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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