Salon has an excellent piece on healthcare rationing entitled "The 'death panels' are already here"...
"The future of healthcare in America, according to Sarah Palin, might look something like this: A sick 17-year-old girl needs a liver transplant. Doctors find an available organ, and they're ready to operate, but the bureaucracy -- or as Palin would put it, the "death panel" -- steps in and says it won't pay for the surgery. Despite protests from the girl's family and her doctors, the heartless hacks hold their ground for a critical 10 days. Eventually, under massive public pressure, they relent -- but the patient dies before the operation can proceed.
"It certainly sounds scary enough to make you want to go show up at a town hall meeting and yell about how misguided President Obama's healthcare reform plans are. Except that's not the future of healthcare -- it's the present. "
There's been a lot of talk recently about the government interfering and/or rationing an individual's healthcare (beyond the so-called "death panels") and how no one should have that happen to them. Let me all fill you in on a little secret... As someone who has suffered from a chronic illness (Ulcerative Colitis) for over 15 years, I'm here to tell you that insurance companies have been interfering in my healthcare for YEARS.
Look, we can have a serious debate about the role of government in healthcare, and that's a debate I'm happy to have with you, but those opposed to President Obama's plan should stop with the whole "the only voice in you're health plan discussion should be your's and your doctor's" argument. It hasn't been that way for years and it's disingenuous to pretend otherwise.