Obama orders hospitals to allow visitation rights to gay couples

posted at 9:19 pm on April 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

How can the president “force” American hospitals to alter their discrimination policies? The same way Bush “forced” some medical researchers to avoid embryonic stem cells: By issuing an executive order denying them federal funding if they don’t comply. The One’s order applies only to hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid (which is most hospitals, natch) and amounts to saying, “If you don’t do this, we can’t do business.” So, rest assured, they’ll follow orders.

President Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

The president ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation. The memo is scheduled to be made public Friday morning, according to an administration official and another source familiar with the White House decision…

“Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides whether in a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay,” Obama says in the memo.

Affected, he said, are “gay and lesbian American who are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives — unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated.”

It’s not just gays who are affected: Essentially, the ruling lets patients designate whoever they want as visitors irrespective of whether they’re family or not. I can’t imagine that this will provoke a huge backlash, even among gay marriage opponents — if compassion for suffering is good enough to justify picking up the tab for uninsured patients, it’s good enough to broaden visitation — but I’m curious why he did it now. Gays aren’t happy about the military’s foot-dragging on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” but Gates has already taken measures recently to hurry that along as best he can. If there’s a political angle to this, I’m not sure I see it.

I also don’t see why discrimination policy (or stem-cell policy, for that matter) should be set unilaterally by the president via funding protocols instead of by Congress, especially given The One’s increasing habit of bypassing the legislature to get things done. Granted, they can overrule him by passing a statute, but doing it this way protects Blue Dogs from a vote they may not want to take ahead of the midterms. To which I say: If you can’t handle the tough votes, don’t run.


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Gosh. Well, I know he has taken over all the car companies in the world, but when did he take over all the hospitals, too?

Warner Todd Huston on April 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Your Majesty, lord Obama.

Kjeil on April 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

curious, how many hospitals already do this? Obama is just throwing a bone.
The issue I have is this is another instance of abusing the executive order. He is not King, at least not yet.

Conservative Voice on April 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

I also don’t see why discrimination policy (or stem-cell policy, for that matter) should be set unilaterally by the president via funding protocols instead of by Congress

.
They’re just there for the free booze.

ronsfi on April 15, 2010 at 9:23 PM

By issuing an executive order denying them federal funding if they don’t comply.

So can we refuse to fund the feds if they don’t “comply” with the will of the people?

itsnotaboutme on April 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM

What about the pets?

Inanemergencydial on April 15, 2010 at 9:25 PM

So can we refuse to fund the feds if they don’t “comply” with the will of the people?

itsnotaboutme on April 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM

I’m into my second year.

thomasaur on April 15, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Uhm…this is really bizarre. He’s zig-zagging all over the place. Odd how he goes all gay when Michelle 0bama is out of town.

SouthernGent on April 15, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Executive Order: Frog March this SOB out of the Oval Office.

suzyk on April 15, 2010 at 9:25 PM

If a president can sign a binding order denying federal funding, why do GOP presidents claim we need the line-item veto?

flyfisher on April 15, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Essentially, the ruling lets patients designate whoever they want as visitors irrespective of whether they’re family or not.

That this was not already the case, is ridiculous. This was LONG overdue.

ernesto on April 15, 2010 at 9:26 PM

How many hospitals were giving people a hard time over this anyway? My guess is very few, if any. This is just a meaningless gesture to the gay community.

RadClown on April 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM

That this was not already the case, is ridiculous. This was LONG overdue.

ernesto on April 15, 2010 at 9:26 PM

WTF! I agree with ernesto.

thomasaur on April 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM

what a nice man

happyfeet on April 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM

King William.
King George.
King Barry.

portlandon on April 15, 2010 at 9:29 PM

So why didn’t he do this earlier? I feel like he holds onto these easy, please the base measures for when his approval ratings get too low for comfort, or when he needs an energized base for some other reason. (Meanwhile, if you’re waiting for the help only he can provide, just keep waiting.)

Look forward to a bunch of these in late October.

David Shane on April 15, 2010 at 9:29 PM

This is how the feds control everything: They take your money, & they offer to send part of it back if you do what they say. Hospitals, states, cities, businesses, charities, universities, all subject to the whims of Washington, DC.

itsnotaboutme on April 15, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Definite posturing on a day when most reasonable minds are tuned into how the government is screwing them. He’s doing all he can to create news to distract people.

Diane on April 15, 2010 at 9:30 PM

With this one stroke of the pen he has created thousands of jobs, jobs, jobs…./

d1carter on April 15, 2010 at 9:30 PM

“Every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides whether in a sudden medical emergency or a prolonged hospital stay,” Obama says in the memo.

And we all know the President would never consider exaggerating in order to set up a strawman.

malclave on April 15, 2010 at 9:30 PM

WTF! I agree with ernesto.

thomasaur on April 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Hell has officially frozen over

ernesto on April 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I think most hospitals already do this, but if they didn’t, then like ernesto said…it’s overdue. People should be allowed to see their loved ones in the hospital, regardless of the nature of that relationship.

Slublog on April 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Ex Cathedra.

spmat on April 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

He opposes gay marriage. Except when he’s opposing legislation to ban gay marriage.

He’s all for gun rights. Except when he’s voting to strip people of gun rights.

He’s all for tax cuts. Except when he’s voting for or signing legislation that increases taxes.

amerpundit on April 15, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Well hell, I agree with Ernesto too.

bazil9 on April 15, 2010 at 9:32 PM

People should be allowed to see their loved ones in the hospital, regardless of the nature of that relationship.

Slublog on April 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM

And why do hospitals discriminate based on legal familial relationship?

spmat on April 15, 2010 at 9:32 PM

This is like the luggage thing isn’t it? This is stuff I was hearing in the 80′s and can’t a person grant a power of attorney to whoever they want? This is just weird.

Cindy Munford on April 15, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Yeah. Because every hospital had their gaydar running at high alert up to make sure nobody got to see their loved ones. This just in… Nobody cares.

Stop grievance mongering.

tetriskid on April 15, 2010 at 9:33 PM

hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors

Dear Mr. Pwesident, having worked in hospitals since 1984, it’s not the hospitals who deny non-family visits by gays and lesbians, it’s the family.

Marcus on April 15, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Hmmm anything to avoid having to deal with the job situation eh Barry?

CWforFreedom on April 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Hospitals already do this. This is already a non-issue.

tetriskid on April 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Essentially, the ruling lets patients designate whoever they want as visitors irrespective of whether they’re family or not.

That this was not already the case, is ridiculous. This was LONG overdue.

ernesto on April 15, 2010 at 9:26 PM

I suspect the case tends to be more along the lines of unresponsive patients who have not prepared powers of attorney for situations like this, and whose relatives (who would then have legal authority to make decisions, as I understand it) do not accept the partner.

malclave on April 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Obama-commie is a command and control freak. A two-bit tin pot wanna bee,.

tarpon on April 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Hospitals already do this. This is already a non-issue.

tetriskid on April 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Perfect for our non-president.

Inanemergencydial on April 15, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Doesn’t matter. In a few more years the only hospitals still open will be government run.

Skandia Recluse on April 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM

So, if anything goes wrong, it’s Obama’s fault, ~directly?

If the MSM only knew!

(Anything.)

profitsbeard on April 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM

How many hospitals were giving people a hard time over this anyway? My guess is very few, if any. This is just a meaningless gesture to the gay community.

RadClown on April 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Meaningless gesture for the win. But I’m betting threatening to deny funding authorized by Congress based on some personal well-intended goal exceeds the authority of the presidency. Because if the president has the authority to unilaterally deny funding, then Congress no longer has exclusive power of the purse.

didymus on April 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Herr Hugo Hussain

macncheez on April 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

How many hospitals were giving people a hard time over this anyway? My guess is very few, if any. This is just a meaningless gesture to the gay community.

RadClown on April 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM

My guess is zero.

I would like to know the name of one hospital in the nation that prohibits gay partners from visiting.

Obama is a lying piece of filth.
Really.

justltl on April 15, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Wait a tic,is the ASK and don’t Tell order in affect,
oh crap,thats the Military,never mind!:)

canopfor on April 15, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Seems reasonable to me. I don’t get the anti gay stuff.

therightwinger on April 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM

I think most hospitals now have a patient sign an advanced directive as part of admissions. The patient can designate the one he wants to make all the decisions if the patient is not able. This doesn’t have to be a family member. So one assumes this designated person would also be allowed to visit.

If it’s an emergency, anyone can have an advanced directive done ahead of time for any unexpected admissions.

Wethal on April 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM

He has no freaking clue. Patients can designate who they want. Medical PoA forms are available in hospitals already. Where the chaos will happen is when the pt. hasn\’t designated anyone. Current law indicates decisions are made by legal next of kin. If decades of law say \”talk to parents/kids,\” and Obama\’s order says \”talk to the person stating they are the partner,\” what\’s the hospital supposed to go with?

cs89 on April 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Good lord,I think a Super-Computer should be
programmed to keep up with Hopeys nano-second
decision making of Never-Ending Changes at
Liberal LightSpeed!!

Jus sayin!!

canopfor on April 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

BTW, how is Medicare or Medicaid classified as “federal funding?” It’s payment for services! If the government refused to pay a hospital for services rendered, the hospital should be able to sue the government for payment.

In fact, if the government refuses to pay for a Medicare patient’s services, guess what that means? The patient is now responsible to pay! So all the government has done at that point is to deny funding to the gay patients they claim are being discriminated against.

What a bizarre bit of demagoguery! In fact, it looks like Ed has tomorrow’s Obamateurism now!

didymus on April 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Not sure where this was being done. Wife is a 31 year RN. She’s worked most areas of hospital and hospice. She says she’s never seen visitation of medical power of attorney denied for gays or anyone else.

TugboatPhil on April 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Is this really a problem anywhere?

Bob's Kid on April 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM

So,like Prisons,when do the ‘Comfort Rooms’ get allocated!!

Jus sayin!!!

canopfor on April 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Trying to redirect tomorrow’s news cycle away from the Tea Parties so the MSM will gush over Obama’s order instead?

We should keep an eye on what he (or the Dems in Congress) are up to that isn’t getting much attention (yet). This could be an intentional distraction.

Wethal on April 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Meaningless gesture for the win. But I’m betting threatening to deny funding authorized by Congress based on some personal well-intended goal exceeds the authority of the presidency. Because if the president has the authority to unilaterally deny funding, then Congress no longer has exclusive power of the purse.

didymus on April 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

That’s the point I was getting at above with my comment about the line item veto. I don’t think Obama has this authority, nor should he. The Supreme Court overturned the line item veto in Clinton v. City of New York, the case Rudy Guiliani filed. The Supreme Court determined the line item was unconstitutional because it gave POTUS unilateral power to repeal law. The determined it was a violation of the Presentment Clause, which sets out how bills become law. If Obama can do this, he is essentially overturning U.S. law in the same way Clinton was able to with the line item veto.

If Obama can do this, what prevents him from denying Pell Grants to students who attend Christian colleges that disallow homosexual relationships on campus?

flyfisher on April 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Is this really an issue? I have been in the hospital several times to have children and never once was questioned, or were my guests questioned, about their sexuality, family relation, or any other issues. My brother is currently in the ICU and again, I never saw one guest questioned about their sexual orientation, family relation, or any other issues. I also didn’t see them really care about the time of the visits other than during meal times or when the doc was visiting. Oh, and we were both in Christian hospitals. Go figure.

truetexan on April 15, 2010 at 9:48 PM

What federal funds is he denying? Medicare? Medicaid is state based isn’t it? The only thing I can say about this is **SQUIRREL!!!!!**

Cindy Munford on April 15, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Obama orders hospitals to allow visitation rights to gay couples

They already do this…

… what’s the big deal.

Oh, I forgot, Obowma included Animal Hospitals…

“Just try to relax, big fella, this won’t hurt a bit…”

Seven Percent Solution on April 15, 2010 at 9:48 PM

He’s gambling no hospital will challenge his authority to do this?

Perhaps setting up precedents to have executive orders be effectively line-item vetoes? Depending on what it addresses, there may be some orders that would be challenged.

Wethal on April 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM

truetexan on April 15, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Prayers and best wishes for your brother.

Cindy Munford on April 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I was always curious; what is the reason visitation was limited to family in the first place?

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM

My brother died of AIDS in a hospital down in the Dallas area in 1993. We never even CONSIDERED not allowing his partner full access to my brother while he was there for 6 weeks before that disease took his life. In fact the hospital even allowed his partner to sneak my brother’s beloved cats up into the room for petting sessions during his last week of life. I don’t think this is any big deal. I would bet most families of gay individuals have also taken the compassionate, proper road like we did as a family. My brother’s partner wasn’t even in my brother’s will but we gave him most of my brother’s stuff and a large portion of the life insurance funds. That wasn’t even required. We don’t need the president of the united states telling us how to behave as a family and how to make the humane, compassionate, proper choices during these challenges that all families face in one form or fashion.

karenhasfreedom on April 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM

The same way Bush “forced” some medical researchers to avoid embryonic stem cells: By issuing an executive order denying them federal funding if they don’t comply.

Oh, and this doesn’t sound right to me. My understanding is that Bush stopped federal funding for research on new lines of embryonic stem cells, but that he did not deny other funding to organizations pursuing such research. Am I incorrect in this?

Obama’s memo seems to state that if someone claims to be the partner of a patient, that person should be given access to the patient. And if not, they’ll withhold payment for treatment for all the Medicare patients that hospital is treating, not just the patient impacted.

malclave on April 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Obama also demanded that surgeons use sterile techniques and that heart attack victims be allowed to be treated in emergency rooms.

This is absurd posturing. This is what passes for Presidential from this gas bag.

Tomorrow he will speak in favor of puppies and apple pie.

On cue we’ll eventually be treated to some strange human interest story in which one gay couple makes a charge against a hospital and from this it will be extrapolated that this was a common occurance. An epidemic of sorts….of hate and bigotry…which has absolutely no place in society….let alone in a hospital when people are most vulnerable.

R Square on April 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM

What hospital doesn’t allow gay partners visitation? He’s blowing smoke out his big ears.

kmarie on April 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Will some one please tell me were does he get the authority to do this?I mean if it,s a federal hospital like the VA that,s one thing but all medical hospitals are not run by the federal gov.

thmcbb on April 15, 2010 at 9:52 PM

There’s actually hospitals out there that refuse someone “non-family” to come to the bedside of a patient?

Further, last I checked, a patient can grant power of attorney to anyone. Why is that the hospital business? Isn’t it the business of the family?

This story is weird.

visions on April 15, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Good. This was long overdue.

Stop grievance mongering.

tetriskid on April 15, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Learn some facts you inhumane chump.

The Race Card on April 15, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Essentially, the ruling lets patients designate whoever they want as visitors irrespective of whether they’re family or not.

Don’t most hospitals do that already unless someone tried to designated a whole gaggle.

MB4 on April 15, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Quick! Watch what I’m doing with my left hand! See it, see it!?! Whatever you do don’t think about taxes!

What a friggin non-issue. Today we should pound the hell out of our self-appointed slave masters over their confiscation of our wealth and freedom. This is just a distraction. Don’t let the leftists control the narrative!

Wine_N_Dine on April 15, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Since when does any hospital deny a patient’s request for a visitor?

katy the mean old lady on April 15, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Land of the free ruled and home of the brave presidential wuss.

Daggett on April 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM

This is how it works: Get hooked on the federal $-dope, and you have to do what the pusher says.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 15, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Cindy Munford on April 15, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Thanks Cindy!

He made a comment when i was checking him in with a severe headache at the emergency room at a regional hospital connected to the one he was born in…”I have a right to be admitted here. I was born at this hospital. They should take great care of me!” I replied, “You have as much right to be admitted here as you do to Obamacare on my dime.” He laughed so hard his head started hurting worse at my sarcasm.

Gotta find the laughter somewhere!

truetexan on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I was always curious; what is the reason visitation was limited to family in the first place?

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM

It never was.

katy the mean old lady on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Your Majesty, lord Obama.

Kjeil on April 15, 2010 at 9:21 PM

That’s the part of this I don’t like. We are a nation of laws.

And BTW, in the case where the patient is incapacitated, a “pin number” may not be given out to whoever the patient wants, as said patient is non compos mentis. At this point, many hospitals “go by the book”, and can limit visitors to next of kin.

toliver on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

The Race Card on April 15, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Ha! Really? Obama isn’t going to do a thing about DADT.

Hospitals aren’t asking visitors if they are gay.

Have you ever even visited somebody in the hospital?

This is a meaningless gesture that will help nobody. Nurses were not sitting there doing checks on people.

tetriskid on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

That’s the point I was getting at above with my comment about the line item veto. I don’t think Obama has this authority, nor should he. The Supreme Court overturned the line item veto in Clinton v. City of New York, the case Rudy Guiliani filed. The Supreme Court determined the line item was unconstitutional because it gave POTUS unilateral power to repeal law. The determined it was a violation of the Presentment Clause, which sets out how bills become law. If Obama can do this, he is essentially overturning U.S. law in the same way Clinton was able to with the line item veto.

If Obama can do this, what prevents him from denying Pell Grants to students who attend Christian colleges that disallow homosexual relationships on campus?

flyfisher on April 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

I think you’re exactly right, except that, technically, Medicare payments to hospitals is not federal funding. It’s basically government health insurance extended to patients, not to hospitals.

I don’t think Obama has any power at all to prohibit Medicare payments to hospitals, and if he does, then he has basically put the patients on the hook for what the government refuses to pay.

Oops!

didymus on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

It never was.

katy the mean old lady on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

See my post above.

toliver on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Wow, lots of uninformed comments.

Again:


And BTW, in the case where the patient is incapacitated, a “pin number” may not be given out to whoever the patient wants, as said patient is non compos mentis. At this point, many hospitals “go by the book”, and can limit visitors to next of kin.

toliver on April 15, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I think most hospitals now have a patient sign an advanced directive as part of admissions. The patient can designate the one he wants to make all the decisions if the patient is not able. This doesn’t have to be a family member. So one assumes this designated person would also be allowed to visit.

If it’s an emergency, anyone can have an advanced directive done ahead of time for any unexpected admissions.

Wethal on April 15, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Exactly. Putting this near the top of the list as a meaningless gesture.

Deanna on April 15, 2010 at 10:00 PM

He can only do this if Congress has put in the statutory authority for him to do it. That authority cannot be assumed, and even a President as Head of the Government must abide by the statutory language in his administration of the government.

It is a minor point, but one that needs pointing out in case he is trying to set a precedent that he has powers not delegated by Congress under statute.

ajacksonian on April 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

BTW, how is Medicare or Medicaid classified as “federal funding?” It’s payment for services! If the government refused to pay a hospital for services rendered, the hospital should be able to sue the government for payment.

In fact, if the government refuses to pay for a Medicare patient’s services, guess what that means? The patient is now responsible to pay! So all the government has done at that point is to deny funding to the gay patients they claim are being discriminated against.

What a bizarre bit of demagoguery! In fact, it looks like Ed has tomorrow’s Obamateurism now!

didymus on April 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM

It isn’t the visiting that’s important – it’s the medical power of attorney. First, powers-of-attorney are state functions and the feds cannot compel a hospital to violate state law. Second, how does anybody know whether a person is “gay” or not? The only people who benefit from this are trial attorneys (like John Edwards).

This is meaningless, which I wish could be said about everything else the Indonesian Imbecile does. Sadly, most of what he’s doing is as real and as beneficial as a heart attack.

platypus on April 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Some hospitals do bar non-relatives – even if they are a gay partner or someone that the patient wishes to have with them. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

So – although I may be theoretically against this sort of “presidential fiat” – I applaud this particular act of kindness. Those who are unable to be with their partner when they are seriously ill – or dying – should not have to face such a situation.

pbundy on April 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Hospitals have been doing this for years now. Those working in health care know this. What the heck is he trying to full here??

DinobotPrime on April 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM

It is a minor point, but one that needs pointing out in case he is trying to set a precedent that he has powers not delegated by Congress under statute.

ajacksonian on April 15, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

Wethal on April 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Didn’t we just spend a year and a half on comprehensive health care reform.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on April 15, 2010 at 10:03 PM

karenhasfreedom on April 15, 2010 at 9:50 PM

So sorry for your loss. Two of my best friends each lost a loved one to AIDS. They were both such amazing men and it was a great loss for all of us who knew them. Their families did what your family chose to do and taught so many of us how to love unconditionally in the process.

truetexan on April 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM

FINALLY, Obama is enforcing someone’s property rights.

Unfortunately, this only applies to him personally, and his hospitals, automobile companies, banks, etc., etc…

But the important thing is that the line has been drawn.

logis on April 15, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Is this really a problem anywhere?

Bob’s Kid on April 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM

If there wasn’t already a problem, Barry will make sure there is one.

MB4 on April 15, 2010 at 10:07 PM

The same way Bush “forced” some medical researchers to avoid embryonic stem cells: By issuing an executive order denying them federal funding if they don’t comply.

I agree with malclave above. By my recollection this is incorrect. I did a few minutes of research and the only references I could find were for a cut-off of federal funds for certain embryonic stem cell research, not a cut-off of funds to any institution that performed stem cell research. That is a big difference.

jl on April 15, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Same goes for my dog or cat. Umconditional luv from my dog.

seven on April 15, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Now that Emperor Obama has solved this problem he will issue an executive order tomorrow making it illegal for the Earth to stop orbiting the Sun.

MB4 on April 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

big hooey, go see the fella in the hospital and watch the results of the death panel do its work. it’ll be a lesson for all.

ted c on April 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Katy the mean ol lady- you on FB?

bazil9 on April 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

It is meaningless- but if he is willing to use Medicare/Medicaid to force hospitals to do something, where does he draw the line.
Let’s say he wants them to follow certain best practices, or change compensation structure.
What stops him from using Medicare/Medicaid/Insurance in Exchanges from making hospitals do what he wants?
This is a signal to them, I think.

MayBee on April 15, 2010 at 10:10 PM

next up…. conjugal visits?

ted c on April 15, 2010 at 10:10 PM

That’s the part of this I don’t like. We are a nation of laws.

And BTW, in the case where the patient is incapacitated, a “pin number” may not be given out to whoever the patient wants, as said patient is non compos mentis. At this point, many hospitals “go by the book”, and can limit visitors to next of kin.

toliver on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

And they do a DNA test on the spot.
What “pin number” are you talking about? Do you really rhink anyone would give a bank PIN to a hospital? Those who should have it already do.It’s called “being prepared”.

katy the mean old lady on April 15, 2010 at 10:10 PM

So I can say I am gay,which I am not, to gain access to comatose folks in the hospital?…thanks Obama!

Inanemergencydial on April 15, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Obama on Thursday signed a memorandum requiring hospitals to allow gays and lesbians to have non-family visitors and to grant their partners medical power of attorney.

Does this mean the Hippa law no longer applies?

Is this only for gays/lesbians, or can I have non-family visitors and -most important- as a married woman, will the federal government direct the hospitals to grant medical power of attorney to my secret lover?? ;)

TN Mom on April 15, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Unconditional luve from dog. What next My salmonell infected pet snake?

seven on April 15, 2010 at 10:11 PM

truetexan on April 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I am a strong proponent of laughter and hopefully soon it won’t hurt to do it.

Cindy Munford on April 15, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Katy the mean ol lady- you on FB?

bazil9 on April 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Yup,check our hot air regulars..

katy the mean old lady on April 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM

I am just waiting for the orders from Fuhrer Obama to withhold payment if they do not do mandatory population controlled abortions.

tjexcite on April 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Now that Emperor Obama has solved this problem he will issue an executive order tomorrow making it illegal for the Earth to stop orbiting the Sun.

MB4 on April 15, 2010 at 10:09 PM

So he’s at least smart enough to recognize what King Canute did wrong. At this rate, he’ll be qualified to be president in about 1500 years.

platypus on April 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM

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