Congressman Lou Barletta, in the final part of his exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, explained how he came to learn about the case of Sarah Murnaghan and speaks about the fiery exchange that he had with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius over it.
Sarah Murnaghan came to national attention when she was denied a lung transplant because, at 10 years old, she was too young to receive an adult lung. Sebelius had refused to overrule the federal regulation at the center of the dispute, sparking renewed discussion about so called ‘death panels’ where government bureaucrats not doctor’s will have the final say about which patients receive care.
“I asked ‘Why are we going to let a little girl die because she is 10 years old and not twelve?’ … Her answer was chilling. Her answer to me was that ‘this is terribly agonizing however some will live and some will die’ … If we are willing to allow a little girl to die because of a policy then I believe the days of America’s future will change, and that’s what the President had promised when he ran. He was going to change America.”