This story figures into tomorrow’s cartoon. Was going to post it then, but I’m not entirely sure the site will be online …
AMY GOODMAN: In 2007, CIGNA denied a California teenager, Nataline Sarkisyan, coverage for a liver transplant. Her family went to the media. This is her mother.
HILDA SARKISYAN: The insurance company canâ€™t decide whoâ€™s going to live and whoâ€™s going to die. Only doctors and nurses. Thank you.
AMY GOODMAN: The California Nurses Association joined in. Geri Jenkins is head of the CNA.
GERI JENKINS: Itâ€™s just really atrocious that we let decisions be made based on money and not on human life and whatâ€™s necessary to keep people alive. The Sarkisyans had insurance. And thatâ€™s the telling thing here. They had insurance. They had done everything that was expected of them. They worked hard. They provided insurance. And yet, when they needed it, it wasnâ€™t there for them.
AMY GOODMAN: Under mounting pressure, CIGNA finally granted coverage for the liver transplant. But it was too late. Two hours later, Nataline died.