Hawaii’s ObamaCare Insurance Exchange Closing Down: Will Still Cost Taxpayers Nearly A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars

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ObamaCare down the drain

 

Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal and Twitchy.

So ObamaCare is driving costs up, huh?

What was it President Obama said about how ObamaCare would affect healthcare costs?

Oh yeah, now I remember!

“I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” June, 2007

Yeaaahhh, riiggghhhtttt…

“This legislation will also lower costs for families and for businesses and for the federal government, reducing our deficit by over $1 trillion in the next two decades. It is paid for. It is fiscally responsible. And it will help lift a decades-long drag on our economy.” March, 2010

Oh, it’s paid for all right. It’s paid for on the backs of the hard working taxpayers of America, you know – those bitter clinger types.

“This law will cut costs and make coverage more affordable for families and small businesses…” June, 2010

“And one question people ask:  How is it possible to do all this and keep costs down?  Well, part of what we did was build into the law all sorts of measures to assure that the growth of health care costs would start slowing down.  And it has….All told, since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, we have seen the slowest growth in health care costs on record…And it turns out, lo and behold, actually, the prices came in lower than we expected — lower than I predicted.” September, 2013

Hold on!

Before we even get to the article, look what happened with his lies and rhetoric.

Before the Affordable Care Act became law, he went from saying ObamaCare would LOWER costs to saying that costs were still rising, just slower than he expected…

“Shake My Head”

The statist NEVER participates in introspection to see if he might have done something wrong, or to see if there was something he neglected to do. And in Obama’s case, it’s just easier and more fun to blame the GOP.

But enough of that, on to the story!


 

The Hawaiin health exchange is an abysmal failure, costing the taxpayers 205 million dollars in the process. Now it’ll cost the taxpayers an additional $30 million to make the change from a state exchange to the federal exchange, for a total cost to taxpayers of $235 million dollars, or nearly a quarter of a billion bucks!

 

  The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Hawaii Health Connector will immediately set in motion a contingency plan to shut down operations. The Health Connector will cease new enrollments this Friday, discontinue outreach services May 31, transfer its technology to the state by Sept. 30 and completely eliminate its workforce by Feb. 28. Residents of Hawaii will have to re-enroll in the federal healthcare.gov exchange to ensure coverage next year. Migrating to healthcare.gov is estimated to cost $30 million. Nearly $205 million in federal grants were awarded to build and operate the Hawaii Health Connector online marketplace.

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The Grandpappy Of ObamaCare Circles The Drain: UK’s NHS In Trouble

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Hat/Tip to Doug Ross @ Journal.

You mean the only problem with socialism is that you REALLY DO run out of other people’s money to spend??

African AIDS Tourists Overwhelming England’s NHS

Writing at The Commentator, Vincent Cooper shines a spotlight on the fiscal tsunami engulfing the United Kingdom.

…the NHS is so short of resources that patients in some areas had to be treated in a hospital car park. But if that is true, was not Nigel Farage right to condemn the health service for putting the treatment of foreigners above the needs of those who have paid for that health service and now find themselves being treated in a car park?

Mr Miliband’s solution to hospital car park treatment in the NHS is to promise £2?5 billion in extra funding. But such a promise shows the Labour Party to be in total denial about the nature of the economic problems facing the NHS.

Consider this fact. Public Health England estimates that of the almost 108,000 people who are HIV positive, almost 60,000 are from Africa. The cost to the NHS of anti-retroviral drug treatment for these African health tourists is well over £1 billion annually and rising, as more and more Africans and others hear about what’s on offer from the tax payer.

And it’s not only HIV tourists. There is the same costly problem with Hepatitis B, another big crowd-puller from all over the world to the NHS, and a disease which can be even more costly than HIV to treat.

But the costs of health tourism to the tax payer are not confined to medical treatment alone. Many of those HIV tourists would be in receipt of housing and other welfare allowances, quite possibly for the rest of their lives.

…The British Labour Party, once a genuine British workers’ party, has now morphed into a fanatically pro-immigration welfarist party that uses the NHS for its own political ends. It turns all debate on the NHS into a party political competition about who will pour the most money into a voracious NHS bottomless pit.

Unless we eradicate the scourge of Obamacare, that’s the future of health care here in the U.S.

Please consider: “The Marxist-Democrat Left is using illegal immigration to destroy America“.

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.

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Thanks To ObamaCare Nearly 200,000 In Colorado Will Lose Health Plans

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Hat/Tip to Cardigan at IOTWReport.com.

And the Lie of the Year is the gift that just keeps on giving, unfortunately; and 200,000 Coloradans are learning this the hard way. Gee, I wonder how many of those folks losing health care coverage in that Blue state voted for Obama?

Buyers remorse, anyone?

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ObamaCare is causing even more Americans to lose their health insurance policies. Even if they like their policies, they can’t keep them. This time it’s happening in Colorado.

Nearly 200,000 insured Coloradans will lose their health-care plans next year under the state’s embattled ObamaCare exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.

State insurance commissioner Marguerite Salazar touched off an outcry Friday by confirming to news outlets that health-care policies covering 190,000 people will be dropped in 2016 because they fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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British Child Cannot Get Life Saving Treatment There, Authorities Have Family Arrested When They Try to Get it Overseas

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Government, when given sufficient power, becomes totalitarian.  It ALWAYS does.   For the latest example, the British NHS is again trying to kill patients, and even had the family of a child arrested for the horrific crime of seeking medical treatment overseas.  Townhall has more…

What makes today’s story different, though, is that the bureaucracy not only is denying care to a small child, but also seeking to prevent the family from seeking treatment elsewhere.

Check out these excerpts from a blood-chilling story in USA Today.

The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled.

So why did they feel the need to escape a presumably civilized nation?

It seems government-run healthcare isn’t exactly on the cutting edge when it comes to life-saving treatments.

The family had fled to Spain in hopes of selling a property to obtain enough cash for a new treatment in the Czech Republic or the United States they hope will help their child. Police pursued them and issued an arrest warrant on suspicion of neglect after Southampton General Hospital realized their patient — Ashya King, 5 — was gone, without their consent. British authorities have made no apology for the warrant.

I can’t resist interrupting the main focus of the story at this point because the story then includes this line.

The case has riveted Britain, which is proud of a health service that offers universal care.

Maybe Brits are proud of their NHS, which would be a poor reflection on the collective IQ of the nation, but it certainly doesn’t offer universal care.

Unless, of course, you include neglect and torture in your definition of care.

Now back to our main story.

…the saga has…raised volatile questions of how much power authorities should have in interfering in some of the most sensitive of questions — and whether it has the right to insist that treatment dictates be followed. …Television images have shown the Kings being loaded into a Spanish squad car in handcuffs. When asked by the BBC on their views, the couple told the reporter they are just trying to help their child. …The family has criticized Britain’s health care system, saying he has a serious tumor that needs an advanced treatment option called proton beam therapy and that it wasn’t being made available to him. …Unlike other types of cancer treatment, it doesn’t indiscriminately kill surrounding healthy tissue, so there could be fewer long term effects.

Doesn’t this remind one of the old Soviet Bloc, who had to build walls to keep their own people from escaping?  Now, they are too cheap to build walls, but they will have the nations to which they flee arrest them and send them back.   Now, apparently, getting over the border doesn’t allow you to escape the suck, unless you’re there in the US to commit acts of terror, or become future democrat voters, but I digress.

Socialized medicine is going to kill this child, and the authorities in the UK don’t want then escaping to defy them.  He just has to be a good little Brit and die for the government, that’s all.

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Obamacare Now Pays for Gender Reassignment

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Hat/Tip to Breitbart.

I don’t need gender reassignment, but I do have this bunyon…

Transgender Americans seeking gender reassignment surgeries are finding relief through Obamacare, The Daily Beast reported on Monday.

Federal laws banning health insurance discrimination against transgender people, combined with Obamacare’s ban on denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, have paved a path for transgender patients who wish to make the transition from one gender to another. 

“The federal anti-discrimination regulations have yet to be written, but California insurance regulators have said that companies must treat transgender patients the same as other patients,” reports The Daily Beast. “For example, if plans cover hormones for post-menopausal women, they must also cover them for transgender women. Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled, lifted its ban on covering sex reassignment surgery earlier this year.”

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ObamaCare Forces Insurance Companies to Spend YOUR Money

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Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

ObamaCare Wants Your Financial Information so Insurance Companies can Enroll You WITHOUT Your permission AND Charge You!

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ACA Requires Insurance Companies Enroll You In Plans Without Your Permission

Today I received a letter from my insurance company Horizon Blue Cross, Blue Shield of New Jersey (“BCBSNJ”).  They alerted me that my plan (which already went up from $187 to $216) would now be rising again.

I had expected this day would come but what I did not expect was that the ACA empowered insurance companies who had a person’s checking account on file to automatically enroll them in a new policy.

That’s right folks, if you have a policy you like and lose it – instead of losing your insurance the ACA apparently empowers insurance companies like BCBSNJ to enroll you in a new plan and charge you for it.

So if you are out on vacation or don’t get the letter.  Guess what?  Blue Cross, Blue Shield of NJ will automatically select a new plan for you.  In my case, the plan is $1xx more than what I have now.

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Illegal Aliens Make a Video to Demand Free Health Care

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The left is once again doing what it is best at; tugging on your heart strings and controlling the language of whatever particular cause they’re trying to push. This time they’ve managed to combine two hot button issues – ‘free’ health care & illegal immigration.

It doesn’t matter to them that there is no such thing as ‘free’ health care.

It doesn’t matter to them that a country cannot survive as long as it has open borders.

No, the California Endowment is pushing the idea that the people who came to this country illegally have a right to ‘free’ health care. If you break the laws of a country, you are acting illegally. You do not have a right to the benefits and advantages of the actual citizens of that country.

And now, here is the commercial, prepare to be outraged, amazed, insulted.

Neil Cavuto covered this on his television show.

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ObamaCare Architect Caught in Huge Lie, Coins New Term: “Speak-O”

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Hat/Tip to TownHall.com.

Busted: Obamacare Architect Caught in Epic Lie, Confirming Opponents’ Argument

So the left got another defeat in the courts regarding ObamaCare, and what do they do? Well besides going apoplectic, they haul out the spin doctors and let them go to work distorting the truth.

When a DC Circuit Court of Appeals panel released its Obamacare-related decision earlier this week, the Left’s self-appointed “wonk” class kicked into damage control overdrive. The three-judge panel ruled that the ‘Affordable’ Care Act’s explicit language proscribed the distribution of subsidies to anyone who did not enroll through state-based marketplaces. The fallout of this decision, if it’s upheld down the line, is that consumers in the 36 states served by the federal exchange are ineligible to receive taxpayer-supported tax credits to offset the law’s high premiums.

That means that if you live in a state which didn’t open it’s own exchange, then you get to PAY taxes to support the subsidies, but you don’t get to actually GET any of those subsidies. This court decision could wreck the entire law, but Liberals are saying it was a typo, an accident, a goof

This outcome would wreak havoc on the law’s sustainability. Obamacare’s text couldn’t be clearer on this particular point, as even the Fourth Circuit Court, which reached the opposite ultimate conclusion, admitted; the limitation in question appears repeatedly in the legislative language. Many Obamacare supporters have insisted that this was an oversight. A drafting error. A typo. And conservatives raising this point are off their rockers, they sneer.

Get that? It’s not their fault! Now pony up some more of that redistributive dough.

MIT Economist & Architect of ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber
MIT Economist & Architect of ObamaCare, Jonathan Gruber

One of the loudest voices saying this was a typo, is Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and one of the principle architects of ObamaCare.

One of the most influential players in this dispute is Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist who is considered by many to be the architect of the law, and who told the New York Times, “I know more about this law than any other economist.” He’s filed amicus briefs in the relevant cases confirming liberals’ assertions that it was never anyone’s intention that only state-based exchange enrollees are eligible for taxpayer subsidies. Arguments to the contrary, he’s said, are “screwy,” “nutty,” “stupid,” and “desperate.” In case he wasn’t making himself clear, Gruber appeared on MSNBC this week and said this:

“Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the ‘federal’ states.”

You know, you’d think that the Progressives and Liberals out there would understand that we live in the age of everything being on video.

*sigh*

They never learn. Here is Gruber versus Gruber on this very topic.

Uh-oh! You’ve been caught…
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Now when you’re a person of morals and credibility and you are caught in a lie, you come clean and put it behind you. But when you’re a Lefty and you get caught in a lie, you think up a bigger lie to cover up your first lie, which you said in order to cover up your real intent when drafting ObamaCare.

Got it?

“If you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.” He affirmed conservatives’ argument in 2012 by sharing his own expertise about the law as it’s written. Then, when his own explanation became politically problematic, he reversed positions, shamelessly arguing that “literally” nobody had ever intended to make the case that he himself had explicitly laid out. Who’s the “criminal,” again? The Left, gobsmacked by this discovery, cast about for answers, and Gruber gave them one this morning. It was comically pathetic:

I honestly don’t remember why I said that. I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake. People make mistakes. Congress made a mistake drafting the law and I made a mistake talking about it…My subsequent statement was just a speak-o—you know, like a typo.

A “speak-o.” That’s a new one. He was just confused, you guys. He accidentally said the wrong thing. He was “speaking off the cuff.” People make mistakes. But do they make “off the cuff speak-o mistakes” repeatedly, and in prepared remarks? Additional audio from a separate 2012 Gruber speech has surfaced:

So the Liberal spin machine marches on, but for those of us with common sense, you know, we bitter clingers in fly over country, well we’ll just ignore your “speak-o” and sit back and chuckle while your Holy Grail of Lefty causes, that is Socialized Medicine, falls apart, bit by bit.

Read the full story here.

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ObamaCare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: “So be prepared to kiss your insurance company good-bye forever”

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Ever since ObamaCare was proposed, Conservatives and Libertarians were warning everyone that the actual intent was to kill the medical and insurance industry, and set up a single payer system.  The then spanking new Conservative Hideout 1.0 was in on that.  Here is a small selection of posts from way back when…

Obama’s History of Favoring Single Payer

Single Payer: A Faulty Rationale

You Mean That ObamaCare is Cloward-Piven for Private Insurance?

Exploring the Intent of ObamaCare: Donald Berwick and Ezekiel Emanuel

Single Payer: A Faulty Rationale

I even bothered to make a video about it back in 2009…

Of course, we were called liars, accused of working for the insurance companies, and the like.  But, after the legislation passed, and has rolled out all the things we predicted have started, and people are suffering.

And now, one of the architects of ObamaCare, Ezekiel Emanuel, or, as I like to refer to him, EZKILL Emanuel, has admitted what we were saying all along…

In an op-ed on New Republic, Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the architects behind Obamacare, says that “insurance companies as we know them are about to die.” For nearly two years now, we have argued that Obama’s real goals are to push private insurance companies out of business and establish a single-payer system.

“The good news is you won’t have insurance companies to kick around much longer. The system is changing… As a result, insurance companies as they are now will be going away. Indeed, they are already evolving. For the next few years insurance companies will both continue to provide services to employers and, increasingly, compete against each other in the health insurance exchanges.”

“So be prepared to kiss your insurance company good-bye forever,” Emanuel concludes.

Um, who was lying?

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Simple Questions About Obamacare

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To the American Left, please answer a few questions about Obamacare. How can the ACA be so good when it is going to drive tens of millions of Americans out of their existing coverage when the employer mandate kicks in?

 
What about the mandate forcing folks to act against their faith? Their 1st Amendment rights are violated under the ACA by making contraceptives, sterilization and aborto-facient drugs are mandatory for employers to provide.

 
What about the over 20 new taxes that are hitting the American people for a half a trillion dollars? These are levied against medical innovators, health insurance companies and there’s even a tax on the sale of your home.

 
What about the IPAB(Independent Payment Advisory Board) that is built into the ACA? Sarah Palin was reviled by the left for stating that there are death panels in Obamacare. Turns out, she was correct. Howard Dean, an MD, former head of the Democratic National Committee and former Presidential candidate had a lot to say about the IPAB. “The IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them,” Dean wrote in The Wall Street Journal. “Getting rid of the IPAB is something Democrats and Republicans ought to agree on.”

 
What about Obamacare taking a whopping $716 billion out of the Medicare budget? Please don’t tell me that it’s only ending waste, fraud and abuse because as a disabled American, and a heart transplant candidate, I can personally attest to the fact that I have been denied services previously authorized by Medicare. Literally, the summer after the law passed, I felt the first denial of service by Medicare.

 
What about that $2500 in savings that American families were going to enjoy under Obamacare? Turns out, it was his advisors’ “best guess” on possible savings by the ACA. I wrote an article that was picked up by Free Republic and The Hill. I Promise!! Barack Obama’s Great Deception on Obamacare Premiums. In it, I report how three Harvard professors that were unpaid advisers to the Obama campaign wrote a memo that cites their “best guess” of annual savings of $200 billion. They then divided that by the U.S. population, multiplied out to represent a family of four, then they rounded down to get to the $2500 figure.

 
What about the ACA fundamentally changing the relationhsip between you and your Doctor? Built into Obamacare are government control over doctor decisions. Value-based payments, quality reporting requirements, and government comparative-effectiveness boards will dictate how doctors practice medicine. Nearly half of all physicians are seriously considering leaving practice, leading to a severe doctor shortage.

 
What about this promise by Obama? “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future. I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period,” Obama told a joint-session of Congress in September 2009. However, the Congressional Budget Office. Realistic projections suggested by reports from not only the CBO, but the CMS trustees (the entity that controls Medicare and Medicaid) and their chief Medicare actuary is very, very dire. They state that the “primary deficit” will increase exponentially each year. The Democratically controlled Senate Budget Committee and the GAO have confirmed that this will add $6.2 trillion to our ever expanding federal deficit.

 
And finally, what do you say to the 159 new boards, agencies and programs the ACA creates? How much more government do you want?

http://www.nationalreview.com/critical-condition/304361/top-ten-worst-things-obamacare-grace-marie-turner

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ObamaCare Fail Day: Democrat Doom in 2014?

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obamacare-lines2Will the democrats fall on their swords in the 2014 mid-terms?  We might predict that, especially with the devastation caused by ObamaCare.  However, what if they believe the excuse making/blame placing machine that is the Obama administration, and their lackeys in the MSM?  In that case, many of them will openly share the nasty ideas that reside in their little black hearts.  Stacy McCain has an example of that trait in action…

If you want to see a microcosm of the problems looming for Democrats in their 2014 mid-term campaign to recapture the House, look no further than New York’s 23rd Congressional District:

Martha Robertson is the Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent Tom Reed in NY-23, my home district.
We have highlighted Robertson many times before regarding her unsubstantiated fundraising claim that “GOP ops” tried to take down her website. Robertson’s campaign never has provided proof of that claim, leading to a fair amount of negative local television coverage and even national press attention.
The fundraising scandal, which I doubt is over, likely will be overshadowed by a much bigger problem: Robertson is a long-time and vocal supporter of mandates with the ultimate goal of single-payer.
In light of the Obamacare debacle, and the inability of the federal government even to set up a website portal, a complete federal government takeover of the health care system is a hard sell.

Professor Jacobson provides video of the doomed Democrat:

Does she realize that since ObamaCare is wrecking people’s lives, they may not exactly WANT more government induced ruination?   Or, is she still going with the original purpose of ObamaCare-to destroy the Heath Care System so people will cry out for a government program that will kill them off efficiently?

I frankly hope they talk as openly as Robertson.  If they do, will the people will smell enough of the stench  to vote for someone from the stupid party?

If only the stupid party wasn’t so stupid, this whole thing would be so much easier.

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Tragic Irony Overload: Former NHS Director Dies After Surgery Canceled Four Times!

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obamacare-lines2Back when ObamaCare was being debated, and what I mean by debated is that the Democrats had closed door meetings without Republicans, I covered the goings on at the British National health Service (NHS).  It’s single payer, and single provider.  And, that tends to kill a lot of people.  Here are some examples…

Babies: There’s a Death Panel for That!

ObamaCare Damage, a Glimpse of out Future: NHS Commits De facto Euthanasia with 130,000 a Year

Socialized Medicine Kills: Brit Doctor Condemned to Death by NHS

Does Single Payer Kill? Why Yes, Yes it Does

Does Single Payer Kill?

The Results of Socialized Medicine: Do we Really Want What Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are Selling?

Rationing Your Life Away

Check them out, most of the stories discuss death by the tens of thousands, and that’s what the democrats want for us too.  In fact, there was a story out a few days ago that really exemplifies what socialized medicine is all about.  It seems that a former NHS Director got a taste of her own medicine, or lack thereof, so to speak…

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation – at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

He said: ‘I don’t really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.’ 

It’s sad really, but if you put your life in the hands of government, this is what happens.  To a government bureaucrat, she wasn’t a wife, mother, or grandmother-she was a number.  And to the powers that be, her number apparently was up.

Did I mention that this is what our own government wants for you?  Remember Obama telling the woman that maybe granny needed a “pain pill,” instead of the expensive surgery?  Well, when granny doesn’t get the expensive surgery, she dies-just like the democrats want!

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Government Now Decides Who Lives and Who Dies

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We’ve been warning people that allowing the government to control the health care of all Americans will lead to unelected bureaucrats deciding who lives and who dies.  Here is a great example…

For those who may not yet know, Sarah Murnaghan is a 10-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, who suffers from end-stage Cystic Fibrosis. She needs a lung transplant, and is on the UNOS waiting list. Unfortunately, child donor lungs are extremely rare, and the cut-off age for adult lungs is 12. Sarah is medically eligible to receive adult donor lungs, but can not be placed on that list due to current UNOS/HHS policy.

In response to U.S. Representative Lou Barletta’s (R-PA11) impassioned plea to make the policy change that could save young Sarah’s life, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius indicated that she is unable to unilaterally change policy to save a child’s life. Appalingly, she did so while making the cavalier assertion that “someone lives, someone dies“. By not taking any action, the Secretary has, in fact, determined that someone dies.

Now, we also have insights, after the IRS scandals, that people are singled out due to their political affiliations for “punishment,” how long is it until the “opposition” starts getting denied life saving care?

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Babies: There’s a Death Panel for That!

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Sorry for the flippant title, but it’s so horrifying that I had to make a absurdity of it.  Sadly, the truth is far more disturbing.  It seems that that the NHS, the British National Health System, has set up a protocol, or death panel, to deal with the “less than desirable” babies born in the UK.  GateWay Pundit has more…

The Daily Mail reported:

Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.

Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.

But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.

One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone.

Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’.

The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally-ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers.

The use of end of life care methods on disabled newborn babies was revealed in the doctors’ bible, the British Medical Journal.

Earlier this month, an un-named doctor wrote of the agony of watching the protracted deaths of babies. The doctor described one case of a baby born with ‘a lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies’, whose parents agreed to put it on the pathway.

The doctor wrote: ‘They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.

‘Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days.

‘Parents and care teams are unprepared for the sometimes severe changes that they will witness in the child’s physical appearance as severe dehydration ensues.

Um, might I mention that Donald Berwick, the Obama appointed honcho at Medicare and Medicaid just gushes over the NHS?

Not everyone see’s it that way.  One person, in particular, is Obama nominee Donald Berwick.  Berwick has been nominated to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Like so many other nominees, Berwick seems to have the typical “progressive” elitism, as well as a health portion of reality denial.  Redstate has a great post on the situation, and I will be using the material that they dug up on Berwick.

“I am romantic about the NHS; I love it. All I need to do to rediscover the romance is to look at health care in my own country.”

Babies being starved and dehydrated?  Romance?  That’s what the regressives think.  And if you think that isn’t coming here, you’re in for a big surprise.

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ObamaCare Damage, a Glimpse of out Future: NHS Commits De facto Euthanasia with 130,000 a Year

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Now that ObamaCare has been deemed “constitutional” by the SCOTUS, we have some more glimpses into out future.  There are many aspects to this future that are rather chilling.  The latest is the revelation that the British NHS commits an informal form of euthanasia to deal with the overcrowding and lack of resources in their single payer system.  Life News has the details…

Shocking news from England today has top NHS officials indicating doctors acting in the UK government-run health program annually kill as many as 130,000 patients prematurely because of overcrowding at hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes.

Professor Patrick Pullicino indicated doctors are turning to a so-called “death pathway” protocol that is essentially active euthanasia of patients, according to a London Daily Mail news report. Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, made his remarks in a speech before the Royal Society of Medicine in London.

He claimed there was often a lack of clear evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients that is used in hospitals across the country. It is designed to come into force when doctors believe it is impossible for a patient to recover and death is imminent.

It can include withdrawal of treatment – including the provision of water and nourishment by tube – and on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours. There are around 450,000 deaths in Britain each year of people who are in hospital or under NHS care. Around 29 per cent – 130,000 – are of patients who were on the LCP.

Professor Pullicino claimed that far too often elderly patients who could live longer are placed on the LCP and it had now become an ‘assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway’. He cited ‘pressure on beds and difficulty with nursing confused or difficult-to-manage elderly patients’ as factors.

From what I’m reading, there are people being put to death rather than care for them.  Apparently, the rationing system inherent in any government run heath care system is causing doctors to kill off people that can be otherwise saved.  Before someone says “rationing, there’s no rationing!” allow me to remind everyone that even the great NY Times columnist, Paul Krugman has referred to the rationing mechanism in ObamaCare, the IPAB, as the “death panel.”

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So, we will have a rationing body that is designed to limit, or ration, if you will, care. That leads to the next question, what do we do with the people that we aren’t going to treat? How will they be “disposed of?” If this abomination of legislation holds, we will find out!

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If SCOTUS knocks down Obamacare, fight over?

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So if the Supreme Court overturns Obamacare and rules it unconstitutional, is the fight over? Not hardly, says Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute.

Looks like we will have just begun to fight, to paraphrase a certain famous Naval Captain. It is reported in the linked article below that California may well enact their own version of Obamacare if it is struck down. This would probably precipitate other states to follow.

Basically we have a long, protracted fight on our hands, but as also pointed out in the article, the folks on our side are not waiting for the first punch.

Pretty soon the Supreme Court will rule on the validity of Barack Obama’s plan to have the government tell consumers what products to buy – in the Obamacare case – and then all those arguments will be done. After all, that is the highest court in the land, right?

LOL! As the new text-language expresses for “laugh out loud.”

Full article here.

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Obamney’s Healthcare?

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This is a video I first saw on Flopping Aces. I thought it would be a good idea to post it here and urge all of our loyal viewers here at CH 2.0 to help it go viral.

In my opinion, Romney has two Achilles’ heels.

Romney Care and his wealth. This is what I posted on Flopping Aces about this very subject”

Romney has two huge weaknesses when he runs against Obama:

Government run health care, as the video points out and his wealth.

With Obama’s relentless attacks on “millionaires and billionaires,” Romney will be the perfect foil. The class warfare tack that Obama has taken has been, in my opinion, become his platform for re-election directly because he sees Romney as the likely GOP candidate.

Recently when Perry and Newt were attacking Romney on the Bain Capital issue, I am sure that the Obama admin were all smiles.

I support Newt, but I thought that his attack on Bain was a mistake. Thankfully he has backed away from that.

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More Reasons to Avoid Socialized Medicine

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Over the last two-plus years, I’ve been writing about socialized medicine, and why we should avoid it like the plague.  Here are some more reasons from Sweden…

A man from Nyköping in eastern Sweden has been denied a power wheelchair despite having had both of his legs amputated as the local health authority remained “uncertain if the impairment was permanent”.

Now, I’ve never been to Sweden, but to my knowledge, Swedes are just like the rest of us in that they do not regenerate limbs!

The man had his legs amputated after a long struggle with diabetes, but despite being unable get about, his application for a power wheelchair has been denied. 

“I was bitterly disappointed in the local authorities. I don’t feel I got the support I deserve,” Evert Stefansson told The Local. 

Er, sorry to inform you sir, but when you let the state “take care” of you, THEY get to decide what you deserve, if anything.   When one gives control of their own bodies over to the state, they lose all choice over the care they receive.

But, that’s not the end.  It seems that it’s not a great idea to need emergency care in Sweden…

In the Swedish media there has been one report after another of people not getting any healthcare at all. In fact, they do not even get an ambulance.

Let me give you one example:

“Help me,” 23-year-old Emil Linnell can be heard saying repeatedly in recordings of his January 30th call to SOS Alarm, Sweden’s emergency response service…

The transcript of the communication between the nurse and the man shows that he pleaded ‘help me’ repeatedly on the phone to SOS Alarm but was ignored.

According to the transcript the nurse said he couldn’t really understand what Linnell’s problem was. He said that Linnell was ‘running about the flat’ with no ‘apparent problem breathing or speaking’. 

But Linnell persisted in saying he couldn’t breathe. 

“I know, but I have been sitting here listening to you. You are breathing fine now,“ the nurse answered.

“No, I am fainting! I’m fainting,” he said.

“Take a deep breath now,” the nurse urged.

“I can’t! Please help me! Please! Help me,“ pleaded Linnell. 

A little later he said, “I can’t breathe” again.

“You are breathing fine. I promise you,” the nurse then answered him.

The call then finished with a wheezing noise followed by a crash. Two hours later a neighbour found Linnell dead by the open door. 

No ambulance was ever sent, and it was later determined Linnell died from a ruptured spleen.

He was an individual, and when something is socialized, individuals don’t matter.  Too bad for him, but as long as the system remains, and the people in charge of it maintain their power…

Head over to the second link, The Cold Voice of Reason, to see the other examples.

But, it’ll be completely different here, right?

 

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