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With health care costs growing without bounds, the medical devices industry and President Obama are hard at work. Not hard at work reducing costs. Hard at work convincing us that the solution to the cost crisis is more technology. Right, Mr. President. And John McCain is a maverick and Sarah Palin is a genius. Almost…

Thinking about abortion

I am pro-abortion. Not in the sense that I think abortions are good. I don’t. In the sense that I am pro-surgery for medical conditions that can be surgically treated, or pro-pharmaceuticals for medical conditions that can be treated with drugs. I consider an unwanted fertilization to be a medical condition with significant consequences that…

Flu in hospital workers

The AMA just took over a journal called Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. In fact they proudly announced they were the exclusive publisher and distributor of the journal, formerly published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. I wouldn’t even know about it except it was in connection with a press release of an article likely…

The US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on one of the many required, but in this case crucial, steps to beginning an overhaul of the chaotic situation of American health care. By all accounts the vote is close, which is really pathetic. What is being proposed in the US is a baby step…

Health insurance companies shouldn’t exist

2009 was a dismal year, economically speaking — unless you were a health insurer:

Health insurance company whacked

If you want to know why I despise every Republican Senator and Democratic Senators Ben Nelson, Evan Bayh, Blanche Lincoln, Max Baucus, “Independent (of morals)” Joe Lieberman and probably a bunch more whose names I am repressing, it’s because they enable and support and help entrench as the bedrock of our health care system, insurance…

US health care system pronounced healthy

Rush Limbaugh has done a personal biopsy of the US health care system and found it healthy:

Health deform, Second Amendment edition

We’re only just learning some of the crap that’s in this health care deform compromise/giveaway to the insurance industry, but some of it has come out (via the Manager’s Amendment .pdf [and I admit I don't exactly know what this is except it contains legislative language allegedly in the bill]). For starters, rest easy. Your…

Health care deform

We are on record as favoring single-payer health care and taking certain things like vaccines out of the market system, but beyond that we don’t do much health care politics here. But we have opinions, like everyone does, opinions formed by working for more than four decades within the health care and public health professions.…

Swine flu in China: no problem

Since the way Chinese public health officials traditionally save face is by covering their ass, when I hear things like this I don’t automatically believe it: