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  • Mental health advocates question Kansas 'step therapy' bill

    05/16/2016 3:26:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    Mental health advocates are raising concerns about a bill passed by Kansas lawmakers that would require doctors to try cheaper drugs before more expensive ones for Medicaid recipients, but the bill's backers say the concerns are overblown. The process, called step therapy, is common in many private and public health insurance plans. It was key to resolving budget issues because it would reduce the state's cost of providing health care for poor residents by nearly $11 million a year. Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the bill Monday. Mental health advocates asked that drugs used to treat mental illnesses...
  • Sex Reassignment Surgery at 74: Medicare Win Opens Door for Transgender Seniors

    01/03/2015 11:06:05 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 72 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/03/2015 | Miranda Leitsinger
    HICAGO — Denee Mallon marveled at the view of Lake Michigan from her hospital bed in the Windy City, where she had just made history: the then 74-year-old transgender woman underwent a milestone sex reassignment surgery she'd sought for decades. "Here I am, finally, after all these years," she said. "It happened." Her operation will be one of the first paid for by Medicare after she won a challenge in May to end the government insurance program's ban on covering such procedures for transgender individuals. Mallon's victory opened the door for other seniors to access this care and may influence...
  • Four Times Obamacare Advocates Admitted It Will Kill Old People

    11/12/2014 8:38:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ben Shapiro, Senior Editor-At-Large
    While Obamacare’s proponents continue to insist that the program presents no threat to Americans’ healthcare, new comments from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber demonstrate that Obamacare was designed to do just that. Gruber stated: You get a law which said healthy people are going to pay in, it made explicit that healthy people pay and sick people get money, it would not have passed…Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to get this thing to pass. In other words,...
  • Yes, the Republican Obamacare Strategy Will Kill People

    11/11/2014 6:12:16 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | November 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    There is a famous thought experiment called the trolley problem, and it goes like this: A runaway trolley is headed toward five people bound on the tracks. You are standing before the switch that could divert it onto another track, where it would kill only one person. Do you pull the switch? The trolley problem is the most flattering possible way to think about the conservative movement’s fanatical commitment to repealing Obamacare. If they pull the switch and repeal Obamacare, or if they persuade five Republican Supreme Court justices to cripple it, they will spare America from the evils of...
  • Obamacare Creator: Die At 75!

    09/18/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 123 replies
    Breitbart, Big Government ^ | 9/18/14 | Ben Shapiro
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the masterminds behind Obamacare, has now explained that he wishes to die at age 75. In an article in The Atlantic, Emanuel writes, “Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.” He explains that his daughters disagree; so do his brothers and his friends. But, he says, “I am sure of my position…here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but
  • British Smokers Being Denied Treatment by State-Run Healthcare Service

    08/11/2014 3:20:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 8/11/2014 | David Atherton
    Scotland's second largest health board, NHS Lothian, will not be giving further treatment to smokers for non-urgent cases, with referrals from GPs being refused. Dr. Zahid Raza said: "In Edinburgh, we will not see patients at the clinic that are still smoking. Evidence shows that they would not do well with the treatment." He also went onto say: "We try to avoid intervention and, in around 80 percent of cases, a smoker’s condition will improve just simply by stopping smoking and smoking other lifestyle changes."Dr Jean Turner of the Scotland Patients Association said that she was "extremely disappointed", adding: "I'm...
  • The Sad Fate of Casey Kasem: Death by Dehydration

    06/13/2014 6:08:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 79 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/12/14 | Bobby Schindler
    A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge reversed his own ruling, permitting Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, to remove her father’s food and hydration (via feeding tube), which will result in his death by starvation and dehydration. Kasem’s wife of 33 years, Jean Kasem, is fighting for the life of her husband, with her attorney, Steve Haney, calling the judge’s decision, “the functional equivalent of a death sentence.”Growing up in the 70’s, I was introduced to Casey Kasem’s easy to recognize voice as each week he counted down “American Top 40″ hits for almost four decades on a radio show heard...
  • Clay Aiken on VA Scandal: I Haven’t Paid Attention to the details

    05/20/2014 11:03:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 05/20/2014 | Free Beacon Staff
    North Carolina Democratic Congressional candidate Clay Aiken declined to say whether Secretary of the Veterans Administration Eric Shinseki should resign Tuesday on NBC.The former American Idol runner-up offered a somewhat bizarre rationale, telling the Today Show because he was not in the publicly broadcasted Senate hearing and “hasn’t paid attention to those details” he could not say whether Shinseki should go.“I think we have a lot of people who are making decisions without being in the room,” he said. “I’m not going to be one of those folks who wasn’t in the hearing and hasn’t paid attention to those details...
  • 'Delay in treatment' a factor in more than 100 deaths at VA centers

    05/18/2014 10:15:58 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 18, 2014 | Josh Sweigart
    As controversy swirls around the Veterans Administration over deaths caused by delayed care, an investigation by the Dayton Daily News found that the VA settled many cases that appear to be related to delays in treatment. A database of paid claims by the VA since 2001 includes 167 in which the words "delay in treatment" is used in the description. The VA paid out a total of $36.4 million to settle those claims, either voluntarily or as part of a court action. The VA has admitted that 23 people have died because of delayed care, and is facing accusations that...
  • A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish and Die on a VA Hospital's Secret List

    04/23/2014 6:21:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    CNN AC360 ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting...
  • Health insurance isn't a year-round thing anymore

    04/04/2014 8:09:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ap ^ | 4/4/14 | CONNIE CASS
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore. Many people who didn't sign up during the government's open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it's already too late. With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for and the...
  • She Was Moments Away From Taking an Abortion Pill on Advice From the Hospital.

    03/04/2014 3:14:05 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies ^ | march 4, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    After being told by hospital staff her baby was dead with “100 percent” certainty, Hazel Wiggins returned home where she “got into bed and mourned the death” of her unborn child. “I cried the whole day and night,” the 36-year-old mothertold the Mirror. When Wiggins returned to Hexham General Hospital to begin a first series of abortion pills, she relayed her gut feeling about her baby to the nurses. She said she could not accept that her baby was dead and demanded they do another scan. “They kept saying that I needed to take the tablets and I said that I...
  • Coulter: New Obama Promise: If You Like Your Life, You Can Keep It

    02/19/2014 7:17:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 19, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Liberals are winning wild praise for their candor in admitting problems with Obamacare. It shows you the level of honesty people have come to expect of our liberal friends. Now, liberals are applauded for not lying through their teeth about something. What are they supposed to say? This Obamacare website is fantastic! And really, haven't you already read all the magazines in your current doctor's office anyway? The New York Times has described Obama's repeated claim that you could keep your insurance plan and keep your doctor under Obamacare as a mere slip of the tongue: "Mr. Obama clearly misspoke...
  • Too old to get lifesaving drugs: Anger at plan to deny treatment if you've had a 'fair innings'

    02/17/2014 4:39:10 PM PST · by mandaladon · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 Feb 2014 | JENNY HOPE and DANIEL MARTIN
    Patients who have had a ‘fair innings’ could be denied life-saving drugs under proposed health reforms. The plans would mean experts taking into account whether there is a ‘wider societal benefit’ to giving a patient crucial medicines. The NHS rationing body, Nice, fears the Department of Health proposals could see younger people deemed a higher priority for drug treatments because they have more years ahead of them – potentially contributing more to the economy – than the elderly. Doctors, MPs and campaigners last night condemned the plans as ‘barking mad’. The move will also fuel fears that the elderly are...
  • An Oversold Weapon Against Breast Cancer

    02/16/2014 12:50:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies ^ | February 16, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    In 1999, newspaper columnist Molly Ivins was diagnosed with breast cancer and promptly exhorted her readers: "Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram. Done." She also quoted a friend, columnist Marlyn Schwartz, who lamented, "If you have ever wondered what it would feel like to sit in a doctor's office with a lump in your breast trying to remember when you last had a mammogram, I can tell you. You feel like a fool." Ivins' breast cancer killed her in 2007. She didn't say whether she had gotten regular mammograms before her diagnosis. If so, she was spared something many a dying...
  • U.S. hospitals hit with shortage of intravenous saline

    01/29/2014 2:38:39 AM PST · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Yahoo news/Reuters ^ | Jan 28, 2014 | Susan Kelly
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is working with the three manufacturers of intravenous saline solutions commonly used to hydrate hospital patients to address a shortage caused by a spike in demand. To cope with the shortage, healthcare providers are using substitute products such as oral hydration fluids or smaller IV saline bags with slower drip rates when appropriate, said Bona Benjamin, director of medication use quality improvement for the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. "We have heard from our members all over the country that the shortage is serious," Benjamin said. "People are able...
  • College Newspaper Editor Deems ‘Movember’ Activism ‘Sexist, Racist, Transphobic’

    11/30/2013 8:43:13 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 36 replies ^ | November 29, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    College Newspaper Editor Deems ‘Movember’ Activism ‘Sexist, Racist, Transphobic’ by Andrew Kirell | 11:39 am, November 29th, 2013 If you’re a man who grows a November mustache for “Movember” charities benefiting prostate cancer research, you might be engaging in a “sexist, racist, transphobic, and misinformed” campaign, says the editor of McGill University’s student newspaper. Health and Education Editor Ralph Haddad penned an op-ed “Movember as microaggression” in a recent issue of the school’s paper. As HyperVocal points out, McGill is Canada’s equivalent of Harvard, and so the content within is full of the sort of academic pretenses one might expect....
  • ‘Who should survive?’: Common Core assignment mixes race, religion and lifeboats

    10/19/2013 7:35:16 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/19/2013 | Twitchy
    Here’s another bizarre school assignment to add to the pile, courtesy of Wisconsin-based talk show host Vicki McKenna. Students are asked to work in groups to choose seven people to save from a shipwreck. To help in their decision, they are given some rudimentary information about each passenger, such as race and religious views. Mr. Blake, for example, is a Mormon who “sympathizes with anti-black views,” while Mr. Newton is a “black power advocated” [sic] who is “suspected of homosexual activity.” You can see the educational value, especially when you take into account Father Frans, a priest who is “often...
  • Why Opponents Won’t Accept Obamacare: History tells us why it won't happen

    10/01/2013 6:56:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/01/2013 | Michael Barone
    Many Democrats are genuinely puzzled about Republicans’ continuing opposition to Obamacare. It is the law of the land, these Democrats say. Critics should accept it, as critics accepted Medicare. They should work constructively and across the aisle with Democrats to repair any flaws and make the law work to help people. Historical analogies are often useful, but they can be misleading. The Medicare analogy is certainly misleading: Republicans, like it or not, are behaving differently from the way they behaved after the passage of Medicare in 1965. To understand why there is continued resistance to Obamacare and why majorities of...
  • Obama Inc. to Deny Cancer Treatments by Redefining What “Cancer” Is

    10/01/2013 5:22:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Obama Inc. to Deny Cancer Treatments by Redefining What “Cancer” IsPosted 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...
  • Health Care rationing IS A FACT!

    06/01/2012 9:13:07 AM PDT · by Baynative · 7 replies
    You Tube Video ^ | Spring 2012 | Dr. David Janda in video
    If you never watch another 6 MINUTE VIDEO - WATCH THIS ONE! DR. DAVID JANDA from Ann Arbor , a nationally known health care expert spoke on on behalf of candidate Rob Steele on Sunday Oct 10 2011 in Saline, WI. His comments here are repeats of his testimony before congress - the one you never heard about in Obama's media. THIS WILL SEND CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE - GUARANTEED.
  • If you feel OK, maybe you are OK.

    03/15/2012 8:53:33 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02/27/12 | H. Gilbert Welch
    Recently, however, there have been rumblings within the medical profession that suggest that the enthusiasm for early diagnosis may be waning. Most prominent are recommendations against prostate cancer screening for healthy men and for reducing the frequency of breast and cervical cancer screening. Some experts even cautioned against the recent colonoscopy results, pointing out that the study participants were probably much healthier than the general population, which would make them less likely to die of colon cancer. In addition there is a concern about too much detection and treatment of early diabetes, a growing appreciation that autism has been too...
  • New Guidelines Advise Less Frequent Pap Smears (Obama's war on women and rationed healthcare)

    03/15/2012 3:24:14 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | 3/14/2012 | By TARA PARKER-POPE
    The annual Pap smear, a cornerstone of women’s health for at least 60 years, is now officially a thing of the past, as new national guidelines recommend cervical cancer screening no more often than every three years. In recent years, some doctors and medical groups, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2009, began urging less frequent screening for cervical cancer. Even so, annual Pap smear testing is still common because many women are reluctant to give up frequent screening for cervical cancer. The new guidelines, issued on Wednesday by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, replace...
  • ObamaCare "Expert-for-Hire" now says Law Will Increase Premiums

    02/23/2012 6:01:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | February 23, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    It isn't the first time on Capitol Hill that a paid hack starts signing a different tune once the money dries up, but this might be one for the record books given the magnitude of the case. Jonathan Gruber became a very familiar name around Congress and in the media as one of the primary defenders of ObamaCare in 2009 and early 2010. The White House trotted him out often as a supposed unbiased, independent expert with major league credentials to make the case for Obama's signature piece of legislation. The fact that he was paid $400,000 for his opinions...
  • Mom Says Mentally Impaired Tot Heartlessly Denied Transplant

    01/17/2012 6:35:36 PM PST · by absalom01 · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 17, 2012 | SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Amelia "Mia" Rivera has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a complex genetic disorder that causes mental and physical impairments, and her family said that the 3-year-old will die if she does not get a kidney in the next six months to a year. Mia's mother Chrissy Rivera has said the family is willing to donate a live organ, but Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has reportedly told her that they will not recommend transplantation for the toddler because of her disabilities. Rivera blogged about her daughter's plight last Friday, and now more than 20,000 online supporters from 15 states are petitioning the hospital to...
  • Many seriously ill get too much care: docs, nurses

    12/27/2011 7:06:37 PM PST · by EBH · 30 replies
    Yahoo Health/ ^ | 12/27/11
    The most common problem was "too much care," followed by the sense that other patients would have benefited more from intensive care, according to Dr. Ruth Piers of Ghent University Hospital in Belgium and colleagues. The researchers note in the Journal of the American Medical Association that other studies have found ICU physicians often feel they are treating patients whose chances of survival are slim to nothing. While it's unclear if the new findings apply in the U.S., one recent survey showed nearly half of American primary care physicians believe their patients are getting too much medical care (see Reuters...
  • When Fighting Cancer Is Folly

    10/13/2011 11:48:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 13, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Whenever I have a medical appointment, my wife inquires, "What did the doctor say?" I always give the same answer: "She said I'm going to die." Not because I have some fatal illness, but because life is a terminal condition. Americans might keep that fact in mind in considering the recent news made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It recently recommended against routine screening of healthy men for prostate cancer, on two grounds: The test doesn't save lives, on balance, and the treatments are usually worse than the disease. Everyone who gets prostate cancer will die. But usually...
  • Actor David Cross To Olbermann: TV "Gets Rid" Of Elderly "Not Contributing Anything" (video)

    08/23/2011 4:18:47 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 41 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 23, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Comedian and actor David Cross appeared on Current TV's "Countdown" program Monday evening to promote his upcoming movie and other gigs when the conversation turned to a recent study that watching one hour of television shortens your life by 22 minutes. Cross was being very serious on how this would benefit his pocket because that would mean he would not have to pay for medical care of the elderly who are "not contributing anything." Keith Olbermann, the host of "Countdown," believes this is a Darwinian idea. Transcript below: David Cross: "I don't mind, I like the idea -- or I'm...
  • ObamaCare 101: A preview of ObamaCare

    02/13/2011 8:56:32 PM PST · by stolinsky · 2 replies ^ | 02-15-11 | stolinsky
    Nationalized health care is unlikely to be repealed while Obama is president, but it can be defunded, and it may be declared unconstitutional. Federal Judge Roger Vinson just did so, citing James Madison in Federalist 51: If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place OBLIGE IT TO CONTROL ITSELF....
  • Patients' choices may narrow as insurers adjust standards for doctors, hospitals

    09/04/2010 10:53:06 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 13 replies
    chicago Tribune ^ | Sept. 4, 2010 | Bruce Japsen
    Quality measurements raise concerns about conflict between best care, cost controls The new federal health care law is bringing additional demands by insurance companies that doctors and hospitals be held to higher quality standards. While insurance companies say quality is what gets the name of a doctor or hospital on its preferred choices list, cost is also a major factor. A doctor who manages his patient's medical care better and keeps costs low, for example, would be more apt to make the list. The American Medical Association is worried doctors could be penalized if they tend to provide services for...
  • THE DEADLY PACT: How ObamaCare will 'Save' Money

    08/08/2010 11:58:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    AMERICAN ^ | August 9, 2010 | By John Griffing
    SNIPPET: "Andy Griffith, the former TV Sheriff of Mayberry and guardian of small town America, is now the national spokesman for ObamaCare. More specifically, this venerable gentleman is the spokesman for the new Medicare. Apparently Griffith is under the naďve belief that ObamaCare is a genuinely good thing for seniors. As much as it pains me to say this, Griffith is dead wrong. ObamaCare is a fatal bargain for seniors, and all Americans."
  • After Stroke Scans, Patients Face Serious Health Risks

    08/01/2010 5:18:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies · 6+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2010 | WALT BOGDANICH
    When Alain Reyes’s hair suddenly fell out in a freakish band circling his head, he was not the only one worried about his health. His co-workers at a shipping company avoided him, and his boss sent him home, fearing he had a contagious disease. Only later would Mr. Reyes learn what had caused him so much physical and emotional grief: he had received a radiation overdose during a test for a stroke at a hospital in Glendale, Calif. Other patients getting the procedure, called a CT brain perfusion scan, were being overdosed, too — 37 of them just up the...
  • Donald Berwick has Healthcare for Life: The Story of Berwick's Recess Appointment

    07/14/2010 6:02:58 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | July 14, 2010 | Maggie M. Thornton
    Obama's recess-appointed czar of rationing Medicare and Medicaid has healthcare for life for him and his wife, provided by his own non-profit charity. The charity has three missions: 1) They build the will for change, 2) they cultivate promising concepts and 3) they help health care systems put the ideas into action. This intriguing non-profit charity paid Berwick $2.3 million, excluding his healthcare benefits. This is the man who told the British National Health Service, he is "romantic" and the NHS.
  • ObamaCare: Dream Turned Nightmare

    07/09/2010 5:41:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 9, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Health Reform: Key provisions of the president's health care reform are about to take effect. Don't expect any of it to be pretty. It turns out that — as predicted by health experts, and reported on this page — ObamaCare will make health insurance premiums rise rather than fall. This and other unpleasant truths are revealed in a new report from two Republican senators, which charges that "when measured against the administration's own stated goals, the new health law fails to address the top health care concerns of the American people." Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John Barrasso of Wyoming...
  • Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death (shut up and die, already)

    06/28/2010 10:25:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 06/28/2010 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    The doctors finally let Rosaria Vandenberg go home. For the first time in months, she was able to touch her 2-year-old daughter who had been afraid of the tubes and machines in the hospital. The little girl climbed up onto her mother's bed, surrounded by family photos, toys and the comfort of home. They shared one last tender moment together before Vandenberg slipped back into unconsciousness.
  • Americans get most radiation from medical scans

    06/14/2010 9:45:56 AM PDT · by shove_it · 14 replies · 303+ views
    Yahoo! via AP ^ | 14 Jun 2010 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    We fret about airport scanners, power lines, cell phones and even microwaves. It's true that we get too much radiation. But it's not from those sources — it's from too many medical tests. Americans get the most medical radiation in the world, even more than folks in other rich countries. The U.S. accounts for half of the most advanced procedures that use radiation, and the average American's dose has grown sixfold over the last couple of decades. [...]
  • Great grandmother dies after doctors fail to diagnose broken neck

    06/04/2010 7:23:41 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 23 replies · 494+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 4th June 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A great grandmother died just two weeks after banging her head because doctors failed to spot her broken neck. Maud Cole, 86, was admitted to hospital after a fall but medics discharged her on the same day, claiming an X-ray was unnecessary. An inquest ruled that the pensioner, who was recovering from a stroke, died of a broken neck and her family are now considering legal action against Doncaster Royal Infirmary. Retired caretaker Mrs Cole, who lived in a care home at Askern, Doncaster, was described as mobile and independent by staff. After being discharged she was readmitted to the...
  • Negative Impact of ObamaCare Already Kicking In

    03/23/2010 11:57:32 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 131 replies · 4,059+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/24/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    48 hours had not even passed after Congress approved ObamaCare before the negative impact of its provisions began kicking in. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Remember, the so-called 'benefits' of the program will not begin until 2014. But the fees, taxes, and other surcharges that are essential to the plan go into effect immediately. This has led to some disturbing consequences just within the last 24 hours. Karl Denninger via WRSA reported this:
  • Every Day ObamaCare Delayed 200 Lives Saved

    02/28/2010 1:40:29 PM PST · by Welshman007 · 4 replies · 176+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2/28/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    Every day that ObamaCare is delayed from being approved an estimated 200 lives are saved. This figure is reached by taking into account the number of persons who will be denied healthcare due to the rationing built into the system. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Purveyors of the death squads--Pelosi and Hoyer at the Health Summit. Supporters of ObamaCare/PelosiCare/ReidCare maintain that roughly 60 lives are lost each day the implementation of government-controlled healthcare reform is delayed. However, it cannot be proved that anyone, anywhere in this country lost their lives due to the lack of health insurance.
  • Why Doctors Are Abandoning Medicare (Physicians will not be bullied into bankruptcy)

    01/17/2010 1:54:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 2,219+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01/17/2010 | C.L. Gray
    Two weeks ago the Mayo Clinic shocked the nation when it closed the doors of one of its Arizona clinics to patients on Medicare. Just this past June President Obama himself praised Mayo as a model of medical efficiency noting that Mayo gives “the highest quality care at costs well below the national norm.” If Mayo feels compelled to walk away from this government-run program, others will surely follow. The nation must understand why. Doctors are leaving Medicare for two reasons: one obvious, the other more concealed. The first is simple—the math: 1) For the past decade Medicare consistently paid...
  • [Senate Vote Update: Passed 60 Aye 39 No] Senate Poised to Pass Health Care Reform (Live 7AM)

    12/24/2009 3:58:44 AM PST · by SE Mom · 277 replies · 11,042+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 24 December 2009
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are poised to pass a landmark health care bill that could define President Barack Obama's legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in U.S. history. Ahead lie complex talks with the House to reach final legislation in the new year. "We stand on the doorstep of history," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. "We recognize that, but much more importantly, we stand so close to making so many individual lives better." The vote Thursday on the bill extending health care coverage to some 31 million uninsured Americans brings Obama...
  • 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...
  • Obama's Doctor Shortage (All of the president's "fixes" will just create new problems)

    10/23/2009 7:23:14 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 14 replies · 789+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 10/22/2009 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    By drastically increasing demand while doing little to increase primary care physician supply, ObamaCare will turn health care into a consumer nightmare: longer wait times, shorter visits, higher prices, and decreased customer satisfaction. The U.S. will have to rely increasingly on nurse practitioners and physician assistants to meet patient demand. According to the WHO, the nurse-to-physician ratio in Canada and the U.K. are 5.3 and 5.6, respectively, compared to 3.6 in the U.S. And as fewer bright young people pursue medicine due to the profession's general malaise and oppressive bureaucratic regulations, we're likely to see an even greater physician shortage---not...
  • Need an MRI Aided Diagnosis?

    09/06/2009 2:36:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 416+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 05, 2009 | Joseph Ashby
    The Times Colonist, a newspaper in British Columbia, is reporting bad news from the Victorian Island Health Authority for residents seeking an MRI. Though already overwhelmed with demand, the health authority is looking to reduce usage of the expensive diagnostic device to make up a $45 million deficit: The cuts likely mean patients will wait in pain even longer for treatment and surgery -- and already they are waiting twice as long as last year. VIHA spokeswoman Shannon Marshall said patients are being booked for March, six months away, for elective MRI scans. Last year, wait times for MRI scans...
  • Nationalized Healthcare Always Leads To Rationing

    08/24/2009 6:48:37 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 4 replies · 672+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 21, 2009 | The Stiletto
    Americans who remember the 1973 and 1979 oil crises – being allowed to buy gas on alternate days, depending upon whether their license plate ended with an odd or even number, and waiting an hour or more in a line that stretched several blocks until getting to the pump – understand healthcare rationing all too well. They also know that conservation and increased fuel efficiency did little to mitigate gas shortages in 2004 and 2008 – caused in part by government meddling in the free market - nor to slow down the rate of growth in the price of domestic...
  • Coming, health rationing for seniors … alternatives can be found.

    07/23/2009 11:28:56 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 5 replies · 361+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | July 23, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Rest assured heath care rationing for seniors is coming. It is happening in the UK and Canada where certain procedures are simply denied at a certain age or interminable waits face those who need care. Rationing to control costs is just the nature of government run health care. The poster child for excessive costs is hip replacements for the elderly. And they will be on the chopping block. Obama himself suggested pain pills might have been a better alternative for his grandmother than a hip replacement she had been considering. But for those who have suffered hip problems, it is...
  • Obama’s Healthcare Speech Fails To Close The Deal

    07/23/2009 5:18:09 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 1 replies · 316+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | July 22, 2009 | The Stiletto
    With President Barack Hussein Obama’s economic policies being called his Hurricane Katrina, and healthcare reform being called his Bay of Pigs and his Waterloo, he’s starting to get worried. Obama reportedly told one Congressman who warned him that Dems would break ranks if the Senate Finance Committee draft wasn’t revenue neutral, “You’re going to destroy my presidency.” As workaday Americans are questioning the cost and wondering whether the same pols who made a hash of the economic stimulus can be trusted to fix healthcare, Obama’s decided to get more hands-on instead of continuing to leave the details to Congress –...
  • Why We Must Ration Health Care (Obama media prepping Americans for rationed care)

    07/19/2009 5:47:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 113 replies · 2,592+ views
    ny times ^ | 7/19/2009 | peter singer
    You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much? If you can afford it, you probably would pay that much, or more, to live longer, even if your quality of life wasn’t going to be good. But suppose it’s not you with the cancer but a stranger covered by your health-insurance fund. If the insurer provides this man — and everyone...
  • After the Great Recession (Obama on rationing health care)

    04/29/2009 7:01:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 958+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 28, 2009 | David Leonhardt
    ... I actually think that the tougher issue around medical care — it’s a related one — is what you do around things like end-of-life care — Yes, where it’s $20,000 for an extra week of life. THE PRESIDENT: Exactly. And I just recently went through this. I mean, I’ve told this story, maybe not publicly, but when my grandmother got very ill during the campaign, she got cancer; it was determined to be terminal. And about two or three weeks after her diagnosis she fell, broke her hip. It was determined that she might have had a mild stroke,...
  • Saving America: Time to hit the streets? (Senator Jim DeMint call to action!)

    02/22/2009 12:07:49 AM PST · by Syncro · 142 replies · 9,643+ views
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | Sunday, February 22, 2009 | Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff
    Saving America: Time to hit the streets? Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff Sunday, February 22, 2009 Jim DeMint's gentlemanly air and refined tone belie a power and an urgency in his words. The stately senator from South Carolina sees America's unique centuries-old system of freedom dying out.And he thinks we may have to take to the streets to save it."I would think it's time to start thinking about peaceful demonstrations," he told us last week.Seriously?"Seriously."The power of the people is there. Freedom is in the people's hands right now, and it's about to slip through."Of course, the recent "stimulus" debate is...