Category Archives: Health Care

Wheaton College ends student health insurance over Obamacare

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Campus Reform: Wheaton College (Ill.) will no longer offer its students health care coverage after being denied a temporary exemption from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

“We regret that we were not able to provide earlier notice of this significant change, which affects roughly a quarter of our student body,” said vice president for student development Paul Chelsen in a July 22 statement. The college will not renew its student health insurance plan (SHIP) for the upcoming school year.

“The College is considering all of its options and will explore the possibility of again offering a SHIP in the future if circumstances allow us to do so in good conscience,” Chelsen said.

Additionally, Chelsen declared that the “College desires that every student have access to quality and affordable healthcare” but said an “unexpected notification” to comply with the contraceptive mandate “did not allow the College adequate time to make alternate plans to provide student coverage in line with its institutional convictions.”

As previously reported by Campus Reform, Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, denied the college’s request for a preliminary injunction earlier this month. If it had been granted, the college would have been given a temporary religious exemption until its lawsuit was decided.

Wheaton College is currently suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because of religious objections to “emergency contraception” coverage as part of its student health plan. The private Christian liberal arts college holds that several act as abortifacients and being required to provide them would violate its religious convictions.

According to NBC 5, Chelsen said during a student information session that the school is attempting to protect its lawsuit against the Department of Human Services. The college said in a statement it would also assist students in “finding and signing up for a healthcare plan.”

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NY cardinal who lives tax-free in $30M mansion scolds Americans for being against illegal immigration

In an op/ed, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan chastises Donald Trump and Americans who have problems with illegal immigration and illegals who commit heinous crimes of rape and murder, calling us “nativists.”

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines “nativism” as “The policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants.” In his op/ed, Dolan calls “nativism” an “ugly phenomenon,” and “nativists” as those “who see the unwashed, ignorant, bothersome brood as criminals and misfits who threaten ‘pure America,’ and are toxic to everything decent in the United States.”

Timothy Dolan

Dolan writes:

“[Nativism] flourished in our country during the 1840s and 1850s — actually becoming a popular political party, the Know-Nothings — and appeared again, in the 1870s, as the American Protective Association; in the 1920s, as the KKK; and during post-World War II America, as Protestants and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

These nativists believed the immigrant to be dangerous, and that America was better off without them. All these poor degenerates did, according to the nativists, was to dilute the clean, virtuous, upright citizenry of God-fearing true Americans.”

Dolan continues, referring to “those happy days decades ago” when he taught American religious history to university students:

“I made the point to my students that nativism never really did disappear completely, but was a continual virulent strain in the American psyche, which would probably sadly show up again.

This point my students would not buy. ‘Father Dolan,’ they would say, ‘there’s no denying that this bigotry was there in our past. But, come on! Who could ever believe now that immigrants are dirty, drunken, irresponsible, dangerous threats to clean, white, Protestant, Anglo-Saxon America! Those days are gone.’

I wish I were in the college classroom again, so I could roll out my ‘Trump card’ to show the students that I was right. Nativism is alive, well — and apparently popular!

After slyly bashing Donald Trump — and by extension Trump’s supporters — with his “Trump card” reference, Dolan turns coy, insisting that “I am not in the business of telling people what candidates they should support or who deserves their vote.”

Then, this cardinal who lives in the lap of luxury (see below) goes all better-than-thou sanctimonious:

“But as a Catholic, I take seriously the Bible’s teaching that we are to welcome the stranger, one of the most frequently mentioned moral imperatives in both the Old and New Testament.”

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Dolan, who once taught in a university, can’t seem to distinguish between LEGAL immigrants to the United States and ILLEGAL aliens who:

  • Disrespect this country’s laws and borders;
  • Make a mockery of millions of people across the world who actually respect our laws by applying to immigrate here;
  • Force taxpayers to pay for their welfare, medical care and education (k-12 and college!)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York leads the pack of Catholic archbishops and bishops who live in palatial mansions.

Dolan lives in a 15,000-square-foot mansion (below) on Madison Avenue in in one of the priciest corridors of Manhattan. The mansion reportedly is filled with thick red carpets and priceless antiques, and is estimated to be worth at least $30 million. Dolan shares the mansion with three other priests. (See “Pope Francis calls again for wealth redistribution, while U.S. archbishops live in palatial homes”)

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Cardinal Dolan lives here

Just four men live in a swanky mansion of 15 thousand sq. feet!

Hey, Dolan, let’s see you “take seriously the Bible’s teaching that we are to welcome the stranger” by sharing those 15,000 sq. ft. with illegal “immigrants”.

I dare you.

This is the same Archbishop Timothy Dolan who led this year’s New York St. Patrick’s Day parade as its Grand Marshal, despite the participation of a homosexual activist group, Out@NBCUniversal, and despite the parade’s rejection of an application from the pro-life adoption group Children First Foundation.

Contact info. for Cardinal Timothy Dolan:

1011 First Ave
New York, NY  10022
Phone: 212-371-1000

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~Éowyn

New eye-drops can melt away cataracts

Yesterday, a friend had cataract surgery — something that happens to many people as we grow old.

In fact, by age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract (clouded lens) or have had cataract surgery although people can have an age-related cataract in their 40s and 50s. (National Institute of Health)

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Cataracts can also happen after an eye injury, as a result of eye disease, after you use certain medicines, or as a result of health problems such as diabetes.

Cataracts develop when protein in the lens of our eyes builds up and prevents light from getting through. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S.

Currently, the only treatment available for cataracts is surgically removing the clouded lens from the eye and replacing it with an artificial lens. But scientists in California have discovered that a naturally-occurring steroid, lanosterol, is able to melt away cataracts and prevent them from returning when administered to patients via eye drops. If approved for human use, the compound would be available as a non-invasive treatment for individuals with moderate forms of cataracts.

Dana Dovey writes for Medical Daily, July 23, 2015, that scientists first became aware of lanosterol cataract-blocking abilities by observing two children in China who had a hereditary form of the condition. Upon closer examination, it became clear that the children shared a mutation that blocked the production of the steroid lanosterol, Science Alert reported. Their parents lacked this mutation and as a result never went on to develop cataracts. From this observation, the team proposed that the steroid must play a role in the formation of cataracts.

In a series of experiments, the team tested lanosterol on donated human lenses and live rabbits and dogs. Results repeatedly showed that lanosterol was able to significantly shrink cataract size. (See Zhao L, Chen X, Zhu J., “Lanosterol reverses protein aggregation in cataracts,” Nature, 2015.)

Although it’s not entirely clear how lanosterol is working, the researchers believe that the steroid prevents the proteins from building up. According to Tech Times, if the drops prove to also work on humans, they could offer a non-invasive treatment for individuals with mild to moderate cataracts and serve as a way to prevent the condition from ever returning. While cataract surgery is relatively easy and safe, the drops would serve as an easier alternative for the 50 million Americans estimated to be afflicted by the condition by the year 2050.

Despite not yet being tested on humans, the study is already causing excitement. Jonathan King, a molecular biologist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the study is the strongest of its kind that he’s seen in decades: “They discovered the phenomena and then followed with all of the experiments that you should do — that’s as biologically relevant as you can get.”

Things that increase your risk for cataracts include (WebMD):

  • Age: Getting older is a major risk factor for cataracts.
  • Family history (genetics): People with a family history of cataracts are more likely to have cataracts. People with certain genetic disorders may also have an increased risk for cataracts.
  • Some chronic diseases increase the risk for cataracts, a leading candidate is diabetes. People with diabetes are at increased risk for cataracts due to damage to the lens of the eye from persistent high blood sugar (glucose) levels.
  • Glaucoma: Surgery to treat glaucoma may raise the risk of cataracts.
  • Other things that may increase your risk include:
    • Smoking: People who smoke are more likely to develop cataracts because smoking may damage the lens of the eye by leading to the formation of chemicals called free radicals. High levels of free radicals can damage cells, including those in the lens of the eye.
    • Infection during pregnancy: If a woman has certain infections during pregnancy, such as rubella or chickenpox, the baby may develop a cataract before birth.
    • Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure: Ultraviolet B (UVB) is related to cataract development.
  • Steroid medicines: Long-term use of high doses of steroid medicines for conditions such as asthma or emphysema increases a person’s risk for cataracts.

Bottom line:

There is no proven way to prevent cataracts, but there are some things we can do that may help slow cataract growth:

  1. Do not smoke.
  2. Wear a hat or sunglasses when you are in the sun.
  3. Avoid sunlamps and tanning booths.
  4. Eat healthy foods.
  5. And if you are diabetic, keep your glucose (blood sugar) under control.

~Éowyn

Companies that fund Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby body parts

On July 14, 2015, the Center for Medical Progress, headed by a valiant Christian named David Daleiden, released a shocking undercover video showing Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood (PP) sells the body parts of aborted unborn children (like fetal livers) and has its physicians do unlawful partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts. See “Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted human babies”.

David Daleiden

David Daleiden

Days later, a second sting video was released, showing another PP senior official, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over how much she would charge for the aborted baby body parts. See “Second Planned Parenthood sting video: use “less crunchy” abortion method to get intact body parts for sale” and also “Human baby body parts and tissue for sale“.

Here are 38 companies that have directly funded Planned Parenthood (source: The Daily Signal). Since abortion accounts for 94% of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit business, this means the following ghoulish companies are directly funding the murder of innocent and defenseless human beings, as well as the sale of their body parts and organs:

  1. Adobe
  2. American Cancer Society
  3. American Express
  4. AT&T
  5. Avon
  6. Bank of America
  7. Bath & Body Works
  8. Ben & Jerry’s
  9. Clorox
  10. Converse
  11. Deutsche Bank
  12. Dockers
  13. Energizer
  14. Expedia
  15. ExxonMobil
  16. Fannie Mae
  17. Groupon
  18. Intuit
  19. Johnson & Johnson
  20. La Senza
  21. Levi Strauss
  22. Liberty Mutual
  23. Macy’s
  24. March of Dimes
  25. Microsoft
  26. Morgan Stanley
  27. Nike
  28. Oracle
  29. PepsiCo
  30. Pfizer
  31. Progressive (auto insurance)
  32. Starbucks
  33. Susan G. Komen
  34. Tostitos
  35. Unilever
  36. United Way
  37. Verizon
  38. Wells Fargo

The Daily Signal (TDS) originally listed 41 companies — a list obtained from Planned Parenthood’s website. After TDS first published the list, three companies — Xerox, Ford Motor Co., Coca-Cola — contacted TDS to say their inclusion on PP’s list was erroneous. They asked PP to remove them from its list. PP’s response was to delete the entire list from their website.

Below are some reaction to the two undercover videos.

1. The Good Guys:

2. The Bad Guys:

The following politicians and organizations are defending PP:

  • The Obama administration not only says the selling of aborted babies’ body parts is “ethical,” spokesman Josh Ernest said that Obama, who says he’s a Christian, will not defund Planned Parenthood. That means the evil POS is forcing you, me, and every taxpayer to fund this ghoulish practice, against our conscience.
  • Wannabe-president Hillary Clinton, who calls herself a Christian, on July 23, 2016, defended the Planned Parenthood abortion business, saying PP offers “important services.” Hillary also defended late-term or partial-birth abortions, which is illegal. (H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV)
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who calls herself a Catholic Christian, instead of demanding an investigation of PP, wants the Obama administration to investigate the Center for Medical Progress who made the undercover videos.
  • Minnesota governor Mark Dayton refuses to investigate PP.
  • The New York Times also defends PP’s sale of aborted baby parts.
  •  A Rasmussen poll found that 25% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the sale of body organs from aborted babies for use in medical research. 54% oppose, and 22% are undecided. 43% favor the use of fetal tissue in medical research; 34% are opposed; 23% are not sure.

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~Éowyn

Medicare’s funding well to dry up in 2030

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Washington Examiner: The fund Medicare uses to pay hospitals will run out in the next 15 years, and experts say there are no easy answers to solve it.

The independent Board of Trustees for Medicare found the trust fund used for Medicare payments to hospitals would become insolvent in 2030 unless something is done. The board issued its annual report to Congress on the entitlement program’s finances on Wednesday.

As in prior years, the trustees found that the fund isn’t properly financed over the next decade. Last year’s report also pegged 2030 as the date the fund will become insolvent.

However, the fund could run dry as early as 2022 if spending is higher than estimated, the report said.

The fund covers hospital insurance benefits. It doesn’t affect Medicare Part B, which covers payments to physicians, or Medicare Part C, which is commonly known as Medicare Advantage.

The verdict is still out on how to solve the problem, said Juliette Cubanski, associate director of Medicare policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation. One answer to increase funding is to raise payroll taxes, she said.

The insolvency of the trust fund basically means Medicare payments will be higher than the money coming in, “which is basically the payroll tax for Part A,” she said.  But raising taxes is not the “easiest thing to do in the current political environment,” Cubanski conceded.

The report exuded a sense of urgency for Congress and the Obama administration to get together and find a solution. “The sooner solutions are enacted, the more flexible and gradual they can be,” the trustees said.

Whether that can happen is another story. After the report was released, some Republicans blamed Obamacare for the problem. “Rather than ignoring the problem and raiding Medicare to pay for the president’s health care law, we need a willing partner in Washington to take thoughtful and prompt steps forward in strengthening the program,” said a statement from Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Joe Pitts, R-Pa. Upton is head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Pitts leads the panel’s health subcommittee.

Blame the republicans...

Blame the republicans…

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., countered that it is Republicans who have contributed to the problem. “Instead of trying relentlessly and irresponsibly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans should work with Democrats to make sure that Medicare is protected for the next generation,” said the House minority whip.

But some lawmakers pointed to the year’s biggest bipartisan success as evidence that they can find a solution. The two parties permanently repealed an unsustainable Medicare payment formula for physicians and reauthorized a children’s insurance program.

“Reforming the way Medicare pays local doctors has had positive effects for our nation’s seniors, providers and the program itself,” said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee’s health subcommittee. “Now we must take the next step and pursue other important payment system reforms.”

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Probability of obese people reaching ‘normal’ weight less than 1%

Here’s another reason not to get fat.

We all know someone who was severely overweight, went on a diet, lost the weight, then quickly regained all of it back . . . and more. Now, a new study confirms our experience: the likelihood that obese people will lose the fat and return to a “normal” healthy weight is nearly ZERO — less than 1%.

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Obesity is more than being over weight. The Centers for Disease Control classify a body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 29.9 as “overweight,” anything above that as obese:

  • “Normal weight” means a BMI of 18.5–24.9
  • “Over weight” means a BMI of 25.0–29.9
  • “Obesity” means a BMI of 30.0–34.9
  • “Severe obesity” means a BMI of 35.0–39.9
  • “Morbid obesity” means a BMI of 40 or over

BMI is calculated by dividing a person’s mass (weight) by the square of his or her height, typically expressed either in metric or lbs. and inches. This is the formula:

BMI = mass (lb) ÷ (height in inches)² x 703

There’s an easier way to calculate your BMI. Click here!

CBS DC reports, July 20, 2015, that despite the fact that the great American diet industry makes several billion dollars worth of business each year, a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health says that most obese people will never achieve a “normal” weight.

Researchers from King’s College London analyzed 9 years worth of data for 76,704 obese men and 99,791 obese women from the United Kingdom and found that the annual probability of reaching a normal weight was less than 1% for both groups — just 1 in 210 for obese men and 1 in 124 for obese women. People who received bariatric (stomach-stapling) surgery were excluded from the study.

Some other findings:

  • For the morbidly obese (BMI = 40.0–44.9), those odds decreased to 1 in 1,290 for men and 1 in 677 for women.
  • Some 50% of patients who managed to achieve a 5% weight loss regained the weight within two years.
  • Over the full 9-year course of the study, only 1.67% of the men and 2.25% of the women managed to achieve a normal body weight.

The study’s dismal conclusion:

“Our findings indicate that current nonsurgical obesity treatment strategies are failing to achieve sustained weight loss for the majority of obese patients.… Even when treatment is accessed, evidence suggests behavioral weight loss interventions focusing on caloric restriction and increased physical activity are unlikely to yield clinically significant reductions in body weight.”

A 2012 study had warned that at the rate we’re going, by the year 2030, in 15 years, more than 4 of every 10 (42%) Americans may become obese and 11% severely obese. Just think of what this means in health care costs….

The table below gives the BMI equivalents in height and weight. To use the table, find your height in the left-hand column, then move across the row to your weight. The number at the top of the column is the BMI for that height and weight.

BMI in height-weight

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~Éowyn

National Children’s Leukemia Foundation is a fraud

It is bad enough to defraud people.

It is downright evil to defraud by taking advantage of others’ goodness, which is what fake charities do.

Daily Mail reports, July 22, 2015, that the New York Attorney General has shut down the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, after an investigation revealed the crooked founder, Zvi “Steve” Shor, had been pocketing nearly $1 million a year while only spending 1% of donations on children with leukemia.

The organization has also been accused of faking audit reports, when no audits were conducted.

Shor started the charity in 1991, following the death of his son from leukemia. He then continued to run the charity from his basement in Brooklyn, New York, amassing $13 million in donations between April 2009 and March 2013. 

Zvi Shor's house in Brooklyn

During this period, Shor was also paying himself a $600,000 salary while sending an additional $655,000 “for research purposes” to a shell organization in Israel run by his sister.

Shor ran the organization as president until 2010, when he was replaced by accountant and auditor Yehuda Gutwein when it was revealed that Shor had been convicted of bank fraud in 1999.

In addition to Shor, the other individuals named in the suit include Gutwein, Shor’s son Shlomo Shor, and Shlomo Donn.

Read more here.

~Éowyn