Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Countdown with Keith Olbermann dedicated its first two segments Friday nght to Arizona's AHCCCS transplant controversy — budget cuts made by the Republican-dominated legislature and signed by governor Jan Brewer ending transplant coverage for people on AHCCCS because no insurer will insure them.
It was a cold cost-benefit analysis: so few people successfully obtain a transplant organ that only a "few" people will die as a result of not funding transplants. Only the information provided to the legislature was flawed (false). (The state forgoes $15 million in federal Medicaid funds as a result of eliminating transplant coverage — to save approximately $5 million in state funding). Jan Brewer is still sitting on top of approximately $30 million in discretionary stimulus funds that she gets to dole out and claim credit.
The state of Arizona is now making the decision to let people die because it does not want to pay, just as insurance companies have been doing for years. The "death panels" that Sarah Palin falsely claimed were in the Affordable Care Act do exist in Arizona's AHCCCS program for transplant patients.
And if our shadow governor, Sen. Russell Pearce gets his way, those death panels will be expanded to other areas when the state of Arizona opts-out of the federal Medicaid program. The poor will be on their own, left to die and to "reduce the surplus population."