Yep, it was bound to happen.
Oregon, the Holland of the Pacific Northwest, has been very keen on promoting their own unique granola & yogurt brand of socialism. One highly touted benefit has been the the trail-breaking Oregon Health Plan, created to provide a safety net for poor Oregonians in need of medical care.
But as we have seen in Holland, Scandinavia and other progressive states, it eventually comes down to numbers and in this regard the conscience of the state is no more noble than that of cold hearted capitalists. As reported by Fox News, when Randy Stroup, out of work, out of health insurance and out of options, appealed to the state for assistance in battling his admittedly advanced stage of cancer he received a form letter telling him that they couldn’t justify the expense of his treatment. They would, however, cover the cost for doctor assisted suicide.
Sure, it’s not that simple, it’s not all just black and white. I understand that money doesn’t grow on trees (but do they?), and we need to make sure that all children are vaccinated, etc. etc. Some say that health care is a privilege, not a right, and that may be true. But then wouldn’t that also apply to abortions and suicides? Two ‘treatments’ the state of Oregon apparently has ample funds for.
And a form letter, for cryin’ out loud. I wonder what the public reaction would be if a private insurer had sent this letter. Just wait until people start getting them by mistake, in response to applications for breast enhancements or hair implants.
This was accurately predicted may years ago, long before anyone had heard of Dr. Death. This situation, and others like it, are worth pondering as we approach the upcoming election. Both parties are making an awful lot of promises about government solving our problems. This is just one example of what poor guardians the “nanny” state can be.
P.S. Mr. Stoup was eventually able to have one year of treatment donated by one of the much maligned drug companies.