"WE need death panels."
Medicare needs to take a cue from Willie Sutton, who reportedly said he robbed banks because that’s where the money was. The big money in Medicare is not to be found in Mr. Ryan’s competition or Mr. Obama’s innovation, but in reducing the cost of treating people in the last year of life, which consumes more than a quarter of the program’s budget.
Of course, it'll just stop right there. With people in the last year of life. And no one else. Ever.
There aren't any other possible cost-cutting, "futile-care" options to be considered elsewhere in an age of austerity.