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CNN Reignites Death Panel fear

Posted in Death Panels, Health Care, Obama with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by saynsumthn

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ObamaCare eugenic regs for Medicare may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment i.e. “death panels”

Posted in Death Panels, Eugenics, Euthanasia, Euthanesia, Glenn Beck, Health Care, Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2010 by saynsumthn

According to the New York Times: When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.

The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.

Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.

While the new law does not mention advance care planning, the Obama administration has been able to achieve its policy goal through the regulation-writing process, a strategy that could become more prevalent in the next two years as the president deals with a strengthened Republican opposition in Congress.

Several Democratic members of Congress, led by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, had urged the administration to cover end-of-life planning…

After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.

“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”

Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”
The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”

The proposal for Medicare coverage of advance care planning was omitted from the final health care bill because of the uproar over unsubstantiated claims that it would encourage euthanasia.

The new policy is included in a huge Medicare regulation setting payment rates for thousands of services including arthroscopy, mastectomy and X-rays.
The rule was issued by Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a longtime advocate for better end-of-life care.

Mr. Berwick, has repeatedly made claims and statements that raise numerous questions about his ideas of rationing.

Such questions would have concerned his remarks attacking private-sector solutions to health care problems, in support of “rationing with our eyes open,” and speaking of his affection for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service as “romantic.” In footage discovered and highlighted by the Heartland Institute in May, Mr. Berwick made this audacious statement: “Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized, and humane must, must redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”

Michele Bachmann made this comment on Chris Baker’s radio show, 7/8/2010

And Glenn Beck made this comment about Donald Berwick:

FDA’s eugenics rationing ideology: deny life saving cancer drugs while approving abortion pills

Posted in Abortion, Abortion death, Abortion pill, Death Panels, Ella One, Eugenics, FDA, RU-486 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2010 by saynsumthn

The FDA seems to be picking and choosing it’s approvals of drugs in an interesting way. The FDA will begin denying Avastin to breast cancer patients but will graciously offer the creator of the drug a final show trial of a hearing in 60 days. Cancer patients claim it saves their lives- but- is this about safety or about rationing?

But controversy is the name of the game for the FDA, they seem to be cutting out drugs that could save or prolong lives, while approving drugs that take lives.

Case in point: Ella One- a new abortion drug approved just weeks ago:

A controversial new form of abortion pills known as “ella” is now available to American women for the first time, the company selling the drug announced Wednesday.

Ella, which can prevent a pregnancy as many as five days after sex, can be obtained by U.S. women who get a prescription from a doctor, according to an announcement by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Morristown, N.J. The medication can even be obtained through an online pharmacy, the company said. The wholesale price will be $35.75.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Ella in August.

According to the largest woman’s group: Concerned Women for America: Ella or the (ulipristal) abortion drug

• The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is deliberately misleading women by mislabeling Ella as a contraceptive and not an abortion drug. While women may be comfortable using contraception, many would object to taking an abortion drug.

• Mislabeling Ella deceptively skirts federal laws on abortion. Because it is not defined as an abortion drug, it is likely that federal tax dollars will pay for it.

• Ella is chemically similar to the abortion drug RU-486 (mifepristone) and operates the same way. Ella blocks progesterone receptors, interfering with the uterine lining. Embryos cannot implant or, if already implanted, die from lack of nutrition.

• Advocates for Ella claim it only delays ovulation, but they refuse to acknowledge that the drug is — and acts — like RU-486.

• The FDA information for doctors admits Ella caused abortions in animals. It states, “Embryofetal loss was noted in all pregnant rats and in half of the pregnant rabbits …[Ella] caused pregnancy termination in 2/5 [of pregnant monkeys].”

• Human trials indicate that Ella may cause miscarriages or birth defects in babies that survive. Incredibly, FDA Advisory Committee members recommended that long-term studies not be undertaken to investigate the outcome of existing pregnancies (i.e. if the drug causes birth defects) because negative reports would likely outweigh positive. Instead, the FDA leaves it up to women to find out by experience. It admits on the drug label, “There is little information on whether ella would harm a developing baby.” The FDA put the drug company’s interests above the interest of patients.

And another abortion drug approved by the FDA is RU-486 and was approved without adequate trials and resulted in several women dying from a bacterial infection. Over 1,000 adverse events have been reported, including seven deaths. The FDA is treating Ella in the same careless manner, putting women at risk. CWA reports that, abortion providers flagrantly violate the FDA restrictions on RU-486. It is fully expected that abortionists will give Ella to women beyond the five-day approved usage period, taking advantage of its deadly capabilities to cause an abortion.

Back to Ella One:

• Trials indicate that frequent use of Ella may lead to high levels of toxicity. Yet, proper trials to discover what kind of complications could occur were not performed.

• Ella was tested on women above 16 years old. Yet it will be given to younger girls.

• Women will become victims to Ella being slipped to them without their knowledge or consent by boyfriends who do not want the woman to have a baby. This abuse has already occurred numerous times with other abortion-inducing drugs.

Women need a prescription for ella, but they can “keep a supply at home” — which means administration of the drug won’t necessarily be monitored to prevent someone from, say, taking an elevated dose after the recommended five days, which could result in the abortion of an implanted embryo. Reassurances along the lines that “it probably wouldn’t, if used correctly” are…not all that reassuring.

And then there is the question of who will be paying for Ella:
Critics are already concerned that ella’s approval as a contraceptive will make it eligible to receive federal tax subsidies, which are banned for the abortion pill RU-486. They also are concerned that ella will be included in the services that health plans will have to pay for under the new health-care overhaul law.

“By misclassifying ella as emergency contraception, this administration has paved the way to covertly allow federal funding for abortion,” said Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.), who called on Obama to issue an executive order prohibiting federal funds from paying for ella.

The Family Research Council has compiled an article titled “Myth and Fact: The Truth about ella and How It Works” with more information. The gray area in the “it’s contraception, not an abortifacient” argument gets grayer all the time.

So now the FDA has approved a series of “Emergency Contraception” – pills that can be taken “after conception” which are in fact abortive, and they are marketing them as “contraception”.

In other words, they are redefining when life begins from “conception” to “implantation”, and our young people especially are being fooled.

Another such abortion pill approved by the FDA is called: PlanB.

Plan B prevents a pregnancy by administering high doses of a hormone that mimics progesterone. It works primarily by inhibiting the ovaries from producing eggs. Critics argue that it can also prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb, which some consider equivalent to abortion.

And this does not take into account the many risks associated with the various birth control pills the FDA has approved without proper testing- read this: Dying for birth control?

So..we have to ask: Why is the FDA approving all these abortion drugs while pulling cancer drugs?

Can you say – Death Panels and Eugenic?

Just Say’n !

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Historical Information on RU-486: Abortion pill RU-486 created as an inexpensive drug for eugenic “population control” has connection to Nazi gas Zyklon B

September 28, 2010, marked the ten-year anniversary of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Mifepristone (popularly known as RU-486).

These following quotes/facts are from the powerful documentary : Maafa21 which shows how the US government and other Elites are using abortion to limit black births:

When three pro-choice researchers investigated the original motive behind the creation of the abortion pill, RU486, what they discovered was that the scientific basis for it was actually developed in United States during the 1960s by the National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In their 1991 book, these researchers claimed to have found data showing that this agency was looking for an inexpensive and effective drug to control the populations of foreign countries that the government had classified as “under-developed.” The abortion pill was to be tested in these environments and, if successful, the plan called for it to then be introduced into Black, Hispanic and Native-American communities in the United States.

After the abortion pill, RU486, was approved for sale in the U.S., the controversy surrounding it kept the abortion lobby from being able to find an American company to produce it. That forced them to look for a foreign manufacturer and, after an eight-year search, a company owned by the Chinese government agreed to manufacture the drug for the U.S. market. The company’s management made this decision after the Rockefeller Foundation agreed to provide financial backing for the project.

Minute 3 and 8 Minutes

Connection between Rockefeller and RU486. At the end of World War II, the German chemical manufacturer, I.G. Farben, was identified as the company that supplied the gas used in the Nazi concentration camps. The gas was called Zyklon-B and evidence later showed that Farben’s executives knew how it was being used. In fact, evidence was uncovered to indicate that Farben engineers had actually designed the gas chambers. This led to some of them being tried at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity including genocide and slavery.

After the war, I.G. Farben would change its name and become known as Hoechst AG. One of Hoechst’s subsidiaries, Roussel Uclaf, is the French company that developed RU486. The same company that produced the gas used in the Nazi death camps also produced the abortion pill RU-486

In June of 2006, shortly after a FOIA Act granted Judicial Watch uncovered government documents on RU-486, called “The Clinton RU-486 Files,” the Interim reported that, In his first official act as president, Clinton ordered the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration to co-ordinate the marketing of abortion drug RU-486 on American soil.

Clinton had previously received advice from Ron Weddington, whose wife argued the pro-abortion side in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case. In a January 1992 letter supporting the legalization of RU-486, Weddington made a Brave New World-style pitch on socio-economic grounds, arguing: “Something’s got to be done very quickly. Twenty-six million food stamp recipients is more than the economy can stand.”

Weddington went on to write that the next president should “start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of the country,” as “our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labour. We don’t need more babies.”

The report brings to light a number of disturbing revelations, including the use of official U.S. political, economic and diplomatic pressure that was used to persuade the RU-486 manufacturer, Roussel Uclaf, to make the drug available to American consumers. In one confidential memo, then-HHS Secretary Donna Shalala mentioned that she and then-FDA Commissioner David Kessler personally changed Roussel Uclaf’s position.

Interestingly, the documents also show that Roussel Uclaf offered to give the RU-486 patent to the U.S. government at no cost, in order to protect itself from legal liability in case anything went wrong.

Clinton obtained the patent by writing an official letter to Roussel Uclaf, saying the U.S. required “safe and effective medical treatment,” and thanking the company on behalf of “the women of America.”

According to Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, the drug has claimed the lives of 560,000 children and at least six women in the United States, in part because the Clinton administration pressured the FDA to circumvent the usual requirements for certifying a drug as “safe and effective” in order to bring RU-486 to market. “This dangerous abortion pill needs to be pulled off the market immediately,” he said.

From Maafa21, Exerts from the Letter Ron Weddington sent to President Bill Clinton (Clip below) “ … 26 Million food stamp recipients is more than the economy can stand.” • “… you can start immediately to eliminate the barely educated, unhealthy and poor segment of our country. No, I’m not advocating some sort of mass extinction of these unfortunate people. Crime, drugs and disease are already doing that.” • “I am not proposing that you send federal agents armed with Depo-Provera dart guns to the ghetto. You should use persuasion rather than coercion.” • “Our survival depends upon our developing a population where everyone contributes. We don’t need more cannon fodder. We don’t need more parishioners. We don’t need more cheap labor. We don’t need more poor babies.

Dr. David Janda explains rationing and death panels hidden in Health Care bill

Posted in Death Panels, Health Care with tags , , , on November 2, 2010 by saynsumthn

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Democrats Refuse to Hold Medicare Rationing Czar Hearing

Posted in Berwick, Czar, Death Panels, Health Care with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by saynsumthn

H/T – Human Events
by Connie Hair
07/26/2010

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) is refusing to hold public hearings to examine administration plans to implement a new health care rationing system at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

The president’s new Medicare Rationing Czar, Sir Donald Berwick, is a big fan of British health care rationing.

“The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open,” Berwick said in an interview prior to his recess appointment to head CMS.

Will government death panel bureaucrats bar age-related pacemaker surgery for grandma and prescribe a pain pill instead — as President Obama recommends?

“Apparently, House Democrats are really taking Speaker Pelosi’s ‘we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it’ style of governing to heart. Now, we have to hand the reins at CMS over to Dr. Berwick first so we can later find out what direction he will take Medicare and Medicaid,” said Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, after Levin refused to hold a public hearing.

Berwick was given a recess appointment by the President — a process put into place for emergencies that has been abused by this and other presidents.
Of course, Obama has taken this particular abuse of the Constitution to new heights.

Republicans had not blocked Berwick’s appointment. Senate confirmation hearings had not even been held before Obama made the “emergency” appointment during a week-long Senate recess over the 4th of July.

Now Levin, the Democrat chairman of the House committee with CMS oversight responsibilities, is refusing to hold public hearings to question Berwick about his “eyes open” plans to restructure CMS into a health care rationing body.

“At a time when Democrats have implemented the most radical changes ever to the nation’s health care system, they are refusing to conduct the proper and necessary oversight required by the Committee,” Camp said.

Camp also pointed out that Democrats are so secretive about implementing Obamacare that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hasn’t been before the committee in over a year.

“Despite the one-half trillion dollars in cuts to Medicare, estimates that health care costs will continue to skyrocket and billions of dollars in increased costs to small businesses as a result of their health care bill, the Committee has not held a hearing with the HHS Secretary in more than a year and has yet to bring the CMS Chief Actuary before the Committee this Congress despite repeated requests by Committee Republicans,” Camp said.

Berwick’s preferred health care model is the British National Health Service (NHS) having said he is “in love with the NHS,” Britain’s government-run health system. Berwick went on to say the NHS is “such a seductress,” that it is “not just a national treasure, it is a global treasure.”

News reports out of Britain over the past week show Berwick’s paramour has further collapsed under her own weight.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Britain is undertaking a massive overhaul to decentralize its disastrous socialized health care system.

Practical details of the plan are still sketchy. But its aim is clear: to shift control of England’s $160 billion annual health budget from a centralized bureaucracy to doctors at the local level. Under the plan, $100 billion to $125 billion a year would be meted out to general practitioners, who would use the money to buy services from hospitals and other health care providers.

The new emergency British health care plan — entitled “Liberating the National Health Service” — is downsizing its bureaucracy because socialized medicine costs too much, rations care and limits access.

One of the new goals included in the sweeping changes listed on page three at the link sums up all you need to know about Britain’s big government health care:
4. a. Shared decision-making will become the norm: no decision about me without me. [Emphasis in the original.]

Now I suppose they’ll let you in the room when death panel bureaucrats deny your cancer treatments?

The London Telegraph reported Saturday it had uncovered new cuts at Britain’s NHS including kicking terminally ill patients out of the hospital; rationing even common procedures including hip replacements and cataract surgery; telling dying cancer patients to manage their pain on their own if their condition worsens at night or on weekends so that doctors don’t have to come in to treat them; closing nursing homes for the elderly; slashing the number of hospital beds — including those for the mentally ill — and discouraging general practitioners from sending patients to hospitals.

Just last week the London Telegraph reported leaked documents exposing scandalous shortages leaving patients high and dry and literally on the operating table at cash-strapped hospitals:

The document records: “The trust in different areas had run out of underwater sealed chest drains, epidural packs, gynaecological disposables, radiological disposables, and the response to this was ‘this was a cash flow issue.’”
Doctors told managers “again and again” that consultants were unable to know that equipment was missing until the last item had been used, when their patient was already lying on the [operating] table, according to the minutes of June 16 meeting.

The document states that Chris Streather, the trust’s chief executive said the situation had improved to the extent that the trust could now pay some of its bills, but that he could not promise that the problem would not recur.

It describes “significant risks” to patient safety because of shortages of beds, and “chaotic” failures dealing with such crises at the trust, which also runs Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, in Kent, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, London, and NHS units in Orpington and Beckenham, in Kent. Patients affected include a woman who had undergone major cancer surgery who could not be found a bed.

These are not isolated incidents in the system our new Medicare Rationing Czar finds “seductive.”

American Medicare is already rationing health care through denial of certain tests and procedures — and when Medicare denies coverage, they’re not talking about denying payment. Unlike private insurance, when Medicare denies payment, the government blocks the patient from undergoing the procedure.

Medicare patients today are barred from paying their own doctors with their own money for any procedure Medicare denies. That’s called rationing. Ask your doctor about it.

And while you’re asking questions, call your member of Congress and ask why Democrats won’t allow Sir Donald Berwick to talk about his new scheme for America’s Medicare system in public.

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Connie Hair writes daily as HUMAN EVENTS’ Congressional correspondent. She is a former speechwriter for Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and a former media and coalitions advisor to the Senate Republican Conference. You can follow Connie on Twitter @ConnieHair.

Donald Berwick for eugenic health care rationing death panels?

Posted in Berwick, Death Panels, Eugenics, Health Care, Obama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2010 by saynsumthn

An excerpt from a 2008 speech by Donald Berwick, President Obama’s pick to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, speaking to a British audience about why he favors government-run health care.

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Krugman: You can call em death panels but they’ll save us money

Posted in Death Panels, Eugenics, Health Care with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2010 by saynsumthn

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