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- v. Present participle of ration.
- n. A ration.
- n. Controlled distribution of scarce resources such as food or fuel; used typically in wartime.
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- n. the act of rationing
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And I'm sure some folks are going to complain about my use of the term rationing above.
Along those lines, the plan also calls for ending Medicare price controls and what it refers to as "rationing," by allowing hospitals and doctors to charge more than Medicare pays, with patients being required to pay the difference.
"The term rationing what you eat, can more simply be stated as moderating any portion.
The question of rationing is a debate worth having, but no one in this fight has advocated panels that determine who should die.
The people really using fear rhetoric are the GOPers, who have done NOTHING but try to scare everyone into believing that ANY universal health care option (specifics don't matter to these people) will result in rationing of care, decreased quality of and access to care, and crazy eugenic nonsense like telling grandma she's too old for medical care and should start shopping around for caskets.
Part of the debate over healthcare and drugs arises because of a conflict between the effectiveness of free enterprise in rationing goods and the interest in most of our society in providing some form of healthcare regardless of ability to pay.
We should aspire to more than a bandaid on every booboo, and government rationing is not obviously superior to rationing based on price from any reasonable moral perspective.
The only rationing is on the basis of triage (heck, if you have a bruised leg, you might wait for 8-9 hours while we process those with head trauma and fractured limbs) and for elective surgeries (i.e. hip replacement) that are not life-threatening.
The Republican canard of rationing is balloon of a lie.
Then we can sort out our priorities (you can call it rationing if you want) and create a budget.