The Background: In trying to sell ObamaCare to the public on a Good Morning America special, President Obama suggested that ObamaCare could improve health care by having seniors take pain pills instead of having late-in-life surgical proceedures.
And we're not going to solve every difficult problem in terms of end-of-life care. A lot of that is going to have to be, we as a culture and as a society starting to make better decisions within our own families and and and uh for ourselves. But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that's not making anybody's mom better, uh that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off uh not having the surgery, but taking uh the painkiller.