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Dr. 'Zeke' Emanuel's Challenge

Publication Date: 
March 24, 2009
The Washington Times
Jon Ward

Professor Henry T. "Hank" Greely is quoted in The Washington Times in a story about Dr. Zeke Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's brother, and his ideas about health care reform in his role an adviser to White House Office of Management and Budget Director peter Orszag:

It is that very issue that has brought Zeke Emanuel, as he is known, to the White House with his younger brother after two decades as an oncologist and nationally recognized bioethicist.

There is one complicating factor to all this: Dr. Emanuel, 51, has some very different ideas about health care reform than President Obama and some of his key advisers.


Henry Greely, a law professor at Stanford and a friend of Dr. Emanuel's, says that while the eldest Emanuel is a "forceful, extroverted" personality, he's "not so emotionally tied to his ideas that he views them as the only possible, sane alternative."

"His role is to advance the administration's position. He'll advance the administration's position," Mr. Greely says. "He won't go out and advance his own position. He's a pro."