Boomers Beware!

Katharine C. Otto, MD
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November/December 2000
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Dear Editor,
We already have national health insurance. It is called Medicare.

In just a few short years, you will reap all the rewards and suffer all the consequences of this system, because you essentially have no other options.

Every year, Medicare costs more and delivers less. Medicare beneficiaries already reap five times more from this system than they pay in. Don't expect Medicare to save you when you reach retirement age.

With both Republicans and Democrats now advocating prescription drug benefits, we are looking at double or triple costs, no matter what they tell you. Anyone who dares to speak against this brainchild of President Clinton is accused of being against old, sick people.

But it's easy to care with other people's money. Clinton knows this better than anyone. In his waning, lackluster months, Clinton has opened yet another can of worms for other people to sort through and resolve.

It won't be long before we Baby Boomers are the old, sick people Clinton is pandering to. The Yuppies, the Gen. X-ers and the others coming behind us will be expected to foot the bill for our medical expenses and our prescriptions, just as we did for our parents.

The trouble is, there are many more of us than there are of them. And, the Yuppies and the Gen. X-ers are not the bleeding hearts we were. When they have to make the choice between keeping you on life support systems or in a nursing home or even getting a good pacemaker, they may choose a new sports utility vehicle over you.

Medicaid already reimburses $5.00 for physician-assisted suicide in Oregon. The five bucks pays for enough phenobarbital to put out your lights forever. Is this a trend? When we turn 65, will Medicare reimburse for euthanasia too? Now there's a prescription drug benefit for you!

Wake up and act before it's too late. Take advantage of options and feather your own nests while you still can.

One option is a Medical Savings Account, described in detail on my web page at

Katharine C. Otto, MD
Savannah, GA

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2000;5(6);185-187. Copyright©2000 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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