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Posted at 4:59 PM ET, 09/ 8/2009

My Health-Care Story: The Right Kind of Rationing

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Elizabeth Hofmeister
Bethesda

In 2007, my mother died at 85 of renal poisoning stemming from kidney failure. My brothers and I were told by her doctor that she was not a candidate for kidney dialysis. Was this health-care rationing? Undoubtedly yes, but we did not question the doctor’s position.

At the time of her death, my mother was in the dementia unit of a nursing home, suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Even assuming that in her mental state she could have withstood the dialysis regimen, her overall health would have only deteriorated over time. We understood that dialysis, as a limited medical resource, should be provided for those who could have a better long-term outcome.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 8, 2009; 4:59 PM ET
 
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I just want to say that I am so tired of feeling like people who need this healthcare system to pass, are not being heard. So much has been laid out in the media, in so many words to kill this opportunity of healthcare for all. I guess it means that the big lobbyist groups, and others are trying win this war. Who will air the stories of the little people enough that, lobbyist groups go away. or put in their news stories, about how much the little people like myself want and need healthcare for ourselves and our families. What happen to the people of yesteryear, who fault long and hard for what seemed like for every cause. They were aggressive, and stood up to any group or person. Where are you when we as American people have know voice, and cannot afford to pay off the lobbyist groups, but we barely have enough money to feed our families. Who will hear our cries, and not these informericals that are trying to persuade those who don't want to do their homework, that the lobbyist, and other groups against Obama know what is best for us . Well, the test for all these people who are not for healthcare, nor working with President Obama on a plan for all should offer to do a commercial listing your name and phone number and address, asking people who have know health insurance, that you are offering to pay people's hospital bills, and medical expenses, as you see fit of course or until you are good and ready to work with President Obama, on a healthcare system for all. If you are not part of the solution, than you are part of the problem. I pray that those people who are in their ivory towers of thinking, and feel that they are excluded from this problem, will lose all of your material wealth and prestige, just so you can be humble enough to relate to the little people of America, and make a positive difference to help your communities. Sorry sending a check is not sufficient. Your time and hardwork is.

Posted by: erich12z | September 9, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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