Re: Do We Really Want Government Making These Decisions?
posted at 6/5/2013 12:10 PM EDT
In response to UserName99's comment:
In response to skeeter20's comment:
Does this sound like a death panel?
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rebuffed an appeal from Rep. Lou Barletta on behalf of a girl who needs a lung transplant but can’t get one because of a federal regulation that prevents her from qualifying for a transplant.
“Please, suspend the rules until we look at this policy,” Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, asked Sebelius during a House hearing Tuesday on behalf of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl who needs a lung transplant. She can’t qualify for an adult lung transplant until the age of 12, according to federal regulations, but Sebelius has the authority to waive that rule on her behalf. The pediatric lungs for which she currently qualifies aren’t available.
“I would suggest, sir, that, again, this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies,” Sebelius replied.
So, the person running Obamacare, says "someone lives, someone dies".
You realize there aren't enough spare lungs to go around right?
I admit I don't know all the facts about this story, but aren't the policies in place in order to prevent someone from having to decide who lives and who dies? The policy creates an order in which a person would recieve a transplant. If exceptions are made then the policy becomes meaningless and then you will have a system where money and influence moves you to the top of the list. There are no winners here.
Then why give Sebelius the authority to waive? I mean, if "exceptions are going to lead to policy becoming meaningless", then why give Sebelius that authority in the first place? Is it just for sh!ts and giggles???