Surgeon Proclaims Death Panels are Being Implemented?

December 30th, 2011
in econ_news

Econintersect: Mark Levin (pictured) hosts a nationally syndicated radio show originating from WABC New York.  On November 22, 2011 Mark took a brain-surgeon-fraud-Mark-Levinphone call from a listener who claimed to be neuro-surgeon.  The surgeon recounted a national professional society discussion of soon to be announced panels who would make potentially life or death decisions about major surgeries, including a general prohibition of some surguries for patients over age 70.  These panels, purported to be authorized by the Obama administration, were likened in the conversation to the 'Death Panels' made famous by Sarah Palin.

Follow up:

Click on the video link below to hear the conversation:


It appears that this phone call is a hoax.  The AANS (American Association of Neurological Surgeons) and the CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons) issued a joint press release on November 28, 2011:

Washington, DC – On November 22, 2011, an individual claiming to be a “brain surgeon” made several statements referencing neurosurgical care on a Mark Levin radio show segment.  The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) reviewed this segment and found that it contained several factual inaccuracies which we wish to clarify.

The AANS and CNS are unaware of any federal government document directing that advanced neurosurgery for patients over 70 years of age will not be indicated and only supportive care treatment will be provided.  Furthermore, in conducting our own due diligence, it appears that the caller who identified himself as a brain surgeon may not actually be a neurosurgeon, nor was there any session at the recent Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ scientific meeting in Washington, DC at which a purported government document calling for the rationing of neurosurgical care was discussed.

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.

If the above video is no longer available when you try to play it, the presumption should be that it has been removed from U-Tube.  However, more than a month after the AANS/CNS request for removal it was still available.

Note: Mark Levin has impressive credentials. From his website:

Mark Levin is one of America's preeminent conservative commentators and constitutional lawyers. He's in great demand as a political and legal commentator, and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs. Levin is also a contributing editor for National Review Online, and writes frequently for other publications. Levin has served as a top advisor to several members of President Ronald Reagan's Cabinet - including as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of the United States. In 2001, the American Conservative Union named Levin the recipient of the prestigious Ronald Reagan Award. He currently practices law in the private sector, heading up the prestigious Landmark Legal Foundation in Washington DC.

Sources: Mark Levin Website, Huffington Post and AANS Press Release

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  1. JGBellHimself says :

    What is also "interesting" is that way back at the turn of the last century, medical science conducted "tests" on human beings to find answers to medical questions that they did not know.

    Later, they began testing "dumb or dumber(?) animals" - which, of course, are/is very different.

    Today, however, when doctors like Levin know everything, that they want to know - and far more than the rest of U.S. ever will need or have the right to know - they no longer need to "test" - such things as theories and/or opinions.

    MOG, next thing will be "judges" - appearing on TV - rendering "opinions" that are not appealing or appealable.

    What is NOT addressed is The Question:

    Was this really a hoax?

    Or was this merely "staged" political "theater"?

    As a hoax, t'would be laughable.
    As political "theater", however...
    t'would be absolutely despicable.

    Is it even possible that this "neurosurgeon" was "operating" on our minds - assuming that "The Truth" was FULLY protected by - or is that from U.S. - the doctor/patient privilege?

  2. Admin (Member) Email says :

    JGB - - -

    It almost certainly has a political motivation, but could still be a hoax. The political theater is a hoax if the radio host was not in on it and becomes conspiracy, and possibly criminal, if he actively participated in it. There may be laws that say staged fakes of newsworthy events that are actually total fiction are illegal. These probably started following the Orson Wells "War of the Worlds" episode in 1939.

    Disclaimer: I haven't researched the background for the above speculations.

    John Lounsbury

  3. JGBellHimself says :

    In fact, John, many states have adopted election laws that say a "political piece" must be based upon known, provable facts; and that it is an election law violation if the candidate knowingly puts out fraudulent or intentionally inaccurate hit pieces.

    And, the PDC in WA has the ability to remove an elected candidate from serving in office for violating that law.

    As all presidential candidates must say "and I approved this message."



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