Death Panels – Sarah Palin slams HHS Sebelius for not intervening in lung transplant for young girl

Via Sarah Palin:

The government will bend the rules left and right to harass targeted taxpayers, conservative patriots, selected journalists, etc., but it will strictly exercise inconsistent and subjective rules to deny a child a shot at life. And they called us liars when we spoke of “death panels” – faceless bureaucrats coming between you and your doctor to make life and death decisions about a loved one’s survival. It doesn’t sound so far fetched anymore, does it?

Here’s the article Palin linked to called Sebelius won’t intervene in girl’s transplant case:

The U.S. health secretary said she won’t intervene in an “incredibly agonizing” transplant decision about a dying Pennsylvania girl, noting that three other children in the same hospital are just as sick.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a congressional panel Tuesday that medical experts should make those decisions.

However, relatives of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan said Sebelius’ remarks confused them because they want a policy change for all pre-adolescent children awaiting lung transplants, not just Sarah.

The Newtown Square girl has been hospitalized at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for three months with end-stage cystic fibrosis and is on a ventilator. Her family wants children younger than 12 to be eligible for adult lungs because so few pediatric lungs are available.

Under current policy, only patients 12 and over can join the list. But Sarah’s transplant doctors say she is medically eligible for an adult lung.

The change would add perhaps 20 children from ages 8 to 11 to the adult waiting list, which has more than 1,600 people on it, according to Sharon Ruddock, Sarah’s aunt.

“One moment they say we’re asking for an exception for Sarah. The next moment they say we’re asking for sweeping changes and it has to be studied,” Ruddock said Tuesday.

Sebelius has called for a review of pediatric transplant policies, but the Murnaghans say Sarah doesn’t have time for that.

“I’m begging you. … She has three to five weeks to live. Please suspend the rules,” Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., urged Sebelius at a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on her department’s budget.

Sebelius conceded the case was an “incredibly agonizing situation” but said many complex factors go into the transplant-list formula.

Politico adds this:

“I’m begging you,” Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) told Sebelius at a House hearing Tuesday morning, asking her to suspend the transplant rules until they can be revisited. “Sarah has three to five weeks to live. Time is running out.” The child has cystic fibrosis.

At the hearing, Sebelius called the situation “agonizing” and said she had talked to the girl’s mother. She has ordered a review of the policy, which she acknowledged would take too long to have any impact on this girl’s situation, but said it wasn’t her place to pick and choose transplant recipients.

“I can’t imagine anything worse than one individual getting to pick who lives and who dies,” she said. Sebelius said putting Sarah next in line would disadvantage other young people who have also been waiting for transplants — including three in the same area. Helping one child could possibly hurt another.

Some experts agree that the lung allocation policy may need to be revisited; it has been for kidney and liver transplants. But they say no snap decisions should be made because of the media glare.

Politico goes into more detail about the policy itself if you want to keep reading it.

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67 thoughts on “Death Panels – Sarah Palin slams HHS Sebelius for not intervening in lung transplant for young girl

  1. Welcome to Obamaland..  This is what happens when people allow themselves to be dictated, instead of in control of their own nation’s govt.
    Obama and this whole regime of fascist statists should and must be removed from office and power, period.

  2. The death panels have been in force ever since Terry Schiavo was starved and dehydrated to death over the objections of her parents who wanted to care for her.
    I thank God for Sarah Palin’s courage to stand up for the defenseless amongst us especially under Nero Obama.
    Everyone of us has a target on our backs with these politburo commissars in Nero Obama’s White House.  All they are waiting for is the right moment to pull the trigger on us all.
    John Craven – New Orleans

  3. Leave it to Gov. Palin to stand up for what is right.  Other elected officials are too busy sitting on their ass in DC to see who can get the most power.  Anyone in a position of authority knows little about actual reality and just wants to dictate and doesn’t even do that well. 
    Can you imagine this woman in the WH? I sure can.

  4. What happened to the Obama folk who were so concerned about saving “just one life” after Sandyhook, that they were willing to repeal the 2nd amendment?

  5. The Governor is right on this subject and she is calling the Obama administration out – she was right on Death panels – just look at the comments from the secretary “…Health and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a congressional panel Tuesday that medical experts should make those decisions..” Also read the law Sebelius could use a waiver like she has done on many other issues – what a tool
    I stand with Gov Palin

  6. You Can bet your bottom dollar that if that poor little girl was a family member of one of the Liberal Bastards in this corrupt administration  she would have already had the transplant. This is a Travesty. Or If She were a POS Muslim Terrorist SOB She would be at the Top of the list. the time to stand and FIGHT against this criminal enterprise is Fast approaching. I don’t give a rats ass anymore these  Criminals that are Stealing Our Freedoms  need to be stopped. ONE Way or Another

    1. ellebb that’s one of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever heard.  a 12 year old lesbian? and what does being gay have to do with this story? Good grief.

  7. How is allowing a child to go on a list for an adult lung, “choosing who lives or who dies”?!  If the child’s doctors medically determined that an adult lung would be appropriate, she should be allowed to be on the list to at least give her a fighting chance!  Welcome to the Sebilius death panel…all the logic of a frog…and proof positive that the same government that can’t run the post office efficiently should have ZERO business in health care!

  8. Sometimes I would like to give Sarah Palin a big hug and say thank you for all you do!

  9. From what I understand kids are physically able to use an adult’s lung, yet they are banned from them.  This puts them at an extreme disadvantage to the average person needing a transplant.
    The policies need to be reviewed. 
    Sebelius was not this far off the deep end when she was my state’s Governor.  I was glad to get rid of her but now that she takes direction from the Communist in Chief she is a freaking nightmare.

  10. “I would suggest, sir, that, again, this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies,” Sebelius replied – from the Wicked Witch of the MidWest
    “What difference does it make?” – from the Wicked Witch of Foggy Bottom

    1. Oregonian  I don’t know about the legal and medical implications of this issue one way or the other, but I do know that Katy is setting the precedent for what will be the bedside manner under government run health care.

  11. My name is Igor, I’m from Western Europe.
    I am ready to donate a kidney or part of my liver for good compensation.
    I am a 30 year old man, blood group is O+, I don’t drink or smoke.
    I can travel anywhere worldwide to take tests and perform surgery. I will listen offer and conditions of recipient.
    It is not a fake or joke.
    [email protected]

  12. Normally in these situations, we should expect a “panel” of some sort to form, properly composed of the child’s doctor, a few senior associates, the child’s parents, and if necessary, an attorney for the child.  SUch an ad hoc panel might well decide to forgo a particular treatment, based on their best guess at any potential outcome.  The decision might be difficult for the parents to hear.  But most importantly, the parents should have the right to seek help from another doctor or hospital, which occasionally will produce a better outcome.  This isn’t a “death panel,” it’s just the right way to make the decision: by those closest to the patient and the case.

    That’s what we had before the cornhusker kickback and whatever blackmail they have on John Roberts allowed Obamacare to be crammed down our throats.
    Now we have someone far away, unrelated, unelected, and unnecessary, interposing themselves in a case in which they are neither Constitutionally allowed to become involved (regardless of what the Roberts Court ruled), nor morally or ethically justified in acting in any way related to this case.  This is the Orwellian death panel in it’s basic, repugnant, inhumane form.
    Welcome to Orwell’s nightmare everyone.  I suggest you travel well armed.

  13. they can vote for ObamaCare without reading it but “no snap decisions” about a life and death situation are allowed …  heartless bitch …

  14. The federal gov’t has NO Constitutional authority to mandate squat. They have  NO right coming between us and our doctor’s medical decisions. This should be up to the doctors and family. The federal gov’t had no business deciding the age one has to be to be on the list.
    The feds need to get completely out of our private lives.

  15. When I heard this story in the news I thought about Sarah Palins “Death Panels” and I wondered if Sarah was aware of this story, an low and behold I just find out she wrote about it on her Facebook, way to go Sarah, this will bring the story even more attention!

  16. Obviously she has never had a family member on a transplant list. It is nerve wracking. And this is someone’s child, not some statistic. I can’t imagine having a child needing an organ especially one so close to the end. This isn’t a game. There are no do overs with life and death. Why is there any argument? The doctor says yes! Save her life! How cruel and coldhearted can one be?

    1. She’s not one bit worried about one of her family members. They would magically appear on top of the list to receive the transplant….

    1. You called it right!  I hope the media starts calling her “Cruella”.   I don’t know the circumstances, however, to not appoint a special panel or “something” to try and help these young children is heartless.
      I have a friend who recently died when her lung transplant failed after seven or eight years.  I was told that a lung transplant only lasts for five or six years generally.  She could not have another one because the first one created so much scar tissue.  I was told this was common.  She was an adult; not sure how this “rule” applies to children.  Regardless, Cruella should have shown empathy and tried to do something.

  17. She exhibited all the compassion, interest, love and human feeling of a damn BORG!!  Resistance is Futile, there can be no exceptions… You will not be helped!  heartless witch with a silent B.

    1. WolfieUSA Can you add her to the list for your graphic from the other thread please?

  18. ““I can’t imagine anything worse than one individual getting to pick who lives and who dies,” …you just did!  You could not have made a worse decision in your life!  But, sadly, I do not think you decision will affect you.  Pathetic showing….of your true colors!  A true patirot would have decided differently…or at the very least acted with compassion.

  19. If it were Sebelius who had a child that needed this life saving transplant, somehow, I get the feeling that an “exception” would be made.  It’s sickening!  Pretty soon the IRS will be in charge of NObamacare!  Better prepare to make the right political donations if you expect actual medical care and not the fast track to the Death Panels! 🙁

  20. Gov. Palin is spot on 
    Sebelius is a control freak – Have you noticed ?
    This is why Zero picked her! 
    Now she gets to play God!
    I guess since she favors abortions – This decision is not difficult for her
    DEATH! – God will remember!

    1. YoJoe  
      I’ve been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to put in to words how this story makes me feel.
      You said it for me.  This decision is not ‘agonizing’ for her.  Not in the least…

      1. standbesideherUSA YoJoe Me…I want to take a shower even though I know it will not help!!!  But, yes, “YoJoe” said it well.  The woman does NOT have the heart of an American.

  21. Politco: “But they say no snap decisions should be made because of the media glare.” 
    ‘Media glare’? The only reason Politco is covering this story is because it’s occupied some time on  Fox News, the rest of the (so called) ‘media’ certainly hasn’t put any time in it, and the fact that a prominent ‘Obama-bot’ (Sebelius) is involved in it.

    1. Snap decisions? There is no years or months at this point and they are more concerned about rules and decisions than saving a child’s life. The very nature of the situation calls for a accelerated decision. What happened to save the children?

    2. tinlizzieowner Wonder if Politico would have said that if the child were black or an illegal alien.

      1. Orangeonetinlizzieowner 
        You know as well as I do that if this was a ‘poor Black child’, Sharpton and Jackson would be on the Capitol steps, claiming it would be ‘racist’ for Sebelius not to change ‘the rules’.

    1. Bac Si68 The only time the democrat government gets involved is to promote an untimely death for the defenseless.  They are cowards of epic stature.

        1. Keyes badbadlibs Bac Si68 I wasn’t aware he was able to intervene. I do remember President Bush flying back to the WH in case he was needed to sign legislation that would have saved her life.

  22. I imagine the line of people waiting to piss on Sebelius’ grave will be long. Bring a chair and a cooler.

  23. Do we need any more proof that this leftist’s government is completely out of control and very evil?

  24. The quote I’m not seeing in this article, (maybe it’s after the link is this one:
    “I would suggest, sir, that, again, this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies,” Sebelius replied. “The medical evidence and the transplant doctors who are making the rule — and have had the rule in place since 2005 making a delineation between pediatric and adult lungs, because lungs are different that other organs — that it’s based on the survivability [chances].”
    So we have an immediate need for a lung, but because there are “rules” in place that prevent them from installing an adult lung, a lung that very well might save the girl’s life, the rules take precedence over the girl’s life?? Are you KIDDING ME?
    Who are regulations for? Bureaucrats or real live people? If it comes between the decision to save a life or follow a rule, why is it even a question? SAVE THE LIFE!
    Liberalism, the philosophy of death.

  25. One day Sebelius will need mercy. She will receive none. She will reap what she has sown.

    1. badbadlibs Sebelius thinking. Damn, if we could have only mandated abortion after knowing the risk of cystic fibrosis, damn!

  26. Sebelius doesn’t have an ounce of compassion or care for the peasants.
    How convenient… since she’ll never be at the mercy of Obamacare.

    1. The Sentinel  And what’s frightening is this is dress rehearsal for what they have planned for the rest of us with Obaminationcare.

      1. warpmine The Sentinel  She sealed her own fate with her lack of mercy for a defenseless child while a congressman said, “I BEG YOU”.

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