Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hope & Painkillers

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During his ABC (Dis)infomercial, the President made clear that one of the primary ways the government will save money on healthcare costs is by telling people when they have to die.

In all seriousness, this isn't hyperbole or semantic nitpicking on the part of Hope n' Change. Tom Daschle, one of the principle architects of the proposed healthcare plan, said that Americans will have to grow more comfortable with the "European model" and accept a "hopeless diagnosis" if their treatment would be unacceptably expensive.

Keep in mind that with Social Security and Medicare failing, it will also be "unacceptably expensive" for the government if citizens simply keep living long after retirement. Which is why they're taking steps now to keep that from happening.


Unknown said...

Principal. Don't confuse Daschle with principles.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Tao, you're right! I should have said "Daschle is one of the unprincipled principal architects."

Suzy said...

I don't want to get old.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Suzy, the good news is that it looks like you won't be allowed to!