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Obamacare Takes a Life
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/1/2014 5:20:41 PM

Yesterday the Obama Administration boasted that six million people had signed up for Obamacare. There was not a word about Frank Alfisi. Frank Alfisi was killed by Obamacare. His daughter, Amy DiFrancesca, is furious. And yes, she quite specifically blames the President of the United States for her father’s death. As did the doctor who told Amy: “You can thank Mr. Obama for this.” Before we get to the specifics of how Frank Alfisi died, let’s begin with the who of this story. Mr. Alfisi was not a statistic. He wasn’t a guinea pig or a lab rat. Frank Alfisi was a real person.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 4/1/2014 5:35:48 PM     (No. 9793562)

Harry Reid, care to comment? Is she a liar?

/contempt off/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 4/1/2014 5:39:21 PM     (No. 9793569)

sue for one TRILLION dollars..
keep 5 million.. give 2 million to each juror.. give the rest to TAX PAYERS - pro rata..

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Amicus Veritatis, 4/1/2014 5:42:44 PM     (No. 9793571)

Wow. So horrible. The doctors should revolt and do as they know to they should. Again, I never cease to be amazed at how totally wrong the leftists are. This is criminally inhumane. Just, wow.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/1/2014 5:44:47 PM     (No. 9793573)

Many Americans are dying because medicaid, Obamacare, medicare does not pay. The medical system fraudulently drains the funds that these programs pay, regardless of need, then there are no funds for those that need the care. Obamacare has also made it illegal to pay for your own care. Politicians have made a big mess.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Jalo1951, 4/1/2014 5:53:09 PM     (No. 9793581)

This is only the beginning. Her father was no longer "contributing" therefore he lost his right to exist. Obama himself said these people did not need treatment. Just shove some pain pills down their throat. I believe it was Grayson-D from Florida who said republicans just wanted you to die and die quickly. He is right on the death part but wrong on the party. Most Obamacare card carriers will never see one dime. With the premiums so high and deductibles being astronomical they will be paying thousands out of pocket without ever seeing any benefits. And now the dems are raping Medicare Advantage. The older you are the more at risk you are to receive nominal care.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Tianne, 4/1/2014 5:53:50 PM     (No. 9793584)

Heartbreaking and white-hot infuriating.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Shmowry1, 4/1/2014 6:05:09 PM     (No. 9793592)

I just have one question for franks fam members. Who did you vote for? Think on it. It´s not an easy question to ask in this case, but it´s one that deserves an answer.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mabel normand, 4/1/2014 6:33:48 PM     (No. 9793622)

#7 You´re coming very close to saying he got what he deserved for voting the wrong way.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: ArthurDent, 4/1/2014 6:48:14 PM     (No. 9793625)

No, #8, I think #7 is saying that he may have got what he voted for, two different things.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 4/1/2014 6:53:43 PM     (No. 9793630)

So much for "there are no death panels" I am afraid that no death panel can get you dead from an ingrown toe nail, but in the case of Mr. Alfisi there are built in death traps that will get you just as dead. So many of the Senior citizens of our country are no doubt looking at the same possibility, unless we find a way to stop this travesty.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: happywarrior, 4/1/2014 6:54:08 PM     (No. 9793633)

I´m quite sure Dr. Ezekiel Mengele designed the law for precisely this kind of outcome and he would tout this as an Obamacare success story.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 4/1/2014 6:54:42 PM     (No. 9793635)

I have a question: WHY didn´t the doctor(s)
violate the rule and give him dialysis?
They knew what his outcome would be if the treatment was delayed any further.
Doctors are going to have to do some soul searching, they took an oath to Do NO Harm.
Are they there to help the people or be robots moving to rules and regs?
We are going to have to find our own ways from here on in, until Obamacare is repealed.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Cavallodifiero, 4/1/2014 7:23:51 PM     (No. 9793670)

#7´s answer is not an easy one to post, and I don´t think it has anything to do with that particular family and what might be deserved or not, no one would be that callous, I think it is a warning about who we trust or put in office. Perhaps not good timing but a truth that needs looking at.

Glad I couldn´t find a way I thought that question should be asked, or I would be the recipient of the inquiries.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Daylily, 4/1/2014 7:50:17 PM     (No. 9793698)

I wept after reading this article; it´s hard to believe that this is happening in my beloved country. But I know it is, having experienced it in a much smaller way. My cardiologist wanted me to stay overnight in hospital after a surgical procedure, his decision being based on my medical history; Medicare said they would not pay for it, this being determined by a panel of licensed healthcare professionals (death panel?). My hospital is challenging this at this time.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: fotomom557, 4/1/2014 7:50:31 PM     (No. 9793700)

I run an Observation unit at my hospital. You treat the patient and not the regulation. You admit the patient to Observation status and if the patient is not better after dialysis you look to see if there is a reason to convert the patient to a full admission. If the patient is better then you d/c the patient home.

The fault lies at the feet of the MD and the organization and not CMS ... (at least this time).

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mommasue, 4/1/2014 8:11:08 PM     (No. 9793715)

In February my 93 year old mother needed to go to the hospital. The nurses were concerned how she would get back to her residence if they did not admit her. They managed to find her oxygen level was at 70% so she could be admitted. She died February 25 but not because of this incident. What I wish to express is she could have paid for extra nights if it would keep her safe. She had money, she could have private pay. No one thought to ask us and we didn´t think to request this. Is it legal to go around the gov´t guidelines and private pay?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Pros7767, 4/1/2014 8:20:29 PM     (No. 9793724)

He is one of many more to come. The doctors owe their patients more than this, Obamacare be damned.

My sympathies to the family for watching him suffer such a horrific death at the hands of government administrators.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: pbk@nyc, 4/1/2014 9:00:02 PM     (No. 9793758)

The doctors were negligent, they have a paramount and fiduciary responsibility to tend to the needs of a patient. After all, its a well documented fact,that the poor and the destitute are administered care even if they have been unable to pay for it. A doctor cannot stand idly by and watch another human being wither away in pain. Their costs will be law suits which will be paid for in their time and higher insurance costs.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MDConservative, 4/1/2014 9:32:46 PM     (No. 9793778)

#5 has this exactly right. Democrat Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm made it clear: "You´ve got a duty to die and get out of the way. Let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life." (March 28, 1984) The great misconception about Obamacare is that this bit of government tyranny will pay all the bills without the insurance company hassle. No, no hassle...no hassle at all.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/2/2014 4:42:32 AM     (No. 9793982)

The doctors bear some responsibility in this. They did not give the man the treatment he needed because Medicare wouldn´t pay for it. They and the hospital were so craven, they let someone´s condition worsen unto death rather than eat the bill.

And, if they were worried that Medicare´s rules could hurt the hospital in the future, does not the hospital administration have a plan to treat patients that the rules are killing? Or are they just going to stand around and say, sorry, the Death Panel won´t let us treat you? Or perhaps to bring a grievance against Medicare, in the court of public opinion? With their senators, Schumer and Gillibrand, and their Congressman, Peter King?

This whole incident having taken place in Nassau County, one of the wealthiest, and in past years, most powerful strongholds of the Republican Party in the United States, is completely disgusting.

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