Arizona’s Death Panel?
December 13, 2010 1 Comment
It’s bad enough that the Federal government created its first actual death panels thirty years ago, with organ transplants.
But, shortly after the Obamacare plan set up conditions that are likely to cause rationing, we have an example of how government health care is forced to decide who lives and dies, because of rationing.
In order to stay within their budget, Arizona has been forced to limit who is allowed to get organ transplants…literally picking who lives and dies. Already, 98 people have been identified who will not be allowed to get these transplants on Medicaid. This is what government health care must, inherently, do. It’s not the fault of Arizona, but part of Medicaid’s very nature.
In the 1980s, the Federal government imposed a ban on paid organ transplants, creating such a shortage that panels had to be set up to decide who got the rationed transplants, while a majority of transplant patients die while waiting, with lists up to ten years long.
Now, they are being forced by a socialized health care program to cut off even the few who might get transplants, dooming them to die.
We need real health care reform, not more of the very same government intervention that has caused the problem in the first place.