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A Sickening Move to Refer to Patients as Consumers By PAUL KRUGMAN


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Medicare, government, obama, republicans, politics, healthcare )

Robert
- 3009 days ago - chron.com
his week, The New York Times reported on congressional backlash against the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key part of efforts to rein in health care costs. This backlash was predictable; it is also profoundly irresponsible, as I'll explain in a



   

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Terry King (113)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 7:41 am
If patients are nothing but consumers then doctors are nothing but mechanics!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 8:24 am
I have this comment on my page since the Supreme Court ruling.

SUPREME COURT RULING OF JANUARY 23, 2010
There you have it. Corporations are our new citizens. And you? If you're lucky, you get to make a choice: consumer, warrior or prisoner. Which will it be?

So many people still have not seen the writing on the wall, so their using this term, is at no surprise at all. We do however need to rise up, is what I've done, try to educate as many as I can, so that people understand as to what is going on. People need to come out of the fog of denial.

This isn't the American you grew up in, if you are above a certain age, unfortunate, my children have only known this inhumane and cut throat ways in America. We best move fast, before there are no more of us that remember, otherwise this sickening way of living becomes the "new normal" I keep hearing about. The new insanity it should be called, but I guess to the patients in the insane asylums that becomes their "new normal."
 

Norm C (74)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 3:06 pm
The whole BS about seeking medical care and first thoroughly checking out care and costs is about as absurd as everything written by Ayn Rand and proposed in Paul Ryan's budget. It is utterly senseless nonsense (as opposed to ordinary nonsense). Can't you just see a heart attack victim telling the EMT to provide a list of approved doctors and hospitals before taking him/her anywhere? And then choosing one 25 miles further away?
 
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