Sen Byrd hospitalized

Joseph Solters
Senator Byrd's been in very poor health the past year and has only been able to make the Senate floor a few times the past session. He's back in the hospital now, and at 91 is surely having a tough time fighting old age maladies.

I can't help but wonder what the current health care proposals of the Dems would do if applied to Sen. Byrd's health problems the past few years. If he were an ordinary citizen, would his care be rationed or declared unnecessary because of age or life expectancy? What would the death panels say? At 91, how many "quality" years would they forecast he has left? Spend the money or thumbs down? It's a legitimate question.

Senator Byrd's been in very poor health the past year and has only been able to make the Senate floor a few times the past session. He's back in the hospital now, and at 91 is surely having a tough time fighting old age maladies.

I can't help but wonder what the current health care proposals of the Dems would do if applied to Sen. Byrd's health problems the past few years. If he were an ordinary citizen, would his care be rationed or declared unnecessary because of age or life expectancy? What would the death panels say? At 91, how many "quality" years would they forecast he has left? Spend the money or thumbs down? It's a legitimate question.