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Olbermann raises funds for Arizonans sentenced to death by Brewercare (video)

[tnivideo caption=”Arizona marred by Death” credit=”MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW_yNvH790c[/tnivideo]

It’s bad enough that Arizona government was such a joke that the state had a special link on the front page of The Daily Show’s website and that Brewercare’s Death Panels are a regular feature on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, but now the state’s reputation has spiraled to a new low.

Olbermann’s show has started collecting donations from viewers to pay for organ transplants for Arizona residents. Just shy of 100 Arizona residents, who are enrolled in Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state’s Medicaid program, have been denied organ transplants.

As of October 1, 2010, Arizona’s governor and Republican-controlled Legislature cut organ transplant from the list of medical services that can be funded through the AHCCCS. Although Brewer has said repeatedly that the state can’t afford to pay for transplants, it can afford more business tax cuts.

In an Associated Press story, Brewer whined that “bickering and ankle-biting [by Democrats and other critics] is very unfair…”

Give me a break! I’m sure the would-be transplant patients on AHCCCS feel that it is you, Governor Brewer, who is being unfair.

In the category of laugh-to-keep-from-crying, local humorist David Fitzsimmons lampooned Brewercare in his weekly news round up:

While watching a school production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Governor Jan Brewer of Brewercare fame was briefly embarrassed. She was the only audience member to stand and cheer when Scrooge said, “Let them die then and decrease the surplus population.”

Image Credit: David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star

24 comments on “Olbermann raises funds for Arizonans sentenced to death by Brewercare (video)

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  2. John
    December 11, 2010

    So how much have you donated?

    • recovering_progressive
      December 11, 2010

      Exactly. I have to commend Mr. Olberman. He is finally ASKING people to give money to those less fortunate rather than FORCING them by TAKING their money through taxes. Olberman has finally discovered charity. I wish the rest of the thieving liberals would do the same.

  3. Tom Morrow
    December 11, 2010

    “Although Brewer has repeatedly that the state can’t afford to pay…”
     
    This just in, Pamela Powers makes drastic cuts to proof reading budget.  Integrity suffers.  Hard to be taken seriously when your writing is so sloppy.

    • recovering_progressive
      December 11, 2010

      “Hard to be taken seriously when your writing is so sloppy.”
      New to the Tucson Citizen are you?

  4. Tom Morrow
    December 11, 2010

    Reading it again, I’ve found just how ridiculously politically tainted this article again.
    Potential recipients of organ transplants on AHCCCS aren’t denied because of income level, but because of high risk activity.
    Also not mentioned is private health insurance does not guarantee nor cover all organ transplants.
    So me, the hard working individual who purchased my own AND pays taxes to pay for those who can’t purchase their own health care is not guaranteed an organ transplant, but those that can’t buy their own should be?
    This article is more pathetic liberal drivel.
     

    • Joe Coffee
      December 11, 2010

      Well, Tom, it’s a pity that the health plan that you chose to participate in isn’t quite full service.  Tell me, does it cover implantation of a heart, since you’d have to have one in order to transplant a new one.

      • recovering_progressive
        December 11, 2010

        I am willing to bet that he donates more to charities than a liberal like yourself.  To remind you, donation is WILLINGLY GIVING to someone else, also called charity. This is different than TAKING money through taxes to give to someone else, also called liberalism.

      • swatch
        December 12, 2010

        Oh! I want in on this.
        Talking point response: Freedom isn’t free. If you don’t like it you can move to the U.A.E. where you don’t have to pay any taxes. ^_^ But all the progressive liberal amenities you enjoy and take for granted won’t be there.

      • recovering progressive
        December 14, 2010

        You don’t get it: PEOPLE DON”T WANT YOUR “PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL AMENITIES” That is why you have to FORCE them to pay for them. Your understanding of “Freedom isn’t free” is shallow and naive.

    • recovering_progressive
      December 11, 2010

      “I’ve found just how ridiculously politically tainted this article again”
      New to the Tucson Citizen are you?

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  6. Anti-Commie
    December 11, 2010

    What? The Tucson Citizen has a liberal bias? This is just since the are no longer a print organization, right?
    NO!?
    You must be kidding? Liberal bias in the “Freedom of the Press”? My oh My!
    (As always consider the source – this watering hole is poisoned and will kill you if you drink their Kool-Aid)

    • recovering_progressive
      December 11, 2010

      I love it how on the Tucson Citizen home page the Recent Stories tab has the posts from Three Sonorans, Tucson Progressive and other wretched bloggers, while the Most Popular stories tab only has sports stories.

    • leftfield
      December 11, 2010

      Love the name: Anti-Commie.  From your friend Uncle Karl.

      • recovering progressive
        December 14, 2010

        Is Uncle Karl the one we should keep the nieces and nephews away from?

  7. RH
    December 11, 2010

    Well one thing for sure we know now who “truly has plans for death panels”  they harped on it all during the election cycles, but turns out they were like the fellow doing the “shell game with the pea” doing a slight of hand while they accused the democrats of a death panel they all along had one planned themselves! The GOP fits truly to a biblical segment of society during Jesus’s time, the Pharisee’s, the elite, rich, powerful who hated him as a bleeding heart liberal, hated him to the point the had their Roman masters crucifiy him on a cross!

  8. Dick
    December 12, 2010

    Brewer is squandering millions on her pet project, a new history museum. For details, see http://www.minmumad.blogspot.com

    • fraser007
      December 12, 2010

      The TC readership should check this out. The State of Arizona is broke and Brewer wants a “party house” for the Centennial. To do this she is destroying a science/mineral museum and giving it to a history museum agency. This history agency is the one who has wasted 1.4 million of your dollars in exhibit plans for an out of state company for a museum that will not be built for our “beloved” Rio Nuevo.
      They want to raise millions of dollars to fill this “museum” with exhibits about cattle, oranges and climate. These are so exciting I can hardly contain myself.!! Zzzzzzzzz.

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  10. dollarshort
    December 12, 2010

    The issue appears only about who will pay. Step up and donate your funds to anyone you think is worthy of your money for any reason.

  11. Doris D
    December 20, 2010

    Are all Americans able to get free transplants?

    • leftfield
      December 20, 2010

      Are all Americans able to get free transplants?

      That’s not really the relevant question.  The relevant question is, “Are the poor excluded from getting a transplant”? 

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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