Faria: Getting US in Line for ObamaCare and Medical Rationing!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The final word from medical moguls and other pundits is coming out in full force on health care and medical journalism: Americans must be prepared, from the top down, to accept drastic medical and health care rationing. Why? Because "the establishment of the rational allocation of finite resources" (translate: the extensive rationing of medical services) will be desperately needed, if universal coverage, socialized ObamaCare medicine is to have a chance to work in this country.

To reach the goal of universal coverage and capture those elusive 30-45 million Americans, who remain uninsured and, inconveniently for government planners, refuse to buy coverage, the rest of America will be saddled with socialized ObamaCare, more taxes and less coverage, as in Canada and the United Kingdom. Remember, the elderly, those unable to work, and the very poor are covered under Medicare and Medicaid or both!

ObamaCareSo those recalcitrant, individualist 30-45 million Americans will be forced to buy government insurance via private or public options, whether they want it or not, for those are the choices, backed by mandates and force, not the free market. And we better get used to it: mandates, rationing, and lack of choice, we will be increasingly facing, as American medicine becomes more and more socialized under ObamaCare.

So after years of medical innovations and advances, increasing cancer prevention (e.g., mammography, colonoscopy, and PSA testing) and associated increasing survival rates in breast, colon, and prostate cancer, the word is out that "more care is not necessarily better!" Moreover, paving the way for the coming rationing of health services, we are hearing, more and more, that some breast, colon, and prostate cancers may be slow growing and not as invasive as "we thought ," and that, after all, they may not require treatment!

According to the CDC in 2005 (the most recent year for which numbers are available) 186,467 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 41,116 women died from the disease in the US; likewise, 185,895 men developed prostate cancer and 28,905 men died from that malignancy. And yet, precisely because of aggressive prevention and treatment, including mammography and PSA screening, breast cancer mortality for women decreased significantly by 1.8% per year from 1998 to 2005, and prostate cancer mortality decreased significantly by 4.1% per year from 1994 to 2005 among men!(1)

So why this change in tune? Because medical politicians and health care gurus see the imminent US government takeover of American medicine, and those who pay the piper must dance to the tune; and that tune will mean not only increased taxation on the horizon, but also massive rationing and the drastic curtailment of medical services, as in Canada and the United Kingdom, if their socialized scheme of health engineering is to work in the US.

Yes, Americans have become accustomed to a "culture of medical technology and extensive treatments," but one major reason for this is that there is little free market remaining in medical care, and we consume health care with the realization that someone else is paying for our medical bills — i.e., employers, insurance companies, and increasingly, government, which incidentally, already pays more than 50% of all health care bills in Medicare, Medicaid, services for illegal aliens, etc. (so that US medicine is already more than 50% socialized!)

If public health researchers want to receive government funding for their politicized research, they must agree with the collectivist consensus "that more care is not necessarily better," and they must jump on the bandwagon of providing justification for the coming rationing of health care services because cancer prevention and extensive treatments are a "huge financial cost to society."(2)

ObamaCare Side EffectsAnd the word is coming from high above, not only from government planners, the AMA, and prestigious medical journals, such as The New England Journal of Medicine (as usual), but even the American Cancer Society is jumping on the bandwagon of consensus building for the establishment of the need for rationing in American medicine.(3)

Remember the need for preventive medicine and the repeatedly invoked mantra of health care pundits: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Not any more. Now, American doctors are allegedly doing not only too many procedures to detect cancer early — e.g., colonoscopies (for colon cancer) and PSA testing (for prostate cancer ), but also too many cardiac angiograms (for heart disease), Pap smears (for cervical cancer), even too many of the time-honored rectal examinations that American patients seem to love!

In short, Americans get prepared for health care rationing under ObamaCare. The medical politicians and health care research moguls have gotten on board and are playing the same coordinated (consensual) tune to the government pied piper — paving the way for the rationing of American medicine and ObamaCare!

Sooner than you think, the ObamaCare bandwagon may reach its destination in Congress. In 1974, Congress created a special methodology for balancing the budget, whereby the US Senate could reduce the escalating budget deficit with a simple majority vote (51 votes), rather than requiring the usual 60 votes that are needed to stop a filibuster. Under this Senate rule, the expediting process was called "reconciliation," but it was only to be used for balancing the budget.

As I write this, President Obama and his Democrat Congressional leaders, Nancy Pelosi, in the House, and Harry Reid, in the Senate, are changing the rules to effect passage of this legislation at any price. They plan to use budget "reconciliation" rules to bypass the planned GOP Senate filibuster that would normally have allowed the Republicans to defeat the legislation with 41 Senate votes.(4) (The 41 votes possibility only became a reality when Senator Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts to the US Senate on January 19, 2010.)

Americans and their elected Congressional representatives must remain firm during this all-important Congressional battle as to preserve freedom of choice and keep American medicine away from the clutches of government!

References

1) Jemal A, Thun MJ, Ries LA, Howe HL, Weir HK, Center MM, Ward E, Wu XC, Eheman C, Anderson R, Ajani UA, Kohler B, Edwards BK. Annual Report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975-2005. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2008;100(23):1672_1694.

2) Tanner, L, Associated Press. Experts say US doctors overtesting, overtreating, Macon Telegraph, 03/12/2010.

3) As to the serious implications of government rationing, see Dr. Faria's previous articles on the subject of medical rationing: Managed Care — Corporate Socialized Medicine; Euthanasia, Medical Science, and the Road to Genocide; and Slouching Towards a Duty to Die.

4) Fram, A. Associated Press. Democrats pare differences over health overhaul. Macon Telegraph, 3/12/2010.

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine
Member, Editorial Board of Surgical Neurology, an International Journal of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, the Official International Journal of the Neurosurgical Societies of Belgium, Brazil, China, Romania, Russia and Taiwan (Published by Elsevier) 2004-2010
Recipient of the Americanism Medal from the Nathaniel Macon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 1998
Ex member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (now the Initial Review
Group (IRG)) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2002-05
Former Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel (1996-2002), Editor Emeritus, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)
Author, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).

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Obama at Monticello!

President Obama at Jefferson's Monticello with French President Francois Hollande (Feb, 2014)

"No, Mr. President, you can't do anything you want"

"... 'That's the good thing as a president, I can do whatever I want,' Obama quipped while visiting Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home in Charlottesville, Va., with French President Francois Hollande...

"By one count by the Galen Institute, at least 10 significant changes have been made to ObamaCare that the president has made unilaterally, the latest being an extension of the employer mandate yet again in violation of the Affordable Care Act's parameters.

"Under the new Treasury rule, firms with 50 to 99 full-time workers are free from the mandate until 2016. And firms with 100 or more workers now also need cover only 70% of full-time workers in 2015 and 95% in 2016 and after, not the 100% specified in the law.

"The text of the Affordable Care Act specifically says when the mandate must take effect — 'after December 31, 2013' — and does not give the White House the authority to change the terms.

"President Obama, like all presidents, is sworn to faithfully execute the law, not rewrite it."

Available from Investor's Business Daily:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/021114-689699-obama-...

We have two Questions:

How come the mainstream media has not reported this remark on their headlines? Imagine if George W. Bush had said it!

How come the mainstream media has not repeatedly remind the American public of the dictatorial changes in ObamaCare ad nauseum? — MAF

Attacking the South!

An article today on bankrate.com: "The Ten Worst States for Retirement" (August, 13, 2012), frankly arose our indignation. So we wrote and posted the following comment at their website:

Sirs or Madams,

We are responding to your list of the "ten worst states in the nation for retirement." We are responding here under this unrelated article because there was no place for readers to respond to the offending article, a one way street of disparagement! Your article is not a useful economic guide on retirement but a blatant attack on the South, a political article.

You shamelessly cast aspersion on the South by picking three indexes (i.e., crime, life expectancy and percentage of people ages 65 and older who are below the federal poverty line) that are certainly not the first three features one looks forth when looking for a place to retire.

While crime statistics are important and could be included as third or fourth indexes of importance, longevity and the percentage of people ages 65 and older who are below the federal poverty line are not. Why? Because they do not pertain directly to the retirees looking for a retirement place. Life expectancy and poverty levels are base on actuarial and economic statistics of others. Prospective retirees know their own health and financial status without needing to look at the statistics of others.

More useful features are fiscal health, property taxes, income taxes, cost of living and climate. First, one would want states where your retirement money stretches as much as possible, taxes (income and property) and cost of living are low. For a trustworthy, more accurate article on these topic see:

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/01/13/the-10-worst-states-to-retire-in-...

We re not related to Daily Finance in any way, and we have no personal or economic stake on this– other than taking offense at your misleading, erroneous (dis)information, and your unacceptable, blatant disparagement of the South and the state in which we happily live– and enjoy joyful, happy retirement with more freedom and less taxes!

Dr Miguel and Helen Faria

In health care

In addition to health care interventions and a person's surroundings, a number of other factors are known to influence the health status of individuals, including their background, lifestyle, and economic and social conditions these are referred to as determinants of health. Thanks.

ObamaCare is an assault on freedom!

ObamaCare is more than just rationing of medical services; it is an assault on freedom that the Supreme Court must declare unconstitutional. MAF

Obamacare is a Joke!

The only good thing about Obamacare is not one Republican voted for it. I would have bet a ton of money the Supreme Court initially would have ruled it unconstitutional, but they didn't. Ironically as I remember, no one called it a tax and no where in the bill did it refer to a tax, the Obama administration didn't even refer to it as a tax. Since no where in the bill did it say anything about a tax I was astounded when I heard the Supreme Court ruled it as such and ruled it Constitutional. When one refers to the Supreme Court as leaning conservative they might need to put a caveat in there, "by a hair" as Judge Gingsberg has been visiting her Doc a lot lately!

The latest case at the Supreme Court probably is our last chance and I personally doubt they will change their original position (since it will make it look like they didn't know what they were doing in the first place!)

This is a short article pertaining to the current case at the Supreme Court " Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare tax credits casts cloud over program’s future"

Read: "Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare tax credits casts cloud over program’s future" By Marc Caputo, Nov 29, 2014

Dr Faria replies: Thanks Ben! Very true. As to how the Supreme Court voted as it did upholding ObamaCare. It was by one vote. Here is the story:

http://www.haciendapub.com/articles/betrayal-ruling-obamacare-and-federa...

Dr. Faria as we see it has

Dr. Faria as we see it has come to fruition.
What a great article.
But what I continue to see 'more and more', is our government taking everything 'they supposedly do for us' and using it "against" us!
The last thing we need in our health and making life or death decisions for us; is the government.
Uneed

Rationing by death & euthanasia

Hello uneed,

And if rationing is not enough by cutting "approved" services, or gatekeepers preventing access to care, rationing by death waiting for services or specialists, "the right-to-die" euthanasia movement will follow. Government in medicine is a dangerous thing! MAF

ObamaCare and the Fabian strategy for socialized medicine!

You are absolutely correct Isabella.

The Liberals have been trying to socialize American medicine since the time of the Democratic presidency of Harry Truman, bidding their time, using the Fabian Socialist strategy relentlessly.

At other strategic times, they have attempted to take giant steps, as with HillaryCare in 1994 or ObamaCare in 2010. They know that socialization of medicine, as Lenin wrote, is the keystone in the arch of socialism.

Drastic rationing then will follow, and they have already paved the way. MAF

The Socialists never give up!

The liberals in Congress have been working diligently for many years now to bring about the full socialization of American health care. First, Medicare for the elderly. Then, Medicaid for the indigent. Now, ObamaCare for the rest of us. And, when increased taxation won't cover those future bills, Americans should get ready for health care rationing, expanding the list of non-covered services, queues, waiting lists for medical services, blocking access to specialists, etc.

The problems we face today in American health care can be linked directly to government involvement in that area.

Thank you for writing this informative article as well as ObamaCare — Toward Free Market or Socialized Medicine? and explaining succinctly and enlightening us about how ObamaCare is merely another step toward fully socialized medicine in America!



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