Vol 1. No. 25.Baltimore, MD  Sun April 20th 2014GIVING YOU THE NEWS THE MSM IGNORES 
Our Contributors:
Comments:
Categories


Benches clear at Fenway after pitch to Ross
The benches cleared at Fenway Park on Saturday after O's righty Bud Norris threw a pitch up and in to Red Sox catcher David Ross. Things settled down, and Boston won the game, 4-2.

Ubaldo looking for better results vs. Red Sox
O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who is still looking for his first quality start this season, will face the Red Sox for the second time this year on Sunday night at Fenway Park. Jake Peavy will start for Boston.

After things get heated, O's fall to Red Sox
A heated seventh-inning exchange that saw both dugouts empty preceded a pair of Red Sox runs that doomed the O's in a 4-2 loss on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Call at first overturned on O's first challenge
After O's outfielder Nelson Cruz was originally called out at first in the sixth inning, the umpires overturned the call following a replay review, which meant Cruz had an RBI single and the game against the Red Sox was tied at 2. Baltimore lost the game, 4-2.

Pearce trying to stay sharp in limited role with O's
Steve Pearce has made just one start for the O's this season, on his 31st birthday (April 13), but he said prior to Friday's game at Fenway Park that he's staying ready for whatever manager Buck Showalter needs.

Marylanders look to create new memories at Boston Marathon
About 600 runners from Maryland will compete

Lynne Douglas stood frozen some 100 yards shy of the finish line at the Boston Marathon when the second bomb exploded, bringing last year's race to an abrupt and chaotic end.








Three men shot, one fatally, in Baltimore Friday and early Saturday
Three men were shot, one fatally, in separate incidents in Baltimore Friday night and early Saturday morning, police said.








Gunfire may be five times as common as reported, contractor says
Company behind technology to trace shots says police never hear about many discharges

For every gunshot report taken by Baltimore police, there could be five more they haven't heard about, according to the company behind a high-tech system that city officials hope will help curb the illegal use of firearms.








Patterson Park dig uncovering traces of War of 1812 militia camp, defenses
Archaeologists unearthing butcher's shop they say served as military headquarters

When Samuel Smith, major general of the Maryland militia, needed a headquarters to plot Baltimore's defense from British invaders in the summer of 1814, archaeologists believe he called on the owner of a shop that gives Butcher's Hill its name.








For Orthodox Christians, red eggs embody the meaning of Easter
Tradition that goes back centuries is kept alive by faithful

On Sunday morning, as Christians in the region and around the world take part in the Easter traditions they enjoy, an observer might be tempted to ask: How do the ways they celebrate the holiday reflect its meaning?







Comments about Baltimore Reporter:

Perhaps the best part of blogging or the internet in general is the occasional discovery of something unexpected.Over on Baltimore Reporter and Conservative Thoughts is a great and thought provoking article by Robert Farrow.I hope you will follow this link and read this great post.

from conservativecontracts.com


I love your blog

Once again - as happens so often - I have been positioned here on the living room couch, immersed in your blog. You are better than Fox News.

Kevin Dayhoff



Awards and Rankings:

Voted one of the best local blogs:
Baltimore Examiner: 2006



Voted Top 10 most influential blog in Maryland in 2007.
Blog Net News



ElseWhere
Other sites I write for:
Flopping Aces
and Red Maryland

Want to help?
Baltimore Reporter is looking for writers to help counter the biased media. Email us if interested.

My Count Since 10/11/07
~ 64831 ~
Site Meter

.

   

2/19/2013

Filed under: — Brujo @ 10:47 pm

DEATH PANELS. WHAT DEATH PANELS?
By Brujo Blanco

When Obama and company came up with this so-called affordable healthcare Sarah Palin commented that there were going to be death panels. The Left went bananas and jumped her bones big time with denials. Now that we see the reality of this new healthcare situation it is apparent that the government is laying the foundation for death panels. I suspect that they will never be called death panels. There are experts that actually support the new system, however, they claim that there must necessarily be rationing of healthcare. Now when they ration this means one for you; one for you; two for you; and none for you. Someone will end up getting the short end of the stick. What I noted is that the people that forced this system down our throats will never have to depend on Obamacare for anything. They have Cadillac programs for themselves. If this program is going to be so great for us why don’t the big time political hacks get involved in this healthcare for themselves. I suppose it is good for us but not good enough for them.

I also understand that right now when you go to an emergency room for care they have to treat you. Under Obamacare I understand that there is some talk that they do not have to provide services for any unreimbursed care.

I am a conservative and one thing that I always ask is how much is it going to cost? This new system is going to require a national database for health records. Why? Why the heck do they need such a thing? There are already systems in place to send medical information from one place to another via the net. If I live on the east coast will some medical hack in California be accessing my information. If so why would he need that information at all.

The other thing is that many people believe that this system will mean free healthcare for everyone. Nothing is free. In fact there was some talk about an annual premium of $20,000 for a family of five. The people that come up with this crap have got to be liberal politicians that happen to be wealthy. They have not concept of not having money or not having enough money.

Is there something else to this situation than providing healthcare? Perhaps this system will be used to strip the wealth from the powerful middle class and render people dependent on government for every aspect of their lives. This is one of those situations that require us to be knocked down and out completely for all Americans to understand that we are in big trouble.

WND EXCLUSIVE
DID OBAMA HINT AT HEALTH-CARE RATIONING IN SOTU?
Foundations quietly laid for massive government intervention
by AARON KLEIN
Aaron Klein is WND’s senior staff reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief. He also hosts “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio”on New York’s WABC Radio. Follow Aaron on Twitter and Facebook.
Did President Obama hint at health-care rationing in last night’s State of the Union address?
In his speech, Obama listed health-care reform as a key in reducing long-term government debt, specifically referring to the “rising cost of health care for an aging population.”
“And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms,” he said.
Obama said he will work to “reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors.”
“We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital,” he said. “They should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive.
Obama’s comments about quality of care deserve careful consideration in light of largely overlooked sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.
Those sections, reviewed in full by WND, may lay the foundations for health-care rationing and even so-called death panels.
There is also concern for preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and so-called life preferences.
Obamacare called for the establishment of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Obama’s comments:
The new institute’s purpose is to carry out “comparative clinical effectiveness research,” which is defined in the law as evaluating and comparing “health outcomes” and “clinical effectiveness, risks and benefits” of two or more medical treatments or services.
The purpose of the research is purportedly for the government to determine which treatments work best so that money is not spent on less effective treatments.
Such research was already previously funded for $1.1 billion in Obama’s 2009 “stimulus” package. The legislation first created a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Obamacare now allows for about $3.8 billion in additional funding for effectiveness research, with the establishment of the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
The institute is to be governed by a board to assist in identifying research priorities and establishing the research project agenda.
Also weighing in will be an “expert advisory panel” of practicing and research clinicians, patients, and experts in scientific and health services research and health services delivery.
A section of Obamacare makes clear the secretary of health and human services may not use research data from the new institute in a manner that treats the life of an elderly, disabled or terminally ill individual as lower in value than that of an individual who is younger, non-disabled or not terminally ill.
However, that dictate comes with a qualifier some many find troubling.
Obamacare contains largely unreported text that allows the health secretary to limit any “alternative treatments” of the elderly, disabled or terminally ill if such treatments are not recommended by the new research institute.
The qualifier says:
Paragraph (1) shall not be construed as preventing the Secretary from using evidence or findings from such comparative clinical effectiveness research in determining coverage, reimbursement, or incentive programs under title XVIII based upon a comparison of the difference in the effectiveness of alternative treatments in extending an individual’s life due to the individual’s age, disability, or terminal illness.
Paragraph (1)” refers to the section that bars the Health Secretary from valuing the life of an elderly, disabled or terminally ill patient as lower than that of the younger or non-disabled patient.
The qualifier leaves the health secretary with the power to use government-provided research data to determine whether “alternative treatments” are effective in extending the life of the elderly, disabled or terminally ill.
Health-care rationing based on ethnicity?
Another section of Obamacare calls for the new institute to study the effectiveness of treatment in “subpopulations,” including “racial and ethnic minorities, women, age, and groups of individuals with different comorbidities, genetic and molecular sub-types, or quality of life preferences.”
The effectiveness of such research has been widely called into question.
In a 2009 study, the CATO Institute raised concerns about such government-funded research being politicized or influenced by lobbying.
“Unlike market-generated research, a federal comparative-effectiveness agency would be subject to political manipulation, which could block the generation of any useful research,” wrote CATO.
Continued CATO: “Such research necessarily poses a direct threat to the incomes of pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device manufacturers, and millions of providers. If a government agency produces unwelcome research, those groups will spend vast sums on lobbying campaigns and political contributions to discredit or defund the agency.”
During the “stimulus” debate, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., fought the $1.1 billion spending on effectiveness research, spotlighting the experience of countries such as the U.K. as cautionary tales.
“Think about this a moment,” Kyl told the Senate. “Do you want Washington bureaucrats, such as those who brought you the AIG mess, making your health care decisions for you and your family?”
Currently, in the U.K., the equivalent to Obamacare’s Institute is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, or NICE.
The New England Journal of Medicine related that NICE “considers treatments cost-effective if their cost-effectiveness ratio is £20,000 ($34,000) per QALY (quality adjusted life year).”
A QALY is an extra year of “quality” life expectancy, based on the treatment.
There were recent reports that NICE was refusing to fund four new treatments for kidney cancer because they only change a patient’s life expectancy from six months to a year.
Andrew Dillon, NICE chief executive, commented on the denial of one drug for kidney cancer: “Before we recommend any new treatment we have to be sure the evidence on how well it works is robust and that it is cost effective. We do not want to divert NHS funds to a treatment that costs more but doesn’t help people live longer.”
Writing in Forbes last month, Sally Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, slammed effectiveness research under Obamacare as a “recipe for cook-book medicine, where the government can pressure doctors into prescribing treatments according to average results rather than an individual patient’s needs and preferences.”

Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.







Search

 
Baltimore Weather

Current Conditions:
Mostly Cloudy, 59 F
TheCaffeinatedMind.com
What type of smartphone do you have?
Blackberry
iPhone
Windows based
Android based


View results
Version 2.03
FACING UP TO THE
Nation's Finances
National Debt Clock

Compelling argument against Manziel to Browns (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
From the outside and maybe the inside, too the biggest question about the Cleveland Browns pick at No. 4 in the first round of the draft is whether they would take Johnny Manziel. But after you read the clear-eyed analysis of the former Texas A&M star by sharp observer Greg Cosell of NFL Films, you will realize there is only one answer to that question: a resounding no. Manziel has shown too many bad habits and a lack of quarterback smarts, coupled with his small stature for an NFL QB a shade under 6 feet to make it worth spending such a high pick on him. Heres how Cosell sums up Manziel: You see a quarterback who creates his own problems with what appears to be a lack of understanding and discipline, and then once in a while he makes an unbelievable unstructured play.

Source: USC TE Xavier Grimble met with Falcons, Panthers (National Football Post)
Tight end meets with NFC South clubs

Ravens have ammunition to have one of better drafts (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
The Ravens should expect to land at least three eventual starters in this years draft, according to NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah. As a former scout with the Ravens, Jeremiah is familiar with general manager Ozzie Newsomes approach to the draft. The Ravens have eight picks overall, including four in the top 99. The Ravens also had four top 100 picks in 2012 when they drafted linebacker Courtney Upshaw (No. 35), guard Kelechi Osemele (60th), running back Bernard Pierce (84th), and center Gino Gradkowski (98th).

Did draft experts correctly predict Elam last year? (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
Are the Ravens going to take Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin? We went back and checked out how some of the top national pundits fared with their final 2013 mock first-round draft pick for the Ravens. Of course, the Ravens were drafting at No. 32 last year, so a lot more variables were in play last year than this year, when the Ravens, barring a move up or down, will draft at No. 17. A couple of national writers correctly linked the Ravens and Florida safety Matt Elam, but many did not project Elam as a first-round pick.

Ravens may face choice between Clinton-Dix and Pryor (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
The Ravens will have an interesting choice if both Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama and Calvin Pryor of Louisville are available with the 17th pick. NFL Network analyst Charles Davis prefers Clinton-Dix. Not to say that Clinton-Dix doesnt tackle, he does. Can Calvin Pryor do those things?

Source: Utah OLB Trevor Reilly has met with Jaguars, Panthers (National Football Post)
Outside linebacker had 100 tackles, 8.5 sacks last season

Source: Florida DT Dominique Easley to visit Patriots, Cowboys next week (National Football Post)
Florida defensive lineman recovering well from torn ACL in September

Will Bengals, A.J. Green work out long-term deal? (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
One of the things on the Cincinnati Bengals plate, business-wise, is dealing with a long-term contract for Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, their most potent offensive weapon. Even if the Bengals do nothing about a new deal, Green is contractually bound to them for 2014 and 2015 even 2016 if they wanted to go the franchise tag route. Should Green be at all displeased about a lack of progress on a new contract, his options are limited, as PFT says. So thats why coach Marvin Lewis told PFT he isnt worried about a holdout.

Ravens, 49ers to hold joint practices (National Football Post)
Will happen after preseason game.

Ravens, 49ers to hold joint practices in August (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
The Ravens and 49ers will hold four combined practices in Maryland following their Thursday, Aug. 7 preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium. They will hold a light practice together at M&T the day after the game, followed by three joint sessions at the Ravens practice facility in Owings Mills from Aug. 9-11. It will give Ravens coach John Harbaugh and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a chance to spend more time together, while their teams compete against each other. I called Jim about a month ago and asked him if he wanted to do it, and I wasnt really sure if hed want to, John Harbaugh told the Ravens website.

Webb getting healthy, anxious to start (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
Webb has been working with the trainer, "trying to get back to where I left off."
Maryland News
Links To Others
Maryland Blogger Alliance

National News
Support the Baltimore Reporter. Buy a C.D.



Thank You












Advertise with Us!
Baltimore Reporter is looking for advertisers to help keep this site going. Email us here.
]
Please ignore the screen cleaner!