Vermont governor Peter Shumlin is going to push assisted suicide legalization in the state legislature’s current session. That’s been tried many times before without success, I am happy to say.
Perhaps Shumlin has an extra motive to pass it this time. Last year, Vermont enacted a single-payer health plan to cover everyone in the state. One problem: The state did not fund it. That has led some in the state to look to legalizing assisted suicide as one means of making the plan easier to pay for. After all, what could be a cheaper “medical treatment” then providing drug overdoses to expensively sick patients? And think of the money to be saved if very ill patients die sooner rather than later. There is no question in my mind that assisted suicide coupled with single payer would really be a toxic brew.