Another Obama Advisor Favors Health Care Rationing

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch


Barack Obama has nominated Henry J. Aaron to head the Social Security Advisory Board, a panel that advises the president and Congress about the old age system. The choice is most dangerous, since Aaron has a decades-long record as an advocate of denying American patients health care along the lines of the British national health system.

Aaron, a Brookings Institution scholar, has devoted his entire career to creating an intellectual and economic basis for health care rationing. In 2000, Aaron wrote, “The problem is that in the real world of limited medical resources, denial of beneficial care is inescapable.” Aaron wrote in a 2009 paper it is necessary for the government “to develop protocols that enable providers to identify in advance patients in whom expected benefits of treatment are lower than costs [and] to design incentives that encourage providers to act on those protocols.” That is, government must provide “incentives” to assure doctors deny treatment to those whom the ruling class deems unworthy of life.

Far from a passing interest, it would be fair to say advocacy for health care rationing has been the defining goal of Aaron’s career. In 1984 Aaron and William B. Schwartz wrote The Painful Prescription: Rationing Hospital Care. Six years later, the team wrote Rationing Health Care: The Choice Before Us. In 2005, Aaron teamed with Schwartz and Melissa Cox to write Can We Say No? The Challenge of Rationing Health Care for Brookings. A blurb for the book explains:

Can We Say No? argues that sensible health care rationing not only can save money, but can improve public health and general welfare as well…The choices the British have made point up the nature of the options Americans will face if they wish to prevent health care budgets from driving taxes higher and private spending from crowding out increases in other forms of worker compensation and consumption. The authors explain why serious consideration of health care rationing in the United States is advisable, even inescapable.

In the chapter he contributed to the book Setting Domestic Priorities: What Can Government Do?, Aaron wrote explicitly, “The simplest way to slow the growth of health care spending is to cap resources available to health care providers.” He noted hopefully, “Confronted with severe limits on equipment and staffing that necessitates denial of beneficial care to patients in Britain, one physician stated that there are always some reasons not to treat particular patients.” (Emphasis added.) The British physician admitted he “states the reason for not going forward in medical terms…but that formulation in many instances is in no small part conditioned by the fact that there really aren’t enough resources to treat everybody.”

Aaron then delineated his own plan, which….

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Comments

  1. I knew that they would find a way to knock me off. I'm disabled and will never pay taxes again.

  2. Horva: I am right there with you. We knew this would be the case when the push for Obamacare started. Good Luck my friend. Hope you live longer than me…

    • Frankly, I'd rather be dead than have to put up with this POS, I hope all the fools that voted for this muslim enjoy seeing this worthless SOB kill their family members!

  3. We should start with HIS.

  4. Another person for me to hate! This is just great! **** him!!

  5. Well, we all knew this was comming. I wonder what is considered old? Hey Our dear Leader is getting up there maybe he could be the first. Just so we know he means what he believes in. Hey a girl could dream cant she?

  6. Henry J. Aaron, William B. Schwartz, and the lousy litte bitch Melissa Cox. Why don't you take a pill and kill yourselves. Leave the old people alone, you bastards. ypu all ought DIE

  7. Aaron is old and probably Schwartz is older I will sh-t on your graves……..so DIE

  8. My bet would be that anyone who leans Republican or independent will go first to their end.

  9. ………. And thus the Death Panel that Governor Palin warned us about begins.

  10. I hope you all live longer then Obama.

  11. Rationing healthcare for the elderly is inhumane. If they are wanting to save money all they have to do is stop treating the low-life for free and giving them all the FREE medications and treatments. This includes the illegals that don't speak English. This guy Aaron sounds like Hitler reincarnated.

    • obama and his goons are "inhuman"!! I'll be forced to pay for something that will not do me one bit of good! Guess this is obamas way of paying for a illegal here in the states! My hatrid for this POS has grown for over three years! @ Mimireco, I wish the target had been hit too!

    • SHIRL, YOU SAID IT ALL, AND THIS IS SO TRUE, OBUMMER IS JUST THAT AND SHOULD NOT BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE, HE AND HIS CRONIES SHOULD BE IN PRISION, NOT UP FOR RE-ELECTION, OK CONGRESS ARE YOU GOING TO CONTINUE OR YOU GOING TO PUT A "STOP' TO THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!
      GOD BLESS US AS A FREE AMERICAN COUNTRY AND PRAY TO BRING IT BACK TO US, JUDY

  12. All I can say is whom ever shoot bullets at the whitehouse, I wish they had hit the target. I say F–k Obama care and F–k Obama. Eliminate Obama for good. He is a fraud and should not be allowed to run in the next election. He should be arrested and imprisoned or thrown out of this country! Congress needs to get a spine

  13. Why don't we ration health care for Mr. Aaron? These "useful idiots" don';t deserve any health care. Giving them health care only prolongs the paid we experience as a result of their stupidity.

  14. Check out the deathcare bill, it says once you have reached the age of 76, no cancer treatment for you, pain pills are your cure! Now of course all of congress and fed employees are exempt from this, but not the American people! It also states that after the deathcare bill takes effect, "2014" that all people must be "chipped"! We are to be chipped like the cows are for mad cow disease, only were to be chipped so they can find you no matter where you go to hide! So when I hear someone make reference to the Hitler regime and dare compare it to Hussain, I think it's a good comparison! Hussain likes to compare himself to Lincoln, well, Lincoln freed the slaves, Hussain is making slaves! If the deathcare bill isn't totally repealed, all seniors and the disabled will be murdered without the courtsey of a trial!

  15. JCARROLLBARNHILL says:

    PLEASE, LET'S GET REAL WITH THE TRUTH—OBADMA IS COMPLETE MUSLIM THEY WANT TO KILL US ALL–WHAT AN EASY WAY AND TO BE LEGAL. HE COMPARES HIMSELF TO LINCOLN?? HE MUST WANT TO GET SHOT AND DIE A MARTYR, THEN GO TO ALLAH'S HEAVEN AND HAVE 72 VIRGINS WAITING FOR HIM. READ THE KORAN'/QUARAN. //////////HATE TO SEE HIM BE DISAPPOINTED AND NOT GET HIS VIRGINS

  16. i wonder if he will deny himself health care when the time comes? somehow i think 'rationing" is ok for the rest of America but not him.

  17. stompem2012 says:

    Isn't the Brookings Institute an incubator for communist?? Our criminal representatives should get the exact care we get and nothing more. Hopefully they will get their gubmit health care in a federal prison which is where 96% of belong.

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