I imagine HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius now wishes she had not said that someone lives and someone dies when discussing why she would not change or temporarily suspend the rules regarding transplants of adult lungs to children. The issue is about a child with weeks to live who needs a transplant. Her doctor says he thinks she can handle an adult lung but the rules do not allow it.
Children’s lungs are fairly rare with regard to transplant and the double edged sword is that children do not usually do well with adult lungs. The overarching issue is that her doctor (the one who should have the best idea) says she can handle it.
Sebelius has not budged from her position but will now have to allow it as a judge issued an order that she had to allow the child to be placed on the list for an adult lung.
There are pros and cons with this as some doctors think it is wrong to change the rules in court and others thinking the rule should be suspended.
I fall in the camp that believes the government should not be making rules regarding our direct health care (and few regarding ANY of our health care). I believe, and Obama professed to believe, that medical care decisions should be between the doctor and the patient. As he was ramming Obamacare down our throats he kept telling us that no bureaucrat would come between you and your doctor.
Well Sebelius is a bureaucrat and she is between the little girl and her doctor. Expect more of this as Obamacare is fully implemented. We will be hit with a double whammy. Obamacare will ration services (the death panels Palin talked about and Obama denies) as well as the IRS deciding if you get care based on your political beliefs.
Don’t say that can’t happen. A few months ago anyone who said that conservatives were being targeted by the IRS would have been called a conspiracy nut. What a difference a few months make.
Before some liberal tells me that the policy regarding transplants has been in place since before Obama took office, I already know that. I do not care when it was put in place or by whom. It is in the spotlight NOW because of Sarah Murnaghan and her need for a lung. It is big news now because the situation clearly demonstrates the Obamacare death panel argument as being true.
It is in the news because a government bureaucrat said that someone lives and someone dies when speaking about a child who is very ill.
I wonder if Sebelius would waive the rules if one of Obama’s daughters needed a lung…
I wish no harm on anyone’s child and the sentence using Obama’s daughters was illustrative only to provoke thought about the disparity in health care decisions by government bureaucrats.
Never surrender, never submit.