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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-25-11 03:28 AM
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11. In the 50s, we did not have a lot of the expensive medical care and devices
that we have today.

The first successful intracardiac correction of a congenital heart defect using hypothermia was performed by Dr. C. Walton Lillehei and Dr. F. John Lewis at the University of Minnesota on September 2, 1952. The following year, Soviet surgeon Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Vishnevskiy conducted the first cardiac surgery under local anesthesia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiac_surgery

Open heart surgery is just one medical advance that happened after 1950.

Medicare was the response to the rising tide of medical technology and cures that brought longer lives to Americans. Prices rose as the medical technology became more sophisticated.

If you had to choose whether to pay for your parents' medical care as an individual or let your parents do without the medical technology to keep them alive, what would you choose?

Most kids love their parents and are quite willing to pay a small amount into the Medicare fund to help pay for their parents' medical costs.

And remember, the seniors of today paid the medical costs of their parents and grandparents.

Our government raided the Social Security trust fund to pay for war and tax cuts for the rich. That is one of the reasons that the 99% wants the 1% to pay higher taxes. The 1% got a huge tax cut at the expense of the 99%.

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