In 2009, Sarah Palin warned that Obamacare would lead to rationed health care in which the sick, the elderly, and the disabled would suffer the most as members of society that could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care or just die.
Now, D Ferguson of Senior American Association has reported that due to new California law permitting physician-assisted suicide, a terminally ill California woman says her insurance company denied her coverage for chemotherapy treatment but offered to pay for her to kill herself.
Because of the new law, Ferguson stated, “Assisted suicide laws are pitched as a way for terminally ill patients to end their suffering, on their own terms. But now they’re being used to cut off medical treatment to cancer patients, who are instead advised to commit suicide.”
“Stephanie Packer, a wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with a terminal form of Scleroderma, said her insurance company initially indicated it would pay for her to switch to a different chemotherapy drug at the recommendation of her doctors,” the Washington Times reported.
“But shortly after California’s End of Life Option Act, which authorizes physicians to diagnose a life-ending dose of medication to patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live, went into effect, Ms. Packer’s insurance company had a change of heart,” the Times reports. “She said she called her insurance company to find out why her coverage had been denied. On the call, she also asked whether suicide pills were covered under her plan.”
“And she says, ‘Yes, we do provide that to our patients, and you would only have to pay $1.20 for the medication,’” said Packer.
Ferguson stated, “That follows in the vein of remarks by Barack Obama, who admitted Obamacare would deny treatment to the elderly. Offering a hypothetical situation in which an elderly woman broke her hip, Obama admitted his government mandates on insurance coverage would mean insurers could not afford to pay for surgery on the hip.”
“[W]e’re not going to solve every difficult problem in terms of end-of-life care. …Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller,” said Obama.
“Assisted suicide is legal only in of California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, but several states and the District of Columbia are currently considering legalizing it, “said Ferguson.
In 2015, Sarah Palin brought up the death panels again to remind citizens of the effects of Obamacare.
In her post, Palin said, “Politicians just don’t get it. Their “Death Panels” still won’t die. Last night Obamacare masterminds decided they’ll pay healthcare providers for vulnerable patients’ “end-of-life” plans. Remember that’s the strange, intrusive, unaffordable, and unnecessary scheme that was actually stripped from Obamacare five years ago, once we “found out what’s in it. So now that part of this socialistic healthcare takeover is back.”
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