03 January 2013

About Those Death Panels…

In September, a top Democrat strategist, Steven Rattner, said rationing under Obamacare is inevitable. “We need death panels,” he wrote for the New York Times. “Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.”

As the chart in the liked post clearly shows, federal healthcare costs per person by age begin to absolutely skyrocket when people start to turn sixty.  Since resources are limited, they must be allocated somehow.  Now, old people may be sizable voting bloc, but they are not a strong tax base (unless they die, for the main way to get sizable amounts of tax dollars from old people is not by the income tax but by the estate tax).  As such it makes little sense to preserve their health at the expense of those of a productive age.  Therefore, the inevitable rationing of health care should basically lead to death panels.

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