March 22, 2011

The Neo-Commie Plan to Wreck the Train

Did I mention there is a Neo-Commie in the White House?

Protein Wisdom:

What we’re witnessing is an organized attempt at initiating a soft coup in the United States by way of a socialist cabal. Michael Medved might not like to hear this; Bill O’Reilly and Bernie Goldberg likely won’t, either — concerned, as they both are, about the “rightwing” “bash Obama” industry (which isn’t helping “the folks”); Jeb Bush surely doesn’t, if such a revelation means that his standing on stage with Obama in the swing state of FL to burnish his “pragmatic centrist” bona fides then looks like either betrayal of conservative principles, or a real lack of discernment and judgment; and of course, the establishment GOP, who has built its entire political strategy on the idea that Washington is and always will be business as usual (and it is — for them) probably want to skip this as well.

But those of us who met the election of Barack Obama with cries of opposition knew what was coming — all one had to do was bother to look — and we reluctantly pushed the GOP back to power in November to fight the attempt by the left to finish its takeover of our country.

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By Howie at 10:45 AM | Comments |

March 13, 2011

Seriously Good News: Canadian 'Baby Joseph' Gets Second Chance at Life in U.S.

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Baby Joseph Maraachli

Canadian parents of 'baby Joseph' have fought the hospital in Canada to insert a tracheotomy so they could bring him home. Hospital officials were prepared to pull 'the plug' citing he was dying and it would only prolong his inevitable death. They refused to preform a tracheotomy. Think about it...Obamacare

Anyway, thankfully he is now on his way to America! Thank you Priests For Life

The baby who was hours from being pulled off life support at his Canadian hospital has been rescued by the national director of Priests For Life.

Joseph Maraachli, 13 months old, who is currently kept alive by a respirator and was recently denied a transfer to a Michigan hospital to undrgo a tracheotomy, is en route tonight to the U.S. with Fr. Frank Pavone

After all the bad news of lately this is something to rejoice over..socialized medicine lost..for now.

By Stable Hand at 10:47 PM | Comments |

April 18, 2010

Blast From The Past: Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine

The foot is in the door...

By Stable Hand at 06:14 PM | Comments |

April 02, 2010

Obama Voters: Go Elsewhere for Health Care


(Mount Dora, Florida) A local doctor has expressed his displeasure with ObamaCare with a sign at the entrance to his practice.
"I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

The sign reads: "If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years." […]

Cassell may be walking a thin line between his right to free speech and his professional obligation, said William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida's College of Medicine.

Allen said doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law. By insisting he does not quiz his patients about their politics and has not turned away patients based on their vote, the doctor is "trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation," Allen said.

Heh, the rub is in the nub.

Update by Stable Hand: Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) says the good Dr. is raaacist

December 18, 2009

Steele: "We are the conservative party."

John Hawkins of Right Wing News interviews Michael Steele. Most of it is about Obamacare but Hawkins does ask Steele about conservatives who don't trust the Republican party.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:52 AM | Comments |

November 22, 2009

No Mammogram For You!

(Johnson City, Tennesssee) According to decision-makers at the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), no mammogram screening of women between 40 and 49 years of age should be performed. Presumably, it's all about efficiency and cost.

However, not everyone agrees.

Jocelyn Medina, M.D., a radiologist at Mountain States Health Alliance says with the study’s recommendations, many lives in the Tri-Cities would be at risk. From this year alone, cancer cases at the Women’s Health and Imaging Center prove her point.

“I can tell you we had 92 cancers diagnosed. Twenty of those were between age 37 and 50. That to me is not an insignificant number,” she said.

Having medical choices decided by demographics as opposed to diagnostics is disturbing. I'd hate to think that people would have to phony up their personal data just to assure they could see a doctor. (More ....)

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September 09, 2009

UK Rejects Cancer Drug Due to Cost

(London, England) Proven effective against liver and kidney cancer, Bayer Company's drug Nexavar has been rejected as too expensive by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Britain's healthcare bean-counting watchdog.

Nexavar received a preliminary rebuff from NICE in May but Bayer had hoped to convince the agency Nexavar was worth paying after it put forward a patient access scheme that would have reduced the cost of treatment to the National Health Service.

Bayer said the decision on its drug, known generically as sorafenib, for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma was a blow to patients.

"We thought we had satisfied NICE's criteria for how Nexavar would be assessed -- however, the goal posts appeared to have moved," said Nicole Farmer, the company's British head of oncology.

"This proposal by NICE conflicts dramatically with the government's strategy to bring UK cancer outcomes in-line with the rest of Europe, where Nexavar is already widely available in countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Romania, and Greece."

Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common form of liver cancer, accounting for 80 to 90 percent of all primary liver tumors.

Ironically, those cancer patients denied the most advanced health treatments and potential greater longevity can only blame NICE people. British patients must unfortunately be satisfied that they receive the very best health care that bureaucrats can provide.

By at 10:46 PM | Comments |

July 02, 2009

Bottled Health Care

bottle.jpg(Columbus, Ohio) One might liken government-run health care to bottled health care where lower-level bureaucrats, I'll call Smiths, control the cork. Smiths will decide when to cork the health care bottle, when to remove the cork and when to use the cork to throttle the flow of health care.

As an example, the city government Smiths decided to cork the health care bottle in Columbus for a full work-week. Everything is shut down. Go home.

Of course, there will be times when the Smiths throttle health care services due to limited resources. Typically, this is done by suspending certain medical functions and procedures for a defined period. Meanwhile, the public waits -- and waits.

Sadly, though, restricting health services and causing the public to wait has a significant downside. In Canada, while telling the patients to wait, the health care system also apologizes for their deaths - in the same computer-generated letter. At least the Canadian health care bureaucrats are efficient -- covering two equally-likely sets of circumstances with one piece of paper.

Fortunately, the Canadians have an alternative other than wait or die. They can travel to the United States for treatment. For now, that is.

By at 12:32 PM | Comments |

June 30, 2009

California Slashes Health Benefits to Save Money

(Sacramento, California) Effective July 1st, the state-run health care insurance system (Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal) will eliminate adult dental care benefits, podiatry benefits and optometry benefits in an effort to save money.

Apparently, health care decision-makers blew right past any thoughts of rationing the benefits and opted to make them simply disappear completely.

The California Primary Care Association pitched a complaint but a Superior Court judge ruled against them.

In any event, one might logically expect a similar approach to cost-saving when a national health care scheme is adopted.

By at 11:10 AM | Comments |

June 03, 2009

Will Obama's Health Plan Expose AIDS/HIV Data?

Due to political sensitivity, AIDS is treated differently by health professionals from other communicable diseases.

The recent outbreak of swine flu, for example, has been diagrammed by health professionals with the names and locations of people infected worldwide. Vectors of transmission of the disease have been plotted. All the while, the data have been made available to the medical community and the public. AIDS is exempted from a similar procedure.

To avoid stigma and possible discrimination, medical records of AIDS patients are tightly guarded as are the medical records of patients found to be infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Unless a person reveals his/her status, it's virtually impossible to learn who is infected and how the infection was acquired.

My question: Will Obama's national electronic medical records system allow AIDS and HIV patient lists to be easily accessed?
Agreed, I'm no expert on health records but I'm familiar with databases. Once compiled, keyword and field searches for everything imaginable are possible. Furthermore, it's logically assumed that a national database will be available to many people. And, to quote Carlos Marcello (1910 - 1993), former New Orleans mob boss,
"Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead."
If my assumptions are valid, the efforts of those groups that have worked tirelessly to keep AIDS and HIV data secret will be irrelevant.

By at 05:13 PM | Comments |

April 27, 2009

California Waiting for National Health Care

Heh.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature have abandoned any serious attempt at health care reform in California.

Instead, they're waiting for President Barack Obama to push national reform through Congress ...."

Therefore, it appears that if government-run health care doesn't work at the state level, arguably a pilot project, then it's obviously time to expand the experiment to the national level.

It's slipped my mind while being on the tip of my keyboarding fingers. What's it called when a failed project is repeated with the expectation of different results? Erudite readers will know.

By at 03:23 PM | Comments |

March 14, 2009

Erasing Memory as Therapy

(Toronto, Ontario) Researchers at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children have successfully erased memories from the brains of mice. The specific memories removed are associated with fear derived from a horrific event such as a bomb detonation.

The process is apparently very sophisticated and involves injecting toxic viruses into neurons to kill them. Dead, the neurons don't remember a thing.

According to Dr. Michael Salter of the Neurosciences & Mental Health program at the Toronto hospital, the research could lead to help for people who suffer post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) by minimizing the association between memory and emotions.

He says the research may well conjure "Orwellian" notions of thought control, "but that's not really the goal of this. The idea would be (to use it) in a therapeutic way."
Okay. Too bad the definition of therapeutic is different for a doctor than it is for a government bureaucrat. (more)

By at 11:28 AM | Comments |

June 21, 2008

Public vs. Private Health Care - Canada vs. U.S.

According to the Toronto Star, a report released this week indicates that 4.1 million Canadians aged 12 and older have no family doctor. This is astonishing! How could it be that a national health care system could deny so many people?

Simple arithmetic reveals that the 4.1 million figure equals approximately 15% of all Canadians (12 and older). With 28 million people 12 and older, extrapolated from CIA World Factbook, 4.1 divided by 28 equals 14.6%.

Canadian poor and underprivileged are affected the most, just as in the U.S.

Since it has been claimed that the U.S. also denies adequate health care to 15% of the population (45 million without health care divided by 300 million total population), it appears that a similar circumstance exists in Canada with nationalized health care as exists in the U.S. without nationalized health care.

And, compare this. In the U.S., the fact that 15% of the population do not have sufficient health care is used as justification by politicians to clamor for the need to institute a national health care system. In Canada, the same 15% figure is also used by politicians as a reason to institute more private realm incentives into the national health care system.

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February 05, 2008

Finger inked?

If you think it is a "pain" to vote today remember you do not need to "ink your finger" when voting. Nor has it taken "5,000" years to enable you to vote for the first time.
Remember "Operation Enduring Freedom." when you vote today.

By Stable Hand at 01:26 PM | Comments |

January 03, 2008

British Doctors Lie on Death Certificates

In a scathing report in today's Daily Mail, British doctors and hospitals are accused of not recording the cause of death on certificates when a hospital-acquired infection is to blame.

Specifically, the true toll from hospital-acquired MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and C. diff (Clostridium difficile) bacteria is being hidden.

Since the prevalence of bacteria is a direct reflection on the general cleanliness and sterilization processes in medical facilities, it's not surprising that there would be a reluctance to document high levels of bacterial infections, in particular, those resulting in deaths.

More here.

By at 10:22 AM | Comments |

November 12, 2007

Universal Health Care: Cockroaches on Operating Tables

Alas, there are scandalous problems with the government-run health care system in Australia. The Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney is being investigated since a woman miscarried in the hospital emergency room toilets while waiting two hours to be treated. And, there's more.

From ABC.net.au:

A parliamentary inquiry into Sydney's Royal North Shore (RNS) hospital has heard a claim of live cockroaches being killed on operating theatre tables during surgeries.

A submission from retired RNS doctor Henry Slay Hughes also claims some of the hospital's operating tables are so old, one broke in two while a patient was anaesthetised.

With regard to the allegations of cockroaches on the operating tables, New South Wales Health Minister Reba Meagher stated that a recent thorough cleaning of the RNS facility was performed due to concerns about cleanliness.

When questioned about the operating table breaking while a patient was undergoing anesthesia, Area Health Service Chief Mattew Daly indicated that hospital staff acted quickly to catch the patient before he hit the floor and there was no injury.

The inquiry continues. Notably, considerable attention is being directed to the inadequacy of funding for the health care system. As with all socialized medical plans, the demand explodes toward the infinite while taxpayer resources to meet the demand are limited.

Consequently, waiting times for treatment become a mechanism to ration the limited health care services. If a patient can wait long enough, treatment will be provided. That is, of course, assuming that the patient survives long enough. And death sometimes does occur as demonstrated by the Canada Health Care System's practice of sending treatment notification letters with computer-generated apologies for patients who died while waiting.

However, in addition to unhealthy waiting times, the Australian problem of providing infinite services with finite resources presents itself also by evidence of inadequate equipment (operating room table breaking during a procedure) and degraded cleanliness (live cockroaches at surgeries).

By at 01:13 PM | Comments |

August 10, 2007

No Ambulance for Victim Who Wet His Pants

(Oslo, Norway) A 37-year-old man, known only as Ali, was seriously beaten by another man in an Oslo park last Monday. Head first, Ali was knocked to the ground and he lost consciousness (pic). Police and paramedics were called.

When the paramedics arrived, however, Ali had accidentally wet his trousers. Hazy, Ali, having gained conscience, stood up and wet his trousers for a second time, according to witnesses.

Witness Caroline Drefvelin was shocked by the paramedics' behaviour.

"The blood was running form his head, and he seemed very groggy. When he peed by the ambulance, one of the paramedics said 'You f...ing pig', and then they refused to take him with them," she told Aftenposten.no.

Police stood by, but did not get involved when Ali was refused help, according to Ali's girlfriend Nordberg. She later took a taxi to the hospital with Ali.

After five hours of surgery, doctors said that Ali might suffer permanent brain damage. Lawyer Abid Q. Raja, representing Ali and his family, remarked, "This would never happen to a white man."

Okay, is this racial discrimination, a human rights violation, a "hate crime" or does the ambulance service have a "No Pee Allowed" rule? Your guess is as good as mine.

It seems odd that the whole episode occurred in a politically correct and wonderfully diverse Scandinavian country. If it happened in the U.S., there would likely be riots and lawsuits.

By at 10:32 AM | Comments |

March 26, 2007

Socialized Health Care : Coming Soon to a Country Near You?

Soon enough, if Hillary has her way. Here's a tale of two "women" and their experiences under the Canadian socialized medicine system. Keep in mind that this is what Hilary hopes to impose on the U.S.

h/t : Michelle.

By Ragnar Danneskjold, Typical Bitter Gun-Clinger at 10:48 AM | Comments |

March 06, 2007

Walter Reed: Prelude to Hillary Care?

Has it dawned on any of the Democrats currently pouncing on the problems of the military medical care system that the issue is a miniature version of the chaos which would be created by a national health care system? I think not.

Even as the alleged deficiencies at Walter Reed hospital are being investigated, politicians and pundits are weighing in with their opinions and, from what I've heard, the primary complaints are mismanagement and lack of funds. Multiply everything being said and the investigative findings a thousand-fold and the result is -- the chaos of a national health care system.

Congress is holding hearings and legislators have stated that they want answers while fearing that Walter Reed is just the tip of the bigger iceberg of problems with "the nation's ability to care for the thousands of soldiers gravely wounded from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Well, if there are serious failures in the government-administered health care system in the military, which arguably does many things percentage-wise better than other government departments and only services a few million people, how can Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, et al., claim that a national health care system for 300,000,000 will do any better?

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