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Friday, March 23, 2012

Health Care Rationing and Death Panels In America

Obamacare preview has occurred in Texas. . .


A patient who was denied medial treatment, and whose family’s attempts to transfer him to another medical facility were unsuccessful, has passed away.
As LifeNews reported Wednesday, a few weeks ago Willie was making plans to travel with his family for a vacation in Europe, but he had chest pains and went to the hospital to check what’s wrong. To his surprise, they discovered pneumonia and leukemia.   Willie’s doctors suggested surgery and chemotherapy and Willie indicated he didn’t want to die. Before sedation, his daughter told Graham he looked lovingly into her eyes and said, “Fight for me, baby; I ain’t done living.”
Armed with a medical power of attorney, his family obeyed his wishes and told the physicians to continue his medical care and treatment — but they disagreed and formed a committee under Texas law, which Elizabeth Graham, director of Texas Right to Life, describes as the same sort of “death panels” criticized under Obamacare, to determine whether Willie should continue receiving treatment at the hospital.
Graham says the family “reached out to a social worker in the hospital to facilitate transfer to another facility – a facility that would care for Willie.  Willie’s family would pay the transfer costs and other expenses for the health care the doctors were denying to him, on top of the ample insurance he had to cover his costs.”   The social worker informed the family she would attempt to find a new location that would agree to provide treatment and the family hoped for an improvement in Willie’s medical condition. Yet, as the 10-day deadline for the medical transfer approached, she told them no medical center would accept their father and she was out of options.
Now, Graham tells LifeNews in an email that Willie passed away.
Read More at Life News
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