Healthcare.gov: the latest excuse, oh my!

g-cvr-131107-obama-todd-545p.grid-3x2Isn’t it interesting how this latest excuse for the mal-performance of healthcare.gov fits so nicely with President Obama’s “burned by a website” expression of regret last night on NBC?

Could they be related? Nah… just a coincidence…. heh™

 

Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.
“ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people,” a screenshot from the tool, which was acquired by researchers at Arbor Networks, declares. “We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!”

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see also:     DDos Security Reports                ddos-call-graph

side note:  Isn’t it funny how commercial firms seem to be able to handle problems that have flummoxed the $600 million healthcare.gov website?

Denial-of-service tool targeting Healthcare.gov site discovered - Ars Technica_1383927670933Update:  It must be those dam teabaggers!  (heh™)2
One of the commenters on the source article has sherlocked his way to deducing that the source of the attack is from “someone older.”

Romney can unite the GOP

I know you can’t believe the title of this post, but bear with me for a second.

I believe all Romney  has to do is this:  offer a heartfelt apology for Romneycare. Tell us that he has seen the light, and he realizes that it was wrong to impose government health insurance on the citizenry.

Will we believe him?

No.  Of course not.  Frankly, we don’t believe the bastard on any of his previous flip-flops either.  Here is the point: There is NF way I am going to vote for Romney until and unless he apologizes for Romneycare He is going to have to walk this one all the way back.

So, there you are, Gov Romney.

You want a reset button?  Like an ‘Etch-a-sketch’  toy?

Here is your solution.

Trending at Cnn, Allahpundit at Hot Air

Breast Cancer Awareness Month–Just Say NO To The Susan G. Komen Foundation

For a number of years I have refused to contribute to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Often at the check out of the local supermarket, the cashier will ask if I would like to donate a dollar for “The Cure” and I emphatically and proudly announce “I certainly will not.”

Why, you may ask? For one simple reason, this foundation that has raised an untold amount of money since it was founded in 1982 donates millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, through some of its affiliates.

This excellent article, The Dark Side Of ‘Thinking Pink’ goes into depth on the subject of risk factors associated with breast cancer, including the questionable source that the SGK Foundation claims supports their position.

Here are some key points raised in this article:

Women today are delaying childbirth as never before, and having fewer children. Younger women are using OC(oral contraceptives) for longer periods of time. And well over a fifth of all pregnancies in America end in abortion — hardly the rarity its “safe, legal and rare” advocates say it should be. If you suspect that these reproductive risk factors might have something to do with the 40 percent increase in the incidence of breast cancer over the last 30 years, you have spotted the elephant in the room.
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Induced abortion is also a major risk factor. A recent (2007) multi-country study found that having had an abortion was the greatest predictor of subsequent breast cancer. Going back decades, study after study (with only a few exceptions) has demonstrated the connection; a methodologically sound review of the available evidence determined that it raises the risk of breast cancer by approximately 30 percent. (See this exhaustive summary.) Electing to have an abortion before one’s first full-term pregnancy is even riskier.
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Most pink campaigns avoid any hint of these factors like the plague; the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a prominent advocacy and fundraising group, vehemently and unequivocally denies the link between abortion and breast cancer, citing Beral’s shady “study”. Komen is evidently content to ignore mounting epidemiological evidence along with current knowledge of breast physiology which makes such a link all the more creditable.

Curiously, Komen also funnels millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood — already a recipient of considerable governmental largesse. By doling out tons of contraceptives and providing for more abortion than any other outfit in the country, Planned Parenthood virtually ensures that the breast cancer epidemic will persist, not shrink.

You don’t have to be a cynic to find this cozy relationship a bit fishy.

To summarize, the SGK Foundation provides millions of dollars through donations (by an American public that honestly believes they are actually doing what little they can to help fight breast cancer), to an unethical organization that provides services to young women that are in the high risk category for the very disease the public wants to eliminate.

It appears the SGK Foundation is insuring their existence by funding an agency that will provide them with an endless stream of cancer victims, requiring even more donations from an uninformed, but well intentioned public.

There is no doubt what a deadly and devastating disease breast cancer is to women and their families. As a father to young women and grand father of young girls, no one would like to see this horrible disease eliminated or ameliorated more than I, but there is no way on Earth I will ever give a single penny to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, unless or until they sever any and all connections with Planned Parenthood. The American Cancer Society is an excellent choice for any who wish to donate to a reputable organization involved in this fight.

*Cross posted* At Urban Grounds.

Where For Art Thou, Severance?

An excellent piece in American Thinker, Obamacares Fatal Flaw(?), informs us of the potential demise of this enormous government power grab.

Virginia is asserting that certain portions (that is, the personal mandate) of ObamaCare are unconstitutional. If Virginia prevails, it leaves the question of what happens to the rest of the ObamaCare statute. This is where the concept of severance comes in. Normally, all comprehensive laws contain a boilerplate severance clause: it says that if any portion of the law is found to be unconstitutional, that portion is severed from the rest of the law — that is, the rest of the law stands.

But ObamaCare contains no severance clause. Virginia is asserting that if it prevails on its substantive claims, the whole law is unconstitutional. (If Virginia does not prevail, any one of the twenty-plus legal challenges have the same severance argument available.)

If a severance clause is normal boilerplate, why does not ObamaCare contain one? This is where Scott Brown’s election enters.

Read it all, it is most excellent.

I will not, and encourage all not too, consider this a victory until the black robes have performed all their rituals.

Be Even More Careful Now With Critter Bites

I came across this story this morning.
Why Snakebites Are About to Get a Lot More Deadly.

The cure for bites from North American coral snakes is about to disappear. Find out why an unprofitable antivenom may end up costing lives.

What the article’s title doesn’t include is the anti-venom for Black Widows and scorpions is in very short supply, just as we are in the summer vacation season.

Antivenom shortages are a surprisingly common occurrence. The entire state of Arizona ran out of antivenom for scorpion stings after Marilyn Bloom, an envenomation specialist at Arizona State University, retired in 1999. Bloom had been single-handedly making all the scorpion antivenom for state hospitals. Recently, Merck & Co, the only FDA-licensed producer of black widow antivenom, has cut back distribution because of a production shortage of the drug. In a 2007 report, the World Health Organization listed worldwide envenomations as a “neglected public health issue.”

Granted, Coral snake bites are rare and most bites on humans that are of concern is when one of those nasty rascals climbs into the bed, bunk or sleeping bag and have time to really gnaw on the victim and roll over to insure the venom is introduced.

Just be careful out there and watch those young ones.

Health Care Reform Will Help Everyone

a guest post by Barbara O’Brien

Many Americans assume the new health care reform act will benefit mostly the poor and uninsured and hurt everyone else, according to polls. As Matt Yglesias wrote, “Basically, people see this as a bill that will take resources from people who have health insurance and give it to people who don’t have health insurance.” Those who still oppose the reform say that people ought to pay for their own health care.

We all believe in the virtues of hard work and self-reliance, but these days it’s a fantasy to think that anyone but the mega-wealthy will not, sooner or later, depend on help from others to pay medical bills. And that’s true no matter how hard you work, how much you love America, or how diligently you take care of yourself. The cost of medical care has so skyrocketed that breaking an arm or leg could cost as much as a new car. And if you get cancer or heart disease — which can happen even to people who live healthy lifestyles — forget about it. The disease will not only clean you out; it will leave a whopping debt for your survivors to pay.

And the truth is, we all pay for other peoples’ health care whether we know it or not. When people can’t pay their medical bills, the cost of their health care gets added to everyone else’s bills and insurance premiums. When poor people use emergency rooms as a doctor of last resort, their care is not “free.” You pay for it.

Another common fantasy about medical care is that the “free market” provides incentives for medical companies to develop innovative new drugs and treatments for disease without government subsidy. It’s true that private enterprise is very good at developing profitable health care products. But not all medical care can be made profitable.

For years, the U.S. government has been funding medical research that the big private companies don’t want to do because there is too much cost for the potential profit. This is especially true for diseases that are rare and expensive to treat. An example of a recent advance made possible by government grants include new guidelines for malignant pleural mesothelioma treatment developed by MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers. Another is a blood screening test for mesothelioma developed by thoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Taub. The health reform act provides for more dollars for such research, from which even many of the tea party protesters will benefit.

The biggest fantasy of all was that people who had insurance didn’t have to worry about health care costs. But the fact is that in recent years millions of Americans have been bankrupted by medical costs, and three-quarters of the medically bankrupt had health insurance. And yes, insurance companies even dumped hard-working, law-abiding patriots. But the health care reform act will put an end to that, and now America’s hard-working, law-abiding patriots are more financially secure, whether they like it or not.


The H1N1 Flu Shot Casualty List Grows!

I’m certain some will claim the following stories from Organic Health blog are anecdotal. I, however, do not and have been suspicious of the approach to this form of flu that our alleged government has taken.

In this instance, the casualties are the unborn, as one of the categories claimed to be at high risk is pregnant mothers.

From the article:

U.S. health authorities have made pregnant women one of the highest priority groups for getting the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, but is it actually safe for pregnant women and their babies? Well, the truth is that miscarriage reports from pregnant women who have taken the H1N1 swine flu vaccine are starting to pour in from all over the nation. Vaccines and pregnancy simply do not mix safely. In fact, the package inserts for the swine flu vaccines actually say that the safety of these vaccines for pregnant women has not been established.
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Do you honestly want to inject a vaccine that may contain mercury, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 (associated with infertility), triton X100 (a strong detergent), phenoxyethanol (antifreeze) and a whole bunch of other toxic ingredients into your system when you know that your baby will absorb it too and has no defenses against most of these things?

Please read the many, many stories of complications and miscarriages in the above article, as well as the comments.

SPREAD THE WORD!!!

The Laux Family. Someone You Should Know!

In the current culture wars, the battle between life and death has been brought into view by political events.

The debate over the proposed health care reform has created much consternation, with the idea of “death panels” being promoted by pending legislation, as well as government funded abortions.

A story, in two parts, has reminded me that each day there are new stories of life and death, of hope for loved ones, young and old.

These stories appeared in the Dallas Morning News. While I’m a Dallas resident, I seldom scan this publication, but due to divine direction, I discovered this story last week.

Before I post the links, I should caution any that read these stories of unrequited love for an unborn child, tears are guaranteed to follow. Having a towel handy would be recommended, as I found Kleenex was inadequate.

The first story, introduces us to Deidrea and T.K. Laux, and the discovery that their unborn child is a boy that has a severe condition, trisomy 13. They learned what the prognosis was and what their options were, and chose life for their child, knowing it may be only for minutes.

Those(tests) confirmed that Thomas had trisomy 13. The condition is fatal and so rare that only three or four babies are born with it yearly in Collin County and only six or eight in Dallas County.

After hearing the grim prognosis, T.K. spoke first: Thomas was meant to be theirs, he told the doctors, and Thomas had a purpose. However brief his life might be, it was a gift.

The second, and last part of the story, introduces us to Thomas Gordon Laux, and his brief time with us here on Earth. Thomas left them and went to God, on Independence Day 2008.

“We never knew that we could love that much,” Deidrea said. “Our son brought us together and taught us how to be a family.”

Thomas also showed them how much God cared about the details of their lives. They felt God’s presence in every doctor and nurse, in their hospital and hospice.

“We learned that God is still in the business of miracles,” she said. “Some people say, ‘Well, you didn’t get the miracle.’ … But we did.”

“Thomas was a miracle from the moment he was conceived,” she told the congregation. “We are better because Thomas existed.”

As painful a story as this is to read, the lessons of life and love are numerous.
There are likely many such stories we never hear about, and even more likely that too many parents take the option of terminating the pregnancy.
While I don’t know the Lauxes, I think I know who they are, and am blessed to know of them.

*Cross-posted*
At LGF2.

Øbama Is A Liar!

DrObama

While I believe the title to this post is true in general, the focus for now is his lying in order to complete a governmental power grab over our daily lives.

I will list and document a plethora of lies he has told recently, but not an all inclusive list. While a plethora is “superabundance,” it is by no means as extensive as his ability to prevaricate.

Here is a complete list of all the industries in the U.S., as of 14 Aug 09.
These industries are ranked by profitability, as indicated in the far right column labeled “net profit margin.” Scrolling down, you will find the Health Insurance Industry ranks #86 on this list. A simpler chart is present here.

According to president Øbama this past month:

“There have been reports just over the last couple of days of insurance companies making record profits, right now,” Obama said during a prime-time news conference. “At a time when everybody’s getting hammered, they’re making record profits, and premiums are going up. What’s the constraint on that? … Well, part of the way is to make sure that there’s some competition out there.”

Not only false, but an outright intentional lie disguised as a criticism of the “greedy” insurance companies.

Just a few days ago, Øbama was in Porstmouth, N.H., where, among other things, he claimed:

I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter … I believe it would be too disruptive.

Video.

Another blatant lie!
Here is what he said last June while campaigning for president.

I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its Gross National Product on health care cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim is talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out. A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House.

Video.

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Indian Plant Helps Maintain Blood Sugar and Cholesterol Balanced


The extract of an Indian plant called Gymnema sylvestre helps maintain blood sugar and cholesterol at normal levels.

The new extract, OmSanA, is a concentrated form of Om Santal Adivasi (OSA), the active compound found in the G. sylvestre leaf. The extract is offered in vegetarian capsule form and helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and normal cholesterol levels naturally. According to clinical studies, results are achieved in as little as 30 days; no side effects have been reported to date at normal daily dosages (500 mg -750 mg).

Certainly an interesting sounding product:  “natural”, “holistic”, “vegetarian”, all the popular buzz-words.  In fact, the article cites clinical studies, but fails to provide a link, other than to the corporate site which markets the product. “Major Scientific breakthrough … may provide new therapy for type 2 diabetes”

After more digging, I was unable to find any published research which supports the company’s claims.  Several related articles mention the research done at King’s College, London, and one in particular which said that the research was “not published in a peer-reviewed journal.”

More:
Search engine results;  Gymnema sylvestre wiki

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Second Wave of Swine Flu Hits Mexico

México confirmó una segunda oleada de Gripe A.

[Mexico confirms a second wave of H1N1].

source and translation by H5N1 Blog

The Mexican ministry of health has confirmed a second wave of H1N1, causing ten deaths in just four days and obliging local authorities to impose new sanitary measures. Despite the suffocatingly hot temperatures everywhere in the country, the new outbreak of the virus has infected 632 persons. The southern region, especially Chiapas state, is the most affected.

Epidemiologist Hugo López Gateli, one of the directors of the National Center for Epidemiological Surveillance, said that cases in Chiapas “have exploded,” to the point that in less than a month the cases have quintupled. Actually, this state now lists 3,664 cases and 19 deaths. Yucatán, in the southeast, has had a similar experience, with the tripling of cases in a few weeks (rising from 683 to 1,906 cases). Mexico City (2,161 cases) is another of the regions with a high rate of infection.

Inside The House Health Plan, H.R.3200

This post is taken from LGF2, as the poster vapig posted the info after visiting the Mark Levin show’s website.
For those who haven’t had the opportunity to find out what insidious government intrusions, and takeovers, are included in this bill, which the current resident of the White House is promoting, it will simply amaze you.
As a reminder of how atrocious this piece of legislation is, first the official chart of the House plan.

healthcare map

There is a man by the name of Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) who is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings. This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman’s)

Pg 16: SEC. 102. PROTECTING THE CHOICE TO KEEP CURRENT COVERAGE. lines 3-26 of the HC Bill – OUTLAWS PRIVATE INSURANCE by forbidding enrollment after HR 3022 is passed into law.

Pg 21-22: SEC. 113. INSURANCE RATING RULES of the HC Bill MANDATES the Government will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 29: SEC. 122. ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PACKAGE DEFINED: lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 30: SEC. 123. HEALTH BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE of HC bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

Pg 42: SEC. 142. DUTIES AND AUTHORITY OF COMMISSIONER of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!

PG 50-51: SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, ILLEGAL or otherwise.

Pg 58: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATIONHC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have DIRECT access to your BANK ACCOUNTS for electronic funds transfer. This means the government can go in and take your money right out of your bank account.

PG 65: SEC. 164. REINSURANCE PROGRAM FOR RETIREES is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and community orgs (ACORN).

Pg 72: SEC. 201. ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE; OUTLINE OF DUTIES; DEFINITIONS Lines 8-14 Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.

PG 84: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS HC Bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange

PG 85: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS Line 7 HC Bill – SPECIFICATION OF BENEFIT LEVELS FOR PLANS = The Government will ration your Healthcare!

PG 91: SEC. 204. CONTRACTS FOR THE OFFERING OF EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLANS Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example – Translation for illegal aliens!

Pg 95: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

PG 102: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice!

pg 124: SEC. 223. PAYMENT RATES FOR ITEMS AND SERVICES lines 24-25 HC No company can sue the GOVERNMENT on price fixing! No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly!!

pg 127: SEC. 225. PROVIDER PARTICIPATION Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ AMA – The Government will tell YOU what you can make.

Pg 145: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE!!

Pg 146: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll of $400k and above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

pg 150: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 9-13 Business’s with payroll between $251k – $400k who doesn’t provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.

Pg 167: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.

Pg 170: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is EXEMPT from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195: HC Bill – SEC. 421. CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEE HEALTH COVERAGE EXPENSES Officers and employees of HC Administration (GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans financial and personal records!

PG 203: SEC. 441. SURCHARGE ON HIGH INCOME INDIVIDUALS Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that!

Pg 239: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.

Pg 241: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same.

PG 253: SEC. 1122. MISVALUED CODES UNDER THE PHYSICIAN FEE

SCHEDULE Line 10-18 Government sets value of Doctor’s time, professional judgment, etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265: SEC. 1131. INCORPORATING PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS INTO MARKET BASKET UPDATES THAT DO NOT ALREADY INCORPORATE SUCH IMPROVEMENTS. Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries.

PG 268: SEC. 1141. RENTAL AND PURCHASE OF POWER-DRIVEN WHEELCHAIRS. Federal Government regulates rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs

PG 272: SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

Page 280: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS The Government will penalize hospitals for what Government deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS Lines 9-11 Doctors! Treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission? Government will penalize you.

Pg 317: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership and investment! Government tells Doctors what and how much they can own!

Pg 317-318: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS lines 21-25, 1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion – Government is mandating hospitals cannot expand!

pg 321: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 2-13 Hospitals have option to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg 335: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Government mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Government plan.

Pg 354: SEC. 1177. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY OF SPECIAL NEEDS PLANS TO RESTRICT ENROLLMENT – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! OMG! My sister has Downs Syndrome!!!

Pg 379: SEC. 1191. TELEHEALTH EXPANSION AND ENHANCEMENTS Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee Can you say HC by phone?

PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life

Pg 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 17-19 Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death!

PG 427: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends!

Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 1-9 An “advance care planning consultant” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.

PG 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 10-12 “advance care consultation” may include an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 13-25 – The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

Pg 469: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?

Page 472: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?

PG 489: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage

Pg 494-498: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.

Hat tip to Vapig. Thank you!

There will be more, much more, on this outrageous Marxist scheme.

ObamaCare:A Disaster That Can, And Must Be, Avoided!

I wish to state clearly, my position. Our current president has seldom been truthful about his various policies and programs, and in the case of health care, if he were Pinocchio, he would need safety lights on the tip of his nose, to warn aircraft, as his nose is so often tilted skyward.

I have been promising a gentleman I know, who is a client of one of my colleagues, to post on health care issues, particularly the looming street fight concerning Obama’s socialist plans for our health care system.

First an introduction to this gentleman, his name is John Goodman, and he is a member of the NCPA, has his own health care blog, is known as “The Father Of Health Savings Accounts,” cited as one of the three men who killed “HillaryCare” (along with William Kristol, and Sen. Phil Graham), has been a contributor to FOX News, and according to what he told me the other day, will become an adviser to FOX on the debate of ObamaCare. I strongly encourage readers of this post, to read and save his links for future reference. Mr. Goodman is a genuinely good man, and is tireless in his efforts, along with his charming wife.

With his bona fides established, his devotion to affordable, available, portable, and free-market based approaches to health care are clearly evident.

As it so happened, later in the same day, another colleagues client and I spent about thirty minutes talking. I can’t identify this gentleman, as he didn’t give express approval to cite him, but what he told me is on my word. This gentleman is in charge of a corporation that provides packaged health care insurance for major employers, so he definitely has skin in the game. After returning from Washington, he was quite disturbed by events, and that he had to spend millions of dollars on lobbyists, to fight ObamaCare, something he never thought he would do. We talked specifics, but at one point, I asked him if he had seen the Drudge Report, that ABC news had completely sold out to the White House, and after a stunned delay, he said no, and was totally dejected by the news.

I asked both of these gentlemen, if the AMA coming out against the “public option” was a little late, or would their turning against it add weight to the opposing forces in this debate. Mr. Goodman said the AMA had “sold out,” while the other gentleman said that the AMA, big business, and the pharmaceutical companies had all “sold out,” but not necessarily for the reasons most think. They have been threatened with loss of access to this, and future debates, if they oppose the president’s desire for socialized medicine. They will be put on Obama’s growing enemies list, and given no voice. Think Chicago styled political maneuvering. The second gentleman did say that many doctors have finally learned the details of the “public option,’ and that is they will be required to treat these policy holders…without compensation!

Many already know that, in those countries that have socialized medicine, with a focus on Canada and the UK, as Obama cites those two models as his guide, there are major shortages for service. Ask yourself, if you are a doctor, have friends or family who are, or even considered this field when in college, would you put in the required expense, time, and work, to become a physician/surgeon, only to not be able to make a good living, and have a bureaucrat determine which patients you could treat?
Exactly!

Here is some selected info from Mr. Goodman at NCPA:
WHERE DOES SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE WORK?

* In Canada, the average wait for a 65-year-old man to get a hip replacement is six months, according to the Freedom Works Foundation.
* The average wait time in a Canadian emergency room is 16 hours and 18 minutes.
* Also, the average cancer test and radiation treatment cycles vary between 6 to 8 weeks, according to the foundation.

Meanwhile:

* In Great Britain, at any one time, there are about a million people waiting to get into hospitals, according to John C. Goodman, president, CEO and Kellye Wright Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis.
* Almost 900,000 Canadian patients are on the waiting list at any point in time, according to the Fraser Institute.
* In New Zealand, 90,000 people are on the waiting lists, according to government figures.

“Those people constitute only about 1 to 2 percent of the population in those countries, but keep in mind that only about 15 percent of the population actually enters a hospital each year,” says Goodman. “Many of the people waiting are waiting in pain. Many are risking their lives by waiting. And there is no market mechanism in these countries to get care to people who need it first.”

I’ll leave it to someone else to crunch the numbers, but if the percentages of those waiting for care remained constant, and are applied to the U.S., the number of people waiting for care would be truly horrifying.

For a little insight into what is happening in Canada, this video documentary, which is a little long, is as unsettling an indictment on the Canadian system, as any I’ve seen.

As for the price tag of the Big Lie Obama is attempting to foist on us, I am reminded of P.J. O’Rourke’s quote, “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”
The claim is that it will only cost one trillion dollars, over a ten year period. Just hearing that, makes me suspend any desire to listen to what other lies they have planned for this debate.

According to the CBO:

According to our preliminary assessment, enacting the proposal would result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of about $1.0 trillion over the 2010-2019 period. When fully implemented, about 39 million individuals would obtain coverage through the new insurance exchanges. At the same time, the number of people who had coverage through an employer would decline by about 15 million (or roughly 10 percent), and coverage from other sources would fall by about 8 million, so the net decrease in the number of people uninsured would be about 16 million or 17 million.

That net decrease nestles up against the estimated 46 million to 47 million uninsured at the present date.

So, with this lie, a trillion dollars would cover approximately thirty percent of those who are now uninsured, but it would also flip some from covered to not. That may be change, but from my perspective, if it isn’t adaptive change, it is worthless.
This proposal is worthless.

As the lie about the one trillion dollars is still being bandied about, the truth of the matter is slowly entering the debate. Instead of one trillion dollars, try four trillion dollars, if the actual goal is to provide coverage to a much larger population, which I not only believe is the goal, but ultimately, that the government is in complete control of our health care system.

I will include some other linkage at the bottom of this post, if any are interested in what some others are saying, as this post is already long enough.

I wish to direct your attention, though, to a petition, recommended by Mr. Goodman, that got six thousand signatures after his Sunday appearance on FOX. They are wanting as many as possible, but at least one hundred thousand, at which time Mike Gallagher will hand deliver it to Washington.
FREE OUR HEALTH CARE NOW!!!!!
If you agree with the petition, and its purpose, I urge you to sign.

As for being a critic of the current policy canard being promoted by the president, I would be remiss in not mentioning there are alternatives. There is much discussion going on, much of it secretive, and there was one proposal that was made several years ago, but the democrats wouldn’t let it reach the floor.
It is called the Healthy Americans Act S. 334.
A brief summary of this now forgotten proposal:

It all starts with tax reform that empowers the individual. From that, we can get portability, individual access, incentives for healthy behavior, and market forces. The Healthy Americans Act embraces these principles; that health care coverage can be affordable, the uninsured can be covered, and, not insignificantly, our economy will be strengthened.

All of us need to get involved in this fight, as the unclear policy, being forced upon us by a power mad president, will destroy our health care system, if not forever, at least for decades. Write any and all of your elected officials, let us bombard Congress with emails and phone calls.
While I haven’t checked prices for good quality pitch forks at the local hardware store, that thought has entered my mind.

LINKAGE:
Rationing WILL Come!

The Smart Money Is Against Health Care Reform!

Conversation: For the Nation’s Medicine, a HICA Moment.

The price of Obama’s health care ‘savings’.

Health Care Solution May End Up Being Private Insurance Co-ops.

GOP Leader: House Democrats’ Health Care Plan “Is Nothing Less Than a Government Takeover.”

The GOP Can Stop ObamaCare.

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At Urban Grounds and LGF2.0

New strain of H1N1 found

from Straits Times

SAO PAULO – BRAZILIAN scientists have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a patient in Sao Paulo, their institute said on Tuesday.

The variant has been called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 by the Adolfo Lutz Bacteriological Institute, which compared it with samples of the A(H1N1) swine flu from California.

The genetic sequence of the new sub-type of the H1N1 virus was isolated by a virology team lead by one of its researchers, Terezinha Maria de Paiva, the institute said in a statement.

The mutation comprised of alterations in the Hemagglutinin protein which allows the virus to infect new hosts, it said.

It was not yet known whether the new strain was more aggressive than the current A(H1N1) virus which has been declared pandemic by the World Health Organization.

more :

US agencies not ready for flu
Dade youngster is first Florida fatality
95% of Utah flu cases are H1N1
Health experts offer more information on H1N1

Educator is NYC’s first swine-flu death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City school principal suffering from swine flu died on Sunday, becoming the city’s first death due to H1N1 flu, medical officials said.

Mitchell Wiener, 55, died after being admitted to Flushing Hospital Medical Center several days ago with the H1N1 flu virus, said Dr. Andrew Rubin, a hospital spokesman. A city Health Department spokeswoman also confirmed a death, but could not confirm the victim’s identity.

It was the first death in New York City, where many of the U.S. cases have been reported but with mostly mild symptoms.

Wiener had been in and out of consciousness and was being treated with an experimental drug, but family members had said as recently as Saturday that he was making some progress.

Mr Wiener was the Assistant Principal of Intermediate School 236 in Queens, which was closed along with several others after staff members reported sick.

Three additional schools in Queens will be closed beginning tomorrow, as health officials have documented growing flu levels.

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CDC: Over 100,000 Americans May Have Swine Flu

While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide. [snip]

In fact, “estimates of the confirmed and probable cases in the United States is probably not the best indicator of transmission at this point,” the CDC’s Jernigan said. “The outbreak is not localized, but is spreading and appears to be expanding throughout the United States. This is an ongoing public health threat,” he said.

CDC says twenty-two states are reporting higher than normal flu cases for this time of year, both seasonal flu and the new H1N1 Swine Flu.

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Level 6?

Remember the story of Felipe Solis?

On April 16, “President Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported.” link

Well, Mexican authorities are now saying that Solis died of a heart attack,  not the flu.  Further, his death occurred one week after greeting Obama, not one day later as originally reported.  This is according to a report from Greg Contreras.

Odd, isn’t it?

From full-court press coverage of infections, inspections, and detections*, of the potential world-wide swine flu pandemic, climaxing with Joe Biden’s famous declaration that there was no way he was getting on public transportation, coverage of the spread of H1N1 has undergone an overnight transformation. Now, only the official numbers from W.H.O. are reported.  Headlines are suggesting that Mexico has turned the corner,  the spread of the disease is stabilizing, and the proverbial bullet has been dodged.

Actual numbers of infections and deaths have shrunk to non-panic inducing levels, and, except for the large number of school closings, it is back to normal in the US. But, are the statistics reliable? One of the more interesting articles I read over the weekend was from Newsweek, which included this snippet:

Another physician, who spoke with NEWSWEEK en Español but asked not to be identified, claimed that in the Gea González Hospital—the biggest facility run by the Ministry of Health in Mexico City—doctors have been explicitly told not to record pneumonia as a cause of death. “You must say that they died of cardiac arrest or anything else,” said the physician about the instruction given to them.

It makes me wonder if this could be related to the Felipe Solis story …

And, today, Fox News is reporting that WHO is likely to raise the pandemic threat level to 6, and declare an official pandemic.

Go figure.

*from alice’s restaraunt

Houston toddler spent day at the mall

A mystery of sorts involving the 23 month old from Mexico who died in a Houston hospital has been solved.

“There is a three-and-a-half day gap no one is accounting for,” said Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos.  “We need to look at the possibility that he may have contracted this somewhere either en route to Houston or in Houston somewhere,” said Cascos.


San Antonio Express-News is reporting that  the “toddler who became the first swine-flu death on U.S. soil spent a day with his family shopping at a huge Houston indoor mall the day before he began to show symptoms.”

Update:

Houston Chronicle has the timeline

Here’s a timeline of the toddler’s whereabouts, according to Cascos.

April 3 – Child arrives with mother and three brothers at the Matamoros airport. The family crosses Gateway International Bridge to Brownsville, and stays with mother for two nights at Staybridge hotel in Brownsville.

April 5 – Family members, including an aunt, mother, and three brothers travel to Houston. According to Cascos, the aunt and mother had medical appointments there. The group eats out and goes shopping at the Galleria.

April 8 – Group returns to Brownsville, child falls ill

April 13 – Child admitted to Brownsville hospital, then to Texas Children’s the next day.

April 27 – Child dies in Houston.


Swine Flu, Pregnancy and Fertility

Here is an interesting article by Colette Bouchez that I saw over at NowPublic.

Naturally, this article is of particular interest to me, as young Nuke Jr. and his bride are expecting their first in early September.  (P.S.  sonograms say it’s a boy…. Nuke III, maybe?)

If flu occurs, here are the recommendations …

The first is to control your fever.The March of Dimes recommends acetaminophen (Tylenol) but talk to your doctor first to make certain it’s okay for you. You should also try to keep your body as cool as possible with cold compresses, and drink plenty of fluids. Pregnancy is not the time to “sweat out ” a fever.

Second is continue to take your prenatal vitamins – particularly 1000 mcg of folic acid. Studies conducted at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in England, found that women who took a multi vitamin high in folic acid during pregnancy decreased their baby’s risk of birth defects, even if they ran a fever while pregnant.


And the use of the antivirals, tamiflu and relenza?

… it’s important to note that there have not been any cases of birth defects or other serious health concerns linked to the use of these drugs in pregnant women who have used them.

All good to know.  Thanks Colette.

Daily pill halts Alzheimer’s in its tracks

“This is an unprecedented result in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Prof Claude Wilschik, leader of a British research team. The results of the Phase 2 trials carried out by a team from the University of Aberdeen (UK) suggests that the new medication known as “rember” stops Alzheimer’s by as much as 81%. The findings are being hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the batle against Alzeimer’s in over a century.

Patients with the brain disorder had no significant decline in their mental function over a 19-month period.

‘We appear to be bringing the worst affected parts of the brain functionally back to life,’ said Dr Claude Wischik, who led the research.

It is the first time medication has been developed to target the ‘tangles’ in the brain that destroy nerve cells, leading to deteriorating memory.

The drug helps to disrupt this process, preventing the formation of new tangles and loosening those already created.

Last night the findings were hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s since 1907.

Eventually the drug could be used to stop the disease in its early stages before symptoms have even appeared, it is hoped.

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WFFOT the 13th Roundup

Good grief, it’s Friday already?

Since deciding to cut back on blogging activity a couple of weeks ago, my time away from the blogosphere has become more productive. Big surprise, huh.

We put the house on the market, found a small place with some land a few miles out of town that we should be able to pay cash for, and made some plans to accomplish two of the “ity” goals that we set for ourselves at the beginning of 2007: “liquidity”, and “defensibility”. The third “ity” goal” “mobility” has been largely accomplished, with the fourth, “sustainability” still in the planning stages. All in all, it’s been a busy two weeks, with more to come.

Mrs. Nuke told me the other day that she wants a new personal protection device. I’m leaning towards recommending a 38 snubbie, simplicity, reliabilty, and all that … (I kind of like those “ity” words). Suggestions and recommendations please …

Headlines and News Articles of interest …

John F. Kerry agrees with the SCOTUS – Gitmo ruling … What a complete dingus…

Reminiscent of “Get Smart” and the Cone of Silence, Scientists have shown off the blueprint for an “acoustic cloak”, which could make objects impervious to sound waves. I hear they’re remaking the old GS series into a feature film…..bringing back teenage fantasies about Agent 99 …

Great piece from Dr. K: “Make the Election about Iraq” … Speaking of Iraq, got an email from Mike Yon, who, after his book tour is headed back to Iraq. He’ll be reporting independent of embeds, meaning that he will not have the direct protection of the military … Please remember Mike in your prayers, and in your giving by buying Moment of Truth, or by making a direct contribution. Without your support, the mission will end.

Miracle Date? “A 2,000-year-old date seed discovered at Masada four decades ago may provide new cures to numerous ailments, Israeli scientists say, after making significant advances, against all odds, in producing fruit from the seed….to yield a now-extinct species of date that was renowned in ancient times as a treatment for heart disease, chest problems, the spitting of blood, weakened memory and other medical conditions, possibly even symptoms of cancer and depression. Dang… How much you figure those newly grown pits would go for on Ebay?

The Tyranny of PC: “The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter has halted a program to promote the adoption of black cats and dogs the week of June 14-20 after criticism that the event would have taken place the week of Juneteenth, Director Cheryl Schneider said today.

“We apologize if our promotion to reduce fees on black dogs and cats offended anyone,” Schneider said in a statement.”

They have the bastard on tape … “AUSTIN — Whoever launched the Molotov cocktail that led to the devastating weekend fire at the Texas Governor’s Mansion had breached the security fencing and was standing on the property’s front lawn at the time of the attack, officials said Thursday”

From the Dept of Paranoia … Is it paranoia if they really do want to kill you?

RoP school in Virginia teaches that …”a Muslim can take with impunity the life and property of someone believed guilty of polytheism. According to the panel, the strict Saudi interpretation of polytheism includes Shiite and Sufi Muslims as well as Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists.” Great. ……

Florida Muslim leaders met with Doudou Diène, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, at a Miami hearing to discuss Islamophobia and anti-Muslim discrimination” … I am up to here with this BS.

And finally, here’s a great site if you need a spiffy new name for your band, or blog, and no, they don’t actually use the word “spiffy.” Here’s what I came up with when I plugged in “Nuke” …

Nuke of the Blur
Wet Nuke
Nuke Mood
Nuke Void
Sublime Kneecap of the Nuke Boar
Nuke of the Diabolical
Shameless Nuke
Nuke Sunberry
Nuke Dad
Nuke Horse
Didactic Nuke
Nuke Grease
Tomato of the Nuke
Godless Habitat
Acid Nuke
Igneous Nuke
Western Sky
Nuke Goat and the Mayo
Icky Nuke
Nuke Cantaloupe
Nuke of the Glass
Intuition of the Nuke
Gourmet Counselor of the Nuke Vapor

I’m kind of partial to Nuke Goat and the Mayo. Speedshop Deli could have used this generator when they were naming my pickle. Heh™

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Chocolate reduces pregnancy complication risk

Chocolate, Nature’s perfect food.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Indulging in chocolate during pregnancy could help ward off a serious complication known as preeclampsia, new research suggests.

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is rich in a chemical called theobromine, which stimulates the heart, relaxes smooth muscle and dilates blood vessels, and has been used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries, Dr. Elizabeth W. Triche of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and colleagues write.

Preeclampsia, in which blood pressure spikes during pregnancy while excess protein is released into the urine, has many features in common with heart disease, the researchers add.

“Yes” to garnishing paychecks to pay for HillaryCare

This morning on “This Week” on ABC, she was pressed about garnishing wages (to pay for her Health Insurance program) and dodged it a few times before saying,

“George, there will be an enforcement mechanism, whether it is that or something else.”

So she is open to the idea of garnishing wages. Her words.

Go ahead Conservatives, stay home or vote 3rd party.

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As bad as McCain is, he’s better than this shiite.

also at AP

Silent Landing

skeeter1.jpg…in the past few years has malaria captured the full attention of aid agencies and donors. The World Health Organization has made malaria reduction a chief priority. Bill Gates, who has called malaria “the worst thing on the planet,” has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the effort through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bush Administration has pledged 1.2 billion dollars. Funds devoted to malaria have doubled since 2003. The idea is to disable the disease by combining virtually every known malaria-fighting technique, from the ancient (Chinese herbal medicines) to the old (bed nets) to the ultramodern (multidrug cocktails). At the same time, malaria researchers are pursuing a long-sought, elusive goal: a vaccine that would curb the disease for good.

Much of the aid is going to a few hard-hit countries scattered across sub-Saharan Africa. If these nations can beat back the disease, they’ll serve as templates for the global antimalaria effort. And if they can’t? Well, nobody in the malaria world likes to answer that question.

The outcry over this epidemic, until recently, has been muted. Malaria is a plague of the poor, easy to overlook. The most unfortunate fact about malaria, some researchers believe, is that prosperous nations got rid of it. In the meantime, several distinctly unprosperous regions have reached the brink of total malarial collapse, virtually ruled by swarms of buzzing, flying syringes.

National Geographic takes a look at one of the oldest, most successful killers on the planet : malaria.

One of our visitors took issue recently with our post on Rachel Carson, citing a lack of any evidence to support the conclusions of the post. I invite you to spend a few minutes and educate yourself about this deadly parasite. Frankly, I didn’t read anything that contradicted my earlier post — but you be the judge.

Great moments in socialized medicine

“I could be dead by then.”

Proponents of Hillary-Care, or fans of the propagandist movie “Sicko” would do well to study the actual day to day operation of socialized medicine before trying to impose it upon the United States.

This is the story of Olive Beal: a retired London piano teacher and former activist in the Suffragette Movement, who was told that she must wait eighteen months before she can receive a new hearing aid. At age 108, with failing eyesight and confined to a wheelchair, Mrs. Beal’s 5 year old analog hearing aid no longer functions effectively for her.

Her family said they had been shocked to be told there was an 18-month waiting list by the Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust. A digital hearing aid costs about £1,000 on the open market.

Maria Scott, 52, her granddaughter, said: “After having a hearing test on Wednesday they said, ‘yes, she does need a digital hearing aid, but there is an 18-month waiting list’.

“I would have thought they would take her age into account as she probably has not got 18 months to wait.

“Olive has worked hard from the age of 16 to her late 60s and paid taxes. She has been healthy all her life and lived with her daughter until 15 years ago – she has never sponged off the state. I thought a 108-year-old deserved to be treated better than this.”

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I still think the best line I heard about the idyllic Cuban healthcare system praised in Moore’s movie was along the lines of………..

“The best health care in Cuba is found at Gitmo. “

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