by McGuire | September 20, 2014 3:11 pm
Sometimes there are all-time lows in an administrations program. This one takes the cake. Much like a steak at the market or a carton of milk, OBAMACARE HAS NOW DECIDED THAT THE EXPIRATION DATE ON YOU IS 75!
It is now clear that Ezekiel Emanuel designed Obamacare with the idea that 75 is optimal age of death.
“That’s how long I want to live: 75 years. This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can’t mean what I say; that I haven’t thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the world to see and do. To convince me of my errors, they enumerate the myriad people I know who are over 75 and doing quite well.”
Despite the efforts of his family and friends, Emanuel is convinced that 75 is a “pretty good age to stop” living. He justifies this conclusion by offering medical research and insightful quips, such as, “The average age at which Nobel Prize–winning physicists make their discovery is 48″ and, “We literally lose our creativity.”
Not that I think this will stick in the medical community, at all. Here’s the Hippocratic Oath all doctors swear to when becoming licensed, around the world:
A Modern Version of the Hippocratic Oath
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
OK, I guess maybe I am a little biased. I work in the nursing field, geriatrics, specifically (for you non-medical types, that means I am a nurse to the elderly) I have met 90 year olds with more energy and better health than myself! My boyfriend’s mother is 80 and still starts her day at 4 AM, and is going strong at 10PM. Don’t tell me that she is ‘ready to die’ or ‘lost her creativity’. Give me a break. Let people live until they can’t anymore. Too many are taken too soon. Let’s enjoy who we have while we can.
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