Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sick Indeed

Alright, I don't have the full context of the quotes (nor am I going to look) mlle. pulled, but here's what Megan chooses as a "key point," from someone called Orac:

Steve Jobs' wealth and power let him jump the queue for organ transplants in a way that even I am uncomfortable with--and I am in favor of paying organ donors.
Who is this douchebag Orac? "Why, even I, doubtless a perpetual apologist for anything & everything that those more powerful than I do, am a bit taken aback by this. It's almost as if my betters would actually run over anyone who got in their way."


Matt P said...

What Orac actually wrote:

If this story is true, what Jobs did is not illegal, but it sure does leave an unpleasant stench of the rich and powerful taking advantage of regional differences in organ availability, perhaps at the expense of a lifelong Tennessee resident who needs a liver.

In context, it's not really a key point. It's more like something Orac brought up only so that he could show his disapproval and, implicitly, give a little more ammunition in support of healthcare reform.

Yuppers said...

And it's just BS:

"He received a liver transplant because he was the patient with the highest MELD score (Model for End-Stage Liver Disease) of his blood type and, therefore, the sickest patient on the waiting list at the time a donor organ became available."

(the hospital's new press release confirming the surgery - it's a pdf, fyi).

Dhalgren said...

So Steve Jobs is not guilty of what Mickey Mantle's doctors apparantly did?

Anonymous said...

Hey now, don't bash Orac. Unless I'm completely misreading this, Megan isn't quoting him at all. The "key points" are Megan's summaries of Orac's arguments, with her own comments added. The bit about being somewhat uncomfortable with line jumping is all Megan.

NutellaonToast said...

We will bash whoever we please, even though I think you're right.

M. Bouffant said...

No, no, do I have to read what she typed again?