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Summary:
  •  When assisted suicide becomes legal and is considered to be medical treatment, it becomes a dangerously appealing means of medical cost control.
  •  "Assisting persons" could have their own agendas: an adult child wanting an inheritance; a financial predator seeking financial gain; or a doctor wanting to hide malpractice.
  •  HB 160 forces physicians to LIE on a patient's death certificate for insurance reasons. This would keep the public in the dark about the prevalence of assisted suicide, ensuring suicide providers operate in secrecy with NO OVERSIGHT from any public health authority.  
  •  HB160 makes assisted suicide a "medical treatment" under law, using a slippery definition of "terminal disease" that could apply to something as easily treated as diabetes. 
  •  HB160 fabricates "informed consent" for people with disabilities and gives physicians the ability to kill patients if a social worker confirms the disabled person understands the treatment. It doesn't even require approval of a guardian, as would corrective surgery or palliative treatment.
  •  The Bill is based on a similar law in Oregon where even law enforcement has no access to data collected by the state regarding individual deaths. There is a near complete lack of transparency and even secrecy.
IS IT CHEAPER TO KILL THAN TO CARE? 
UPDATE: as of 4/26/18, HB160 is awaiting vote in delaware's state house. it has been pushed back (removed from the agenda) twice. Keep discussing this important issue with your Legislators. 
Updated April 27, 2018
“The moment we label suicide an act of dignity, we imply people like me are undignified for not ending our lives... or worse, we're a costly burden on society. God has the final word on my life, my life story is written by love, not by cancer.”
Imagine getting a letter from your insurance company stating that they will cover your death pills or a "lethal jab" but not the treatment you need to live.

...That's exactly what happened to Stephanie Packer, who was denied coverage for life saving cancer treatment but offered a prescription of Death Pills for only $1.20.

...And Randy Stroup, a 54 year old man in Oregon who was denied treatment for prostate cancer but offered Suicide as a "palliative care" plan.

...And Barbara Wagoner of Oregon, whose insurance company decided to pay for death pills but not for the treatment needed to save her life.

Why? Because it's cheaper to kill you than to care for you.

High-quality pain management and palliative care can be complex and certainly more expensive than the lethal dose of drugs that House Bill 160 (HB160) would legalize.

If assisted suicide is legalized in Delaware, it becomes a dangerously appealing means of medical cost control.
It gets worse...

HB 160 forces physicians to LIE on a patient's death certificate so the life insurance isn't affected. 

That's right. HB160 states that "The death certificate must list the underlying terminal illness as the cause of death," (line 95) when in fact, assisted suicide was the cause of death. This protects physicians, not patients. HB160 offers zero accountability.

HB160 would also keep the public in the dark about the prevalence of assisted suicide and would ensure that suicide providers operate in secrecy with NO OVERSIGHT from any public health authority. 
“Every time they ask a physician to prognosticate on life expectancy... it's usually wrong." -Dr. Bescia, Kidney Disease Expert and Co-inventor of Cimino-Brescia Fistula Hemodialysis
B160 makes assisted suicide a "medical treatment" under law, using a slippery definition of "terminal disease" that could apply to something as easily treated as diabetes. 

Yes, diabetes.

By definition it's an "incurable and irreversible disease." which, if untreated, could lead to death within six months. HB160 does not indicate whether "incurable and irreversible" disease means a disease that can't be treated.

A treatable disease is considered terminal? That's a problem! 
Randy Stroup, a 54 year old man in Oregon, was denied treatment for prostate cancer but offered Suicide as a "palliative care" plan.
Physicians have a responsibility to provide life giving care. Everyone deserves to have their dignity and worth affirmed and valued. HB160, however, in the recently proposed amendment, fabricates a way for people with disabilities to give "informed consent" to assisted suicide if a social worker says the patient understands.


We're talking about people who can’t legally sign a contract, decide where they live, or make their own medical decisions - YET - if they have a "terminal" illness, they can "choose" assisted suicide as long as a social worker confirms that the patient “understands” the treatment. 

It doesn’t even require approval of a guardian, as would corrective surgery or palliative treatment.

Patients deserve care, not killing. Physicians have a responsibility to provide that care. We all deserve to have our dignity and worth affirmed and valued. For all those reasons, House Bill 160 should be rejected quickly and decisively.
More Stories:
When Oregon resident, Jeanette Hall, had less than a year to live, she asked her cancer doctor for the pills to commit suicide. Dr. Kenneth Stevens got to know her better and inspired her to consider treatment. The tumor just “melted away” and now -- 15 years later --
JJ was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. He fought for his wife, his son, and his life.
Born without arms, John Foppe speaks to a way of life beyond independence, namely inter-dependence: Together we are more. Assisted suicide sells everyone short, so in times of illness or disability, he encourages us to “step into life!”
You don’t discourage suicide by assisting suicide. “Every suicide is tragic – whether you’re old or young, healthy or sick, your life is worth living,” says Luke Maxwell, 19, who survived an attempt to take his own life.
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