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.

4 comments:

jimbo.huff said...
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Communications guru said...

"That’s what the historic health care insurance reform passed last March was all about, access."

I think there is a lot more to it then that. Re-distribution of wealth, a tax program, govn't take over of health system, access to our bank accounts, etc. It will also have it's own death panel program.

I will say that yes at 1.4 billion shame on the gov. and the state of AZ. Turning your back on someone, doing nothing, allowing them to die is really not much different then what Jarred Loughner did.


Good idea; I would remove it too if I were you, but I’ll repost if for you because it makes you look like and idiot, and then I’ll debunk it.

“Re-distribution of wealth, a tax program, govn't take over of health system, access to our bank accounts, etc?” Wow; that’s really out there. It looks like you bought into the same lies as Jarred Loughner. The only death panels are in Arizona, where a bureaucrat is telling you to go away and die.

“Turning your back on someone, doing nothing, allowing them to die is” the GOP health plan; kicking people off their insurance if they get sick, denying them coverage if they have a pre-existing converge and leaving more than 50 million with no access to health care.

The said...

One only needs to listen to Robert Reich.
Death Panels will happen. That is a fact.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT7Y0TOBuG4

Communications guru said...

Yes, death panels in Arizona are a fact because people have already died, and insurance companies have death panels. As for death panels and national health insurance reform, it remains a false talking point.

He’s right that our health care system tries to avoid treating sick people, but his claim about innovation has been debunked. The fact is most of the research is funded by the federal government, so I fail to see how giving every American access to health care is a bad thing. I would be happy to live as long as my parents, but his comment in 2007 makes no sense.