The fellow at the Town Hall carrying the Obama picture with the mustache told someone he was an FDR Democrat. He and his friend were handing out booklets at the back door as I left so I got one. Someone posted that the head of the group, Lyndon LaRouche, is a communist. I don't know if he is a communist but I found some interesting historical information in the booklet. He hates the Nazi's and Great Britain and loves Franklin Roosevelt. He warns of the coming euthanasia and rationing espoused by Dr. Ezekial Emmanuel and documents interesting information in a number of articles in the booklet. I haven't read all of it but it starts out with an egotistical article about how the govt should have been listening to him (Larouche) all along. It turned into an interesting historical study of euthanasia and genocide and our sinking hosptial system as well as background on Dr. Ezekiel Emanual,and I spent way to much time doing this! :-0
The booklet stated that Hitler's plan for Genocide began in England with the Malthusianism and Eugenics movement. He said the fascist propaganda espoused by Sir Francis Galton in his manifest, Hereditary Genius (1869) and his Eugenics Education Society, had caught on 1910 - 1920s in the U.S. and spawned forced sterilization laws, immigration and racial restrictions. He said the U.S. laws were used as a model in Germany later. He said, "... it was particularly popular with the Harvard, Boston Brahmin set, including the Harriman family." He goes on to say that, "the only reason such fascist programs were not implemented in the U.S., is because the American people elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who fought to his last breath against the British fascist financiers and ideologues, and brought the United States out of the Depression." Several articles go on to talk about Nazi Doctors. At the end of this summary, you can see how Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel's background sounds equally frightening.
The article by Marcia Merry Baker on the Hill-Burton Hospital system which was authorized in 1946 under the Hill-Burton Act as an ammendment ot the Public Health Service Act, manded Federal and local cooperation to achieve the goal of having a community hospital in every county and to have a ratio of 5.5 beds per 1,000 patients. There were 40 hospitals added per year through the mid-1960s. By the 1970s they had 4.5 beds per 1,000 and in 1965, Medicare and Medicaid began. Today the numer of hospitals have dropped from 7,000 to under 5,000 with the national average ratio of beds-per-1,000 now at 3. "The reality is, that the U.S. SYSTEM OF HEALTH-CARE delivery-based on regional networks of hospitals, anchoring programs of education, sanitation, and epidemiology, as well as screening and treatment - IS FALLING APART, BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC CRISIS, AND THE CUMULATIVE IMPACT OF 'MANAGED CARE/HMO SWINDLES." She stated that the shift away from that plan began in February 1971 when President Nixon established HMOs, "following a 'cost containment' script provided by international financial circles, which in the same period, succeeded in imposing a series of globalization-serving measures. These included deregulation of utilities, priviatization of tradtional government functions, and international floating exchange rates-all intended to undermine national economies with yielding loot for the financial circles" In 1973 the pilot project HMOs went into effect with bipartisan support led by Ted Kennedy. The article goes on to say that the top 50 HMOs are presently are backed by six banks (who got our bail out money). In 1976 the HMO Act offered HMOs as an option under Medicare and the plan was expanded in 1983. Now...In 2006 Government payments to non-HMO Medicare and Medicaid care providers WERE CUT. ( 23 YEARS FOR GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THEIR PLAN MANDATORY IF YOU WANT TO GET PAID).
Anyway, the last article by Tony Papert details the background (and a paper written in 1998) of DR.EZEKIEL EMANUEL and his health-care reform plan with his co-author, Margaret Pabst Battin (not a physician), "What are the Potential Cost Savings from Legalizing Physician-Assisted suicide?" She also wrote "Should Medical Care be Rationed by Age?" (1987), "Age-rationing and the Just Distribution of Health Care: Is There a Duty to Die?" *1987), and "Can We Copy the Dutch? Can Holland's Practice of Voluntary Euthanasia Be a Model for the United States?"(1993), and her 1992 essay, "Physician-Assisted Suicide - Yes, But in the V.A.?", as well as others, equally alarming articles. The group of "advisors" that President Obama has amassed truly do have frightening friends and backgrounds.
I,at least, by reading through the booklet, have a better understanding of how our medical system got into this mess.
I can forsee that the next debacle will happen much faster if the Health Care Plan passes.