Remember the death panels? The ones that the right-wing kooks warned we would all risk facing if Obamacare passed, consisting of committees of politicians whose job was to decide which severely ill patients got treatment and which were just allowed to go ahead and die?
Well, there actually was nothing of that sort in Obama’s proposed, so the worry was pointless to begin with. But it turns out that the prospect wasn’t entirely imaginary.
It just turns out that it isn’t the Democrats.who are deciding which old and unwell patients are to be permitted to live and which ones are condemned to death. In Republican Arizona, it is the Republican governor and state senators, who have formed themselves into a “death panel” that makes the decision on which otherwise terminal patients will be given life-saving organ transplants. The panel turned down more than 90 patients who had only one remaining option: Go ahead and die.
After a flurry of media coverage, the governor tried to save face by moving to create a pool to restore transplants — but then cut 280,000 people from the Medicaid rolls, which meant “The pool won’t be big enough to guarantee transplants because taking people out of Medicaid will create a surge in hospital patients who can’t afford to pay,” according to Bloomberg.com.
Funnily, the Republicans aren’t worried about death panels at all, now. Maybe it doesn’t hurt as much when the person who pronounces your sentence comes from your own political party.