HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, who will be at the center of implementation of Obamacare, yesterday ignored pleas from members of Congress and the parents of a 10-year old girl who will die from cystic fibrosis in 3 to 5 weeks without a lung transplant to sign a waiver allowing the transplant to occur. Currently, rules do not allow anyone under the age of 12 to receive adult lungs although there is no solid medical science to back up such a ban and similar bans on kidney and liver transplants have been lifted.
Sebelius said that the ban on lung transplants should be studied and called this case “agonizing,” but refused to grant a waiver for 10-year old Sarah Murnaghan despite both of Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators – Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey weighing in on the family’s behalf.
Doctors are willing to perform the surgery. Funds have been raised to cover the operation. Willing donors have stepped forward to donate one of their lungs. As U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a medical doctor, stated, “[i]t simply takes your signature.”
Sec. Sebelius later uttered the chilling words, “someone lives and someone dies.”
Congratulations, Sec. Sebelius. You have become the first Death Panelist in U.S. history.