Sunday, April 03, 2016

CA Lowering Costs With Suicide

Taxpayers Asked to Pay for Assisted Suicide of Medi-Cal Patients | California Catholic Conference:

The State is not able to create life, but it can end it, and seeks to expand it's powers to end at least innocent life in greater and greater numbers both at the start and end of life.

Without fanfare or announcement, Governor Brown’s proposed 2016 Budget recommends $2.3 million dollars to allow California to purchase lethal drugs for Medi-Cal patients who want their physician to help them commit suicide.

California would pay an estimated $5,400 per patient just for the drugs yet Medi-Cal patients still have no access to palliative care (designed to improve the quality of life for patients and their family facing serious illnesses.) Even more incredibly, a recent study has shown that Medi-Cal recipients have only a one in three chance of even getting cancer treatments under the system and often cannot obtain second opinions.
The State finds palliative care to be too expensive -- assisted suicide quietly being made a  "better option".  If you lack personal resources, the choice is given that you may either suffer on in pain, or end your life with state assistance.

At some point I will research the theology and think a bit more of my "bottom line" on this issue, but my general thought at this point in life is that Christians are under no requirement to use "heroic measures" to maintain their life. Christ certainly "gave up his life" on the Cross -- being both God and Man, he had the power to preserve it, but dying was required.

The sad situation we are now being faced with is:
  1. The State raises the costs of medical care to extravagant levels through subsidy, regulation, removal of competition (cronyism) and requirements for vastly increased coverage (pre-existing conditions, mental illness, etc) 
  2. The numbers are arranged so that lower incomes get increasing subsidies, higher incomes pay ever larger premiums, co-pays, deductibles, percentage of coverage, lower limits on coverage, etc. 
  3. The system becomes increasingly wired to impoverish all but the very rich prior to death unless they die VERY quickly (ie INSTANTLY in accident, stroke, heart attack)
Thus the the percentage of us who will be wards of the state at the end of our lives continues to grow, and the "compassionate State" gives us the choice of either a quick death, or a lingering painful death without palliative care.

Thus, a horribly painful or immoral death is increasingly the wages of our secession of our lives and  morals to the "care" of a faceless bureaucracy.

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