The Trials, and Response, of Zeke Emanuel

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Much of this “death panel” “controversy” can be traced to a New York Post column that selectively quotes from White House health adviser Ezekial Emanuel’s academic career. I caught up with Zeke, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is now vacationing in the Italian Alps, for a response. My story begins like this:

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the medical ethicist and oncologist who advises President Obama, does not own a television, and if you catch him in a typically energized moment, when his mind speeds even faster than his mouth, he is likely to blurt out something like, “I hate the Internet.” So it took him several days in late July to discover he had been singled out by opponents of health-care reform as a “deadly doctor,” who, according to an opinion column in the New York Post, wanted to limit medical care for “a grandmother with Parkinson’s or a child with cerebral palsy.”

Read the entire piece here.