We’re fighting over peanuts

Obummer cuts $150 million from the Great Lakes. Congress won’t cut $50 billion from a useless ‘end-stage” dialyis program. We have to hit the big ones if we’re going to get ahead of this problem.Me? I think we’ll fail.

One patient, a 78-year-old woman whose name is being withheld, was not a good candidate for dialysis, her doctors said. She has complications from diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart valve problem and severe coronary artery disease. Her medical problems were so grave that dialysis was likely to lead to a series of medical interventions — hospital stays, drugs and doctor visits — but would not necessarily prolong her life. And her doctors told her that.

But she insisted on dialysis, saying, “Some life is better than no life.” In the seven months she has been on dialysis, she has been hospitalized four times, including twice for heart surgery.

“I go to dialysis because I want to live,” she said in a telephone interview. “I want dialysis.”

I’m sorry that the reporter didn’t ask this woman why, exactly, she thinks she is entitled to bankrupt my children to pay for her hospitalizations.

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11 responses to “We’re fighting over peanuts

  1. But if the doctors withheld, it would be publicized as a “death panel” in action.

  2. Anon1

    Advocating limited access to health care is a slippery slope. What is the cut off age and the criteria: 55, 60, 70 years old, one health condition, two, more?

    • Well Anon!, I can only tell you from personal experience that, having had my brush with the reaper, I’ll run the string out, but not at the expense of my children or even my fellow taxpayers. I’m 57 – long enough.

  3. towny

    what exactly did it cost YOU! 13 cents a year?

  4. LLS2

    but but,,,, we have the best healthcare ever invented in modern times….. and obama ruined that with socialized medicine….

  5. anonymous2

    I’ve been fascinated over the past couple of years by the chorus calling for cutting Social Security and Medicare and now this while leaving in place an extraordinary variety of government spending that has little or no effect on life and death in America.

    Sure, on one level this program is crazy. But I’d suggest it’s lot less crazy than $600,000 lobby sculptures for Pentagon office buildings in Washington, $35 an hour home tutors for high school girls who can’t keep their panties on, an ethanol program that increases pollution and drives up food costs and a $29 million dollar auditorium for amateur teenage musicians at Greenwich High School (a program not guaranteed to ensure America’s international preeminence). And that’s before Obama’s tens-of-millions-of-dollars-a-day Libya adventure while our borders go undefended. Then there’s high speed rail………

    You say we have “to hit the big ones” to solve the deficit problem. I do not think it is quite that well defined. I’d suggest if you go through federal, state and local budgets you’ll find hundreds of thousands of items such as those listed above that could be done away with without killing anyone and 99.9% of the population would never notice. Well, they might when their taxes go down so that they could pay for dialysis themselves.

  6. We need a legalized death option in this country.

    And I am speaking from the decade-long experience of watching my once vibrant, well-to-do in-laws, stroke-ridden and suffering from dementia, made unhappier by the nursing homes and hospitals that kept them medicated and alive, barely alive, that is, until their money ran out and the combination of medications kicked in to finally put them out of their misery.

    Nobody should leave this world like that.

  7. Georgie in Greenwich

    Its true that we spend most of our lifetime’s health care costs in the last two years of life. No one wants to die. No one wants a family member to die. We all would want an endless piggy bank to pay forall the new medical procedures and drugs that exists to keep us living longer….but that is simply not realistic given the explosion of aging demographics and high costs. This story really represents well the future challenge for so many in the same place.

  8. Phildo

    Funny enough, in the nation of “In God We Trust” and millions of religious zealots very few appear willing to enter the hereafter without a fight. But when it’s hopeless, I say let them continue the fight on their own nickel instead of sticking the taxpayers with the bill.

    When the party’s over, it’s indeed over. Why someone would want to spend the last 6 months of their life undergoing extreme medical interventions is beyond me. We will all meet our Maker eventually – no avoiding it.

  9. towny

    i propose eliminating all lifeguard positions at town beaches. like the man said, ‘when its time to go, its time to go’.