Shortly before Christmas in 2009, surgeons performed an emergency operation to save a patient suffering from an aortic aneurysm. But soon afterward, a deadly infection struck, and septic shock set in. When that happens, blood pressure can plummet and the heart, kidneys, lungs and liver may fail. Such was the fate of the patient, who died that Christmas Eve.
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Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, an ardent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, recently likened people with pre-existing medical conditions to wrecked cars and appeared to suggest that the sick are at fault for their illnesses just as drivers are at fault for their accidents.