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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Death Panels

Death panels were ridiculed when Sarah Palin brought up the subject. Health care will have to be rationed under Obamacare or The Affordable Health Care Act to make it sound harmless. I know they tell us differently but let's be realistic.

Socialized medicine may not be as wonderful as they would like us to believe.

I do understand that at some point we must discontinue the efforts. Should that be a family's decision along with a doctor's advice or the government's decision?

Even if a person does smoke or is obese will their treatment costs differ much from someone with a handicap from birth who needs constant care? What will happen to the handicapped under Obamacare? Will people who cannot contribute to society be seen as an expense that we cannot afford?

After all, we just sent F-16 fighter jets along with some tanks to Egypt - let's get our priorities straight.

14 comments:

  1. Yes.. something I need is being considered as an expense that our universal healthcare cannot afford. This something would benefit my overall health and could potentially ward off future problems. But I am being denied it. And I am handicapped. So I suppose the future expense will be worth it or they will deny I have bigger problems and just let me die. Good thing we have been paying into this system for years...

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    1. I heard a doctor on a call in radio program report that he went to a conference where Obamacare was discussed and patients were referred to as "units". I think that speaks for itself. Be careful out there today.

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  2. The US already has death panels. They are called "insurance companies". I live in a country with taxpayer funded health care. You can also pay for your own health care, or take up health insurance. Only about 30% of people do that. This drives down the cost of health care, because people can choose to fund their own operations, or wait and get treated for free. The US spends nearly double the percentage of GDP that my country does, but the life expectancy is higher here (New Zealand) (80.13 vs 77.97). Obesity rates are similar.

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    1. --or wait and get treated for free. The treatment is not free. Do you know if the level of care is the same? During the wait time for the free treatment it seems a condition could significantly worsen. There are more contributing factors to longevity than just whether there is socialized medicine. I think obesity is a problem everywhere pretty much these days. Thank you for the perspective. I always appreciate discussing a topic in a civil manner. Take care.

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  3. Baloney, Mannie. One is not forced to have insurance...at least, we weren't until now. It's called "freedom." To call them "death panels" is just silly. When our government drives the private companies out of business, which is their aim, we will have no choice but to be on socialized medicine. Great...working out really well in Great Britain. Our Senate cannot even bring themselves to produce a budget as required by law. But...we want them in charge of our health care? I don't think so.

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    1. There is an ulterior motive in everything they do and that health care law has been written so that whatever they want to do can be related to health care. The government where Manny lives in New Zealand may not be as corrupt as ours. Have a great day!

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    2. If you want an example of my comment, just Google the phrase: insurance company won't pay for cancer treatment

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  4. I can't afford any sort of insurance. So I guess anything is up from here.

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    1. We can't afford it either. When I retired, I could have stayed with the group and paid the premium of over $700 a month. We can pay for a lot of doctor visits and routine things with that $700. I understand something major would be more but it's a chance we have to take. I pay cash at the doctor and he gives me 20% off for doing so. We just pay up front. Take care.

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  5. Um...I guess I'm already a unit. I'm a retired military veteran that gets my health care from the Veterans Administration. My wife's insurance is Tricare for life coupled with Medicare. I was a military brat too. The only time I haven't had total and complete health care benefits was between the time I was 18 years old and when I took the oath of enlistment. I guess that makes me one of "them"

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    1. Thank you for serving. "Unit" just sound so insensitive to me. You deserve every penny of health coverage. My husband served in Viet Nam and our son is in the Army and has served in Iraq. We have a friend who is on total disability from his injuries in Viet Nam. He deserves every penny.

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  6. If you're military, you're not one of "them." You protected us from "them." Thank you.

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  7. I live pretty close to the Canadian border and I can't tell you how many people I have met that come down to the USA for treatment of some problem that they are 'waiting' on their socialized medicine to treat- some of these are life threatening issues such as internal bleeding, etc. I have heard stories of how if your injury does not affect your job, such as a very messed up knee that gets worse by the day, then you are put on the longer waiting list for treatment and if you are worse by the time you get help, so be it. A full recovery is not important for someone with a desk job. I have also witnessed people getting fillings put into their teeth in the middle of a shopping mall at one of those kiosk type things and it literally scared the hell out of me. I have seen enough to know what I do NOT want. I am resorting to praying every day that all of Obama's plans come to fruition asap so we can get through this crap and out the other side very quickly. I have a strong feeling I need to make sure I am in the right place at the right time and it isn't going away. And an even stronger feeling that I am not in the right place yet...

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    1. Believers all go through periods of doubt. If you can find a Bible Study Fellowship group where you are and starting studying scripture deeply you will find comfort. Those in Christ have nothing to fear. Take care.

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