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Lower bottom video focuses on "Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform "... Well this helps. Wait though, maybe this is a longstanding office that doesn't have the real power... unless...
At least for three House bills, the content is about 85% the same, Nancy-Ann DeParle, head of the White House Office of Health Reform, tells Melissa Block, co-host of All Things Considered. "The bills do follow the basic blueprint that the president put forth from his campaign," DeParle says.
Wait wait no I know, maybe this office isn't an important policy office... maybe he just set it up to show they're doing something but the real brain trust consists of a shadowy portfolio-less group only the rabid right knows about...
Well, if that's the case, the rabid right should at least tip off HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius...she thinks this office needs coordinating with...
The HHS Office of Health Reform and the White House Office of Health Reform will work in tandem to advance legislation and take immediate actions to cut costs, assure quality and affordable health care for all Americans, and guarantee Americans can choose their doctor and their health plan.
Of nine listed staffers in the HHS Office, none of them are Dr. Emmanuel.
Now then, the salient points surrounding Dr. Emmanuel seem to be
1) that he co-wrote an article recently in Lancet that focuses allocation of scarce resources, and that
2) His last name is the same as the Chief of Staff.
From this, the blogosphere, mass e-mailers, and morons who take this idiocy without fact checking it, have constructed the notion that not only a, but THE, chief health advisor in the land -- the "health czar," as the impressionable poster above puts it -- is Ezekiel J. Emmanuel.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Ezekiel J. Emanuel is Head of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a breast oncologist. He is on extended detail as a special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
There's a link to his CV as well.
This is an ugly and obvious example of the idiotic copy-and-paste circle jerk that is surrounding this hot-button issue. One moron decides to promote him from "an advisor" to "THE advisor," and now our local savants decide he is the "czar."
Of course none of this appears anywhere on paper or the internet equivalent. Mainly because it does not exist. He is not the bloody health czar. He may be an important voice in the administration, especially given the family tie and the fact that he was on Clinton's health task force.
As to the terrible horrifying paper in Lancet:
This is about prioritizing use of scarce resources, not common resources.
If you have 10,000 livers that become available per year, and 100,000 people who need a liver, 90,000 of them will not get the liver. Dr. Emmanuel's sin is thinking thoroughly, rationally, and compassionately about who gets the resources... and takes the additional step of disqualifying none a priori.
Now then, don't you feel stupid about declaring him the Lord God Ezekiel Emmanuel, Czar of All Health Care?
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