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Trump administration sets new federal rule prohibiting abortion referrals to tax-payer funded clinics

Baby killers Planned Parenthood hardest hit.

From OregonLive: The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court.

The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers, and require stricter financial separation.

Clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients, along with other options. However, that would no longer be required.

The move, decried by women’s groups and praised by religious conservatives, is the latest in a series of Trump administration efforts to remake government policy on reproductive health. But it could be some time before women served by the federal family program feel the full impact.

Women’s groups, organizations representing the clinics, and Democratic-led states are expected to sue to block the policy from going into effect. Administration officials told abortion opponents on a call Friday that they expect legal action, according to a participant.

In Oregon, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Friday she would sue the Trump administration, saying, “Medical providers, no matter what kind of service they perform, must be able to have candid conversations with patients about all options for care, and without fear that if they say the word ‘abortion’ their clinic could lose federal funds.”

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.

Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are major providers of family planning services as well as abortions, said the administration is trying to impose a “gag rule,” and launched a full campaign to block it. Congressional supporters of the organization said it receives about $60 million a year from the federal program.

“I want our patients to know this — we will fight through every avenue so this illegal, unethical rule never goes into effect,” said Planned Parenthood’s president, Dr. Leana Wen.

She said the new policy would prevent doctors from referring women for abortions “even if your life depended on it.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared: “Republicans must end their relentless assault on women’s health care and rights.”

It’s a gag rule “for all intents and purposes,” said the American Medical Association.

“The patient-physician relationship relies on trust, open conversation and informed decision making and the government should not be telling physicians what they can and cannot say to their patients,” the AMA said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood and other groups representing the clinics say the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be costly and all but impossible to fulfill. Planned Parenthood said the administration is making another attempt to drive it out of business, after efforts to deny funding failed in Congress.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway scoffed at that argument. “They’ve been saying for years they don’t co-mingle their funds, so this should be easy for them,” she told reporters at the White House. “Physically separate and financially separate.”

Religious conservatives see the administration’s action as a way to break down what they call an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called it “a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry.”

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Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

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A bunch of feel-good policies that do nothing but infringe upon our Constitutional rights.
From Yahoo:  (Chicago [oh, the irony starts right there]) – With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.
At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation’s largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.
The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation’s inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates.
“We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine specialist at Brown University, said at the meeting.
AMA delegates voted to adopt several of nearly a dozen gun-related proposals presented by doctor groups that are part of the AMA’s membership. They agreed to:

  • Support any bans on the purchase or possession of guns and ammunition by people under 21.
  • Back laws that would require licensing and safety courses for gun owners and registration of all firearms.
  • Press for legislation that would allow relatives of suicidal people or those who have threatened imminent violence to seek court-ordered removal of guns from the home.
  • Encourage better training for physicians in how to recognize patients at risk for suicide.
  • Push to eliminate loopholes in laws preventing the purchase or possession of guns by people found guilty of domestic violence, including expanding such measures to cover convicted stalkers.

Many AMA members are gun owners or supporters, including a doctor from Montana who told delegates of learning to shoot at a firing range in the basement of her middle school as part of gym class. But support for banning assault weapons was overwhelming, with the measure adopted in a 446-99 vote.
“There’s a place to start and this should be it,” Dr. Jim Hinsdale, a San Jose, California, trauma surgeon, said before the vote.
Gun violence is not a new issue for the AMA; it has supported past efforts to ban assault weapons; declared gun violence a public health crisis; backed background checks, waiting periods and better funding for mental health services; and pressed for more research on gun violence prevention.
But Dr. David Barbe, whose one-year term as AMA president ended Tuesday, called the number of related measures on this year’s agenda extraordinary and said recent violence, including the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and the Las Vegas massacre, “spurred a new sense of urgency … while Congress fails to act.”
“It has been frustrating that we have seen so little action from either state or federal legislators,” he said. “The most important audience for our message right now is our legislators, and second most important is the public, because sometimes it requires public pressure on the legislators.”
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Syphilis outbreak among West coast homosexuals leads to blindness

Joseph Serna reports for The Los Angeles Times that public health officials across the West Coast are urging medical professionals to look out for cases of ocular syphilis – a sexually transmitted disease that can cause blindness.
ocular syphilis
On March 5, 2015, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an advisory for primary and eye-care providers to look out for symptoms associated with ocular syphilis, which is usually a complication of primary or secondary syphilis infections.
Two recent suspected cases in Los Angeles are added to the more than a dozen reported cases of ocular syphilis between Seattle and San Francisco, most of them among homosexual men. Some of the patients also are HIV positive, including six in San Francisco. In Seattle, two of the patients went blind.
In a statement, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation Michael Weinstein calls for medical professionals to do more: “These new cases … highlight the importance of ongoing, regular check-ups for sexually active individuals who feel they may be at risk, particularly men who have sex with men.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California’s syphilis rate is second in the country behind only Georgia. Los Angeles also had the highest number of primary and secondary cases of syphilis of any county in the U.S. in 2013, the CDC reported.
Meanwhile, the FDA’s decades-long ban on homosexual men as blood donors is opposed by the American Medical Association, despite the fact that according to the FDA, “gay men represent 61 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S.” (ABC News)
Even worse, homosexuals are championing a “national gay blood drive.”
H/t California Catholic Daily
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Will there be death panels in Obamacare?

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Despite House Speaker John Boehner’s huffing and puffing, Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is a reality.
The Nov. 6, 2012, elections reelected Obama to the White House and not only retained, but added to the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. Even before that, the Supreme Court in a 5:4 decision, already had ruled that Obamacare is constitutional and that the requirement of Americans to obtain health insurance or be penalized is merely a tax.
So, unless you’re in deep denial, Obamacare is a reality. FOTM has published posts on the Obamacare taxes coming our way. But what about another grave concern of ours — that of Obamacare death panels? Is the notion mere political hyperbole, or is it a real threat?
To answer that question, let’s look at two pieces of information.

ONE

The first is a statement by former president of the American Medical Association (AMA) Dr. Donald Palmisano, that Obamacare death panels are not a fantasy, but that such rationing panels pose an “immediate danger to seniors.”
In a Daily Caller column, Palmisano wrote that Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Boards (IPAB), tasked with keeping Medicare expenses under control, would have little oversight as they deal with the disproportionate cost burden from elderly Americans with greater medical needs. The result “will essentially mean rationed care” for America’s elderly.
Palmisano wrote: “The 15 officials who will make up the board will not only be empowered to make what is expected to be billions of dollars’ worth of cuts to Medicare every year, but will be required to do so when spending exceeds targeted rates. IPAB’s recommended cuts will become law unless a supermajority in Congress vetoes the board’s proposal and creates its own cost-cutting proposal of equal size — an unlikely scenario even in the most harmonious of political times.”
Although the panels are expected to focus on cutting payments to the doctors themselves, Palmisano said that Medicaid providers are already being sucked dry, and warned that a more brutal form of rationing, using adjustments based on “quality of life” as already practiced in Great Britain, was likely in store.
“IPAB may eventually be allowed to resort to Great Britain’s chosen rationing methods and refuse to provide certain effective treatments to patients who need them based on costs and patients’ remaining ‘quality adjusted life years.’ Though the law currently forbids IPAB from engaging in such behavior, there is little reason to believe these rules won’t be changed — or at least stretched — down the road as costs continue to balloon and political dynamics change,” he wrote.
Palmisano warned that unless Congress undertakes a full repeal of Obamacare instead of piecemeal efforts, the most dangerous parts of the law, such as IPAB, will not be excised: “[I]f Congress misses what could be its last chance to eliminate IPAB — one of the most egregious aspects of the law — it will be doing a disservice to seniors who need good medical care now and in the near-term future.”

TWO

In his column, Palmisano warned that Obamacare’s IPAB “may eventually be allowed to resort to Great Britain’s chosen rationing methods and refuse to provide certain effective treatments to patients who need them based on costs and patients’ remaining “quality adjusted life years.” Here’s a recent shocking example of “death panels” in the UK — the Liverpool Care Pathway.
Brad Mattes, the executive director of the pro-life educational group Life Issues Institute, writes for LifeNews.com, Dec. 7, 2012:

There’s no crystal ball where we can see our future of national healthcare under Obamacare. However, there’s a very close model in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). In fact, while we ponder the future of death panels and rationing of healthcare in the US, the UK is living it—and in many cases dying from it. So we can look at the NHS to see our future under Obamacare. […]

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) in the UK is a healthcare service that’s used when death is imminent, and it incorporates heavy doses of morphine to deal with what would otherwise be uncontrolled pain. It may seem to be a compassionate and empathetic notion, until you realize the system is being abused to serve as a fast-track pipeline to euthanize the most vulnerable patients.
What began as an effort to relieve suffering is now ending lives at a frightening pace. Here’s how the numbers play out:

  • Only 2–5% of patients require this level of sedation to control pain.
  • Yet, the LCP has been involved in the deaths of 130,000 patients who were elderly, terminally ill, or seriously ill but not dying. This is 29% of the 450,000 NHS deaths each year.
  • At many hospitals, over 50% of the patients who had died had been put on LCP.

[…] Assumptions are being made about what treatments are considered “futile” […] as a way to save money by limiting care to those who need it most.
The evidence is disturbing. Cancer patients are being put at the back of the line for routine services like x-rays and antibiotics. Surgeries for hip replacements, cataracts, and varicose veins are being rationed. Doctors are resorting to prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them from dying of thirst in the hospital. This method of dehydration and starvation has been used to end the lives of babies in a neonatal unit. There are numerous cases where patients are being killed who would otherwise be able to recover and live if only given proper treatment and essential nourishment.
When you follow the money trail, it leads to over $19 million that has been given as awards to trusts for hospitals that have hit their targeted number of patients put into LCP. It’s simply a fact that the centralization of healthcare will inevitably lead to dangerous rationing of care and perilous decisions surrounding quality of life.

Don’t believe for a moment that this couldn’t happen to you in America. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, and the re-election of Barack Obama ensures this government-controlled behemoth will soon be breathing down your neck. It’ll likely be even worse considering proponents of Obamacare admitted from the beginning that the government isn’t close to funding all the healthcare expectations of Americans.

If you don’t want faceless government bureaucrats make life-or-death decisions for you, Mattes urges us to do two things:

  1. Take a firm stand against Obamacare by warning others about the real dangers of government-controlled healthcare.
  2. Make sure your family know your wishes by creating a will to live.

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Doctors are Firing Patients for Refusing Vaccination

Doctors get rid of patients for missed appointments, rude or threatening behavior, and nonpayment of bills. More and more, there is a new reason.
American babies are now given 25 different vaccines in the first 15 months of life, including for Hepatitis B, which is a sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Some parents opt out of some or all of those shots. For that, they now risk being dismissed as a patient by their physician.

Anita Manning reports for USA Today, Nov. 14, 2011, that a survey of 900 pediatricians in 9 Midwestern states found that 21% have discharged families for refusing vaccination. About 60% said one in 20 families in their practice refused or requested altered vaccine schedules; 4% said a majority did.
The survey findings were reported last month at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, by Thomas Tryon, a pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo.
Vaccine safety has been the subject of escalating controversy in recent years as the number of vaccines recommended for children increases and the diseases they prevent fade into the far reaches of memory. Some parents avoid giving their children some or all vaccines because they believe vaccines are linked to rising rates of developmental disorders such as autism or may cause other health problems.
Pediatricians spend a lot of time reassuring parents and referring them to information on the safety and value of vaccines, Tryon says, but when parents persist, doctors have to consider the safety of their other patients.
For years, Tryon says, he was flexible with parents concerned about vaccines. What changed his mind was a family that refused to vaccinate their toddler, then had a second baby. Both got pertussis, or whooping cough, which can be prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus) vaccine. “In an 18-month-old, pertussis is a bad disease,” he says. “In a 6-week-old, it could be fatal.”
He was frustrated not only because the illnesses could have been avoided, but also because the family had “exposed everyone in my waiting room.” At that point, he says, “I said I can’t take this risk anymore.”
He instituted a policy that if, after counseling and discussing scientific evidence on vaccine safety and protective benefits, parents still refuse vaccines, they’re out. He notifies them by mail and gives them 30 days to find a new pediatrician.
The sheer number of vaccines given to children — 25 shots in the first 15 months of life — has caused some parents to worry that so much stimulation could overwhelm young immune systems. But the American Academy of Pediatrics says that studies have shown those fears to be groundless, and that spreading out shots over a longer period of time leaves kids needlessly vulnerable to infectious diseases such as polio or measles.
Many doctors see the issue as a matter of public health and make their policies clear to new patients at the outset.
Pediatrician Raymond Cattaneo of Kansas City, Mo., has a strict immunization policy — no refusals and no alternative schedules.  Anything else, Cattaneo says, would be “allowing patients to decide something that was not right.” Although the policy met with some resistance, with a few patients being very upset — one family even called a local station, “overwhelmingly we were supported.”
But Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center that supports the right to refuse vaccines, says that patients who disagree often feel demonized. “It’s hard to find someone who will talk now. They’re vilified and harassed.”
On the center’s website, there is a “vaccine freedom wall,” where parents post stories of “being thrown out of doctor’s offices or being harassed for trying to make informed decisions about vaccines,” she says. A Facebook page, Proud Parents of Unvaccinated Children, has more than 7,300 fans.
New York City pediatrician Lawrence Pavelsky works with families who have a child with chronic illness, to improve their health without pharmaceuticals. When patients come to him, he says, “we talk about nutrition, sleep, development, vaccines, ways in which kids get sick and why and how to get them well if they are sick” without using vaccines or medication. He believes doctors who vaccinate children are working from information that is simply wrong.
“I did my own research,” he says. “Over the last 14 years, I have found that some or even a majority of the information I was taught in medical school was either false, incomplete or had flawed reasoning.”
The American Medical Association has guidelines for when it’s appropriate for a doctor to dismiss a patient. A doctor cannot legally dismiss a patient for race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, HIV status or other category protected under anti-discrimination laws, or in the middle of ongoing care. The doctor must give written notice and continue care for a period, usually 30 days, during which the patient can find a new doctor.
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