There’s Nothing Progressive About Physician-Assisted Suicide

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article in Time. He writes:

Consider what has happened in Oregon: In 1997, the state passed its own version of the physician-assisted-suicide law, which has been the model legislation for many other states’ efforts. Yet many lower-income residents in Oregon might qualify for assisted-suicide drugs, but not qualify for basic treatments or even hospice care under Medicare and Medicaid….

Yes, everyone deserves a death with dignity. But physician-assisted suicide—which could put undue pressure on the poor, the lonely, and the excluded—isn’t the way to achieve this. Focusing on expanding access to health care for every American at the end of their lives would be the progressive thing to do.

The full article can be read here.