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Obama Inc. to Deny Cancer Treatments by Redefining What “Cancer” Is
FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 10/01/2013 5:22:12 AM PDT by SJackson

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Obama Inc. to Deny Cancer Treatments by Redefining What “Cancer” Is

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 30, 2013 @ 11:42 am In The Point | 24 Comments

The death panels aren’t going to come through the front door. They’re going to sneak up on you from behind with piano wire.

On July 29, 2013, a working group for the National Cancer Institute (the main government agency for cancer research) published a paper proposing that the term “cancer” be reserved for lesions with a reasonable likelihood of killing the patient if left untreated. Slower growing tumors would be called a different name such as “indolent lesions of epithelial origin” (IDLE).

Their justification was that modern medical technology now allows doctors to detect small, slow-growing tumors that likely wouldn’t be fatal. Yet once patients are told they have a cancer, many become frightened and seek unnecessary further tests, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.

By redefining the term “cancer,” the National Cancer Institute hopes to reduce patient anxiety and reduce the risks and expenses associated with supposedly unnecessary medical procedures. In technical terms, the government hopes to reduce “overdiagnosis” and “overtreatment” of cancer.

And of course compel doctors to stop recommending expensive “overtreatments” for things that are no longer cancers.

Similarly, the American Medical Association recently voted to declare obesity a “disease.” But as Cato Institute health care analyst Michael Tanner noted, “the AMA’s move is actually a way for its members to receive more federal dollars, by getting obesity treatments covered under government health plans.”

In our Obamacare world, obesity is a serious disease, but cancer isn’t.

With respect to the definition of “cancer,” downgrading some conditions as no longer being “cancer” can and will used to justify reducing “unnecessary” screening tests (e.g., mammograms for women between ages 40-49).

That’s the whole point. The more the government takes over medicine, the more it is driven to reduce costs in order to fund a vast welfare state.

Dr. Milton Wolf, a practicing radiologist who cares for patients with DCIS warns against this Orwellian possibility:

“Health care rationing takes many insidious forms but perhaps the most immoral is for the government to wage a public relations campaign designed specifically to dissuade patients and doctors from seeking available cures for cancer. They scheme to rename cancer, not to cure it, but to deny it exists. These government rationers have calculated that rather than actually treat patients with cancer, it’s cheaper to simply keep them calm… right up to the very end.”

Aren’t we glad that crazy Sarah Palin lady with her death panel rants didn’t get elected. And instead we live with a wise and sane government that fights new wars while renaming them as interventions and cures cancer by renaming it and denying coverage?

Hope. Change. Death.



TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cancer; cancerscreening; communismkills; deathpanels; foryourowngood; healthcarerationing; obama; obamacare; obamalegacy; obamalies; obamunism; orwelliannightmare; rationing; sarahpalin; socializedmedicine; stalinisttactics

1 posted on 10/01/2013 5:22:12 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson
DeathCARE will not deliver care.

DeathCARE provides money for ... Administrators.


2 posted on 10/01/2013 5:26:43 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: SJackson

They could eliminate cancer by just calling it something else.


3 posted on 10/01/2013 5:27:03 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: SJackson

This sure sounds like BS to me.

I don’t know anyone who goes to their Doctor and begs for radiation or chemo.

They take it when a Doctor states that they need it.

Under Obamacare they will make some crazed definitions of when it is needed, and force Doctor to follow that.


4 posted on 10/01/2013 5:27:27 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: SJackson

They are already keep coming up with recommendations that people don’t need so many cancer screenings — if you don’t detect it, you don’t have to treat it, if you detect it too late, people are more likely to die — again, look at the savings!


5 posted on 10/01/2013 5:27:50 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: SJackson

Bump


6 posted on 10/01/2013 5:29:14 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: SJackson
What most of Obama’s approaches have done, healthcare related and otherwise, is to diminish the ability of all but the significantly wealthy to earn a better life and achieve the perks that come with hard work, planning, and saving. If you are markedly wealthy, or politically connected, you are at a different tier regarding what you can have access to. For the rest of us, we are being homogenized. This is the way all socialist schemes eventually wind up.
7 posted on 10/01/2013 5:31:29 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: SJackson

The first thing the new health czar should do....yes, of course there will be a health czar....is to force our Big Cancer industry to adopt the new, more humane treatment of cancer. Now that DNA based treatment is here, there is absolutely no reason to keep charging patients, insurance and the government outrageous amounts for fifty year old chemotherapy that basically poisons the patient, killing healthy cells in the hunt for cancer cells.

Either our Big Cancer centers should be adopting treatments using monoclonal antibodies, or they should not be in the business, even though it is very lucrative. With the exception of childhood leukemia, cancer survivability rates have not improved substantially, though the price for treatment has soared.


8 posted on 10/01/2013 5:32:26 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SJackson

Holy crap!

Obama has cured Cancer!


9 posted on 10/01/2013 5:40:18 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: SJackson
"It's just a flesh wound, don't be so dramatic, surgery is too expensive"


10 posted on 10/01/2013 5:40:37 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SJackson

And so the death march begins.


11 posted on 10/01/2013 5:41:13 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: P-Marlowe

The number of cancers would drop dramatically, Obama is a genius and a miracle worker. lolz


12 posted on 10/01/2013 5:41:26 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SJackson

This will affect people with breast and prostate cancers most often and the groups most likely to have those cancers are blacks-—just the people who voted for his eminence. Elections WILL have consequences—until he waives those definitions for those groups anyway.


13 posted on 10/01/2013 5:50:21 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: GeronL

Hopefully someone will make a list of Congress critters who have been saved by Cancer treatment and start making this an issue.

What about Joe Bidens son. He has had some kind of brain tumor.


14 posted on 10/01/2013 5:50:26 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Well maybe that wasn’t cancer, maybe it was IDLE... lol


15 posted on 10/01/2013 5:51:48 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: SJackson

Typical libs, it depends on what the meaning of “is” is...


16 posted on 10/01/2013 5:54:52 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: RummyChick

Hey, Congress AND their families AND their staff
AND all their mistresses, butlers, servants and slaves
WILL CONTINUE to get fine medical care.

Cancer WILL be treated.
Kennedy-level care WILL be given.

For the rest of the American people:
Their early deaths will help the economy
and Obama’s plan for the death of America.


17 posted on 10/01/2013 5:56:25 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Innovative

Yep, without screenings by the time it is detected... “Well, there’s not much we can do now...” Yet you can bet the libs and political class will continue to get regular screenings, mammograms, etc. They will reap the benefits of technology while the rest of us suffer the consequences of their actions. For now.


18 posted on 10/01/2013 6:09:18 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: SJackson

Obamacare priciple # 1: If they be like to die, they had better do it and decrease the surplus population.


19 posted on 10/01/2013 6:11:06 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Diogenesis

It’s time for a second revolution.


20 posted on 10/01/2013 7:10:50 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Venturer
The biggest way elite liberals are going to 'save' money (so their cut is larger and the political fallout is less) is to deny medical care to 'out' groups...

That will include the elderly and people with special needs. Basically a Hitler type idea - eliminate the undesirables. It's a perverse incentives of ObamaDeathCare... Watch for it - your mother could be next...

21 posted on 10/01/2013 7:31:39 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: SJackson
In our Obamacare world, obesity is a serious disease, but cancer isn’t.

I had neighbors who were Democrats. They were absolutely perverse in everything they did. If someone had a catastrophe, they acted like nothing happened. If someone had a hangnail, they acted like it was a catastrophe. If someone had a success, they acted like someone died. If someone died, they wore bright clothing to the funeral.

I really think Jesus was right when he said, "If you're not with me, you're against me."

22 posted on 10/01/2013 9:23:24 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: SJackson

Remember, Obama told a Woman that her 93 Year Old Mother should just take a pill.

She didn’t need that silly Pacemaker. After all, she wouldn’t be able to Microwave her Mac and Cheese if she had one of those.


23 posted on 10/01/2013 9:25:51 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If I wanted a Godless Commie Democrat to run my life, I would have Married one.)
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To: Albion Wilde
I had neighbors who were Democrats. They were absolutely perverse in everything they did. If someone had a catastrophe, they acted like nothing happened. If someone had a hangnail, they acted like it was a catastrophe. If someone had a success, they acted like someone died. If someone died, they wore bright clothing to the funeral.

I really think Jesus was right when he said, "If you're not with me, you're against me."

Yep.

Liberals are totally perverse. They are literally inside-out.

24 posted on 10/01/2013 2:48:18 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: SJackson

I have long maintained “Obamacare” was pursued so aggressively, despite its unpopularity, is because it is actually back door euthanasia.

The political class has bought votes from senior by promising health care it can not afford to provide.

The only way for said political class to provide health care it CAN afford, while keeping their jobs, is to make sure NO ONE can get health care better than what the politicians are willing to provide until they can kill off, by denial of care, those to whom the promises were made.


25 posted on 10/02/2013 8:39:10 AM PDT by papertyger (Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken....)
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