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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Don’t celebrate lower health care premiums for ObamaCare plans when their cost is less access to life-saving medical treatment

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report now documents that Obamacare exchange plans, while often cheaper, are restricting access to life-saving medical care. According to the CBO’s recently released “Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, 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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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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Obamacare Rationing is Beginning to Hit Medicare Advantage Plans for Seniors

  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 …

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Euthanasia’s Busy Year: Rationing, Involuntary Denial of Treatment, and Direct Killing

  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 …

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Does National Health Service Abandon Elderly to Cancer Death?

  By Wesley J. Smith Well, this is eyebrow raising. A charity that advocates on behalf of the elderly in the UK is alleging that the NHS [National Health Service] appears to be offering less quality cancer treatment to oldsters than to younger patients. From the Daily Mail story: Pensioners with cancer are being written …

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UK to Keep New Medicines from the Elderly?

  By Wesley J. Smith The UK may soon tighten its health care rationing to prevent new medicines from getting to the elderly. From the Telegraph story: “New drugs would only be licensed for the NHS [National Health Service] if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the …

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Obamacare’s 2013 Disastrous Rollout Foreshadows Potentially Worse 2014 as Its Rationing Becomes Ever More Clear

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics A year-end article from The Hill, a newspaper which covers DC politics, might have said it best — “The healthcare law faced a very tough year in 2013, but that could pale in comparison to what happens in 2014.” In her piece, “Top 5 …

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Polls show and reports continue to confirm that ObamaCare is causing widespread reduction in healthcare

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics This week two major national polls show that a wide majority of Americans are facing declining health insurance coverage and that they blame Obamacare. Another study finds that new plans being offered under Obamacare are already beginning to limit access to life-saving medical care. …

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