If all you know about healthcare “death panels” is what you heard on a talk show, then you must think the feds will pull the plug on patients.
News bulletin: Texas already has death panels.
A Houston man’s life was ended last week.
A leukemia patient identified only as Willie was denied nourishment and died, according to Texas Right to Life.
Since 1999, Texas has given hospital “ethics panels” the authority to end care even if the patient or family wants to continue.
It’s called the Texas Futile Care Law. The Texas Senate bill passed in 1999.
Back then, the Senate’s presiding officer was Lt. Gov. Rick Perry.
Yes, the governor who says, “I always stand by the side of life.”
Willie went to the hospital a few weeks ago with chest pains, according to Texas Right to Life’s Elizabeth Graham.
Doctors found pneumonia and leukemia, Graham wrote. After Willie underwent surgery and chemotherapy, his family asked about another hospital or hospice care.
Though he had plenty of insurance, no other facility would accept him. After the legally required 10 days, the hospital ended nourishment.
He was “dehydrated and starved to death completely against the family’s desire,” Graham wrote.