If you’re like me, you are either looking toward your 50th birthday (either with gusto or horror), or you’ve recently celebrated it. If you’re within ten years on either side of that number, be aware that we are a very large segment of the population these days.
Oh, we may no longer fit the desirable demographic model, but for many of us, that meant being a member of a club we never really wanted to join, anyway:
So now that I am about to exit the “most desirable” category, well, I guess I am about to become irrelevant. I was in a funk for a day or two.
But then I snapped out if it. I realized that rather than becoming irrelevant, I am actually about to become invisible. Big difference.
Irrelevant means having no meaning; invisible is all about the freedom. Yes, I am about to become an old coot and I can say pretty much whatever the hell I want because I am now not obligated to hold up all the stereotypical expectations of a “most desirable” demographic. I was a member of a club I never wanted to be a member of anyway, so now I don’t have to pay dues anymore. Twenty-nine years is a long time to be sucked into a vortex and force-fed whatever it is the demographers decided I wanted.
Interesting, and true, but the larger picture tells us an even more important story. A story about us, and about America. You see, we are the first generation who will, as a fairly large group, likely live to be centenarians.
According to FoxNews:
Once virtually nonexistent, the world’s population of centenarians is projected to reach nearly 6 million by midcentury. That’s pushing the median age toward 50 in many developed nations and challenging views of what it means to be old and middle-age.
The number of centenarians already has jumped from an estimated few thousand in 1950 to more than 340,000 worldwide today, with the highest concentrations in the U.S. and Japan, according to the latest Census Bureau figures. Their numbers are projected to grow at more than 20 times the rates of the total population by 2050, making them the fastest growing age segment. [emphasis mine]
Interesting, no? Centenarians will be the fastest growing age segment by 2050. But only if we can manage to stay healthy. Only if we have decent access to medical care. In short, only if we’re allowed to live. And given what’s going on with Obama’s and the Democrats’ health care proposals, that’s not such a surprising statement.
Given that ObamaCare will add about 50 million patient caseloads to already overburdened practicing doctors (no increase in the number of doctors expected), that means rationing. And as Dick Morris reports:
Fewer doctors will have to treat more patients. The inevitable result will be rationing.
And it is the elderly who rationing will most effect. Who should get a knee replacement a 40 year old or a 70 year old? Who should get a new hip, a young person or an old person? Who should have priority in the operating room a seventy year old diabetic who needs bypass surgery or a younger person? Obviously, it is the elderly who will get short shrift under his proposal.
And if that’s not bad enough already, it’s now being reported that under President Obama’s proposed plan, an estimated 83 million people (nearly 1/3 the population of America) will lose their existing private health coverage. So much for choices.
Folks, baby boomers, coots, codgers, and curmudgeons: we need to raise our voices now so that our standard of living, our expectations of good health — our standard of life itself — remains in our own hands, not that of the government. If we want to live to be 100 or more, we must speak out. Fortunately, it looks like some of us are.
Do not go gently into that not-so-good night of ObamaCare.