Now They Tell Us - Part 703

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Apr 07, 2010 10:15 PM
The  NY Times' David Leonhardt reveals the dirty little secret behind ObamaCare:  It will ultimately involve denying care to Americans when someone (presumably, in the government) decides that care will not be "cost effective."  As Leonhardt admits:

From an economic perspective, health reform will fail if we can’t sometimes push back against the try-anything instinct.

When it's your child, or spouse, or parent who's at risk, it's not going to be terribly reassuring to hear that some options will simply be characterized as a "try-anything" gambit and refused because of their cost. 

And the end game is decidedly ugly.  As Leonhardt puts it:

Eventually, we may well have to decide against paying for expensive treatments with only modest benefits.

'Scuse me, but doesn't that sound eerily like the possibility of a death panel for Grandma -- at least if her treatment gets too "expensive" and the benefits to her are deemed to be "only modest"?