Category Archives: Health Care

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:

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H/t California Catholic

~Éowyn

Blue Cross of New Mexico pulls out of state exchange

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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

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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

Transsexual who battered her sleeping brother is cleared of attempted murder because she was sleepwalking

helen doeDaily Mail: A transgender police worker who battered her sleeping brother with an iron bar was cleared of attempted murder because she was sleepwalking.

Helen Doe told police she woke up in the home she shared with her brother Kenneth, 64, with an ‘overwhelming hatred’ for him. The 53-year-old, from Mitcham, south London, then hit M.r Doe three times on the head with a one-and-a-half foot long metal bar as he lay in bed on July 5 last year. He also received a broken finger as he tried to defend himself.

Miss Doe, who has worked with the Metropolitan Police for 36 years and was taking hormone tablets at the time of the attack, was found not guilty at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court. John Hilton, defending, said she was suffering ‘non-insane automatism‘ – involuntary movements she was not responsible for.

Four expert pharmacologists agreed the drugs she was taking could have caused violent behaviour.

Paul Cavin, prosecuting, said: ‘The defence will point to the conclusion Miss Doe was sleepwalking when she attacked her brother and that sleepwalking and violence was due to the drugs she was taking.’  He added: ‘Fortunately he did not die or suffer long-term injury at all, brain injury, however it is the prosecution case that in striking him several times with an iron bar she intended to kill him. It may be that she is not strong enough, maybe he blocked or parried the blows.’

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The court heard Miss Doe, who works in the uniform division of the force, dialed 999 and told the operator at around 2.50am: ‘I’ve had an accident. I think I’ve killed my brother. I’ve hit him with an iron bar. Just now, I’ve been building up to it.’

When officers entered the house the defendant was in the kitchen and told them: ‘It’s me. I did it, he’s upstairs.’ 

Police went upstairs to check on the brother, who told them: ‘I had an argument with her earlier and I woke up and she was hitting me with an iron bar… I don’t like her friends.’ He was rushed to St. George’s Hospital to be treated for the three wounds, plus a fractured middle finger on his left hand.

Mr. Cavin told the jury Miss Doe spoke freely in the van on the way to Sutton Police Station, confessing: ‘I wanted to do it. I wanted to kill him.’

She told police officers in an interview after the attack: ‘I was in a mental state and I didn’t know what I was doing. That’s why I need to go to a mental place.’

‘She said her friendship with her brother was not a good one and woke in the early hours with an overwhelming hatred of her brother and she makes reference to muffled voices in her head.

‘She describes a history of depression for which she was taking prescribed medication. She also said she was in the process of changing gender to that of a female and was having hormone therapy.

Doe has organised lectures for Croydon LGBT and has led the Croydon Trans Group. She has been living as a woman since 2012.

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Obamacare rates set to rise in Oklahoma; state’s role in dispute

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Lawton Constitution: Affordable Care Act health insurance rates are expected to rise in Oklahoma in 2016, and the state Insurance Department insists it cannot do anything about rates except review and approve the paperwork.

In the past, however, the department held a somewhat different view, according to a former high-ranking state insurance official.

Jonathan Small, former government affairs director for the state Insurance Department, said he could recall several instances in which the department used its influence to persuade insurance companies that their proposed rates were either too low or too high. Two of those cases involved health insurance, Small said.

“It doesn’t happen that often, but it has happened in the past,” said Small, who is now executive vice president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a free-market research and advocacy group. “It would be an awfully gutsy move for a company not to respond to what was communicated to them by the insurance commissioner,” he said.

Small worked for the Insurance Department under former Commissioner Kim Holland, who was defeated in the 2010 election by the current commissioner, John Doak. Holland declined to comment on the department’s ability to influence insurance rates or the cases mentioned by Small.

Oklahoma statutes appear to give the insurance commissioner authority to make decisions about rates. A provision of Title 36, which governs the insurance industry, states, “The insurance commissioner shall not approve rates for insurance which are excessive, inadequate, or unfairly discriminatory.”

The issue of state rate regulation is under discussion across the country as insurers submit proposed rates for individual and small group health insurance policies they want to sell in the Affordable Care Act market in 2016.

For example, the biggest player in Oklahoma’s “Obamacare” market, Blue Cross Blue Shield, has requested federal approval of rate increases averaging 31 percent for all of its individual plans sold in the state next year. (Premiums paid by most policyholders would rise by less than that because of federal subsidies.) The federal review and approval process will be completed this fall, and open enrollment begins Nov. 1.

Insurance Commissioner Doak declined to be interviewed for this story. His communications director, Kelly Dexter, said in a series of phone interviews and emails that the department would continue to review Affordable Care Act rates, but had no power to change them. “Basically, we cannot approve or deny any rates submitted to this department. We do not have statutory authority over any rates,” Dexter said.

Dexter had taken issue with a July 10 Oklahoma Watch story that said the department had “jurisdiction over Oklahoma rates.” The story noted that the department so far had not attempted to change rates approved by the federal government for health policies sold under the Affordable Care Act since January 2014.

“The companies just have to file the proper paperwork with us stating that they are going to change the rates, either increase or decrease … We cannot bar them from doing that,” Dexter said.

In 2011, Doak announced he was returning a $1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma to help the state develop a federally approved rate-review capability. The grant had been requested by Holland before Doak took office.

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