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Medicare age discrimination

Original post made by protester, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 7, 2009

The Federal government is poised to begin age discrimination in Medicare.

Pursuant to a little-noticed sentence in the American Recovery and Reimbursement Act of 2009, the older a Medicare patient is, the less likely a treatment or procedure would be approved for reimbursement.

AARP should vigorously publicize and oppose any such trends to ration health care by age.

No doubt under so-called “universal” healthcare, politically favored constituencies (union members, civil servants, politicians) would be protected from similar practices.

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Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm

This is the problem with government making any health care rationing decsisions, ...but default the weaker the group, the less coverage they will get. Therefore, the disabled, the very old, the abandoned, the very young, will be the groups that "get less" of the pie as more powerful interest groups draw the line of where tax money is spent, as the healthy, vocal 20-60 majority votes in benefits for themselves, and out benefits for those who do not have representation.

And you end up with no nursing home beds for an 83 year old severely demented Alzheimer's woman, whose 86 year old husband is forced to care for her in the home, with 2 hours of visiting assistance, 3 times per week...forced into month after month of constant supervision, cooking, cleaning, changing, defending himself against being hit and spit on, screamed at ..all while not being recognized. But, in France, where this is happening right now as I write, 2 entire generations have bought into the false belief that government should take money from some to pay for all in health care, and so this couple never bought nursing home insurance, extra care insurance..nothing.

This is why we don't want to repeat the mistakes of Europe, England, and Canada as we approach our health insurance changes. We must consider the unintended consequences of creating ever more dependency on "government" and less on "self".

Please look up and read either a summar of "10 Myths of American Health Care" by Sally Pipes, or get the whole book, to understand our real problems and what NOT to do in our rush to fix our problems.

Look at how we treat our MedicAid clients, how we ration care for them, by the nature of the beast, and how, in a worsening economy, their care is at more risk than had they had private insurance in the first place that they paid for and which would then not be taxpayer dependent. I don't want that kind of instability for all of our future generations.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

In Basic Training, before you could go on sick call you had to pack all your belongings in your foot locker and carry it to the Supply shack. Kaiser prospered by making you wait, probably a good idea since half the pains go away without attention.


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Posted by bruce
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 25, 2009 at 11:47 am

A certain amount of this is going to have to happen, and happens now beause there are so many people uninsured or underinsured.

There was the situation with President Obama's ?? relative ?? aunt or grandmother ... where she had cancer and was not expected to live past 6 months, yet received a hip replacement. I have generally found these decisions by doctors to be sound and sensible and I believe in leaving it to the doctor and family, but having a discussion about it and explaining other points of view makes sense.


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