Monday, February 9, 2009

Where is AARP When You Need Them?

Those of us who are senior citizens have realized that the so-called stimulus bill will ultimately eat us up with inflation costs, but because of the speed of pushing this thing through there's certainly not enough time to get the word out as to what else is in that bill. We also realize, and empathize with those who are unemployed, that we need to "suck it up" to live with the fact that two wrongs don't make a right and that our kids or grandkids who are unemployed really need the part of the bill which will reach out and help them no matter who takes the hit.

But here's the part that you don't know about. Remember the old "cost-benefit analysis" we used to do in Economics classes along with the "opportunity costs?" Well, for us seniors we're all going to find out sooner rather than later.

Apparently a part of the $800+ billion bill has a mention of healthcare and the term "comparative effectiveness" is bandied about. What it really boils down to is this: If a medical treatment or procedure is cost out at, oh, say a hundred thousand dollars, and if the patient is 45 years old and his life expectancy is 75 that amounts to just over $2850 per year. However, if the patient is 80 years old and his life expectancy is 85 it amounts to $20,000 per year. So guess who gets the treatment? The given is that this is under a universal or national healthcare system which gives government the control. As we have said before many times, socialized medicine is rationed medicine.

And some people called us extremists when we pointed to some Obama's programs as socialism. It sure isn't taking him long, is it?

We also heard that Debbie Stabenow's name is being mentioned in connection with the HHS spot that Daschle blew. It figures. When she ran for her first term she was really elected by the seniors and others who had high prescription drug costs. It was the year that Dems all over the country in border states were hiring buses to tote seniors to Canada or Mexico to buy cheap drugs. And the ploy worked.

What they weren't told was that other countries' socialized medicine plans do not provide 100% of every necessary procedure since there is a continual flow of patients from Canada and Mexico who can afford it coming to the U. S. for things like CAT scans, MRIs, hip surgeries, cataract surgeries, etc. (The list is too long to take up space here, but you see what I mean.) And now with the toe in the door in this bill, we wonder how long it will take for the next step(s) to show up.

So hang on, folks! It's going to be a wild ride!

God bless--


The blogprof said...

I hit this same topic yesterday "Stimulus To Die For!"

Pretty ghoulish, eh? said...

The most ghoulish thing of all is that Stabenow rumor. I'll leave the comments about HER in particular heading up anything to do with HEALTH to someone else, but the idea of opening up a Senate appointment for Granholm to fill, maybe with herself, should terrify even the strongest of men.