I had this older patient in one of my rooms with her husband. When I went in there to perform an assessment, the husband asked me if she was going to live.
"Umm, yes. I'm thinking she's got a chance."
Hubby: Well, she's getting up there in age and if she lives, she may get her "ultimate shot".
Hubby: If she get's too old, then under Obamacare, they're going to decide she's too old and put her down.
Pt: Shut up honey! Hopefully, they won't do that today. <smiles>
I'm sure they were joking, but I asked.
Hubby: Well, the way that we're headed, I wouldn't doubt it. Obama already said old people don't need a lot of care - just give them a pill. I think it'll be a shot - the ultimate shot.
Later after I went through her discharge instructions, she asked, "so no ultimate shot for me today?"
"No. They were going to give it to you, but I pleaded your case and said you had at least a good year left and they were satisfied with that."
Hubby: After next year, they're going to put all of us oldies down. We're looking to move to South America and finish retirement down there.