Saturday, June 07, 2008

Saving on health.

Oregon Health Care won’t pay for cancer drugs, but will pay for doctor-assisted suicide.

It’s cheaper.

Oregon Health Care offers coverage, its Web site said, “if you live in Oregon and are a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.”

It covers everything but:
· Treatment for conditions that get better on their own, like colds

· Conditions that have no useful treatment
· Treatments that are not generally effective
· Cosmetic surgeries
· Gender changes
· Services to help you get pregnant
· Weight loss programs

But it covers cancer. It is just that it uses “doctor-assisted suicide” to treat cancer.

As Barbara Wagner discovered.

The AP reported:
Last month her lung cancer, in remission for about two years, was back. After her oncologist prescribed a cancer drug that could slow the cancer growth and extend her life, Wagner was notified that the Oregon Health Plan wouldn’t cover it.

It would cover comfort and care, including, if she chose, doctor-assisted suicide.

Lovely.

The story has a happy ending.

That mean-old, profit-driven drug company stepped up and gave her the treatment.

Gratis.

Socialists to cancer victims: Kill yourself.

Capitalists: Can’t pay? No problem.

Oh and the capitalists also pay the taxes that finance the socialist programs.

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