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On the Road to Death Panels

jerskin Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 12:58 PM
I guess I am a bit confused on today's usage of the health care system. When I was a kid, you didn't go to the doctor (as my dad used to say) every time you had a fart up your behind sideways! I and my siblings grew up with visits to the doctor when something was really wrong, for example I saw the doc about three times when I was a kid, first time appendicitis, other two times after I stepped on nails (we lived on a farm lots of nails about). Oh and when I needed glasses I guess, same doctor back then. Now days kids know their doctors on a first name basis and see them every six months or so. Heck even my doc now sees me monthly but now I do need the health care but I am disabled now and an old fart besides.

With the first presidential debate and the only vice-presidential debate behind us, it seems pretty clear that so-called "social issues" are not going to get much attention in this year's presidential politics.

It's unfortunate, I think. We deceive ourselves to permit the assumption that values and behavior are not the real drivers behind our economic problems.

The fiscal crisis of our entitlement programs is the direct result of these values and behavior.

The fiscal soundness of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is rooted in the assumption that those...