cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The water torture that is health care reform continues to release its content a drip at a time.
The latest bit of information should be quite concerning if we are retirement age or if we know people who are retirement age or if we plan to be retirement age some day.
In the new world of health care, as conceived by the political class and the Obama Administration, we will, once we become retirement age, be subject to a meeting to help us illiterate, non-thinking people deal "maturely" with the coming end of our lives. And, we will be given the opportunity (actually we'll be forced to attend) to be re-educated every five years thereafter until we have died. (This is found in Sec. 1233 on page 425 of the House Bill 3200 titled "Advance Care Planning Consultation" which incorporates information on end-of-life planning resources.)
What in the world could they have to tell us about getting older and feeling like it? Well, they could inpart how much more health care we're consuming than are the thirty-somethings. They could suggest that, at some point, we're likely just going to have to recognize that our end is near and that we should not fight it. They could suggest that we would be helping our fellow citizens if we'd simply lay down one day and not awaken.
The "r" word comes to mind, doesn't it? Rationing is the "r" word I'm thinking of, and rationing is what these quinqennial meetings will be about. We'll be reminded how greedy we are to think that we should get more and more health care when the younger, productive people are waiting in line for services. After all, they'll tell us, there is only so much money to go around, and you've really lived the best part of your life already. Wouldn't it make sense, they'll tell you, to simply take a pill and let another human being occupy your space?
Our country is being carried down the "health care reform" rapids at blinding speed and we are very near the point of no return. If we go much closer to that point, we'll be inexorably drawn to the brink of the waterfall and we'll be over the edge with no way to climb back up to the dry land we once knew.
The drip, drip, drip of health care reform gets more frightening with every passing day; sometimes with every passing hour. How many more of these little hidden gems are there awaiting us? Can we really trust anyone who would think like this to take us to health care "nirvana"?
Call and write to your senators and representatives to tell them in no uncertain terms, "I don't like this and I won't vote for you ever again if you vote for this."
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Test of Socialism".