Obammacare Applied has begun.
I clicked on the link and it took me to Althouse. Siblinginbox noted the comments copied below. I tried to get them placed with their appropriate links.

Trend watch: Segregated hospital emergency rooms.
Because there’s a class of persons who need different treatment.

Ms. Spielberger, who is in her 80s, was even getting into the spirit of the place, despite her unnerving condition. “It’s beautiful,” she said. “Everything here is wonderful.”

If you think that’s beautiful, you should see the afterlife.

Or am I taking this the wrong way? The NYT is acting like this is sort of posh. But one look at the headline — “For the Elderly, Emergency Rooms of Their Own” — and my “Death Panels!” red flag went up. Let’s make them very comfortable, let’s palliate, but let’s not save them. The heroic treatments are in that other emergency room, the one for the people who are still useful.
Posted by Ann Althouse at 7:32 AM
Tags: aging, death, death panels, health
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114 comments:

Dan in Philly said…
Deciding who lives and who dies is the price of government run health care. Trying to value the lives of the old against the young is part of the challenge – shall we spend $1,000,000 to extend the healthy life of a 90 year old 1 more year (on average) or will that money be better spent extending the lives of twenty 40 year olds 30 years each?
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No one really talks much about this during the whole health care debate, but these are the kinds of decisions you have to make as a society when you decide to go to a government run health care. To each according to their needs, right? Well, every person has an unlimited need to be alive, and they are are gonna die, so the government has to determine who needs to live the most.
4/10/12 7:41 AM

Rusty said…
My first thought was Edward G. Robinson in Soylant Green. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

Make the old geezers comfortable before we plunge the needle in. Gotta keep the benefits going for the public employees.
4/10/12 7:43 AM

http://althouse.blogspot.com/2012/04/trend-watch-segregated-hospital.html?showComment=1334061952341#c9074512780811885240

While I was following the links and trying to get them placed, I noted the NYT page had 2 (two) ads of the first wookie staring at me with a fake smile and wishes to join in the election. I thought it was a good reminder that the death of the elderly at the hands of government was brought to you by the obamma administration. Now on to your regularly scheduled programming…

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