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Top Democrat strategist and donor who served as President Obama’s lead auto-industry adviser recently conceded that the rationing of heath services under Obamacare is “inevitable.”
Steven Rattner advocated that such rationing should target elderly patients, while stating, “We need death panels.”
Rattner serves on the board the New America Foundation, or NAF, a George Soros-funded think tank that was instrumental in supporting Obamacare in 2010. Soros’ son, financier Jonathan Soros, is also a member of the foundation’s board.
Rattner was the so-called “car czar,” the lead auto adviser to the Treasury Department under Obama.
Last month, Rattner penned an opinion piece in the New York Timestitled “Beyond Obamacare” in which he proclaimed “We need death panels” and argued rationing must be instructed to sustain Obama’s health-care plan. His comments have been virtually ignored by traditional media as the president campaign’s for a second term.
“We need death panels,” began Rattner. “Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health-care resources more prudently – rationing, by its proper name – the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.”
Continued Rattner: “But in the pantheon of toxic issues – the famous ‘third rail’ of American politics – none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.”
Rattner lamented how Obama’s Affordable Care Act “regrettably includes severe restrictions on any reduction in Medicare services or increase in fees to beneficiaries.”
Rattner said the numbers don’t add up unless Obamacare utilizes rationing.
“If his Independent Payment Advisory Board comes up with savings, Congress must accept either them or vote for an equivalent package,” stated Rattner. “The problem is, the advisory board can’t propose reducing benefits (a k a rationing) or raising fees (another form of rationing), without which the spending target looms impossibly large.”
Rattner singled out elderly patients for benefit cuts.
He wrote: “No one wants to lose an aging parent. And with price out of the equation, it’s natural for patients and their families to try every treatment, regardless of expense or efficacy. But that imposes an enormous societal cost that few other nations have been willing to bear. Many countries whose health care systems are regularly extolled – including Canada, Australia and New Zealand – have systems for rationing care.”
He concluded, “At the least, the Independent Payment Advisory Board should be allowed to offer changes in services and costs.”
“We may shrink from such stomach-wrenching choices, but they are inescapable.”
Rattner serves on the NAF’s 22-person board of directors alongside Jonathan Soros, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and Google’s Eric Schmidt.
Soros’ Open Society Foundation is a primary donor to the NAF.
Other major donors include the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google Inc. and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Another donor is Free Press, a group that advocates for more government control of the airwaves and Internet.
Free Press is also funded by Soros. Free Press was founded by Robert W. McChesney, an avowed Marxist who has recommended capitalism be dismantled “brick by brick.”
The NAF, meanwhile, bills itself as bipartisan and “the radical center.”
NAF fellow Michael Lind wrote, “Our goal [is] not to repeal the New Deal [of Franklin Roosevelt] but to adapt it to the circumstances of the 21st century.”
Discover The Networks notes how the NAF approved of Obamacare because it would “offer a new image” of how Americans view dying; and it would help “patients and their families to recognize” that, “[S]ometimes ‘doing everything’ results in more burden than benefit. High-tech medicine can prolong life, but for some patients, it merely draws out the process of dying.”
With research by Brenda J. Elliott.
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SENIORS BEWARE – Be Sure to Read this!
And watch this video:
NOTE from Bill Taylor: Not only should Seniors read this but everyone needs to read this!!
I will be 75 this coming December of 2012.
SENIORS BEWARE – Be Sure
to Read this!!
And watch this video: Obama’s Death Panels
NOTE from Bill Taylor: Not only should Seniors read this but everyone needs to read this!!
I will be 75 this coming December of 2012.
Forget about getting to age 75, this exact thing happened to me this morning at Danbury hospital here in CT.
I was scheduled for a cardio-lite stress test. This is a tread mill stress test where during the process they inject nuclear dye into your blood stream and then put you in a CAT scan or something similar and take a picture of your heart. If all is good, the heart shows up red, if there are blocked arteries anywhere, that portion of the heart shows up pink.
I have had three of these tests in the past twelve years due to blocked arteries discovered in 2000. They use the test to determine if I need a roto router or a bypass operation. So I arrive at the hospital at 8 am this morning and I am in the process of checking in at Cardiology and the lady says that my appointment has been canceled. She makes a call and speaks with someone and hands me the phone. It is a nurse in cardiology who says that my medical coverage denied the procedure. I said it was routine, part of my heart maintenance process and ordered by my PCP and with approval from my Cardiologist who is the head of Danbury Cardiology which is right where I was standing. She says, “Yes, but we were denied our request”. So I say, I have Medicare so what is my backup insurance doing denying anything? Then, the bombshell: she says it was the Medicare board that denied the procedure!
At that point, I turn to everyone behind me, and it was a long line, and I say to them “well, you won’t have to wait too long today because my stress test procedure was just canceled by a Medicare Death Panel. I am only 67 so can you imagine what is going to happen when we really get old”. The entire waiting room and everyone there from patients to staff just went dead silent. So I turn to the front desk and tell them, “I guess I will have to write a letter to the editor of the Danbury News Times and call my Senators and Congressman and let them know the Death Panels have already convened”. Then, I walked out. By the time I got home, the message machine was blinking.
My PCP had already called and so did the hospital and guess what, Medicare decided to approve my stress test procedure and, if I could get back down to the hospital, they would fit me in right now for this 3 hour procedure. I told them I couldn’t make it, that I was going fishing because I didn’t know how many more fishing trips I could get in before I went into cardiac arrest, but not to worry about me costing the government any money because I am a 30% disabled Army veteran, due to Agent Orange poisoning which is what caused this heart problem to begin with. And I qualify to be buried for free in a plain pine wrapper in the cheap graves section at any National Cemetery. I certainly don’t want to cost our government any money so maybe we just won’t do this procedure anymore and we can use the money to redistribute it to all of the illegals to keep them alive so they can mow the lawns at the National Cemeterys.
So this Death Panel crap has started.
If we don’t vote this guy and his criminal cronies out of office this November, then we will all die younger than we should and as broke paupers as the country goes bankrupt. Feel free to distribute my note to anyone and make it a mission to not only make your vote count, but on behalf of all of us. Please make an effort to change the thinking of anyone remotely willingly to get intellectually engaged in this critical time in our country’s history.
Jill Q. Vecchio, M.D.
Dr. Vecchio grew up in the Midwest and graduated with Honors from Iowa State University in 1981. She then moved to beautiful Colorado where she worked in business for a few years before applying to medical school. She matriculated to University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1985 and graduated with Honors in 1989. After 2 1/2 years of Ob/Gyn residency at Rush-Pres.-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, she returned to University of Colorado to Radiology residency, where she served as Chief Resident. A fellowship in Women’s Imaging at Univ. of Colorado followed, and in 1997 she accepted a position as Director of Women’s and Body Imaging with Sherman Radiology in Colorado Springs. She then started her own radiology group, Imaging Specialists, also in Colorado Springs. In 1998 she was named Radiologist of the Year by HealthSouth for “Contributions to Medical Practice”. After 4 years, she accepted a position with Radiology Imaging Associates back in Denver and worked with the Sally Jobe Breast Network and the Women’s Pavillion at Medical Center of Aurora, where she became the Medical Director and was named among their “Physicians Making a Difference”. In 2008 she joined Rocky Mountain Radiologists and now serves as Director of the Exempla Lutheran Breast Care Center.
Solving Health Care & The Toilet
by L. J. Martin
Is it a tax or a penalty? Who gives a damn? It costs you and I (if you’re one of the 51% who actually pay taxes) no matter what it’s called. A rose by any other name….
Chief Justice John Roberts: “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” Obamacare is taxation or penalty or what’s the difference?
The single biggest reason Obamacare should be repealed is its failure to address tort reform—not that there are not a hundred other reasons. Of course as over 50% of Congress are attorneys, then tort reform is a difficult if not impossible task. However, our medical costs will NEVER be managed, under control, until tort reform is addressed and resolved. Want to solve the problem? Never vote, Republican or Democrat, for a candidate who has a law license. We have enough of them in the Supreme Court.
Physicians pay over $100,000.00 a year for medical malpractice insurance. How much do you suppose clinics and hospitals pay? ASTRONOMICAL costs, all because of torts and attorneys who are flying their fifty million dollar G5 business jets from city to city to promote suits against physicians and hospitals, many of them frivolous, all of them resulting in higher health care costs and rich liability attorneys.
Now, that said, I believe tort is a valid, necessary, critical part of our legal system. The problem is juries, and I’ll address that in a moment.
The conservatives of this country have a tough task in front of them. How can you look someone in the eye and say you can’t have health care? On the face of it, it seems heartless…the old adage is that the young are liberal because they have a heart, the old are conservative because they have a brain. At the most basic, universal health care should be the entitlement of every citizen of the United States. That said, how is it accomplished? It has to be a two-fold effort. ONE) eliminate much of jury dictated judgments for malpractice and hand that function to a committee of experts. TWO) Get the government out of health care and return to the county hospital system. Why the government out? Is the post office an example of government’s ability to run any enterprise? And the examples go on and on.
The free market will kick the stilts out from under the cost of healthcare given an even playing field and the elimination of insane jury malpractice judgments. The free market always has. Look at the cost of a flat screen TV now as compared to five or six years ago. The free market always rises to the task of lower costs when left alone…and I mean left alone by government. An example of government efficiency is the automatic dish washer. Now it costs twice what it did ten years ago, all thanks to the EPA, and, of course, it no longer actually cleans the dishes due to imposed water use restrictions. Take the toilet as an example. The EPA in their ultimate wisdom forced manufacturers to cut the amount of water flushed from 2.5 gallons to 1.5 gallons per flush…which seldom does the job so one flushes twice, resulting in 3 gallons per flush as opposed to the old 2.5 gallons. That’s the best example I know of government efficiency. And by the way, the EPA would like to hire another 200,000 employees to continue their destruction of the American economy.
Juries are the root of the healthcare cost problem. When a jury faces a young man or woman who’s a quadriplegic and that fact is due to a slip of a surgeon’s knife, and the surgeon was proven to have had five martinis at lunch just before the surgery, then a judgment which will pay for that young man or young woman’s care for the rest of his/her life is understandable. When that same injury was caused by a wait in an emergency room and care not coming immediately because the facility was full of illegals who are there to get a free bottle of Aspirin, and that care is dictated to that facility by an already inefficient and inept government bureaucracy, and those costs are passed on to the company who provides that facility with insurance, then back to the facility in the form of insurance premiums, then back to the consumer in the form of increased health care costs, who’s at fault? Government, that’s who, because they dictated what and who that hospital can treat, must treat, are forced to treat. Still, the poor soul injured must be cared for, but not at the cost of making another attorney rich. There’s a more efficient way.
Emergency rooms must develop a form of triage to treat those who actually need treatment, and allow a nurse to treat those there because they can get ‘free’ stuff, and those instances must be excluded from any malpractice action. My mother in law, God rest her soul, waited 16 hours in a California emergency room to be treated for a broken shoulder and broken hip while a room full of illegals (and legals who wanted to prey on the system) waited their turn to get a free bottle of Aspirin, and I know you have a similar story in your family. We must impose a minimum cost to enter an emergency waiting room, even if it’s only fifteen dollars. Yes, some can’t pay, and will have to be treated, but many, many more will be discouraged from coming into the facility in the first place as that bottle of Aspirin will cost less at the local drug store.
Don’t ever forget that the consumer pays for EVERYTHING in this country. Free stuff from government is never free, government has to take from someone to give to someone else, and take their fat cut in the process…and by its very nature it’s the most inefficient form of the movement of money, of trade, in our system, and it’s always, ALWAYS, destructive, never constructive. Government produces nothing, NOTHING. And the federal government is the answer ONLY to those things enumerated in the Constitution of the United States of America. We’ve strayed far from what made this country great.
Do you recall the old county hospital, like the one in which I was born? They functioned beautifully and no one went without health care, but that was before the time of huge malpractice judgments. It’s time we returned to a simpler system, but we cannot do so with huge malpractice judgments coming from juries unqualified to access the problem. And yes, my mother had to pay for that bottle of Aspirin they provided.
L. J. Martin is the author of 30 book length works of fiction and non-fiction, and of the conservative blog http://fromthepeapatch.com. He lives in Montana with his wife, a bestselling author. For more from L. J. see www.ljmartin.com and www.wolfpackranch.com.