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What’s the BIG DEAL? Health Care back door payoffs !

Posted in Abortion, Health Care, Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2009 by saynsumthn

What Did Senators Get For Their Health Care Votes?
by Connie Hair (more by this author) / Human Events
Posted 12/21/2009 ET

At 1:01 a.m., the Senate cleared the first hurdle to pass its own version of the government takeover of health care, holding a vote for cloture on what’s known as the Manager’s Amendment. The vote on the last-minute amendment that held multi-million dollar deals to buy key votes from Senators passed 60-40, a straight party line vote.

What did Senators get for their votes?

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) claimed to be holding out for language in the bill that would guarantee federal funding would not be used to pay for elective abortion on demand. Nelson threw the pro-life community under the bus, agreeing to language that every major pro-life group says still allows the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supports the underlying bill but rejects this abortion language formulation: “This legislation should not move forward in its current form. It should be opposed unless and until such serious concerns have been addressed. … Despite repeated claims to the contrary, it does not comply with longstanding Hyde restrictions on federal funding of elective abortions and health plans that include them.”

Other pro-life leaders and groups agreed that the protections offered in the House-passed Stupak-Pitts Amendment barred the federal funding of abortion but the new formulation Nelson agreed to in the Senate does not do the job.

“While I appreciate the efforts of all the parties involved, especially Senator Ben Nelson, the Senate abortion language is not acceptable,” Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), the co-author of the House amendment said. “A review of the Senate language indicates a dramatic shift in federal policy that would allow the federal government to subsidize insurance policies with abortion coverage.”

NEBRASKA RIGHT TO LIFE: “Senator Nelson had a chance to ensure that the longstanding principle of the Hyde Amendment against federal funding of abortion with narrow exceptions, would be placed in the Senate healthcare legislation. He dashed any hope of that with his late-night agreement with Senators Reid, Boxer and Schumer on unacceptable language that he claimed would address pro-life concerns.”

NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE: “The manager’s amendment is light years removed from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was approved by the House of Representatives on November 8 by a bipartisan vote of 240-194. The new abortion language solves none of the fundamental abortion-related problems with the Senate bill, and it actually creates some new abortion-related problems.”

FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: “This so-called ‘compromise’ includes the accounting gimmicks that we have seen previously proposed. The new language also does nothing to protect individual consciences. Every purchaser of insurance will be forced to pay for other people’s abortions in a more direct manner than ever before.”

But was abortion really the issue for Nelson?

The deal Hill staffers called the “Full Nelson” (not sure whether that’s a reference to the strangling wrestling hold or the full frontal exposure made famous in the film “Full Monty”), Ben Nelson got a deal that purports to pay for millions of dollars of Nebraska’s new Medicaid bills that will be imposed by the very expansion of Medicaid included in the bill he voted for. Ahem.

Yet Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) told Fox News Sunday that no future Congress would be bound to make these payments to Nebraska or any other state to cover their Medicaid payments. So the big Medicaid sellout is a shell?

On Saturday, Politico reported, “In addition to the Medicaid carve out, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) negotiated an exemption from the insurance tax for non-profit insurers based in his state. The language was written in a way that only Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield non-profit plans in Nebraska and Michigan, would qualify, according to a Democratic aide.”

And as HUMAN EVENTS reported Saturday, the insurance trade underwriter Property & Casualty posted this breaking news item on their website on Friday which informed insurance industry insiders that Nelson had been successful in having their anti-trust language barred from inclusion in the Senate bill.

If Nelson were actually concerned over federal funding of abortion, he would have insisted on the strong Stupak-Pitts language. Instead Nelson, the former state insurance commissioner and insurance company executive, appears to have sold out the pro-life community to gain high dollar items for the insurance industry.

The future certainly looks bright for Ben Nelson in the insurance industry when his Senate career is over.

More Senate Deals

Given the Senate bill drastically expands the sub-standard Medicaid programs for low-income people, the massive hidden cost in the bill is transferred to state budgets in an unfunded mandate. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) negotiated $250 million in Medicaid payments for their state.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in her own high-profile sellout negotiated $300 million in non-guaranteed Medicaid payouts in what has been called the New Louisiana Purchase.

Months earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) negotiated his own Medicare payment carve out for his home state of Nevada.

Currently, less than 50 percent of doctors will see new Medicaid patients due to severe underpayments and non-payments that can bankrupt their medical practice. The program expansion is expected to be an unmitigated disaster to state budgets that will likely cause drastic state tax increases.

In another payoff deal to a mystery senator, Reid’s Manager’s Amendment allotted $100,000,000 for an as yet to be disclosed “Health Care Facility” at a “public research university in the United States that contains a state’s sole public academic medical and dental school.”

In the Manager’s Amendment to H.R. 3590, Pg. 328:

“(a) APPROPRIATION.—There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services. Such facility shall be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.”

“This process is not legislation, this process is corruption,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.). “It’s a shame the only way we can come to a consensus in this country is to buy votes.”

There are two more cloture motions requiring 60 votes for passage this week before the simple majority vote on the final bill Christmas Eve night. Failure to reach 60 votes at any point in the process would kill the bill in the Senate.

Should the Senate pass the bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could send the bill straight to the president’s desk for signature by offering a Motion to Concur with the Senate Amendment and a simple House majority passes. The House would need to hold their far-left radical “Progressive Caucus” vote and the pro-life Stupak vote together for that simple majority vote, which could get sticky.

If the House changes one dot or tittle of the bill, the Senate would have to pass a Motion to Concur with the House. That would require 60 votes to reach cloture and end debate on the Motion to Concur.

Or Pelosi could take the House and Senate bills to conference, which would be a much longer process that would attempt to merge the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Story Here: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34930

The Eugenics of Ben Nelson and Health Care : Abortion Reservations ?

Posted in Abortion, Anti-abortion, Black Genocide, Black History Month, Eugenics, Indian, Maafa21, pro-choice, Pro-Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2009 by saynsumthn

Shorter Ben Nelson: Killing Indian Babies is Fine, Just Don’t Kill White Babies

RedState Blog: by Erick Erickson
Sunday, December 20th at 1:40PM EST

Poor Ben Nelson. He went on John King’s show today and told King, “[I]f you think it’s fun having both sides on an issue mad at you when you’re trying to do something in good faith, just think, it’s like going home and getting bit by the family dog. So how — who enjoys that?”

We all know the truth, however. The proof is in the pudding of Ben Nelson’s arrangements with Harry Reid.

Nelson said he was standing firm on pro-life issues, but in fact his compromise will not help him. His compromise authorizes federal funding of abortions on Indian Reservations, but will make it difficult for white Americans to have access to abortions during Republican administrations.

That is the key. Under Nelson’s compromise, abortion access will fluctuate based on who the President is. A pro-life President will have the power to make it more difficult. A pro-death President like Barack Obama will make it exceedingly easy. The only constant will be federal abortion funding for Indians.

I guess Ben Nelson has no problem with the multi-century history of the feds trying to exterminate Indian populations. Surely Ben Nelson knew what he was agreeing to. The issue with abortions on Indian reservations is related to the reauthorization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is tied to the health care legislation and about which Nelson was fully aware of its implications.

What’s more, we should consider the rest of what Nelson got. Under Ben Nelson’s compromise, the citizens of the several states will now pay for medicaid cost overruns in Nebraska forever. That’s right. No other state gets the commitment Nebraska gets. From now on, your state taxes are going to be raised when medicaid costs go up in your state and your federal taxes are going to go up when medicaid costs go up in Nebraska.

The rest of the Democratic Senators have been taken for a ride by Ben Nelson, who has managed to put his state in a better financial position at the expense of every other state’s residents, all while ensuring the feds get to keep subsidizing the costs of exterminating Indian kids on Reservations. Poor Mary Landrieu really did turn out to be a cheap date.
Ben Nelson did not act in good faith. And the only thing biting him has got to be his conscience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erick Erickson is the managing editor of RedState.com, the largest online community of conservative activists and the most widely read right of center blog on Capitol Hill.

After six years as an attorney in Macon, Georgia at Sell & Melton, L.L.P., Erick worked for a year in Washington, D.C., commuting each week from Macon. He started an online advocacy project for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. During the time, Erick worked behind the scenes at RedState, where he had developed a following for political commentary.

After a year in Washington, Erick became managing editor of RedState and now works from home in Macon, Georgia. As a side project, for a number of years Erick has worked as a political consultant assisting in presidential, congressional, state, and local elections. Erick has traveled across the nation on political campaigns and has been a commentator on MSNBC and CNN.

Erick resides in Macon, Georgia with his wife and daughter. He is a Deacon at Vineville Presbyterian Church and maintains his bar license.

Should this surprise anyone- Abortion has been used as Eugenics against Blacks and the African American Community for many years. As proved in the documentary Maafa21 ( Clips Below)

Robert Reich: Honest about Death Panels? “If you are very old – we’re gonna let you die !”

Posted in Assisted Suicide, Constitution, Death Panels, Eugenics, Euthanasia, Euthanesia, Glenn Beck, Health Care, Obama, Robert Reich, Seniors with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by saynsumthn

Former Labor Secretary and Obama adviser Robert Reich speaking at UC Berkeley on Sept. 26, 2007

“Thank you so much for coming this afternoon. I’m so glad to see you, and I would like to be president. Let me tell you a few things on health care. Look, we have the only health-care system in the world that is designed to avoid sick people. [laughter] That’s true, and what I’m going to do is I am going to try to reorganize it to be more amenable to treating sick people. But that means you–particularly you young people, particularly you young, healthy people–you’re going to have to pay more. [applause] Thank you.

And by the way, we are going to have to–if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive, so we’re going to let you die. [applause]

“Also, I’m going to use the bargaining leverage of the federal government in terms of Medicare, Medicaid–we already have a lot of bargaining leverage–to force drug companies and insurance companies and medical suppliers to reduce their costs. But that means less innovation, and that means less new products and less new drugs on the market, which means you are probably not going to live that much longer than your parents. [applause] Thank you.”

Also Read: Death Panels? Is it possible?

Liz Hunt with the UK Telegraph writes:

At around 4am on Monday, a friend of mine was woken by a call from the private care home in south-west London where her 98-year-old grandmother is resident.
“Mrs ——- has breathing difficulties,” the night manager told her.
She needs oxygen. Shall we
What do you mean?” my friend responded. “What’s the matter with her?
She needs to go to hospital. Do you want that? Or would you prefer that we make her comfortable?”
Befuddled by sleep, she didn’t immediately grasp what was being asked of her. Her grandmother is immobilised by a calcified knee joint, which is why she is in the home. She’s a little deaf and frail, but otherwise perky. She reads a newspaper every day (without glasses), and is a fan of the darling of daytime television, David Dickinson. Why wouldn’t she get medical treatment if she needed it?
Then, the chilling implication of the phone call filtered through – she was being asked whether her grandmother should be allowed to die.
Call an ambulance now,” my friend demanded.
The person at the other end persisted. “Are you sure that’s what you want? For her to go to hospital.”
Yes, absolutely. Get her to hospital.

The Daily Telegraph reported two cases this week. Hazel Fenton, an 80-year-old from Sussex, was admitted to hospital in January with pneumonia and put on the Pathway regimen. Her daughter, Christine Ball, fought to stop her mother from being left to “starve and dehydrate to death

READ REST HERE: Pathway for the elderly that leads to legal execution

Also Read: ‘We’re Going to Let You Die‘ ( printed in the Wall Street Journal)

No Abortion Mandate ?

Posted in Abortion, birth control, Constitution, Euthanasia, Health Care, Obama, Planned Parenthood, Population Control, Sterilization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2009 by saynsumthn

Federal Courts Have Commonly Read Abortion Into Medicaid’s ‘Mandatory Categories’

by Heather Smith on September 8, 2009/ AUL

Since the 1970s, federal courts have regularly interpreted the “mandatory categories of care” within Medicaid to include abortion and thus mandate abortion coverage. That judicial interpretation of Medicaid will be adopted by courts in interpreting federal health care legislation, unless abortion is expressly excluded.

In addition to the leading case of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan v. Engler—where the Sixth Circuit held that “abortion fits within many of the mandatory care categories, including ‘family planning,’ ‘outpatient services,’ ‘inpatient services,’ and ‘physicians’ services.’ 73 F.3d 634, 636 (6th Cir. 1996)—at least six other circuit courts (the First, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth) have held that abortion is covered under Medicaid (unless there is a specific statutory exclusion like the Hyde Amendment). Some, like the Sixth Circuit, have specifically held that abortion is covered under the broad “mandatory categories of care” including “family planning” within Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 USC 1396d(a)).

The First Circuit, in Preterm, Inc. v. Dukakis held that abortion is covered by Medicaid and implicitly concluded within the mandatory Medicaid categories. 591 F.2d 121, 125 (1st Cir. 1979).

The Third Circuit, in Roe v. Casey, noted with agreement that “[t]he district court took note of the fact that standard abortion procedures ‘involve most, if not all’ of the types or classes of services which are to be furnished to the categorically needy” within Medicaid. Roe v. Casey, 623 F.2d 829, 832 (3rd Cir. 1980).

The Fifth Circuit, in Hope Medical Group for Women v. Edwards, held that a state statute limiting Medicaid-funded abortion procedures was “inconsistent with the broad objective of Title XIX to provide needed medical care to qualified recipients.” 63 F.3d 418, 428 (5th Cir. 1995). The court stated, “[a]lthough Title XIX does not specifically include abortion as a mandatory service, the parties concede that abortion services fall under several of the eight broad categories of medical services mandated by the Act, including inpatient hospital services, outpatient hospital services, physician’s services, and family planning services.” Id. at 425.

The Seventh Circuit, in Zbaraz v. Quern, agreed with the First Circuit’s decision in Preterm “that limiting Medicaid assistance to life-threatening abortions “violate[s] the purposes of the Act and discriminate[s] in a proscribed fashion” 596 F.2d 196, 199 (7th Cir. 1979).

The Eighth Circuit in 1980 held that “[the Medicaid mandatory categories] include medical procedures to induce abortions.” Hodgson v. Board of County Com’rs, Hennepin County, 614 F.2d 601, 607 (8th Cir. 1980). And in Little Rock Family Planning Services, P.A. v. Dalton, the court held that “[a] state plan must cover medical services that a person’s physician certifies are “medically necessary.” 60 F.3d 497, 499 (8th Cir. 1995). Though the Dalton court admitted that “[Title XIX] does not identify any specific medical procedures, whether they are Caesarean sections, transfusions, bypass surgery, or abortions.” Id. at 499, it concluded that “[b]ecause abortion falls within several of these mandated categories [of medical service], a medically necessary abortion is a mandatory covered service.” Id.

The Tenth Circuit, in Hern v. Beye, held that “[a]bortion falls under several … ‘mandatory coverage’ categories, including ‘inpatient hospital services,’ 42 U.S.C. § 1396d(a)(1), ‘outpatient hospital services,’ id. § 1396d(a)(2)(A), ‘family planning services,’ id. § 1396d(a)(4)(C), and ‘physicians’ services furnished by a physician,’ id. § 1396d(a)(5)(A).” 57 F.3d 906, 911 (10th Cir. 1995).

In addition, several federal district courts have read abortion into Medicaid.

In Doe v. Busbee, the court concluded that “[i]t is clear that an abortion is a medical procedure which falls within the five general categories set out in Title XIX.” 471 F.Supp. 1326, 1331 (N.D. Ga. 1979).

In Smith v. Rasmussen, the court held that “[a]bortions . . . fall within several of Medicaid’s mandatory categories of care.” 57 F.Supp.2d 736, 755 (N.D. Iowa, 1999).

In Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio v. Rhodes, the court broadly held that “[t]he ‘promotion’ of abortion, whether it consist of counseling, encouraging, referring, assisting or even performing medically necessary abortions is included in the five general categories.” Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio v. Rhodes, 477 F.Supp. 529, 540 (E.D.Ohio, 1979).

Finally, in reading these decisions, it must be understood that a “medically necessary” abortion is—under the Supreme Court’s abortion doctrine—whatever an abortion provider, in his/her personal, subjective judgment, determines it to be. The terms “necessary” and “medically necessary” are virtually synonymous, because both vest the abortion provider, in his or her subjective judgment, with complete discretion to determine their meaning. As the lower federal courts have applied the terms, an abortion is “necessary” because a woman requests it, and it becomes “medically” necessary when the doctor agrees to it. Consequently, when these two terms are combined—“medically necessary” to preserve the “health” of the woman”—a “medically necessary” abortion means any abortion a provider agrees to perform for any reason.

Thanks to Americans United For Life for this report !

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