Ethics, Alzheimer’s, and feeding tubes

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This appeared on Nancy’s blog. In 1988 during the Nancy Cruzan case involving a young, non-terminally ill woman in a so-called “persistent vegetative state” whose parents wanted her feeding tube withdrawn so she would die, I was asked if I was going to feed my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. …

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Quality (Not Worthy of Life) Danger Ahead

By Wesley J. Smith There is a fight in the UK about whether to keep a seriously ill baby on life support or put her in palliative care to die. Typically of our age, the idea that a person has a life not worth living may really be about discrimination against the disabled coupled to …

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Tell Congress You Don’t Want Tax Funds to Push Older People to Agree to Premature Death!

Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 3251 against Biased “Advance Care Planning” Under Medicare Background: During the debate over the enactment of Obamacare, there was considerable controversy over paying Medicare health care providers to conduct “advance care planning,” which counsels patients on deciding whether to choose or reject life-preserving medical treatment (and even food and …

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Obamacare Rationing “Excess Benefits” tax threatens health care plans of state and city workers

  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 …

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Pushing “Social Justice” Medical Bigotry

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 …

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Will States be bribed to intensify Health Care Rationing?

  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 …

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Obamacare Opens Door to Death Panel App

  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 …

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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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Wall Street Journal highlights rationing implications of IPAB and its bureaucratic cousin

  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 …

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National Right to Life Commends Senator Pat Roberts for Bill to Repeal Rationing in Obamacare

  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 …

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New analysis shows Obamacare exchange plans restricting access to life-saving prescriptions

  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 …

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For one woman with cancer, Obamacare means loss of coverage for an essential drug

  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 …

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