Oct 8, 2015

California’s New Assisted Suicide Law: The Poor Will Die

By on Thursday, October 08, 2015

There are many issues to be discussed when it comes to legalizing assisted suicide but one that those who are for it never seem to bring up is the literal cost of living over dying.
Many who are on government-subsidized health insurance may find themselves with no options other than assisted-suicide or suffering if the treatment they could get isn’t covered by their government mandated insurance.
This has already been an issue in Oregon where assisted suicide became legal several years ago.
“My concern is for people who don’t have resources, who don’t have a choice.”
“You read about Oregon denying someone a lung transplant, but, ‘Here, you can you have these pills.’”
“That’s my fear about what this would become.”

That’s what Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat who represents the San Diego area, told the Sacramento Bee in an interview published in July.
Dr. William Toffler, an Oregon doctor, wrote in The Wall Street Journal in August that “the regular notices I receive indicating that many important services and drugs for my patients—even some pain medications—will not be covered by the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program” were “concerning.”
“Yet physician-assisted suicide is covered by the state and our collective tax dollars,” Toffler, who is also national director of Physicians for Compassionate Carenoted. “Supporters claim physician-assisted suicide gives patients choice, but what sort of a choice is it when life is expensive but death is free?”
Are these an example of the ‘death panels’ that many talked about under Obamacare?
When it’s cheaper for the state to allow a person they are subsidizing to die, how does that person even have a choice?

And the numbers are in for Oregon and Washington:
“Last year, over half the patients who committed assisted suicide in Oregon relied on the government for their health coverage or had no coverage at all,” wrote Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in Public Discourse earlier this year. “Over three-quarters of those dying under Washington’s assisted suicide law were partly or completely dependent on Medicare or Medicaid.”
This is a eugenicist’s dream. Choosing who is worthy of living or dying and the poor probably fall into the latter category.
This is government healthcare.


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