Many folks are assuming the 'death panels' only applies to the elderly. It doesn't. It applies to everybody in every age group. For example, my son was born in Feb 79. In Mar 80 he was diagnosed with Stage 3 Neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. It started on his adrenal glands (atop his kidneys) and spread everywhere. His was rated "high risk" and his prognosis was less than one year. He lived until 5 1/2 years old. In the interim he went through 6 laparotomies (look it up), max Cobalt-60 radiation therapy, and max dosage of chemotherapy (specifically, adriamycin, cytoxan and cisplatinum (look them up too). He had many good days and many bad. Even though he was considered "high risk" they STILL tried.