Saturday, January 08, 2011


It's enormously frustrating to see the same people who got away with lying about innoccuous end of life planning and equating it with "death panels" then turn around and get away with actually instituting for real death panels. The truly sad part is I suppose conservatives are cheering for this policy because nothing says "fiscally responsible conservative" like sentencing poor people to death.
CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports at least two people have died since November. Mark Price, a father of six, died waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Now the University Medical Center in Tucson says a man needing a new liver died due to the cutbacks.
There are about 100 people who are probably going to die because of Arizona's cutting off funding for transplants for Medicaid recipients. The poorest of the poor. And at what "great" savings?
Campbell says cutting the transplant program is saving Arizona $1.4 million, or one-tenth of 1 percent of its $825 million budget deficit.
But that's the taxpayers money don'tcha know and hell, we can't afford to be keeping these deadbeats alive, can we?

Meanwhile, I'm betting the taxpayers coughed up more than a million on keeping this heartless man alive. And I mean that almost literally.
Mr. Cheney’s heart will never beat at full strength again, doctors say. His new mechanical pump, a partial artificial heart known as a ventricular assist device, leaves patients without a pulse because it pushes blood continuously instead of mimicking the heart’s own beat.
Got that, the man has no pulse. One step away from a zombie and he bled enough money out of his government service connections to pay for his own damn transplant, which he's likely to need soon.

They say the waiting list shows no favoritism, but what do you want to bet Darth boy won't die waiting for one? Also betting not one conservative will complain about their tax dollars paying for this deadbeat.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And is Arizona's refusal to provide mental health care going to have repercussions?

Will anonymous hacks from Detroit blame a political assassination on "the Liberals" and furnish tables of numbers from unknown sources to prove it?

No, no, we're armed and dangerous, we're painting targets on all the congressmen who voted to restrain insurance company abuses and telling people we're going to "get them" while shedding crocodile tears and pretending we played no part in this.

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I didn't know AZ cut back on mental health care, but I was thinking last night about how the government generally stopped hospitalizing the mentally ill because it was too expensive many years ago. They put the people on the street. Lots of them end up in jail instead, but not until they've already wreaked havoc in some way.

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