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Looking at the Tip of a Respiratory Virus Iceberg

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00am
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Last week, there were dozens of stories about American children flooding emergency rooms in 10 states; they were infected with a cold-like virus that devastated their respiratory systems.

This week, the list of states reporting cases of the virus, now classified as Enterovirus D68, has risen to 12:

Since mid-August, the Centers for...

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Wait, what? Planned Parenthood opposes over-the-counter birth control proposal

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:30am
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Last week, Planned Parenthood announced its opposition to Republican proposals to make contraceptives available as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Let me paraphrase Planned Parenthood’s three points of opposition:

1) The expanded access to birth control is being offered by Republicans. Republicans hate women. Ergo, vote for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).

Planned Parenthood claims that GOP...

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CDC spreading Ebola panic faster than a Flu virus

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 8, 2014 at 12:24pm
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While many Legal Insurrection fans may disagree with my assessment of the limited risk that the two American Ebola patients are to our country, my basic point is sound:  The uncontrolled entry of people infected with much easier to transmit and more common pathogens should be the main focus of concern.

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Ebola Outbreak: Hysteria or Major Health Threat?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 8:30am
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Late Wednesday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control went into emergency mode — declaring a Level 1 activation of its Emergency Operations Center, it’s most serious posture in a public health emergency.

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You have nothing to fear from Ebola but fear itself

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 4:06pm
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As an environmental health and safety professional who has written a book about “bloodborne pathogens,” such as the Ebola virus, I read with both interest and alarm Bruce Carrol’s post, No concerns here: Ebola patients headed to Georgia.

Shortly after writing that book, I was hired by the Centers for Disease Control...

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Gov’t to throw money at non-monetary VA problem

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 5:00pm
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Lack of funding is not the problem at the Veterans Administration.  It’s the government healthcare system, stupid.

In a story published today, Dennis Wagner of Arizona Central reported new details about the Phoenix VA:

Phoenix VA officials knew of false data for 2 years

Department of Veterans Affairs administrators knew two years ago that...

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Doctors Without Borders: Ebola virus is “totally out of control” in West Africa

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:30pm
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The international volunteer medical organization Doctors Without Borders has issued a chilling warning — that the deadly Ebola virus is “totally out of control.”

The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with infected people and causes internal bleeding and organ failure. There is no cure or vaccine so infected patients must be...

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WaPo: Anthony Brown presided over failure, but he’d make great MD Governor

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:30am
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As Bryan Jacoutot documented here three months ago, Maryland’s health exchange was a complete failure. In private industry or nearly any other field of endeavor, an employee who is responsible for such a visible failure would be subject to demotion or firing. But this is politics. And this is Maryland.

So the...

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White House Website Now Using BuzzFeed Style GIFs to Sell Obamacare

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 10:00am

The Obama administration and some state exchanges have rolled out a number of curious advertising campaigns intended to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people.

Last fall we got a series of ads about ‘Brosurance’ featuring photos of college guys doing keg stands, then in December we were introduced to ...

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Destroying healthcare, one form at a time

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 4:30pm
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The Washington Post article below documents one doctor’s experience with federally mandated electronic health care records.

The story is familiar, as I’ve heard it myself from doctors. Doctors always had to spend time filling out insurance forms, but now it is so much worse. To comply with federal Medicaid and Medicare regulations...

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Security breach at UW Medicine affects 90,000 patients

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:39pm
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The personal information of approximately 90,000 patients of Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, which are part of UW Medicine, has reportedly been compromised as the result of a malware attack that affected a facility computer that stored patient data.

From KOMO News:

Early last month, a UW Medicine employee...

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Dr. Ezekiel “Death Panel” Emanuel defends Obamacare debacle

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 12:18pm
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Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, was on Kelly File last night. (Video embed at bottom of post.)

You may not remember Ezekiel. He was the Dr. Death Panel referred to by Sarah Palin in early August 2009 (emphasis added):

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the...

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Re-election 2012: HHS went quiet on Obamacare regs leading to healthcare.gov tech failure

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:28pm
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CBS News reports, Did White House Obamacare guidance stop ahead of 2012 election?:

CBS News has been digging into the cause of the delays in preparing the website for the government’s health insurance market and has learned was a major interruption in...

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Should we rescue Democrats from their Obamacare disaster?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:26am
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Republicans repeatedly have made proposals to protect the public from the Obamacare disaster.

Not just the substance of the law, but also the timing of the individual mandate.

Way back when (i.e, about two weeks ago), Democrats called such proposals extortion, terrorism, suicide-bombing and legislative arson.

Now an increasing number of Democrats, particularly those...

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