Thursday, January 6, 2011
Please allow the preceding paragraph to sink into your consciousness for a moment.
The Arizona budget that previously provided transplants to people in need was $1.4 million. As there were 99 people on the waiting list for transplants at the time the cuts went into effect, the net result is that the State of Arizona valued each of these lives at something less than $14,000 a person.
Today, there are only 97 on the waiting list as two have passed away.
Can this really be happening in the United States?
I understand that life is tough and things can’t always work out as we would like. However, I cannot help but be struck by the emptiness of the argument put forth by those who suggest that government need not look out for these people because charitable Americans will always step up and help in these circumstances.
Nonsense. Where were these charitable Americans that could have saved this individual’s life?
There are lots of reasons why people don’t come through in these circumstances. Often, they simply don’t know the need is there – which is precisely why they should be willing to support funding a government program such as what previously existed in Arizona.
On Monday, a bill will be introduced by Democrats in the Arizona State Senate restoring the funds that were cut. The bill will pay for the restoration by closing a corporate tax loophole.
Let’s hope that the Arizona GOP, the party in control of Arizona’s legislature, stops acting like a bunch of cold-hearted pigs and pass this legislation before anyone else dies.