Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Republican Government Shut-Down Affecting Children With Cancer
Take a hard look at what the spiteful GOP is doing to the American people. Among all the other government agencies that are being impacted by the shut down is the National Institutes of Health and the cancer studies it supervises.
From the Wall Street Journal:
"At the National Institutes of Health, nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said."
Brad Plumer, Washington Post
"Here's some broader context: Individuals typically enroll in inpatient and outpatient programs at the NIH Clinical Center "only when standard medical treatments have failed, and other treatment options are not available. As a result, they have no other alternatives.
"[T]he rules of the shutdown mean that the Clinical Center would not be accepting new patients or initiating new clinical protocols during a hiatus," the memo said. So, as a result of the budget impasse, there will be a certain number of patients who have exhausted all their options, were hoping to undergo treatment at the NIH Clinical Center, and won't get admitted — at least until the shutdown is resolved. "
To the Republican Party that claims every life is precious, tell us how you justify denying hope to the adults and children whose last hope is with the NIH and these cancer trials. Tell us and them how you justify withdrawing their last chance at life, and why these living, breathing precious lives do not matter to the GOP.
And tell us why civilized people shouldn't look at the Republican Party as nothing more than a collection of mobsters using the pain and suffering of the American people to extract their ransome. And what would that ransome be? Delaying the implementation of a health care program that will enable Americans who do not have insurance to buy that insurance at state exchanges.
The nine most painful impacts of a government shutdown
From contributor "Hunter" of the Daily Kos:
"We have reached the point where Republican hostility towards governance has reached its logical conclusion: not governing at all. Crashing the whole state, lest any contrary ideology be granted a foothold. Stopping the food rations and the clinical trials and all the rest of it because the other parts of government have the audacity to be for something else.
This is no longer a political party. It is a coup d'etat in cheap suits. It is a movement of arsonists, of ideological addicts leaping from issue to issue and crisis to crisis in their search for the next momentary high. In its tea party origins, it is a specifically and obsessively anti-Obama movement formed as direct response to the first black American president, a movement animated by racial notions of the president's supposed non-citizenry, secret apparent Muslim-ness, obvious otherness, stoked and coddled and celebrated until there is nothing left but the underlying id remaining. It is a movement that can treat a truth and a lie as equivalent. It is a movement that punishes offensive truths by remanufacturing them into something else."
Make no mistake, what "Hunter" of Daily Kos wrote can be verified by reading any number of conservative blogs where lies about President Obama are stated with certainty: that President Obama is a Muslim Commie. Day after day after day this slander is repeated until they internalize it and sincerely believe it. And, I think, this is why it is easy for the Republican Party--the political party that wraps itself in the phony cloak of protecting human
life--finds it conveniently easy to disregard the pain and suffering their leaders have brought down on innocent American men, women, and children through this unnecessary government shut down. Afterall, they believe, anything--even denying children cancer treatment--is acceptable in their fight against anything the Muslim Communist in the White House, their White House, is for.