Why we should talk to comatose patients

By Nancy Valko As I have related before, back in the early 1970s when I was a new ICU nurse, I was teased for talking to comatose patients. I was even asked if I talked to my refrigerator. I explained that if hearing was truly the last sense to go, it made sense to talk …

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Myth meets Reality: End-of-Life Care Is Only 9 Percent of Health-Care Costs

By Wesley J. Smith There is a widely believed myth that the elderly and dying take up a huge amount of the overall health-care budget, and that, by empowering “death panels,” imposing rationing or “futile care” forced withdrawal of treatment, and legalizing assisted suicide, we could go far in reducing health-care expenditures, which take up …

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Abortion is not health care: why the abortion Industry embraces scientifically absurd euphemisms

By Paul Stark Editor’s note. This appears in the February digital edition of NRL News. Please read the entire 38-page issue and share with family and friends. “Abortion. Is. Health care,” emphatically proclaims NARAL Pro-Choice America. That group is not the only one who says so. Defenders of abortion often call it “health care” or …

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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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Health Care Law Takes Aim at Reducing Spending, But at What Cost?

By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics The notion at the heart of the Obama Health Law is that Americans spend too much money on health care, and if there were a way to reduce spending, there would be overall positive impact. However, two articles from the Washington Post out this week …

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SPECIALISTS’ GROUP WANTS DOCTORS TO GIVE PATIENTS ONLY “PARSIMONIOUS” MEDICAL TREATMENT

By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Legislative Counsel for the Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee Earlier this week the largest group of specialist physicians in the United States issued controversial revised “ethics” guidelines stating physicians have a “responsibility” to limit the treatments they give their patients in the name of …

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ARE OTHER COUNTRIES REALLY MORE EFFICIENT IN PROVIDING HEALTH CARE THAN THE U.S.?

By Burke Balch, JD Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics As justification for the ObamaCare law’s limits on what resources Americans will be permitted to devote to saving the lives of themselves and their family members (as documented at http://www.nrlc.org/HealthCareRationing/LifeatRiskLongform.pdf ), its advocates constantly claim that the U.S. spends far more on health care than …

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How the health care debate is about human equality

Editor’s note. This appears on the blog of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, National Right to Life’s State Affiliate. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From a new essay by Yuval Levin regarding health care policy and the 2012 presidential race: Centralized management of the health-care sector inevitably invites an explicitly utilitarian approach to comparing the worth of different people’s …

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Doctors’ Duty is to Patients, Not “Society”

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appears on Wesley’s fine blog. Increasingly the medical intelligentsia are pushing a dual mandate on physicians in the name of cutting costs–one to patients and one to society–and when they conflict, many want the individual’s needs to be subsumed to the collective. This attempt to redefine medical professionalism …

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Public’s Desire to Repeal ObamaCare Remains High and Steady

By Dave Andrusko Sixteen months ago, writing in an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Obama pollster Joel Benenson confidently predicted, ”When it comes to health care and insurance, once reform [ObamaCare] passes, the tangible benefits Americans will realize will trump the fear-mongering rhetoric opponents are stoking today.”  He could not have been more wrong, …

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More Attention Will be Paid This Week to Independent Payment Advisory Board

By Dave Andrusko Its acronym—IPAB—has been likened to a new Apple Inc. product but in truth the Independent Payment Advisory Board is anything but a harmless novelty computer gizmo. The IPAB is the highly controversial component of the even more controversial ObamaCare foisted on the American public in 2010. National Right to Life’s Robert Powell …

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Berwick in “Race Against Time”

By Dave Andrusko Dr. Donald Berwick, who became head of the powerful Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services via a controversial recess appointment made by President Obama, is as popular with the Washington media as he is deeply unpopular with most  Republicans and all pro-lifers. A couple of days ago the Washington Post ran a …

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