Biden’s HHS Trans Doctor pick supports sex change for kids and puberty blockers

 

Remember when the Twilight zone was just a show on TV? Rand Paul nails down this candidate for Biden’s latest pick for weirdos to fill out his cabinet. This one is a doozy. Later the  background on this guy/gal who thinks it’s apparently great for kids to mutilate their bodies without parents knowledge.

Rand Paul puts Rachel’s feet to the fire with his well laid out question.

Biden nominee refuses to answer the question about whether the government should override a parent’s consent to allow a minor to receive puberty blockers or surgical amputation of breasts or genitalia.

“You’re willing to let a minor take things to prevent their puberty, and you think they get back?… You have permanently changed them… There’s no long term studies. We don’t know what happens to them.”

Charlie Kirk:

Joe Biden is pushing Rachel Levine through the Senate to be second-in-command at the Department of Health & Human Services. Rachel is a biological male who supports sex change surgeries & life altering hormone treatments for children. Is this what ‘healing the nation’ looks like?

 

 

That was not the only question of her that should be a headliner:

Levine questioned on missing Pa. nursing home data in …

Penn Live

HARRISBURG — During a federal confirmation hearing Thursday, former Health Secretary Rachel Levine was questioned about the ongoing data discrepancies in Pennsylvania’s public reports on nursing home coronavirus deaths and cases.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) said Levine had assured her that Pennsylvania had accurately reported deaths in these homes, unlike New York, where the attorney general found that the Cuomo administration had undercounted fatalities by the thousands.

But Collins questioned that claim, citing Spotlight PA reporting from September 2020 that found weekly reports released by the state health department were consistently missing death and case data for more than 100 of the state’s 693 nursing homes.
……

By September, more than six months since the first COVID-19 case in Pennsylvania, problems with the data had not been corrected. With many facilities still closed to visitors, advocates for nursing home residents and families said that there were few ways for families to know what was going on inside facilities and to monitor outbreaks.

Data related to a deadly outbreak at one Lehigh County facility was not included in the reports until August — after 80 residents had died, one of the highest death tolls in a nursing home in the state.
Those of us who live in Pennsylvania know all about Dr.Rachel Levine. Unfortunately we don’t have a weather girl” like Janice Dean.

The news comes as Levine, the nation’s first openly transgender health secretary, comes under fire over the department’s handling of nursing homes — particularly a March guidance that essentially instructed senior living facilities to accept patients who were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The guidance stated:

Nursing care facilities must continue to accept new admissions and receive readmissions for current residents who have been discharged from the hospital who are stable to alleviate the increasing burden in the acute care settings. This may include stable patients who have had the COVID-19 virus.

Nearly 70 percent of the state’s coronavirus-related deaths — 2,896 of 4,218 — are connected to nursing home facilities.

It was revealed this week that Levine removed his 95-year-old mother from such a facility during the pandemic.

Pennsylvania AG opens criminal probes into nursing homes …

Nursing home deaths account for more than two-thirds of the state’s death toll. … into several nursing homes amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 2,600.

 

Protesters call for Pennsylvania health secretary to step down

The rally Monday was organized by state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who says Dr. Rachel Levine hasn’t properly protected the state’s vulnerable older population.

 

Let’s meet the mastermind behind this:

Meet the Transgender Doctor Leading Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Response

She thinks she is the role model for allowing kids without parental consent change their bodies forever..

Rachel Levine discusses role model status.

 

 

Other than this all is well in the swamp.

HHS Burwell (Vince Foster dumpster diver) reverses – ‘We could have done better with Ebola’ UPDATE

UPDATE: JOSH EARNEST at today’s presser: (For video, click on link). There, now I feel much better.

There are a number of steps we have taken. And I think the people can be encouraged that the federal government is demonstrating the kind of tenacious adaptive response that’s required to deal with this situation.

Earlier today I posted Second Texas Hospital worker comes down with Ebola. When I saw Dumpster Diver political hack Burwell out on the trail to discuss Ebola, well, I had to take a ride and give the back story on why we have much to worry about. From an earlier post on October 4, 2014. Now she tells us “we could have done more?”

DHHS Sylvia Burwell (Vince Foster’s dumpster diver), tell us no worries over Ebola

Free Beacon:

In July 1995, Burwell (then Sylvia Mathews) was one of several key aides questioned by the Senate Whitewater Committee regarding the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster.

Under questioning, Sylvia Mathews and her colleagues denied impeding a police investigation into Foster’s death after his body was found in a northern Virginia park. According to the New York Times, Mathews testified “in laborious detail about what she had found in Mr. Foster’s garbage on the night he died.”

Republicans on the committee found it significant, however, that Ms. Mathews had also managed to retrieve a special bag of garbage containing classified and sensitive papers that was usually destroyed by the Secret Service. The contents of that bag were never examined by anyone to see if Mr. Foster had left anything in it that might shed light on his state of mind.

Ms. Mathews said that she got the bag from the Secret Service and began looking briefly through it, when she discovered that it contained all of the classified garbage from the West Wing.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …

HHS Secretary: “We Could Have Done Much Better” Containing Ebola

 

DHHS Sylvia Burwell (Vince Foster’s dumpster diver), tell us no worries over Ebola

Our gal and political hack from way back, HHS Sylvia Burwell tells us “These processes work.” She talks about the Ebola outbreak. When I saw her at the presser yesterday, all I could think was it is working as well as her dumpster diving into Vince Foster’s trash after he died for reasons still unknown by many, and before anyone could get to his office to investigate. All to protect the Clintons. And she is now the expert in Ebola processes? First she expressed her acumen then the back story.

Via Sharyl Attkisson: (A great read, and worth the time for the whole thing)

At a White House briefing today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell declared, “These processes work.” She was referring to the systems in place since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last March.

It’s hard to imagine a bigger disconnect between the optimistic tone of today’s news conference and the reality that some ordinary Americans see.

U.S. health officials actually seemed to portray the emergence of an Ebola case in Dallas as a success story.

But the evidence indicates otherwise.

After all, a patient infected with Ebola arrived undetected in the U.S.

He arrived despite screenings in the affected nations prior to passengers boarding flights and despite screenings after their arrival in the U.S. What’s more, the patient allegedly was not truthful on a form asking whether he’d been in contact with Ebola patients. And once ill in the U.S., he was initially sent home from the hospital despite processes set forth by CDC.

Instead of success, the case seems to represent a breakdown at nearly every step.

Still, Obama administration officials said that tracing who the patient was in contact with is what’s really important.

Keep reading…

Who is Burwell? From HHS Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Dumpster-Dived Dead Vince Foster’s Trash

According to the Free Beacon:

In July 1995, Burwell (then Sylvia Mathews) was one of several key aides questioned by the Senate Whitewater Committee regarding the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster.

Foster’s death was officially ruled a suicide. The Clinton White House eventually admitted to misleading investigators about how senior officials had seized and disposed of files relating to the first couple’s controversial investments in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed real estate venture.

Clinton spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers admitted that then-White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum, who had recovered documents relating to the Whitewater controversy from Foster’s office after his death, did not turn over the documents to the Clinton family’s personal attorney, contrary to what White House officials had claimed. Nussbaum had actually given the documents to Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, who placed them in a White House safe for five days before being turned over to the family attorney.

Under questioning, Sylvia Mathews and her colleagues denied impeding a police investigation into Foster’s death after his body was found in a northern Virginia park. According to the New York Times, Mathews testified “in laborious detail about what she had found in Mr. Foster’s garbage on the night he died.”

(snip) NY Times:

The committee today began what will be weeks of intensive questioning of White House aides about whether Mrs. Clinton, in advance of investigators, had told officials to remove papers from the office of Vincent W. Foster Jr., her close friend and former law partner who was the deputy White House counsel at the time he killed himself on July 20, 1993.

(snip)

The committee also focused today on Mr. Foster’s office trash. Members questioned Sylvia Mathews, a former White House aide, in laborious detail about what she had found in Mr. Foster’s garbage on the night he died. Other than a few routine documents, the garbage contained nothing that shed light on Mr. Foster’s thinking, said Ms. Mathews, who is now chief of staff at the Treasury Department.

Republicans on the committee found it significant, however, that Ms. Mathews had also managed to retrieve a special bag of garbage containing classified and sensitive papers that was usually destroyed by the Secret Service. The contents of that bag were never examined by anyone to see if Mr. Foster had left anything in it that might shed light on his state of mind.

Ms. Mathews said that she got the bag from the Secret Service and began looking briefly through it, when she discovered that it contained all of the classified garbage from the West Wing.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …

Medicare Drug Coverage saved in part by Whitewater’s Webb Hubbell

Anyone recall Webb Hubbell of Hillary Clinton’s early years at the Rose law firm? Many believed he played an important part in the Whitewater cover up. Interesting that yesterday I happened to post how HHS Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Dumpster-Dived Dead Vince Foster’s Trash.  Vince Foster, another player in the Whitewater cover up who came to an “untimely death.”

Looks like now we have Mr. Hubbell to thank in part for saving  Medicare’s s Part D Drug coverage of certain drugs. We knew that Medicare was going to be plundered for Obamacare. This was the first step. And at the hearing of Sylvia Burrell it was claimed:

The questioning was surprisingly soft. While some lawmakers quizzed her on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a federal agency created by the law to lower Medicare costs that some conservatives feared would be “death panels,” Burwell simply responded that it was her estimate that the board would never actually be activated. (This was the most absurd).

Please tell me what the heck taking away coverage of anti-rejection drugs leads to? Death. Period. Medicare already has cut home healthcare services. We know where that leads as well. A good story over at WND and good coverage of Hubbell’s early years.

WASHINGTON – One day after former Clinton administration official Webb Hubbell sounded off against a proposed Medicare rule change in a WND commentary, the Obama administration dropped plans to restrict access to antidepressant and antipsychotic medications, anti-rejection  and other classes of drugs as well.

“So my antennae naturally went up when an article appeared in the New York Times with the headline ‘Plan to Limit Some Drugs in Medicare Is Criticized.’ After reading the article and doing my research I came to the conclusion that HHS ‘has now gone to meddling.’”

Hubbell’s research shows the administration’s plan has to do with cost and reducing drug overuse. DHHS cites a 2008 actuarial study stating that the six protected classes accounted for 17 to 33 percent of drug spending.

“Apparently money trumps well-informed, accepted and successful medical care even if it undermines ‘a key protection for some of the sickest, most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries,’” he writes.

In a stunning reversal, the Department of Health and Human Services killed the proposal a day after the official comment period ended and a day before the House of Representatives was set to vote on a bill to block the change.

What concerned Hubbell, who served 21 months in prison in the 1990s after pleading guilty to federal charges of overbilling clients at the Rose Law Firm where he was partnered with Hillary Clinton and Vince Foster, was the DHHS plan to allow insurance companies to limit Medicare coverage for certain classes of drugs, including anti-rejection medications for transplant patients and medications to treat depression and schizophrenia in the elderly.

Hubbell said he was concerned personally about the idea because he is covered by Medicare, is a transplant survivor and takes anti-rejection medication every day.

After Hubbell resigned as the third ranking official in the U.S. Justice Department and before his indictment, he received legal consulting contracts for $450,000 from various clients including $100,000 from the Chinese-connected Indonesian Riady family and $62,755 from Revlon at the recommendation of Clinton confidant and political fixer Vernon Jordan. This became the focus of an investigation by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Starr found Hubbell “did little or no work for the money paid by his consulting clients,” but determined there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the money was intended to influence Hubbell’s cooperation with investigators in the Whitewater investigation.

Read more at WND if one wants a refresher on the corrupt Hillary Clinton.

Sebelius Exempts Health Exchanges from Anti-Fraud Standards

In an October 30 letter, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius revealed that the Obama administration has determined that programs created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not federal health care plans. This decision, which flies in the face of common sense, exempts the Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and state-based and federally facilitated Marketplaces from laws banning kickbacks and various forms of semi-legal fraud perpetrated by pharmaceutical companies and other interested parties. Why was this issue not raised at the hearing yesterday?

While the writer of the post I am quoting had the intentions to portray the Healthcare industry as – greedy and corrupt, the usual meme, the intention is missed entirely. The intention is to devastate Hospitals and physicians reimbursements. The Cleveland clinic has recently indicated it would not accept Obamacare patients and for good reason. They will lose money. The end game is bankruptcy forced on it by the regime.  No Hospital or physician’s group will be able to survive on the miniscule payments that will be negotiated. So it is Katy bar the door as our healthcare system becomes the wild west. Unregulated, lawless, and corrupt. Negotiating contracts and sending patients to those who could care less about the quality of service, just give them a few bucks. Drugs? Same thing. It’s pay to play on steroids the Chicago way. Our lives simply of little value. The end game? A Single Payer system that they so crave. They will implement the very evil they rail against. Here we go:

As the New York Times wrote November 4, “The surprise decision, disclosed last week, exempts subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs, stripping law enforcement of a powerful tool used to fight fraud in other health care programs, like Medicare.”

The Wall Street Journal pointed out that the anti-kickback rules “went into force in 1991 and broadly bar companies from making payments to beneficiaries or other firms to induce business paid for by Medicare and other federal programs. That could range from paying rebates to Medicare beneficiaries for buying specific drugs to paying physicians to refer their patients to a specific imaging facility.”

H/T and more at:Global Research

Sebelius looking for Hookah Smoking Machine

Something for a Saturday. Creative folks over at NIH. I wonder who came up with this idea? Glad to know our government has their eye out for whatever equipment can get the job done. Well, maybe I stretched the headline a bit. But it is NIH which is under her.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is interested  in buying a “Shisa smoke machine.”

“The purpose of this contract is Purchase of Shisha smoke machine and  LX1 cigarette smoke machine,” the NIH, a division of the Department of  Health and Human Services, said in a notice on Aug. 2.

The machine “replicates water-pipe smoking” and can trap nicotine,  tar and carbon monoxide to be analyzed to “to better understand exposure  to individuals,” the NIH said. The agency said the machine will allow them to monitor  individuals with a “larger puff range” than traditional smoke machines,  with exhales up to 8 seconds. – See more

More at CNS

Feds spend $402,721 on smoking detecting underwear

Oh brother, I mean big brother is here, or soon to be here. Just ask, why would the government need to develop such a thing? Just let your mind roll on that point. Anyone one want to bet that one of the Obamacare mandates will be for smokers to be hitched up to one of these gadgets?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded  more than $400,000 to a research project involving underwear that can  detect when a person smokes cigarettes.

“The modern methods of monitoring smoking, primarily you rely on  self-report,” said Dr. Edward Sazonov, an associate professor at the  University  of Alabama who is leading the project. “There are few  devices which actually allow a more computerized health report,” he told  CNSNews.com. We can’t have that can we??

PACT

The Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker, being developed with taxpayer money, aims to put a breathing sensor in conventional underwear and a “hand gesture” sensor in a bracelet to detect and record when a person smokes. (Photo from University of Alabama website)

The University of Alabama has received two grants totaling $402,721  for the project, which so far has produced a “very early prototype” of  the monitoring system, which — in its current state — fits like a  vest.

The Personal Automatic Cigarette Tracker (PACT for short) is intended to accurately measure when and how often  people smoke as well as how deeply they inhale. The real-time  information would be used to design strategies for smoking cessation.

“We are trying to eliminate the need for self-report from people  about how much they smoke, when they smoke, how many puffs they take  from the cigarette,” he said.

More at CNS

DOT and HHS conspire to ‘reduce’ driving

….but here we go. I guess we could say we knew this was coming. All of the LaHood’s previous statements would lead us to this. The mandate for those new Black Box requirement sure should have given us a heads up. But to put this together with DHS? They want us to “narrow our streets”?? Not one new road will be funded. Not one. Back in May, 2010 I posted: LaHood: “We are going to coerce people out of their cars”

On May 21, 2010 LaHood told reporters at the National Press Club that the “Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ his department had formed with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing—sometimes known as the “livability initiative”–was designed to “coerce” people out of their cars.

The moderator later asked: “Some conservative groups are wary of the livable communities program, saying it’s an example of government intrusion into people’s lives. How do you respond?”

“About everything we do around here is government intrusion in people’s lives,” said LaHood. “So have at it.” -(an honest man).

As we know, elections have consequences, the wish now comes true. Withholding funds to States until they come under the boot of our infamous leader. Here we go:

LaHood and Sebelius used the press conference to release a proposed set of actions their agencies and Congress can take to advance the health initiative. Congress could withhold federal transportation funds until states develop and implement aggressive vehicle miles traveled reduction goals and public engagement campaigns highlighting the health impacts of automobile use. State DOTs and legislatures could also levy a health excise fee on auto purchases to fund cycling, walking and transit infrastructure. As the nation’s largest insurer, HHS would revise underwriting standards to reflect the risks of high-mileage communities, and pair medical treatment with interventions to introduce customers and communities to non-auto transportation. Tax benefits for automobile parking would be rescinded, and the NHTSA would move immediately to require automakers to install ignition interlocks on all new vehicles.

Ignition interlocks? We are all going to have to breath into a machine before we can drive. Are you nuts? The cost of this? Use a treadmill for 30 minutes before the lock opens? Where does this end?

Standing side by side with many state DOT heads, US DOT Secretary Ray La Hood and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new public safety campaign to encourage less driving, lower speeds, and encourage more cycling and walking to meet the nation’s transportation needs.

“The use of motor vehicles, like smoking, heart disease and other public health threats, pose a grave risk to our children, friends and neighbors,” said Secretary Sebelius.

“For too long, the assumption has been that the negative impacts of auto travel are just the price we must pay for modern life”, said Secretary LaHood, “Well, no longer. It’s time to build a people-centered transportation system. We have the tools and policies to make change now, and we need to get to work.” LaHood urged DOTs and municipalities to begin immediately by reducing speed limits on residential streets, narrowing streets, and installing protected cycling facilities. LaHood also pointed to the benefits of the change, citing the continuing decline in vehicle travel nationwide. “Cities, counties and states no longer need to pour money into new infrastructure that will serve fewer and fewer drivers while their existing roads crumble. We’ll be doing our pocketbooks and the climate a favor while we reactivate our streets and improve public health”.

Secretarys LaHood and Sebelius tour a road ready to be retrofitted with a cycletrack

H/T: Streets.Mn and  News Alert

Catholic Dolan: Obama lied to me over HHS Mandate

Beside the obvious fact that Dolan was gassed by Obama over the new HHS mandate, we get a glimpse into the future and how what and when we will receive specific services under Obamacare. How many others make the trek to the Oval Office and get their “dispensations”? Which drug company, which drugs, which technology?  My hunch? Obama thought he could make a deal with Dolan to deliver the  Catholic votes. Apparently, Dolan does not play. He will not sell out his beliefs to the great one. That must be a schock. Someone not for sale? This of course, is pure speculation on my part.

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, head of the Archdiocese of New York, has now publicly criticized the Obama administration’s new HHS mandate. Specifically, he has stated that the President Obama betrayed a commitment made to him weeks ago in a personal meeting. CBS reports:

Dolan said he met with the president weeks ago in the Oval Office to talk about the law. Dolan said the president gave his promise the provision would go away, but it hasn’t. “It seems to be at odds with very sincere assurances that he gave me, that he wanted to continue to work with the church in these endeavors and views and projects he shared a passionate interest in, so I can’t figure it out,” Dolan said.

“When I left the Oval Office, where I was very grateful for his invitation to be there, I left with high hopes. That nothing his administration would do would impede the good work that he admitted and acknowledged in the church,” Dolan said. “And I’m afraid I don’t have those sentiments of hope now.

National Review

Sebelius: ‘If the Court strikes Obamacare down, we just keep going

Lots going on with Obamacare today. I looked for the clip, and what a surprise. It was cut out of the program. No wonder I could not find it. Clever guys our Obama folks. Our Dictator in chief will not stop with the Court, his minion says. It will be war indeed over healthcare, no matter who gets elected. See the Romney post below this one, for that pickle we are in.

“There are other ways to bring healthy people into the healthcare system if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate in President Obama’s healthcare law”, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview Monday.

Part of Sebelius’s appearance on “The Daily Show” did not make the televised broadcast and was posted online Tuesday morning.

Sebelius said she’s confident the Supreme Court will uphold the mandate, but that there are alternatives if it doesn’t.

“I think we keep going,” she said. “We find ways to encourage people to become enrolled and become insured. And the mandate’s the fastest way to do it, and it just says, basically, everybody’s got some responsibility. But there are other ways to encourage people to come in.” The Hill

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