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Qualify for government subsidy: become a(n involuntary) unionized government employee

Next up: doctors, section 8 housing owners, ????? Grocery stores, drug stores??? A year ago in December, Ms. Berry and more than 40,000 other home-based day care providers statewide were suddenly informed they were members of Child Care Providers Together Michigan—a union created in 2006 by the United Auto Workers and the American Federation of … Continue reading

Open Letter to AMA: I quit

Emailed to the AMA Board: I paid my Texas Medical Association dues for 2010 but will not renew my American Medical Association membership. I do not want to be counted as an AMA member. I dropped my membership once before due to political moves by the leadership of the AMA. I rejoined hoping to work … Continue reading

No Connection – Hasting Center Essays Miss the Mark

The Hasting Center has published an online collection of essays called“The Values and Health Care Reform Connection” allowing the public to comment on health care and “American Values.” You have to admire the awareness of the academics – not only have they noticed that the conservative, pro-life, religious “American” is concerned with values, but they … Continue reading

LifeEthics quoted about Doctors for America posts

I’ve been a little distracted, getting my house ready for the New Braunfels Republican Women’s Christmas Tour of Homes, but I should be blogging more in the future. Found a post at “RBO,” (RealBarackObama) that quoted my reports (here and here) on the conference call with “Doctors for America,” back in September. I like being … Continue reading

No self breast exams?

The recommendation *not* to teach exams throws the whole report into question for me. If we are changing the frequency of mammograms, should we also change the recommendation to do self exams? Won’t the first change the effectiveness of the second? In the news, the report by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. … Continue reading

AMA opposes marriage and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

November 10, 2009, delegates to the AMA interim session approved resolutions recommending that the AMA oppose same sex marriage bans, urge redefinition of marriage under federal and state laws. They also recommend the ending of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military. “Report 1” – “REPORT 1 OF THE COUNCIL ON SCIENCE AND … Continue reading

Judge denies lawsuit to stop embryo destruction

Citing other legal rulings that embryos aren’t “persons” under the law, a Federal judge (report, here ) denied the right of others to sue on their behalf or to sue to save them from being destroyed under new rules at the National Institutes of Health. I’ve said it before: “law” does not a person make. … Continue reading

Hwang convicted of fraud in cloning ruse

A South Korean court has convicted the perpetrator of the 2005 cloning fraud. Information here.

Aristotle ethics, RFK, and health care reform

The Wall Street Journal’s daily newsletter by James Taranto, The Best of the Web Today, debunks a quote floating around the Internet to support the “right” to health care paid for by government. The blurb has been attributed to a translation from the writings of Aristotle, a translation from the original Greek by Robert F. … Continue reading

Intentionally Skewed Cancer Survival Rates

From Ann Coulter’s latest report on Health Care Reform Myths: European women are only 55.8 percent likely to live five years after contracting any kind of cancer, compared to 62.9 percent for American women. In five cancers — breast, prostate, thyroid, testicular and skin melanoma — American survival rates are higher than 90 percent. Europeans … Continue reading

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