WA St. Medical Association Responds To Potential Repeal Of The Individual Mandate

Given the depressing state of the local Jefferson County Medical Society, this is good news. Our local docs can’t seem to get worked up over anything other than a qualified woman running for political office, whom they denounce internally with misinformation.

SEATTLE, Nov. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) President Donna Smith, MD, issued the following statement today:

“The Washington State Medical Association is troubled once again that the Senate is threatening health insurance coverage for millions and greater market instability by repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. We stand with the coalition of the country’s top health care organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the Federation of American Hospitals and America’s Health Insurance Plans in urging Congress to maintain the mandate and to pass measures to stabilize the insurance market to help ensure our patients have access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage.

“Too many Washingtonians and too many Americans who are simply trying to access needed care are facing rising premiums and uncertainty regarding the future of their coverage. It’s time to set aside our fractious debate and come together to pursue bi-partisan fixes to the Affordable Care Act so that we have a health care system that works for everyone.”

With Federal Children’s Health Coverage Uncertain, Washington And Oregon Consider Options – NW Public Radio

States preparing for the worst from the outcome of our Republican Representatives and Senators in Congress. Those of you in districts with Republicans representing you should contact your congressperson if you don’t want to see your neighbor’s children thrown off healthcare. This is the outcome of your voting for these people.

Washington and Oregon are making contingency plans in case Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is for low-income families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid

http://nwpr.org/post/federal-children-s-health-coverage-uncertain-washington-and-oregon-consider-options

Yellow Flags: U.S. Hospitals Face a Shortage of This Most Basic Necessity – Bloomberg Businessweek

In our race to the bottom as a global leader, we are now becoming unable to ensure that our supply chain of critical medical supplies is secure and able to produce the volumes needed for our hospitals. I was under the impression that capitalism did not allow this to happen as a need is always filled by ready competitors waiting to step in and compete. It would be interesting to know whether JCH CEO Mike Glen has been aware of this, and what his thoughts are on it. Bloomberg Businessweek, a great newsource, had this recent article.

A long-standing problem, the situation worsened when Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, knocking out power at factories that make the small bags for Baxter International Inc., the product’s biggest supplier. Another large maker of the bags, B. Braun Medical Inc., is having problems of its own—the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into reports of leaky and moldy intravenous bags. And a third, ICU Medical Inc., hasn’t been able to keep up with the increased demand. The industry has also been swept up in a U.S. Department of Justice criminal probe of possible collusion and price-fixing.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-14/this-simple-lifesaving-liquid-is-suddenly-in-short-supply

 

Review contrasts veterinary drugs and homeopathic “alternatives” – Consumer Health Digest

Interesting story on Homeopathy.  There is no science behind homeopathy and this review of it by a noted association, gets to the core of the issue.

The British Veterinary Association’s journal has published two articles that place homeopathy in historical and scientific perspective. Although the articles concern veterinary practices, their conclusions are equally relevant to human drugs. The first article notes that, “For many drugs the mechanism of action is proven, and for most drugs without proven mechanisms of action, scientifically plausible mechanisms exist.” [Lees P and others. Comparison of veterinary drugs and veterinary homeopathy: Part 1. Veterinary Record, Aug 12, 2017] In contrast, the second article notes that “Homeopathy . . . is top down and faith-based; governed by arbitrary laws, invented by the founder, Hahnemann, which are immutable. As such, homeopathy is not just unscientific, it is a genuinely mystical belief system.” [Lees P and others. Comparison of veterinary drugs and veterinary homeopathy: Part 2. Veterinary Record, Aug 19/26, 2017]

 

Homeless Student Count Reaches All-Time High – The Skanner and Oregon Dept of Ed.

The numbers keep growing. Locally, we find reasons to reject helping them with any kind of tax to build new homes for them. This is the black mark of our supposed democracy. That we cannot find a solution supported by the average voter, to help those that have fallen through the safety net (if one even exists anymore). The story from Oregon. We’ve already reported on the one from Washington.

The number of students meeting the federal definition of homeless is up for the fourth year in a row, reaching a new record for both the number and percentage of homeless enrolled students.

For the 2016-17 school year, 22,541 students “lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence” which the federal government classifies as homeless. That represents 3.9 percent of the entire public K-12 student population.

http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/26170-homeless-student-count-reaches-all-time-high?utm_source=Sightline%20Institute&utm_medium=web-email&utm_campaign=Sightline%20News%20Selections

Cheri Van Hoover narrows gap to Bruce McComas

While still trailing Bruce, Cheri has narrowed the gap to 113 votes. It is  certainly not impossible for her to win, as there are still contested ballots and mail in ballots that will be counted as one batch (for protection of voters’ privacy) on Nov. 28th.  A huge number of ballots cast in the election did not vote for either candidate, likely voting for Prop 1 or a Port candidate. This shows, again, why getting out the vote is so important and that every vote counts in local elections. It could come down to a single vote or two.

Patient Deaths Show Darker Side of Modern Chinese Medicine – Bloomberg News

Very interesting articles by Bloomberg. Very well balanced coverage. You might need a subscription to either Bloomberg or ScribD. Or go to the library and read it there.

Early on a snowy, winter morning in January 2012, Wu Xiaoliang, a 37-year-old farmer, stopped by his local doctor to remedy a headache. At a small clinic near his village he received two injections made from traditional Chinese herbs. Hours later, villagers saw him struggling to prop himself up on his moped as he drove home. By noon, he was dead.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-02/patient-deaths-show-darker-side-of-modernized-chinese-medicine