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McCain; Organ Transplants a Luxury?October 19, 2008

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:02pm

In the last Presidential debate Republican Candidate John McCain observed that cosmetic surgery and transplants are luxury health insurance items.   He indicated that people don’t need, “ Gold plated, Cadillac insurance policies that cover cosmetic surgery and transplants and all of that.”  In other words, there is no real difference between removing an unsightly wrinkle and saving a life with a heart transplant.   A You Tube clip of the comment can be found at( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snGr0JcS2xw&feature=related ).   

 

I’m sure the hundred thousand people on the organ transplant waiting list along with their families and friends are buoyed by McCain’s commitment to them.    If he really believes that a wart and a diseased kidney should be treated the same then he is totally out of touch and living in a world far different from the one I know.   

 

About thirteen months ago I received a new heart at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida — the entire procedure was paid for by Medicare.   Will a President McCain change that?   Will a President McCain also change Medicare so that it no longer pays for life saving anti-rejection drugs, too?

 

Apparently the news media missed McCain’s comment but if you review the debate section on health care plans you’ll easily find it.   I don’t know of anyone who ever died because a wrinkle was not removed but I do know that thousands of people have died waiting for organ transplants.  

 

McCain’s comment is a clear indication of his total disconnect with the realities of today’s society.   Organ donation/transplantation is one of the most important issues facing us today and for it to be treated in such a cavalier fashion is reprehensible.   

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