Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
[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.”