Democrats in California might have found a solution for the burgeoning costs of Medi-Cal which still doesn’t provide any palliative care and offers only one in every three a chance of getting cancer treatments. The solution they’ve come up with is doctor-assisted suicide also known as euthanasia. That’s right, they’re going to end the lives of some people on the program and they are doing it to close a deficit.
They are willing to put their money where their mouths are and Governor Moonbeam Brown, in addition to putting it in the budget, will allow this expansion to take place before the new proposed law even takes effect.
It’s hard to remember a case where they were worked this fast.
The lethal drugs will cost $5400 per patient but it’s a lot cheaper than keeping them alive and providing care.
The proponents claim it has nothing to do with saving costs but they said it during the session called to address the ever-growing deficit in Medi-Cal.
Governor Brown put $2.3 million into the budget to off 443 Medi-Cal patients. The doctor only has to visit twice and only nine of the planned 443 targeted patients will be sent for mental health evaluations.
The proponents want another quarter million to hire staff to help with the Euthanasia regulations and DHCS wants another $323,000 to set up a database.
One of the original authors of the bill, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), has proposed a toll-free number for the public to find out how to arrange suicide with the help of a doctor.
No effort will be too small.
“Liberals” love this sort of thing.
Robert Reich served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997, he teaches at Berkeley, was a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board, and he is the premier liberal commentator on MSNBC. In 2007, he told a Berkeley audience:
“And by the way, we are going to have to–if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive, so we’re going to let you die…”
Dr. Kevorkian once went to jail for this.
California just extended Medi-Cal to 170,000 illegal immigrant children and they want to extend it to all illegal immigrants. They will have to end a lot of lives to cover the costs. Liberals don’t worry about costs until after the program is implemented. Now that Daddy Government is in charge of your healthcare, he’s also in charge of your death.