Category Archives: Health Care

Canadian doctors to get euthanasia kits

This December, Quebec will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to allow competent adults experiencing intolerable suffering at the end of life to request “medical aid in dying,” aka physician-assisted suicide, aka euthanasia.

Bill 52 allows doctors to administer lethal injections to mentally fit patients suffering an incurable illness who are in constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain, in an advanced state of irreversible decline. and be at the end of life.

Hippocratic Oath

Sharon Kirkey reports for National Post, Aug. 28, 2015, that Quebec doctors will soon be given standardized kits with which to end the lives of patients seeking euthanasia, along with detailed instructions as the province prepares to usher in legalized aid in dying. The euthanasia patient-killing kit will include:

  • A sedative to calm the patient
  • A drug to induce a deep coma
  • A drug to induce cardiorespiratory arrest (two sets of each drug to provide a backup in case of complications)
  • Syringes
  • Needles in different calibre sizes
  • IV tubing
  • IV solutions

The Collège des médecins du Québec has developed a new guideline for doctors unlike any in the history of Canadian medicine: a step-by-step guide to follow before, during and after administering euthanasia to killing an eligible patient, including the type of drugs to be used, the dose, the injection site and what to do in the event of complications. The guideline, developed in collaboration with the Order of Pharmacists of Quebec and the Order of Nurses of Quebec, will be available to doctors, nurses and other health professionals on a secure area of the college’s website because, according to college secretary Dr. Yves Robert, “We don’t want these recipes made too easily available to everyone.”

Robert insists, “It is clearly not euthanasia on demand. It is clearly not that.”

In February, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the century-old Criminal Code prohibitions against “physician-assisted death.” In so doing, legal experts say the court opened the door to both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide — where the doctor writes a prescription for a life-ending overdose the patient then takes himself.

Modeled on a 3-phased formula used in the Netherlands, the Quebec guideline could become a model for all of Canada. The three steps are:

  1. First, a benzodiazepine, a type of sedative, would be injected to help control anxiety and “help calm the patient,” Robert said.
  2. Next, a barbiturate drug would be injected to induce a coma.
  3. The third step would be a neuromuscular block, a derivative of curare that acts on the respiratory muscles to cause cardio-respiratory arrest, i. e., the person’s heart and lungs will cease functioning.

People requesting euthanasia can stop the processes at any time, up until the last moment before the loss of consciousness. The whole process, from beginning to death, “would probably take something around 15 minutes,” Robert said.

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~Éowyn

Japan’s worst day for teen suicides. “Collective thinking” part of the problem?

japanese youthJapan’s “killer collectivism” has been around for some time.

CNN: Nanae Munemasa was at elementary school when the bullying started. The 17-year-old student says she was beaten by boys with broom sticks, slapped in the girls’ bathroom, and even attacked during a swimming lesson. “I was the last one to get out of the pool,” she said. “A brush flew out of nowhere and it hit me underwater. I nearly drowned. I had a huge bump on my forehead.”

Nanae started skipping school, and even thought about taking her own life.

Suicide spike

She’s not alone. More Japanese school pupils commit suicide on September 1 each year than on any other date, according to figures collated by Japan’s suicide prevention office over a period of more than 40 years.

The grim spike in the statistics is linked to the typical start date of the new school term after the summer holiday has ended. “The long break from school enables you to stay at home, so it’s heaven for those who are bullied,” Nanae said. “When summer ends, you have to go back. And once you start worrying about getting bullied, committing suicide might be possible.”

Japan has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world, and it is the leading cause of death among those aged 15-39. The government’s figures show that in total 18,048 under-18s took their own lives between 1972 and 2013.

Nanae said she became a target for bullies after she transferred schools for a short time before returning — meaning she was branded as a truant. When the bullying worsened, she considered suicide, but did not go through with it. “I thought that actions such as cutting my wrist would cause trouble for my parents, and committing suicide would not solve anything.”

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Collective thinking

In the end, Nanae decided to stop going to school and stayed at home for nearly a year.

Nanae’s mother, Mina Munemasa, was supportive of her daughter’s decision. “Nanae was saying things like, ‘If I jump off the Tokyo Tower, I think I can fly,” Mina said. “I don’t think school is a place where you have to risk your life to go.”

Nanae thinks the Japanese education system’s focus on collective thinking is at the root cause of the problem.

“In Japan, you have to fall in line with other people. And if you cannot do that, you’re either ignored or bullied,” she said. “You are required to have a unified opinion, and it crushes the uniqueness every person has. But that uniqueness is not something to destroy.”

Some experts agree. Child psychiatrist Dr. Ken Takaoka said the suicide rate increases when school restarts because schools “prioritize collective (action). Children who do not get along in a group will suffer.”

Living hell

To raise awareness of the issue, a Japanese non-profit organization, Futoko Shimbun, is even printing a newspaper for children who stay home to avoid bullying. Keiko Okuchi, one of the organization’s representatives, said the problem is exacerbated by a culture that dictates that going to school is the only option. “It is a living hell for children who know that they’ll be bullied at school, yet they have no other choice but to go,” she said.

Now, Nanae has returned to her studies and is also singing in a pop band called Nanakato along with her brother. Nanae hopes that one day they will have enough fans to fill Tokyo’s famous arena Budokan, and play their music in a foreign country.

Nanae is also trying to help others being bullied by writing a blog about what she went through. “It would be great if (the blog) helps at least one person stop thinking about committing suicide,” she said.

Nanae’s mother said her daughter’s time on the Internet was a key factor in helping her get through the bullying. “By creating connections with people in Japan as well as other countries, she was able to regain her confidence,” Mina said. “Adults tend to say that the Internet is dangerous but there are definitely some children who are saved by it.”

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California Democrats resurrect euthanasia bill for immediate vote

On July 7, I exulted that SB 128, California’s physician-assisted suicide bill that was passed by the state Senate, died in a state Assembly committee because Democrats had trouble finding enough votes to move the bill ahead, and that SB 128 was off the table for the rest of the year.

It turns out the exultation was short-lived because Demoncrats have resurrected the bill as ABX2-15, which is up for an immediate vote today.

The following comes from an August 31 email from Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF):

Democrats in the California legislature are perverting the normal legislative process and bringing SB 128 (now called ABX2-15) – the Physician-Assisted Suicide bill – up for an immediate vote on Tuesday

Even Governor Brown has harshly criticized the end-run around the Assembly Health Committee. In a surprise, bipartisan move, Southern California Democrats on the Health Committee promised to vote against the bill in July, causing Lois Wolk, the bill’s author, to take it off calendar for the rest of the legislative session.

Now the bill is back – reintroduced in a special legislative session on health care. This time, it faces a much friendlier committee that is likely to approve the bill for a full floor vote.

Please act today by contacting your assemblymembers immediately to urge them to vote ‘no’ on ABX2-15. Do you use twitter? Please tweet!

A sample letter with talking points is available on LLDF web site.

To find who your California state representative is, click here.

SB 128 is now ABX2-15

69-year-old Lois Wolk is a California State Senator, representing the 3rd district of California. Wolk is a member of the Democratic Party and was elected to the Senate in 2008.

The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

Hippocratic Oath

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H/t California Catholic

~Éowyn

Blue Cross of New Mexico pulls out of state exchange

obamacare

KRQE: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico announced on Wednesday it “will not offer individual on-exchange health insurance products on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange in 2016.”

Officials say the rates of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico did not cover the claim costs in 2014 and 2015 according to Albuquerque Business First.

“BCBSNM is extremely disappointed that we will not be an option for our customers on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange in 2016. We have been serving New Mexicans for 75 years and we hope to provide more options to individuals in the future,” said Kurt Shipley, president of BCBSNM. “While we are committed to helping communities expand access to health insurance, we cannot offer products in a sustainable and predictable manner without adequate rates. We will continue to offer an HMO product off-exchange in 2016, which will be available to all consumers.”

Earlier this month, the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance denied requests for a rate increase that would have helped cover the costs.

Authorities with BCBSNM said that policies for individuals will still remain in effect through the end of 2015. Also, non-individual policies may not be affected by the changes.

According to Albuquerque Business First, about 35,000 people are enrolled in the individual plans.

As reported via Twitchy:

The letter said Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico lost $19.2 million in 2015 on the 35,000 individuals covered by plans they purchased on and off the exchange. “We were unable to reach an agreement with the Office of Superintendent of Insurance … that would allow us to continue to offer coverage on the state’s health insurance exchange with rates that would be adequate to cover the anticipated needs of our members for the coming year,” Shipley wrote.”

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California panel rejects Planned Parenthood audit

If there’s no wrongdoing, why be afraid of an audit?

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Sacramento Bee: California legislators on Tuesday rejected a proposed audit of Planned Parenthood in the wake of a videos spotlighting the organization’s role in providing fetal tissue for medical research.

The proposed audit would have examined whether Planned Parenthood, which is reimbursed by California for serving hundreds of thousands of low-income patients on Medi-Cal, has illegally sold fetal tissue to testing and research organizations. Just two lawmakers on the 14-member Joint Legislative Audit Committee, both Republicans, voted for it.

Melissa Melendez

Melissa Melendez

“I am not here to ask you to defund Planned Parenthood. I am here to ask you to investigate how the funds that flow from the state’s coffers to Planned Parenthood are spent,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, who proposed the audit. “What I don’t understand is why someone would oppose looking into the allegations that have been made and assuring the public.”

Planned Parenthood officials argue that they violate no laws in sending some fetal tissue to researchers, a process that compels them to obtain consent from their patients and receive only enough money to cover the cost of the program. An attorney for the organization said California affiliates drew less than $100,000 in 2014 to cover fetal tissue donations, or less than one-tenth of one percent of their total operating budget.

“We have done everything that we are required to do to comply with state and federal laws and we will always do that,” Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California president and CEO Kathy Kneer testified, calling a federal storm over Planned Parenthood funding “designed to serve a political agenda” to stymie research and block healthcare access.

Women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood enjoy broad political support in Democrat-dominated Sacramento, and Democrats on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee questioned the need for an audit that Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, described as an extension of a “witch hunt.” “I’m having difficulty identifying a specific violation of federal or state law that we’re going to launch the auditor to ferret out,” said Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside.

Republicans who spoke in favor of an audit said Planned Parenthood would benefit from having its name cleared. “I think it hurts the organization more by having all these questions and angst out there than it does to provide transparency to the public,” said Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, the incoming Senate Republican Leader.

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Mizzou grad students lose health insurance thanks to Obamacare

Obamacare Screw U

Campus Reform: The University of Missouri (UM) told its graduate students on August 14 that it would no longer be providing subsidies for the students’ insurance coverage because of a recent IRS interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

In a letter sent to the graduate students, the university explained that the Obamacare “prohibits businesses from providing employees subsidies specifically for the purpose of purchasing health insurance from individual market plans.” The IRS, according to the university, is treating the university’s student insurance plan as an “individual market plan,” which thus prohibits the university from subsidizing the students’ health insurance.

The university’s Friday announcement left graduate students in a bind, as their plans were set to expire on Saturday.

Missouri explained on its website that university officials waited until the last minute to inform students because they “hoped the national groups lobbying on [their] behalf would motivate the IRS to issue an alternate ruling.”

Many of the university’s graduate students took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with the university’s decision.

Josh Bolton, Missouri PhD. student in Political Communication, tweeted at Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to ask why the university’s decision doesn’t constitute “a breach of contract since [the students’] offer letters stated fully funded health insurance.” Chancellor Loftin did not appear to respond to Bolton’s question.

Mike Horton, a PhD. student in contemporary American fiction, tweeted that “The obvious response is for [Missouri] grad students to unionize.”

Even politicians got in on the action.Missouri State Representative Kip Kendrick (D-45) tweeted that he is “[t]rying to get answers and figure out what the heck is going on.” Rep. Kendrick later tweeted that many of his “friends [and] constituents are affected” by the university’s decision.

Clayton Coffman, a PhD. student in the Plant, Insect, and Microbial Science program, told Campus Reform that [m]any students, and their families, depend on the health insurance MU was subsidizing.” “All of the graduate students I know were promised health coverage when they were given their offers to attend here,” Coffman continued.

Moreover, Coffman said, this is just the latest roadblock the university has placed in the way of graduate students. “Recently MU dissolved the graduate school, replacing it with an administrative unit not able to represent graduate student needs.” Earlier in the school year, Coffman said, the university pulled tuition waivers from “many graduate students who don’t have ‘full-time’ appointments.”

“They’re systematically making it more and more difficult to go to graduate school here, even though graduate students perform the vast majority of the research which comes out of this campus.”

Coffman aired his frustration on Twitter, tweeting a warning to incoming graduate students, “. Welcome to MU new grad students! Remember that health insurance we promised you? Well we can’t, because of Obama!

And because the IRS and Obamacare isn’t at fault (somehow), Coffman later tweeted, “I should say that the was sarcastic. I don’t blame the ACA, I blame Mizzou for treating its employees the way Walmart does.”

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1 in 10 U.S. births are born to illegals & Donald Trump’s plan

Mothers and their babies march down Broadway for a May Day rally at Los Angeles City Hall. (Luis Sinco / LAT) May 1, 2007

Women and their anchor babies march in a 2007 (Marxist) May Day rally, Los Angeles.

The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizenship to every child born in America. Section 1 of Amendment XIV says:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.

That law is being widely abused.

The above CBS news video says:

  • 300,000 babies born every year in the Untied [sic] States are born to mothers who are here illegally.
  • 40% of the babies in McAllen Texas Medical Center are born to illegals. The Center has delivered babies from women still wet from swimming across the Mexican-U.S. border. U.S. hospitals are mandated to treat all emergency room patients.
  • Fabiola, a Mexican woman illegally crossed the Mexican border into the U.S. when she was 6 months pregnant for the express purpose of giving birth here so that her child is a U.S. citizen by virtue of the 14th Amendment. Via her “anchor baby,” Fabiola no longer needs fear being deported. She will also become a U.S. citizen herself by having her anchor baby be her sponsor. To add insult upon injury, she gave birth to her anchor baby via a $47,000 C-section that was paid for by U.S. taxpayers.
  • Nor is Fabiola alone. She said on camera that many Mexican women do the same thing.
  • Each year, the government taxpayers spend $1.1 billion on the health care of illegals.

Donald Trump has published a position paper entitled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again.” It is available on the Trump campaign website, here.

In an article for American Thinker, Alan Wall summarizes the Trump plan:

  1. Triple the number of ICE  [Immigration and Customs  Enforcement] officers.
  2. Nationwide e-verify.
  3. Mandatory return of criminal aliens.
  4. Detention, not catch-and-release.
  5. Defund sanctuary cities.
  6. Enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa.
  7. Cooperate with local gang task forces.
  8. End birthright citizenship.

Wall left out a #9 to Trump’s immigration reform plan:

9. Build a wall — a massive, impenetrable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegals “immigrants”. Trump says seismic and other equipment could detect and stop any underground tunnels to circumvent the wall. (Washington Post)

Orly Taitz, Esq., maintains that cancelling U.S. financial aid to Mexico for just one year would pay for the wall.

Mexico is one of the top 10 recipients of U.S. foreign aid — $757.7 million in fiscal year 2010. That figure does not include the $millions more that the U.S. is helping Mexico save by taking any and all Mexicans who illegally crosses the border.

H/t Gateway Pundit

See also Obama’s insidious plan to use immigrants to eventually take over America, their unwitting host: “190 U.S. cities are hosts to immigrant ‘seedlings’ to create ‘a country within a country’“.

~Éowyn