Taxpayers on the hook for rapist’s $800,000 heart transplant

The Welfare State writ large:

Taxpayers may pay $800,000 to give a life-saving heart transplant to an upstate rapist whose crime of incest was so “grotesquely criminal” that a prosecutor said he should “rot in prison.”

If doctors give the OK, Kenneth Pike, 55, would be the first New York prisoner to get a heart transplant. Pike was flown Monday from the state prison in Coxsackie to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where 49 patients are awaiting donor hearts.

Pike is serving an 18-to-40-year sentence for sexually assaulting a teenage relative in Auburn. He’s eligible for parole in 2013.

“Rot in prisoin” is almost like “here’s a new heart,” isn’t it? Especially for a heartless rapist who preyed on his own family.

Aren’t you glad you pay taxes? Don’t you wish you could pay more?

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