NYC WOMAN DIES AFTER REFUSING CANCER TREATMENT TO SAVE UNBORN BABY

 
 

A 36-year old New York City woman has died from cancer just six weeks after giving birth to a healthy baby girl. Elizabeth Joice chose to forgo cancer treatment that could have saved her own life in order to continue carrying her baby.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Joice was originally from Montclair, New Jersey, and was forced to raise herself after her mother had died and her father had disappeared.

Joice was a real estate agent and had been dating her boyfriend Max for two years when she discovered suspicious growths in her lungs in September of 2010.

An independent spirit, Joice strapped on her boxing gloves and started punching through the wall of her Upper East Side apartment, telling Max that, should the MRI determine something “serious,” she would not fight.

“If this is going to be bad, I’m not going to do anything,” she said in an interview in 2013. “I’m just going to cash it all in and go partying and call it a day.”

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Hearing this, Max went into the kitchen and started fumbling around and eventually returned with an engagement ring he had just fashioned out of tin foil.

“I said, ‘You don’t have the option not to fight,’ and proposed to her then,” Max said in aninterview in the New York Post. “We got married a month later.”

Joice was later diagnosed with Sarcoma. She suffered through four rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, and then more chemo until the tumor was destroyed. She was cancer-free for three years and wanted to have a child, although doctors strongly advised against it.

The couple, however, moved to Roosevelt Island in June of 2013, and, to their happy surprise, Joice became pregnant immediately. Nevertheless, their happiness was short-lived when, only a month later, news that the tumor was back devastated them.

Doctors removed the mass but, since Joice was pregnant, couldn’t have her undergo full-body MRI scans for the oncologist to be able to see whether the cancer was growing.

With the baby due March 4th, the doctors could no longer wait. In January, beautiful baby Lily was born after a C-section, but Joice’s health rapidly declined as her cancer spread. Tumors had invaded her right lung, heart, and abdomen.

“We said our goodbyes,” Max said. “It was like something out of a movie. We sat there and cried. We tried to tell stories, talk about all the great things.”

“Liz came home five days after Lily was born,” Max said. “That one night at home was all we had.”

Joice died on March 9th in her hospital bed with Max by her side.

“Liz had this way about her,” Max said. “She had this positive energy that made you want to be the best version of yourself. She was intolerant of self-pity.”

“Liz’s magic rubbed off on Lily,” Max said. “She’s beautiful and remarkable. It provides me with the strength to get through this.”

ObamaCare: Beyond Rescue

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In a nutshell, Obamacare has so far fallen dramatically short of what was expected — technically, and in almost every other way. Enrollment is below expectations: According to the data we have so far,more than half of the much-touted Medicaid expansion came from people who were already eligible before the health-care law passed, and this weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported that the overwhelming majority of people buying insurance through the exchanges seem to be folks who already had insurance. Coverage is less generous than many people expected, with narrower provider networks and higher deductibles. The promised $2,500 that the average family was told they could save on premiums has predictably failed to materialize. And of course, we now know that if you like your doctor and plan, there is no reason to think you can keep them. Which is one reason the law has not gotten any more popular since it passed.

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The administration and its supporters have been counting on the coverage expansion to put Obamacare beyond repeal. So what if the coverage expansion is anemic, the plans bare-bones, the website sort of a disaster? It’s a foundation upon which we can build — and now that so many people have coverage, the thinking goes, Republicans will never dare to touch it. The inevitable problems can be fixed down the road.

But it’s far from clear that this is true. The law is unpopular, not only with voters, but also apparently with the consumers who are supposed to buy insurance. The political forces that were supposed to guarantee its survival look weaker by the day. The Barack Obama administration is in emergency mode, pasting over political problems with administrative fixes of dubious legality, just to ensure the law’s bare survival — which is now their incredibly low bar for “success.”

Although the fixes may solve the short-term political problems, however, they destabilize the markets, which also need to work to ensure the law’s survival. The president is destroying his own law in order to save it.

Obamacare’s exchange facility was conceived as a “three-legged stool”: guaranteed issue, community rating, mandate. Guaranteed issue means that an insurer can’t refuse to sell you a policy. And community rating means that they can’t agree to sell you a policy — for a million dollars. The problem is that if you set things up this way, it makes a lot of sense to wait to buy insurance until you get sick, at which point premiums start spiraling into the stratosphere and coverage drops. Enter the mandate: You can’t wait. You have to buy when you’re healthy or pay a fine.

There are actually other legs — the subsidies, in particular, are needed so that you’re not ordering people to buy a product they can’t afford. But it doesn’t really matter how many legs the stool has; what matters is that it needs all of them. Take one away, and the whole thing is in danger of collapsing.

Unfortunately, whenever someone has voiced discontent with the way things are going, the administration has taken a hacksaw to another leg. For example, some folks who had policies they liked before were being forced to drop them and buy new policies they didn’t like so much. That caused an outcry, followed by an emergency grandfathering rule. Other major emergency fixes include:

· A one-year delay of the employer mandate (which our own Ezra Klein has shown is critical to both coverage expansion and cost control). It seems unclear that this will ever go into effect, as the regulatory difficulties of tracking compliance are enormous, and enforcing it will trigger unpopular changes in working hours and other conditions for many workers.

· Numerous extensions of enrollment and payment deadlines, even though these have led to consumer confusion.

· Changes in the rules governing the “risk corridor” programs that cover excess losses at insurers, with more potentially in the works. This buys peace with the insurers, but is going to be incredibly politically difficult for the administration to defend when the costs become clear.

Why does this put the law beyond rescue?

First, let’s define what we mean by “beyond rescue.” Is Obamacare going to be repealed in its entirety? No. Some of the provisions, such as letting parents keep their kids on their insurance until they’re 26 years old, have no chance of being repealed. Others, such as the Medicaid expansion, will almost certainly stand in some form, though I could see Medicaid being block-granted and then slowly whittled away under another administration. The fate of other pieces, such as the cost-control procedures and the exchanges, is still too cloudy to predict.

By “beyond rescue,” I mean that the original vision of the law will not be fulfilled — the cost-controlling, delivery-system-improving, health-enhancing, deficit-reducing, highly popular, tightly integrated (and smoothly functioning) system for ensuring that everyone who wants coverage can get it.

The law still lacks the political legitimacy to survive in the long term. And in a bid to increase that legitimacy, the administration has set two very dangerous precedents: It has convinced voters that no unpopular provisions should ever be allowed to take effect, and it has asserted an executive right to rewrite the law, which Republicans can just as easily use to unravel this tangled web altogether.

Many of the commentators I’ve read seem to think that the worst is over, as far as unpopular surprises. In fact, the worst is yet to come. Here’s what’s ahead:

· 2014: Small-business policy cancellations. This year, the small-business market is going to get hit with the policy cancellations that roiled the individual market last year. Some firms will get better deals, but others will find that their coverage is being canceled in favor of more expensive policies that don’t cover as many of the doctors or procedures that they want. This is going to be a rolling problem throughout the year.

· Summer 2014: Insurers get a sizable chunk of money from the government to cover any excess losses. When the costs are published, this is going to be wildly unpopular: The administration has spent three years saying that Obamacare was the antidote to abuses by Big, Bad Insurance Companies, and suddenly it’s a mechanism to funnel taxpayer money to them?

· Fall 2014: New premiums are announced.

· 2014 and onward: Medicare reimbursement cuts eat into hospital margins, triggering a lot of lobbying and sad ads about how Beloved Local Hospital may have to close.

· Spring 2015: The Internal Revenue Service starts collecting individual mandate penalties: 1 percent of income in the first year. That’s going to be a nasty shock to folks who thought the penalty was just $95. I, like many other analysts, expect the administration to announce a temporary delay sometime after April 1, 2014.

· Spring 2015: The IRS demands that people whose income was higher than they projected pay back their excess subsidies. This could be thousands of dollars.

· Spring 2015: Cuts to Medicare Advantage, which the administration punted on in 2013, are scheduled to go into effect. This will reduce benefits currently enjoyed by millions of seniors, which is why they didn’t let them go into effect this year.

· Fall 2015: This is when expert Bob Laszewski says insurers will begin exiting the market if the exchange policies aren’t profitable.

· Fall 2017: Companies and unions start learning whether their plans will get hit by the “Cadillac tax,” a stiff excise tax on expensive policies that will hit plans with generous benefits or an older and sicker employee base. Expect a lot of companies and unions to radically decrease benefits and increase cost-sharing as a result.

· January 2018: The temporary risk-adjustment plans, which the administration is relying on to keep insurers in the marketplaces even if their customer pool is older and sicker than projected, run out. Now if insurers take losses, they just lose the money.

· Fall 2018: Buyers find out that subsidy growth is capped for next year’s premiums; instead of simply being pegged to the price of the second-cheapest silver plan, whatever that cost is, their growth is fixed. This will show up in higher premiums for families — and, potentially, in an adverse-selection death spiral.

Each of these is likely to trigger either public outcry or providers leaving the market (leading to public outcry). Policy analysts can say that this is unfortunate but necessary — that you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs. Fair enough, but the administration has been manifestly unwilling to tell the eggs that. Instead, it’s emergency administrative fixes for everyone. And we sure can’t count on Republicans to save Obamacare by tackling the egg lobby.

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-01-21/resolved-obamacare-is-now-beyond-rescue

 

Even a Democrat crime wave can’t top media interest in Bridgegate

By Howie Carr, Boston Herald 

Please, try not to let what I’m about to tell you destroy your faith in the integrity of the national Democratic Party.

Right now, a crime wave is sweeping the nation, and everyone in this out-of-control mob has a D after their names, even if most of the media are loath to report it.

If you are a low-information voter, a Globe subscriber, say, you have been told endlessly that the root of all evil in American politics is the Tea Party, better known in your moonbat media as “teabaggers.” Oddly, however, the hacks rounded up over the last few days, well, let’s put it this way. They voted for Obama 100 percent. They think Obamacare’s great. How could they possibly be guilty as charged?

Last Friday, it was the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, who is (technically) black and who is definitely gay. Astonishingly, given the open racial-preference policies of the Obama regime, Fox’s Providence home and his State House offices were raided Friday by the FBI. He resigned Saturday. We still don’t know what the G-men have on him.

Next, the mayor of Charlotte, Patrick Cannon, another Democrat. He allegedly accepted $48,000 in bribes, some of which he took at the same Capitol Grill where payoffs were earlier accepted by jailbird ex-Speaker Jim Black. Black is not to be confused with ex-Speaker Jimmy Green, who likewise went to prison, for torching his tobacco burns.

Then there’s state Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco. He used to go on Piers Morgan’s now-canceled CNN moonbat-fest and denounce the Second Amendment. He sent out tweets on the first anniversary of the Newtown massacre saying, “I’m still shocked & prepared to take steps to stop gun violence.”

Well, up to a point …

He, too, was arrested on Wednesday, for allegedly arranging deals to procure M16s and rocket launchers to be smuggled into California after being purchased from Muslim terrorists in the Philippines. Sen. Yee was working with a Chinese gangster named “Shrimp Boy.”

Apparently, Yee was much less concerned about the spread of weapons of mass destruction when he was talking to his fellow hoods than when he was pontificating on CNN: “People want to get whatever they want to get. Do I care? No, I don’t care. People need certain things.”

Like, rocket launchers.

Two-gun Yee is the third Democrat state senator to be arrested in California this week. Earlier it was state Sen. Rod Wright (perjury) and then Ron Calderon (bribery).

What a crime wave, in less than one week. So guess what most of the networks led with on their newscasts last night? The 5-month-old story of Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate. Because it has one thing going for it that none of these other stories had, the only thing that matters to the corrupt American media.

Christie is a Republican.

Sebelius blames Texas for low Obamacare enrollments

By Associated Press 

sebelius_13AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Political opposition in Texas to the federal health care overhaul hasn’t helped enrollment numbers that lag behind expectations as next week’s deadline to sign up looms, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation. As of March 1, about 295,000 people in Texas had signed up for coverage — less than half of the target of 629,000 enrollees originally set by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Gov. Rick Perry and Republican leaders have consistently slammed the health overhaul while simultaneously refusing Medicaid expansion in a state where nearly 1 out of every 4 residents is uninsured.

Millions of uninsured nationwide have until Monday to pick a plan or face penalties. More than 6 million Americans have signed up so far.

“I don’t think it’s been a help when you have government officials trying to block navigators from getting information to the people. And you have everything from legal challenges to a constant barrage of misinformation,” Sebelius said. “That isn’t terribly hopeful to folks trying to figure out what the law means and whether or not the law applies to them, or whether it’s even in place in Texas.”

Making a final push, Sebelius visited a United Way center in Austin where about a dozen navigators manned a call center for coverage-seekers.

Texas is hostile territory. State regulators in January mandated that “navigators” who help Texas residents enroll under the Affordable Care Act undergo an additional 20 hours of training — half what Perry originally sought, but still enough to rankle nonprofits receiving federal funds to implement navigator programs.

Perry shot back at Sebelius’ remarks, saying that the more people learn about the federal health law the less they like it.

“Yet again, the Obama administration would rather point fingers at other people than accept any of the responsibility for Obamacare’s failure,” Perry said in a statement.

Sebelius said sign-ups in Texas are on the upswing but didn’t offer more recent enrollment data. She also said HealthCare.gov is up to the task of handling a last-minute surge of visitors before the deadline.

Sebelius said the site handled 90,000 simultaneous visitors at times Thursday, but cautioned that wait times on the phone are getting longer.

“As this volume increases, we are going into sort of new territory,” Sebelius said.

Binta Jalloh, a quality manager in the United Way office, said phone traffic is at peaks not seen since enrollment began in October. Her office had received nearly 200 calls by lunchtime Friday, including more than 50 Spanish-speaking callers.

“The amount of calls we’re getting this week is definitely more so than we’ve gotten previously,” she said.

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News Flash: Not everyone thinks like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton

By Jeff Crouere 

Jeff CrouereThe arbiters of race relations believe that no person of color should dare possess an independent thought or take a contrarian position. Thus, all African Americans must believe in the Democratic Party and liberalism. If not, you are demonized and harassed; for evidence, witness the treatment of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas or Dr. Ben Carson.

In the great cultural debates of the day, all African Americans must support “justice” for Trayvon Martin and believe that George Zimmerman was fueled by racism when he shot the Florida youngster.

This type of warped thinking extends to celebrities, especially African American celebrities. They must hold firm to the liberal line and emphasize the racial injustice and discrimination that exists in our country today.

Fortunately, not all African American athletes subscribe to this type of racial poison. In an interview with The New Yorker, future NBA Hall of Fame guard Kobe Bryant discussed the Trayvon Martin incident.

He said, “…if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society; then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

As an independent thinker, unlike the Miami Heat players, Bryant did not wear a “hoodie” to support Martin. While he did not support George Zimmerman, Bryant refused to join the chorus of athletes publicly praising Trayvon Martin. He insisted that the behavior of the Heat players showed not racial solidarity, but a lack of “progress.”

This stance is not revolutionary or “conservative,” it just displays plain common sense and fairness. Sadly, Bryant’s interview has unleashed a torrent of criticism from civil rights activists and other guardians of racial animosity. Bryant has always been viewed with suspicion by some African Americans because of his upbringing in Italy. According to NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, Bryant is “somewhat confused about culture, because he was brought up in another country.”

Oh really, when did being exposed to a foreign country lead to confusion? In reality, such experience helps a person become well rounded, educated and cultured. In this instance, Bryant is not confused; he just wants to judge situations on the basis of the facts, not race.

If more people adopted such an attitude possibly race relations would not be in such a precarious state today. Instead, in our political environment, race agitators like Rev. Al Sharpton have tremendous influence and use the liberal media to foment racial conflict.

Sharpton is assisted by politicians like President Obama who has not improved race relations at all. In fact, Obama promotes racial animosity in America by interjecting himself into situations like the Martin case and the Cambridge, MA police incident involving Harvard Professor Louis Gates.

As President, Obama should be a symbol of unity and racial harmony; however, instead of bringing Americans together, the President specializes in division and turmoil.

In the interview, Bryant rejects racial groupthink and says he “won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American.” What he is advocating is individualism and free will, dangerous concepts to the race hustlers and political panderers who dominate the spotlight today.

In response to his critics on social media, Bryant posted on his Instagram account a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with the icon’s famous quote, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Amen.

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at http://www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at jeff@ringsidepolitics.com.