For Julio Gonzalez, “death index” is a campaign issue that simply will not die.
On Friday, a new TV ad drops attacking the House District 74 GOP hopeful. The 30-second spot refers to the Venice orthopedic surgeon as “liberal Doctor Death Panel.”
The focus of the ad, and accompanying website, are passages in Gonzalez’s 220-page book Health Care Reform: The Truth.
In Truth, the doctor suggests creating a “health index” that predicts the likelihood of limited longevity for patients in the last years of life.
“For the sake of the patient, his loved ones and our economy,” Gonzalez writes, “efforts should be redirected from curative to supportive.”
Once a patient reaches that health index score, the doctor says, government and insurance companies should discontinue funding designed to cure major illnesses such as cancer and the decision over spending money for that care removed from the provider and patient alike.
“It could be your father, mother, sister or a child,” the ad’s narrator says about the erstwhile health index. “You would do anything to save them.”
The ad, which also appears on the website DangerouslyLiberal.com, notes that Gonzalez “supports death panels worse than those in Obamacare” and believes that the Medicaid system is “illegal” and calls for it to be dismantled.
Also mentioned is Gonzalez’s $500 donation in 2008 to “liberal Democrat” U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, adding that he then “lied” about it.
DangerouslyLiberal.com provides excerpts of Truth, as well as links to an account where Gonzalez recently told a Republican Club of South Sarasota audience that it was “unethical” for loved ones to keep a family member alive on life support.
Gonzalez faces former prosecutor and Republican Party leader Richard DeNapoli in the August 26 primary for the district covering Osprey, Venice and parts of North Port and Englewood. The two are running for the seat vacated by term-limited Rep. Doug Holder.