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Taxing the young to pay for the old to dwell in sickness

One of the consequences of ObamaCare is that young families will pay higher taxes (via higher insurance premiums) in order to subsidize the sickness of old people.

Demographically, if you tax people for being young in order to subsidize old-age morbidity, you will have less young people and more sickly old people.

Specifically, young people will put off having families (because they have less income to support a family on), so that old people like Obama’s grandma can have a surgery days before she dies.

The only economically sensible reason to have “health care reform” is to allow more old people to die faster. (In military terms, increased old-age mortality under ObamaCare would be a LIHOP — let it happen on purpose.) Of course, when the American people realized this, they panicked (much of their youth is behind them, but their old-age care is still ahead of them).  This hurts those who already invested political capital in a bill that was originally intended to LIHOP eldercide.

So now, a bill whose initial goal was to shuffle the old and sick off the stage will subsidize the old and sick at the expense of the young and healthy.

This debate is out of control. Obama should “press the reset button” and try again in two years.

The Exploding Cost of Health Care (and Death Care)

With Lexington Green, Ginny, myself, and many others talking about deathcare, it is worthwile to say a few things on why healthcare costs are becoming so unaffordable.

We are better at making sick people well (which decreases morbidity and mortality) and making dead people sick (which increases morbidity and decreases mortality).

To the extent the government increasingly interfers in the healht care market (as is already happening), it should be further societal well-being.

This scares a lot of people.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin worries about her son, who will be aflicted with morbidity all his life.

Others worry about the aged, the care of whom is a conversion of mortality into morbidity.

Some worry about young couples.

Some also worry about the economy as a whole, and note that while turning the sick into the well helps the economy (and thus all of us together), transforming mortality into morbidity hurts the economy (and thus all of us together).

If we are going to get costs under control, we will need a Federal Health Reserve which uses scientific approaches to minimizes both mortality and morbidity, and is protected from politics so that the rage of the berieved does not hurt all of us together.

Update: Courtesy MyDD, an example of the emotion of this issue