The 5 Questions Everyone Should Ask About Single-Payer Health Care

With Sen. Bernie Sanders introducing a new “Medicare for All” bill this month and several other Democratic presidential candidates co-sponsoring it, health care is once again a top campaign issue. The Democratic Party’s Socialist wing has hijacked the health care debate, and a closer examination of Medicare for All reveals its grim prognosis.

This plan is co-sponsored by four other senators running for president: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker. It represents a radical change in how Americans pay for and receive health care. Medicare for All ends private health care insurance, granting the federal government total control. Employer-based health care will disappear.

Ironically, Medicare will also vanish as it is rolled into this massive new program. The plan’s authors have attempted to disguise this fact by calling it Medicare for All, but that is one gigantic lie. They claim you will be able to visit any doctor or hospital, get care whenever you want, and not need to worry about cost, because everything will be covered.

1. How will we pay for this?

No one has specifically answered this question, but everyone’s taxes will increase — and possibly even double.

2. Will Medicare for All be free for patients?

There is no such thing as “free” health care. Confiscating the wealth of all millionaires and billionaires wouldn’t even come close to paying for this plan. The only way to make it work is by limiting the demand.

3. What happens to seniors who currently have Medicare?

Despite the intriguing sound of Medicare for All, this plan is just the opposite — Medicare for None. The $700 billion from the current annual Medicare budget will be redirected, and seniors’ benefits will change. Bureaucrats will make decisions regarding who receives treatments, something that also happens in England.

4. If I am unhappy with Medicare for All, can’t I just get care elsewhere?

No. This plan outlaws all private health care. So, if you had to wait six months for an operation in America, your only other option would be leaving the country.

5. At least I can still see my doctor, right?

Doubtful. Your doctor might not be around to take care of you. More than 50% of the doctors in this country are over 55 years old. This plan would slash physician reimbursement. Many older doctors will not tolerate that outcome, choosing instead to leave medicine altogether.

 

Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is expected in June to start a five-month Caribbean deployment to provide humanitarian and medical assistance to the region, notable to refugees flooding into Colombia from neighboring Venezuela.

Comfort’s departure will mark the seventh deployment to the Caribbean since 2007 and is the second planned deployment to South America in the last six months. Last fallComfort sailed to Colombia, at the request of the government, to provide medical care to Venezuelan refugees.

“U.S. Southern Command is committed to the region in support of our Caribbean and Latin American partners, as well as displaced Venezuelans who continue to flee the brutal oppression of the former Maduro regime and its interlocking, man-made political, economic and humanitarian crises,” Adm. Craig Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) said in a statement Tuesday about June’s deployment.

Comfort is a 250-bed hospital that can accommodate several hundred Navy medical staff onboard, including pediatricians, surgeons, nurse practitioners, surgical technicians and various support personnel, according to the Navy.

 Measles is an early warning sign for outbreaks of more serious diseases.

And all these immigrants coming in from nations whose health care is medieval in comparison to ours isn’t going to help things. I understand the concern some have about the risks inherent in some vaccinations, but getting the diseases is worse.

“It’s sort of expected that measles is going to be episodic,” says Katrina Kretsinger, a medical epidemiologist who focuses on vaccine-preventable diseases at the World Health Organization. Once you have less than 95 percent of the population immune, you have enough people to keep the disease in circulation, Kretsinger explains. Most countries simply never attained that herd immunity level. Even if you maintained at 92 percent every year, as the population overall increases you’re increasingly likely to see an outbreak. “You get this accumulation over years, and then you introduce measles and it spreads. At some point it burns out of individuals and it goes away, and then the next epidemic will occur.”

The Resurrection of Death Panels
“Death panels” are making a comeback.

About ten years ago, a bipartisan group of legislators led by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin helped neuter a part of ObamaCare known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board. This 15-member bureaucratic body had been tasked with cutting Medicare costs — a goal that would have been partially accomplished by rationing care to seniors. Hence the cryptic moniker. The backlash led to explicit language in the Affordable Care Act that any cost savings achieved by this board could not come as the result of denying care.

Today, politicians and patient advocacy groups must redouble their efforts to fight the death panels’ reincarnation: The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). This Boston-based nonprofit, seeded with nearly $20 million from the left-wing Arnold Foundation, is promoting its framework to determine whether pharmaceutical drugs are valuable enough to warrant government and private health insurance coverage — decisions that have life and death consequences for some patients.

In an attempt to cut drug spending, ICER’s framework has already been partially adopted by CVS Caremark, one of the biggest healthcare players, the Veteran’s Administration, and New York State’s Medicaid program. Medicare Part D, which covers 43 million seniors, has indicated it might use ICER’s approach for its coverage decisions beginning in 2020.

Trying to reduce drug costs is a worthy goal. But not if it is achieved by denying the best care to the sickest and most vulnerable segments of the population. Such a move amounts to a collectivist solution to the problems facing individual patients with rare and chronic diseases across the country. Deeming expensive medicines not valuable enough for coverage is a blunt and crude way to bring down overall prescription drug costs.

SF Bay Area has third-largest homeless population in US

Oh what, pray tell, might be the factor connecting these top locales in the U.S. together?
Forsooth! I have it!
They’re all run by demoncraps, in states run by demoncraps!

The San Francisco Bay Area has the third-largest homeless population in the nation, behind only New York and Los Angeles, according to a report published Wednesday by a local think tank.

The report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute found that 28,200 people in the Bay Area are “experiencing homelessness,” compared to 76,500 in New York and 55,200 in Los Angeles. The report also found that two-thirds of the Bay Area’s homeless are unsheltered, living on the streets or in cars. The only metropolitan area with a higher unsheltered percentage is Los Angeles, where 75 percent of the homeless population is unsheltered.

Brain zaps boost memory in people over 60.

Maybe a cure for CRS?

NEW YORK (AP) — Zapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current improved a form of memory enough that they performed like people in their 20s, a new study found.

Someday, people might visit clinics to boost that ability, which declines both in normal aging and in dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, said researcher Robert Reinhart of Boston University.

The treatment is aimed at “working memory,” the ability to hold information in mind for a matter of seconds as you perform a task, such as doing math in your head. Sometimes called the workbench or scratchpad of the mind, it’s crucial for things like taking medications, paying bills, buying groceries or planning, Reinhart said.

“It’s where your consciousness lives … where you’re working on information,” he said.

The new study is not the first to show that stimulating the brain can boost working memory. But Reinhart, who reported the work Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience, said it’s notable for showing success in older people and because the memory boost persisted for nearly an hour minimum after the brain stimulation ended.

One scientist who has previously reported boosting working memory with electrical stimulation noted that the decline in this ability with normal aging is not huge. But “they removed the effects of age from these people,” said Dr. Barry Gordon, a professor of neurology and cognitive science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

“It’s a superb first step” toward demonstrating a way to improve mental performance, said Gordon, who was not involved in the new study.

Reinhart agreed that more research is needed before it can be formally tested as a treatment.

 

Dad arrested for breaking traffic laws in rushing daughter to hospital; nurses bond him out

CENTREVILLE, Ill. – A group of nurses reportedly bonded a local father out of jail after he was arrested for several traffic violations while driving his daughter to the hospital.

Darius Hinkle said a group of nurses bonded him out of jail after he was arrested for breaking traffic laws while rushing his 1-year-old to the hospital.

“She said ‘I’m the nurse from Touchette hospital,'” Donecia Pittman said.

He said the nurses work at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville.

Hinkle admitted he does not have a valid driver’s license and said he was speeding on the way to the hospital on Thursday, but said he did it because his 1-year-old daughter was choking on a penny.

“The first thing in my mind was to get her to the hospital,” Hinkle said.

Hinkle said by the time he arrived at the hospital, more than a handful of police officers with different agencies were behind him.

Hinkle said he was taken into custody once he arrived at the hospital. The 1-year-old’s mother said she arrived at the jail when a woman she didn’t recognize was there to bond Hinkle out. That’s when she learned a group of nurses chipped in money to bond the father out.

“I can’t thank them enough,” Hinkle said.

Thousands in Britain left to go blind due to eye surgery rationing: Report.

You want ‘socialized health care’ in the U.S.? This is what you will get. And don’t for one instant think that other medical procedures won’t be rationed as well.

LONDO (XINHUA) – Thousands of elderly people in Britain are left to go blind because of rationing of eye surgery in the National Health Service (NHS), a report revealed on Saturday (April 6).

The Times newspaper said a survey by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCO) found tens of thousands of elderly people are left struggling to see because of an NHS cost-cutting drive that relies on them dying before they can qualify for cataract surgery.

The survey has found that the NHS has ignored instructions to end cataract treatment rationing in defiance of official guidance two years ago.

The RCO said its survey has found 62 per cent of eye units retain policies that require people’s vision to have deteriorated below a certain point before surgery is funded.

With more than 400,000 cataract operations carried out each year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) concluded that there was no justification for policies that denied patients cataract removal surgery until they could barely see.

The RCO said that refusal to fund surgery was insulting and called into question the entire system through which the NHS approves treatments.

 

Doctors Are Now Giving 8-Year-Old Girls Testosterone, Claiming They’re ‘Transgender’

Be careful when taking tomboys to doctors. You could easily get all twisted up in this crap-for-brains ‘trans’ movement.

According to medical doctors and a parent of a gender non-conforming child speaking on a panel for the Heritage Foundation, their quest to stop dangerous transgender treatments on minors has exposed that “government-funded research now allows wrong sex hormones such as testosterone to be given to girls as young as 8,” reported The Christian Post on Tuesday.

Through FOIA requests, Dr. Michael Laidlaw, a California-based endocrinologist, and some of his colleagues “found that in 2017 they lowered the minimum age for cross-sex hormones from 13 to 8,” the report said.

Medieval Diseases Making a Comeback Due to Feces on Streets

Socialist diversity paradise

Medieval diseases are making a comeback in major American cities thanks to the increasing amount of feces on the streets.

According to a report by Kaiser Health News, “Infectious diseases — some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages — are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.”

Outbreaks of Shigella bacteria and Hepatitis A, both are which are caused by exposure to feces, are on the increase in Southern California, New Mexico, Ohio and Kentucky, “primarily among people who are homeless or use drugs.”

Dementia Deaths Have Doubled in Two Decades

If your memory slips often enough to put even an inkling of concern or doubt in your mind, it’s time to take action. A high-fat, moderate-protein, low-net-carb ketogenic diet is crucial for protecting your brain health and preventing degeneration that can lead to Alzheimer’s.

One of the most striking studies showing the effects of a high-fat/low-carb versus high-carb diets on brain health revealed that high-carb diets increase your risk of dementia by a whopping 89 percent, while high-fat diets lower it by 44 percent.

According to the authors, “A dietary pattern with relatively high caloric intake from carbohydrates and low caloric intake from fat and proteins may increase the risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia in elderly persons.” A ketogenic diet benefits your brain in a number of different ways. For example, it:

  • Triggers ketone production — A cyclical ketogenic diet will help you convert from carb-burning mode to fat-burning mode, which in turn triggers your body to produce ketones, an important source of energy (fuel) for your brain that have been shown to help prevent brain atrophy and alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s. They may even restore and renew neuron and nerve function in your brain after damage has set in.
  • Improves your insulin sensitivity — A cyclical ketogenic diet will also improve your insulin sensitivity, which is an important factor in Alzheimer’s. The link between insulin sensitivity and Alzheimer’s is so strong, the disease is sometimes referred to as Type 3 diabetes.

Even mild elevation of blood sugar is associated with an elevated risk for dementia. Diabetes and heart disease are also known to elevate your risk, and both are rooted in insulin resistance.

To rival Amazon, UPS enters healthcare—with doorstep nurse delivery
A test is set to launch this year, but UPS mum on which vaccines it will deliver.

UPS is crossing the threshold into healthcare, with plans for a new service that will deliver vaccine-toting nurses to customers’ doorsteps.

A test for the new service is scheduled for later this year, but UPS didn’t name where it will take place or which vaccine it will offer, only saying that it would be an immunization for adults against a viral illness. Vaccine-maker Merck & Co is reportedly considering partnering with UPS on the service.

News of the plan was first reported by Reuters. Ars confirmed the report with UPS, but a UPS spokesperson specifically working on the project did not immediately get back to us. This post will be updated with any additional information we receive.

The test is to see if UPS can “connect all these dots,” Wes Wheeler told Reuters. Wheeler is the chief executive at Marken, UPS’ clinical trial logistics unit, acquired in 2016, that is overseeing the vaccine project.

UPS’ entrance into healthcare follows news and buzz about Amazon’s gate-crashing foray into the industry, which has rattled major healthcare players, including insurance companies and pharmacies. Last year, Amazon purchased the online pharmacy PillPack, which sells presorted medication packets in one-month supplies to customers nationwide. News of the purchase sent shares of Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid plummeting at the time.

But Amazon reportedly uses UPS and FedEx to deliver PillPack orders, lacking specialized medical facilities and temperature-controlled shipping infrastructure of its own. This leaves an opening for UPS and other shippers to get into healthcare logistics.

“Over-the-threshold services is where the world is headed,” Chris Cassidy told Reuters. Cassidy oversee global healthcare logistics strategy at UPS and is a former employee at GlaxoSmithKline PLC.

Still, there will be obstacles to the new plan, including getting insurance companies to cover the home-delivered vaccines and keeping costs low to make the service competitive with other strategies, such as relatively cheap in-pharmacy vaccinations.

Medieval’ Diseases Flare as Unsanitary Living Conditions Proliferate,”

Jennifer Millar keeps trash bags and hand sanitizer near her tent, and she regularly pours water mixed with hydrogen peroxide on the sidewalk nearby. Keeping herself and the patch of concrete she calls home clean is a top priority.

But this homeless encampment off a Hollywood freeway ramp is often littered with needles and trash, and soaked in urine. Rats occasionally scamper through, and Millar fears the consequences.

“I worry about all those diseases,” said Millar, 43, who said she has been homeless most of her life.

Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.

Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals—in downtown streets. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.

People in Washington state have been infected with Shigella bacteria, which is spread through feces and causes the diarrheal disease shigellosis, as well as Bartonella quintana, which spreads through body lice and causes trench fever.

Hepatitis A, also spread primarily through feces, infected more than 1,000 people in Southern California in the past two years. The disease also has erupted in New Mexico, Ohio and Kentucky, primarily among people who are homeless or use drugs.

Public health officials and politicians are using terms like “disaster” and “public health crisis” to describe the outbreaks, and they warn that these diseases can easily jump beyond the homeless population.

That is NOW.

50 Years Ago:

The Great Relearning

In 1968, in San Francisco, I came across a curious footnote to the hippie movement. At the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic there were doctors who were treating diseases no living doctor had ever encountered before, diseases that had disappeared so long ago they had never even picked up Latin names, diseases such as the mange, the grunge, the itch, the twitch, the thrush, the scroll, the rot. And how was it that they had now returned? It had to do with the fact that thousands of young men and women had migrated to San Francisco to live communally in what I think history will record as one of the most extraordinary religious fevers of all time.

The hippies sought nothing less than to sweep aside all codes and restraints of the past and start out from zero. At one point the novelist Ken Kesey, leader of a commune called the Merry Pranksters, organized a pilgrimage to Stonehenge with the idea of returning to Anglo-Saxon civilization’s point zero, which he figured was Stonehenge, and heading out all over again to do it better. Among the codes and restraints that people in the communes swept aside—quite purposely—were those that said you shouldn’t use other people’s toothbrushes or sleep on other people’s mattresses without changing the sheets or, as was more likely, without using any sheets at all, or that you and five other people shouldn’t drink from the same bottle of Shasta or take tokes from the same cigarette.

And now, in 1968, they were relearning . . . the laws of hygiene . . . by getting the mange, the grunge, the itch, the twitch, the thrush, the scroff, the rot. This process, namely the relearning—following a Promethean and unprecedented start from zero—seems to me to be the leitmotif of the twenty-first century in America.

 Democrats’(This is just another reason I term them DEMONCRAPS!) promise of Medicare for All is remarkably misguided and unrealistic.

Medicare for All backers say that even though it has never been successfully implemented anywhere and would provide “free” cradle-to-grave coverage, their plan will cut national health spending $2 trillion over the next decade by reducing overhead, cutting drug prices, and slashing payments to doctors and hospitals.

Those promised savings are as unrealistic as everything else about Medicare for All.

Private insurance overhead costs account for less than 7 percent of health costs, so even if you were to eliminate it altogether, without adding new paperwork costs on the government side, you’d save a relative pittance. Plus, it overlooks the fact that Medicare and Medicaid are already big drivers of overhead costs for doctors and hospitals, problems that would likely get worse if Medicare were the only game in town.

It’s like running on a platform of flying pigs

Slashing payments to doctors and hospitals is a sure way to drive providers out and force hospitals to close.

And despite all the hoopla over drug prices, prescription drugs account for less than 10 percent of the nation’s health care bill — the same share as in 1960, according to official government data.

Whooping Cough Outbreak Spreads Across Los Angeles

So even being vaccinated doesn’t completely help with this strain of Pertussis? Well, Californians, welcome to being a ‘sanctuary state’ where immigrants with virulent strains of disease are welcomed in with open arms.

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — An exclusive private school has been hit with dozens cases of whooping cough, which has sickened a large number of teenagers across Los Angeles County.

Health officials say they are monitoring three large clusters of highly contagious whooping cough among 11- to 18-year-olds. The county Department of Health issued a health alert to pediatricians and other health care providers about the uptick in whooping cough last week.

Harvard-Westlake, which has campuses in Studio City and Beverly Crest, was hit particularly hard, with 30 students coming down with whooping cough since November, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Of about 1,600 students attend Harvard-Westlake, where tuition is close to $40,000 a year, only 18 opted out of vaccinations for medical reasons. None of the 30 students who contracted whooping cough were not vaccinated.

 

STOP MEDIEVAL DISEASES WITH A MEDIEVAL WALL
How the legalization of illegal migration and homelessness is leading to a new wave of disease outbreaks.

The media recently reported that Los Angeles County’s ongoing typhus epidemic had infected Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood.

“Who gets typhus? It’s a medieval disease that’s caused by trash,” she wondered.

Greenwood is partially correct. The typhus outbreak, like the hepatitis outbreak, was directly caused by social justice policies that legalized public vagrancy, and leaving trash and human waste on sidewalks. The piles of trash, human waste and people combine to create horrifying diseased conditions. Before Greenwood, many Los Angeles patients who had been diagnosed with typhus were indeed homeless.

“There are rats in City Hall and City Hall East,” she complained. “There are enormous rats and their tails are as long as their bodies.”

The rats are a problem, but the fleas that carry the virus that Greenwood has can live on a variety of animals, including stray cats and possums. That’s why the typhus outbreak isn’t just happening in Skid Row, but has spread to Long Beach and Pasadena. And while the homeless encampments act as incubators for the disease, it’s not the only social justice policy spreading disease across America.

Or at least in California and Texas.

“It’s never been considered a very common disease,” Peter Hotez, the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, noted, “but we seem to see it more frequently. And it seems to be extending across from Southern California all along the Mexican border into southeastern Texas and then into the Gulf Coast in Florida.”

America never had much of a history of typhus, but Mexico did. And our brief episodes of typhus invariably involved immigrants and migrants carrying the disease from Europe or Mexico.

The first outbreak of the disease in this hemisphere occurred in Mexico back in the 17th century and there have been 22 major outbreaks since then, caused in part by refugees and crowded conditions. Typhus was so associated with Mexico that it was even known as Tabardillo or Mexican typhus fever. There was extensive debate as to whether Mexican typhus was different than European typhus.

The first case of typhus in southern California was linked to Mexican refugees.

Dr. L.M. Powers, a Los Angeles physician, was the first to spot it. “The first recognized and recorded cases of typhus fever in southern California occurred in the summer of 1916, when many Mexicans came to this section during a civil war in their own country,” he wrote in a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The first victim of typhus had visited El Paso. Dr. Powers linked many other typhus cases in Los Angeles to Mexico. Historical records show that these cases involved migrants and Mexican railway workers.

In saner times, American authorities understood the problem and took common sense measures to fight the spread of the disease. The rise of typhus cases in California a century ago led to a campaign that included the delousing of anyone coming into the United States from certain parts of Mexico. Leftists have revisited this history in recent years to make obscene analogies to Holocaust gas chambers.

But despite the insistence that disinfection stations were motivated by racism, rather than real fear of the disease, the 67 typhus cases in El Paso make it very clear that there was a real problem.

El Paso’s efforts to keep out typhus were touched off by the death of Dr. W. C. Kluttz, who spotted the disease in the Mexican refugees that he was treating, before becoming infected and dying of it.


Mumps outbreak confirmed at ICE detention facility in Houston

Seven cases of the mumps have been confirmed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Houston, the city health department said Saturday.

Health officials said there has been no spread of the disease in recent days and that they are hopeful the outbreak has been  contained. The individuals infected were detained at the facility during the infectious period.

“Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility, we don’t anticipate these cases posing a threat to the public,” said Dr. David Persse, Houston’s local health authority and medical director of the city’s EMS program.

The health department is working with the facility on infection control methods and will conduct an on-site visit in the coming days.

Most people recover from mumps without serious complications. In rare cases, it can cause hearing loss, some heart issues and miscarriage if contracted early in a pregnancy.

The viral infection is transmissible for up to a week before symptoms appear. Symptoms can include swelling, rashes and fever. It remains contagious for 25 days after symptoms disappear.

It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands.

Mumps has been increasing in numbers in recent years. Nationally, there were more than 6,000 cases in both 2016 and 2017, compared to less than 1,000 cases in most previous years. In Texas, there were 191, 470 and 198 cases in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, compared to 25 or less in most previous years.

Hayward: The Left’s Comfort With Infanticide is a Warning About ‘Medicare for All’

It’s been a shocking few weeks for abortion extremism, from New York’s shocking late-term abortion law to Virginia’s mercifully unsuccessful attempt to legalize infanticide. It’s time to start talking about death panels again, because this casual attitude toward the destruction of human life is a grim omen of what “Medicare for All” would be like.

If the Left is so comfortable with abortion that it’s openly defending late-term horrors and the slaughter of children outside the womb, imagine what they’ll do with the elderly and infirm once they control medicine and hardcore rationing inevitably sets in.

The Left quickly realized it allowed its anti-human freak flag to fly a little too high in Virginia. Frantic attempts were made to gaslight American voters into believing Governor Ralph Northam didn’t say what he actually said about killing born-alive infants. The effort subsided as Northam’s defenders realized he was, if anything, understating the barbarism of the legislation in question. There was also the inconvenient matter of his equally infamous comment that infants would be “kept comfortable” while their mothers and doctors decided whether they should live or die.

Even as left-wing media outlets cranked out the predictable tidal wave of “Conservatives pounce!” headlines, the Virginia bill’s sponsors scampered away from their defeated legislation, implausibly claiming they never actually read the bill they pushed so hard and did not fully understand the horrors it would have authorized.

The delegate who proposed the bill, Kathy Tran, took a stab at using the Jedi mind trick to make everyone forget she advocated abortion at 40 weeks with nothing more than a single doctor’s concern about the “mental health” of the recalcitrant mother, but unfortunately for Tran, her words were caught on video with extensive captioning:

Kamala Harris Vows to ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance Market.

I guess the new hot is: If you like your plan, you can’t have it.
It appears that Harris is the media anointed demoncrap nominee. She’s the only one, so far, that has a one of these “town hall” propaganda rallies. She’s younger than any of the other candidates that actually have a shot at the nomination, and she’s not white.
I expect more swooning over her like they did for Hillary Clinton, which I think is good as she doesn’t have a lot that Obama had going for him at this point in 2007.
She’s not the political zero Obama was, and she definitely doesn’t have the slick charm he still has. She’s a harpy SJW and that is going to be what does her in, just like it did Hillary.

Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) advocated the elimination of the private health insurance industry during a CNN town hall event in Iowa Monday night.

Harris, who announced her 2020 presidential candidacy this week, broke from previous Democratic healthcare orthodoxy, which held that Americans could retain their private insurance if they so chose, in favor of a single-payer plan in which the government is the sole health insurance provider.

“I believe the solution — and I actually feel very strongly about this — is that we need to have Medicare for all,” Harris said in response to an audience question about healthcare affordability. “That’s just the bottom line.”

“So for people out there who like their insurance, they don’t get to keep it?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“Let’s eliminate all of that,” Harris responded, “let’s move on.”


She’s also as, or more, anti-gun than the rest of the herd.

Allergic to Penicillin? You May Not Be: Nineteen out of 20 people who have been told they are allergic to penicillin are not truly allergic to the drug.

Though an allergy can develop at any age, penicillin allergies are often first recorded in childhood, when penicillin is the No. 1 antibiotic prescribed, she said. If a child on penicillin develops a rash or other symptom and it is erroneously attributed to the drug, the allergy label sticks, often for life. . . . There is no question some people have potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to penicillin, but the label appears to have been applied far too broadly, experts say. About 10 percent of Americans report having a penicillin allergy, and the rate is even higher among older people and hospital patients, 15 percent of whom have a documented penicillin allergy.

American Psychological Association: ‘Traditional Masculinity’ Harmful to Men and Boys

We now live in a world where questioning whether Chelsea Manning is truly a woman can get you deplatformed on social media for hate speech while the American Psychological Association sees traditional masculinity as a mental disorder.

The APA just published a lengthy screed on the topic which reads as if it was compiled with assistance from a college symposium on intersectional feminism. I’ve tried to digest some of the most telling passages.

Stephanie Pappas writes at the APA website (emphasis is mine):

APA issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys

APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men strive to recognize and address these problems in boys and men while remaining sensitive to the field’s androcentric past. Thirteen years in the making, they draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.

The implication is clear. Manliness is bad.

The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors. For example, a 2011 study led by Kristen Springer, PhD, of Rutgers University, found that men with the strongest beliefs about masculinity were only half as likely as men with more moderate masculine beliefs to get preventive health care…

The report even invokes John Wayne. And naturally, links masculinity with racism.

This vision of masculinity may summon up an image of a closemouthed cowboy, à la John Wayne. But there’s more to masculinity than macho swagger. When the rules of manliness bump up against issues of race, class and sexuality, they can further complicate men’s lives.

For example, the masculine requirement to remain stoic and provide for loved ones can interact with systemic racism and lead to so-called John Henryism for African-American men, a high-effort method of coping that involves striving hard in the face of prolonged stress and discrimination.

Then we get the completely taken-as-unquestionable suggestion that transgenderism, unlike masculinity, is completely normal.

Today, transgender issues are at the forefront of the cultural conversation, and there is increased awareness of the diversity of gender identity.

Which brings us to what is the possible goal of this entire exercise. The belief that gender is actually nothing more than a social construct.

Indeed, when researchers strip away stereotypes and expectations, there isn’t much difference in the basic behaviors of men and women. Time diary studies, for example, find that men enjoy caring for their children as much as women do. And differences in emotional displays between boys and girls are small, according to a 2013 meta-analysis (Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 139, No. 4), and not always in the stereo-typical direction. Adolescent boys, for example, actually displayed fewer externalizing emotions such as anger than did adolescent girls.

Justice Ginsburg missing Supreme Court arguments

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month.

Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday the 85-year-old Ginsburg is continuing to recuperate and work from home after doctors removed two cancerous growths from her left lung on Dec. 21.

Ginsburg was discharged from a New York hospital on Christmas day.

Ginsburg had two earlier cancer surgeries in 1999 and 2009 that did not cause her to miss court sessions. She also has broken ribs on at least two occasions.

The court said doctors found the growths on Ginsburg’s lung when she was being treated for fractured ribs she suffered in a fall at her office on Nov. 7.

How Medicare For All Could Become the Leading Cause of Death In America.
The fundamental flaw people assume about health care is that being universally insured equals better health outcomes. This isn’t true.

SO it makes one wander why the demoncraps, especially the far left socialist commie brand, touts this. Could it be that they have some ulterior motive to make Americans have to use this more expensive and probably more lethal system?

The top three leading causes of death in the US are heart disease (614,348), cancer (591,699), and seeking medical treatment. Yes, you read that correctly. According to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins, medical errors contribute to the deaths of more than 250,000 Americans annually, which places it as the third leading cause of death in the US.

Other estimates have actually placed those numbers even higher at around 440,000 annual deaths because errors by health care providers are not included on death certificates.

Our current health care system is based on a fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement model that rewards doctors for providing more treatments than necessary because payment is dependent on the quantity, not quality, of care.

Each time you visit the doctor’s office, consult a specialist, or stay in a hospital, you pay for every single test, treatment, or procedure, even though some of these services may be unnecessary.

These unnecessary tests and treatments have accounted for $200 billion annually and have been found to actually harm patients. That’s because the FFS system is volume-based, not necessarily value-based. Therefore, any increases in the volume of care equal increases in medical errors.

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) contribute to the deaths of nearly 100,000 people annually, leaving almost two million of the total afflicted population requiring treatments that cost over $25 billion a year. These costs could be passed along to taxpayers under Medicare for All, instead of private insurers and employers, as they are now…..

If Medicare for All covered all 325 million Americans—which include the nearly 30 million uninsured Americans and the 41 million more with inadequate health insurance—it would be the most disastrous third-party payer ever, once cost was not a primary factor.

Including fatal medical errors and the hundreds of thousands of deaths resulting from longer wait times—already exhibited by VA health care—this could presumably make Medicare for All the single biggest factor to the leading cause of death in the US.

Medicare for All would not only be benefiting those who didn’t contribute 40 or more years into the Medicare Trust, but it also wouldn’t substantially improve conditions because it would forcibly thrust all Americans into a system that costs billions of dollars in unnecessary treatments that don’t necessarily improve patient outcomes but rather impose tremendous harm.

The fundamental flaw people assume about health care is that being universally insured equals better health outcomes. Not true!

Canada has a single-payer system, and not only are they experiencing increased wait times every year (average of 21.2 weeks from primary care doctor to specialist for treatment) for health care but their mortality rates from diseases such as cancer (22 percent) are actually 3.5 percent higher than US cancer deaths (18.5 percent) relative to population size. Canadian deaths from heart disease (14.3 percent) fall only 5.4 percent lower than US deaths from heart disease (19.7 percent), so Canada is not significantly healthier because of its single-payer system.

US Medicare is wasteful, ineffective, and expensive. The Dartmouth Atlas documents variations in health care utilization in the US, and it can reveal spending differences on Medicare patients in separate geographical locations with demographically homogeneous populations.

Breaking: Case of Suspected Ebola in Swedish Hospital — Emergency Dept. Closed

They’re not for sure as the symptoms presented are the same as many other illnesses. But, if that hospital doesn’t have this person in a Biosafety level 4 room, (and they don’t as the only level 4 facility in Sweden is in Solna) they are playing with fire.

The patient has been isolated at Uppsala hospital being suspected of carrying the Ebola virus, Swedish media outlet SVT Nyheter reports. The Enkoping hospital has been promptly closed for fear of staff potentially being exposed.

As Voice of Europe reported last week, there is concern about inadequate preparedness for when a new epidemic erupts.

The national health authorities in Sweden have chosen to keep a low profile on discussions on the virus to avoid causing concern among citizens, having not coordinated government initiatives leaving it to county councils whether they increase their preparedness.