The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose case sparked changes to the national organ allocation system is set for a transplant operation on Wednesday, with her mother thanking God for the positive development.
"God is great! He moved the mountain! Sarah got THE CALL," Janet Murnaghan wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday.
Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from a condition called cystic fibrosis, has been confined to the hospital for the past three months waiting for a new lung. Because she is younger than 12, she was initially denied placement in the larger adult pool of organ candidates, which would have given her a bigger chance of receiving one. more >>
A U.S. House committee is investigating whether Internal Revenue Service agents improperly seized private medical records. The IRS is already being sued for the seizure of 60 million medical records, which is alleged to be a violation of the Fourth Amendment's Search and Seizure Clause.
In March 2011, IRS agents used a search warrant to seize the medical records from an unnamed California health care provider in its pursuit of a tax violation by a former employee of the company, according to Courthouse News Service. The suit, filed March 11, 2013, claims that the search warrant did not authorize the seizure of medical records of those who were not suspects in the case. More than 60 million medical records of more than 10 million Americans were seized, according to the complaint.
The complaint states that the records "contained intimate and private information" such as "psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, [and] sexual or drug treatment." more >>
The nannies among us never stop. The latest example is an ad campaign out in California by First 5 California, also known as the California Children and Families Commission, which is seeking to encourage parents to feed their children healthier food. Their ads include photoshopped pictures of children to make them look obese.
This year, the California government funded ads were posted in convenience stores and in certain parts of the state deemed as "food deserts," areas where people have less access to healthy food, according to a First5 spokesperson. The ads were intended to "show parents the real-life consequences of obesity and what sugar can do to our children's lives," the spokesperson added.
These food deserts were created by the government, by the way. They are another product of central planning and the so-called "war on poverty." The government should have called it the "war for poverty" because all it did was create more impoverished people. more >>
Governor Andrew Cuomo is vigorously pushing to legalize third-trimester abortion in New York. New York already leads the nation in abortion rates; 40 percent of all pregnancies in New York City end in abortion. Worse still, more New York City black babies are aborted than born. Pro-abortion extremists are still not satisfied and are working overtime to deregulate the industry throughout the state. If New Yorkers do not take a stand now, third-trimester abortion will become a reality in our communities, put our daughters' health in jeopardy and rob innocent human beings of their lives just weeks from birth.
Cuomo's abortion expansion bill, the "Women's Equality Act," is anything but protection for women. The key provision of the bill waters down the exception for third-trimester abortion to include the "health" of the mother, which has been broadly interpreted by the courts to encompass age, economic, social, and emotional factors – in other words, justifying any reason to have a late-term abortion. The bill also allows unqualified individuals to preform dangerous third-trimester abortions on vulnerable women. Furthermore, the law does not define what conditions constitute "viability" of the baby. Instead, determining the viability of the baby will be left entirely up to the abortionist -- who need not be a physician.
To understand what late-term abortion entails, one need only look at the practices of the Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted killing babies after they were born by snipping their spinal cords. He was also convicted for the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who died from the anesthethics necessary to preform an abortion. It was not just the heartless treatment of Mongar and her needless death that horrified Americans. The brutal nature of late-term abortion brought to light in graphic detail horrified Americans. more >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.) has equipped fellow Democratic lawmakers with an "Affordable Care Act Tool Kit." It reveals the Democratic Party's plan to turn the worthy goal of enrolling the uninsured into a cynical scheme for enrollling Democratic voters. The kit's biggest tool is community organizing.
Obamacare outsources the important job of enrolling the uninsured in health plans, taking it from government and entrusting it to community organizations. Why outsource? Because it eliminates public scrutiny, accountability, and the necessity to be nonpartisan. Community activists can say and do things that government employees can't, such as urging people to register as Democrats.
Pelosi's kit reminds Democratic lawmakers to contact Marc Wetherhorn, Senior Director of Advocacy and Civic Enhancement at the National Association of Community Health Centers. Wetherhorn has developed a program, funded by George Soros' Open Society and other groups, to show community organizers how to integrate voter registration into whatever they're doing, whether it's enrolling people in healthcare, public housing or food stamps. more >>
Americans have every right to be worried. Come January 1, 2014 and for years to come, their health insurance premiums will implode, their taxes will increase, and the nation's deficit will soar-all thanks to President Obama, those who voted him and Democratic Congressmen who voted for ObamaCare.
Americans can expect individual premiums to become unaffordable. According to a new report released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, ObamaCare will increase individual health insurance premiums by an average of nearly 100 percent. In some cases, premiums could rise by 400 percent. The committee prepared the report based on internal documents they received from some of the nation's largest health insurance companies. "The average yearly cost for a new customer in the individual market grows from $1,896 to $3,708-a $1,812 cost increase," the report states.
The Committee projections were right. Last week, for example, Covered California-the name for the state's insurance exchange-released the rates that Californians will have to pay to enroll in the exchange-an increase of up to 146 percent for individual premiums. more >>