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Let’s keep hating on health care through November
Tuesday, 23 Mar, 2010 – 16:47 | Comments Off
Let’s keep hating on health care through November

A couple of salient points in the hoo-ha coming today from those who lost the health care fight:
Not all Americans hate the new law. More people think it will help than think it will hurt. …

A new law needed to get current law enforced on generics
Monday, 18 Jan, 2010 – 22:35 | Comments Off
A new law needed to get current law enforced on generics

It’s kind of awkward that the Federal Trade Commission wants the health-care bill to include a ban on settlements between drug companies that keep generic drugs off the market – delays the commission says costs …

Drug companies robbing everybody to pay Paul
Monday, 16 Nov, 2009 – 22:47 | Comments Off
Drug companies robbing everybody to pay Paul

It took me a while, but I finally figured out where I’d previously seen the scam the drug companies are trying to pull off on health care reform.
It was about this time last year, at …

A SWAT for putting pets before people
Thursday, 22 Oct, 2009 – 23:07 | Comments Off
A SWAT for putting pets before people

I understand Republicans a little less every day.
Government-funded public health insurance: Bad. It’ll blow up the budget.
The stimulus bill and its middle-class tax cuts: Evil.  No need to fritter away money unless we’re throwing it …

The case of the obese baby and the insurance company
Monday, 12 Oct, 2009 – 22:41 | Comments Off
The case of the obese baby and the insurance company

Have you come down from the ceiling yet over the story about the nine states where  insurance company can refuse to provide health coverage for domestic violence victims because the abuse is a “pre-existing …

Here’s a big surprise: Health insurance costs could continue to rise
Wednesday, 16 Sep, 2009 – 22:07 | Comments Off
Here’s a big surprise: Health insurance costs could continue to rise

File under the category of “things workers already know but certain so-called leaders like to deny:”
Workers’ health insurance costs increased 5 percent this year – for those still lucky enough to have both jobs and …

Death panels? We already have them
Sunday, 13 Sep, 2009 – 21:54 | Comments Off
Death panels? We already have them

A good friend’s husband retired a few years back, but they made sure they had continuing health coverage, to the tune of $1,400 a month – that’s actually not a bad deal these days.
For all …

A SWAT to those who try to turn a sideshow into the main event
Thursday, 10 Sep, 2009 – 21:29 | Comments Off
A SWAT to those who try to turn a sideshow into the main event

I’m not going to pick on Joe Wilson.
The South Carolina congressman  earned the honors of poster boy of the week for Foot in Mouth Disease after his impolitc political outburst Wednesday during the president’s health …

Suck it up, kid. It’s just 400 miles.
Saturday, 9 May, 2009 – 0:58 | One Comment
Suck it up, kid. It’s just 400 miles.

Proof positive health-insurance executives are living on a different planet from the rest of us:
A company that covers federal workers tells a 5-year-old Reno girl with leukemia that she’ll have to have chemotherapy in Oakland. …

Can’t get a peer to review? Just make it up
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 0:44 | Comments Off
Can’t get a peer to review? Just make it up

If you’re going to pull a fast one, make it a whopper.
I’m not talking about the type of stunt I tried in eighth grade, when instead of merely making up a book report on something …

Stay home when you’re sick – could it catch on?
Saturday, 2 May, 2009 – 0:29 | One Comment
Stay home when you’re sick – could it catch on?

If anything good can come out of the nationwide hypochondria of swine-flu panic, it’s  that the notion that if you’re sick, you should stay home finally could gain some traction.
The governor of California said it.
The …

Improve your love life with Claritin!
Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 – 1:10 | 3 Comments
Improve your love life with Claritin!

The latest study from the files of “Why Can’t I Find Work Like This”:  Hayfever puts stress on relationships, for reasons ranging from keeping partners awake with snoring, difficulty kissing, lower sex …

How to destroy a health-care program when it’s needed the most
Tuesday, 7 Apr, 2009 – 0:59 | One Comment
How to destroy a health-care program when it’s needed the most

If a tree falls in a dead-red county and takes out a health-care program that sees almost a quarter million visits a year, would anyone hear it?  Would anyone notice before hospital emergency rooms become …

New insights into the mind’s workings as scary as they are exciting
Monday, 6 Apr, 2009 – 0:55 | Comments Off
New insights into the mind’s workings as scary as they are exciting

If there were a medication that would make you forget downing one too many at the company holiday dinner and laying one on the boss’s better half, would you take it? Would you slip it …

Epiblogue: The curious case of the generic drug that’s not
Wednesday, 1 Apr, 2009 – 12:38 | One Comment
Epiblogue: The curious case of the generic drug that’s not

When we last left Pulmicort, the asthma medicine popular for children was about to become a generic after Israeli company Teva Pharmaceuticals got permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to produce it. British …

Trying again to stop deals that delay generic drugs
Wednesday, 4 Feb, 2009 – 23:53 | 2 Comments
Trying again to stop deals that delay generic drugs

If a conspiracy falls in the forest and everyone within a country mile hears it, are big companies still guilty of cheating the public?
The Federal Trade Commission thinks so. It joined California Attorney General Jerry …

Everything I need to know about SCHIP I learned from a mechanic
Thursday, 15 Jan, 2009 – 0:36 | Comments Off
Everything I need to know about SCHIP I learned from a mechanic

I don’t know which scared me more the day I swerved my Ford Escort off the freeway just in time to see the engine ignite: The flames shooting from the hood or my stepdad’s predictable …

Here’s hoping the new FDA head has bigger worries than cold medicine
Tuesday, 13 Jan, 2009 – 0:58 | 4 Comments
Here’s hoping the new FDA head has bigger worries than cold medicine

I was one of those parents today. The kind the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gets verklempt about every autumn as it considers, yet again, banning kiddie cold medicine. The kind of heartless momma who …

Doctors shouldn’t have to go in the hole
Monday, 1 Dec, 2008 – 12:23 | Comments Off
Doctors shouldn’t have to go in the hole

Yet another health-care situation where there’s plenty of blame to go around, but blame doesn’t matter as much as getting the situation fixed:
About 10 percent of U.S. doctors are thinking about no longer vaccinating privately …

When faced with competition, suddenly drug makers can produce generics
Wednesday, 19 Nov, 2008 – 14:02 | 2 Comments
When faced with competition, suddenly drug makers can produce generics

Once in a while, I’ll run across something so confusing I’m not sure who the good guys are.
Like this morning when I saw that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of …