The regulation says that you have to be 12 years old to qualify for an adult transplant. That includes a lung transplant.
And because older patients are statistically more likely to survive based on past experience, the State gets to decide whether you live or die. So sorry about that.
Tell that to ten-year-old Sarah Murnaghnan who has end stage cystic fibrosis, and who will die in five weeks without one.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services, won’t stand up and waive the regulation for a girl with five weeks to live and is quoted as saying ‘Someone lives and someone dies.’ Instead she passes the buck:
Sebelius has called for a review of pediatric transplant policies, but the Murnaghans say Sarah doesn’t have time for that.
“I’m begging you. … She has three to five weeks to live. Please suspend the rules,” Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., urged Sebelius at a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on her department’s budget.
We are not big on name calling here, but learn more about this spineless, two-faced hypocrite. She stated in 2012 that the Affordable Care Act has made the U.S Healthcare system stronger.
So, a stronger, state-run health care system that is supposed to be loved by everyone denies a life saving lung transplant to a ten year old girl? With forty years of life to suck taxes out of? In what way does this represent a stronger health care system?
Instead of making an executive decision to save the child’s life based on information at hand, she instead begs to the powers that be, like all cowards do.
The fact is, the state is unfit to fulfill the duties already asked of it by the people. It will unflinchingly deny a 10 year old a life saving procedure.
Chalk another one up for the State. Its mounting track record builds the case – not for the expansion of the State, but for its abolishment.