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Medicare may soon cover “death panels”

The expression “death panel” was coined in August 2009 by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, during the nationwide debate about the proposed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Referring to Section 1233 of HR 3200, the House version of Obamacare, which would have paid physicians for counseling Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care options, Gov. Palin expressed her concern that the proposed legislation would create a “death panel” of unelected bureaucrats who would decide whether Americans—such as her elderly parents or her child, Trig, with Down syndrome whom the vicious Left said she should have aborted —were “worthy of medical care.”

Sarah with baby Trig

The Left immediately demonized Palin and derided her claim as the “death panel myth.” Nevertheless, “death panel” instantly became a meme that penetrated through the minutiae of the 906-page long Obamacare legislation, arousing much public concern. As a result, the provision to pay physicians for providing voluntary counseling was removed from the Obamacare law that Congress passed and Obama signed into law in 2010.

But that’s not the end of the story, for Sarah’s “death panel” is back, via Medicare.

In 2010, Medicare added coverage of “voluntary advance care planning” in patients’ annual wellness visit to one of the myriad of regulations on how Obamacare is to be enforced. Altogether, Obamacare regulations are now 30 times longer than the law itself! But bowing to political pressure, Medicare rescinded that portion of the regulation, saying it had not considered the viewpoints of members of Congress and others who opposed it.

Now that Obamacare is (more or less) firmly in place and talk of “death panels” has subsided, Medicare is trying again.

The New York Times reports that next year, Medicare may begin covering “end-of-life discussions” if it approves a recent request from the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. One of AMA’s roles is to create billing codes for medical services which are used by doctors, hospitals and insurers. It recently created codes for end-of-life conversations and submitted them to Medicare.

Dr. Barbara Levy, chair of the AMA committee that submits reimbursement recommendations to Medicare, said, “We think it’s really important to incentivize this kind of care. The idea is to make sure patients and their families understand the consequences, the pros and cons and options so they can make the best decision for them.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS), which runs Medicare, would not discuss whether it will agree to cover end-of-life discussions; its decision is expected this fall. But the agency often adopts AMA recommendations, which are developed in meetings attended by CMMS representatives.

If Medicare adopts the change, its decision will also set the standard for private insurers, encouraging many more doctors to engage in these conversations.

Wanting to avoid situations in which they have to decide for incapacitated patients who have no family or state preference, some doctors already conduct “end of life” conversations for free (i.e., unreimbursed) or shoehorn them into other medical visits.

Experts say if Medicare covers end-of-life counseling, that could profoundly affect the American way of dying. But the impact would depend on how much doctors are paid, the allowed frequency of conversations, whether psychologists or other nonphysicians would conduct them, and whether the conversations must be in person or could include phone calls with long-distance family members. Paying for only one session and completion of advance directives would have limited value, experts say.

Susan Pisano, a spokeswoman for the trade association America’s Health Insurance Plans, says some private insurers already are reimbursing doctors for “end of life counseling.” The industry, which usually uses Medicare billing codes, already had created its own code under a system that allows that if Medicare does not have one, and more insurance companies are using it or covering the discussions in other ways, including:

  • This year, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan began paying an average of $35 per conversation, face to face or by phone, conducted by doctors, nurses, social workers and others.
  • Cambia Health Solutions, which covers 2.2 million patients in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington, started a program including end-of-life conversations and training in conducting them.
  • Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield of New York does something similar, reimbursing doctors $150 for an hourlong conversation and $350 for two hours.

End-of-life planning has also resurfaced in Congress. Two recent bipartisan bills would have Medicare cover such conversations, and a third, introduced by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), would pay Medicare patients for completing advance directives. 

But few people think the bills can pass.

Dr. Phillip Rodgers, co-chairman of public policy for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, said, “People are so careful about getting anywhere close to the idea that somebody might be denying lifesaving care.”

As they should!

Burke Balch, director of the Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee, said in a statement that many doctors believed in “hastening death for those deemed to have a ‘poor quality of life.’ ” If Medicare covers advance care planning, he said, that plus cost-saving motivations will pressure patients “to reject life-preserving treatment.”

It is unclear if advance care planning saves money, but some studies suggest that it reduces hospitalizations because many people prefer to die at home or in hospices. Dr. William McDade, president of the Illinois State Medical Society that had asked the AMA to create codes for the discussions, admits that cost-saving can be an “inadvertent” result.

Although “end of life” conversations do not lock patients into decisions and some people later change their minds in a crisis, evidence suggests that those discussions do make a difference. One study found that cancer patients who previously discussed end-of-life preferences with doctors more often received care matching those wishes. Other studies suggest planning lowers stress in patients and families.

What do you think?

Are you concerned that, if approved by Medicare, some doctors and non-physicians might use “end of life” discussions to sway the elderly toward an earlier death?

Once approved by Medicare, such discussions most likely will spread to Medicaid.

I’m always in favor of everyone taking charge of our wellbeing, being maximally informed about our medical condition and prognosis, and thoroughly thinking through our end-of-life scenarios by having a will and advance directives, and appointing a trusted family member with medical power-of-attorney. But I also fear that the federal government’s (via Medicare) institutionalizing “end of life counseling” will be another of those slippery slopes – or the proverbial frog in the slowly-heating pot of water — at which our government has proven itself to be a master.

~Eowyn

Sarah Palin Slams Holder For Racist Comments.

As usual Sister Sarah is doing the work of the little boys on the Hill. Not a one has the nerve to call Holder out so she does. What a bunch of wimps.

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 19 Jul 2014

Saturday in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK)  slammed Attorney General Eric Holder for his appearance on ABC’s “This Week” last Sunday when he accused Obama administration detractors of being motivated by race.

Palin slammed Holder, saying, “I don’t need lectures from Eric Holder.” Taunting him, she continued, “Not many cabinet members in U.S. history have been held in contempt of Congress.”

The Tea Party firebrand urged, “instead of shamelessly playing that race card,” he should look at the protests in black and latino communities about the resources going to the illegal immigrant children flooding across the U.S. Mexico border. 

Palin said, “That racism charge is a disgusting, false charge. Just because someone opposes a failed unjust agenda that makes them a racist, Mr. Attorney General?”

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http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/07/19/Palin-Slams-Eric-Holders-Disgusting-False-Racism-Charges

~Steve~

Republicans dither while Obama and Mexico conspire in Invasion of Illegals

FingerObama the POS

Not only is the POS not stopping the tidal wave of criminals and unaccompanied minors youths crossing into the United States ILLEGALLY, not only is the POS not deporting the thousands and thousands who are surging across the border ILLEGALLY, not only is the POS not enforcing U.S. immigration laws and enforcing border security, he actually declared the “surge” will continue.

The POS also refused calls for him to visit the border to look at the crisis he himself has caused, saying he has no plan to visit the border.

Then this POS has the nerve to demand from Congress already beleaguered taxpayers $3.7 billion in supplemental funding, half of which he said would help Customs and Border Patrol deal with the “humanitarian crisis” of thousands of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. illegally every week.

But as the Daily Mail reports, only about 3% of the $3.7 BILLION would be dedicated to strengthening America’s southwest border with Mexico.

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Dave Gibson reports for Examiner that on July 7, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey from Central America to cross into Mexico and then to the United States.

Enrique Peña Nieto & Otto Perez MolinaThe malicious agreement is called the Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, which will provide more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north, who will be provided a Regional Visitor’s Card that allows them to remain in Mexico for 72 hours — more than enough time to reach the US/Mexican border by train.

Although the program officially grants the 72-hr Visitor’s Card to only illegal aliens from Guatemala and Belize,  the program will undoubtedly benefit anyone who makes it to the border, which would explain why our Border Patrol stations are currently overflowing with illegal aliens from El Salvador, Honduras, and other places as well. (Chinese have been spotted among the surge of illegals; Muslim prayer rugs have been spotted along the Arizona border.)

The program will also give special protection and even financial assistance to unaccompanied minors youths now pouring across our border.

All of which means:

  1. The surge of illegal aliens into the U.S. will increase even more. Already, 300,000 have surged across the border since this April.
  2. Confirmation what many of us have known all along: The current chaos on the border which President Lucifer  dishonestly calls a “humanitarian crisis,” actually is the result of a collusion — i.e., a CONSPIRACY — between the governments of Mexico, Guatemala and the Obama regime.

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So what is the Republican Party doing about this?

Answer: The GOP elites are dithering, unable to decide whether to impeach or sue the SOB-POS Man of Sin squatting in the White House.

As reported by Adam Chandler for The Wire, on one side are those who call for impeachment, not just because of the federal government’s refusal to enforce border control, but over a litany of issues including Benghazi, IRS, NSA . . . . The pro-impeachment GOPers include Sarah Palin (who said in an op-ed for Breitbart, “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”) and a number of House Republicans – Reps. Lou Barletta (Pa.), Kerry Bentivolio (Mich.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Michael Burgess (Texas), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Blake Farenthold (Texas), Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Louie Gohmert (Texas).

Palin and the House Republicans got a quick response from House Speaker John Boehner: “I disagree.”

Boehner wants to take a different route — sue Obama for his use of executive orders. (Arit John broke down Boehner’s lawsuit rationale here.)

Palin’s response to Boehner’s “I disagree” was equally swift: “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight. There is no place for lawyers on the frontline. Where are the front lines in America? They are our borders.”

And while the Republican elites bicker and dither, President Lucifer is proceeding to destroy whatever is remaining of the America we once knew.

my work here is done

H/t FOTM’s Anon

~Eowyn

Stupid Hollyweirdo: Cameron Diaz has a hairy vagina

It must be their narcissism.

Not known for their formal education or IQ, many Hollyweirdos confuse their acting pretending to be someone else with being well informed and intelligent, and regularly spout off as experts on this subject or another, especially politics.

As examples, Cher — who dropped out of high school at age 16 – called former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer “dumb.”

In 1989, despite her lack of any scientific credentials, Meryl Streep was invited to testify before a Senate Labor and Human Resources subcommittee against the alleged carcinogen Alar — a chemical sprayed on Washington red apples to keep them red and firm for storage.

Within weeks of Streep testifying before Congress, Uniroyal, the company that manufactured Alar, withdrew the chemical from the U.S. market, followed by the EPA ordering a ban on the chemical’s sale, distribution and use.

While Alar has been verified as a human carcinogen, lab tests found that for it to be dangerous to human health, one would have to ingest an amount that is the equivalent of drinking over 5,000 gallons of apple juice per day. But by then, the Alar scare had cost Washington apple growers $100 million in lost sales. 

Here’s the latest example of a Hollywood airhead.

Cameron Diaz

41-year-old actress Cameron Diaz has a book out, no doubt ghostwritten, titled The Body Book, in which she dispenses beauty and health advice. Here’s an excerpt from the section on “In Praise of Pubes” (as in “pubic”):

I hear that there’s a big fad these days of young women undergoing laser hair removal on all of their lady bits [.…] Personally, I think permanent laser hair removal sounds like a crazy idea. Forever? I know you may think you’ll be wearing the same style of shoes forever and the same style of jeans forever, but you won’t. The idea that vaginas are preferable in a hairless state is a pretty recent phenomenon, and all fads change, people.

Pubes keep the goods private, which can entice a lover to come and take a closer look at what you have to offer. Also, let’s be honest: just like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity. Do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life?

It’s a personal decision, but I’m just putting it out there: Consider leaving your vagina fully dressed, ladies. Twenty years from now, you will still want to be presenting it to someone special, and it would be nice to let him or her unwrap it like the gift that it is.

Earth to Cameron Diaz!

Vaginas are hairless!

There’s no hair growing on women’s vaginas, unless you’re some kind of mutant.

What you meant is mons veneris or the pubic mound.

The vagina is a sex organ inside a woman’s body — a fibromuscular elastic tubular tract leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix, the entrance to the uterus or womb.

Only in Hollywood would you find a 41-year-old woman who thinks her vagina is her pubic mound.

~Eowyn

Chris Christie secures title as Republican presidential frontrunner: poll

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NY Daily News: Republicans are closer than ever to having a frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rising to the top among the GOP contenders.

Christie shines through as the favorite with 24% support among Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents, according to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday.

Support for the outspoken Republican, who was reelected in November to a second term as governor of the Garden State, jumped from 17% when the last CNN poll was released in September.

Whether or not he will run is the biggest question on the minds of Republicans hoping to take the White House in 2016, since the 51-year-old is touted as the closest thing to a savior the conservative movement will get.

Christie remains demure on his presidential ambitions, saying that only he hopes Washington is watching the success of his policies in New Jersey.

In the new CNN poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came second with 13% support. His numbers were steady since the last survey result.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who was Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick in 2012, posted the third highest support at 11%. His popularity took a tumble from the September poll, when 16% named him as their favorite.

Texas Tea Party darling, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were also listed among the top five picks for the Republican presidential race.

Results reflect responses from a telephone survey of 843 American adults from November 18-20.

For the Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary “What difference does it make?” Clinton dominates as the preferred candidate, with an eye-popping 63% of Democrats saying they would vote Clinton.

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Take our unscientific poll! Who would you prefer for the 2016 Republican candidate?

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Veterans march on D.C.; barricade White House

Here’s news that isn’t being reported by the State Controlled Media.

vetsSuzanne Hamner reports for Freedom Outpost that yesterday, Oct. 13, 2013, military veterans descended upon Washington DC to visit the open air WWII  Memorial and the Iwo Jima memorial that were closed by Park Rangers last week, ostensibly because of the government shutdown.

Thousands of other Americans were also there to  support the veterans. They picked up the barricades the Obama regime had set up around the WWII Memorial to block citizens’ access, and piled them in stacks on the grassy areas of the park.

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In order to insure the veterans were able to attend the rally, bobtail truckers and 4 wheel vehicles participating in the Trucker Ride for the Constitution drove through Washington DC to the WWII memorial in support, blowing their horns while crowds of bystanders cheered.

Another part of the convoy, led by General Earnest Lee, drove around the  beltway with approximately 10 miles deep of supporters, then headed into DC  along I-395.  Lee’s convoy drove right into downtown DC going about 10 mph and literally shutdown the access into DC.  While Lee broke off to go to another  choke point, other truckers stayed behind slowing to halt traffic in order to  make sure veterans and supporters captured the heart of the DC in peaceful defiance of Obama’s attempt to close the open air war memorials. Several police cars reportedly had lined up in a barricade of the street but allowed the truckers to proceed through in a single file. Several officers even saluted the truckers in support of their Ride For the Constitution.

vets3Hundreds of Americans, led by Will Gonzalez, marched from the WWII memorial to the White House, assisted by law enforcement. According to Will’s live report on Guerilla Media Network, the truckers’ horns  could be heard as the truckers passed the White House. When the group reached the gates of the front door of the White House, their loud protests directed at Obama could be heard on the live broadcast. Will  Gonzalez yelled, “Get the F*** Out, Obama,” then led the crowd in cheering over and over, “U-S-A! U-S-A!”

Police officers, without riot gear, were stationed around the White House, but remained calm and neutral.

vets6Patriots also reclaimed the Lincoln Memorial as one woman urged all Americans, “to do something now.”

Palin, Lee, Cruz

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) helped protestors to remove the barricades blocking the Lincoln Memorial.

Protestors then  carried the barricades from the Lincoln Memorial and the WWII Memorial to the White House and placed the barricades in front of the WH gates. This was when five police officers appeared in riot gear with face masks and stood in front of the barricades blocking the crowd. According to Will Gonzalez, the protesters were within 10 feet of the gates to the White House.

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Police officers then became more aggressive and used the barricades to push people away from the White House gates. Gonzales reported that officers wearing blue helmets were using the most force to repel the group. Ten police on horseback appeared, but did not use force or engage the protesters.vets1

See also The Blaze‘s story on the veteran’s march.

Here are two videos on the veterans’ march and protest:

H/t FOTM’s TnRick and my friend John Molloy.

~Eowyn

Palin forbidden to tell the truth about Obama in 2008 campaign

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

-John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

Sarah 2008Former Governor Sarah Palin was interviewed by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on July 26, 2013. Beginning at around the 2:45 mark, Palin says:

“I was not allowed to talk about things like that because those elitists –  those who are the brainiacs in the GOP machine running John McCain’s campaign at the time — said that the media would eat us alive if we brought up these things.

What that got us, this kind of complacency and self-censoring of a campaign where we weren’t allowed to tell the truth about who this candidate was — Barack Obama. What it got us was a list of these scandals.”

H/t Obama Release Your Records

~Eowyn