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Us conservatives talk a lot about the slippery slope. Well, America's wearing roller skates and the slope is starting to get steep. Hot Air's Ed Morrissey has the story on how America is starting the conversation on what to do with the elderly.

Greg Hengler at Townhall captures this revealing moment in the Senate Finance Committee hearings on health-care reform. The speaker, Professor Stuart Altman of Brandeis University, tells the committee that resources get wasted in the American health-care system, especially for one segment of the population. Professor Altman says he’s reluctant to mention it, but why waste money on in-depth treatment for people who won’t live long anyway? Better to warehouse them and save the resources for the young:
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3 comments:

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Just remember: Soylent Green is PEOPLE!

Anonymous said...

Once a nation went mad. When it recovered, everyone wondered how madness could have overwhelmed such a nation. In the name of reason seeking the best good for the greater society extreme measures were permitted that everyone in retrospect agreed were outrageous. But in the beginning it did not seem so outrageous. In the beginning it seemed like the best way to deal with the burdensome cost to society of "life unworthy of life." Of course it is understandable that attention then turned to those deemed "sub-human." That was such a harsh unfortunate term. It would have been so much better if they had used a more nuanced terminology. It had to be madness that from such a start a entire nation could be swept up in what is now known as the holocaust. I wonder if such madness comes in cycles. I think maybe it does. This time those doing the talking are more nuanced in the way they speak, but they are talking madness. One can only hope that this time around, madness will not be mistaken for reason. There is to much at stake.

David L Alexander said...

Before we as a society sign off on this, I think we've discovered the perfect opportunity for Professor Altman to make the ultimate sacrifice, when his time comes.

Keep tellin' yourself, Doc, it's all in the name of science.


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