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Dr. Ben Carson joins FNC’s Neil Cavuto to weigh in with his take on Nancy Pelosi’s continued denial to refer to ACA as Obamacare.
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Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill

Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill

It has been said that how a society treats its least well-off members speaks volumes about its humanity. If so, our treatment of the mentally ill suggests that American society is inhumane: swinging between overintervention and utter neglect, we sometimes force extreme treatments on those who do not want them, and at other times discharge mentally ill patients who do want treatment without providing adequate resources for their care in the community.

Focusing on overinterventionist approaches, Refusing Care explores when, if ever, the mentally ill should be treated against their will. Basing her analysis on case and empirical studies, Elyn R. Saks explores dilemmas raised by forced treatment in three contexts—civil commitment (forced hospitalization for noncriminals), medication, and seclusion and restraints. Saks argues that the best way to solve each of these dilemmas is, paradoxically, to be both more protective of individual autonomy and more paternalistic than current law calls for. For instance, while Saks advocates relaxing the standards for first commitment after a psychotic episode, she also would prohibit extreme mechanical restraints (such as tying someone spread-eagled to a bed). Finally, because of the often extreme prejudice against the mentally ill in American society, Saks proposes standards that, as much as possible, should apply equally to non-mentally ill and mentally ill people alike.

Mental health professionals, lawyers, disability rights activists, and anyone who wants to learn more about the way the mentally ill are treated—and ought to be treated—in the United States should read Refusing Care.

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White House Gives GOP Brush-Off Over Health Care- Lawmakers Refusing to Play Ball With Budget Bill
President Obama once promised that negotiations over his health care overhaul would be carried out openly, in front of TV cameras and microphones. Tell that to the White House now.
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Tester revs up crowd at Democratic event
MATT GOURAS Associated Press HELENA, Mont. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester took the offensive Saturday night on health care and other issues as he prepares to face one of the best known Republicans in the state, arguing that U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg is cavalierly aiming to take health insurance from others while taxpayers pay for the congressman’s benefits. Tester revved up the crowd of 500 at the state …
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In a defiant last stand against a newly passed health care overhaul, opponents are trying everything they can to stop it from becoming the law of the land.

Republicans in the Senate are planning parliamentary maneuvers to keep a companion bill from reaching the president’s desk. And lawmakers in at least 30 states are working to prevent what they say is an unconstitutional mandate forcing Americans to have health insurance.

Experts say none of it is likely to work, but it will keep the issue, and the outrage, alive until Election Day.

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