Keith Olbermann announced, "Yes Mrs. Palin there is a government death panel. It is in Jan Brewer's Arizona... You will meet two men and their families, who have been condemned to die."
Patients who will die because of Death Panel Decisions-- from the Olbermann showThere's no way to sugar coat this. Arizona's new Medicaid policy, enacted by a Republican legislature, signed into law by a Republican governo went into effect the end of October. The New York Times calls it "Death by budget cut."
The new policy has removed over 100 people waiting for transplants from a transplant list. That probably means they will die.
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"I appreciate the need for budget restraints," Dr. Andrew Yeager, director of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at the Arizona Cancer Center, told the Times. "But when one looks at a potentially lifesaving treatment, admittedly expensive, and we have data to support efficacy, cuts like this are shortsighted and sad."
Low income patients will have to pay for transplants themselves. Since these operations can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, that pretty much turns this policy, which removes these patients from eligibility, into a death sentence.
Arizona physicians and transplant centers have unsuccessfully lobbied for temporary funding. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's office described it as a "literally as a last resort" option to bridge the state's budget shortfall.
But Democrats, such as State Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, weren't having any of it. "We made it very clear at the time of the vote that this was a death sentence," she said. "This is not a luxury item. We're not talking about cosmetic surgery."
The law has been dubbed across the country by opponents as Arizona's "Death Panel" -- a reference to Sarah Palin's false yet influential claim last year that the Affordable Care Act permitted government officials to deny care to patients at their discretion.
The Associated Press chronicled the plight of Arizona patients on Medicaid who need organ transplants and must produce the money or face death.
There is talk of reversing the legislation in 2011. People could die by then. The money saved is under $5 million. Governor Brewer has approved money to repair a sports stadium roof at a cost over $1.5 million.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.