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  • Here comes Obamacare's Big Brother: Accountable Care Organizations

    06/04/2011 12:41:19 AM PDT · by UniqueViews · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 2, 2011 | Paul Hsieh
    The fundamental flaw with ACOs is the Big Brother approach of controlling costs by dictating how physicians may practice. Doctors may decide they'd rather be 'accountable' to their ACO paymasters rather than patients. A product of last year's massive health-care reform law, ACOs represent the latest government attempt to control escalating health costs. Set to take effect next January, they will use financial carrots and sticks to "encourage" doctors and hospitals to merge into large Accountable Care groups, where they'll give care to Medicare patients according to government "cost effectiveness" guidelines. These ACOs would be rewarded for spending less than...
  • Medicaid (AND Medicare) to Quit Paying for Preventable Events ( read what they consider as such)

    06/01/2011 6:32:08 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 99 replies · 2+ views
    Medpagetoday ^ | June1, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that hospitals and healthcare providers will no longer be reimbursed for treating their Medicaid patients for illnesses, injuries, or readmissions that should have been prevented. A final rule announced Wednesday enacts a portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prohibits states from making Medicaid payments to providers for conditions that are deemed "reasonably preventable." In 2008, Medicare stopped reimbursing hospitals for treating conditions, infections, or illnesses that were acquired in the hospital, and for any readmissions associated with treating those hospital-acquired conditions. The Medicaid list of what...
  • Dems figure they can win as 'Party of No'

    05/31/2011 6:20:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 30, 2011 | Masthead Editorial
    During the summer of 2009, in the early stages of the health care debate, a frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., lamented that he wasn't getting any cooperation from Republicans. "On something as important as health care, you would think people would be interested in working together," Reid grumbled. "Republicans aren't interested in working with Democrats. That's pretty clear. ... The party of no is hoping that we trip and fall." This "Party of No" rhetoric was parroted by nearly every liberal writer. It is less common today, now that the tables have turned. The new Republican House majority...
  • Obama's death panels return: Rationing is at heart of President's health plan

    05/12/2011 11:03:43 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 27 replies
    Ny Daily News ^ | May 12, 2011 | Andrea Tantaros
    The fate of the elderly, the sick and the disabled depends on the findings of President Obama's proposed panel that will recommend savings for financially doomed Medicare. There is a dirty secret about health care that President Obama hopes will escape the headlines. In his newly released plan to "reform" Medicare as part of overall deficit reduction, Obama has punted actual cost-cutting and instead proposed a panel - the Independent Payment Advisory Board - to recommend savings for the financially doomed program. Translation: Welcome to the world of rationing. The board, which was an original part of Obamacare (remember the...
  • The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is NICE

    05/10/2011 2:19:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 10, 2011 | Joe Herring
    In March of 2010, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously said, "We have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what is in it." Subsequent study of this leviathan legislation has brought some truly startling revelations to light; however, the establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will likely prove the most dangerous to our liberty. IPAB is a fifteen-member board, appointed by the president and charged with developing recommendations regarding procedures, medications, and spending priorities for Medicare and Medicaid. Ostensibly, the board members are to discover ways to implement the best practices,...
  • Starve Ďem, strand Ďem, freeze Ďem: Obamaís plans for the elderly

    04/29/2011 5:51:10 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-28-11 | DrJohn
    And that's before rationing their health care. Barack Obama thinks he can seize upon Paul Ryan's plan as a foil for his re-election. Democrats still smarting from their 2010 mid-term defeat see Republican Rep. Paul Ryanís controversial plan to overhaul Medicare as political aspirin, a cure for just about everything that ails them. But for Barack Obama itís more like Geritol ó a targeted treatment for his chronic aches and pains with older voters. If the elderly are exposed to the truth, they'll find that Ryan's plan is their only hope, because Obama's plans for the elderly are brutal. It's...
  • Tokyo Shops Ration Goods as Workers Injured at Nuke Plant

    03/24/2011 8:31:11 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    AP/FoxNews ^ | 3/24/11
    Shops across Tokyo began rationing goods -- milk, toilet paper, rice and water -- as a run on bottled water coupled with delivery disruptions left shelves bare Thursday nearly two weeks after a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The unusual sights of scarcity in one of the world's richest, most modern capitals came a day after city officials reported that radioactive iodine in the Tokyo's tap water measured more than twice the level considered safe for babies.
  • Cancer operations are denied to thousands of elderly patients 'because of ageism'

    03/19/2011 7:53:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies ^ | March 19, 2011 | Jenny Hope
    Thousands of older cancer patients are being denied potentially life-saving surgery because of ageism in the NHS. The chances of being operated on start falling in middle-age and plummet for those in their 70s and older, an official study shows. Experts blame age discrimination and poor access to specialist opinion in some areas. This may explain why older people in Britain are less likely to survive than elsewhere. Surgery rates vary greatly, from 80 per cent of breast and uterine cancer cases to just 6 per cent of those with liver cancer, researchers found. Surgery rates drop for all cancers...
  • Japan: Govt Weighing Power Usage Cuts For Firms, Homes

    03/17/2011 4:54:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 03/18/11
    Friday, March 18, 2011 Govt Weighing Power Usage Cuts For Firms, Homes TOKYO (Nikkei)--With cold weather boosting demand for electricity, the government is considering mandatory power usage cuts for businesses and households to avert a major blackout in greater Tokyo. "We may need to take compulsory measures in some cases," said Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda at a news conference Thursday afternoon. The ministry is considering setting mandatory quotas for each business sector to reduce power usage. Large companies could also face usage limits, and restrictions on the use of electronic signs may be introduced, under the...
  • Cancer sufferers refused life-extending drugs despite Government pledge (UK)

    02/27/2011 2:00:16 PM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/26/2011 | Laura Donnelly
    Their requests have been rejected by regional health authorities who were accused of operating covert ďblacklistsĒ to restrict dozens of treatments to save money. An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than 80 cases in which desperately sick NHS patients have been refused the cancer drugs their doctor sought, in the four months since a £200 million fund was introduced to stop health authorities rationing treatments. The fund was a key move by the Coalition so that those suffering from cancer would never again be refused drugs on grounds of cost.
  • ObamaCare 101: Beware the Fury of a Patient Man

    02/24/2011 8:51:27 PM PST · by stolinsky · 2 replies ^ | 02-25-11 | stolinsky
    The retired Army officer led the discussion. He had seen too many comrades killed by enemy guns; he was unwilling to see more killed by bureaucrats’ pencils. He finally lost his temper when he learned that the government was preparing a comic book to teach people about ObamaCare. He did not appreciate being taken for a fool. He was willing to undergo hardships and suffer wounds, but not to be disrespected. Everyone contributed ideas on how to overcome the destructive effects of ObamaCare. But no one could think of nonviolent methods to undo a system that had become entrenched. After...
  • ObamaCare 101: What If the Single Payer Won't Pay?

    02/22/2011 8:41:44 PM PST · by stolinsky · 14 replies ^ | 02-23-11 | stolinsky
    We must not allow people to use elastic definitions that stretch to cover whatever they want. We must not allow people to push abandoning treatment, or even euthanasia, for a wider and wider group of patients. Who¬ís next? Homeless schizophrenics? Disabled people on Social Security? Autistic children? Without drastic rationing, how can anyone hope to provide health care for everyone at lower cost ‚ąí and at the same time allow massive immigration? This isn¬ít a logical plan on which to base national policy. This is an irrational fantasy with which to take control of an additional one-sixth of the economy,...
  • Now They Are Coming for Us

    02/17/2011 8:24:55 PM PST · by stolinsky · 3 replies ^ | 02-18-11 | stolinsky
    Pastor Niemoeller didnít speak out until it was too late, then wound up in a concentration camp, scheduled for execution. At the last moment, he was rescued by American troops. But there is no outside force to rescue us. If we hope to be rescued, we must rescue ourselves. We arrogantly assumed that we have the right to treat some human beings as less than human. But why did we assume that others would not do the same to us? Why did we think that others would not declare us to be ďuseless eatersĒ who were a ďdrain on the...
  • Fewer Doctors + More Patients = Rationed Care

    02/15/2011 7:35:21 PM PST · by stolinsky · 5 replies ^ | 02-16-11 | stolinsky
    Let me ask some key questions: ‚óŹ Would you give up major parts of your childhood and youth to intensive study? ‚óŹ Would you spend one-third of your life in school and training? ‚óŹ Would you saddle yourself with hundreds of thousands of dollars of school-loan debt? ‚óŹ Would you go through four, five, or more years of postgraduate training, with sleep deprivation, job stress, and military-style discipline, as well as unpleasant sights, sounds, and smells? ‚óŹ Would you do all this, only to end up a virtual servant, following unrealistic, confusing, and often contradictory directives from non-medical government bureaucrats?...
  • Death Panels And Job Losses

    02/11/2011 4:18:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | February 11, 2011 | Staff
    Reform: As the head of Medicaid and Medicare services testifies in favor of ObamaCare, the CBO director says it will destroy 800,000 jobs. Talk about killing two birds with one stone. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once famously said that we'd have to pass ObamaCare to see what was in it. She also boasted that the health care bill would create 4 million jobs ó "400,000 of them almost immediately." Now that we've seen what's in it, we realize the possible consequences for our physical and economic health. And congressional testimony before GOP-led committees has given us fresh reasons for...
  • Obama Renominates Rationing Czar Berwick to Medicare Post

    01/27/2011 8:24:04 AM PST · by julieee · 3 replies ^ | January 21, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Renominates Rationing Czar Berwick to Medicare Post Washington, DC -- Late Wednesday night, President Barack Obama renominated "rationing czar" Donald Berwick to his current post as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the chief of implementation of the Obamacare law.
  • Wesley J. Smith: About Those Death Panels...The very real threat of government health care rationing

    01/22/2011 12:52:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/31/10 | Wesley J. Smith
    When Sarah Palin warned that Obamacare could lead to medical rationing and ďdeath panels,Ē supporters were outraged. Alarmism! they roared. A lie! Right-wing propaganda! Alas for supporters of the Patient Protection† and Affordable Care Act, Palinís provocative sound bite was at least partly grounded in realityówhich is why the term entered the political lexicon.Now, however, some are seeking to wield the term against conservatives. Case in point: The Arizona legislature recently cut its Medicaid budget because the state is in dire financial straitsóa move approved by the Obama administration. When the cuts led to canceling Medicaid coverage for organ...
  • Editorial: U.K. Vs. ObamaCare

    01/18/2011 8:13:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 18, 2011 | Staff
    Medicine: As the House moves to repeal the nationalization of health care, Britain plans to take a scalpel to its National Health Service, opening it up to competition and letting doctors and patients call the shots. It was both a stunning admission and a damning indictment of socialized medicine when British Prime Minister David Cameron in effect admitted that the holy grail of nationalized health care, the British National Health Service (NHS), was broken and in need of fixing. In a speech outlining public-sector reforms to be introduced in a bill Wednesday, Cameron promised to get rid of "top-down, command-and-control...
  • U.K. Vs. ObamaCare

    01/18/2011 7:11:59 PM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Faily ^ | January 18, 2011 | IBD staff
    Medicine: As the House moves to repeal the nationalization of health care, Britain plans to take a scalpel to its National Health Service, opening it up to competition and letting doctors and patients call the shots. It was both a stunning admission and a damning indictment of socialized medicine when British Prime Minister David Cameron in effect admitted that the holy grail of nationalized health care, the British National Health Service (NHS), was broken and in need of fixing. In a speech outlining public-sector reforms to be introduced in a bill Wednesday, Cameron promised to get rid of "top-down, command-and-control...
  • Physicians Say Healthcare Reform Bad for Patients and Worse for Doctors, Finds New Thomson Reuters

    01/18/2011 6:36:45 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Marketwire ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | Thompson Reuters
    Nearly 3000 Doctors Surveyed Believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Will Hurt Care Quality and Doctor Pay When asked about the quality of healthcare in the U.S. over the next five years, 65 percent of the doctors believed it would deteriorate with only 18 percent predicting it would improve. "It is clear that many physicians feel strongly that the proposed future state is counter to what they believe is the best way to serve patients," said Raymond Fabius, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Thomson Reuters
  • Killing ObamaCare

    01/04/2011 5:01:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 4, 2011 | Staff
    Health Reform: A date's been set for the attempted repeal of the greatest federal control of our lives, and even our deaths, perhaps ever. Senate Democrats say over their dead political bodies. Game on. You could call this GOP Congress a death panel for Obama-Care itself. The decision to pull the political plug has been made and the date is set. The text of the repeal bill is already online, at Putting key bills online before they were voted on is something President Obama and the Democrats promised but never did. The attempt may be futile ó the Democrats...
  • Premium power grab! Feds take control of insurance prices

    01/01/2011 5:11:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 30, 2010 | Gene Koprowski
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her staff are implementing a new 136-page federal regulation which, for the first time ever, gives the federal government the power to set health insurance premium prices, a regulatory role traditionally reserved for the states, health policy experts are telling WND. The new price control rule centralizes regulation of insurance policy premiums Ė and coverage Ė in Washington, D.C., under the aegis of Sebelius, a longtime radical abortion advocate and instrumental player in President Obama's cabinet for the Obamacare agenda. Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas, has been a mover in...
  • 'Death panels' alive ó and that's good news for all of us (Barf Alert!)

    12/30/2010 12:04:20 PM PST · by wagglebee · 49 replies · 30+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/29/10 | Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
    Watch out! The "death panels" are back. They are going to be used by Obama and his horde of federal health reformers to make sure that if you are old, very sick and go into a hospital, you will never return. So goes the line of utter malarkey put forward with a straight face and Twitter finger last year by Sarah Palin, who notoriously and ridiculously coined the term "death panels" to vilify efforts to legislate paying doctors to talk with Medicare patients about their health care options if they become terminally ill. Her critique worked. The provision to pay...
  • 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
    Iím 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 lawĖthe Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008. The Hill reported that the Obama White House attempted to calm Americansí 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...
  • Allocation and Rationing - The difference is freedom, by John Hayward

    12/27/2010 7:00:19 AM PST · by Voice of Reason88 · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Humanevents ^ | 12/27/2010 | John Hayward
    When a politician tells you he wants to give you something for ďfree,Ē he really means it will be rationed. The currency of the State is compulsion Ė it has no other resource. Its money is extracted from taxpayers by force. Its mandates are implemented by force. The use of force to control distribution of a limited resource is rationing. It can be prettied up with flowery language and high minded promises - and of course a stiff measure of hatred for those who resist having their resources taken away to fulfill the promises of the State - but its...
  • ObamaCare Rationing Begins

    12/22/2010 6:12:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 22, 2010 | Staff
    Medicine: The FDA has reversed its approval of a widely used cancer drug approved in Europe to treat breast cancer on the grounds it doesn't provide a "sufficient" benefit. Let the terminally ill and their doctors decide. One of the blessings of blocking the omnibus spending bill was that it included $1 billion for the implementation of ObamaCare. Yet the first effects are still being felt, the latest being the Food and Drug Administration's revoking of regulatory approval of Avastin to treat late-stage breast cancer. The reason given by the FDA was that the drug does not provide "a sufficient...
  • The Death Panel's First Murder

    12/22/2010 5:14:11 AM PST · by PhatHead · 18 replies · 3+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 22 December 2010 | Peter Ferrara
    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked its regulatory approval of the drug Avastin to treat late stage, metastatic breast cancer. Each year, the practicing oncologists chosen by 17,500 American women to save them from their life-threatening, heavily progressed cancer prescribe Avastin to treat them.The FDA explained that it was revoking approval of the drug for that use because it decided that the drug does not provide "a sufficient benefit in slowing disease progression to outweigh the significant risk to patients." Risk? The drug is prescribed for women who are otherwise going to die from cancer unless the...
  • Patients denied treatment as NHS makes cutbacks, Telegraph can disclose

    12/18/2010 12:25:54 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 12/17/10 | Rebecca Smith
    Hundreds of thousands of NHS patients are being denied routine procedures as dozens of trusts cut back on surgery, scans and other treatments in order to save money, a Daily Telegraph investigation has found.Trusts around the country are refusing to pay for operations ranging from hip replacements, to cataract removal and wisdom tooth extraction. The health service is also tightening restrictions that prevent patients undergoing procedures for lifestyle reasons. Smokers and obese patients are being denied operations until they change their habits and trusts are delaying surgery and non-emergency treatments, the Telegraph has found in the most comprehensive snapshot of...
  • Obama Rationing Czar Berwick: Iím Happy With ObamaCare

    12/07/2010 4:17:23 PM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/7/10 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obamaís Medicare chief, rationing advocate Donald Berwick, says he is happy with ObamaCare in terms of how it redistributes wealth similar to the British health care system.Berwick is the man Obama appointed to implement ObamaCare and head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.He recently claimed he has backed away from some of his pro-rationing positions, but CNS News caught up with him at speech he delivered Friday at a conference sponsored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.ďDo you think the new health care lawĖPresident Obamaís health care lawĖdoes enough and a sufficient job to redistribute...
  • Global warming scientist calls for rationing, 20 years of zero economic growth

    11/30/2010 6:27:15 AM PST · by FredJake · 66 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/29/2010 | Joe Newby
    According to an article at the UK Telegraph, a global warming scientist is calling for World War II-style rationing and an end to economic growth in rich countries for a period of 20 years. Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research wrote that rationing and zero growth was necessary to "reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow." The Telegraph quoted Anderson: ďThe Second World War and the concept of rationing is something we need to seriously consider if we are to address the scale of the problem we face,Ē...
  • [Nat Hentoff] Real death panels coming our way

    11/24/2010 8:54:44 AM PST · by rhema · 28 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/24/10 | Nat Hentoff
    Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner in economics and an influential New York Times columnist, also has a blog, "The Conscience of a Liberal." On ABC's "This Week" (Nov. 14), during a discussion on balancing the federal budget against alarming deficits, he proclaimed the way to solve this problem is through deeply cost-effective health-care rationing. "Some years down the pike," he said, "we're going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes." That would mean the U.S. Debt Reduction Commission "should have endorsed the panel that was part of the (Obama)...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Berwick Wants to Do Away With 80% of ďDinosaurĒ Patient/Doctor Office Calls

    11/21/2010 11:46:30 AM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 11/16/10 | Wesley J. Smith
    First they did away with house calls, now Donald Berwick wants to dramatically restrict office calls. Or at least, thatís what the temporary (recess appointment) Medicare chief and rationing proponent advocated in a document he wrote and published before entering government while the head of the Institute for Health Care Improvement.In Escape Fire: Lessons for the Future of Health Care, Berwick makes a breathtaking proposal that would seem to guarantee each of us all the health care we want, whenever we want to receive it .† From page 42: The new system of access can be summarized in one...
  • Obamacare 'Rule,' 347 Pages, 118,072 Words (Medicare)

    11/18/2010 7:13:56 AM PST · by GailA · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/17/10 | Jeffery H. Anderson
    Providing a strong indication of how personal, accessible, understandable, user-friendly, customer-service-oriented, and not at all posthuman your health care would be under Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released a 347-page, 118,072-word "rule" to implement parts of Obamacare affecting Medicare Advantage and the Medicare prescription drug benefit program. In comparison, the entire United States Constitution, including all 27 amendments, contains 7,640 words. So the "rule" is more than 15 times as long as the Constitution.
  • Krugman Endorses Death Panels

    11/16/2010 6:12:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 16, 2010 | Staff
    Health Reform: The left's favorite economist, who condemned others for saying ObamaCare would require death panels, now admits they are real and necessary. The way to control costs, he says, is death and taxes. Paul Krugman has long extolled the virtues of Britain's National Health Service and its National Institute for Clinical Excellence with the Orwellian acronym of NICE. Krugman has been anything but nice to NHS critics and those who've said that what have been called its "death panels" would be brought to America via ObamaCare. In a roundtable discussion on ABC's "This Week," the New York Times columnist...
  • ObamaCare explained by a Dr.

    11/09/2010 2:05:39 PM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 20 replies This guy lost the election to 23 term Congressman Dingell. Too bad. He knows what really is in the bill since he says he is subject to a $100,000 fine for a 1st offense of not getting govt approval to begin treatment.

    11/04/2010 9:01:22 AM PDT · by epow · 19 replies
    You tube ^ | Dr. David Janda
    6 minute Video of speech by Dr. Janda in re healthcare rationing under Obamacare beginning in 3 years.
  • Dr. David Janda Explains Rationing and ObamaCare

    10/27/2010 8:46:04 AM PDT · by JustSurrounded · 3 replies
    WCBM ^ | 10/27/2010 | Dr. Janda
    Dr. Janda discusses healthcare rationing, both in the 'stimulus' and 'healthcare' bills.
  • Feds Deciding When Healthcare Science Costs Too Much To Save Lives

    10/22/2010 7:38:56 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/22/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    If anyone wants a current example of what is looming ahead for medical science at the hands of Obamacare, the Avastin controversy is a perfect one. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to de-list the cancer drug Avastin one reason being that it is a drug too expensive for government to fund. It is scary to think that the federal government can summarily dismiss cancer drugs merely because of expense, but that is what happens when government starts counting the beans. It becomes an issue of cost instead of effectiveness. There were other reasons that the FDA wants to...
  • Saving and Goodman: Obama murdered Medicare

    10/16/2010 1:29:11 PM PDT · by UniqueViews · 19 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Oct. 15, 2010 | Thomas R. Saving and John C. Goodman
    The health care reform law enacted in spring will have a devastating impact on elderly and disabled Medicare enrollees if its provisions are not substantially changed. To appreciate what that means, consider that Medicare currently pays about 20 percent below what private insurance pays. At those rates, hospitals lose money on Medicare patients. Under the spending cuts called for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), payments will get worse in the future. Compounding these problems is the fact that the ACA will create a huge rationing problem systemwide. The new law gives an independent commission the power to make cuts,...
  • Is there a doctor in the house? Obamacare will worsen the physician shortage Congress helped create

    10/13/2010 8:45:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/13/2010 | Dr. Marc Siegel
    There is a new disease spreading like a cancer in doctors' offices and hospitals throughout the U.S. I have named it Doctor Unavailability Syndrome (DUS). It is characterized by a rising shortage of doctors, both specialists and primary care, as well as the growing inability of the doctors we do have to take care of patient needs. What good is a shiny new insurance card if there is not a physician available to see you? This disease can be traced back to 1997, when Congress, anticipating a doctor surplus, included a section in its budget-balancing law that froze the number...
  • Health Care Groups to Congress: De-Fund Medicare Chief Who Advocated Rationing

    10/05/2010 5:33:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 5, 2010 | Fred Lucas
    ( Ė A coalition of health care groups is urging Congress to withhold money for implementing the new health care law as a means of forcing the controversial new Medicare chief Ė who bypassed the Senate confirmation process through a recess appointment Ė to at least answer questions from members of the coalition.Marking three months since President Barack Obama recess-appointed Dr. Donald Berwick to be administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), six groups sent a letter to members of Congress about Berwick, who has openly advocated the rationing of health care and argued that ďhumaneĒ...
  • A Preview of ObamaCare

    09/29/2010 8:07:34 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 1 replies ^ | 09-29-10 | stolinsky
    How can it be that the people who spent eight years of the Bush administration condemning the government for its supposed violations of human rights are the very same people who now want to empower the government to control everyone¬ís health care? Their thought process, if one can dignify it with that term, seems to be as follows: ‚óŹ The government is too powerful, so give it more power. ‚óŹ The government is uncaring, so put it in charge of health care. ‚óŹ The government is dangerous, so give it the power of life and death over everyone. ‚óŹ The...
  • Colorado To Allow Nurses To Give Anesthesia

    09/27/2010 9:39:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies
    ch 7 ^ | September 27, 2010 | Wayne Harrison
    Colorado has joined 15 other states in allowing advanced-practice nurses to administer anesthesia without a doctor's supervision. Anesthesiologists fought the proposal, saying it would put lives at risk
  • The pain begins

    09/23/2010 2:38:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    Today, six months since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama will be celebrating the signature achievement of his administration. It's apt to be a lonely celebration: Few Democratic candidates are willing to talk about the health-care bill -- except the ones running ads to remind the electorate that they voted against it. Still, the president will speak today before a group of state insurance regulators, while a coalition of labor unions and liberal activist groups organize rallies around the country. They'll undoubtedly focus on some of the new law's more popular provisions, many of which...
  • Medicare Czar (Donald Berwick) Flees 'Rationing' Query

    09/22/2010 10:46:16 AM PDT · by Qbert · 2 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/22/2010 | Jason Mattera
    After Donald Berwick's controversial recess appointment to head the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), his allies claimed that he was preparing a "point-by-point" rebuttal to his critics. Berwick does have a lot of explaining to do, after all. He's publically romanticized Britain's government-run healthcare and is on the record arguing that most cities should ration the ďnumber of centers engagingĒ in "cardiac surgery," "neonatal intensive care" and "cancer care." It's been three months now since his recess appointment, and still no word from the new CMS director. In fact, Berwick hasn't granted any interviews, refuses to testify before...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Berwick Pretends to Change Spots on Rationing

    09/14/2010 4:25:19 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 9/14/10 | Wesley J. Smith
    It is very clear that the Obama Administration knows its approach to health care is unpopular.† Thus, the short term Medicare head, Donald BerwickĖwho Obama gave a recess appointment to so he wouldnít have to testify in a Senate Committee about his rationing viewsĖpretended that we can expand coverage,†while not†raising prices and†not cutting care in a speech yesterday.† What a joke.† From the Associated Press story: The nationís health system canít be transformed by rationing medical care, President Barack ObamaĎs new Medicare chief said Monday in his first major speech.† Dr. Donald Berwickís appointment earlier this summer without Senate...
  • New Medicare chief speaks out against rationing

    09/14/2010 2:13:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    WaPo ^ | 9/14/10 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON -- The nation's health system can't be transformed by rationing medical care, President Barack Obama's new Medicare chief said Monday in his first major speech. Dr. Donald Berwick's appointment earlier this summer without Senate confirmation was contentious because some Republicans accused him of being willing to deny care to save on costs. Since then, the administration has kept Berwick out of the limelight, turning the otherwise well-known medical innovation guru into something of a mystery man in Washington. Berwick broke his silence Monday, telling an audience of health insurance industry representatives that pushing back against unsustainable costs cannot and...
  • 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...
  • Wesley J. Smith: NYT Editorial Condemns Rationing Fear MongersĖPushes Rationing

    08/24/2010 4:31:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 8/23/10 | Wesley J. Smith
    Well, I couldnít get away to Wyoming without casting a little light on a revealing NYT.† On one hand, it castigates critics of Donald BerwickĖfor, among other things, accusing him of promoting rationing for the USA.† Itís all fear mongering, donít you know.† But, we need rationing!† From the editorial: Republicans are also eagerly, and shamefully, pillorying Dr. Donald Berwick, the new head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There are few figures who command greater respect for uniting health professionals and institutions to improve the quality of medical care while reducing costs. That is not stopping...