We finally have a local example showing how health insurance company "death panels" work.
Gordon Hazel, of Plattsburgh, NY has been sentenced to death by his health insurance company. Mr. Hazel has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While the prognosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer is not good, Mr. Hazel points out that the treatments he has been receiving from Cancer Treatment Centers of America have been working for him. He has thus far lived 2 years longer than either his doctors or the insurance company predicted.
No matter, enough is enough says Mr. Hazel's insurance company.
"(The insurance company) sent me a letter that said they were going to stop paying for those treatments because there was nothing to prove that those treatments were safe, effective or contributed to my quality of life," Hazel said.
Forget about the so-called "death panels" in the health care reform bill. We already have death panels and they are called health insurance companies.