From The American Thinker:
In May 2008, 64-year-old retired school bus driver Barbara Wagner received bad news from her doctor. She found out that her cancer, which had been in remission for two years, had returned. Then, she got some good news. Her doctor gave her a prescription that would likely slow the cancer’s growth and extend her life. She was relieved by the news and also by the fact that she had health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan.Read the whole thing.
It didn’t take long for her hopes to be dashed.
Barbara Wagner was notified by letter that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn’t cover her prescription. But the letter didn’t leave it at that. It also notified her that, although it wouldn’t cover her prescription, it would cover assisted suicide.
After Wagner’s story appeared in the Eugene Register-Guard, the Oregon Health Plan acknowledged that it routinely sends similar letters to patients who have little chance of surviving more than five years, informing them that the health plan will pay for assisted suicide (euphemistically categorized as "comfort care"), but not for treatment that could help them live for months or years.
I like the inclusion that Washingtonians did not select their state as the second in line for this ignorant and malcontent concept. Life is no longer precious and worthy; it has become a commodity. My fear is in a world of universal health care that both government-funded abortions AND assisted suicide will be normalized through government intervention somehow and patients will face similar challenges in seeking treatment. A kind of eugenics is at work here; I hope Washington State residents realize that and vote down the proposal.
Life in the United States (and the world for the matter) has long been cheap, no matter how we have tried to fool ourselves.
From the inhumanity that was slavery to our despicable treatement of the natives to abortion to now assisted suicide we are coming full circle.
But, that does mean we should accept this fact and do nothing!
Funny, the much-loved and much-touted Universal Health Care System in Britian(actually Socialist Health Care System) has some of the same problems. Seems that British doctors are recommending that the "Universal" Health Care Plan in Britian no longer provide health care servers to people with high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, drug addictions, alchol abuse, and Bill-Clinton-like sex lives as well as people over the age of 60 with terminal diseases. How can the people in this country not see that this is what will happen if the U.S. tries to fix our Health Care System with Hillary Care. We already have two forms of Universal Health Care in the U.S. - Medicad and Medicare - both are running out of money and doctors in the US don't want to take care of these patients because they are not getting paid. I don't care who is President or who is in the Congress, and running the country. Universal Health Care will not work.