MUST LISTEN This needs to go viral. A brain surgeon called into the Mark Levin show. If you are over 70 years of age and you go to the ER and you are on government supported care, you will get comfort care instead of surgery. A government panel (a group of people that know absolutely nothing about medicine) will decide if you can have surgery and it has been decided that it will be denied if you are over 70. Patients will also be called "units" instead of "patients". Sarah Palin was correct — DEATH PANELS!
Origins: On 22 November 2011, a caller to the Mark Levin Show identified himself as a "brain surgeon" and said that he had just returned from a meeting in Washington, D.C., with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons where "we were reading over what the Obama health care plan would be for advanced neurosurgery for patients over 70." According to the caller, at that meeting he viewed a document issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which referred to patients over
In response, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) investigated the matter and determined that the caller was likely not a neurosurgeon and that the information he provided "contained several factual inaccuracies," issuing the following statement about the matter:
The AANS and CNS are unaware of any federal government document directing that advanced neurosurgery for patients over
Neurosurgeons are committed to providing timely, compassionate, and state of the art treatment for all patients — regardless of age — who have neurosurgical conditions. As such, we have requested that this podcast be removed from Mark Levin’s website as it portrays inaccurate information which could potentially be harmful to the patients that we serve.
Last updated: 10 January 2012
American Association of Neurological Surgeons. "For Immediate Release." 28 November 2011.