Saturday, April 16, 2011

Legislative Assisted Suicide: House Republicans Embrace Ryan End to Medicare/Medicaid as we Know it

By:  Dr. J. P. Hubert

On a party-line vote the Republicans in the US House of Representatives yesterday passed Congressman Paul Ryan's Deficit Reduction Plan which would put an end to Medicare and Medicaid as they now exist.

According to the plan, by 2022, American's would no longer be enrolled in Medicare Part B. Instead, the elderly would be given fixed dollar amounts each year with which to purchase private health insurance coverage--through a kind of voucher program .

Given that elderly patients represent an unacceptable risk pool for insurance companies, the logical outcome is that most senior Americans would be incapable of obtaining health insurance at all. This of course is a radical form of health care rationing or what might better be termed legislative assisted suicide/homicide given the elevated incidence of serious disease among those advanced in age.

All House Democrats and only 4 Republican House members voted against the Ryan measure which is not currently expected to pass the US Senate.

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