Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The new improved Death Panels

New York Times reports today on ER rooms designed especially for the elderly. 
Ann Althouse muses on the new segregation in her blog today. Here's the post in full:

Because there's a class of persons who need different treatment.

There were no beeping machines or blinking lights or scurrying medical residents. A volunteer circulated among the patients like a flight attendant, making soothing conversation and offering reading glasses, Sudoku puzzles and hearing aids. Above them, an artificial sun shined through a skylight imprinted with a photographic rendering of a robin’s-egg-blue sky, puffy clouds and leafy trees.

Ms. Spielberger, who is in her 80s, was even getting into the spirit of the place, despite her unnerving condition. “It’s beautiful,” she said. “Everything here is wonderful.”
If you think that's beautiful, you should see the afterlife.

Or am I taking this the wrong way? The NYT is acting like this is sort of posh. But one look at the headline — "For the Elderly, Emergency Rooms of Their Own" — and my "Death Panels!" red flag went up. Let's make them very comfortable, let's palliate, but let's not save them. The heroic treatments are in that other emergency room, the one for the people who are still useful.

Excellent analysis. Hospice rooms not emergency rooms.
In related news, a new study finds Obamacare will add $340 billion to the deficit. Or is that number actually $530 billion?

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