Check out this nurse’s crystal ball. Nurse Sue Whittier has a dilemma. Should she tell her dying former sweetheart the truth about his scheming wife? Apparently, the evil wife is having an affair, and the other man is the father of her son. Hmmm, decisions, decisions. May I suggest that she just go kick the wife’s butt and be done with it, or is that too un-nurse like for me to say? I guess she’ll just have to gaze into her crystal ball to find the answers to her problems. She also needs to stop pining over her old flame. Nurse Whittier, get a life. He’s married and he’s dying, so get over it. Yes, I’m feeling rather cranky today. I looked into my own crystal ball and I don’t like what I see. America has a growing dilemma. It’s our health care system. The dilemma has to do with the Baby Boomers who will one day overwhelm the health care system.

We geezers are growing older, and as we age, we start outliving our usefulness to the insurance industry. The cost of our health care goes up, and we all know how happy insurance companies are when we ask them to pay our bills. And who can blame them. Health care is expensive, and what good are old people anyway? We just take up valuable space. My crystal ball showed me that the insurance industry is going to solve this dilemma. One day, when you least expect it, the insurance companies will get Congress to pass a law that will legalize assisted suicide in our country.

Science fiction writers have already figured this out. Do you remember a movie called Soylent Green? The movie takes place in the future. It is a dismal time when there are too many people on the planet, and there isn’t enough food, water, and housing to go around. There’s a scene in the movie where an old geezer, played by Edward G. Robinson, just can’t take it anymore, so he goes to an euthanasia clinic and is put out of his misery. The scene was disturbing, but I’m sure that his HMO was happy because they didn’t have to pay his expenses anymore. I’m positive that they preauthorized his extermination. I bet you’re thinking, “Life is sacred and this will never happen in America.” I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you. In the view of the insurance industry, life is sacred as long as it’s not too expensive to keep someone around.

Here’s my suggestion for their future slogan: Say yes to death.