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  • Texas Health Resources’ CEO Apologizes For Ebola Response

    10/19/2014 1:54:44 PM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 36 replies
    cbs.dfw ^ | 10/19/20114 | CBSDFW.COM
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan had a letter published in both The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Sunday editions apologizing for some aspects of the response of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to the first U.S. case of the Ebola virus. While expressing gratitude to the caregivers for their “dedication, compassion and tireless work” in caring for Ebola patients Thomas Eric Duncan, and Texas Health Presbyterian nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who both contracted the virus at the hospital, Berdan acknowledges Texas Health Resources “made mistakes in handling this very difficult challenge.” Read...
  • As alternatives to the NHS are considered...Dalrymple thinks Zairean Model -

    11/19/2006 12:43:42 PM PST · by UnklGene · 4 replies · 531+ views
    Social Affairs Unit ^ | May 5, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    As alternatives to the NHS are considered, which model of healthcare will Britain adopt? The French, the Swiss, the German or the American? Theodore Dalrymple thinks it might well be the Zairean - Theodore Dalrymple May 3, 2006 The Zairean model of healthcare as pioneered by Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko is gradually being adopted in Britain - or so argues Theodore Dalrymple. This model is a simple one - the rulers receive the best healthcare money can buy, the mass of the populace get an aspirin if they are lucky. In Britain, the mass of the populace will do rather...
  • White House hosts Hollywood actors, experts for mental health conference

    06/03/2013 7:40:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3 Jun 2013 | y Rachel Rose Hartman
    President Barack Obama and members of his administration are holding a day-long mental health conference Monday at the White House--and they have asked Hollywood to help lend some star power. Actors Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close are among those invited to participate in the meeting, which features a panel on negative attitudes toward mental illness moderated by Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, a panel on mental health outreach moderated by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and opening remarks from the president and closing remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, Cooper and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. Close in 2009 co-founded...
  • Frieden Says You Can Give But Not Get Ebola On A Bus

    10/17/2014 10:29:17 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 17, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Leadership: In a telephone press briefing, the CDC director repeated that you can't get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, but infected or exposed people should avoid public transit because they might transmit it. Huh? During the Wednesday conference call with reporters, Centers for Disease Control director Tom Frieden was asked if he or anyone else at the CDC had vetted a videotaped message posted on U.S. embassy websites that showed President Obama saying you couldn't get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, while the CDC's own guidelines advised those with symptoms or a...
  • Time To "Rethink" Tom Frieden [the "Baghdad Bob" of Ebola] As CDC Head

    10/14/2014 4:46:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Public Health: The man whose one job is to safeguard America's health has failed, saying that we must change our responses to Ebola after a Dallas health care worker becomes infected despite the rules he championed. After 26-year-old Dallas health care worker Nina Pham became the first person to contract Ebola on U.S. soil, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said during a press conference that (we) "have to rethink the way we address Ebola control." Yes, we do. Pham's infection, just as Thomas E. Duncan's death in Dallas after a multistop trip from Liberia,...
  • Mr. Obama's November Surprise

    10/17/2014 7:40:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/17/2014 | Ken Blackwell
    The phrase “October Surprise” has a long history in American politics. It refers to that event, policy, or government statement that changes everything in advance of the famous “first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.” That was the Founders’ quaint way of describing Election Day. One famous example of an October Surprise was the announcement on October 26, 1972 by National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger that “we believe that peace is at hand” in the long, drawn out negotiations to end American involvement in the Vietnam War. President Nixon was headed to a landslide victory that year against the...
  • JW Files Taxpayer Lawsuit to Stop Congress from Participating in D.C.’s Small Business Exchange

    10/16/2014 7:27:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 15, 2014
    Documents Show Congress Submitted False Information to Participate in Exchange. Though restricted by law to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees, D.C. Exchange allows Congress to provide health insurance to 12,359 members of Congress, staffers, spouses, and dependents. Judicial Watch today filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority to stop Congress from participating in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange.” At least 12,359 members of Congress, congressional staffers, and their spouses and dependents currently purchase health insurance in D.C.’s “Small Business Exchange” even though Congress far exceeds D.C. law’s 50-employee limit for participating in the...
  • The Politics of Ebola

    10/17/2014 5:41:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Mark Davis
    As tensions grow between factions with different levels of concern over Ebola, a buzz-phrase has arisen: “Ebola has no political preferences.” The supposition is that the disease will gladly infect liberals as well as conservatives, which is certainly true. The differences that matter, however, are the political engines that drive attitudes and reactions, as a crisis that should be unaffected by politics is in fact exacerbated by it. It would be unfair to blame liberalism for the entirety of the arrogant displays we have been treated to since the late Thomas Eric Duncan lied to get into America. But there...
  • Six Reasons to Panic (over Ebola)

    10/17/2014 5:40:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 27, 2014 | Jonathan V. Last
    As a rule, one should not panic at whatever crisis has momentarily fixed the attention of cable news producers. But the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has migrated to both Europe and America, may be the exception that proves the rule. There are at least six reasons that a controlled, informed panic might be in order. (1) Start with what we know, and don’t know, about the virus. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other government agencies claim that contracting Ebola is relatively difficult because the virus is only transmittable by direct contact with bodily fluids...
  • Dr. Manny to CDC: Don’t blame nurses, hospital or Dallas … blame yourselves

    10/17/2014 5:00:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2014 | Dr. Manny Alvarez
    During my years of medical training, back in the good old days, my professors hammered one very important aspect of medicine into our heads over and over: During a medical crisis, someone has to be in charge. There cannot be 20 voices in the room rendering opinions when somebody’s life is at stake. A prime example is when there is a code blue in a hospital setting where a patient is having a heart attack; there’s always somebody running the code, directing the staff with specific instructions on how to bring the patient back. You could take that same example...
  • Dallas hospital shifts blame to CDC on Ebola protocols

    10/17/2014 4:47:13 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 16, 2014 | Geoffrey Mohan
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas lashed back Thursday at nurses' allegations that it had put workers at risk with shoddy protection policies and sloppy handling of waste while treating a Liberian man who died of the Ebola virus. [Snip] The hospital's response -- its second in two days -- in part shifted responsibility to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to the protocols the agency issued this summer to guide the handling of a patient infected by the virus, which is thought to have killed more than 4,400 people in West Africa. The hospital said the protocols...
  • Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson may have had symptoms almost a week ago - BEFORE she left Dallas

    10/16/2014 4:07:57 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 16, 2014 | Louise Boyle
    Complete Headline:Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson may have had symptoms almost a week ago - BEFORE she left Dallas for Ohio, went bridesmaid dress shopping, and flew BACK to Texas Ebola-stricken nurse Amber Vinson may have been showing symptoms of the deadly virus as early as last Friday - before she flew to Ohio for the weekend and then back to Texas. The CDC made the shocking announcement on Thursday, after Miss Vinson was revealed as the second medical worker in Dallas to contract Ebola from the U.S.'s 'patient zero' Thomas Duncan. On October 10, Miss Vinson, 29, may have had...
  • Lessons From Ebola School: How To Draw Blood, Wipe Up Vomit

    10/16/2014 9:02:53 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    wcai ^ | 10-16-2014
    Day 1: How to draw blood from a suspected Ebola patient so you can test for the disease. Make sure you have all the materials you'll need before you put on your protective suit. Always work in pairs. Assess the patient's ability to sit still. Dispose of the syringe immediately. Wash your gloved hands under 0.5% chlorine solution. Label and spray. Drop the tube in a bag. Bag it again, spray it again. Spray the outside of the second bag. Walk to the laboratory area of the hospital. Just before you hand off the bag, spray it one more time....
  • Healthcare Workers Worldwide Revolt As Ebola Zeroes In

    10/16/2014 7:22:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Francis Martel
    The news that health workers fighting against the Ebola outbreak in Liberia are threatening to strike over long hours and unsanitary conditions should come as no surprise, given the high toll the healthcare community has had to pay for this virus.
  • New York Giants getting briefed on Ebola before trip to Dallas

    10/15/2014 1:58:05 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 15, 2014
    The Giants are heading to Dallas this weekend and have taken steps to ensure their traveling party is briefed on the deadly Ebola virus that has been contracted by two female health care workers in the Dallas hospital where one man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the virus on Oct. 8. The Giants face the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
  • Ebola air scare in the US: Infected nurse flew on Frontier Airlines HOURS she was hospitalized ...

    10/15/2014 10:46:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 93 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2014 | Michael Zennie
    Complete Headline: Ebola air scare in the US: Infected nurse flew on Frontier Airlines HOURS she was hospitalized ...and now the CDC trying to track down all 132 passengers aboard her planeAmber Jay Vinson, the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola, was on a flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas just hours before she was hospitalized with the deadly disease. Now, the Centers for Disease Control are trying to track down all 132 passengers who were aboard Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday with Ms Vinson over fears they could all have been exposed to the virus. Everyone who...
  • Ebola Health Care Workers in Liberia Defy Call to Strike

    10/15/2014 10:44:56 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    Times ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    Liberian health care workers largely ignored a call to strike Monday, despite claims that an estimated 80% of them are being forced to go without adequate supplies to fight the Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 4,000 lives in west Africa. The government had asked health care workers to be reasonable, arguing a strike would have negative consequences on the containment of the outbreak, BBC reports. Liberia’s National Health Workers Association had called the strike demanding an increase in hazard pay Liberia is one of countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, with 3,924 cases of the more than...
  • Dr. Manny Alvarez: Did the CDC put Dallas nurse Nina Pham at risk? (Calls for Frieden's resignation)

    10/15/2014 6:50:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 15, 2014 | Dr. Manny Alvarez
    When I recently called for the resignation of CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden, some of you may have thought I went too far. And yet here we are, facing startling claims that the Dallas medical staff who responded to the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States – including a nurse who is now hospitalized with the virus – had limited protocols in place. America, if you weren’t worried by Frieden’s inadequacy before, you should be now.
  • Giggling nurse with a throat infection who breathed on critically ill baby.......

    10/14/2014 11:06:40 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    mailonline ^ | Emma Glanfield for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Giggling nurse with a throat infection who breathed on critically ill baby and said it was 'better off dead' faces being struck off A nurse who breathed on a critically ill baby while she was suffering from a throat infection and said the newborn was ‘better off dead’ faces being struck off. Claire Orton giggled after exhaling onto the 'extremely poorly' child while it was being treated at University Hospital in Coventry, Warwickshire, a tribunal heard. She had told colleagues she had been ill with a throat infection before she deliberately breathed on the infant’s face as if...
  • ObamaCare Does Not Have You Covered

    10/14/2014 9:59:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/14/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    In the end, we are cutting our throats with government-run health care, as well as asking the federal government into our lives Covered California is the name for the Obamacare exchange in the Golden State. With the large State on the West Coast being dominated by hard left liberal progressive politics, most of the politicians tout the wondrous utopia our country is going to be once the few little bugs that seem to infest the Affordable Care Act are ironed out. We are told the problems with the healthcare law is not the fault of our historical president, mind you....
  • Report: Officials Haven't Tested Whether Coughing, Sneezing Can Spread Ebola

    10/14/2014 7:50:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    Brietbart ^ | October 13, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Experts have reportedly not tested whether Ebola patients can infect others by coughing or sneezing even as one of the top experts on the particular strain of Ebola that has ravaged West Africa believes the virus is "primed" to go airborne.
  • CDC: 'Relatively large' number of health workers at risk for Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 121 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said it "would not be surprised" if other healthcare workers at a Dallas hospital are diagnosed with Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden said he did not know how many workers might have been exposed to the virus, but estimated it was a "relatively large number." "We’re concerned, and unfortunately would not be surprised if we did see additional cases in healthcare workers who also provided care to the index patient," Frieden said. A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was found to have Ebola over the weekend. Her case is the first-ever...
  • Hispanics want Obamacare for illegal immigrant ‘dreamers’ [Photos]

    10/13/2014 7:50:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 36 replies
    White House vows executive action on immigration reform after election Youth from United We Dream chant slogans calling for an end to deportations outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in downtown Phoenix. Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the “dreamers” to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits. The request is yet another complication stemming from the legal limbo Mr....
  • Texas health care worker tests positive for Ebola

    10/12/2014 3:00:30 AM PDT · by ChowChowFace · 83 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/12/14 | Joe Sutton and Holly Yan
    A health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, the hospital said in a statement. Confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The employee helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died on Wednesday.
  • Obama to Hide Obamacare Rates Till After Election Day

    10/09/2014 7:00:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Townhall Magazine ^ | Oct 09, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    HealthCare.gov, the online portal where millions of Americans must by health insurance, will not display premiums for 2015 until after the 2014 elections ... Americans will not be able to find out if their health insurance premiums are going up "until the second week of November," which conveniently falls after Americans will go to the polls November 4th.
  • Study: Obamacare to shrink labor market more than previously thought

    10/09/2014 1:07:54 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-9-14 | Sean Riley
    In a new working paper from the Mercatus Center, University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan projects that the Affordable Care Act will reduce weekly employment per person by 3 percent, or roughly 4 million full-time-equivalent workers. These new estimates are significantly higher than the 2.5 million reduction in labor supply estimated by the Congressional Budget Office earlier this year. To be clear, a reduction in labor supply differs from a reduction in labor demand—a distinction many failed to recognize when the CBO first released estimates. It is not the case that the ACA will necessarily forces employees out; rather, the...
  • Barack Obama: the end of a love affair

    10/09/2014 6:34:34 AM PDT · by obama-facts · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/09/2014 | Peter Foster
    Six years after offering hope and change, polls show the American public has fallen out of love with their president – so where did it all go wrong? Barack Obama romped to the presidency of the United States in 2008 on a tidal wave of ‘hope and change’. Back then, the financial crisis was raging and US troops were still engaged in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, but a fresh-faced Mr Obama brimmed with confidence. He predicted that future generations would look back on his election and see the moment “when the rise of the oceans began to slow and...
  • Dems in Race Against Reality on Economy, History and Healthcare

    10/09/2014 6:02:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | John Ransom
    Hot news: The Dems are in a race against reality. Which Dems and which reality will win are the only questions. Unfortunately this is a multiple-choice question and all of the answers are correct. A, B, C, or all of the above work just as well. Let’s start with the question (A) about the Federal Reserve Bank (Dem), interest rates and the economy. Yesterday was a great day in the market because easy money is here to stay…and least for a little while. And as long as interest rates stay low, the market goes up…at least for a little while.There...
  • Hospital bill for deceased Texas Ebola patient nearly $1,000 an hour ($500,000 total)

    10/09/2014 4:17:23 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | October 8, 2014 | Alex Wayne
    Bloomberg News Source: Link only as per their excerpting requirements, however the headline pretty much sums up the entire article.
  • (Dallas County Commissioner) John Wiley Price Suggests Race A Factor In Dallas Ebola Case

    10/08/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jack Fink
    Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was blunt. He said Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital originally sent Thomas Duncan home three days before ‎he was diagnosed with Ebola because he’s African and uninsured. “It is historical what has happened in this community,” Price said. “If a person who looks like me shows up without any insurance, they don’t get the same treatment.”
  • Even Walmart Can't Escape ObamaCare's Always High Prices

    10/08/2014 9:34:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/7/2014 | IBD Staff
    Wal-Mart says it's cutting health benefits to part-timers and boosting worker premiums. If a retail empire built on low prices can't find a way around ObamaCare's added costs, we are all doomed.
  • Everyday Low Benefits Wal-Mart dumps 30,000 part-timers onto the ObamaCare

    10/08/2014 8:22:09 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | Oct 7, 2014
    Everyday Low Benefits Wal-Mart dumps 30,000 part-timers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. Oct. 7, 2014 7:25 p.m. ET Wal-Mart endorsed ObamaCare in 2009 and helped drag the bill through Congress, and so far it hasn’t recanted. By holding back economic growth and incomes, perhaps the law is expanding the retailer’s customer base. Another plus—at least for management—is that Wal-Mart can jettison its employees into the ObamaCare insurance exchanges. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the largest U.S. private employer is dropping health benefits for some 30,000 workers, or about 5% of its part-time workforce. Earlier health-plan eligibility triage in 2011 had...
  • More say O-Care has hurt families than helped

    10/08/2014 5:06:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 8, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    ObamaCare remains unpopular with more Americans saying that it has hurt rather than helped their families, according to a new poll. More than a quarter of Americans, 27 percent, said ObamaCare has been harmful, while 16 percent said it has helped, a Gallup survey released Wednesday found. The majority of Americans, 54 percent, said it has had no effect on them, down from around 70 percent the last two years. Slightly more Democrats than Republicans, 56 percent to 55 percent, said it has not affected them. Only 4 percent of Republicans said the law has helped them, compared to 27...
  • Dallas County Judge Jenkins Not Ebola Risk: Health Officials

    10/08/2014 2:33:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | October 7, 2014 | Ken Kalthoff
    Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released letters from health experts Tuesday night that support his unprotected contact with four people under observation for Ebola. Last week, Jenkins helped those people move from the Dallas apartment where patient Thomas Duncan was staying. He said he did so to show the community that the disease could not be contracted through contact with people who are not showing symptoms of the disease. Jenkins said he has confronted fear of Ebola from parents at his daughter's elementary school who were concerned their children might contract the disease from his daughter because of Jenkins' contact...
  • Judy Faulkner Likely Has Your Medical Records (Meet the Billionaire Obama Crony in charge of it)

    05/25/2013 7:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Real Revo ^ | 05/23/2013
    Ms. Faulkner is worth two billion dollars. More than 40% of the U.S. population will have its medical information stored in an Epic digital medical record by 2013. Clients include many of the country’s top hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Cedars-Sinai. Faulkner largely shuns the press and leads a modest lifestyle.” From Real Clear Politics: Who is Judy Faulkner? Chances are, you don’t know her — but her politically connected, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company may very well know you. Top Obama donor and billionaire Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems, which will soon store...
  • A vexing mystery in Spain: How did a nurse contract Ebola?

    10/07/2014 7:33:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's To Your Health ^ | October 7, 2014 | Abby Phillip and Roberto A. Ferdman
    The first case of Ebola transmission outside of West Africa has raised questions about how a nurse at a Spanish hospital contracted the virus and whether sufficient protocols were in place to protect health workers there. The nurse became infected at Madrid's Carlos III hospital while treating Manuel Garcia Viejo, a priest who contracted the virus in West Africa. The woman, a "sanitary technician," entered Garcia Viejo's room only twice, according to Spanish officials. In one case, she entered the room to change his diaper; another time, after he had died, she entered to collect his belongings, according to Mercedes...
  • Virginia Dem Refuses To Address 250,000 Taxpayers Who Lost Healthcare Due To Obamacare

    10/07/2014 7:20:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/7/14 | staff
    Democratic Senator Mark Warner (D., Va.) refused to elaborate on the 250,000 Virginians who are losing their healthcare plans due to Obamacare during Tuesday’s Senate debate against Republican Ed Gillespie. Moderator Karen Tumulty asked Warner to respond to taxpayers who are losing their plans, but Warner did not acknowledge the cancellations. Rather, he touted the elements of Obamacare that he believes Virginians support. “Virginians want us to fix healthcare,” Warner said.
  • Philly School Teachers Outraged After Losing Contract

    10/07/2014 8:40:24 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 43 replies
    NBC10.com ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | Maryclaire Dale
    Philadelphia teachers vowed to fight a sudden move by the district Monday that cancels their union contract and forces them to start paying health premiums. The teachers union, with about 15,000 members, accused the state-led School Reform Commission of ratcheting up its "war on teachers." However, district leaders said there was nothing else to cut after years of funding woes that have prompted nearly $1 billion in cuts that includes the loss of 5,000 positions and the closure of 30 schools. Many Philadelphia schools operate without a nurse or librarian on duty. "If the contract is blown open, what's going...
  • Dr. Emanuel's Death Wish

    10/07/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    THE ELDERLY are such a pain, aren't they? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel thinks so. Half of those older than 80 have "functional limitations," the prominent health policy analyst and key ObamaCare architect writes in the October issue of The Atlantic. One in three Americans 85 and up has Alzheimer's. Old people are more likely to be disabled, or at least "faltering and declining." They lose their creative mojo. They don't "contribute to work, society, the world." Instead of being regarded as "vibrant and engaged," they grow "feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic."Especially disagreeable are old parents, who can be so irritating: "They set expectations,...
  • Dallas Ebola victim's stepdaughter ... is given all clear to return to work as nursing assistant

    10/06/2014 2:05:52 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2014 | Laura Collins
    Complete Headline: Dallas Ebola victim's stepdaughter - who took him to hospital as he was 'vomiting wildly' - is given all clear to return to work as nursing assistantThe stepdaughter of Texas Ebola victim, Thomas Duncan, who called 911 and rode in the ambulance with the man she calls 'Daddy' has been told she can return to work, MailOnline can reveal. Nursing assistant Youngor Jallah, 35, has been in 'quarantine' in her small Dallas apartment along with her husband, Aaron Yah, 43, and their four children ages 2 to 11 since Thomas Duncan's devastating diagnosis last Monday. MailOnline has reported...
  • Urban Hospitals & Health Insurance: Making It Work

    10/04/2014 9:39:02 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/4/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Have you heard about the insurance company that provides free health coverage for the poor? Me neither. What about the hospital that provides free health care services to the poor? Of course, you say. Many of them do! Indeed, some of these hospitals even go bankrupt in the process. It is beyond the scope of this article to discern how economic values are set in a society, but rest assured that supply and demand are but one factor—especially in health care. Notably, health care is the most regulated industry in the country. With compliance comes massive additional costs, not to...
  • Obama Claims Obamacare is Working – You Just Haven’t Noticed

    10/04/2014 8:14:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 4, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    I’m beginning to think that Obama doesn’t actually have any speech writers or talking-point authors… He’s just recycling the set of talking points he was handed in the first four years of his tenure. During a recent Q&A session at a campaign event in Princeton Indiana, the President trotted out the tried-and-failed talking points of 2012 to defend his signature healthcare law. According to the Free Beacon:“We are seeing almost a double-digit increase in health-care costs every year,” General Manager Mihir Paranjape said. “Do you think that trend is going to go down, and what can we do to control that...
  • We Still Don't Know How Many People Obamacare Enrolled

    10/02/2014 2:45:12 PM PDT · by walford · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/18/2014 | Joseph Antos
    This week’s double-barreled release of government statistics on health insurance coverage leaves us with only one question: How many Americans are insured because of Obamacare? Remarkably, the two highly-regarded government surveys released this week do not even agree whether the number of uninsured increased or decreased. [mandatory excerpted, highly recommend reading the article]
  • More health care cancellations coming just before election day

    09/30/2014 3:06:27 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/30/14 | The Hill
    Thousands of Americans will see their health plans cancelled before the November elections in a development that could boost critics of ObamaCare. The Morning Consult, a Washington-based policy publication, reported that nearly 50,000 people will lose their current health coverage in the coming weeks.
  • Landslide Vote against Single-Payer Confirms Switzerland Is an Outpost of Rationality

    09/30/2014 2:45:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a huge fan of Switzerland, largely because its voters approved a spending cap that should be a role model for other nations.It’s called the “debt brake” and it has helped reduce the burden of government spending in Switzerland at a time when most nations in Europe have been moving in the wrong direction.But that’s not the only reason I like Switzerland.I also appreciate the fact that Swiss voters seem to be much more sensible than voters in other nations.Every so often I see polls, for instance, suggesting that French voters overwhelmingly want less government spending. But then they go...
  • Swiss reject switch from private to state health insurance

    09/28/2014 6:45:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9-28-14 | Jonathan FOWLER
    Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country's all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents. The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country's German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favour. Switzerland's private insurance lobby hailed the vote.
  • Underinsured ACA enrollees strain community health centers

    09/26/2014 11:47:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    Modern Health Care ^ | Sept. 25, 2014 | Virgil Dickson
    Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say. The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with lower premiums but high deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and no federal cost-sharing subsidies. When these patients face high out-of-pocket costs for care that falls below the deductible, they can't afford it. So the centers are subsidizing that care by offering them means-tested sliding-scale fees. When the centers, which are not allowed to turn away patients for inability to pay, try to get...
  • The 15 Most Shocking Statements in ObamaCare Architect's 'Die at 75' Article

    09/23/2014 4:06:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 73 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-22-14 | John Nolte
    Last week, esteemed doctor and one of our ObamaCare Architect Overlords penned a column for the Atlantic that should win a Pulitzer Prize for passive-aggressive shaming. Although Emanuel claims that *he* doesn't want to live past the age of 75, the article itself could have been a listicle titled, "Top 15 Reasons No One Over 75 Should Receive Healthcare." Emanuel even includes a monstrous but brightly colored graph that is meant to tell anyone over 75 that their "last contribution" to society likely occurred more than a decade ago. Good God. The phrase "the banality of evil" gets bandied about...
  • Scouter's Updated Ebola Model (Vanity)

    09/19/2014 8:46:26 AM PDT · by scouter · 86 replies
    Self | September 19, 2014 | Scouter
    NOTES Before starting, let me say that I do NOT believe the Ebola epidemic will get as bad as these projections indicate. I believe it will get pretty bad, especially for those in Africa, but not as bad as the current numbers say. I think there will be a number of factors that will significantly mitigate these numbers. How much? I don't know. But no one else does, either. I am not predicting the end of humanity. I'm simply showing where the current numbers lead, should nothing change. But of course, things will change. In any case, I do believe...
  • ObamaCare's Numbers Game

    09/19/2014 3:28:52 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/18/2014 | IBD Staff
    Health Reform: It seems the administration had been exaggerating the number of people enrolled in ObamaCare to the tune of about 700,000. We're shocked! Shocked! At a hearing Thursday, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, finally confessed that 7.3 million were enrolled in ObamaCare plans as of mid-August. In other words, the administration had been inflating the "enrollment" number nearly 10% by counting anyone who had completed the application process, not those who paid their premiums. Now, they say it's no big deal, because everyone expected some attrition. But even this new, lower number is...