On Oct. 1, cash-strapped Arizona ended state-financed payments for certain organ transplants. The decision, as the New York Times put it last week, "amounts to a death sentence for some patients."

Francisco Felix might be one of them. The 32-year-old truck driver with four children will die without a new liver. According to the Times story, doctors at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center had a matched liver for Felix several weeks ago and were ready to proceed. News of the budget cuts forced them to scrap the surgery.

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