By Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. Medicare was signed into law on July 31, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. Unlike ObamaCare, Medicare had broad bipartisan support. It is Title 18 of the Social Security Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is in charge, but […]
Medicare has announced that it will pay doctors for conversations with patients and family about “advance care planning.” This proposal was derailed during debate over the Affordable Care Act, when opponents called them “death panels,” according to The New York Times. The goal is said to be to “decrease confusion at the end of life” […]
By Alieta Eck, MD – http://zhcenter.org What is organized crime? The dictionary defines it as a means of generating income through bribery and threats of grievous retribution, often buying political patronage for immunity from exposure and prosecution. Perpetrators of organized crime typically use credible front organizations, such as hospitals and charities. These establishments do not […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill Senate Finance Committee Determines the Affordable Care Act is Increasingly Unaffordable “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services most recent rate review, 676 individual and small group plans have requested premium spikes in the double-digits. And, that’s on top of […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. Parents are rebelling against Common Core and other standardized tests of their children, which are turning education into a teach-for-the-test treadmill (or else lose your funding). Physicians are also being subjected to a barrage of testing and “quality” measures, as if they were products […]
The President promised that ObamaCare would not subsidize abortions with taxpayer funds. The Heritage Foundation has released two new issue briefs that explore how this may be yet another false promise made to pass the law: Compiled and summarized by The Market Institute. Obamacare’s Abortion Surcharge and Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Coverage. Heritage Foundation Brief […]
Can MOC be Stopped? Yes! Volume 69, no. 5 May 2013 American physicians have long been acting like the faithful horse Boxer on George Orwell’s Animal Farm, working harder and harder for less and less to sustain a dysfunctional system. They are also treated like scapegoats and cash cows for government, third-party payers, and a […]
According to an article in the winter 2012 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, research sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violates “every law, regulation, and standard developed since World War II for the protection of human subjects.” Subjects are placed in a chamber in which they breathe diesel exhaust […]
Myth 18: Proposed health care reform will not hasten the death of seniors, cancer patients, and disabled persons.
The phrase “death panel” does not actually occur in any of the proposed “health care reform” bills. MoveOn.org has seized on Sarah Palin’s characterization of the outcome of “reform” in its mass email piece entitled “Top Five Health Care Reform Lies: and How to Fight Back”: “Lie #1: President Obama wants to euthanize your grandma!!!” […]
Based on 173 deaths in the Harvard Medical Practice study, and extrapolating to the entire U.S. population, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has been claiming for almost a decade that as many as 98,000 Americans are killed by medical errors every year.