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  • Nebraska grandma wakes from coma four hours before family planned to end life support

    01/30/2015 10:36:34 PM PST · by Colofornian · 23 replies ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Nina Golgowski
    In what's being called a Christmas 'miracle' by Teri Robert's family, just hours before they planned to end her life on Dec. 22, the beloved wife, mother and grandmother opened her eyes. Roberts still faces an uphill battle after she lost four of her limbs from her illness. Teri Roberts' grieving family had already come to terms with her likely death, planning to turn off her ventilator, when they say a "miracle" happened. The 56-year-old wife, mother and grandmother, had been in a spiraling coma for 12 days when just four hours before her family planned to pull the plug,...
  • End-of-life debate turns to newborns-Postnatal abortion morally acceptable in some cases ethicist..

    12/08/2014 5:23:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    National Post ^ | December 7, 2014 | Last Updated: December 7, 2014 10:21 PM ET | Tom Blackwell
    FULL TITLE: End-of-life debate turns to newborns: ‘Postnatal abortion’ morally acceptable in some cases, ethicist says Doctors would be justified to end the lives of some terminally impaired newborn babies, says a prominent Canadian bioethicist in a report that pushes the country’s euthanasia debate into provocative new territory. Much of the discussion of physician assisted-death in Canada has centred around adult patients capable of making known how they want to end their lives. But Udo Schuklenk, a Queen’s University philosophy professor, argues that in rare cases of severely impaired, deeply suffering newborns, actively causing death is morally acceptable, if still...
  • Will God Forgive Brittany Maynard If She Kills Herself?

    11/01/2014 11:34:33 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 154 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | November 1, 2014 | JP
    It’s November 1, the day Brittany Maynard vowed to kill herself. The 29-year-old California woman says she no longer finds life worth living after being diagnosed this past spring with stage 4 glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor. Brittany has become the poster girl for “Compassion & Choices, ” a so-called “end-of-life choice” advocacy organization that is fighting to increase the number of stateS with so-called “Death With Dignity” laws on the books. The model is Oregon, the state to which Brittany relocated this past summer because her home state of California doesn’t allow physician-assisted suicide (at least for now). Oregon...
  • Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

    09/18/2014 12:15:42 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | PAM BELLUCK
    The country’s system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report released on Wednesday... The 507-page report, “Dying in America,” said its recommendations...would produce significant savings that would help make health care more affordable.
  • Computer help request

    08/02/2013 1:59:52 PM PDT · by 50sDad · 21 replies
    self ^ | 08/02/13 | 50sdad
    My daughter's XP desktop computer crashed, and I am replacing it with another XP box. The old main drive is a slave drive on the new machine, and I can get all the document and picture files. Firefox is being a bear, there any way to recover the Bookmarks file from the old disk and merge it onto the new one? If I had exported a bookmarks.htm file BEFORE the crash, I would be fine...but even running Firefox from the old drive won't seem to let me grab the bookmarks.
  • Playing God: Do no harm? End-of-life ethics in a ‘death with dignity’ culture

    07/01/2013 1:07:54 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 10 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | June 30, 2013 | Maria Wiering
    After concelebrating his cousins’ confirmation Mass, Father Bialek walked out the front door of St. Ursula late in the evening May 18 to commotion near the intersection. He went over to help, and saw his parents, who had just left the Mass, injured in the road, hit by a pickup as they were crossing a street. His mother, Sharon, 67, was unconscious. Physicians at Baltimore’s Shock Trauma Center told Father Bialek and his father that Sharon had suffered severe brain damage and likely would not regain consciousness or live without a respirator. They also discovered the return of the ovarian...
  • House GOP Probes HHS’ Sebelius On ‘End-Of-Life’ Rule

    03/14/2011 3:34:59 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 8 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/14/2011 | David Hogberg
    IBD has received a letter from Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting information on “the improper inclusion of a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning in a Medicare regulation in the fall of 2010.” Late last year, a controversy erupted when in November a set of final regulations for Medicare contained a provision enabling Medicare to pay for “end-of-life” counseling. A furor ensued over the fact that (1) this raised the entire “death panel” specter again; and (2) the provision was not in the proposed regulations released in August, thereby shielding...
  • What is on your Bucket List?Things to do before you die...

    02/09/2011 4:03:39 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 106 replies · 2+ views
    I know of three people I know well that have died or will soon die of cancer. This put my faith and my bucket list in mind. I have many places I want to visit before I die but if I am like my friends and I get a 1 year to live acclaim I can see by them....I won't be healthy to enjoy... An Alaskan Cruise...Inspired by visiting the CPAC page and watching Palin's show. So I looked into Alaskan Cruises What is your bucket list anybody ever been on an Alaskan cruise? leave Vancouver or Seattle?
  • Actually, Bush Vetoed Bill with 'End-of-Life' Provisions

    12/29/2010 4:43:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 100+ views
    big government ^ | 12/29/10 | SusanAnne Hiller
    I’m going to take the death panel end-of-life planning conundrum down one point at a time to make this very clear for Americans to understand what the Pelosi-led Democrats have done to your healthcare and their attempt to take cover under a Bush-era law–the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. The Hill reported that the Obama White House attempted to calm Americans’ fears of the dreaded death panels: The Medicare policy will pay doctors for holding end-of-life-care discussions with patients, according to the Times. A similar provision was dropped from the new healthcare reform law after Republicans...
  • Here come 'death panels'

    12/28/2010 3:20:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    The text of ObamaCare is dry and legalistic, except when it summons the maj esty of the King James Bible to intone imperiously, "the secretary shall . . . " The secretary in question is the secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, who "shall" and "may" do all manner of things to complete the great unfinished canvas that is ObamaCare. As George W. Bush might say, Sebelius is "the decider." In the discretion she's granted to remake American health care, she rivals Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey as the most powerful woman in America. The New...
  • Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir (Medicare Death panels start Jan. 1)

    12/25/2010 7:58:43 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 145 replies · 5+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/25/10 | ROBERT PEAR
    When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1. Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment. Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of...
  • Windows XP: The future (Microsoft Declares XP Sales Dead)

    08/12/2010 8:15:46 AM PDT · by dayglored · 152 replies
    Microsoft ^ | Aug 12, 2010 | Microsoft
    We know you love Windows XP, and you're in good company. Millions of Windows XP users are fans of the operating system, and many depend on Windows XP to run earlier applications and hardware that is not compatible with Windows 7. Windows 7 is designed to be compatible with the most popular hardware and software products you use every day and even though we are ending the sale of Windows XP on October 22, 2010, we still plan to provide support for Windows XP until April 2014.
  • Caption needed - elderly woman in hospital bed watches Obama on TV

    03/16/2010 8:36:27 AM PDT · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 43 replies · 1,580+ views
    Yahoo! News Photos ^ | 3/14/10 | staff
  • Weighing Medical Costs of End-of-Life Care (Money, Death Panels and The Duty to Die)

    12/23/2009 1:44:01 AM PST · by abb · 22 replies · 1,090+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 23, 2009 | Reed Abelson
    The Ronald Reagan U.C.L.A. Medical Center, one of the nation’s most highly regarded academic hospitals, has earned a reputation as a place where doctors will go to virtually any length and expense to try to save a patient’s life. “If you come into this hospital, we’re not going to let you die,” said Dr. David T. Feinberg, the hospital system’s chief executive. Yet that ethos has made the medical center a prime target for critics in the Obama administration and elsewhere who talk about how much money the nation wastes on needless tests and futile procedures. They like to note...
  • Did you see "Bones" tonight?

    11/19/2009 8:46:09 PM PST · by papasmurf · 21 replies · 1,793+ views
    I'm usually adept at catching the embedded politics, in tv and movies, and I usually change the station or turn it off when I do. Tonight was the first time, and I was taken aback by it, that I discerned such tactics in the series "Bones"
  • Experts question motives of mammogram guidelines (Here comes healthcare rationing)

    11/16/2009 7:13:28 PM PST · by WeatherGuy · 26 replies · 1,076+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 16, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cancer experts fear new U.S. breast imaging guidelines that recommend against routine screening mammograms for women in their 40s may have their roots in the current drive in Washington to reform healthcare. Critics of the guidelines, issued on Monday by the U.S. Services Task Force, an independent panel sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Quality, say the new guidelines are a step backward and will lead to more cancer deaths. Here are some of their concerns. * Dr Carol Lee, chairwoman of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission, said she fears insurers -- both...
  • Death talk for seniors

    09/21/2009 2:41:12 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 637+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 21, 2009 | Rita L. Marker
    First, the bad news. For the first time since 1975, Social Security recipients are being told they won't be receiving an annual cost of living increase in their monthly benefits. At the same time, their Medicare premiums will go up, so monthly checks will actually shrink next year. Not to worry, though. Here's the good news. Seniors may not have to live on such meager funds for long because the government is going to help them plan how they want to die. This benevolent plan is in Section 1233 (p. 424) of the health care reform bill known as "America's...
  • Talking Seniors to Death

    09/06/2009 2:25:10 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 740+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 06, 2009 | Rita L. Marker
    First, the bad news. For the first time since 1975, Social Security recipients are being told they won't be receiving an annual cost of living increase in their monthly benefits. At the same time, their Medicare premiums will go up, so monthly checks will actually shrink next year. Not to worry, though. Here's the good news. Seniors may not have to live on such meager funds for long because the government is going to help them plan how they want to die. This benevolent plan is in Section 1233 (p. 424) of the health care reform bill known as "America's...
  • Death Panels Real in Europe

    09/03/2009 6:06:35 PM PDT · by GeekGirlConservative · 4 replies · 242+ views
    Common Sense 2020 ^ | 2009-09-03 | LukeAmerica2020
    On Fox News Special Report today (September 3rd), Bret Baier revealed that under socialized medicine, British doctors are concerned about some terminally-ill patients being forced to die prematurely. Is this what we can expect from the end-of-life “care and counseling” from HR 3200? VIDEO: Death Panels Real in Europe
  • Beck to the Future: Beck Exposes Dangerous Link Between Nazi Eugenics and ObamaCare Reform Experts

    08/29/2009 1:02:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 1,160+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/27/09 | Peter J. Smith
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 27, 2009 ( - "Question with boldness." That is the motto of radio host and FOX News television host Glenn Beck, who says he asks questions no different than ordinary Americans - he just has an army of researchers to help him explore these questions. But what the question explores is the disturbing relationship between eugenics, Nazism, and the imposition of Obama's health care plan upon the United States.Like the old adage "those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it," Beck has looked back to the past to get a glimpse of the future....
  • Obamacare: The Only Exit Strategy

    08/28/2009 12:13:41 PM PDT · by khnyny · 22 replies · 1,501+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 28, 2009 | Charles Krauthammer
    Obamacare Version 1.0 is dead. The 1,000-page monstrosity that emerged in various editions from Congress was done in by widespread national revulsion not just at its expense and intrusiveness but also at the mendacity with which it is being sold. You don't need a PhD to see that the promise to expand coverage and reduce costs is a crude deception, or that cutting $500 billion from Medicare without affecting care is a fiction. But there is an exit strategy. And a politically clever one, if the Democrats are smart enough to seize it. (1) Forget the public option. Whatever the...
  • The government 'Death Book': Bureaucrats investigate what life is 'not worth living'

    08/26/2009 3:03:45 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 610+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | House editorial
    The Obama administration claims that a health care takeover by government won't restrict access to care. Everybody will get more care for less money, the president has said. Of course, something has to give. One likely target for rationing will be care in the later stages of life. Bureaucratic disregard for the value of all life is insinuated in a government manual known as "the Death Book." The Death Book is a nickname given to an advice manual published by the Department of Veterans Affairs that instructs veterans "how to prepare a personalized living will." Officially titled, "Your Life, Your...
  • End-of-Life Issues Need to Be Addressed

    08/25/2009 2:55:00 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 33 replies · 870+ views
    NYT ^ | August 17, 2009 | JANE E. BRODY
    Most measures taken when patients are terminally ill, including the use of feeding tubes, ventilators and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, do nothing to prolong meaningful life. Rather, as Dr. Jeff Gordon put it in the title of his new book, they represent “A Death Prolonged.”
  • UPDATED2: No, Obama's VA did NOT pull so-called 'Death Book' from website

    08/25/2009 12:45:38 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 58 replies · 2,193+ views ^ | 08/24/09 | David Freddoso
    UPDATE: Earlier today, I noted that the "Your Life, Your Choices" booklet had apparently been removed from the VA site. The Department of Veterans' Affairs was kind enough to get back to me several hours after I called, in order to clarify what happened today on their website. Spokeswoman Katie Roberts informs me that although the "Your Life, Your Choices" booklet was removed this morning from the URL I had linked to, there has been no policy change by VA. The document removed this morning had simply been hosted in the wrong place all along, on a regional part of...
  • VA Death Book author connected to Soros

    08/25/2009 4:18:19 AM PDT · by UncleVanya · 26 replies · 1,997+ views
    Dr. Robert A. PEARLMAN wrote the book. He works for the VA and is well known as a supporter of Physician Assisted Suicide. Pearlman's book for the VA specifically refers Veterans to an organization fronting for the HEMLOCK SOCIETY, which promotes suicide. Pearlman's writing is cited in the literature prominently along with another supporter of Physician Assisted Suicide: Ezekial Emmanuel, brother of Obama's chief of staff RAHM EMMANUEL. Pearlman also touts his role as a "Faculty Scholar" in the "Project on Death in America." This project is funded by GEORGE SOROS. Yes, THAT George Soros. And yes, the real...
  • Oregon Offers Terminal Patients Doctor-Assisted Suicide Instead of Medical Care

    08/24/2009 3:55:56 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 28 replies · 2,482+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2008 | Dan Springer
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Some terminally ill patients in Oregon who turned to their state for health care were denied treatment and offered doctor-assisted suicide instead, a proposal some experts have called a "chilling" corruption of medical ethics. Since the spread of his prostate cancer, 53-year-old Randy Stroup of Dexter, Ore., has been in a fight for his life. Uninsured and unable to pay for expensive chemotherapy, he applied to Oregon's state-run health plan for help. Lane Individual Practice Association (LIPA), which administers the Oregon Health Plan in Lane County, responded to Stroup's request with a letter saying the state would...
  • WSJ: Obama and Shinseki now pressuring Veterans toward Euthanasia

    08/24/2009 10:57:19 AM PDT · by nmh · 56 replies · 2,806+ views
    HUman Events e-mail ^ | 8/24/09 | Connie Hair
    The Wall Street Journal just published a shocking editorial written by a respected University President, confirming the Obama Administration is now using VA hospitals to order doctors to pressure all military veterans to sign "pull the plug" do-not-resuscitate orders, hastening their premature deaths through mandatory "end of life" counseling. President Jim Towey of Saint Vincent's College, founder of the non-profit "Aging With Dignity" and former White House Director of faith based initiatives, wrote a blistering expose entitled "The Death Book For Veterans," revealing President Obama's new Veterans Administration (VA) directive, presumably signed by VA Secretary, General (ret.) Eric Shinseki, which...
  • Journalists, Left Out of The Debate

    08/23/2009 7:01:07 PM PDT · by Al B. · 54 replies · 1,574+ views
    WaPo ^ | Aug. 23, 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    For once, mainstream journalists did not retreat to the studied neutrality of quoting dueling antagonists. They tried to perform last rites on the ludicrous claim about President Obama's death panels, telling Sarah Palin, in effect, you've got to quit making things up. But it didn't matter. The story refused to die. The crackling, often angry debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media's ability to untangle a story of immense complexity. In many ways, news organizations have risen to the occasion; in others they have become agents of distortion. But even when they report the facts, they have had...
  • Fox's Chris Wallace Challenges Veteran's Admin. to Remove "Death Booklet" from VA Website - Video

    08/23/2009 6:52:33 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 1,044+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 23, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Assistant Sec. of Veteran's Affairs Tammy Duckworth on Fox News Sunday being challenged by Chris Wallace about the booklet used by the Veteran's Administration to do "end of life counseling" with elderly or ill veterans about whether their "life is worth living." Critics have referred to it as a "Death Book for Veterans." Duckworth is a veteran herself, and a hero, but she was totally wrong in this segment about whether this booklet is being used with veterans. She claimed it is not being used, but Wallace demonstrated that it is being used. She claims it...
  • Man Says VA Should Not Use Booklet with Veterans Written by Proponent of Assisted Suicide - Video

    08/23/2009 2:46:15 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 467+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 23, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Jim Towey on Fox News Sunday discussing a document being used by the Veteran's Administration (called by some a "Death Book") since July by new directive that he says essentially encourages Veterans who are badly ill to "hurry up and die." The document is now being used at "end of life" counseling and was written by Dr. Robert Perlman, a man whom Towey says advocated "assisted suicide" before the Supreme Court. Of particular concern is a worksheet on page 12 that leads patients to consider "is my life worth living?" It asks the patient questions like,...
  • Grassley Reminds Everyone it was Obama who First Used Phrase "Pull the Plug on Grandma" - Video

    08/23/2009 11:34:48 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 936+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 23, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Sen. Charles Grassley on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, and pointing out that it was President Obama who first used the phrase "pull the plug on Grandma." Grassley has been criticized by Democrats for using that type of phrase, but he did so only to make it clear that Government and politicians have no business meddling in the decision-making process as people face end-of-life decisions. . . . (Watch Video)
  • Sen. Specter Calling for Hearings into End of Life Guide for Vets

    08/23/2009 9:44:49 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 35 replies · 1,165+ views
    digitaljournal ^ | 5 mins ago | McMahon
    Sen. Specter Calling for Hearings into End of Life Guide for Vets The Department of Veterans Affairs is under increasing scrutiny this week after it was revealed a controversial end of life counseling pamphlet may be revived and distributed to veterans. The guide called "Your Life, Your Choices," was originally suspended under the Bush Administration, but it is apparently being brought back by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim Towey, a former Bush Administration official, brought the revival to national prominence this week with an article in the Wall Street Journal, which outlined his criticisms of the booklet. When asked...
  • McCain Supports Palin on Death Panels

    08/23/2009 10:53:25 AM PDT · by Williamsburg · 39 replies · 2,214+ views
    Breitbart ^ | williamsburg
    Senator McCain in an interview with George Stephanopolis this morning supported Sarah Panel's concern over the end of life provisions in the Democratic health bills.
  • Sen. Specter Calls for Hearings on End-of-Life Care Guide for Veterans

    08/23/2009 7:07:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 63 replies · 1,772+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 23, 2009
    A prominent senator on the Veterans' Affairs Committee on Sunday called for hearings to scrutinize and consider suspending a guide for veterans' end-of-life care which one former Bush official says sends a "hurry-up-and-die" message to troops. The guide, called "Your Life, Your Choices," was suspended under the Bush administration but has been revived under the current Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim Towey, former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, told "FOX News Sunday" that the pamphlet makes injured veterans feel like a burden, encourages the severely injured to die and should be tossed out. Asked about the...
  • Wallace Unplugged: End-of-Life Counseling (for Veterans?)

    08/22/2009 6:56:03 PM PDT · by Sun · 42 replies · 1,933+ views
    Fox New Sunday ^ | August 21, 2009 | Staff
    August 21, 2009 01:10 PM EDT Wallace Unplugged: End-of-Life Counseling "Wallace Unplugged" on the real story behind Veterans' health care and end-of-life counseling. ... This Week on Fox News Sunday: (8/23/09) Amid charges of "Death Panels", Chris Wallace uncovers explosive new information about a "death book", already being used by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, that encourages the nations' veterans to pull the plug. This Sunday we’ll take a look at how this controversial book steers users towards a predetermined outcome from the man who took down the program during the Bush Administration. Plus, we'll bring you a reaction from...
  • Bowling for Death Panels: Euthanasia Group Behind "End-of-Life" Counseling

    08/22/2009 5:54:54 PM PDT · by Antioch · 21 replies · 1,007+ views
    Lifesite News ^ | Thursday August 20, 2009 | By Peter J. Smith
    Although President Obama and liberal Congressional Democrats have denounced claims that the health care reform establishes "death panels," it does not help reassure the American public that the nation's foremost pro-euthanasia group is actively pushing "end-of-life counseling" as a centerpiece of health-care reforms. Compassion & Choices, a rebranding of the former Hemlock Society, aggressively lobbies to legalize euthanasia as a "human right" by means of legislation and the judicial system. But the group has revealed that it is a major player behind incorporating a measure (sec. 1233) of the "American Affordable Choices Act of 2009" (HR 3200) that would pay...
  • NY Dem Eric Massa Says Sen. Charles Grassley's Comments Were an "Act of Treason" - Video

    08/19/2009 4:47:20 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 21 replies · 725+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 19, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of New York Democrat Rep. Eric Massa talking to Leftist activists at the Netroots Nation Meeting last weekend where he said that Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley had committed an "act of treason" by what he said last week regarding ObamaCare. He appears to be referring to Grassley's pointed remarks that ObamaCare, if adopted, could lead to politicians and bureaucrats injecting themselves into "end of life" decisions that families have to make. Massa also said in conversation to activists at the same meeting that he was prepared to vote for ObamaCare "against the interests of his own district"...
  • "Death Panel" Myth Creator Betsy McCaughey Resigns From Medical Board

    08/21/2009 2:26:24 PM PDT · by steve-b · 190 replies · 4,980+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 8/21/09 | Matthew DeLong
    Betsy McCaughey -- an outspoken proponent of the myth that Democrats' health care reform proposals will lead to the creation of "death panels," as well as a former lieutenant governor of New York and adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute -- has stepped down from her position as a director of Cantel Medical Corp., which bills itself as a "leading provider of infection prevention and control products in the healthcare market." From a press release: CANTEL MEDICAL CORP. (NYSE: CMN -- News) announced that on August 20, 2009 it received a letter of resignation from Ms. Elizabeth McCaughey as a...
  • Elderly Should be Scared of Obama Administration Over End-of-Life "Death Panels"

    08/20/2009 3:58:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 48 replies · 1,476+ views
    Life News ^ | 8/20/09 | Nat Hentoff Note: Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of many books, including "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance" (Seven Stories Press, 2003). I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoover's FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights without blinking. But now I am finally scared of a White House administration. President Obama's desired health care reform intends that a federal board (similar to the British model) — as in the...
  • Update: Audio of hospital threatening to kill patient

    08/20/2009 8:18:47 AM PDT · by AstralisLux · 113 replies · 3,601+ views
    Spero News ^ | 8/20/09 | Robert Painter
    After I posted this last night, many people had more questions about this story. This article is an update that hopefully answers those questions. Please feel free to comment and I can ask the author to clarify if needed.
  • The Death Book for Veterans

    08/19/2009 1:23:51 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 12 replies · 1,212+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/18/09 | JIM TOWEY
    If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care. Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals...
  • Analysis: Liberals tired of health care compromise

    08/19/2009 3:49:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 54 replies · 2,042+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 19, 2009 | Charles Babington and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Frustrated liberals have a question for President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers: Isn't it time the other guys gave a little ground on health care? What's the point of a bipartisan bill, they ask, if we're making all the concessions? A case in point: Sen. Charles Grassley, a key Republican negotiator on health care, was on a winning streak as Congress recessed for August, having wrung important concessions from Democrats, including an agreement not to tax employer-provided health insurance and a limit to demands on drug companies. How did Grassley reciprocate? With an attack that struck Democrats as stunning and...
  • Associated Press declares death panels debunked

    08/18/2009 8:26:13 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 25 replies · 1,014+ views
    Your Hometown Newspaper, Associated Press ^ | 15 August 2009 | Associated Press
    Your local newspaper, as has mine, has likely carried Associated Press stories asserting that the notion of "death panels" has been debunked. Here is a fair-use quote from the lead paragraph of a front-page, above-the-fold, AP story, dated 15 Auguest, by AP writer Liz Sidoti: "he challenged the debunked notion" Google on this phrase or "debunked AND death panels". You will find a large number of media assertions, including some from the AP, simply asserting that the death panel notion has been debunked.
  • Sarah Palin Was Right...Death Panels created in HR 1

    08/15/2009 6:54:26 PM PDT · by RowdyFFC · 27 replies · 2,258+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | August 15, 2009 | Josh Ashby
    "Governor Sarah Palin has come under fire for her Facebook post accusing President Obama and the Democrats of including a "death panel" provision the health care bill... AP argues that the bill's end-of-life counseling provision has been mistaken as a promotion of euthanasia and thus the death panel assertion by Palin and many other conservatives is false and misleading. The New York Times has joined in the death panel bashing. There is nothing in any of the legislative proposals that would call for the creation of death panels or any other governmental body that would cut off care for the...
  • What is more important personal freedom or universal care? A test for Obama

    08/15/2009 10:24:57 AM PDT · by 4yourcountry · 15 replies · 603+ views ^ | 8/15/2009 | 4 yourcountry
    ....Yes, Canada, England, Europe, China etc all have some form of universal health care. That is great. They also have limitations to a free press, less innovation, bad economies and less freedoms. The United States represents 26% of world GDP. The next largest economy is 1/3 the size of the United States. The United States went from a start up 230 years ago to the most powerful country in the world. Did that happen because of the greatness of our government actions or the greatness of our people? Should the United States follow the path of others, or set the...
  • The congressman behind the "kill granny" clause

    08/14/2009 8:50:47 PM PDT · by nitesurferdude · 35 replies · 1,731+ views ^ | Aug. 14, 2009 | J.D. Mullane
    Section 1233 would have Medicare pay doctors to counsel seniors on "end-of-life" matters once every five years - or more if the patient's health is dicey. Obama's supporters have forwarded to me links to and, which have examined Section 1233 [of HR 3200], and conclude nothing sinister is in the bill. Several facts are missing, however. The man who wrote Section 1233, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., advocates euthanasia or, as he calls it on his Web site, "Death with Dignity." In 2005, as the Bush administration challenged Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law, Blumenauer issued a statement criticizing the...
  • GOP backs away from end-of-life counseling (State-run AP)

    08/14/2009 3:50:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies · 2,256+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/14/09 | BEN EVANS
    GOP backs away from end-of-life counselingBy BEN EVANS, Associated Press Writer Ben Evans, Associated Press Writer – 44 mins ago WASHINGTON – Until last week, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson was among the most enthusiastic backers of end-of-life counseling in government health care programs like Medicare. That was before conservatives called it a step toward euthanasia and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin likened the idea to a bureaucratic "death panel" that would decide whether sick people get to live. And even though those claims have been widely discredited, the issue remains a political weapon in the increasingly bitter health care debate....
  • Palin goes on attack after Emanuel's 'Complete Lives System'

    08/14/2009 6:51:27 AM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 117 replies · 3,951+ views
    The Hill's Blog Briefing ^ | 08/14/2009 | Michael O'Brien
    @ 8:23 am by Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) praised a Senate committee's decision to drop an end-of-life provision from its healthcare reform bill, but continued to pound away at the overall bill — especially a proposal by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. "It's gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress," Palin said in a new note on her Facebook page posted early Friday morning of the Senate Finance Committee's decision to drop end-of-life consultations from its health bill. (The Alaska politician had derided those consultations as "death panels" seeking to aid the euthanasia of...
  • False ‘Death Panel’ Rumor Has Some Familiar Roots

    08/13/2009 10:21:45 PM PDT · by kcvl · 25 replies · 2,060+ views
    The stubborn yet false rumor that President Obama’s health care proposals would create government-sponsored “death panels” to decide which patients were worthy of living seemed to arise from nowhere in recent weeks. Advanced even this week by Republican stalwarts including the party’s last vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, and Charles E. Grassley, the veteran Iowa senator, the nature of the assertion nonetheless seemed reminiscent of the modern-day viral Internet campaigns that dogged Mr. Obama last year, falsely calling him a Muslim and questioning his nationality. But the rumor — which has come up at Congressional town-hall-style meetings this week in spite...
  • Zeke Emanuel on Sarah Palin’s Accusation of 'Death Panels': 'It’s An Absolute Outrage'

    08/13/2009 8:08:35 PM PDT · by nomoremods · 68 replies · 2,010+ views
    Political Punch ABC News ^ | 8-13-09 | Jake Tapper
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the health-policy adviser at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget -- who has been caricatured by conservatives as a “Dr. Death” seeking to pull the I.V.s out of your grandparents’ arms in the name of cost containment -- is not happy. Asked by ABC News in an interview about the thoroughly discredited claim by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to paint his philosophical writings as evidence -- along with a provision providing optional end of life counseling in the House Democrats’ health care reform bill -- that President Obama wants to set up “death panels”...