I have a really hot Financial Adviser. Aside from being sweet eye candy, he’s pretty sharp when it comes to political and financial stuff. Now, he normally tells me the usual things I want to hear about from my FA, like money, the government, the latest government finagling to take more of our money. Today, he seemed more on the pensive side with a downtrodden affect. “What’s wrong?” received an avalanche of points relating to Gerontology and how it incorporates into the financial planning process. The things he discussed immediately caused my brain to internally generate the anguished voice of Charlton Heston crying “Soylent Green is Peopleeeee!!!!”.
Not his paranoia, all mine. My FA limits his speculations to numbers and figures. My own night owl tendencies have added immensely to my enjoyment of old, forgotten movies made prior to my birth and hence, fed my fantasies of inevitable doom. We can discuss The Omega Man another time. Though my FA gets me going on societal decline, I typically expand on his thoughts to full blown societal collapse and cannibalism, all by myself. So, advances in healthcare have increased life expectancies to a point where the fastest growing segment of society is currently people over the age of 90. This development poses a very serious problem to our country, whose unfunded liabilities have skyrocketed in recent years. Yes, when we say “unfunded liabilities,” we are talking specifically about old folks, among other things. They just won’t die early enough, like they did in the good ol’ days.
Several years ago, a friend was discussing his father’s cancer. He mentioned another family member who happened to be a Nobel Prize winning physician. The physician said our government was concerned with the Death Rate if cancer were actually cured. I hadn’t thought too much about it since but Obamacare and the implementation of the Independent Payment Advisory Boards (IPAB’s) is worrisome if the scheme has any connection with the management of the Death Rate. My adviser went on to explain that he believed a free society could never be convinced to accept the concept of what he called a “disease burden on the economic system”. He went on to discuss how Quality Adjusted Life Years are calculated. So after you are deemed by the IPBA’s to be unworthy of medical intervention, you should just get comfy and die…and saving any wasted funding from the government to prolong your value-less life. It’s for the good of the nation and you’re doing Uncle Sam a solid. Go ahead, try to convince anyone you know that dying for the greater good of the nation sounds appealing. So, how to get the masses to actually go along with it? This is a problem for the government and it could only be solved by tricking We, the People into such a system.
The Single Payer system that incorporates the IPAB’s (Death Panels) uses formulas to determine whether a person receives medical treatment or not. Even more vexing to consider, it could eventually, through Executive Order or medical license regulation, restrict an individual from paying directly to physician for non-covered treatment, sometimes known as Direct Primary Care or Concierge Medicine. This should concern everyone. Numbers of physicians are facing how to proceed in the coming mandate, whether to turn to cash fee for service or retire completely. My own father has been in family practice since 1976 and is now facing this very question. This also reminds me of my great-grandfather who continued his dental practice through and beyond another tribulation, the Great Depression. There are family stories of the interesting forms of payment he accepted…chickens, home-canned goods and miscellaneous property. He had two identical dental chairs since, after all, it was during segregation, but that’s also a story for another time. The grand design of Obamacare may likely be to intentionally collapse and convert the current healthcare system into a Single Payer system, Death Panels and all. The government would then unavoidably have greater control the Death Rate. So we lower the burden of unfunded liabilities (you, your Aunt Edna, the surly clerk at Walmart) that is an aging population and give the government total control of our personal information.
I was already agitated by the conversation, but the question he left with me was worse: “Would the Progressives in power who are willing to use the IRS, the EPA and the Justice Department to destroy their enemies be willing to use the Death Panels in the same way?”
Yeah, this is probably just another mundane financial chat with the financial adviser. I feel a movie marathon coming on.
Here’s a groovy trailer from Soylent Green. Yeah, baby.