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originally posted by: InverseLookingGlass
a reply to: arjunanda
I urge you to step back from the Obama potshot party and consider who these architects are cultured by.
Nothing gets done in the USG that isn't benefiting the bottom line one corporate group or another. Health care in the US is essentially run by and for profit machines. They will compromise human life in a myriad of ways to enhance profit.
The take away is --get used to it or bail on this cesspool of machines and automatons.
originally posted by: jtma508
Political hysteria aside... the gentleman isn't advocating killing-off the elderly. He's simply looking at the situation from an actuarial perspective. The older you get the more frequent and more expensive healthcare becomes. It's not about 'end-of-life' care. It's about the accelerating costs of the elderly. Especially with us baby-boomers getting old it is without question a huge financial burden. But no, no one is going to be going around offing your grand parents. But it makes for a tasty sound bite doesn't it?
It's one thing for someone to make the choice for themselves but for others to want to kill someone off just because they reach a certain age is a no no!
Let me be clear about my wish. I’m neither asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening my life. Today I am, as far as my physician and I know, very healthy, with no chronic illness. I just climbed Kilimanjaro with two of my nephews. So I am not talking about bargaining with God to live to 75 because I have a terminal illness. Nor am I talking about waking up one morning 18 years from now and ending my life through euthanasia or suicide. Since the 1990s, I have actively opposed legalizing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. People who want to die in one of these ways tend to suffer not from unremitting pain but from depression, hopelessness, and fear of losing their dignity and control. The people they leave behind inevitably feel they have somehow failed. The answer to these symptoms is not ending a life but getting help. I have long argued that we should focus on giving all terminally ill people a good, compassionate death—not euthanasia or assisted suicide for a tiny minority.