• How is this not a death panel?

    I’m trying not to harp on this too much, but how is this not a death panel?

    The Arizona case, said Diane Rowland, director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, “is a classic example of making decisions based not on medical need but based on a budget.” And, she added, “it results, potentially, in denial of care to individuals in a life-or-death situation.”

    The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services do not monitor which states use Medicaid money for transplants. But health experts said no other state had withdrawn coverage for patients pursuing transplants.

    Arizona’s decision, by Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, and the Republican-controlled Legislature, was made after state officials assessed success and survival rates for a number of transplant procedures. National transplant groups call the figures misleading.

    “It seems inappropriate that life-saving care has the potential to be withheld based solely on budgetary issues and the bureaucratic determination of relative benefits,” said Dr. Robert S. Gaston, president-elect of the American Society of Transplantation.

    What we’ve got is a state deciding not to pay for something which would save a life, solely for cost reasons.  You’ve got a group of people – a panel, if you will – deciding that your family member may die because the treatment is too expensive.

    Where is the outrage?  Where are the screaming people?  Where are the tweets?

    Where are the politicians?*

    *You know who you are.

    • Where is the outrage? Where are the screaming people? Where are the tweets?

      Where are the politicians?*

      1. Not many voters effected by this or see themselves ever effected by this.

      2. If too many people protest this someone will tell them were to send the money.

      3. Just randomly no advocacy group has stumbled on this (unl;ike Terrie Sivo sp?).

    • Doesn’t Arizona have a constitutional amendment that says that it must balance the budget?

      As well, the mid-terms election just passed. Usually attention of the public drops after a election. This news story has been washed out by the Debt reduction panel.

    • “How is this not a death panel?”

      Seems obvious enough.

      It’s only when Democrats do anything that it’s possible to be a “death panel.”

      When Republicans do it it’s just “good financial management.”

    • It’s not a death panel because its the Republicans doing it to poor people… they don’t count.

    • Hiking taxes to pay for health care for poor people would lead to death panels, better known as Republican nominating committees and primaries.

    • I wrote about tis and the response seemed to be that poor people are just getting handouts anyway, so too bad for them. What is kind of interesting, as noted by the above Schiavo comment, is the lack of interest by the people of faith. Where is the Catholic church on this?


    • This is all very consistent. No amount of pain and suffering is too much for poor people. A few percent increase in taxes on the nation´s wealthiest people is intolerable.

    • I don’t think this is getting any coverage on places like Drudge or Fox News. I just searched Drudge to see if the article was a headline there and couldn’t find it. I don’t watch Fox, but if it wasn’t on Drudge, seems likely to me it wouldn’t be on Fox.

      Unfortunately, if the rightwing news doesn’t pick something like this up, the mainstream media is unlikely to pay much attention.