Maurice Ferre: Cut Medical Costs for Those About to Die
And they mock Sarah Palin because she says they want death panels?? I think she hit the nail on the head. Here comes healthcare rationing!
Maurice Ferré: Cut medical costs for those about to die
Senate candidate Maurice Ferré said it is wrong to spend thousands of dollars to prolong the lives of the dying for a short time.
BY GEORGE BENNETT
Palm Beach Post
WEST PALM BEACH — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maurice Ferré says the United States spends an “absurd” amount on end-of-life care and should gradually move to a universal health system in which the government controls costs by setting prices for medical procedures and capping expenditures based on age and medical condition.
Speaking to The Palm Beach Post editorial board Wednesday, Ferré said he would have voted for the healthcare overhaul passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama as “a step in the right direction.” He said the “Medicare-for-everyone” system he favors should be phased in over about 25 years.
“I’ve already written in my will that I don’t want you to go spending half a million dollars to keep me alive for three more months all tubed up with all kinds of liquids going in and out of my body and my mind slowly slipping away. It’s a torture chamber,” Ferré said.
“Now you say, well, that’s a `death panel.’ Well, you know what, when you get to be 85 or 90 years old, you’re going to die. And I’m sorry, you call it, Sarah Palin, what you want, but the fact is that it is absurd for us to be spending the types of money we’re spending to extend life three months.”
Asked what he would do as a senator to control such costs, Ferré said: “I would absolutely say that this is the cap on how much is available for you to spend at age 90, 87, with a heart condition of this sort, with diabetes of this sort, two legs missing and, you know, this is how much is available for you to spend. And you spend it any way you want.”