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Worse Than Death Panels

None1257 Wrote: Oct 06, 2012 1:06 PM
Can there be death panels, if everyone paid for their own healthcare needs, or can there only be death panels when someone else pays for our healthcare needs?
anonymous3218 Wrote: Oct 06, 2012 5:16 PM
Whenever the government gets involved, there is massive bureaucracy. Disinterested bureaucrats, not doctors, will be determining when and how much medical treatment we all get, if we get any at all. They will look at the numbers -- your age, how much treatment will cost, the ROI on said treatment, etc. If they determine that you're not worth the expense, you'll be provided a cheaper stop-gap until you die or miraculously recover on your own. YOU, the individual, have no special worth. When you purchase your own healthcare, you have a direct and personal connection to the doctors involved in treatment. THEY determine what you need, and you get it, period.

Personalized medicine is the future. It's where the science is going. It's where the technology is going. It's where doctors and patients will want to go. Yet, unfortunately for many of us, this is not where the Obama administration wants to go.

First, the good news. All this is great news. Unless you happen to be in traditional Medicare. Or in Medicaid. Or unless you acquire subsidized insurance in a health insurance exchange. Or in some cases, even if you get health insurance from an employer.

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