Friday, March 11, 2011

Letter to NYTimes on Paul Krugman mediscare

Chicago AM Friday 11 March 2011

Editors, The New York Times


The New York Times columnist Paul Krugman writes on Friday 11 March “if you’re serious about deficits... you should... rein in health spending over the long term.... Think of it this way: Congress could, with a stroke of a pen, cut Social Security benefits in half. But it couldn’t do the same with health spending: Medicare can’t suddenly start paying to replace only half a heart valve or mandate that bypass operations stop halfway through.”

But you could cut health spending in half by cutting in half the number of people getting heart valves, and cutting in half the number of people getting bypass operations, etc. And who who would be refused these procedures? The oldest first, of course.

Arnold H Nelson

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