January 7th, 2011
09:52 PM ET

"One Person Death Panel" - Join the Live Chat

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She's being called a one-person death panel. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and her budget-cutting decision that leaves nearly a hundred people who need organ transplants high and dry. A number that's shrinking because people are dying. Critics call her a one person death panel. She's defending her decision and we're keeping her honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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  1. rob

    I live in AZ...if I were 20 yrs younger ,i'd be gone..It's one thing after the other and it seems that it has now come down to institutionalized murder by the state... it's repulsive ..wonder if there is some legal recourse..nah, that would k=make too much sense..the righties lack the ability to think critically , wonder if they were abducted by aliens..Absolutely NO PUNS intended!!!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes! You can make donation toward his life, I agree with you....... Yes!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Brenda

    I feel so bad for all the patients waiting for transplant. You know during the federal election there was much controversy over health care. The republicans were saying if they adopted a system like Canada's you would be at the mercy of government deciding if you would live or die. This of course was complete nonsense. A patient like the gentleman on with Anderson would get his transplant (assuming a suitable heart was available) and all drugs and treatments before and after would be paid for. Sure the taxes are higher but and its a big but the premium for health care and the exceptions etc etc cost way more than the taxes paid in Canada. I hope someone comes to their senses for the sake of these 96 patients.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:19 pm |

    There is no particular reason to be mad at the governor. This is the same as everytime an insurance company denies coverage.
    Yet the US decided to keep that system during the healhcare debate.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Emily

    I'd hate to be that postal worker. What a shock that would have been. I'm glad that no one was hurt.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Marguerite

    Scare tactics and wanting their 15 minutes of fame.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Benson Roberts

    Jan is a prime example of the heartless GOP. Watching her discuss the 100 people that she has sentenced to death, one gets the feeling that she has completely detached from the fact that she is discussing humans. I am sickened.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Paula, Colorado

    It's sad to see a person in need of a transplant have to wait for a new elected official before any hope of action.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Helen

    I wish this man all the luck with his heart problem.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Emily

    I've heard of people who are turned down for a transplant in certain cases. (ie. liver transplant if it's from Cirrhosis – Alcohol abuse). This sounds like Gov. Brewer is picking and choosing.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Mainul Haque

    Nice work for "One Person Death Panel Report.

    Belleville, NJ

    January 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  12. Daniel

    Anderson, Is this what we have to look forward to if Republicans control the country and our health care. Can't she be voted out of office as fast as she got voted in? No confidence!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Marguerite

    It comes down to those that have and those that don't. May not be right but it has been this way since time began.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I can think of how AZ can afford to save these fathers, mothers, sons, brothers, daughters, husbands and wives. They can cut salaries across the state. Cut the governor's salary, prison wardens, legislators, staff at the capital, etc.

    There are so many ways to save money if you care. It all comes down to that woman's heart and she is showing the world exactly what she's made of-what's inside of her-and it isn't pretty, godly, kind, or even humane. And it sure isn't leadership.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Mike - Las Vegas

    Brewer is just doing the will of the American people, that's what they elected her to do. I'm sure that's how she'll spin it. Shameful.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Kan

    This is a selfish act goverment is put to save life not abandoned it. People should be careful who do give power.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  17. Steve

    Billions of dollars are being made by the doctors, nurses, hospitals involved with organ transplants, maybe if the donor could also make some money there would be more donors.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  18. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I wonder of you point out that the 100 or so people on the transplant waiting list are registered voters that she would change her mind about this bill....

    January 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I hope he get the medical assistant that he needs.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  20. Kaytee

    Seriously, how do these people keep getting elected? When will we wake up and understand that we have got to get out and vote, not just in presidential elections, but ALL elections at every level!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Sharon Hastings

    That poor man with 6% heart function will not be among us long without a transplant. I wish I was rich but I hope a few people who are will come to these people's aid. In the meantime I hope they will re-instate the program.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Jan Bernardini-Lancaster, PA

    Do these elected officials ever take a moment to remember who elected them to their positions. Positions, I might add, that come with exceptional health care benefits. No doubt some of the constituents who elected them are the ones who don't have health care.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Karoline, Los Angeles

    Hi Anderson and all,

    No matter how lousy you think your state's governor is or was, Arizona's is the winner for badness.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Girard B.

    These cuts are beyondcruel; they value financial short-term integrity over human life. I guess the 100 people on the transplant waiting list aren't worth more than the $1.2 million that Arizona will be saving.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Gayle

    It amazings that the Republican accused the Democrats of death panel in health care bill and now it turns out that it is the Republicans that subscribes to Death Panels.
    Let's see how she will feel when it becomes one of her relatives, they are not all wealthy.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Lisa in Louisville

    I don't know how Gov. Brewer ever got elected. She is very inarticulate, rarely has her facts right, and how could she choose Fox over Anderson?

    January 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Isn't Jan Brewer also one of the people who did the claim of terror babies?

    January 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Karen, MN

    Arisona senator would think differently if she had a family member that need a transplant. I have a friend who is 78 and had a kidney transplant 2 years ago. I am happy to say she is doing fine and is living a healthy life. She is a mother of 6, grandmother of 11 and a greatgrandmother of 6. They all love her very much.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  29. Marguerite

    Wonder if she is willing to show where every penny is going and why?

    January 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  30. Jill

    I work in bone marrow transplant research. The governer's justifications are apalling. To base her decisions on a select group of people, rather than scientific data, illustrates an alarming lack of judgement and leadership skill.

    This is nothing short of ridiculous. Progress is being made to work toward patient survival. Anderson, your fact check is right on. Thanks for calling her on the carpet.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I could not believe this....... Governor Brewer will not give them chance for transplant hearts or else..... I would not vote Republicans anymore.....what was she thinking?????????? Shame on her!!!!!!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Emily

    "$1.25 million to save squirrels?"
    Did I see that correctly?
    If so, what could they be saved from?
    Were they flying squirrels?
    (an endangered species)

    January 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm |

    Suddenly it is ok for this GOP governor to talk about costs versus outcomes? That is exactly what the GOP called death panels during the healthcare debate.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  34. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "Talk about a squirrel trying to get a nut!"

    January 7, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Emily

    or one of her family members.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  36. Sharon Hastings

    Something tells me Gov. Brewer will be too busy to visit Anderson until around 2020. Does anyone else notice her problems with word finding and articulating??

    January 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    That's no excuse to denied anyone health care especially in a life and death situation.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am really surprised that Jan Brewer was re-elected after all the horrible laws she enacted

    January 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Marguerite

    Wonder how she would feel if it was here life on the line?

    January 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm |

    The reason the US cannot make progress is that is it unwilling to face simpel fact. Of course financial limitations set limits on availability is all cases. Use of rhetoric like death panels in the healthcare debate prevents sensible debate.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Cessy - Chicago

    HELLO! good evening fabulous AC360 staff and fans!
    Hi! Anderson 🙂

    January 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Emily

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer appears to be looking to make a mark for herself & run for higher office.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Paula, Colorado

    Hi–Happy Friday! It's great to see you on–Sounds like a very interesting program tonight.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Marguerite

    Good evening Anderson and everyone

    January 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson and Everyone,
    Happy Friday!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, & Bloggers!

    January 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and fellow bloggers. TGIF!! As soon as I read one of tonight's topics as Gov. Brewer, it set my teeth on edge. She gives me the creeps and seems befuddled at times.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Susan, David G, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie,) Lori, (Adelaide,) BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha others and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday Night!!!!
    Couldn't wait forward this weekend!

    I am outraged at Arizona Governor Brewer, Shame on her, that she denied their healthcare against 2 people died! 🙁

    January 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! "Oh, what a night!"

    January 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    January 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
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