Euthanasia is not a pleasant idea to think about or discuss.
Well, we better discuss it anyway, because it’s coming to a state near you sooner than you think.
We already have legalized euthanasia in Oregon.
It’s on the ballot in Washington State this November. It’s creeping into the California legislature.
But back to Oregon, where death making is sanctioned by law.
Barbara Wagner has lung cancer. Her oncologist prescribed medication. Nothing wrong with that.
But, folks, read on: Oregon Death Apparatchiks to the rescue.
Barbara has an Oregon medical insurance plan, which, of course, had to agree to pay for the drug.
Nope, no can do.
OK, something wrong with that, but many of us have had to wrangle with medical insurance desk jockeys. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
In the name of decency and human dignity, one would have thought that, with lung cancer, the insurers would have made some accommodation to make the medication available.
Nope, no can do. No medicine for lung cancer.
BUT, to be fair, the state health plan DID offer an accommodation - read on, if you dare (some of you will know what’s coming next):
Barbara got a letter informing her that in place of offering her the drug, the state would be happy to cover medical palliative (comfort) care for her condition. Oh, and, by the way, they also offered to pay for the costs involved if she chose to go the route of assisted suicide (did I mention this is legal in Oregon?)
We better start talking about this. There’s a serious, catastrophic, societal, and moral failure when big government won’t help you live, but is happy to help you die.