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CNSNews has a story on a cancer patient’s ordeal with the “universal” health care system in Canada.

A Cure Worse Than The Disease

Monday, May 04, 2009

Emily Morley got some very bad news in March 2006. Her cancer had spread, the doctor informed the 67-year-old Canadian. She would need to see an oncologist.

Then Morley got some really bad news: She’d have to wait several months before she could get an appointment.

Only after her family raised a ruckus, calling the local paper and starting a petition to demand she get care, did the government get her a specialist. Then, it was more bad news: Morley had only three months to live.

At least she had time to put her affairs in order. “Had her family not intervened,” noted provincial lawmaker Don McMorris, “it is quite likely that Emily Morley may have died before even seeing an oncologist for the first time.”

But that’s how a single-payer, or “universal,” health care system works (so to speak). Even the very ill routinely hurry up and wait.

Alarmingly, Congress is gearing up to “reform” American health care along Canadian lines – and proponents are trying to take a short-cut to get there. According to former Medicaid director Dennis Smith, proponents of a government-run health system are hoping to enact a bill by by-passing the usual, lengthy bipartisan review process.

The goal of any reform, supposedly, would be to trigger “competition” between government-run health care and currently existing private health insurance plans. Yet, Smith warns, the government will inevitably tilt the playing field to favor its own plan, running private coverage out of business. Americans could be left with a single, government-run health plan à la Canada’s.

So let’s take a look at what such a system means for our northern neighbors.

As Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute and a former Canadian citizen, recently told Congress, today some 750,000 Canadians are on a wait-list for medical procedures.

Further, 3.2 million (out of a population of 32 million) are waiting for a chance to see their primary-care physician. Once a PCP diagnoses a problem, Canadians must keep on waiting – 17.3 weeks on average – before they can see a specialist.

Why? “The Canadian government controls costs by rationing care,” Pipes explained. “Canada ranks 14th out of 25 [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries in MRI machines, and 19th out of 26 countries in CT scanners.” Long wait times and lack of equipment force many to seek care in the United States.

Take Member of Parliament Belinda Stronach. She strongly supports Canada’s health care system. But where did she go when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2007? To California, where she paid for treatment out-of-pocket.

Then there was a mother in Calgary, Alberta, who had to be flown to Great Falls, Mont., to deliver her quadruplets. This relatively small American city had better facilities than any hospital in the wealthy province of Alberta.

Our current system is far from perfect, of course. Millions of Americans lack health insurance, prompting many to put off seeing a doctor until a small, treatable problem has become a larger, more threatening condition.

But the answer isn’t to try and cover everyone through a single-payer system. We’d be better off changing how the federal tax code treats health insurance (which, illogically enough in our 21st century economy, ties it to our jobs).

Such a change would foster genuine competition among insurers by allowing Americans to shop for the coverage that suits them best in an open market.

Current policy provides unlimited tax breaks for health coverage provided through employers.

Meanwhile, Americans who want to buy their own insurance must do so with after-tax dollars. Few can afford to do that, especially since insurers are more interested in competing for big group coverage (more lives, more money) rather than individual or family-based coverage.

Lawmakers could change this, and even provide vouchers or other forms of direct assistance to help poorer Americans buy private plans they would own and control. This would also make insurance portable when people change jobs.

Maintaining our standard of care is critical. There’s a reason Canadians “fly south” for treatment: Our system, for all its flaws, provides superior quality and access to care. Let’s ensure that policymakers, in their understandable zeal to reform health care, don’t make changes that weaken the entire system.

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Operation Rescue reports that the Kansas governor and Obama’s HHS Secretary nominee, Kathleen Sebelius, has vetoed a law that would have required Kansas’ abortionists to give a diagnosis justifying late-term abortions.  The move assists Sebelius’ greatest supporter, Abortionist George Tiller.

Sebelius Flaunts Her Radical Support for Late-term Abortion In Veto Of Reporting Law

Meanwhile, RNC Chairman calls for Obama to withdraw Sebelius’ nomination to HHS

UPDATE! The confirmation vote on Sebelius’ nomination as HHS Secretary is scheduled in the full Senate for Tuesday, April 28. Now is the time to increase the pressure! Please contact your senator and voice your opposition to Sebelius.

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Topeka, KS – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill late today that would have required abortionists to report the specific reasons for post-viability abortions, reinforcing her reputation as a pro-abortion extremist.

In her veto message, Sebelius falsely attempts take credit for the falling abortion rate in Kansas.

“Abortions have decreased in spite of her, not because of her. Abortions actually started to decline the year Operation Rescue moved our headquarters to Kansas – one full year before Sebelius was elected as governor,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “Her false claims are a slap in the face to the hundreds of pro-life advocates who have worked tirelessly to expose her friend, late-term abortionist George Tiller, and provide help and practical alternatives to abortion-minded women outside Kansas abortion clinics.”

Sebelius’ veto will benefit only one abortionist in the state, and that is her political benefactor George Tiller. The bill would have required him to give the specific diagnosis used to justify a post-viability abortion. Kansas law requires that such abortions can only be done if the continuation of the pregnancy will result in “substantial and irreversible impairment to a major bodily function” of the pregnant woman.

“As it stands, no one can even check to see if Tiller is actually complying with the law,” said Sullenger. “Now Sebelius is helping Tiller continue to conceal the true nature of what is going on at that late-term abortion clinic. She apparently wanted to do Tiller one last favor before heading off to Washington.”

But Sebelius has endangered her recent nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services by underreporting the full amount of campaign contributions she received from Tiller.

Opposition to her nomination continues to grow. Today Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has asked President Obama to withdraw Sebelius’ nomination unless she answers more questions about abortion.

“Michael Steel is hardly an ardent pro-life supporter. The fact that he is now opposing Sebelius really shows how truly radical she is on abortion,” said Sullenger. “It’s a huge embarrassment for the state of Kansas when you look at her and realize that she is too extreme and too short on integrity even for the jaded political environment of Washington, DC.”

Text of Veto Message

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Operation Rescue is reminding us that the confirmation hearings for Kansas’ pro-abortion Governor Kathleen Sebelius are coming up.

Sebelius Confirmation Hearings Set for Tomorrow, Thursday

URGENT! Please Call Your Senator Today!

Washington, DC – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will testify tomorrow, March 31, at 10:00 am EDT before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to examine her nomination to the cabinet post of Secretary of Health and Human Services. This hearing is a courtesy and no vote will be taken on her nomination at that time.

Sebelius will then appear before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee for examination on Thursday, April 2, at 10:00 AM EDT. They will vote on her confirmation. If the vote is not unanimous, her nomination will then go to the full Senate.

“Gov. Sebelius is unfit to serve as Secretary of HHS because she owes her career to support from the radical the abortion lobby. As HHS Secretary, she will have a platform whereby she can influence abortion policy, which could cost thousands of innocent lives,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The fact that she entertained late-term abortionist George Tiller and his entire abortion clinic staff at the Governor’s mansion, then tried to cover it up, shows that she lacks the good judgment for such an important post.”

“We strongly urge pro-life supporters to phone their Senators today and voice their opposition to Sebelius’ confirmation to the post of HHS Secretary,” said Newman.

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Operation Rescue reports that Kansas’ pro-abortion Governor has signed the Ultrasound Bill that makes it mandatory for abortion-seeking women to have an ultrasound at least 30 minutes before an abortion procedure.  Statistics prove that, in other States, similar bills reduce the number of aborted babies.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” — Jeremiah 1:5a

Ultrasound Bill Signed By Gov. Sebelius

Topeka, KS – Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill into law on Friday that will mandate that women seeking abortions be offered to see an ultrasound image of their babies at least 30 minutes before a scheduled abortion.

Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger testified before a House committee in February in favor of the new legislation. She presented evidence from an Operation Rescue undercover sting investigation that showed Tiller’s staff was intentionally underestimating fetal ages in order to avoid having to comply with the second Kansas physician referral requirement in Kansas law.

Sebelius was under pressure to sign the bill in order to mitigate her extremist support for unrestricted abortion when she appears before the U.S. Senate for confirmation hearings. She has been nominated by President Barrack Obama to serve as Health and Human Services Secretary. Operation Rescue is opposing her confirmation.

“These new restrictions on abortion will do little to solve all of the abuses in the abortion industry, but they will save lives,” said Sullenger. “We know when women are allowed to see images of their pre-born babies, most will not go through with the abortion. We supported this bill because it will save lives and inform women of the humanity of their pre-born children. Without it, children would needlessly die, and it was unacceptable for us to stand idly by and allow that to happen.”

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Operation Rescue has delivered the sad news that Abortionist George Tiller was acquitted of all 19 misdemeanor charges brought against him.

TILLER FOUND NOT GUILTY!

Operation Rescue vows to continue efforts to bring Tiller to justice

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Wichita, KS – Today a jury of three men and three women found George Tiller not guilty on 19 charges of illegal abortions.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue releases the following statement:

Justice has been denied! Today a jury found late-term abortionist George R. Tiller not guilty of having committed 19 illegal abortions in 2003. While disappointed in the verdict, we at Operation Rescue are not deterred in our commitment to one day bring Tiller to justice. The 19 charges that Tiller faces were only a small fraction of the illegal activity that we believe and have documented that occurs at Tiller’s Wichita abortion clinic. On behalf of the pre-born children wrongly killed by Tiller and his associates, we vow to press on until Tiller is finally held accountable to the law and his late-term abortion mill is permanently closed.

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Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue releases the following statement:

We must remember that these are the weakest charges that could have been brought by the state. There were thirty criminal charges filed by former Attorney General Phill Kline, which were much stronger that were dismissed on jurisdictional grounds without having been considered on their merits. While we are disappointed by the verdict, we are far from surprised.

We thank Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney for the job that he tried to do. He did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. We wish he had been dealt a stronger hand. We are committed to continuing our efforts to bring Tiller to justice and we are confident that justice will one day prevail.

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Operation Rescue reports that the defense has rested in the trial against Abortionist George Tiller.  Closing arguments are set for tomorrow morning at 9am.

Defense Rests in Tiller Case. Closing Arguments Scheduled For Friday Morning

Wichita, KS – The defense rested in the criminal trial of late-term abortionist George Tiller today. Judge Clark Owens sent the jury home for the day while attorneys for both sides worked in chambers to hammer out the jury instructions that will be presented to the panel of six tomorrow after closing arguments.

Concluding her testimony today was former Tiller attorney Rachel Pirner, whose demeanor under the questioning of Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney was argumentative, and at times obnoxious. Pirner did testify, however, that while the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued a clarification on the second physician rule, indicating that the second physician had to be a “Kansas” physician, it never issued any ruling or clarification regarding the prohibition on their financial and legal affiliation.

Disney revealed that the Board has filed a “complaint” against Tiller alleging that Tiller had an improper affiliation with Neuhaus. Pirner denied knowledge of that action. She no longer represents Tiller.

After the jury was dismissed, Defense Attorney Lee Thompson made another request for dismissal of the case. Judge Owens indicated that he believed, on legal grounds, that this case must go to the jury on the legal theory that Tiller and Neuhaus were financially affiliated.

“We are calling on all men and women of faith to fervently pray for the next 30 hours that justice will be done,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Prayer vigils will be held this evening, Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Living Word Outreach, located at 3033 S. Hillside in Wichita. There will also be prayer beginning at 8 AM Friday morning at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

Court resumes on Friday at 9 AM.

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Operation Rescue has more coverage of the trial of Abortionist George Tiller.  Yesterday, he took the stand in his own defense.

Tiller Admits He Personally Profited Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Due to Neuhaus’ Consultations

Unguarded testimony reveals Tiller viewed Neuhaus as a member of his organization.

Wichita, KS – Accused late-term abortionist George Tiller took the stand in his own defense today and testified about his relationship to fellow abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus. Tiller is charged with having committed 19 post-viability abortions using Neuhaus even though she was illegally affiliated with him.

Tiller testified that in 1999 the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts began to require that the second referral for post-viability abortions come from a Kansas physician, so that the Board would have jurisdiction over that physician should discipline ever become necessary. He considered challenging the constitutionality of the law in Federal Court.

Tiller testified that on July 21, 1999, he received a call from Larry Buening, who was the Executive Director of the KSBHA at that time. Tiller said that Buening told him, “Why don’t you use Kris Neuhaus and that will take care of all of your problems.”

Tiller admitted that Buening told him not to quote him because he would deny the conversation. The only evidence that the conversation took place was a few scribbled notes in Tiller’s organizational calendar. His notes indicated that Neuhaus as glad to do the consultations because she needed the money, something Neuhaus denied during her testimony.

Tiller’s testimony under the questioning of his attorney, Dan Monnat, seemed well rehearsed and even memorized. But under cross examination by Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney, Tiller appeared to have some difficulty processing the questions and giving extemporaneous responses.

During Disney’s questioning, Tiller first indicated that he relied on what Buening told him as a representative of the KSBHA regarding the second physician law. However he later admitted that he did not exclusively rely on Buening’s word in that 1999 conversation. In fact, after the conversation, he told the court he still had questions about the non-affiliation language in the law and continued to consult with his attorneys about it for several more months. He filtered everything through his attorneys and ultimately relied solely on their advice.

In Kansas, claiming innocence because one relied upon consultations with an attorney is not a valid defense against criminal charges.

Tiller admitted that his relationship with Neuhaus evolved from 1999 when she first began to consult at his clinic, to 2003, the year that is the subject of the criminal charges.

At one point, Tiller began to refer to his relationship with Neuhaus saying, “When she was working for me,“ but quickly issued a correction stating, “when she was providing consultations for patients.”

“I think the first statement was truer than the rehearsed correction,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “In an unguarded moment, he revealed the way he normally considered her relationship to him.”

Another dramatic moment regarding how Tiller actually viewed his affiliation with Neuhaus came when he discussed how long it took to make arrangements for Neuhaus to begin consulting for him.

“When someone new was going to join your organization, it would take time [to set up],” he said.

Tiller testified that he approved the amount of Neuhaus’ consulting fee. She charged $250-300 per consultation.

Tiller admitted that he profited financially by Neuhaus consulting with his patients. He estimated that he did 250-300 post-viability abortions in 2003 at an average cost of $6,000. He said that without Neuhaus’ help, he would not have been able to do those abortions.

He told the court that his overhead is 62% of the fees generated by his clinic. His salary is 38% of the gross income of his clinic. Tiller never said how much money he made from abortions prior to viability.

“Doing the math, Tiller personally made at least $684,000 killing viable babies in 2003, and we don’t know how much he made killing non-viable babies,” said Newman. “But we do know it would be a huge blow to the Tiller income if he were unable to do the late-term abortions for lack of a second Kansas referring physician.”

After Disney’s questioning, Tiller’s attorneys got him off the stand as quickly as possible.

Also testifying were JoAn Armentrout, Tiller’s Administrative Director who was his bookkeeper in 2003, and Rachel Pirner, an attorney who advised Tiller on compliance with the law. Pirner is scheduled to continue testimony on Thursday.

Present in the courtroom was Lou Engle and his wife, who spent most of the time in prayer during Tiller’s testimony. Engle is a national leader in the faith community and is founder of The Call.

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