Sarah Murnaghan was about to become the first Death Panel victim in America under the new NObamacare healthcare (Ha!) program, but the highly publicized cry of outrage from the public saved her life by laser focusing too much immediate public attention on the situation and facts, ultimately forcing the government bureaucrats to act in time to save the girl's life, this time !
While Sarah may have been saved this time by the media attention, the whole real point is that the decision was in the hands of government bureaucrats and politicians like Kathleen Sebelius, instead of the patient's DOCTORS !!! That truly is a DEATH PANEL because Sebelius was totally prepared to enforce the administrative rules and just let the patient die, instead of responding as requested by the DOCTORS and as demanded by the medical circumstances !!!
And of course, the real questions arising out of all of this are:
(1) "What will happen next time a child is this sick ?"
(If the media doesn't publicize the patient's plight in that case, as was done in this one?); and
(2) "What will happen when, in the future, it is your child or grandchild that is the patient in question?
WHO WILL YOU WANT IN CHARGE OF THAT DECISION ??
Will you also be able to generate the media publicity that is apparently necessary to save your sick child's life ???
I DOUBT IT !
Is that really the basis (non-medical) you want your health care system to operate on ?
Are bureaucrats and politicians really the people you want making your family's medical decisions?
Are you sure?