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    I knew of one case in Oregon where a woman was denied further treatment by her insurance company because she had the option of suicide.

    That statement is incredible - meaning it's hard to believe.  Can you provide a reference?  

    Hi. I'm from Portland, and it's probably raining here.

    by J Orygun on Sun May 10, 2009 at 10:41:23 PM PDT

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    •  The woman in question was interviewed in a video (0+ / 0-)

      put out by opponents of I-1000. In the film, she shows the letter from her insurance company in which they tell her that since she has suicide as an option, she will get no further coverage.

      Of course, you could always claim that the whole story was made up, but I had no reason to think so.

      I searched for the video on YouTube but could not find it. I do have access to the DVD, but I cannot find it online. I could, I suppose, change it to MP4 format and send it to you, if you wanted to see it - or at least the clip.

      In any case, I do see death with dignity laws as leaving the door open for insurance companies to pressure patients into killing themselves as a way to cut costs. Considering what insurance companies are doing now in terms of murder by spread sheet, this is hardly a stretch.

      I opposed I-1000, and I oppose death with dignity laws. I think insurance companies will take full advantage of the chance to get people to die rather than to provide them with coverage.

      I know this will probably make me a very unpopular person on DK. But I don't care. I think these laws are a bad direction for our society.

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