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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Save the Arizona 98

I don't get political or controversial on my blog because I do have a great respect for individuality and opinion, but this is strongly related to our lives and passion for organ donation.

Recent decisions and cuts in Arizona within the state medical coverage system and transplant coverage have crushed nearly 100 people's future and hope for survival, as well as countless lives in the future. Many people do not know this is happening, so I thought I would share it here. We were very fortunate to have group insurance through my husband's employer, but I could only imagine the despair the people who are covered under state insurance are in knowing they or their children will not be given that chance of life.

Our 'Governor' Jan Brewer implies in the video below that the success rate of transplants, specifically bone marrow, is too low for it to be a covered service. Not only is she ignoring the humanity aspect of this situation, but she has her numbers/"facts" wrong. Let me tell you, it is hard enough to have the doctors tell you that you might die waiting for your organ, or that your lifespan post transplant will be short, but to have your insurance decide for you that you will not even be given a chance because those odds are low is a blow as a citizen and human.

I personally like the transplant survivor in this video who said the inmates are treated better than the honest citizens of the state. Unfortunately, that is the direction Arizona is moving. And yet another reason for me to add to my list of why I am sickened by how this state is ran and why I would love to leave.

God be with Jan Brewer. To her this is a population control, financial balance, lower-than-upper-class issue. To the ones left in limbo, this is life or death.

(and may I urge you to follow Bob Aronson on Twitter. He has started this battle to Save the Arizona 98 and I support him all the way!)


Anonymous said...

I guess you want your state to be taken over by all the illegals in it. Don't forget...they get FREE healthcare while honest, hard working Americans struggle with this coverage. I know because my husband is a physician and has countless times never been paid because some of those he has treated were undocumented workers who were never to be seen again but ones that couldn't be turned away because they went to the ER. Maybe you need to get your facts straight because I don't think you know half of what it is like being on the other end.

Kristi said...

So because of the illegals and our states lazy attempts at correcting the problems with that, the citizens should die without their life saving transplants just because they are on state insurance? I think you and I might agree more than you think on coverage, because I do NOT think illegals should be getting state services and the hard working doctors be unpaid due to it. BUT I DO think that the people who have state medical coverage and are citizens of the country should get the coverage they need in terms of transplant. And I'm telling you right now I know for a fact that most if not all of the 98 people denied transplant due to this change are citizens, because one of the people is alumn of a local high school with friends of mine.

Of course, your anonymous status speaks volumes. And you obviously did not read into my sadness for these people not given the chance at life that my daughter was given. The ability to save them is there, within reach, but the quality of their life is being dictated by suits and not doctors. Something is terribly wrong when a doctor cannot save a person because a non-medical professional needs to save money. Their lost lives will never make up that savings shes attempting to make.

Whoever you are, I'm guessing you have not followed me for very long. You probably found me on a Twitter search. I have no tolerance for bullies, so either read my blog because you are interested in all things related to congenital heart defects, transplant, God, a typical American family, my personal opinions, philanthropy or positive thinking.... or pack up your web browser and move on.

God bless, and Merry Christmas.

Danielle said...

My stance on this is the same as my stance on many other issues. It's a three part opinion.

1)Life is precious.
2)Life > Money.
3)Money is NOT precious. Money is evil (albeit useful).

I could not even imagine essentially saying that someone has to die so that I can receive some government service or pay lower taxes. Life is too special, too sacred, to even think about being so selfish as to take an opportunity for God and medicine to work hand in hand in creating miracles. And yes, I realize what it costs to make that happen... and I think it's worth the chance, no matter how small.

Brittany Marie Trevino said...

totally support you kristi and agree with this stance! is matter the cost..the chance is worth it because LIFE is worth it! thanks for sharing too, i had no idea about this news.

Anonymous said...

I'm very grateful that where I live now this scenario doesn't happen. People want to believe it so but near where I live is a massive childrens Hosp, reasearch including cutting edge cardiac. As a former pediatric patient, we throw all we can for the smallest of our society because life is worth it. For this,I happily pay my taxes so that my family and those I've never met, do not have to worry about cost of care when it's needed most. My own care has been always expedient and top notch. We have issues but it's not the horror story some would like to believe. My country thinks I'm worth keeping alive, healthy and productive. It has saved my mother my grandparents, relatives and friends year after year. I wish better for you, your fam.

Have a fab 2011. I am just an atheist in Canada but had to say something.