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Politics bites science

For a clear outline as to why you shouldn’t believe that 45,000 people die each year because they don’t have insurance, read the blog entry by John Milloy, publisher of “Junk Science” on last week’s report in the American Journal of Public Health. Forget that the authors are blatantly biased members of the “Physicians for … Continue reading

Follow up from Doctors for America

Received this message a few minutes ago. The only people who kept bringing up “what physicians can be doing now to ensure that Congress pushes forward to create meaningful health reform” were the same guys who made sure that the rest of us were on “listen-in” mode only. Still no mention about the close connections … Continue reading

Playing doctor with the White House

Who’s playing doctor with the White House: Another example of the lack of openness in the dealings of the Obama Administration (Informed consent blurb: Organizing for America, etc., along with all the White House websites, are collecting data including email and other information from everyone who visits or contacts their sites. I got a couple … Continue reading

Former Senator Explains Consequences of Bill Language

Former Senator from Tennessee, Fred Thompson, explains the consequences of the language concerning end of life care that is included in the current version of House Bill 3200. I do read the language as making the counseling mandatory, although not necessarily a demand that doctors (or nurses, if they are the “primary care providers”) tell … Continue reading

Page 425 (end of life counseling)

I received several emails over the last few days concerning page 425 of the House Bill on Health Reform, HR 3200, which outlines mandatory end of life “options” counseling. Technically, it appears on the surface to allow doctors (and other “providers”) to charge for the counseling. But, yes, it’s mandated counseling and in the wrong … Continue reading

ABC explains the Obama Administration

ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper has written an article, “When Academic Words Become Political Ammunition,” that gives an anonymous “White House official’s” rebuttal to the many concerns expressed about President Obama’s choices for advisers and “czars” who will affect the shape of health care policies. He attempts to debunk criticisms of the … Continue reading

>Congressman Henry Cuellar on Planned Parenthood

>Went to this morning’s McQueeney, Texas meeting where Henry Cuellar was met with an overwhelming group of constituents upset over what’s happening in Washington, DC. Rep. Cuellar told us that he voted in favor of Planned Parenthood funding yesterday because they give care to “mothers” and he does everything he can do to support mothers. … Continue reading

Myth: doctors take out tonsils needlessly

Then, there’s the charge that doctors will needlessly take tonsils out. First, it’s unlikely that your Family Physician or Pediatrician does surgery. Second, I don’t think the ENT’s are getting paid for these anymore, unless they jump through hoops to prove that they’re not over-doing it. AP: In trying to rally support for health care … Continue reading

>Obama Press Conference Transcript

>The transcript of the press conference is on line at the Washington Post. However, if you want an annotated version, try this blog.

>Thoughts on Obama’s health speech July 22, 2009

>Why doesn’t the President just say that the Executive branch employees in his Administration will get rid of their insurance and go on Medicare??? Not a doggone thing that the President is talking about tonight – except for the taxes, the increased bureaucracies and the requirements that Pharmacy companies discount meds – is in the … Continue reading

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