15. Yes Cleita, my 80 year old mother says the same thing.
She is in Florida in a residency program for the elderly. She sees her friends dying around her too. And she says very, very few go through what 60 minutes is describing. Most of them die gently and naturally in their beds with their friends and family around them.
I think this 60 minute piece is a hit piece for the Pete Peterson foundation. Pete Peterson HATES Social Security and Medicare. He would like to see the programs destroyed and he resents every elderly person who gets anything from the programs. He wants the money spent on American elderly to go to tax cuts for the uber rich greedy pigs like him. People like Peterson have billions of dollars. They have no worries of how they will die. You notice Dick Cheney is still getting new hearts despite his old age and black soul.
If our country starts to limit and ration Medicare the poor will be dying in droves while the wealthy get new hearts, special medical treatments and all the benefits of modern medicine. The one woman at the end explained her mother got $40,000 in medical treatment and died soon after. But what about the millions spent on the disgusting father of W? He's headed for death in the next couple of years. Why should he be allowed to get care just because he has the money?
The 68 year old in the hospital was asked if he wanted the operation or not but he wanted to live and took the operation even though he didn't survive. So, if you ask them, older people near the end of their life do want to live as long as possible.
What Pete Peterson is trying to do is set up death panels based upon how much it will cost. What the 60 minutes piece is saying is that if you have private health insurance or all the money in the world. You can have any medical treatment at the end of your life that you may want. BUT if you are on Medicare and you get cancer at 68, you should be left to die.