“Oregon seems to have found a surefire way to lower health care costs: Tell the patient you’ll pay for drugs that will end her life, but not those that would extend her life. Here’s how it works:
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.
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.
We are only a heartbeat behind Oregon here in California. AB2747 narrowly passed the California State Assembly on Thursday, August 28, 2008. Voting for assisted suicide on were 42 Democrats; opposing assisted suicide were 30 Republicans and two Democrats.
I remember being in high school like it was yesterday but I guess it’s been 20 years since my Freshman year. Raised in private Christian school until 9th grade, my heart was broken over the common attitudes of abortion I found on campus. Every chance I had I wrote papers or gave speeches on the realities of babies dying through abortion. In the Pro-life literature I researched, there was a recurring prediction that as we continued to accept abortion as a nation, we would open wide the door to other practices of judging who is and is not worthy of life and bringing death to those deemed “not worthy”.
At the time I thought it a bit of a scare tactic.
Now we are looking at assisted-suicide laws in three states! And a medical system that strongly encourages abortion for pre-born children diagnosed with Down Syndrome or other handicaps!