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  •  We surely should not be considering (3+ / 0-)
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    lordcopper, TexasTom, Cedwyn

    dismantling Medicare. But does the promise of medical care imply the promise of medical care to extend the life of a terminal patient at any cost? I don't believe it does.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 08:36:34 AM PDT

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    •  I agree to a certain extent. (1+ / 0-)
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      My uncle was diagnosed 10 years ago with a very rare esophagus cancer that conventional treatment was not going to cure or slow. In other words, he was going to die within the year. He went to Vanderbilt in Nashville for some experimental drugs and treatment and has been active and viable for the past 10 years. The cancer is still there but not progressing, and treatment has changed every 3 years or so, but he is as strong and active as before the cancer. So how a patient is determined to be terminal is of utmost concern as my uncle was one of those.

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