Bloomberg Limits NYC Hospitals Use of Pain Pills. Palin Was Right.

palin-newsweekRemember when Sarah Palin warned Americans about the Death Panels that were coming with Obamacare?

As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion.

That was posted on her Facebook Page on August 7, 2009, and the Libs are still arguing with her! For instance, here is an article published Wednesday in the Washington Post:

Nearly three years after the Affordable Care Act passed, the law’s non-existent “death panels” are still alive and well. Search Google News and you’ll find more than 8,000 recent news articles, with headlines like “More evidence of “death panels” in Obamacare” and “Democrats crank up death panel talk.”

The health care law does have a board that recommends ways to cut Medicare spending. It does not have any board, as former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin suggested, that would decide whether certain Americans are “worthy of health care.”

Dartmouth’s Brendan Nyhan has new research that looks at why the death panels won’t die. He finds that providing readers with a corrective information to dispel an Obamacare myth can actually strengthen belief in death panels.

Nyhan had 948 survey participants read an article from 2009 about Palin’s statement on death panels. Some had favorable opinions of the former governor of Alaska; others did not. The respondents ran the gamut in their knowledge of current politics.

All read a story about Palin’s 2009 statement, which brought death panels into the mainstream debate. Some had this correction appended to the end of the story:

Nonpartisan health care experts have concluded that Palin is wrong. The bill in the House of Representatives would require Medicare to pay for voluntary end-of-life counseling sessions, but there is no panel in any of the health care bills in Congress that judges a person’s “level of productivity in society” to determine whether they are “worthy” of health care.

For Palin supporters and opponents alike, low-information voters’ belief in the death panels decreased after reading this correction.

But something different happened among high information voters. Those with cold feelings towards Palin acted like the low information voters, with their belief in death panels dropping.

For high information Palin supporters though, the correction backfired: They appeared more likely to believe in death panels after reading the appended information, and have less favorable opinions of the Affordable Care Act.

So, the high information voters sided with Sarah Palin? I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked!

How could they? After all, Obama and his cadre of Liberal sycophants know what’s best for us. Just ask them…or witness how they are proceeding to disassemble the second amendment, in preparation to confiscate law-abiding Americans’ guns. But, I digress….

Anyway…it appears that Obamacare was just the beginning. 

From the Mayor who banned Big Gulps in New York City…

Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Under the new city policy, most public hospital patients will no longer be able to get more than three days’ worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percoset. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin, a familiar remedy for chronic backache and arthritis, as well as Fentanyl patches and methadone, will not be dispensed at all. And lost, stolen or destroyed prescriptions will not be refilled.

City officials said the policy was aimed at reducing the growing dependency on painkillers and preventing excess amounts of drugs from being taken out of medicine chests and sold on the street or abused by teenagers and others who want to get high.

“Abuse of prescription painkillers in our city has increased alarmingly,” Mr. Bloomberg said in announcing the new policy at Elmhurst Hospital Center, a public hospital in Queens. Over 250,000 New Yorkers over age 12 are abusing prescription painkillers, he said, leading to rising hospital admissions for overdoses and deaths, Medicare fraud by doctors who write false prescriptions and violent crime like “holdups at neighborhood pharmacies.”

But some critics said that poor and uninsured patients sometimes used the emergency room as their primary source of medical care. The restrictions, they said, could deprive doctors in the public hospital system — whose mission it is to treat poor people — of the flexibility that they need to respond to patients.

“Here is my problem with legislative medicine,” said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians and senior vice chairman of emergency medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Eastern Pennsylvania. “It prevents me from being a professional and using my judgment.”

While someone could fake a toothache to get painkillers, he said, another patient might have legitimate pain and not be able to get an appointment at a dental clinic for days. Or, he said, a patient with a hand injury may need more than three days of pain relief until the swelling goes down and an operation could be scheduled.

Dr. Rosenau said that the college of emergency physicians had not developed an official position on the prescribing of painkillers in emergency rooms and that he appreciated Mr. Bloomberg’s activism in the face of a serious public health problem. But he said pain clinics in states like Florida and California, states where prescription drug abuse is rampant, as well as the household medicine cabinet, were probably a more common source of unneeded painkillers than emergency rooms.

How can Liberals be sooo stupid, and yet, believe that they are the smartest people in the room?

Evidently, it is an overestimation of their own intelligence, brought on by a misguided, egocentric view of reality.

In other words, don’t hold your breath waiting for Obama and his “Party of Death” to ever admit that Sarah Palin had it right the first time.

Until He Comes, 

KJ

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13 Responses to “Bloomberg Limits NYC Hospitals Use of Pain Pills. Palin Was Right.”

  1. cmsinaz Says:

    arrogant idiots…

  2. Naturally Curly Says:

    The death panels are alive and well.

  3. Axe Says:

    Why do crazy conservatives oppose Pro-Choice panels?

    (See what I did there?)

  4. Axe Says:

    PS: Go Sarah!

  5. loopyloo305 Says:

    Reblogged this on Loopyloo's and commented:
    I am amazed at those who think that they know what is right for everyone else and that they have the right to make those decisions. When a mayor of a city, even a city a large as NYC, decides that he knows medicine and should be the deciding factor in medical decisions, it is time to remove them from office. Mr. Bloomberg may have good intentions, but he is ignorant of reality. His bubble of living gives him no understanding of either ordinary people or of the difficulties that hospitals face and the kinds of patients and situations that come through them. His under mining of them and the people and staff who use them, puts all of the people of his city at increased risk.

  6. loopyloo305 Says:

    Great post my friend, God bless you!

  7. ladyingray Says:

    This is just the beginning. ..

  8. backwoods conservative Says:

    “Nonpartisan health care experts have concluded that Palin is wrong.”

    Nonpartisan–that always means Democrats, doesn’t it?

    They appear to be claiming that since there is no officially designated panel to decide these things, that there will be no such activity. Never mind that they are encouraging health care providers to to give patients the government’s opinions under the label of “counseling”. I feel so much safer.

  9. spayandneuterallleftists Says:

    Of course she was right. This is what scares the pants off the liberal RINO establishment that calls the shots in The Stupid Party. It’s why they helped the loony left destroy her image publicly over the last four years. She was & is an embarassment to them (see Barbara Bush’s comments to her) & a threat to their chances of taking over our bloated Federal government & making it even bigger. I also believe she did not run in 2012 because she knew they would do EVERYTHING in their power to stop her. It’s downright funny & fitting that The Stupid Party is now exactly what they’ve tried through the Bush family, Tokyo Rove, Ann Coulter- Christie, Bill Bennett, Michael Medved, Mitt Romney & his Rombots, Steve Schmidt, Nicole Wallace, & others to portray Sarah Palin as being: totally irrelevant! God is & always was the answer to our problems, not The Stupid Party. Keep the faith. In God, not in politicians. He has sovereign control. Something our politicians will never have

  10. Gohawgs Says:

    Think Mayor Bombast will hand out blunts to everyone (from his own stash) that are denied pain killers under hizzonner’s edict?

  11. yoda Says:

    Wait until grandma is denied the expensive treatment and is handed a pill.

  12. Finley Says:

    I bet that if Bloomberg needed more than 3 days worth of pain pills, he would get them!

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