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  • Socialists Won’t Rest Until We Have Single-Payer Health Care. We Must Stop Them.

    11/12/2018 7:19:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | November 12, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    The 2018 midterms could someday be remembered as the beginning of the Democratic Party’s full embrace of creating a single-payer health care system in the United States. For the first time in American history, a large number of Democrats, many of whom identify as socialists, openly campaigned for the creation of a government-run health insurance model.For instance, Democratic Socialists of America member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won 78 percent of the vote on Election Day, championed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “Medicare for All” proposal, calling it the “ethical, logical, and affordable path to ensuring no person goes without dignified healthcare.” According...
  • Now President Trump is even more likely to get re-elected (barf alert)

    11/08/2018 4:14:41 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 7th 2018 | Justin Webb
    One clear message seems to have emerged from the mid-term elections in the United States: the under-estimation of the political powers of Donald Trump by his opponents is going to have to stop. The idea that he is little more than a racist; the notion that his supporters are Neanderthals; or that his economic boom is a mirage that makes little difference to ordinary people – all of this is blown apart by results that underline across America the political appeal of this President. Like it or not, he is here to stay. And assuming he chooses to run in...

    11/08/2018 1:49:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 11/07/18 | SHANE CROUCHER
    **SNIP** “Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans, it’s about restoring the constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” Pelosi, 78, said at the election night party in Washington D.C. “It’s about stopping the GOP and Mike—Mitch—McConnell’s assaults on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions.” Then, raising her fist in the air, Pelosi declared: “Let’s hear it more for pre-existing medical conditions!”
  • Virginia facing high unexpected Medicaid costs

    11/06/2018 4:33:08 PM PST · by spintreebob · 20 replies
    WAPO AP ^ | 11-2-18 | Alan Suderman | AP
    Virginia is facing a huge bill for unexpected Medicaid costs that hamper proposed new spending on things like school improvements or tax breaks for the poor. State officials said Friday that Virginia has about $460 million in unforeseen Medicaid costs. The new costs, first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are unrelated to Virginia’s recent decision to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne said much of the new costs stem from faulty forecasts overestimating the benefits of having private health insurers cover a greater number of some of the state’s...
  • Ocasio-Cortez calls question about how to pay for Medicare for all ‘puzzling’

    11/06/2018 9:02:25 AM PST · by bgill · 55 replies
    FOX ^ | Nov. 6, 2018 | Brooke Singman
    New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a quick answer when asked how Americans would pay for the 'Medicare for all' plan she and other socialist-leaning Democrats favor: "Just pay for it." In an interview with Jorge Ramos last week, Ocasio-Cortez was asked how she would pay for the multi-billion dollar health care plan promoted by liberal lawmakers like Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Ramos noted critics say the the program would be "more expensive" than the current system, to which she answered that people would "just pay for it." “People often say, like, how are you...
  • 'Rat lungworm' explained: What to know about the parasitic roundworm

    11/05/2018 7:07:48 AM PST · by ETL · 27 replies ^ | Aug 1, 2018 - Update Nov 5, 2018 | Zoe Szathmary | Fox News
    If you're considering eating raw or undercooked snails, slugs or centipedes — you may want to think again. Some of these delicacies may carry "rat lungworm," a parasite that can infect critters through rodent feces. Here's what you should know about the parasitic roundworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, and how it can be avoided. Where is the parasite found? Rodents have the adult form, with sickened rats passing the parasite's larvae in feces, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says online. How are snails, slugs and humans infected?Infections occur in snails and slugs when they consume the parasite's larvae, the agency says, adding that humans...
  • MAN who ate garden slug eight years ago dies from rat lungworm

    11/05/2018 5:26:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    Newaweek ^ | 11/5/18 | Hannah Osborne
    A man in Australia has died from rat lungworm caused by a garden slug he ate for a dare eight years earlier. Sam Ballard, who was a promising rugby player, died at the age of 27 after developing a series of complications from the disease. Ballard was 19 in 2010 when he and some friends were drinking wine with his friends in a garden. “We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown up and a slug came crawling across here,” his friend Jimmy Galvin told “The conversation came...
  • Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States

    08/11/2018 11:48:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies ^ | 8/3/18 | Leah Rosenbaum
    Health officials have confirmed 12 cases of rat lungworm disease in the continental United States since January 2011 — including six patients who had not traveled abroad but still contracted the illness caused by a parasite endemic to tropical regions in Asia and Hawaii. [...snip...] The disease is also known as angiostrongyliasis, after the parasitic roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis whose larvae hatch in the lungs of rats and then are expelled in the rodents’ excrement. At that point, the larvae can be picked up by snails and slugs, and then passed along to humans if the snails and slugs are eaten...
  • Deadly Parasite Discovered in Chinese Family Shows You Should Never Eat Raw Centipedes

    08/01/2018 7:32:12 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 39 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 31 JUL 2018 | PETER DOCKRILL
    Centipedes mean business. They can slay animals 15 times their size, even devour whole snakes if they want. But the true horror of the centipede may be something else, hiding unseen inside their many-legged forms: a dangerous parasite, which scientists say has never been observed in these segmented critters – until now. The stowaway in question is the parasitic roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis – aka 'rat lungworm' – a food-borne parasite typically found in snails and other mollusks, which has now for the first time been detected in centipedes too. As for the strange reason we know this? It starts with...
  • News to Obamaland: Raw Food=Rat Lungworm

    01/05/2009 2:11:12 PM PST · by AndrewWalden · 20 replies · 1,332+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | January 5, 2008 | Andrew Walden
    Humans have been cooking food since before they were Homo sapiens....but ... There was a raw food festival in Novemeber 20-23, 2008 in Kalapana....and now this.... (From the Star-Bulletin) Jan 5, 2009: ...Halda said he and a friend, Silka Strauch, who live in Black Sands between Pahoa and Kalapana, have been eating raw vegetables and taking precautions by cleaning the produce with a peroxide rinse. He suspects they may have accidentally consumed tiny larvae of slugs lodged in the deep folds of peppers.
  • Rugby player who swallowed garden slug as dare has died, 8 years after health nightmare began

    11/05/2018 9:30:32 AM PST · by ETL · 27 replies ^ | Nov 4, 2018 | Rohan Smith |
    Sam Ballard never did anything wrong, if you ask family and friends. The teenager from Sydney’s upper north shore was having a laugh and some red wine with mates in the backyard, “trying to act like grown-ups”. It was 2010 and it was a night that would change his life, and the lives of everybody around him, forever.A slug crawled across the concrete patio and, teens being teens, a dare emerged for Sam to eat it.One of his best friends, Jimmy Galvin, later described the moment. “We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying...
  • Healthcare: The Fallacy of ‘Pre-existing Conditions’

    11/05/2018 8:09:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/05/2018 | Hal Scherz
    What is a pre-existing condition? This is strictly an insurance term that was created to characterize a particular health condition a person applying for insurance may have. The vast majority of people have pre-existing conditions. They may range from migraine headaches or chronic acne to multiple sclerosis or breast cancer. Historically, insurance companies went through a process known as underwriting, which meant they assessed the health conditions, current and past, that the applicant experienced. The cost of the insurance policy was based on the perceived risk and exposure of the insurance company. In some cases, the risk was so great...
  • A first for Obamacare open enrollment — some stability as more insurers rejoin network

    11/03/2018 11:33:37 AM PDT · by EVO X · 41 replies
    CNBC ^ | Fri, 2 Nov 2018 | Bertha Coombs
    Nancy Sobin knows her way around paperwork. She started her own business three years ago, helping small business owners and elderly clients manage their finances. That's when she turned to the Obamacare exchanges for health coverage. "I was fortunate enough, because I was just starting my business, to get a subsidy … and it was pretty good insurance" for about $300 a month, said the owner of Professional Paperwork Services in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. But as her business improved, her insurance options changed last year. "I didn't get the subsidy anymore, because my business went well," Sobin explained. So, she...
  • Liberals Cry Louder for Single-Payer While England’s Single-Payer Nightmare Worsens

    10/30/2018 4:34:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 30, 2018 | Justin Haskins
    The 2018 midterms could be remembered as a turning point for America’s health care system.Until recently, only the far left of the Democratic Party openly called for the United States to completely abandon capitalism in our health care system in favor of socialized medicine. Few remember that when the Democrats last had control of the House of Representatives, in 2010, most Democrats chose to reject pushing for a single-payer health care model, despite the fact they had control of both houses of Congress and the White House. Even then-President Barack Obama, a longtime supporter of enacting a single-payer scheme, told...
  • In photos: Life and death in Venezuela’s depleted hospitals (socialized medicine)

    10/28/2018 5:12:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    IRIN News ^ | 10/25/18 | Susan Schulman
    Venezuela’s government says there is no humanitarian crisis in the country. But the stories of worried families navigating its crumbling health system suggest otherwise. **SNIP** Her images, taken at a hospital and a clinic in the eastern city of Cumana, show a debilitated health system: shortages or a complete dearth of antibiotics and other medicine, run-down equipment, dirty facilities, and often no running water. Amid the shortages, tiny medical organisations are taking on the responsibilities of the state. Fundación Jesed is one of them. Vanessa Ramos and her husband run the charity out of their living room in Cumana. Desperate...
  • Random Thoughts on Immigration, College, Health Care, and More – 2018

    10/28/2018 6:56:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | October 28, 2018 | Bruce Bialolosky
    On immigrationWith an army of people marching toward the U.S. from Central America, let’s remember there was a huge controversy in America because the Trump administration was separating children from their parents and holding them after they illegally entered the country. A court order stated that children can be held for no more than 20 days after crossing the border. This came from a 1997 case -- Flores v. Reno (as in Attorney General Janet Reno). Some of us were called heartless and worse because we sought to put at least some of the blame on parents who traversed a...
  • he 'Bombs': It's Not The 'Left Wing' Or The 'Right Wing', It's The "Drunk Nut Wing'.......

    10/25/2018 3:56:37 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/24/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    (SOME READERS MAY FIND THIS DISTRUBING) We all know that the Republican Party propaganda machine demonizes the Clinton's, Barack Obama, George Soros etc. and milks resentment of them to drive up voter turnout. What better way to neutralize that than to stage this kind of activity two weeks before an election to neutralize the GOP game plan. My own personal experience with hatred and resentment of 'enemies', real or imagined, reminds we of why I say this. My own experience with political activism reminds me of this and my experience applies to any kind of political activist, "Right" or "Left"....
  • Democrats Embrace Bernie’s Promise to End Pre-Existing Coverage

    10/24/2018 10:01:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 23, 2018 | James Freeman
    ... In anticipation of Mr. Sanders’ arrival this week in another Midwestern battleground state, Mark Sommerhauser of the Wisconsin State Journal noted on Thursday that “the policy views Sanders champions have become touchstones for many Democrats here and nationally.” Mr. Sommerhauser adds: Examples include Sanders’ “Medicare For All” health care plan and his call to raise the minimum wage to $15. Peter Rickman - a Milwaukee labor activist who led Sanders’ Wisconsin delegation to the 2016 Democratic National Convention - said Sanders “created the political space” to tout those issues, as well as free college tuition, within the Democratic mainstream....
  • This fertility doctor is pushing the boundaries of human reproduction, with little regulation

    10/21/2018 12:25:49 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2018 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    NEW YORK — When future historians look back on the 21st century, one of the most iconic photos may be of a smiling, dark-haired man in blue scrubs protectively holding a newborn — the world’s first commercially produced “three-parent” baby. This is John Zhang, the Chinese-born, British-educated founder and medical director of a Manhattan fertility center that is blowing up the way humans reproduce. In 2009, Zhang helped a 49-year-old patient become the world’s oldest known woman to carry her own child. In the not-too-distant future, he says, 60-year-old women will be able to do the same. In 2015, Zhang...
  • 70-week wait for N.W.T. kids to see hearing specialist unacceptable, says MLA (Canada)

    10/20/2018 8:44:49 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/17/2018 | CBC
    The average wait time for children to see an audiologist in the Northwest Territories is 70 weeks, a number Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly says is unacceptable. "A wait time over 70 weeks? That's over a year," he said. "Kids, they could be in school over a year, miss a grade, without their proper hearing or being assessed, and that doesn't seem right." O'Reilly first started looking for this information for a constituent and raised the issue in the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly Tuesday, asking questions about government data he'd been provided by the territory's health department.