Health-care battle heats up

"She may have terminal cancer, but she still goes for walks and even plays a little golf," Day said. "Then she injured her knee, and all she wants to do is enjoy the quality of life she has remaining. She wants to go for her walks.

"But the government says, 'No, you have to wait.' They handed an 18-month sentence to a woman who may have only 18 months, or less, to live."

Krahn is one of four patients named in Day's lawsuit, which argues the constitutional right to "life, liberty and security of the person" means they should be allowed to spend their own money on their own health care when that care is denied by the government.