We recognize that a large segment of the population can't afford healthcare and need to be subsidized by the public. We realize that because the pharma and hospital lobbies are not about to allow a free market to develop (imagine if medallion cab drivers had the nationwide ability to behead people who used Uber - that's the power of the lobby we're talking about here), that is going to cost a lot more than it would if a free market did exist. What we fear is that as the costs inevitably mount, policy Twinkies like Emanuel are going to cement the "suggestion" of this article into national policy. Like the people in Isaac Asimov's "Pebble In the Sky" we will be required to be gassed at a specified age to keep the system solvent.
My hiking club in northern Arizona includes about 400 members, most of them retired. At age 75 most of them are still hiking every week, enjoying more of the outdoors than city folk half their ages. Hikes are routinely led by people in their eighties. Our oldest member recently hung up his cleats at the age of ninety-three. As time goes on we get titanium knees and hips, implanted teeth, and pacemakers, and we stay on the trail farther and farther into senescence. We're going Borg, and that's how we like it.
My case is typical. When I was a child I had to wear huge Coke-bottle eyeglasses. For high school graduation, I got contact lenses. That was already fifty years ago, and now I'm about to take the next step up, to implanted lenses. Ezekiel Emmanuel, please take your early exit option and never get to set health policy in this country.