By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Most state and city government health care plans, as well as many other plans, are soon to be undermined by one of the most serious of the multiple rationing provisions in the five-year old Obama Health Care law — the “excess benefits tax.” A …Continue reading "Obamacare Rationing “Excess Benefits” tax threatens health care plans of state and city workers"
By Wesley J. Smith “Don’t mention death panels!“ the medical technocrats often scream–as they plot and plan to institute death panels. And that’s just the course taken by the New York Times physician columnist, Sandeep Jouhar, as he races past supporting Futile Care Theory (in which doctors are permitted withdraw wanted life-sustaining treatment based on …Continue reading "Pushing “Social Justice” Medical Bigotry"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Should the federal government pay states to limit what their residents are allowed to spend to save their lives? Late last week, the Center for American Progress, a D.C.-based think tank led by former staffers for the Obama and Clinton Administrations, released a new …Continue reading "Will States be bribed to intensify Health Care Rationing?"
By Wesley J. Smith Obamacare’s emphasis on cost-benefit has apparently granted permission for the medical technocrats to conjure all kinds of healthcare rationing schemes. And the Medical Establishment is apparently playing along. From, “The Cancer Death-Panel App,” by Robert Goldberg in the NY Post: “The latest innovation in cancer care isn’t a medical breakthrough …Continue reading "Obamacare Opens Door to Death Panel App"
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 …Continue reading "Healthcare spiraling downwards as ObamaCare takes hold, worse yet to come"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights how two related entities authorized by the Obama health care law – the Independent Payment Advisory Board and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation — both have the power to ration care. This April …Continue reading "Wall Street Journal highlights rationing implications of IPAB and its bureaucratic cousin"
WASHINGTON – Senator Pat Roberts (R-Ks) today introduced the “Repeal Rationing in Support of Life Act,” which targets the four key rationing components of Obamacare identified in a March 6, 2014, report by the National Right to Life Committee’s Powell Center for Medical Ethics, “The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the …Continue reading "National Right to Life Commends Senator Pat Roberts for Bill to Repeal Rationing in Obamacare"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics A new analysis out from consulting firm Avalere Health shows the denial of life-saving medication is rampant in the new Obamacare exchange plans. Elise Viebeck, in her March 24, 2014, piece from The Hill “Prescription drugs: Harder to get in O-Care?” writes, ObamaCare participants …Continue reading "New analysis shows Obamacare exchange plans restricting access to life-saving prescriptions"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics As millions of Americans are attempting to start using their new Obamacare exchange health insurance plans, stories about denial of payment keep piling up. All throughout the debate leading up to the controversial 2010 law, and up until late last year, the Obama Administration …Continue reading "For one woman with cancer, Obamacare means loss of coverage for an essential drug"
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 …Continue reading "More Obamacare Rationing Fallout"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics In last night’s State of the Union address, President Obama continued to misrepresent his health care law while evidence of rationing continues to mount. While hundreds of thousands lost their coverage in what Politifact dubbed as the 2013 “Lie of the Year”–Obama’s now debunked …Continue reading "Obamacare Rationing is Beginning to Hit Medicare Advantage Plans for Seniors"
By Jennifer Popik, JD & Burke Balch, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Editor’s note. This column appeared in the January issue of National Right to Life News which can be read in its entirety online www.nrlc.org/uploads/NRLNews/NRLNewsJan2014.pdf. Be sure to pass this along to all your pro-life family and friends. 2013 was an …Continue reading "Euthanasia’s Busy Year: Rationing, Involuntary Denial of Treatment, and Direct Killing"