Mr. Obama would try to lift the incomes of the middle class and poor through two main channels, administration officials said. The first is an overhaul of health care, meant to reduce the insurance premiums now taking a large bite out of many families’ paychecks.Small wonder the details are vague; many of the medical conditions that beset the elderly, including aging, do not improve with medical treatment. The best that can be hoped for is management of symptoms for a host of illnesses, such as Alzheimer's and COPD, which are typically associated with aging.
The details remain vague, but the budget begins paying for investments that would eventually allow Medicare officials to refuse to pay for medical treatment that does not show evidence of improving health. If successful, that change would vastly reduce the government’s long-term budget deficit. It is also likely to bring down private health costs, since insurers typically follow Medicare’s lead.
Of course the same holds true for many illnesses that not are age-specific, such as AIDS and asthma, and which can only be managed, not improved.
I have a hunch that the AARP would have something to say about a backdoor proposal to slip geriatricide policy into Medicare reform.
I hope that I've misunderstood Leonhardt's analysis or that he's misunderstood what he read of the proposal. Yet on the chance we've understood perfectly it's time to review a few basic points:
Granted, the Social Security problem is now at crisis proportions as the post-WW2 generation approaches retirement. But any solution that encourages involuntary manslaughter of the elderly is out of bounds in a civilized society.
I would remind President Obama that America's medicine fields have grown into mega-industries because of research and treatment methods aimed at helping people manage incurable illnesses and the wages of aging.
I also remind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that allowing elderly people who cannot afford private insurance to die from medical neglect is not a humane way for a government to reduce humanity's carbon footprint.
There is a simple means to bring down Medicare costs and that's to omit Medicare fraud. For reasons I don't understand our government has made only the most cursory attempt at stopping the massive fraud.