As the Left keeps up its relentless march towards socialized medicine, one fact frequently gets lost in the debate: Government-run health care often harms the most vulnerable populations that progressives claim they want to help. Legislation recently proposed by several congressmen, led by Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), highlights this problem, and if adopted by Congress, would help to solve it.
During the Obamacare debate a dozen years ago, Democrats claimed that they did not want to have government ration health care resources based on cost. One of the few positive provisions of Obamacare prohibited the new research institute funded by that law from utilizing a quality-adjusted life year (QALY) mechanism when comparing the effectiveness of various drugs and medical treatments.
As the mother of a child with a disability, I know well how many other countries, like Great Britain and Canada, use the QALY metric to restrict access to care that government bureaucrats deem too “costly.” Individuals with disabilities suffer the most from these types of rationing regimes, because the QALY metric values an additional year of life for someone with a disability as “less” than an added year of life for someone in “perfect” health.
Concerns from disability groups, as well as broader outrage over the possibility of health care rationing, compelled Democrats to include the prohibition on QALY usage in Obamacare’s comparative effectiveness research institute. The law also prohibited Medicare from making coverage decisions “in a manner that treats extending the life of an elderly, disabled, or terminally ill individual as of lower value than extending the life of an individual who is younger, non-disabled, or not terminally ill.”
But a decade later, the Left has again begun flirting with government rationing in health care. The drug pricing bill Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Democratic leaders introduced, H.R. 3, would […]
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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