Tuesday, November 24, 2009

for those who claim death panels are a reactionary objection to obama care...

... from the below segment, 60 Minutes-Cost of Dying:
When it comes to expensive, hi-tech treatments with some potential to extend life, there are few limitations.

By law, Medicare cannot reject any treatment based upon cost. It will pay $55,000 for patients with advanced breast cancer to receive the chemotherapy drug Avastin, even though it extends life only an average of a month and a half; it will pay $40,000 for a 93-year-old man with terminal cancer to get a surgically implanted defibrillator if he happens to have heart problems too.

"I think you cannot make these decisions on a case-by-case basis," Byock said. "It would be much easier for us to say 'We simply do not put defibrillators into people in this condition.' Meaning your age, your functional status, the ability to make full benefit of the defibrillator. Now that's going to outrage a lot of people."

"But you think that should happen?" Kroft asked.

"I think at some point it has to happen," Byock said.

"Well, this is a version then of pulling Grandma off the machine?" Kroft asked.

"You know, I have to say, I think that's offensive. I spend my life in the service of affirming life. I really do. To say we're gonna pull Grandma off the machine by not offering her liver transplant or her fourth cardiac bypass surgery or something is really just scurrilous. And it's certainly scurrilous when we have 46 million Americans who are uninsured," Byock said.
Hey, eff you Byock. If grandma wants a fourth cardiac bypass then who the hell are you to deny her the treatments... especially since she has spent her entire working life paying into a program that you and your death panels want to ration out to the uninsured and illegals.


Mary Rose said...

Preach it, sister. It enrages me that some people feel that the majority should sacrifice their health care so that a minority gets it free. Everyone will have to pay more for health care and even then, not everyone will have it. (17 million according to this article)

I know a woman studying to become a health care billing agent. (Not sure if that's the right title.) She told me she is in the midst of learning all new code for procedures and this has been in the works for awhile. Gosh. Wonder why procedures have to be recoded?

Alex said...

So are you two really arguing that poor people should be left to die, or go bankrupt, or both, simply for being poor? If not, then what are you saying? We already have death panels, they're called for-profit insurance companies.

If you don't like Obama's ideas, come up with better ones.