ObamaCare Now Allows Free Sterilizations For Women Under 18 Without Parent Consent

29 Aug 2012

Obamacare Mandate: Sterilize 15-Year-Old Girls for Free–Without Parental Consent

Thanks to an Obamacare regulation that took effect on Aug. 1, health care plans in Oregon will now be required to provide free sterilizations to 15- year-old girls even if the parents of those girls do not consent to the procedure.

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–a.k.a. Obamacare–was enacted in March 2010 it included (in Section 2713) a non-specific requirement that health care plans must provide “additional preventive services” to women. These unspecified “additional preventive services,” the law said, were to be “provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration,” a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In developing the regulation to define these “additional preventive services,” HHS commissioned a federally funded committee at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to recommend what they should to be.

Much of PPACA works this way. The bill is vague where the specifics can be determined later upon the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services. So she took the recommendation of the Institute of Medicine. Their report is here.

Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps

They recommended…

In July 2011, this committee issued a report that said: “The committee recommends for consideration as a preventive service for women: the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for women with reproductive capacity.”

So sterilization is now available for free for anyone who can reproduce – at any age – without parental consent if you’re under 18, or 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, or 12 – when the menstral cycle begins.

It’s just getting started.


Deaf Preschooler Asked To Change His Sign Name Because the Hand Motion Mimicked Shooting Gun

28 Aug 2012

Family: School Made Deaf Child Change Sign Name, Said It Looked Like Gun

A Nebraska school district asked a deaf preschooler to change his sign language name because they believe the hand motion he used looked like he was shooting a gun.

The family of 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer said that their deaf son’s sign gesture violates the Grand Island Public Schools weapons policy.

“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” Brian Spanjer, Hunter’s father, told Nebraska based news channel KOLN.

What’s wrong with these people? Really – what’s behind the thinking that thinks this kid is making a threatening gesture?

UPDATE: The issue has been resloved.

School District Says Deaf Student Not Required to Change Name

Egypt Takeover in Context

28 Aug 2012

These articles chronicle the takover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood.

2012/08/27New Egypt leader steps out on world stage seeking “balance” [Rueters/Orlando Sentinel]
2012/08/19Who Lost Egypt? [Real Clear Politics]
2011/03/12Obama administration approved $40billion in private arms sales to countries including Libya and Egypt [UK Daily Mail]
2011/02/10Striking Egyptian Workers Fuel the Uprising After 10 Years of Labor Organizing [Democracy Now]
2011/02/10Workers boost Egypt protests [AlJazeera]
2011/02/07‘US sends warships, troops to Egypt’ [Press TV]
2011/01/28Egyptian Police Using U.S.-Made Tear Gas Against Demonstrators [ABC News]
2010/01/06Egypt, Arab Countries Sign Massive Arms Deals With U.S. [Israel National News]

Over 2,200 Hospitals Could Be Penalized in October from ObamaCare Rules

27 Aug 2012

More than 2,200 hospitals face penalties under ObamaCare rules

A provision of ObamaCare is set to punish roughly two-thirds of U.S. hospitals evaluated by Medicare starting this fall over high readmission rates, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News.

Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates — which refers to patients who return within a month — by as much as 1 percent. The maximum penalty increases to 2 percent the following year and 3 percent in 2014.

Doctors are concerned the penalty is unfair, since sometimes they have to accept patients more than once in a brief period of time but could be penalized for doing so — even for accepting seniors who are sick.

“Among patients with heart failure, hospitals that have higher readmission rates actually have lower mortality rates,” said Sunil Kripalani, MD, a professor with Vanderbilt University Medical Center who studies hospital readmissions. “So, which would we rather have — a hospital readmission or a death?”

Good question? Right after the question, there’s this.

But according to federal government figures, nearly one in five Medicare patients is readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of release, costing taxpayers an estimated $17.5 billion.

“Readmissions has been a low-hanging fruit for Medicare,” said Jordan Rau, a staff writer with KHN, an editorially independent program of the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation. “They’ve been very unhappy that about 2 million Medicare beneficiaries are being readmitted every year between 30 days of discharge.”

Medicare evaluated readmission rates at 3,367 of the nation’s hospitals and will impose penalties on 2,211 starting in October, according to KHN.

What’s the priority here? If you want care for every single citizen, then don’t penalize hospitals for repeat visits. Now if costs becomes priority #1, then you appear to be OK with dying patients for the sake of the dollar.

What’s interesting is that this was the basis for the ObamaCare argument to begin with – people who are uninsured who are dying without sufficient care. So now the insurance barrier is removed and now the government starts penalizing the care providers. So you are taking money out of the hospitals ability to care for the patients.

Government needs to be removed from the revenue stream of the health care industry.

Fast and Furious Official Gets Paid Leave and 6 Figure Job at JP Morgan

27 Aug 2012

‘Fast and Furious’ ATF Official Granted Paid Leave to Take 6-Figure Job at JP Morgan

The long-awaited inspector general’s report on the Justice Department’s botched gun-running scheme is finished, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday.

But along with that news comes more questions: Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are demanding to know why a top ATF official involved in Operation Fast and Furious remains on paid leave from ATF — while simultaneously drawing a six-figure salary from J.P. Morgan, a major investment bank.

“Under any reading of the relevant personnel regulations, it appears that ATF management was under no obligation to approve this sort of arrangement,” wrote Issa and Grassley. “Given McMahon’s outsized role in the Fast and Furious scandal, the decision to approve an extended annual leave arrangement in order to attain pension eligibility and facilitate full-time, outside employment while still collecting a full-time salary at ATF raises a host of questions about both the propriety of the arrangement and the judgment of ATF management.”

According to the final congressional report on Fast and Furious, William McMahon was a supervisor at ATF headquarters who served as a “crucial link” between ATF headquarters and the Phoenix Field Division.

“He received a wealth of information about Fast and Furious” — including the fact that straw purchasers had bought over 900 firearms, many of which ended up in Mexico — “but did not view it as his role as supervisor to ask questions about events in the field. He has publicly admitted to having failed in his duty to read information presented to him about the case.”

The report says McMahon rubber stamped critical documents that came across his desk without reading them.

McMahon also “gave false testimony to Congress about signing applications for wiretap intercepts in Fast and Furious,” the report says.

Hacker Arrested and Imprisoned Claims to be Part of Anonymous

27 Aug 2012

Galveston man gets prison for hacking Texas DPS

A hacker who targeted Texas Department of Public Safety computers has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.

Ochoa downloaded personal information, deleted data and defaced websites then bragged about it online. Prosecutors say Ochoa, who was sentenced Friday in Austin, claimed to be part of a computer hacker group known as Anonymous.

California To Issue Driver’s Licenses To Illegals

27 Aug 2012

What Democrats couldn’t do through legislation (when controlling both houses of Congress) is occurring through executive order and department regulation.

What will prevent illegal aliens from voting now?

This week, California officials announced that they will begin issuing driver’s licenses to those illegal aliens receiving legal status under President Obama’s ‘deferred action.’

Since 1993, it has been illegal for anyone other than “a citizen or legal resident of the United States under federal law,” to obtain a California driver’s license. That measure was signed into law by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson.

However, as a result of Obama’s executive order amnesty, hundreds of thousands, possibly even millions of illegal aliens will suddenly become ‘legal’ residents. Therefore, Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown felt the need to grant them licenses.

One word – CHANGE.