Obamacare and Assisted Suicide

Compassion and Choices, the nation’s leading pro-assisted suicide organization, is aggressively promoting the widely-discussed “end-of-life counseling” provisions found in H.R. 3200, the House version of Obamacare. Compassion and Choices claims responsibility for getting these provisions included in the bill.

If this section remains as written, it will result in two very dangerous outcomes:

· Taxpayer funding of information on assisted suicide. Government-paid end-of-life counseling will include assisted suicide as one of the options available for residents of Oregon, Washington and Montana where assisted suicide is legal, and taxpayers will pay for it.

· Lawsuits to expand assisted suicide information nationwide. Compassion and Choices will be able to bring an equal protection lawsuit against the federal government claiming that patients in states where assisted suicide is not legal are being deprived of information about a “benefit” provided to patients in states where it is legal.

The assisted suicide connection in H.R. 3200 is not being publicly discussed to any extent. It remains to be seen whether this onerous aspect of Obamacare will be revised to eliminate taxpayer funding of assisted suicide information and a nod to Compassion and Choices to expand its deadly agenda through lawsuits.

Barbara Lyons

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