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Barlow close to O's hearts on celebratory night
Never was Monica Barlow's memory on better display than after the Orioles' 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, as the O's clinched the American League East with hands full of champagne and their hearts with the longtime public-relations director.

Home field throughout postseason in play for O's
The most superstitious of Orioles fans can begin planning for the postseason. Baltimore clinched the American League East with an 8-2 win over the second-place Blue Jays on Tuesday. In all likelihood, the O's will be hosting one of the AL Division Series.

Turn back the clock: O's return to perch atop AL East
"Happy Days Are Here Again" pumped through the speakers at Camden Yards as thousands of rabid fans stayed on hand to celebrate from the seats and watch Orioles players and front-office staff spill out onto the field in a haze of celebratory champagne and drenched embraces.

Shrewd moves main reason why O's won AL East
Perhaps no playoff team looks as different heading into October than it did at the start of February than the Orioles.

Baltimore County man accused of plotting to kill judge faces more charges
Jeffrey Cohen of Indemnity Insurance Corp. indicted on charges of wire fraud and money laundering

The founder of a Baltimore County-based company that provided insurance to nightclubs and bars who was previously charged with misleading regulators now faces additional charges.








Staggered launch could help Md. 'kick the tires' of its new health exchange website
Details remain to be released about the new plan for open enrollment on the state's health insurance exchange

A day after Maryland committed to a gradual launch of its health exchange, state officials are still working out some key details — including where the opening day sign-up will be held — but experts say it could be a way to avoid a repeat of last year's botched rollout. 








Lawyer helping to revamp public defender's office among MacArthur winners
Jonathan Rapping works to help attorneys better represent their many poor clients

A law professor whose organization is helping Maryland's public defender system revamp itself is among 21 winners of $625,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants announced Tuesday.








New Jersey Gov. Christie to raise money for Hogan
Campaign says $400,000 collected at Bethesda fundraising event

Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan will get a helping hand today from one of his party's best-known figures.








Two cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to Econo Lodge in Ocean City
Two people who stayed at an Econo Lodge in northern Ocean City this summer have tested positive for Legionnaires' disease and low levels of Legionella bacteria were found in the hotel's water pipes, Worcester County health officials said.


Towson Bike Beltway officially open to riders
4.23-mile loop part of plan to ease transportation downtown

Baltimore County has listened to "spokes-persons" who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway.







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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.”

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