Arizona –The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Poorer and the Sick Get Dead.

 NEWS RELEASE   December 14, 2010

For more information contact Bob Aronson

In early October, 2010 Bob Aronson, heart transplant recipient and founder of Organ Transplant Initiative (OTI), started a nationwide drive to reverse the Arizona decision that denies Medicaid patients vital organ transplants.!/group.php?gid=152655364765710   He also has a very popular blog site devoted to donation/transplant issues with recent posts aimed at the Arizona issue

 “Everyone on the transplant list is dying,” says Aronson, “And Governor Brewer’s claim that transplants are an optional treatment is totally without foundation.  The only option to a transplant is death. I know, I would have been dead three years ago if I had not received a new heart.” 

Aronson a former Minnesota Governor’s Press Secretary and now living in Jacksonville, Florida says, “I understand how serious budget problems can be, but you don’t solve them by killing your citizens.”  

Organ Transplant Initiative has rallied people from all over the country with their “Save the Arizona 98” campaign.  Additionally the group has a website where people or organizations can buy T-shirts and other products bearing the slogan, “Save the Arizona 98.”  All profits go to the National Transplant Assistance Fund and there are no administrative fees or expenses charged to the proceeds.  The site also offers the option of donating directly to the fund and designating the specific person or persons you want to help.

“Governor Brewer blames so-called Obamacare for the Medicaid problems,” states Aronson, “But Arizona approved cutting transplants before the Obama bill passed congress.”  He notes that, “While Americans have a guarantee of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, Arizona has opted to deny life and liberty in favor of the Pursuit of Mexicans, because,” he says, “The Governor has diverted millions of Federal stimulus and other dollars, to her border protection program.  Those dollars could have been used to save and enhance lives.  They weren’t.

Permission is granted to copy and use this release in any appropriate manner to help save the Arizona 98. 

From Bob Aronson

If you would like to donate money to help these Arizona patients pay for their transplants, should organs become available, you can do so through the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF).  You can either call 1-800-642-8399 or make your donation on-line at  

Please comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at  And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors.  There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance.  If you convince one person to be a donor you may save or positively affect over 60 lives.  Some of those lives may be people you know and love.

Also…visit and join my Facebook site, ORGAN Transplant Initiative  OR — my Facebook home Page!/ . 

 The more members we get the greater our impact on increasing life saving organ donation

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