President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care.He added: "Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."
Or the cyanide, right? Of course, you could further reduce costs by withholding the painkillers and simply killing them. I mean, if they're "terminally" ill . . .
I am curious to know who makes the final call on whether a person "stands to gain from the extra care." I could be cynical but I remind people this is coming from the man who voted against legislation that would mandate medical care to a baby who survives an abortion and is born alive.