KamalaCare

That time of the election cycle…..we have health care issues and promises from all sides…..with the exception of Republicans…..we have Madicare For All, Medicare USA, and now KamalaCare.

This is Kamala Harris proposal for solving our health care dilemma…..but what is it….no really what?

There’s no question that the American health care system is a crazy quilt that leaves health “insurance companies in charge,” as Senator Kamala Harris appreciates. Unfortunately, her health reform proposal, “KamalaCare” does not match her rhetoric. It leaves health insurers running the show.

Harris’ proposal relies extensively on for-profit health insurers to provide coverage. But, they are the reason health care is unaffordable and the reason people are often faced with denials of care and coverage. She claims her plan will hold the health insurers to account if they game the system. That sounds great in theory, but how exactly would it work in practice?

Like Senator Bernie Sanders’ and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All legislation, Harris’ proposal makes an improved traditional Medicare public plan available to all Americans. Unlike Sanders and Jayapal, after a ten-year transition, she keeps the for-profit health insurance industry in business, offering Medicare Advantage plan options to people who want a private plan.

KamalaCare leaves health insurers running the show

As usual from the “corporatist” candidates….the health industry stays in control of your health care….so basically it is the status quo with some minor adjustments…..

If you get health insurance at work or buy your own plan, will you be able to keep it? No. Harris says insurance companies will be allowed “to offer a plan” in the government-run system but only if they follow the government’s strict rules to skimp on what’s spent on your care. “If they want to play by our rules, they can be in the system. If not, they have to get out,” she says.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/07/31/the_truth_about_kamalacare_140894.html

This one has holes all through it to allow the industry to keep control of your health care.  Is that what you want?

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Closing Thought–02Aug19

I have written ,much about the problems that our veterans are having….their mental health……suicides were on the rise at a time when the VA has its problems as well…..I have written about these problems often….

https://lobotero.com/2015/04/02/veterans-suicide/

https://lobotero.com/2019/06/24/suicides/

I revisit my post on veterans suicide because I read that the UK seems to be having a like problem with the veterans…..

A coroner has warned that more military veterans suffering PTSD may take their own lives unless urgent action is taken to improve their care.

Emma Brown, the coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, has written to NHS services and police highlighting a catalogue of failures in the treatment of Lance Corporal Dave Jukes in the months leading up to his suicide.

Earlier this month, she ruled the 49-year-old veteran from Birmingham, who had served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia, took his own life last year after repeated calls for help were largely ignored.

In a strongly worded letter seen by The Sunday Telegraph, she has urged NHS England, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and West Midlands Police to learn from mistakes in the soldier’s treatment.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/british-armed-services-veterans-suicides-200000175.html

It is a crying shame that these men and women made it home to their loved ones only to face PTSD that could just as lethal as any enemy on the battlefield.

Hopefully my readers in the UK will fill in any blanks that I may have in this issue.

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I Agree With Trump!

I know some of my more conservative readers will be reading this and having to sit down…..the old professor likes something Trump is doing?

Well yes I do….but there a several things that I approve of from the Trump admin……like bring troops home and a better infrastructure……so far neither of those have come to the forefront….only in rhetoric not reality.

As an old retired fart that depends on Medicare for his drugs and care I am always bitching about the price of my drugs….especially my insulin and pain meds…..

It appears that our president is going to do something about the high costs of prescribed medicine…..

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, weakening a long-standing ban that had stood as a top priority for the politically powerful pharmaceutical industry. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Wednesday morning, the AP reports. Previous administrations had sided with the industry on importation, echoing its concerns that it could expose patients to risks from counterfeit or substandard medications. Azar, a former drug industry executive, said US patients will be able to import medications safely and effectively, with oversight from the Food and Drug Administration. The administration’s proposal would allow states, wholesalers, and pharmacists to get FDA approval to import certain medications that are also available here.

It’s unclear how soon consumers will see results. Most patients take affordable generic drugs to manage conditions such as high blood pressure or elevated blood sugars. But polls show concern about the prices of breakthrough medications for intractable illnesses like cancer or hepatitis C infection, whose costs can run to $100,000 or more. And long-available drugs like insulin have also seen price increases that have forced some people with diabetes to ration their own doses. “For too long American patients have been paying exorbitantly high prices for prescription drugs that are made available to other countries at lower prices,” Azar said in a statement that credited President Trump for pushing the idea. The administration’s move comes as the industry is facing a crescendo of consumer complaints over prices, as well as legislation from both parties in Congress to rein in costs.

This is a great idea but like all great from Trump is it a lie,  a broken promise or will it make it to the reality of my life?

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A Sunday Thought

There is one last thought on this Sunday……

I am not a fan of shrinks whether medical or PhD……I believe their usefulness is been greatly exaggerated…….it comes from TV shows like Criminals Minds and such all about the profiling of criminals……then there is the use of drugs on our kids by these “professionals” that diagnose all sorts of ailments that need treatment…..

So when I read a report about their “science” could be a waste of time……I thought ah ha!

The study, led by researchers from the University of Liverpool, involved a detailed analysis of five key chapters of the latest edition of the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), on ‘schizophrenia’, ‘bipolar disorder’, ‘depressive disorders’, ‘anxiety disorders’ and ‘trauma-related disorders’.

Diagnostic manuals such as the DSM were created to provide a common diagnostic language for mental health professionals and attempt to provide a definitive list of mental health problems, including their symptoms.

The main findings of the research were:

  • Psychiatric diagnoses all use different decision-making rules
  • There is a huge amount of overlap in symptoms between diagnoses
  • Almost all diagnoses mask the role of trauma and adverse events
  • Diagnoses tell us little about the individual patient and what treatment they need

The authors conclude that diagnostic labeling represents ‘a disingenuous categorical system’.

https://neurosciencenews.com/meaningless-psychiatric-diagnosis-14434/

All I can say at this point….”I told you so”!

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Thoughts On Veterans

Closing Thought–22Jul19

Veterans are once again making news…first it is a situation that they face overseas that is making them ill…..

The Department of Defense seemingly acknowledged the dangers of burn pit exposure in a new report released by Congress — but falls short of offering solutions.

A feasibility study conducted by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, which was provided to Congress last month, was supposed to figure out how to end burn pits for waste disposal on overseas military bases. Instead, critics said, the report seemingly defended the use of burn pits because there are no other options.

Since veterans returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a long and contentious debate over the data surrounding the effects of burn pit exposure. Thousands of veterans have linked their chronic medical issues, including cancer and respiratory illnesses, to burn pits that release dangerous toxins.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/pentagon-fails-to-provide-accountability-for-veteran-burn-pit-exposure-in-report-to-congress

Bad enough there is an enemy that wants them dead and now the Pentagon is helping with that desire.

Looks like veterans are finally starting to ask questions about their forever wars.

It is undoubtedly my favorite part of every wedding. That awkward, but strangely forthright moment when the preacher asks the crowd for any objections to the couple’s marriage. No one ever objects, of course, but it’s still a raw, if tense, moment. I just love it.

I suppose we had that ubiquitous ritual in mind back in 2007 when Keith – a close buddy and fellow officer – and I crafted our own plan of objection. The setting was Baghdad, Iraq, at the start of the “surge” and the climax of the bloody civil war the U.S. invasion had unleashed. Just twenty three years old and only eighteen months out of the academy, my clique of officers had already decided the war was a mess, shouldn’t have been fought, and couldn’t be won

What Was It All for For: Vets Have Finally Turned on America’s Endless Wars

If there is anyone that has the RIGHT to oppose war then it is the veterans that must fight them.

They need to make their voices heard …..a LOUD voice…..time to make the society actually feel the guilt of aiding the death of so many.

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FYI Saturday

While IST is basically a political and foreign policy blog I do try to write stuff on the weekends that can be FYI…..

Food and food prep is always a good topic.

I have worked as a chef in the past and I do all the cooking for me and Sue…..I like to cook and I also like to point out the trends and fads that may not be a good move.

This Saturday it is the use of coconut oil for food prep.

Just a couple of short years ago, it seemed that coconut oil could do no wrong. Practically out of nowhere, it was being touted incessantly as a “superfood,” thanks to claims that it helps burn fat and curbs hunger, among other impressive feats. Just recently, however, a Harvard professor fired the metaphorical shot heard ’round the world by saying that coconut oil is “pure poison.” This came not too long after the release of updated guidelines by the American Heart Association (AHA), which urged people to steer clear of saturated fatty acids, among them coconut oil.

The leap from “superfood” to “pure poison” is pretty big. Like, Grand Canyon big. So, which is it?

Not surprisingly, the answer lies somewhere in the middle, and could even change again once more research is done. Melissa Majumdar is a registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She points out that, despite popular and prevalent claims to the contrary, currently there’s insufficient evidence to rate the effectiveness of coconut oil for issues like diabetes, weight loss, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and thyroid problems.

https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/coconut-oils-superfood-pure-or-poison.htm

A few friends have taken to using coconut oil to cook with and I have shown them the report on their choice…..just to be FYI.

Now I admit I use to love Bananas Fosters….that flaming dessert…..now speaking about fire with food……

Another fad that baffles me is the trend of sushi…to me it is bait on a plate…..but now it appears that it is bursting into flames…..

The same phenomenon that causes overheated compost piles to spontaneously combust has been causing fires in sushi restaurants. The culprit is deep-fried tempura flakes, also known as agedama or tenkasu, which have been linked to five restaurant fires in Wisconsin alone, the New York Times reports. Fire investigator Kara Nelson says the flakes, used to give sushi rolls some crunch, are made by deep-frying batter, putting it through a colander, and letting the mixture rest in a bowl for hours, often overnight. She says the dense piles often do not allow heat to dissipate properly and they end up igniting after anywhere from three to 10 hours. Security camera footage from a Madison restaurant showed the mixture combusting six hours after it had been left to cool.

“As they deep fry it in batches, they put it into a colander or a mesh strainer in batches, so they’re basically adding heat every time,” Nelson tells Wisconsin Public Radio. She says the batches were sometimes piled together in a metal bowl, which trapped the heat. “So the heat builds and builds, and once it hits ignition temperature, that’s when a fire occurs,” Nelson says. She says her department has been trying to spread the word about the fire hazard. Her department recommends spreading the batter out on a baking sheet so heat can dissipate—and says restaurants should make the mixture in the mornings so they can keep an eye on it during the day instead of leaving it unattended overnight.

One last FYI topic for this Saturday……not so much about cooking just a new fad……

We go get a facial, pedi-cure, manicure….but now there is a new trend (there is always a new trend)…..a butt facial….yep you read that right…a butt facial…..

RPK spent years as Dr. Lancer’s star aesthetician before opening her own skin-care studio in Beverly Hills last year. “The butt facial has been a summer time request for a while,” Khalsa tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But a lot more people are wearing thongs or very high-cut swimwear.”
 
Her customized treatment (prices from $150) starts with a thorough cleanse followed by an exfoliant “which might be manual or dermabrasion or a chemical peel depending on the client,” she says. The methods includes zapping any blemishes with a high-frequency device to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, hydrating and a final spell under an LED light panel.

Speak of cooking….time for breakfast my favorite meal…..plus MoMo needs her meal as well and Ignore her at my own peril.

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Old Idea For Health

Closing Thought–19Jul19

Many years ago I wrote a letter (days before emails) to my representative, Gene Taylor, with an idea I had….a proposal that I wanted him to look over and try to find a way to make a bill out of it.

I proposed that practicing doctors would dedicate one day a week to treat the poor….they could deduct their time, meds and services, day’s rent and costs of operations from what they owe in taxes/student debt.  The proposal was more extensive in the proposal but that is the gest…I sadly cannot copy the original for it was lost in Katrina.

I got a letter back thanking me for my support and hope to see me at his next rally….apparently the letter was written by a staffer who did  not read my letter……so I wrote off Taylor as a possible person to look to for help….and my support for him was gone.

I got to wax nostalgic after reading something taking place in California…..

As a remedy for its shortage of physicians, California has begun paying off the medical school debt of doctors who commit to making low-income Medi-Cal patients 30% of their caseload. The five-year commitment could suppress doctors’ pay at the beginning of their careers, Forbes reports, but erase debt that can total several hundred thousand dollars. The state has allocated $340 million for the program so far. It’s one more offer for new physicians, who are in demand, to consider: Two-thirds of physicians finishing their training last year had been contacted more than 50 times by recruiters, a survey found.

“This really is life-changing,” said Bryan Ruiz, a new dentist, after finding out that he no longer owed $300,000 in medical school loans. Ruiz already was serving mostly Medi-Cal patients at a community health clinic, per the Los Angeles Times, and expected to spend decades paying off the loans. “He’s committed his life to this kind of service, and that’s what our loan repayment program is about,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a news conference. Using tobacco tax revenue to pay for the program, California dispensed $10.5 million in debt relief to 40 dentists and $58.6 million to 247 physicians this month in its first installment.

I knew I had heard the idea somewhere before.

Damn!  I knew it was a good idea.

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