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  •  Rec'd for your first paragraph (0+ / 0-)

    Your second paragraph, however, is off the mark.

    Imagine if we'd seen this coming and drawn the cutoff date at...say, 1990. Imagine the human suffering and the cost to society that would have ensued if people with HIV couldn't access the newer ARV drugs that not only help them live full and rewarding lives, but also reduce the rate of HIV transmission. Wouldn't that have been awful?

    Schizophrenia, epilepsy, and bipolar disorder have also seen enormous advances in pharmacological treatment over the last 20 years or so. These are advances that actually reduce the cost of these conditions to society (despite the higher drug costs) because people who were resistant to previous treatments are now treatable and can work and live independently.

    There's no reason to believe that we have reached, or will reach in the near future, any sort of upper limit on revolutionary medical advances. The field of bioengineering is very new, and bioengineered treatments are still only on the horizon, but there's a ton of promise there - for instance, transplants created in the lab using tissue grown from a patient's own cells, while they incur a one-time cost, have the potential to save us the economic and human cost of keeping transplant patients on a lifetime regimen of anti-rejection drugs.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 07:23:45 AM PST

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    •  You are of course morally right. (0+ / 0-)

      But there's no arguing with reality. If the system should ever become impossible to fund (which I hope it never will, but suspect it will), there will be some rationing, cuts, exclusions. We would then see which ones.

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 10:20:37 AM PST

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