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Health/Medicine (Bloggers & Personal)

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  • Tale of Two Commencements

    05/09/2012 10:40:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 8, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Georgetown, a Jesuit university which refuses to provide contraceptive coverage in accordance with its catholic designation, is inviting as a speaker the federal official who is most determined to make them do so—U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “Secretary Sebelius is not speaking at Georgetown’s commencement,” Georgetown spokesman Rachel Pugh said in an email to The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS). “She is speaking at Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s annual student and faculty awards event.” “The nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has chosen to honor Sebelius by granting her a prestigious platform at its Public Policy...
  • The campaign is underway. What do you think Obama’s bragging about? Obamacare? Not exactly…

    05/07/2012 4:33:06 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 7 replies
    In case you missed it, the presidential campaign is underway. How do we know? That’s a good point, actually, because the incumbent has been campaigning non-stop ever since his last campaign ended. But TV ads are rolling out, so this must indicate a new phase, at least, if not the starting point. What, you may ask, is President Barack Obama pointing to as his great accomplishment? First, ask yourself . . .
  • Union Ignores Reality In Complaints About Health Care Cost Increases

    05/07/2012 1:03:18 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2012 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the state’s largest public school union pointed out in a recent newspaper article that a teacher will soon be paying $8,000 a year for his or her own insurance. Yet the union itself is a major reason the teacher is facing higher out-of-pocket expenses, says one education expert. Insurance coverage is negotiated in union contracts and some districts are switching out of the more expensive union-backed Michigan Education Special Services Association plan to plans with less costly coverage — and saving their employees money. In a recent Detroit News op-ed, MEA President Steven Cook said that a...
  • Vanity: Anybody have an inside look at EPIC in Madison WI?

    05/06/2012 8:50:24 PM PDT · by HiTech RedNeck · 23 replies
    Self | 05/06/12 | HiTech RedNeck
    Hello fellow FReepers, Like a lot of folks I'm looking for a job and battling this tough market. I can competently wear either or both of two major hats, either as system administrator or computer programmer. I've had my resume out on Dice for several months, which has resulted in lots of nibbles, maybe about three a week, a mix of contract and permanent jobs that recruiters have asked me to submit my resume to. But virtually nothing has gotten to an interview... that is until this month. Now stuff has started to hop. The recruiters sound more interested and...
  • Pelosi Calls for End to Raids on Marijuana Producers and Distributors

    05/05/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Taking an uncharacteristic stand in favor of “states’ rights,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) beseeched President Obama to put an end to federal efforts to impede the production, distribution, and use of marijuana in states where it is legal. “I know how important it is to the President to establish the absolute supremacy of the federal government in all matters,” Pelosi conceded. “I share that goal. Nevertheless, we can’t allow ourselves to lose sight of the fact that marijuana users are a prime constituency of the Democratic Party. So, while I’d normally say ‘screw states’ rights,’ in this case...
  • President Warns Court on Obamacare Ruling

    05/05/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama sought to ward off the possibility of the US Supreme Court invalidating his signature health care legislation by promising “severe consequences will ensue should they make that mistake.” One of the “severe consequences” the President said he is contemplating is “to wreak havoc on the elderly by disrupting Medicare in a way that will torment this vulnerable segment of the population.” On a more personal level. Obama threatened to diminish the status of the sitting Justices by appointing additional members to the Court. “The Constitution doesn’t say there should by nine judges on the Supreme Court,” Obama...
  • Health Care Providers Make A Killing In Medicare Fraud Racket

    05/04/2012 1:36:16 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/04/12 | Friends of Ours
    The big rackets these days aren't limited to gambling and drugs, and the major players in the underworld aren't just the Italian Mafia and drug cartels. A new breed of criminal masterminds is healthcare providers who are using their medical offices to make a killing by submitting fraudulent claims through the Medicare system. Earlier this week the feds busted 107 individuals, including dozens of doctors, nurses and social workers, in seven cities across the nation for allegedly bilking Medicare of $452 million through false billings as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times. The estimates for billing...
  • WHY CONGRESS MAY LAWFULLY REQUIRE CITIZENS TO BUY GUNS AND AMMUNITION

    05/03/2012 5:49:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    http://publiushuldah.wordpress.com/ ^ | 17 April 2012 | Publius Huldah
    Harvard Law School was embarrassed recently when one of its graduates, the putative President of the United States, demonstrated that he was unaware that the supreme Court has constitutional authority to declare an act of Congress unconstitutional.[1] And after reading a recent paper by Harvard law professor Einer Elhauge, one wonders whether the academic standards (or is it the moral standards?) of that once great school have collapsed. Professor Elhauge says in “If Health Insurance Mandates Are Unconstitutional, Why Did the Founding Fathers Back Them?” (The New Republic, April 13, 2012), that Congress may force us to buy health insurance...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Medical Rationing as “Waste Avoidance”

    05/03/2012 4:20:44 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 5/3/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    The Medical Intelligentsia is bound and determined to devolve medicine into a technocracy. A professional practices medicine, providing optimal care to each patient as individuals. A technocrat is a service provider who provides consumers with medical care according to check lists and rules created by bureaucrats and “experts”–and does so in the context of perceived or imposed duties to general society. The New England Journal of Medicine leads the technocratic pack. To illustrate from where the publication is coming, it has supported rationing, helped push the assisted suicide movement, respectfully published the Dutch infanticide checklist known as the Groningen Protocol, and pushed hard against medical...
  • Healthcare Slush Fund Wastes Taxpayer Dollars

    05/03/2012 12:43:26 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-03 | [Staff]
    After using an Obamacare slush fund to pay for the student lending bill last week, House Republicans have sparked a firestorm of public speculation on what the $15 billion pot of taxpayer money has actually been used for. Reports now reveal hundreds of millions are being spent from Obamacare’s Public Health and Prevention Fund on a variety of government-run programs under the guise of public health. Among the more ridiculous examples of government waste, slush fund grants from the fund distributed through the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work program went to $7.5 million on pet spaying in Nashville because...
  • GOP Study Shows Companies Would Save Money By Dropping Health Care Offerings, Paying Tiny Fine

    05/02/2012 7:06:48 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 2, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    None of this will come as a surprise to anybody who's been paying attention. The employer fine is light and ObamaCare exchange subsidies heavy... how else would it play-out, then... The companies can even raise salaries with some of the savings and everybody wins.... except the taxpayers of course, who will be covering the whole debacle with money we never had in the first-place: Trying to build their case that President Obama’s health care law will destroy traditional employer-sponsored insurance, House Republicans released a study Tuesday showing that the largest companies could save billions by kicking workers off their current health...
  • Missouri House Votes to 'Nullify' Obamacare

    04/30/2012 5:22:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/27/2012 | Jack McHugh
    The Missouri state House voted Thursday to "nullify" Obamacare, making it illegal for federal or state officials to even attempt to enforce the law. This is by far the most rigorous expression of resistance by any state legislative body to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote moves the bill to the Missouri Senate, where its prospects are not known at this time. Missouri House Bill 1534 passed 108-44. According to the 10th Amendment Center, when the votes of members who were absent are added, the bill is likely to have sufficient votes in the House to override...
  • Fluke At Georgetown

    04/30/2012 9:23:42 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 30, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who challenged the Catholic university’s right to refuse to provide contraceptives in its insurance coverage, is still attempting to get the Jesuit school to change its policy. Invited by a student group, with the aid of a faculty member, Fluke recently made her case to Georgetown undergrads. All of the above may be complicit in misinforming Georgetown’s student body. Although the event was closed to the press, an intern from the Young America’s Foundation, who attends Georgetown, provided an account to the Cybercast News Service (CNS). “The majority of Fluke’s talk centered around her...
  • Looming Crisis: Officials Close Gulf Waters to Shrimping As Reports of Deformed Seafood Intensify

    04/26/2012 10:36:15 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 58 replies
    stuarthsmith.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | Stuart H. Smith
    larmed by widespread reports of visibly sick, deformed seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, state officials have closed area waters to shrimping this morning (April 23). The waters will be closed indefinitely as scientists run tests in an effort to get a handle on a situation that is fast becoming a full-blown crisis on the Gulf Coast. The closures – including all waters in the Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, areas of Bon Secour, Wolf Bay and Little Lagoon – mark the first official step in responding to increasingly urgent reports from fishermen and scientists of grotesquely disfigured seafood...
  • Big Pharma Sponsored Front Groups Try to Kill Electronic Cigarettes in the Womb

    04/24/2012 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 13 replies
    The Rest of the Story ^ | APRIL 20, 2012 | Dr. Michael Siegel
    The American Legacy Foundation released a policy statement on electronic cigarettes, in which it called for the removal of these products from the market. The statement was entitled "The FDA Should Take Electronic Cigarettes Off The Market Until It Is Satisfied That They Are Safe and Effective." According to the statement: "While we remain open to promising products that can help smokers quit smoking, a consideration of all of the available evidence combined with important unanswered questions strongly supports our call on the FDA to prohibit the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes unless and until the FDA is satisfied that...
  • About Those Anti-Smoking Commercials

    04/22/2012 10:10:28 AM PDT · by relictele · 29 replies
    Vanity | 22 Apr 2012 | Self (Vanity)
    By now most have viewed at least one of the HHS anti-smoking commercials featuring victims of various cancers and other ailments caused - they say - by smoking and tobacco use. It's a cliche but still true: these are our tax dollars at work. Your government commissioned these ads and purchased the airtime with your cash. HHS Secretary Sebelius and her minions risk another sort of medical problem - namely, rotator cuff injuries from patting themselves on the back for foisting these grotesque, voyeuristic images on an unsuspecting, undeserving public. This isn't a tear in the eye of Iron Eyes...
  • From Planned Parenthood Flack to HHS Mouthpiece

    04/21/2012 8:13:41 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 21, 2012 | JP
    Imagine if the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hired the former spokesman for the National Socialist Movement, the nation’s largest neo-Nazi organization, to be its deputy director for public affairs. It would be the moral equivalent of the decision by the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to hire the former mouthpiece for Planned Parenthood, which aborts nearly 300,000 unborn children each year, to be its new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. HHS waited until near the close of business yesterday to announce that Tait Sye, who spent four and a half years defending Planned Parenthood’s yearly...
  • "Authorities" Take Newborn From Hospital

    04/19/2012 2:54:49 PM PDT · by kathsua · 12 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 4/19/12 | The New THOMA$ REPORT
    All day hospital people have been giving this mother conflicting information about her baby, then denying they did it. They have been doing things to that baby not allowed without parental consent. A social worker has been threatening to “take the baby” if she did not agree to things about which they would not answer her questions. “Put yourself in Jodi’s shoes at this moment. You gave birth that morning in an ambulance. The hospital has made wild and conflicting claims about your baby’s health all day long. You are exhausted. You are in pain. Your husband has gone to...
  • Can we get back to the basic question? What should government do?

    04/18/2012 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 4 replies
    The Tea Party movement did the nation a great service in 2010 by focusing on the problem behind much of what’s gone wrong in America: government, and too much of it. It’s refreshing to see that the sentiment lingers about this nation under God dedicated to preserving our God-given rights. “Voters believe too much government power is a dangerous thing and put a very high value on protecting the rights of the individual,” says ...
  • Wesley J. Smith: That Unrepentant Bigotry

    04/18/2012 4:17:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies
    First Things/Secondhand Smoke ^ | 4/18/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    I have a piece out in the Human Life Review decrying the “unrepentant bigotry” that allows people with profound disabilities to be denegrated as “skin bags” (as one example), or if profoundly cognitively disabled, as mere flora.  From “That Unrepentant Bigotry”(citations omitted): “Stop the hate!” we are often told.  To be sure, that is a worthy goal.  Indeed, in recent decades great strides have been made throughout society in accepting most of us, as indeed, truly and clearly, “us.”  For example, the worst forms of racist speech are now far beyond the pale—to the extent that the despicable N-word can no...