Sunday, March 20, 2005


Millions for Schiavo, Not One Cent For Medicare

I find it surprising more people aren't contrasting Congress' concern with the Schiavo case while ignoring cases where the Government tries to pull life support from folks that despirately fight to keep it. The key difference: Congress refuses to put its money where its mouth is. Atrios notes that Blogger Mark Kleiman has more:
Sun Hudson, a six-month-old boy with a fatal congenital disease, died Thursday after a Texas hospital, over his mother's objections, withdrew his feeding tube. The child was apparently certain to die, but was conscious. The hospital simply decided that it had better things to do than keeping the child alive, and the Texas courts upheld that decision after the penniless mother failed, during the 10-day window provided for by Texas law, to find another institution willing to take the child .

Where, I would ask, is the outrage? In particular, where is the outrage from those like Tom DeLay, who referred to the withdrawal of Terry Schiavo's life support as "murder"? If it's appropriate to Federalize the Schiavo case, what about the people being terminated simply because their cases are hopeless and their bank accounts empty?

Sun Hudson is dead, but 68-year-old Spiro Nikolouzos is still alive, thanks to an emergency appeals court order issued yesterday. However, his life support could be cut off at any moment. A nursing home is willing to take him if his family can show that he will be covered by Medicaid after his Medicare runs out. Otherwise, the hospital gets to pull the plug.
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Let's all write our congresscritters and ask for an Amendment to this idiot "Schiavo Bill" mandating medicare funding for Spiro Nikolouzos. I can't wait for Tom DeLay to get up in front of the cameras and talk about how "murder" is OK if it keeps taxes low...


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