Oregon, a decidedly liberal state, provides an unequivocal example. In 1993, the Clinton administration gave permission to the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program, to introduce rationing. The system involves a treatment schedule that lists 649 potentially covered procedures. The state pegs the number of procedures the state will cover to the available funds. Patients requiring procedures above the cutoff line are out of luck.
As of October 2010, only the first 502 treatments were covered. But even that low number doesn’t tell the full story of rationing in Oregon. The Oregon Health Plan also rations covered procedures under certain circumstances. Chemotherapy, for instance, is not provided if it is deemed to have a 5 percent or less chance of extending the patient’s life for five years, meaning that a patient whose life might be extended a year or two with chemo may not receive it.
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But, Oregon above WILL pay for physician assisted suicide
A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a "national cyberemergency," and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year.
Internet companies should not be alarmed by the legislation, first introduced last summer by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a Senate aide said last week. Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
"We're not trying to mandate any requirements for the entire Internet, the entire Internet backbone," said Brandon Milhorn, Republican staff director and counsel for the committee.
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Judicial review should be required period.
Curtailment of the internet could be seen as a First Amendment attack on information dissemination – the electronic press.
Welfare benefits for the children of illegal immigrants cost America's largest county more than $600 million last year, according to a local official keeping tabs on the cost.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich released new statistics this week showing social spending for those families in his county rose to $53 million in November, putting the county government on track to spend more than $600 million on related costs for the year — up from $570 million in 2009.
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Then, there are the costs of public education – look at all of the newly constructed schools in the LAUSD.
Is there any wonder why California is going broke?
Archive for January 24th, 2011
Jan 24 2011
Mike Huckabee says he will not be attending GOP presidential debates this spring
I guess the Reagan Library can count Mike Huckabee out on May 2nd.
I don’t think Huck will be missed as some of the up and coming candidates, including Mitt Romney, Mike Pence, Mitch Daniels and/or Sarah Palin will probably take advantage of the television time. Whoever needs the exposure will be at the Reagan Library.
Mike Huckabee isn’t about to let the fast-growing schedule of presidential debates dictate his plans.
Easy for Mike Huckabee to say, since it is fairly obvious that he will not be running for the Presidency in 2012 anyway. The other Presidential players will be there before the summer doldrums/vacations arrive.
Jan 24 2011
This will more than likely be a debate that all of the candidates for the Republican nomination will appear first and at one time – at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.
So, all of the potential Republican candidates better be ready to rock and roll soon.
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Jan 24 2011
Another national survey for the GOP Presidential nomination is out – this time from Rasmussen.
It is early and national polls are, well, national. But, Mitt Romney does not have a commanding lead and conservative candidates Palin, Huckabee and Gingrich polling totals combined overwhelm him.
There is little doubt that Republican voters are looking for an alternative to Mitt Romney.
Jan 24 2011
This Senate contest in Virginia will be a battle royal.
We polled the Jim Webb/George Allen rematch that’s now become a reality late last year and found Webb ahead 49-45.
Senator Jim Webb has really not made a move to run for re-election, but it is assumed that he will. George Allen will announce his candidacy later in the day.
In a state where the Republican nominee for President must win, if he or she is to beat President Obama, this race may revolve around turnout. This contest will involve a lot of personal campaigning and plenty of television ads in one of the most expensive Senate races in the country.
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