The Medicare savings are an outcomes-based review. When you're talking about Medicare, it means reviewing what procedures have a lower chance of success at the end of life, and then denying payment for them. The Rs will call this euthanasia of the baby boom, maybe there is another name for it though. ...
As a Boomer, I must say I find it hard to believe we will stand for it--aren't we the vainest generation in history that wants to live forever, etc.? Don't we want the full might of the American medical-industrial complex dedicated to devising expensive breakthrough treatments that will prolong the lives of our friends and us? I know I do. It's easy for Klein to want "rational" budgetary cost controls imposed to limit end-of-life care. He's 17.
Reader E adds: "Haven't you noticed all the 'quality death' stuff on NPR's Fresh Air
?" I haven't. But I did notice all the "good death" propagandizing around the Schiavo case
, and thought at the time it was a warm-up act for the end-of-life cost-cutting that might accompany a national health care system. ...
("But what do the young know or care about health insurance?") ... 1:49 A.M.