Pure propaganda: Elderly couple found dead from murder-suicide after they couldn’t afford wife’s healthcare

First of all, I thought Obamacare was suppose to fix our “broken health care system?”

Even if this man couldn’t afford to pay for his medical expenses, there are PLENTY of low- and no-cost taxpayer- and privately-provided agencies that provide free healthcare services in Whatcom County. See here, here, here and here.

But that little bit of information doesn’t make for a sensational headline…especially when guns are involved.

From Yahoo: A man in Washington state has killed both himself and his wife after raising fears about struggling to pay medical expenses for her ongoing health conditions.

The couple were identified by the Whatcom County Medical Examiner as Brian S Jones, 77, and Patricia Whitney-Jones, 76.

Mr. Jones, who lived near the city of Ferndale, called emergency services on Wednesday morning and said he was going to shoot himself, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

He said he had prepared a note for the sheriff which contained information and instructions. In spite of the operator’s efforts to keep him on the line, Mr. Jones is then said to have told the operator, “we will be in the front bedroom”, before disconnecting the call.

Police arrived around 15 minutes later and set up a perimeter around the house and attempted to intervene for about an hour with a crisis negotiator and loud hailer.

But it was too late, as officials then used a robot-mounted camera to look inside the home and found the bodies of the married couple.

Authorities said they believe Mr. Jones shot his wife and then himself. They were found lying together.
A statement from Whatcom Sheriff Bill Elfo said state officials are investigating the incident which is deemed to be a murder-suicide.

According to the sheriff, Mr. Jones told the operator: “I am going to shoot myself”.

Several notes were left in the home “citing severe ongoing medical problems with the wife and expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care”, according to the sheriff’s statement.

“It is very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only option. Help is always available with a call to 911,” Mr. Elfo said in the post.

Numerous firearms were seized and two dogs found in the house were taken to an animal shelter.

Sherrie Schulteis, a neighbour of the couple, said she often spoke to Mr. Jones and watched out for each other’s homes but was totally unaware about the extent to which he was struggling mentally and financially.

“[Mr Jones and I] were always waving and talking about our yards or our flowers,” she told The Lynden Tribune. “It’s a little tiny community where we all know each other, but we don’t really know each other.”

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I don’t buy the “murder-suicide because of medical costs” excuse: (1) Both Brian and Patricia qualified for Medicare, which, supplemented with a health insurance, should mean no or very little copay for Patricia’s health problems. (2) Brian had a DEA controlled-substance license as a medical practitioner, and owned & managed a non-profit, Timmerman Lane Association. Patricia’s LinkedIn profile says she worked as an “independent research professional” with data analysis skills and molecular biology knowledge. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-whitney-jones-03537430/) Her Facebook page says she retired in Oct. 2013. https://www.facebook.com/NWlambear (3) The couple had other financial problems: According to Truth Finder people search, in 2003… Read more »

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The public, and even some medical professionals, are very ignorant of the life threatening realities of Medicare for seniors with serious medical conditions. It is a death sentence for those facing catastrophic diagnoses, such as certain cancers. There are no longer out-of-pocket limits for those needing expensive specialty medications, with changes in Medicare Drug coverage that went into effect Jan 2019. The oral parity policy leaves patients with oral chemotherapy medications, for example, with average costs of about $15,000 a year just for Revlimid needed for multiple myeloma, or $17,000 for Idhifa for AML patients. They are unable to use… Read more »

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