Oregon grandma told by state it would pull her plug — under Obamacare will you be next?
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Meaning, if you wish to take your own life, the state will lend a hand. No unseemly smothering with a pillow or anything like that. Just a nice, simple drugged out exit with barbiturates. Not unlike the way the King of Pop was popped. Snoozing one minute, on into the eternal comfort the next. Free at last, free at last, thank the State Almighty — free at last!
You can already see what’s coming, can’t you?
As things worsened for Barbara, she found herself acclimating to wearing an oxygen tube wrapped around her face and running into her nose. The State paid — and paid as well for a wheelchair, for chemotherapy, radiation and a special bed. For a while things were better. Remission seemed at hand. Then, one day, it didn’t. What John Wayne called the Big C had returned with a vengeance. Yet there was a glimmer — a faint glimmer but a glimmer nonetheless — of hope for Barbara. That glimmer was a drug called Tarceva, and her doctor recommended it to Barbara.
So the request went in to the State of Oregon — let’s call it “The State” for short — and, as the sun rising in the East can be predicted with a fair degree of certainty — what do you think The State said to Barbara the waitress, the school bus driver, the health care aide, the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother?
Let’s let Barbara herself tell the story in her own words in a report at the time from ABC News:
“It was horrible. I got a letter in the mail that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”
A letter in the mail. An unsigned letter in the mail. A letter from The State “that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”
Now. Does any of this ring a bell?
Listen/read carefully here:
* The words of Barbara Wagner: “I got a letter in the mail that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”
* The words of President Barack Obama: “There’s going to be some disagreement, but if there’s broad agreement that, in this situation the blue pill works better than the red pill, and it turns out the blue pills are half as expensive as the red pill, then we want to make sure that doctors and patients have that information available to them.”
In the case of Barbara Wagner, the Obama approach was followed, literally and figuratively to the letter. The State decided the “blue pill” that would take Barbara’s life was, in the President’s own words, “half as expensive as the red pill.” The problem? The proverbial “red pill” here — the drug Tarceva, would be used to extend Barbara’s life. The “blue pill” — State sanctioned barbiturates — was designed to quite deliberately kill her.
So in other words, while Obama ridicules the notion that his critics are talking about “pulling the plug on Grandma” — in the world of hard cold fact that was quite literally what that unsigned letter from the State of Oregon to Grandma Barbara Wagner was all about. Offering to pick up the tab for pulling the plug on this Oregon Grandma because, in the words of Dr. Walter Shaffer, medical director of the state Division of Medical Assistance Programs, “We can’t cover everything for everyone. We try to come up with polices that provide the most good for the most people.”
Translation in ObamaCare language? You’re out, Grandma Barbara. No red pill that might stand a chance of making you better. But don’t worry. We’ll pay for the blue pill that will take you out. We will be right there at your side to see you off. Oh, and thanks for cleaning all those tables, driving the bus, changing all those old people diapers. Did we mention the grandkids said to say goodbye?
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