In the battle over reforming health care in this country we have heard both sides share their version. One of the many reasons most conservatives are against any form of government option is, first, our government screws up just about everything they touch. One of the other arguments against a government options is that it will eventually lead to rationalizing of health care, which will mostly effect seniors, and Death Panels will be created.
The left claims -- nope, never, uh-ugh & no way would this ever happen.
Let's use the way Dr. Obama & his Swine Flu Police are handling the Swine Flu epidemic as a way of seeing how that "there will be no rationalizing of health care with a government option" argument is going for them...From the New York Times --
“I explained to people 65 or older, ‘The reason we are doing this is for children,’ ” said the official, Jonathan E. Fielding, the director of the county’s Department of Public Health. “I told them: ‘They are at very high risk for this flu, and you’re at low risk. I am sure you wouldn’t want to get a shot that left a kid who is at risk in harm’s way.’ ” “We have made it very clear as to who we believe should go to the front of the line,” said Thomas W. Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who added, “There very much is an honor system here in place with us relying on the general public to do the right thing and step aside.” Dr. Michel Cohen, a pediatrician at Tribeca Pediatrics in New York, said he had limited his doses to children with extremely high risks, like cystic fibrosis and serious asthma. No others were permitted a shot, he said. More...
Sending seniors away for lack of vaccines.... sounds like rationing to me. The CDC saying this should be like an honor system... sounds the same as telling seniors they should be 'socially responsible' when it comes to health care.
Translation -- if you are so old that you fart dust, go home and die because we are not wasting medical resources on you.