New Oklahoma law fights anti-life treatment bias

By Burke Balch, JD, Director, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Pro-life Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law HB 3017, a bill championed by Oklahomans For Life that will replace a widely circulated “Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” (POLST) form that nudged people to reject life-saving treatment. It substitutes a neutrally-phrased document that …

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Tax dollars could be spent to “nudge” older people to agree to premature death under Senate bill

By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director, Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee Last week, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced S. 1549, the Care Planning Act of 2015, to use federal tax dollars to pay health care professionals to counsel older people in deciding …

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Canada’s Supreme Court Mandates Assisting Suicide for People with Disabilities

  By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director of NRLC’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics People with disabilities must be killed when they consent under a February 6, 2015, decision by Canada’s highest court striking the Canadian law protecting against assisting suicide. Unlike doctor-prescribed suicide laws in Oregon, Washington and Vermont that theoretically are limited to …

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How Obamacare Rationing is Harming the Economy

  By Burke. J. Balch, J.D., director, NRLC’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics President Obama has been among the many deploring the reality that despite an improving economy, middle-class wages have remained largely stagnant. Yet there is now evidence that the rationing provisions of Obamacare are partly responsible. Even during recessions, in the past the …

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New Jersey Assembly vote for doctor-prescribed suicide raises threat of nonvoluntary euthanasia

  By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director, National Right to Life’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics Editor’s note. This story appeared in the post-election digital edition of National Right to Life News. You can read the entire 34 page issue at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsNov2014.pdf On November 13, 2014, the lower house of New Jersey’s legislature voted 43 …

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New Jersey Assembly Vote for Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Raises Threat of Nonvoluntary Euthanasia

  By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director, National Right to Life’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics On November 13, 2014, the lower house of New Jersey’s legislature voted 43 to 31 to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The bill may yet be stopped in the state senate or vetoed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has …

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Even bigoted study finds high-cost drugs worth it

  By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director of the National Right to Life Committee’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics These days, as for some time past, much outrage is directed at pricey drugs, and both the government and insurance companies increasingly implement policies to keep patients from getting them. To give one widely-publicized example, Members …

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Healthcare spiraling downwards as ObamaCare takes hold, worse yet to come

  By Burke Balch, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics While critical access to top health care providers is already being severely restricted in the individual health insurance plans on the Obamacare exchanges, there is reason to believe that when the exchanges are expanded to employees of all businesses, many employers will end their …

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Healthcare spiraling downwards as ObamaCare takes hold, worse yet to come

  By Burke Balch, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Editor’s note. This appeared in the May issue of National Right to Life News which can be read in its entirety at www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsMay2014.pdf While critical access to top health care providers is already being severely restricted in the individual health insurance plans on the …

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“Senior Living Referral Service” promtes assisting suicide

  By Burke Balch, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Editor’s note. We posted this story from Mr. Balch on Thursday, February 27. On Friday, February 28, as we were about to post the February/March issue of National Right to Life News, we learned that  “A Place for Mom” had removed “The importance of …

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More Obamacare Rationing Fallout

  By Burke Balch, JD & Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Two new reports highlight the growing evidence that, thanks to Obamacare, the quality of many Americans’ current healthcare is gradually declining. New Obamacare exchange plans are going to be more restrictive, with less access to doctors and healthcare centers with …

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Tragically, Health-Care Spending is Slowing

  By Burke Balch, JD & Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new report that showed that for the fourth year in a row, healthcare spending was at a near-record low. 2009 to 2012 saw the slowest health care spending growth since …

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