Est. May 2008

06 June, 2013

‘Someone lives and someone dies’

Ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghan desperately needs a lung transplant, but there are currently no ‘pediatric lungs’ available.  If she was only 2 years older, she could qualify for an ‘adult’ lung transplant, twelve being the federally-mandated lower limit for adult lung transplants.

Let that sink in for a moment: the federal government has control over the definitions of ‘child’ and ‘adult’ when it comes to health care.

Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, has the power to override this limitation; she refused to do so, stating the following:
“I would suggest, sir, that, again, this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies,” Sebelius replied. “The medical evidence and the transplant doctors who are making the rule — and have had the rule in place since 2005 making a delineation between pediatric and adult lungs, because lungs are different that other organs — that it’s based on the survivability [chances].”
Let that sink in as well: Ms Sebelius has the final say in whether a dying person is eligible for lifesaving treatment, because she’s the head of the Health and Human Services department of the federal government.

In short, Kathleen Sebelius is Sarah Palin’s ‘death-panel’ – a panel of one.

And as Mark Levin pointed out on his show yesterday, this episode ought to give small-government and other opponents of ObamaCare a lengthy pause: Ms Sebelius – the ‘death-panel’ of one – was appealed to by Rep. Lou Barletta to exercise her power to make an exception to the rules in this case, an exception which would save the life of a young girl; Sebelius said ‘no’.

When ObamaCare comes into its own, how many others who are facing death unless they get some kind of medical procedure – or even a certain medication – will be refused by Kathleen Sebelius or any of her minions?

But there’s something else in Ms Sebelius’ statement above that I don’t think anyone else has mentioned; it’s the second sentence:
“The medical evidence and the transplant doctors who are making the rule — and have had the rule in place since 2005 making a delineation between pediatric and adult lungs, because lungs are different that other organs — that it’s based on the survivability [chances].”
Let me do a quick re-write of that, if you don’t mind.

‘It’s not my fault – it’s all the fault of the transplant doctors, because they made the rule back in 2005!’

Not only is this woman a death-panel, she’s not even willing to accept the consequences of her own actions. 
Just like every other ProgLibDem.

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