To The Daily Sun,
Again last week, we witnessed Mr. Meade's inability to tell the whole truth. Yes, he picks at pieces of the truth, but then weaves them in such a way as to relay a lie to his readers.
Meade's deceit stems from a Sept. 17 piece in The Atlantic titled "Why I Hope To Die at 75", in which former White House health care adviser Ezekiel Emanuel outlined his views on end-of-life health care and his reasoning that 75 is the ideal age to die. He explained that he wishes to die at age 75, "Seventy five. That's how long "I" want to live: 75 years."
Of course, Meade and the right-wing media jumped on these personal comments as an opportunity to resuscitate the thoroughly debunked claims that the ACA would create "death panels."
Dr. Emanuel does not say "we should all die when we reach the magic age of 75", as Meade claims. He is voicing a personal opinion, but with Meade and Fox News, opinions appear to trump facts. Emanuel does state that "once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won't actively end my life, but I won't try to prolong it either.
Emanuel goes on to say that, "I am not saying that those who want to live as long as possible are unethical or wrong, I am certainly not scorning or dismissing people who want to live on despite their physical and mental limitations. I'm not even trying to convince anyone I'm right. Indeed, I often advise people of this age group on how to get the best medical care available in the United States for their ailments. That is their choice, and I support them."
He further states that, "I am not advocating 75 as the official statistic of a complete, good life in order to save resources, ration health care, or address public-policy issues."
It's quite apparent that Meade relied on his conservative "sources" and did not read Emanuel's article, or, if he did, just refused to accept the facts of the article so as to promote his political agenda.
Meade giving credibility to Sarah Palin for statements in support of the mythical "death panels," or any other statements, is a disservice to conservatives — my personal opinion.
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