Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is having a fine week. First, she shows her lack of respect for the President of the United States by wagging her finger at him in a heated discussion as he deplaned Air Force One. She claims he “intimidated her” and walked away from her mid-sentence. Too bad the mayors of Phoenix and Mesa, AZ were both standing there and said he did no such thing. What were they discussing? The fact that she chose to write in her recent book that a previous meeting (which she is on video as describing as cordial) was less than polite. So, the POTUS called her on it, and she chose to try to browbeat him. Nice work.
Now comes word that Brewer’s death panel has claimed another victim. To be fair, there really isn’t a panel. She just pulled funding from the state program that helped patients on the transplant list get their organs. When she first pulled the funding, there were 99. One was lost last year, almost immediately after the funding was pulled. And another was lost later that year. Now, yet another has lost their life. From ThinkProgress:
Now, the University of Arizona Medical Center has told the press that another patient passed away in late December because they were unable to get their organ transplant funded. Although the attending physicians declined to release the name of the patient out of respect for the family’s privacy, they confirmed that the patient that passed away was one of the 98 Arizonans cut off from organ transplants by Brewer and the GOP-controlled state legislature. He “was our patient. He was on our list,” said surgery department spokeswoman Jo Marie Gellerman.
Local news station KGUN reported the second death and tracked down two patients who are still waiting for transplants. They interviewed 48-year old David Hernandez, who has a terminal lung disease and will die without a transplant. They also highlighted the case of 27-year old Tiffany Tate, who also needs a lung transplant to save her life. Despite placing three phone calls and an e-mail, the station was unable to receive any response from Brewer’s office.
These aren’t deadbeats. They’re folks who genuinely have a need for a transplant and have no other way to fund them. Under the old funding, they would have received their transplants and gone on to live better lives. Now, they just get to wait to die.
Yup, Brewer’s having a hell of a week.