Filed under: Domestic Policy, Health Care, Politics, Socialism | Tags: Culture War, Healthcare, Liberal lies, Politics, Socialism
Oregon is the only state that both allows assisted suicide and attempts to ration health care. Barbara Wagner, a 64 year old woman who had recovered from lung cancer found that it had recurred. Her oncologist prescribed a cancer drug that would cost $4,000 a month.
The Oregon Health Plan said that it wouldn’t cover the treatment, but it would cover palliative care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide. That’s what happens when the state has the tough job of rationing government-paid health care.
The Oregonian editorial was apparently troubled by the “appearance” of ethical conflict when the state makes the offer, but is untroubled by the actual ethical conflict presented by the assisted suicide policy.
The Pharmaceutical company is stepping in to help Barbara Wagner. Thanks to James Taranto at WSJ’s “Best of the Web” for the story. It certainly bears thinking about.
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