Boomsday = Death Panels(from Wikipedia) Boomsday is a 2007 novel by Christopher Buckley, which is a political satire about the rivalry between squandering Baby Boomers and younger generations of Americans who do not want to pay high taxes for their elders’ retirement.
Cassandra Devine, “a morally superior twenty-nine-year-old PR chick” and moonlit angry blogger, incites generational warfare when she proposes that the financially nonviable Baby Boomers be given incentives (free Botox, no estate tax) to kill themselves at 70. The proposal, meant only as a catalyst for debate on the issue, catches the approval of millions of citizens, chief among them an ambitious presidential candidate, Senator Randolph Jepperson.
With the aide of public relations guru Terry Tucker, Devine and Jepperson attempt to ride “Voluntary Transitioning” all the way to the White House, over the objections of the Religious Right and the Baby Boomers, deeply offended by the demonstrations taking place on the golf courses of their retirement resorts.
(from Wikipedia) The Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, is a fifteen-member United States Government agency created in 2010 by sections 3403 and 10320 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which has the explicit task of achieving specified savings in Medicare without affecting coverage or quality.
Unnecessary diagnostics, unnecessary treatments, cost benefit ratios, risk assessment, cost adjustments on the fly? Imagine the TSA, FDA, EPA, IRS, DHS, and FEMA. You like government track record so far?
It’s a good thing they never made death panels a vote. Mark Dice made a mistake and now the science psychopaths and WH will investigate this option should states and Congress intervene.
[On Monday former Vermont Gov./DNC Chairman/liberal icon* published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, making the Slate-pitchy case against a component of the Affordable Care Act: the Independent Payment Advisory Board. “Rate setting—the essential mechanism of the IPAB—has a 40-year track record of failure,” wrote Dean. “What ends up happening in these schemes (which many states including my home state of Vermont have implemented with virtually no long-term effect on costs) is that patients and physicians get aggravated because bureaucrats in either the private or public sector are making medical decisions without knowing the patients.”
I’m not splitting hairs here. They have essentially been operating death panels already here for sometime but now will set the rates for “end of life consultations” and those rates will be premium while continued life treatments and consultations will see the lower spectrum or be vetoed by the 15 wisemen.
Regarding Palin being correct, I’d just say a blind squirrel finds an acorn too once in a while. And from little acorns come mighty oaks.