The opinion piece correctly describes how Oregon’s Medicaid program uses coverage incentives to steer people to assisted suicide, which is legal in Oregon: Medicaid will not necessarily cover a patient’s treatment to potentially cure a disease or to extend the patient’s life. The program will cover his or her suicide. Desired treatments for cure or to extend life are thereby displaced with the “treatment” of suicide.
I first became involved with the assisted suicide issue shortly before my first wife died of cancer in 1982. We had just made what would be her last visit with her doctor. As we were leaving, he had suggested that she overdose herself on medication. I still remember the look of horror on her face. She said, “Ken, he wants me to kill myself.”
To learn more about how assisted suicide works in Oregon, please see my affidavit, with supporting documentation attached, can be viewed here: https://maasdocuments.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/dr-stevens-affidavit_001.pdf .
Protect your health care. Don’t let legal assisted suicide come to Montana.