Do you hate critically ill children?

Here’s a tweet from Twitter:

RT @karldschott#Jindal hates critically ill babies. At least we won’t have any new taxes!

The link is to a story from The Advocate, a Louisiana newspaper, that’s entitled “Budget cuts threaten critically ill babies”:

Jindal administration budget cuts in health care fall heavy on hospitals that care for Louisiana’s most critically ill babies and children.

And, the hospitals are having to start eliminating other services in order to save beds for those who need the most intense and expensive care…

Medicaid, which provides health care for the poor and uninsured, is jointly funded by the state and federal governments.

The latest round of state government cuts, which kicked in last week, brings the total reduction in Medicaid reimbursements to the two hospitals to about $27 million – about 10 percent of the total reductions – since February 2009.

You can read the full article here.

What do you think?  Should the government be in the business of deciding who lives and who dies?  Should they hold the purse strings of medicine?

  • Heather

    Just to play devils advocate here, should the amount of money you have/insurance you are able to afford determine who lives and dies?

    • Bob

      Playing devil’s advocate to your devil’s advocate… what’s the determining factor, then? If you say that money shouldn’t be the determining factor, than what should be? Money is the limiting factor in this equation; there’s only so much money to take care of so many people; people are going to die. The question is, who decides who dies? Do you come down on the side of freedom, or on the side of regulation?

  • Ted

    If you had a choice between one critically I’ll baby for 40k and 400 starving African children for a year, who would you choose?

  • Ted

    *ill was changed by autocorrect

  • Dan

    In my opinion, for someone to claim that Jindal, or ANYone for that matter, “hates critically ill babies”, is incredibly unfair. No matter what beliefs a person holds in their choice of faith, only the most heinous of people could hold such a view. The reality is that we live in a very tough time financially, and while the U.S. is still extremely prosperous in most of the world’s eyes, we do still have to make tough choices on how to spend fewer finances than we’d had available in the past. Regardless of whether or not you’d agree that the medical field is a good place to make budget cuts, I must assert that to publicly speak that a leader “hates critically ill babies” is taking partisan rhetoric and twisting facts WAY over the line.

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