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“The Panel”

WHICH DOESN’T EXIST

“But without this procedure, I’ll be dead before Christmas.”

You try to keep the anger out of your voice. The last thing you want to do is offend them. But the politicians promised you—they promised everyone—there would never be panels like this. They made fun of anyone who said there would. “What do they think we’re going to do? Pull the plug on grandma?” they chuckled. The media ran news stories calling all rumors of such things “false” or “misleading.” But of course by then the media had become apologists for the state rather than watchdogs for the people. […]

“I’m only 62.”

He smiles politely.

“Look, it’s not just about me,” you argue desperately. “My daughter’s engaged to get married next year. She’ll be heartbroken if I’m not there for it.”

“Maybe you should have thought of that before you put on so much weight,” says the medical officer. “I mean, you people have been told time and again . . .”

But the chairwoman is uncomfortable with his censorious tone and cuts him off, saying more gently, “Perhaps your daughter could move the wedding up a little.”

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3 thoughts on ““The Panel”

  1. Do you really think that liberals want to ration medical care for older people? When Lyndon Johnson wanted universal health care, he decided that Medicare was more politically feasible. That is, more people would support a program to tax everyone under 65 to pay for medical care for people over 65, than would support a system where you pay taxes instead of insurance premiums.

    This is the world where liberals are somehow going to take away medical care from old people and give it to the young and strong, who are in need of health care.

  2. No, I don’t think most liberals want to ration care for older people–unless maybe your an evil smoker or some other disfavored group. In fact, they want to give you health care just like Congress gets–Obama even promised it! And they want to give you a large salary. And a car. a nice house. groceries. monorails. free cable. a new bowling shirt and shoes with a matching ball in a handsome leather carrying case.

    There is nothing they don’t want to give you because they have no stopping point, no place where government should not go. It is their first resort when there is a problem or an unmet need.

    Trouble is, there’s not enough money in the world for all the stuff they want to give you. And when they start confiscating it, there’s even less of it.

    No, they don’t want to ration anything. But it’s axiomatic and inevitable.

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