Albaby: So we don't have policy discussions about whether or how Medicare might review its spending among the exceptionally old cohort, whether we might improve overall health outcomes by reprioritizing resources to the young and poor, and how we might be able to do this without compromising patient care. The health care law contained a tentative approach towards that subject, and it prompted such a pushback that it was dropped quickly.IIRC, it didn't even have that -- it had a specification specifically *allowing* medicare funds to be used for discussions and counseling about hospice and end-of-life care with the patients involved, *for patients that wanted it*.It had nothing else, yet liars from coast to coast (esp. one reprehensible Betsy McCaughey on Jon Stewart) claimed that this language specifically created and constituted "government death panels".Not a word was uttered about nameless individuals at insurance companies denying coverage for terminal conditions, however. That's OK, apparently, as it involves unreviewed private enterprise.Gaah.rj
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