Arizona GOP Death Panel Denies Lung Transplant To Catholic High School Coach

Via Open Left, this heartbreaking story:

Tiffany Tate needs a lung transplant. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was just four months old. It is a condition that's made it impossible to work full time, impossible to get health insurance. Her lungs will deteriorate with age.

So at age 27, Tiffany Tate needs a lung transplant. But in our third story, if all that were not enough, add one new obstacle because Tiffany Tate lives in Arizona.

And she is just the latest person to fall victim to Governor Jan Brewer and the death panel. She joins me in a moment. As we have reported on this news hour, Governor Brewer and state Republican lawmakers have cut funding for arizona's Medicaid program access, thus denying life-saving organ transplants to low-income patients.

The governor calls the program a "Cadillac plan" and has defended her death panel by explaining that transplants qualify as "Cadillac" and optional care.


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