Brewer on Transplant Cuts: Sad but Necessary
Updated: Friday, 07 Jan 2011, 5:13 PM MST
Published : Friday, 07 Jan 2011, 5:13 PM MST
PHOENIX - "Arizona is in a huge fiscal crisis -- and we have to make some serious difficult cost cutting and we intend to do that,"
said Governor Jan Brewer Friday, speaking publicly about transplant cuts to Medicaid patients.
It's the first time we've heard from her since doctors in Tucson linked the death of a patient directly to those cuts. Doctors at University Medical Center confirm the cuts definitely played a role in that death.
In October, the state cut funding for certain transplants to help close the state's budget hole. That left about 100 people without coverage.
In November, Mark Price died during chemotherapy treatments. He was waiting for a transplant, but died before he was healthy enough to have one.
Brewer has been taking a lot of heat over the death of another transplant patient, and Friday, she addressed the criticism."I said from the beginning of my term that we were going to hit this big cliff and that it was going to be disastrous. And it's heartbreaking. But the fact of the matter is those decisions will have to be made."
She spoke to business leaders at a luncheon in downtown Phoenix. No matter where she goes, she is faced with questions about transplant funding.
"I believe that the media has blown that totally completely out of proportion. It's an unfortunate thing that people have passed away, that the two people that have died, but I do believe that it wasn't because of the funding at this particular time," she says.
Read rest of article here:http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/health/brewer-on-transplant-cuts-1-7-2011
Remember, if allowing sick people to die in the name of "saving taxpayer money", the "conservatives" and "libertarians" will lap it up like dogs, because "the state" is the root of all evil.
Top eugenicist Bill Gates on death panels to save money for teachers' jobs:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrJBY2l1MQQ
The real problem for Arizona is Interest on the Debt. What Brewer needs to do, is instead of cutting Medicaid for the sick and poor, is we need to have a State Bank of Arizona set-up like North Dakota's model. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_of_North_Dakota
This would balance the budget within a couple of fiscal years, and not allow our residents to die in "conservative"-brand death panels.