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Jason Linkins over at Huffington Post is practicing some real journalism.
When GOP Rep. Steve Scalise from Louisiana had such a horrific tale of
health care rationing, Jason decided to "get the rest of the story."

Just a little while ago, GOP Rep. Steve Scalise from Louisiana was riven with concern over the terrifying prospect of government intervention in health care. He came armed with a sob story that really just goes to show the lengths to which people will go to obfuscate the underlying issues.

SCALISE: When you look at the bill, you start to realize what they're doing and proposing is the very government takeover where rationing of care would exist where a government bureaucrat can get in between the relationship of you and your doctor. It's the same thing that's happened in Canada, the same thing that's happened in England, where unfortunately just yesterday, we saw the story of a 22-year-old, who was denied life-saving care, denied a transplant by this government bureaucracy that exists in England that rations care.

Sooooo, Jason checked and this is what he found:

A 22-year-old British man who became an alcoholic as a teenager has died after doctors refused to give him a liver transplant.

Gary Reinbach began binge drinking when he was just 13 and ended up with severe cirrhosis of the liver.

He was admitted to a London hospital in May but died after doctors refused to give him a liver transplant amid fears he would not stay sober for six months after the operation.

Reinbach's mother insists that "he did everything he could to co-operate with the doctors," but those same doctors had to contend with the fact that "Mr Reinbach was one of the youngest people in Britain to die of advanced cirrhosis brought on by binge drinking."

I know that rationing is now the Republican's four letter word.
My question to you is:  Is this rationing you can live with?
My answer:  Duh!

Originally posted to Julie Gulden, Chairman's Pub Quiz Winner NN11 on Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 11:36 AM PDT.

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