Great Sentence-roots of Medicare's Troubles

Discussion in 'Politics' started by seneca_roman, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. I find the opening sentence to be very good; it's written by the great Texas writer, TR Fehrenbach:

    "The definition of a fiscal crisis in America is a situation that everyone says is unsupportable but which politicians find insoluble and thus becomes a can they kick down the road.

    One such crisis is Medicare.

    Now Medicare's problems have many roots and parts, beginning with radically improved longevity (people living longer but not necessarily productive lives) and American smarmy notions about the role of death — to say nothing of entrepreneurial pharmacology and expensive technology that raises its costs each year. These factors alone create a crisis before government enters and screws it up."

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