Jan 14, 2011
The real death panels are in Arizona
The false, debunked talking point of so-called “death panels” invented by the right and popularized by former half-term Alaska Governor and failed GOP Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin to kill health insurance reform was a bad fairy tale, but it appears there are real death panels, at least in Arizona.
According to CBS News, second person denied transplant coverage by Arizona under a state budget cut has died this month after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republican-led Legislature reduced Medicaid coverage for transplants under cuts included to help close a shortfall in the state budget.
Republicans are right in saying that U.S. has one of the best health care systems in the world, but the problem is that only those who can afford it have access to it. That’s what the historic health care insurance reform passed last March was all about, access.
A lack of health care coverage has led to the death of millions of Americans, but this latest example has only led to two. But we can expect more deaths.
Dr. Rainer Gruessner, chair of the University of Arizona Surgery Department, said as many as 30 Arizona transplant patients will die because of this cut this year.
What’s even more disgusting is we are talking about $1.4 million of funding. If you divide $1.4 million by 30 that means each life is worth only $46,000 to Brewer and her death panels. It’s sad that in a budget in excess of $8 billon, they can’t find $1.4 million to save lives.
Those are the real death panels.