GOP candidates, including...