Francisco Felix and Family

We all believe in austerity when it comes to spending, yes? Of course we do but please… the people on the margins those on the edge…really? The social net is broken and the poor continue to slip through. Budget cuts in Arizona’s legislature resulted in a man leaving a hospital Tuesday after the state Medicaid agency refused to pay for a life-saving liver transplant. His name is Francisco Felix who suffers from Hepatitis C and who was denied a liver transplant. The legislature reversed its approval for about 98 low income patients. It was signed into law by the governor. Felix will have to raise $200,000 without state funding for a liver even though one was donated by a family member who had passed. Because Felix’s family could not raise the money, the liver went to someone else and was sent home. A death panel causality.

“I don’t see how that’s fair on any level. It’s indefensible to renege if the patient did everything they were supposed to do and they don’t have another option. You shouldn’t try to balance your budget on the backs of the most desperate patients,” says Dr. David Cronin director of liver transplantations at the Medical College of Wisconsin. And therein is the the crux of the problem. When the monies given to the states run out next year, incidents like this will only get worse. Is health care a right? Is health care a privilege? I guess it depends, if you have the money it’s a right and if you don’t its a privilege. The tough choices made by the states to control their budgets should not fall on the backs of those who are most desperate and without the loud voice of lobbyist.

and so it goes…