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Death Panels Now Officially A Reality

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Only eight years ago, while the Affordable Care Act was being discussed, death panels were brought up as an obvious result of Obamacare.

The logic was that the new law, forcing insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, would result in insurance companies looking for new and creative ways to cut costs from their bottom lines, just to stay competitive.

The fear was that insurance companies, or even the federal government, would put a monetary value on a person’s life, and if the cost of the treatment outweighed the value of the individual, the treatment would be denied.

The Left said that death panels were a “Right-Wing Conspiracy,” and something that could never happen in America.

However, the Washington Times now reports on a case out of California that appears to fulfill the very definition of a death panel.

Stephanie Packer is a wife, as well as a mother of four children. Unfortunately, she has also been diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma.

As a part of her treatment, Packer must undergo chemotherapy infusions, and after consulting with her doctor, wanted to switch the drug being used to one that was believed to be less toxic.

Packer went to her insurance company and requested that they approve the change, and claims that they initially said that they would.

“Finally I had heard back from them, and they said, ‘Yes, we’re going to get it covered, we just have to fix a couple of things.'”

However, Packer received a notice from her insurance company, just a few weeks later, that the treatment would not be covered.

California had passed a law called the End of Life Option Act, and through this law, a doctor can prescribe a medication that will end the patients life.

According to Packer, the insurance company saw assisted suicide as a friendlier option to their bottom line.

She said that she had called her insurance company to find out why her claim had been denied, and during that call, she was informed that the assisted suicide option would be covered by the insurer, and it would only cost her $1.20 for the medication.

“As soon as this law was passed — and you see it everywhere when these laws are passed — patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option.”

Though cases like this are not directly attributable to Obamacare, assuming the details are correct, this is a clear case of a “death panel” making the decision that an end of life treatment would be more economically viable than an expensive chemotherapy treatment that may or may not prolong an individual’s life.

With Obamacare self-destructing, causing skyrocketing premiums and deductibles for millions, and insurance companies taking massive hits to their profits, how long do you think it will be before this concept of legalized death panels begins to spread?

H/T The Federalist Papers

 

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