Health care costs too high? California governor’s modest proposal for addressing problem

Health care costs too high? California governor’s modest proposal for addressing problem

California’s got a problem. Health care costs are simply too high and getting higher. The state’s Medi-Cal still doesn’t provide any palliative care and offers only one in every three cancer patients a chance of getting treatment.

Granted the state brought some of this on itself by extending Medi-Cal to 170,000 illegal immigrant children — a move that Governor Jerry (“Moonbeam”) Brown would like to extend to all illegals.

What’s a nanny state parent to do? Luckily, Brown and his fellow libs have come up with a solution that’s both quick and painless: doctor-assisted suicide.

According to the Independent Sentinel, the lethal drugs will run $5,400 per patient, but that’s far cheaper than keeping them alive and providing care.

The proponents want another quarter million to hire staff to help with the Euthanasia regulations and DHCS wants another $323,000 to set up a database.

One of the original authors of the bill, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel), has proposed a toll-free number for the public to find out how to arrange suicide with the help of a doctor.

No effort will be too small.

It’s not as though Californians (and other states in the union) couldn’t see this coming. The article notes that Robert Reich, who served on President-elect Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board, told a Berkeley audience — to applause — in 2007 that an honest president would tell his constituents the painful truth, which includes this reality sandwich:

And by the way, we are going to have to – if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive, so we’re going to let you die.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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