Despite all the evidence we’ve seen to the contrary, socialists in congress and the White House continue to sell us the pap that government health care isn’t going to result in them being rationed out of health care or pushed (gently or not-so-gently) into euthanasia.
Despite the morbid implications of government counseling about death found in Section 1233 of HR 3200, the American people are supposed to blindly trust politicians who have left little doubt about their overweening disdain for human life (other than their own, that is).
Now we hear of an interesting story about Oregon’s government health care system. It seems that while the state government considers chemotherapy drugs too expensive, they’re more than happy to kick in for some assisted suicide drugs to get you on your way.
From ABC News:
The 64-year-old Oregon woman, whose lung cancer had been in remission, learned the disease had returned and would likely kill her. Her last hope was a $4,000-a-month drug that her doctor prescribed for her, but the insurance company refused to pay.
What the Oregon Health Plan did agree to cover, however, were drugs for a physician-assisted death. Those drugs would cost about $50.
“It was horrible,” Wagner told ABCNews.com. “I got a letter in the mail that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”
Well, that speaks volumes, doesn’t it? And liberals feign wonder that many Americans don’t trust government with their lives and their health.
LifeSiteNews has this to add:
Dr. Walter Shaffer, medical director of the state Division of Medical Assistance Programs, which administers the Oregon Health Plan, attempted to defend the health plan’s decision. “We can’t cover everything for everyone,” he said. “We try to come up with polices that provide the most good for the most people.” Shaffer then addressed a priority list that had been developed to ration health care. “There’s some desire on the part of the framers of this list to not cover treatments that are futile,” he said, “or where the potential benefit to the patient is minimal in relation to the expense of providing the care.”
According to an AP story on Wagner’s case, local oncologists in Oregon have said that, despite the Health Services Commission’s assertion that they were just clarifying policies already in place, healthcare practitioners have observed a sizable shift in policy in the way recurrent cancer is treated in the state. Increasingly, say local oncologists, sufferers of recurrent cancer are not receiving coverage for chemotherapy. They are always, however, eligible for state-funded assisted suicide.
“No” to Tarceva to save a life, “Yes” to a little hemlock.
Nope, no death panels here. Move along, move along.