Here is a story that is NOT written by Charles Dickens in time for Christmas:
Francisco Felix, 32, a father of four who has hepatitis C and is in need of a liver, received news a few weeks ago that a family friend was dying and wanted to donate her liver to him. But the budget cuts meant he no longer qualified for a state-financed transplant. He was prepared anyway at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center as his relatives scrambled to raise the needed $200,000. When the money did not come through, the liver went to someone else on the transplant list. “I know times are tight and cuts are needed, but you can’t cut human lives,” said Mr. Felix’s wife, Flor. “You just can’t do that.”To which all stern scroogelike born-again or just born budgetcutters join in a fiscally conservative Christmas Carol:
YES WE CAN!
(Aren't their graveyards to take care of those who can't take care of themselves?)