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Monday, September 17, 2012

We Have To Eliminate Some Really Old People To Save The Kids

 My idea is to offer a person with say two years to live a "Death Buyout"  - ie. "Here's $100,000 for your kids -now adios grandma because we can't spend $400,000 to keep you drooling for another coupla years."

These are the hard facts:

"Let’s not forget that with the elderly population growing rapidly, even if cost increases for each beneficiary can be contained, Medicare would still claim a rising share of the American economy.
Medicare needs to take a cue from Willie Sutton, who reportedly said he robbed banks because that’s where the money was. The big money in Medicare is not to be found in Mr. Ryan’s competition or Mr. Obama’s innovation, but in reducing the cost of treating people in the last year of life, which consumes more than a quarter of the program’s budget.
No one wants to lose an aging parent. And with price out of the equation, it’s natural for patients and their families to try every treatment, regardless of expense or efficacy. But that imposes an enormous societal cost that few other nations have been willing to bear. Many countries whose health care systems are regularly extolled — including Canada, Australia and New Zealand — have systems for rationing care.
Take Britain, which provides universal coverage with spending at proportionately almost half of American levels. Its National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence uses a complex quality-adjusted life year system to put an explicit value (up to about $48,000 per year) on a treatment’s ability to extend life.
At the least, the Independent Payment Advisory Board should be allowed to offer changes in services and costs. We may shrink from such stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable."

So- c'mon -let's give the kids a break and get the fuck off the stage already -if you believe in Heaven this magnanimous gesture oughta help stamp your ticket - if your an atheist just go the fuck to sleep already!