a different perspective on Pres. Obama

Posted in politics by Administrator on the May 26th, 2010

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new”. from The Prince by Nicolo’ Machiavelli. Pres. Obama faces this very challenge as he tries to wrest power from the corporate aristocracy and return it to the people. He has to fight the established old guard AND those in his own party who have their own best interest in mind and not that of the people whom they are suppossed to represent.BTW “new order” in the context that I am using it DOES NOT MEAN SOCIALIST OR COMMUNIST!! So don’t start that crap with me. “Prudent government regulation, as needed to protect the interest of the common people from abuse by the elite, is necessary for the orderly function of society” Those are my words.

In defense of not-for-profit health care

Posted in politics by Administrator on the November 11th, 2009

Quotes from Money Drive Medicine
“..on average, those who receive more supply-driven care are no better off than similar patients who enjoy a certain degree of benign neglect.”
Dartmouth study-”..we believe that physicians, along with willing hospitals, are at the root of over treatment.”
“There’s a lot of money being made on things that don’t work well.”
..clinical trials are costly and not always practical. Moreover, ”
if you are making a ton of money being reimbursed by Medicare, the last thing you want to do is put your treatment to a test.” says Califf(Dr Califf, professor of medicine at Duke University)
“Clinical medicine is awash in novelty, but without the capacity to distinguish what truly works…THE EMPLOYER COMMUNITY, THE TAX-PAYING COMMUNITY and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services need to understand that THEIR COST PROBLEMS CAN BE TRACED TO A LARGE EXTENT, TO UNEVALUATED TECHNOLOGIES.”

This words make a good argument that for profit health care has run amok and we the people are receiving diminishing returns on the money spent on health care, both private and public.

Quote from Money-Driven Medicine

Posted in politics by Administrator on the November 9th, 2009

Former Medicare administrator Vladeck “focusing on utilization permits both health care providers and payers to change the subject away from the more embarrassing discussion of who’s getting paid, by whom, and how much.” By blaming the consumer, we avoid flustering the many politicians who receive contributions from health care lobbyists.
Read the book Money-Driven Medicine by Maggie Mahar. We the people need to see through the fear mongering of the right wing pundits. The HIGHLY PAID pundits. (who’s getting paid, by whom, and how much?)At the same time we must be on guard against a poorly executed attempt at real reform. Anything less than breaking the back of the for profit health care industry, to include the insurance companies, the drug companies, and the corporate hospital companies, is not going to help. Stay in touch with your congressman or congresswoman and share these concerns with them.