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  1. #1 "When Dying Becomes Your 'Duty',You Have a 'Duty to Die ' !" 
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    'Right to die' can become a 'duty to die'

    Imagine that you have lung cancer. It has been in remission, but tests show the cancer has returned and is likely to be terminal. Still, there is some hope. Chemotherapy could extend your life, if not save it. You ask to begin treatment. But you soon receive more devastating news. A letter from the government informs you that the cost of chemotherapy is deemed an unjustified expense for the limited extra time it would provide.

    However, the government is not without compassion. You are informed that whenever you are ready, it will gladly pay for your assisted suicide.

    Think that's an alarmist scenario to scare you away from supporting "death with dignity"? Wrong. That is exactly what happened last year to two cancer patients in Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal.

    Barbara Wagner had recurrent lung cancer and Randy Stroup had prostate cancer. Both were on Medicaid, the state's health insurance plan for the poor that, like some NHS services, is rationed. The state denied both treatment, but told them it would pay for their assisted suicide. "It dropped my chin to the floor," Stroup told the media. "[How could they] not pay for medication that would help my life, and yet offer to pay to end my life?" (Wagner eventually received free medication from the drug manufacturer. She has since died. The denial of chemotherapy to Stroup was reversed on appeal after his story hit the media.)
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    A story similar to this one happened to a man in British C. a couple years ago with their wonderful socialized health car systemi. The patient was denied treatment because he was elderly and a bureaucrat decided that since he was old that he was going to die in a few years anyway. There was a big stink about it and the man was treated. However, this is the health care system that these stupid LIBERALS want to impose on us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    A story similar to this one happened to a man in British C. a couple years ago with their wonderful socialized health car systemi. The patient was denied treatment because he was elderly and a bureaucrat decided that since he was old that he was going to die in a few years anyway. There was a big stink about it and the man was treated. However, this is the health care system that these stupid LIBERALS want to impose on us.
    Logans Run redux.For those who've never seen the movie, here's a quick recap: In the future, you're killed at age 30. If you try to run, you'll be caught and killed by a "sandman." But what happens when a "sandman" decides to run??
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    My uncle's HMO did that to him when he had kidney cancer. Not only that, he went to his HMO doctor for a year, complaining of back pain, and all they did was give him painkillers. No X-ray, nothing. A year later, when he started peeing blood, they found he had kidney cancer, it had metasized, and had spread to other organs. They sent him home to die with Hospice services, and he was 48 years old.


    And he worked at Ford and had the good insurance, allegedly. Everytime I see an ad for that particular health plan, which is owned by a local hospital chain, I cringe. The hospital has ads about what a great cancer treatment program they have, too.
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    Not really a Breaking News item. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    Logans Run redux.For those who've never seen the movie, here's a quick recap: In the future, you're killed at age 30. If you try to run, you'll be caught and killed by a "sandman." But what happens when a "sandman" decides to run??
    The Twilight Zone episode, "The Obsolete Man" from 1961 should be required viewing for people who want the government controlling health care. It's funny, The Twilight Zone is about 50 years old and is still one of the best written programs ever to grace our living rooms. I'm surprised that The Twilight Zone has not been banned considering it actually makes the viewer THINK.

    http://www.fancast.com/tv/The-Twilig...ete-Man/videos
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