Money will never buy immortality

  • Article by: D.J. TICE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 30, 2011 - 8:08 PM

And yet we want it to. Which is why health care is so costly. Which brings us to ...

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ointmentMay. 1, 11 7:15 AM

That started my Sunday on a sober note. We've got some unpleasant decisions to make. Even money nothing gets done.

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minncynicMay. 1, 11 7:59 AM

Like heck money does not buy immortality. My mom is in her nineties and I think she will keep going forever. She has a bunch of friends who are all in their nineties also. I don't remember making a circuit of 90th birthday parties when I was growing up, but that is how we live now.

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kindaliberalMay. 1, 1111:16 AM

The republican and libertarian way to limit health care is to deny it to those who can't pay for it. Politics aside,the Terry Schiavo case presents a clear example of providing medical care that has NO POSSIBILITY of improving a person's health. She was brain dead, probably for years. The family couldn't accept that. It was a sad thing, but a subsequent autopsy proved her brain was destroyed, atrophied, prior to her being taken off life support. 25% of people use most of the medical resources. Many near the end of their lives. I don't know the answer but that is the question. What do we do?

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elind56May. 1, 1111:39 AM

There always has been, and always will be, rationing of medical care based on monetary resources. The question is; Do we want to take some personal responsibility for that rationing or do we want to put those decisions into the hands of unaccountable, government bureacrats? Gripe about rationing by the health insurance companies all you want but, due to a lot of very heavy-handed regulation, they have essentially become just another branch of government. More of the same will only take more and more of the decision-making out of the hands of the people.

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mbwrfitlMay. 1, 11 1:21 PM

rich v. poor for every topic, perfect. it is not just end of life health costs that are out of site expensive, it is every day things like a 20 year old breaking a leg and going to the hospital for an x-ray and a cast. the health care industry is broken, it is not a rich and poor thing.

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davehougMay. 1, 11 8:06 PM

OK, so how do we know when $$$ will buy months or decades? Sure the most expensive time of person is the last 6 months. But who can know 100% of the time what is futile and what will turn the corner.

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davehougMay. 1, 11 8:10 PM

So what is the effect of letting Peter hold onto his $ rather than using the power of the state to give it to Paul? - - Doesn't Peter's spending stimulate just as much as Paul's??????

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umgtbardnckMay. 4, 11 1:28 PM

Hows about "Death Mitigation"?

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furthurMay. 21, 11 7:26 AM

"The question is; Do we want to take some personal responsibility for that rationing or do we want to put those decisions into the hands of unaccountable, government bureacrats?"

You should be more worried about unaccountable, unelected insurance company executives making decisions about your care. Someone, somewhere will be limiting your healthcare options. Would you rather it be a profit-motivated corporation looking to take the largest possible cut for themselves, or a democratically elected body answerable to the voters?

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editor25May. 21, 11 4:06 PM

What a genius Doug Tice is - money won't buy immortality. Huh. It's right up there with Katherine Kersten's repeated claims that a man and a woman produce a baby. Insights like these will really convince people to ante up 50 cents for a paper.

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