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Kevorkian Peaked Too Soon

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One of the biggest disappointments of Barack Obama was his failed promise of health care for all. While his “reform” bill did among other things eliminate the pre-existing condition as an excuse to deny treatment, it isn’t covering everyone, and isn’t likely to do so.

According to a survey of emergency physicians conducted from March 3 to March 11, 2011, there is a major increase in patients seeking care in the ER, and 28% of these doctors participating in the study insist that this increase is due to patients who have no health care coverage. Three-fourths of this group are employed, but don’t have health insurance through their employers. As primary care doctors are not numerous enough to meet the demand, these emergency physicians expect that this situation will only worsen, complaining that the new law doesn’t take into account the conditions facing ER departments. A separate study [PDF] done last December found similar results.

This is bad enough. But there was an attempt by the State of Vermont to take on this challenge since it’s clear Obama is done with it. (Actually, one has to ask if Obama ever got started on it, but I digress.) Thom Hartmann reported on his Wednesday radio program that Vermont Republicans aren’t too keen on this bill passing. No surprise there. It isn’t their idea, it doesn’t benefit corporations, so their agin’ it!

Here’s the real surprise: so is Obama.

David Swanson reports (via Chuck Pennacchio of Health Care for All Pennsylvania) that Obama insisted that the Senate version of his health care program preempt state initiatives and reforms until 2017, a measure which was deleted from the House version. Obama used this to somehow twist Dennis Kucinich’s arm into supporting the Health Insurance Industry Profit Protection Act of 2010. It looks pretty clear to me that Vermont now has a tough row to hoe applying for a waiver in the face of this provision. One has to ask whose side Obama is really on — and for we the voters to ask if he’s the best choice for next year’s candidacy.

But as conservatives love to proclaim, the private sector is more likely to come up with a solution than the government is, and such a “solution” has emerged. As if heeding former Rep. Alan Grayson’s charge that the Republican health care “plan” was “don’t get sick, but if you do, die quick“, an entrepreneur has arisen to meet the terminal needs of those denied life-saving health care.

Sharlotte Hydorn, a 91 year old resident of La Mesa, California, is running a thriving business selling $60 self-administered suicide kits. These kits include a plastic hood, a plastic tube, a helium tank, and a copy of Final Exit. She complains that she’s “too busy” to cash all the checks sent in to order the kits. Estimated annual sales are $98,000, or more than 1,600 suicide kits. Dr. Kevorkian would likely approve.

Doing such good business it makes one wonder why some Republican entrepreneur hasn’t picked up on this opportunity. Maybe now, one will! An easy $98,000 leaves a few thousand to grease a few palms where necessary, and Hydorn IS 91! How much longer can she last? And by eliminating the “reform” bill, the future’s so bright, one has to wear shades!

There is certainly a growing need for this product. Hydorn got into this business after watching her husband die a lingering and painful death due to colon cancer, which later spread to his brain. She told her interviewer that “no one should have to go through that” experience. “Death should be with loved ones beside you, holding your hand.” Hence the kit sales.

Those private sector death panels and their public sector accomplices should welcome such an innovation. It would save them millions every year, and decrease the surplus medically-indigent population at the same time. How can they lose?

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