Russell Roberts speaks to someone who claims that nationalized health care in Britain is ". . . great for children, but as you get older and older, the attitude is 'you've had your turn so you have access to fewer medical resources.'"

That coincides with my intuition. The cries for "rationing" health care will grow ever-louder in this country, and however the criers might try to disguise it, the rationing they want will fall squarely on older people.The folks who hate the Baby Boomer generation--there's lots, you know who you are--will join forces with the Leon Kass-types who think death is ennobling and with former Governor of Colorado Richard Lamm (". . .old people have a duty to die and get out of the way") and with all the folks who are too busy to help take care of their aging parents and with Mrs. Clinton who wants to do everything for "the children"--fetuses excepted--and they will declare: we don't want to spend money on you old folks anymore.

Which is horribly sad, and I hope they don't win.

But on a lighter note, this reminds me of a movie scene, from Young Doctors in Love (directed by the reliable Garry Marshall and starring a young Sean Young). An old man--an old, old man--as wrinkled as anybody you've ever seen, goes to the emergency room of the hospital. The arrogant young doctor (Michael McKean) snaps, "What's your problem?" Old man: "Doc, I can't piss anymore." Doctor, after taking a long look at the old man, "Old Timer, haven't you pissed enough?"

If you're in the mood for a send-up of all the ER-type shows, I give it two thumbs up.

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