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Cutting Healthcare Costs by Killing Patients

by Deane Waldman

U.N. Resolution 260 (III) — Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide — was signed on December 9, 1948.  It memorializes a worldwide consensus against state-sanctioned killing of people by groups.  The convention protects “national, ethnical, racial or religious group[s].”  The Convention forgot to protect a group called the expensives.

Nation-states are killing people based on their costliness, rather than their place of origin, skin color, religious commitment, political affiliation, or ethnicity.  In order to cut healthcare costs, Great Britain and soon the U.S. will eliminate (kill) patients whose only crime is being expensive to treat.

Supporters of the ACA such as President Obama and Dr. Don Berwick openly and proudly said that ObamaCare was modeled after the British National Health Service (NHS).  It is reasonable to expect that what the NHS has done in England will be done here.  Additional acronyms that must be added to our body of evidence include NICE, IPAB, LCP, and WaSEPTS.  Each will be explained.

Cutting Costs

Virtually all conversations about healthcare devolve quickly to cost-cutting, as though saving money were the purpose of healthcare.  It isn’t.  Healthcare’s true function is to have healthy, long-lived people.  If cutting costs does not achieve that goal, healthcare is producing the opposite result from what we want.

You and I may talk about the “cost” of a car or a hernia repair, but only the manufacturer of a product or the provider of a service can cut true “costs.”  Consumers and payers can only reduce their spending.

Consumers reduce spending through the free market, which balances supply and demand through competition and price variability.  Third-party payers — private insurance and government agencies — achieve balance by decree rather than by using market forces.  To reduce its healthcare spending, the government cuts payments for health care services.  For expensive patients, it may choose to cut payments to zero.  This translates to “no payment = no treatment.”

NICE (England) and IPAB (U.S.)

Sarah Palin’s “death panel” accusation on Facebook in 2009 turns out to have been true.  The name of this death panel is IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board), an agency created by ObamaCare.

IPAB members are appointed.  Its meetings are not open to public scrutiny.  There is no oversight.  IPAB is tasked with deciding which medical treatments are deemed “cost-effective” and which are not.  IPAB then recommends to Congress that the former be authorized for payment and the latter not.

IPAB recommendations have the effect of automatic law.  Congress can only make substitutions: deleting certain items and replacing them with others.  Rejection of IPAB recommendations is not permitted under ObamaCare.

Effectively, IPAB is practicing medicine by making healthcare payment law.  Doctors may advise the patient what is the best care, but the treatment that the patient actually gets or does not get is decided by IPAB.

IPAB was modeled on the British NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence).  To project what IPAB will do to us, look at what NICE has already done to the British populace.

Kidney dialysis after 55 years of age and heart surgery after 65 have been classified “not cost effective” by the NHS.  Result?  If a British citizen is over those thresholds, he or she is…allowed to die (passively) by government mandate.

Though treatments are technically available and medically effective on individuals, they are withheld because of national budgetary considerations.  This conundrum was brought before the British Court system.

The British High Court admitted that patients, providers, and the government were “impaled on the horns of a [moral and economic] dilemma.”  It goes on to say that, given very real limitations in health care resources, the State has the right to do what it is doing: allowing people to die who could be saved.

As NICE has done to Britons, so IPAB will do to Americans: life or death by government decree.  The title of this article is “Cutting Healthcare Costs by Killing Patients.”  Killing is an active, not passive, act.  While IPAB will allow you to die passively, WaSEPTS will actively kill you.

LCP (England) and WaSEPTS (U.S.)

A sign at the entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau read, Arbeit Macht Frei, meaning “Work Shall Make You Free.”  Posing as a work camp, people marked for death were taken to the showers, supposedly for cleansing.  In fact, the “showers” were gas chambers.

Torn down in Poland, these showers were recently rebuilt in Liverpool, England and named the LCP (Liverpool Care Pathway).  A sign at the entrance might read, “Cutting Health Care Costs.”

One Hundred Reasons to Abandon Public Education Now

by Daren Jonescu

In  a recent article,  I noted in passing that “there are a hundred compelling reasons for removing  your children and grandchildren from the public schools, regardless of any  practical or financial inconveniences this may cause you.”  My choice of  the round figure one hundred was purely a rhetorical flourish — there are  actually far more than a hundred reasons to abolish public education, one child  at a time if necessary.

By  way of proving this point, I offer the following list for your consideration and  dissemination:

(1)  John Dewey.  “The father of modern education” — including  modern Soviet education.  Critic of Western rationalism, socialist, enemy of ethical  individualism.

(2)  Bill Ayers.  Weatherman communist, Deweyite — and influential  voice in early childhood education.

(3)  “Benevolent” would-be oligarchs explicitly conceived of modern compulsory  schooling as a means of forcibly stunting intellectual growth in order  to produce a submissive worker class.  (See below)

(4)  Standardized curricula and testing.  Coerced uniformity of goals and  methods — the “death panel” of education.

(5)  Reduces family home to glorified bunkhouse for state-raised children.  (See  below)

(6)  Undermines family’s historical role as nature’s buffer between individual and  state.

(7)  Sex education.  Mechanistic reduction of sex spells the death of Eros —  life’s central mystery — and hence of sublimated passions, high art, and the  pursuit of wisdom.

(8)  Psychiatric branding and drugging of non-compliant children.

(9)  “Gun-free zones.”  Public school: “Hundreds of weak, undefended targets  here.”

(10)  Benjamin Franklin.  Little formal schooling; a printer’s apprentice at  twelve.

(11)  Jane Austen.  Little formal schooling; read  books and wrote stories at home.

(12)  Alexander Pope. Little formal schooling; major poet and literary critic at  twenty-three.

(13)  John Keats.  Medical apprentice (and orphaned) at fourteen, professional  surgeon’s assistant at twenty, licensed apothecary at twenty-one, greatest  English poet of his era at twenty-three (dead at  twenty-five).

(14)  Under compulsory schooling, only two entries in Keats’ biography (item 13) would  have been possible — “orphaned” and “dead at twenty-five.”  Think about  that.

(15)  School environment designed to make life easier for teachers, not better for  children.

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Bob Woodward threatened by White House over sequester reporting

Thomas Lifson

“…you  will regret doing this,” Bob Woodward was told by a senior White House aide. He  told Wolf Blitzer this today in an interview, embedded below.

Woodward  also noted that nobody disputed the factual basis of his reporting of authorship  of the Sequester proposal.

This  amounts to naked bullying of the press. Woodward is the most respected reporter  in America. The White House thinks it can push him around, and that the rest of  the media won’t make a fuss.

If  they are right, then then the media are political whores.

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Ben Carson: White House Repeatedly Asked for an Advance Copy of My Speech

Madeleine Morgenstern

Dr. Ben Carson rebuffed multiple requests from the White House for an advance copy of his speech for the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, a speech in which he criticized President Barack Obama sitting just a few feet away.

Carson told The Hill he told the White House no, because he doesn’t put his remarks on paper beforehand.

“I told them that I don’t have an advance copy because I don’t write out my speeches and I don’t use teleprompters …they asked more than once … I gave them the [Biblical] texts around which the remarks would be framed … I said read those texts, the remarks will be framed around those … that should have told them something,” Carson told The Hill.

The White House didn’t comment on Carson’s disclosure.

Carson, who staked out positions opposite Obama on taxes, debt and health care, told TheBlaze earlier this month that the president approached him after the speech and thanked him for his words.

The often verbose Vice President Joe Biden, Carson told The Hill, had little to say to him when he sat back down next to him.

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Paul Harvey Wins the Super Bowl

by Rich Lowry

In the 4 1/2 hours of ceaseless spectacle that was Super Bowl XLVII — even the Roman numerals are excessive — there were only two minutes that made you stop and truly listen.

They were courtesy of Paul Harvey, the late great radio broadcaster.

Chrysler had the inspired idea to make two minutes of his speech at a 1978 Future Farmers of America convention into the soundtrack for an ad for the Ram truck while affecting still photos of American farm life scrolled on the screen.

The spot stuck out for how thoroughly un-Super Bowl it was. It’s a wonder that CBS didn’t refuse to air it on grounds that it wasn’t appropriate for the occasion. It was simple. It was quiet. It was thoughtful. It was eloquent. It was everything that our celebrity-soaked pop culture, which dominates Super Bowl Sunday almost as much as football does, is not.

All the fantastic glitz and sometimes hilarious vulgarity that define the events around the Super Bowl — the half-time shows and the ads — can’t make up for a desperate poverty of expression. No one has anything to say, and if they did, they wouldn’t know how to say it.

Not Paul Harvey. His speech is a little gem of literary craftsmanship. It shows that words still retain the power to move us, even in a relentlessly visual age driven from distraction to distraction.

Harvey picks up the story of creation: “And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said I need a caretaker — so God made a farmer.”

It goes on to describe characteristics of the dutiful farmer, punctuating each riff with the same kicker: “God said I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk the cows, work all day in the field, milks cows again, eat supper then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board — so God made a farmer.”

In its pacing and its imagery, the speech is a kind of prose-poem. Delivered by Paul Harvey, who could make a pitch for laundry detergent sound like a passage from the King James Bible, it packs great rhetorical force. Listening to it can make someone who never would want to touch cows, especially before dawn, wonder why he didn’t have the good fortune to have to milk them twice a day.

In short, it is a memorably compelling performance, and without bells or whistles, let alone staging so elaborate it might challenge the logisticians who pulled off the invasion of Normandy.

That was left for Beyoncé. Some day a cultural historian will write the definitive history of the Super Bowl half-time and how it morphed from a showcase for the likes of the Grambling State University marching band to a platform for gyrating pop stars. (Michael Jackson started the trend in 1993.)

Beyoncé dressed like she was headed for a shift at the local gentlemen’s club, and put on a show that was an all-out assault on the senses. She was stunning and athletic, as well as tasteless and unedifying.

The Harvey ad was schmaltzy rustic romanticism, to be sure, but it celebrated something worthy. It was uplifting rather than degrading. It spoke of selflessness and virtue in moving terms.

The farmer is patient. He is willing “to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say ‘maybe next year.’”

His is ingenious. He can “shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire.” He is hard-working. He “will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from ‘tractor back,’ will put in another 72 hours.”

He is a family man. He bales “a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing.”

Harvey’s speech has such resonance because what he describes aren’t agrarian qualities so much as stereotypically American qualities. They represent what we want ourselves to be like — even if God didn’t make us farmers.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review.

First Comes Honor

by Steve McCann

A nation without honor is a nation without a future.  Today the United States finds itself in a quagmire of ever-increasing self-doubt and foreboding.   Chief among the factors that have brought America to this point has been the abandonment of a sense of what is right, just and true as it relates to the duty imposed by conscience.  Honor is being abandoned and replaced by duplicity, avarice, self-aggrandizement, cowardice, and an unbridled lust for power and notoriety.

These characteristics are symptomatic of the bulk of the American governing class that has increasingly adopted, as their sacrosanct tenet, the concept that the end justifies the means.   In their position atop the societal pyramid they have been devastatingly influential in undermining the morality and integrity of the citizenry.  As Herbert Hoover once observed: “When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”

As the greatest fear of the founding fathers comes to pass — an overwhelmingly powerful central government — the base nature of the human race comes increasingly to the fore.   This evolutionary process, while underway for some time, has thoroughly permeated society as the nation is now reaching the tipping point.

Whether in the various state capitols or the once hallowed halls of Congress or the now tarnished grandeur of the White House, the acquisition and retention of political power by any means necessary, and the attendant access to ever larger sums of money, either borrowed, created out of whole cloth or coerced from the taxpayers, has become firmly entrenched in the nation’s political psyche.   Party identity notwithstanding, in order to achieve this end, nothing is beyond the pale — be it fraud, corruption, outright lies, or immorality.

No one person on the American landscape today more epitomizes this descent into dishonor than Barack Obama.   His earliest days in politics were marked with unethical and oftentimes dishonest tactics in eliminating his opposition.  He has revealed an untroubled willingness to prevaricate and make up so-called facts to suit his personal agenda.   He has proven himself to be untrustworthy and a man whose word is meaningless.  His narcissism knows no bounds as he oversees the premeditated decline of the United States concurrent with seeking to transform the nation into his vision of a socialist state.  All the while exploiting his skin color as he calculatingly divides Americans into groups which he coldly and with forethought pits against each other.

The recent re-election campaign of Barack Obama encapsulated all these traits into the strategy employed as he set out to not only personally destroy his opposition by innuendo and falsehoods but to hoodwink the American voter.  Unfortunately, the voters have become receptive to these tactics as they have been conditioned over the past forty years by an education establishment — dominated by greed, self-absorption and fealty to statist ideology — to believe that government, as controlled by the American left, is the source of wealth and salvation.  Adding to this indoctrination, the entertainment industry, whose primary concern is an unfettered lifestyle, has slowly but surely convinced a near majority of the people that there are no moral absolutes.

The mainstream media, also concerned with an unfettered lifestyle but more importantly with access to the politically powerful, have chosen sides and become an extension of the state propaganda machinery as well as pawns in the hands of Barack Obama and the Democrats.  Many in the media, also greatly influenced by the education and entertainment establishment, have left any semblance of honor at the doorway of cronyism as they safeguard their standard of living.

Far too many in the corporate and financial sphere have cast their principles aside as they too are increasingly operating their enterprises with the end justifies the means mindset.  Further, as much of the free market is effectively under the thumb of government bureaucrats and politicians, many are convinced that in order to survive and prosper they must “play the game” with Washington D.C. and financially support those who have amassed the power to destroy them.  Others have willing prostituted themselves and openly become crony capitalists eerily reminiscent of the relationship between industry and the government in fascist Italy and Germany.

This debasement of honor has extended its tentacles into many religious institutions who are now preaching the gospel of big government, abortion, euthanasia, and the toleration of any lifestyle.   They are doing so in order to maintain some semblance of a congregation and the income derived from the same as well as groveling before the almighty monolith on the shores of the Potomac River.

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Brown vs. Green: Clash of the Titans in California

Massive shale oil reserves could give California one of the biggest oil booms on Earth, but the uber-powerful California green lobby is gearing up for the fight of its life.

The stakes of the battle could be huge, reports the New York Times. Hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs for Californians, versus environmental concerns about fracking, pipelines, and greenhouse gasses.

The Monterey Shale formation, stretching 1,750 square miles from southern to central California, constitutes two-thirds of the country’s total estimated shale oil reserves. That’s an estimated 15.4 billion barrels, or four times as much as the Bakken Shale reserves in North Dakota, whose exploitation can now be seen from space.

But the green lobby will prove a formidable opponent to the oil and gas companies jostling for a piece of this giant pie. It is already hard at work trying to keep California’s newly recoverable energy reserves in the ground: Two powerhouse lobbies are suing the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Conservation to prevent further exploration of the Monterey Shale and impose stricter regulations on fracking.

The intrigues in this drama are many. Does California’s Democratic Party come down on the side of low income Californians, who desperately need the jobs and state services new oil extraction will fund? Or does it come down on the side of a green lobby that is heavily backed by some of the wealthiest people in the state?

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Racist Ageist Sexist Legislation Must Be Stopped

by Babara Samuells

Obamacare law is direct discrimination.  We cannot stand by and allow this racist, age discriminating and sex discriminating law in our country.

A law that knowingly singles out and harms one race, age and sex much more adversely than others must be labeled for the vile discrimination it is and that law must not be implemented.

The most adverse effect of this law will be on three groups…whites, the elderly and women.

Yes, Obamacare is pulling care from America’s (elderly) seniors who are mostly white and mostly women. These Americans are the ones who will suffer the greatest loss in quality of life and years of life expectancy as their healthcare is diminished in accessibility and quality.

(By the way, they happen to be heavily conservative and happen to control much of our country’s wealth, as they should after working and saving for a lifetime. That doesn’t work well for a progressive agenda!)

Such a racist law would never be tolerated against other nationalities such as Blacks or Hispanics.

Such age discrimination would never be accepted against Americans from birth to middle age.

Such sex discrimination against women would never be allowed in the workplace or in reproductive services.

We cannot allow this racist, ageist and sexist law to take effect.  If this discrimination takes root in such a huge part of our lives and economy, there will be no end to the discrimination, unfairness and unAmerican treatment of this minority…senior, white women.

Let’s stand for fairness and equality for America’s elderly, white women!  They have been mistreated long enough.  Fight for their right to live a full life free of deliberate discrimination and treatment as second class citizens. The author, Barbara Samuells, is co-founder of

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, A Man of Peace

by Sara Noble

Martin Luther King Jr Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January although his actual birthday is the 15th of January. He was born in 1929 and would have been 84 years old had his life not been cut short.

In a speech delivered one day before his assassination Dr. King said, “Let us keep the issues where they are. That’s all this whole thing is about. We aren’t engaged in any negative protest and in any negative arguments with anybody. We are saying that we are determined to be men. We are determined to be people,” he said.

Shortly before he died, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his impending death. He was ill the night before his death and couldn’t give the sermon he planned. The next day was one of the happiest of his life.

From American Radio Works:

In a speech Benjamin Hooks delivered a decade after King’s death (also featured in this anthology), he recalled King’s final sermon: “I remember that night when he finished, he stopped by quoting the words of that song that he loved so well, ‘Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.’ He never finished. He wheeled around and took his seat and to my surprise, when I got a little closer, I saw tears streaming down his face. Grown men were sitting there weeping openly because of the power of this man who spoke on that night.”

King had warned in previous sermons that he might die before the struggle ended. It was not the first time he told listeners he’d “seen the promised land.” King had been living with death threats for years. No one in King’s circle thought this was his final address. Later, Young wrote: “Did [King] know? He always knew some speech would be his last. Was he afraid? Not on your life!”

Young said the next day was one of King’s happiest. “Surrounded by his brother, his staff and close friends of the movement,” Young wrote, “He laughed and joked all day until it was time to go to dinner at 6 PM.” King stepped onto the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel, checking the weather to decide whether to bring a coat. As he leaned over the railing, talking with Jesse Jackson and others below, King was fatally shot.

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot by a cowardly sniper, a man whose name I won’t mention. He deserves to be forgotten.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic was written by the poet Julia Ward Howe who had heard a regiment singing John Brown’s Body.  She went to sleep that night at a hotel in D.C. She awoke with a spectacular dream and wrote the words for the song, called the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

MLK’s Favorite Hymn:

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GAO Overview of US Financial Outlook Teetering Between Bleak and Hopeless

by Sara Noble

We are on a rapid and unsustainable fiscal path according to the GAO:

“GAO’s federal simulations show that absent policy changes, the federal government faces a rapid and unsustainable growth in debt.

Simulations of the state and local government sector show that not only the federal government faces fiscal challenges that will have a profound effect on government over the coming decades.

A growing imbalance between revenue and spending is driven on the spending side by rising health care costs and the aging population, which in turn will lead to a rapid increase in spending on retirement and health programs.”

In their summary, the GAO said:

“While CBO projects that continuation of such polices would prevent disruptions to the economy in the very near term, it would lead to higher debt over the long term.”

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The report also stated that the Department of Defense has such serious financial management problems that its financial statements are not auditable. Read about that here.

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