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  •  DEM - Cheney wore a LVAD for several years (6+ / 0-)

    Cheney wore an "artificial" heart for several years while he was on the transplant list. This is common. My guess is that Cheney was a model patient.  I have lots of problems on the donation side of the transplant process, but from everything I have seen the allocation part works in a non-biased fashion focused largely on compliance. You must be a model patient while on the waiting list to have a chance to receive an organ.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 08:05:52 PM PDT

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    •  of course he was a model patient - adult and rich (2+ / 0-)
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      DEMonrat ankle biter, ladybug53

      so he could always afford his meds, always get to his appointments, always do precisely what was needed without worry of cost in time or money.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 04:17:29 AM PDT

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      •  You can also be on more than one list (2+ / 0-)
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        DEMonrat ankle biter, ladybug53

        if you have the resources to travel to the translant location within a certain time limit. So people who can afford to hire a private jet have an advantage. That's how Steve Jobs received his transplant. He was on the bay area list and as I recall a list in the southeast, which is where the transplant surgery was completed.

        As someone noted in the thread the rich can actually go to several countries, primarily in Asia, and buy an organ and we are all surprised Cheney didn't take that path.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 07:34:31 AM PDT

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      •  u forgot white and full FED covered insurance (0+ / 0-)

        from retirement plan for a former vp

        add to that some of the best doctors

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