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  •  i don't know that it's about rationing (7+ / 0-)

    end-of-life care per se.  hospice is a lot cheaper than extreme medical procedures, yannow?

    on your second point, i think it has affected a lot of people's lives already.  and not just the college students.  lifting the lifetime benefit cap has already changed people's lives for the better.

    it is unfortunate that the time lag exists, but i'm not quite sure there was any getting around it; look at how long all the rules to implement are taking to come out.

    anyhoo, i think the following about medicare's trajectory:

    PPACA made a lot of screenings/preventive measures free for medicare patients, which means problems are discovered sooner and cost less to treat.

    having more people insured in the exchanges will reduce the burden on medicare, because right now, way too many people who have been without care can't wait to get on it.  with everybody insured, the cohorts enrolling in medicare will be healthier going in.  which also plays into the early detection means cheaper treatment dynamic.

    i probably think more things, but i've lost focus for now...hahaha.

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    by Cedwyn on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 09:06:22 AM PDT

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    •  Indeed it has (1+ / 0-)
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      My niece and nephew to name two. They are now on their parents health insurance.

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      by nosleep4u on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 09:09:28 AM PDT

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