While inmates spend years on death row.
Democrats in California might have found a solution for the burgeoning costs of Medi-Cal which still doesn’t provide any palliative care and offers only one in every three a chance of getting cancer treatments. The solution they’ve come up with is doctor-assisted suicide also known as euthanasia. That’s right, they’re going to end the lives of some people on the program.
They are willing to put their money where their mouths are and Governor Moonbeam Brown, in addition to putting it in the budget, will allow this expansion to take place before the new proposed law even takes effect.
It’s hard to remember a case where they were this enthusiastic and worked this fast.
The lethal drugs will cost $5400 per patient but it’s a lot cheaper than keeping them alive and providing care.
The proponents claim it has nothing to do with saving costs but they said it during the session called to address the ever-growing deficit in Medi-Cal.
Enthusiastically, Governor Moonbeam put $2.3 million into the budget to off 443 Medi-Cal patients. The doctor of death only has to visit twice and only nine of the planned 443 targeted patients will be sent for mental health evaluations.
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 to get this sure-fire deficit buster going.
“Liberals” love this sort of thing.