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View Diary: Blue Cross Blue Shield Newsletter Recommends DEATH PANELS! (13 comments)

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  •  IOKIYINS (1+ / 0-)
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    It's OK if you're an insurance company ;-)

    "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

    by grannyhelen on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 03:45:42 PM PDT

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    •  Personally (5+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama, ybruti, play jurist, beltane, Pebbles

      I think Medicare, Medicaid, and the public plan should be allowed to do what insurance companies do.  As I've pointed out in numerous diaries, 25% of Medicare dollars are spent in the last year of life, much of it in the last month, and people who go on hospice care have a longer life expectancy than those who use extreme measures to try to prolong their life.

      In this country, we force an uninsured 45-year-old administrative assistant with chest pain to work through the pain because she can't afford the surgery -- all so we can spend $200,000 to extend the life of a 93-year-old Medicare recipient with Alzheimer's another few months.  Is this our idea of justice?

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