Oregon grandma told by state it would pull her plug — under Obamacare will you be next?
The infamous Section 1233 “death panel” has been pulled from the Senate version of the House ObamaCare Bill. Or so goes the tale as this is written.
Does this mean no more government rationing coming our way?
Naaaaah. This entire concept of ObamaCare is based on the principle of government rationing. The President has even jokingly talked about unplugging Grandma.
But “unplugging Grandma” is not much of a joke if you were Barbara Wagner. Who?
Barbara Wagner was a waitress. She drove a school bus. She worked as a home health care aide. Along the way as she worked her fingers to the bone she was married, had kids, was divorced, became a grandmother, then a great-grandmother.
Barbara also smoked cigarettes, and eventually this developed into lung cancer.
So far, so good and so bad. Good — the jobs, the kids, the family. The bad — the illness. Everyone doesn’t smoke, everyone will die. Most will have a health issue somewhere.
Yet in death Barbara Wagner — who died in the last year at 64 — may well be the cross to the Dracula that is ObamaCare. (A hat tip here to Mark Levin, who brought attention to Barbara’s plight on pages 109-110 of his bestselling book Liberty and Tyranny.)
Barbara, you see, lived in Oregon. The state where there are two interesting government programs.
The first is something called the “Oregon Health Plan.” Here is the single sentence the OHP uses to describe its mission:
To plan and implement medical programs assuring access to basic care for eligible clients.
In another words, OHP is a state-run plan that is not unlike what the ObamaCare advocates refer to as the “public option” in the sense that the State — as in the state of Oregon in this case — is “assuring access” to care for those in economic distress.
There is also another law in Oregon (the only law of its kind in the 50 states) called the “Death with Dignity Law.” Again, let’s rely on Oregon to define this:
On October 27, 1997 Oregon enacted the Death with Dignity Act which allows terminally-ill Oregonians to end their lives through the voluntary self-administration of lethal medications, expressly prescribed by a physician for that purpose.
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