Thursday, October 3, 2013

Republicans In Congress Are Literally Killing Children Who Have Cancer

It used to be that Congress just killed children through inaction on guns. Now, the Republicans in Congress
have decided to start killing children more directly.

Sure, there have already been a lot of consequences to the government shut down:
  • Yours Truly is furloughed without pay, along with 800,000 of my best federal government employee friends
  • The National Zoo Pandacam is down
  • National parks, monuments, and museums are closed (WILL NO ONE THINK OF THE TOURISTS?!?)
But this tidbit (from the Wall Street Journal, of all places) might be the worst consequence of the shutdown I've yet come across, however:
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.
Yup - the Republicans in Congress are now killing children who have cancer, in order to try to prevent poor people from getting health care coverage (i.e., "defund Obamacare").

Way to go, guys and (few) gals - hope you're proud of yourselves.


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