Update below with link for video of Sen. Durbin's post-vote remarks. Strong and pointed. Also, Scarecrow's take at FDL, and Snarlin' Arlen's first stab in the back of the Dems. Read more about Dems Doing Damnably Dumb Deed: 12 Voting against the mortgage cramdown measure
Just one anecdote, and a mild one at that. I know: the plural of "anecdote" is not "data". So take it as you will.
My Mom is enrolled via Medicare part C in an HMO whose name will be changed to protect the people working for it who bent the rules a bit. I'll refer to it as MPCHMO. Mom is mostly pretty much happy with MPCHMO. Bear that in mind as you read.
Mom recently found herself suffering from a bewildering array of vague symptoms which were reducing her quality of life dramatically. Age-related? She decided to check it out. Read more about Mom's experience with Medicare part C
I sent a complaint letter to John Cornyn over something really outstandingly Cornynish awhile back, and now I regularly get his "updates" in my email.
For a multitude of reasons, I'm one of the voices speaking out to try and stop the panic about "pandemic" influenza. I'm also one of the people who's bemused by the rush to stop calling this "swine flu". (Can't help thinking John Soules Foods, Smithfield, Tyson et. al. are in on the rush to alter the nomenclature; cynical, I am.) So below I'm reproducing, as best I can (you'll need to imagine the "United States Senate" seal fading out through the print midpage) his latest missive. Then I'll add the link for what the CDC says about the flu outbreak. I'm also adding a little information about influenza surveillance in case you're interested. Decide for yourself if Sen. Cornyn is credible, eh?
Update from U.S. Senator John Cornyn Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Update on the H1N1 (Swine Flu) Virus
We are all concerned by recent developments regarding the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, and particularly the sad news that the first casualty in the United States was a 23-month-old toddler from Mexico who had travelled to Texas with family. Because there is a lot of fear and misinformation out there, I wanted to take a moment to share with you some facts about the H1N1 flu outbreak and how Texans can best protect themselves.
Cases of the H1N1 flu, while predominantly affecting Mexico, have been confirmed in several states, including Texas. H1N1 viruses do not normally infect humans; however, sporadic human infections with swine flu occasionally do occur. The symptoms of this flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu seen each year.
The H1N1 flu is spread through human contact, so washing your hands often and covering your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough can help you stay healthy. Stay home if you are feeling sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Heed the advice of your local public health officials.
I have talked with Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, as well as Governor Rick Perry, who informed me that several local school districts along the border and near San Antonio have made the decision to proactively close several schools as a precautionary measure. As of right now, there are just three known severe cases of the H1N1 virus in the state of Texas.
I have also been briefed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the situation and I remain in close contact with Homeland Security and federal health officials, along with state and local leaders in Texas. I stand ready to assist the Governor, Commissioner Lakey, and local leaders in any way that I can.
For more information on these and other topics, go directly to my Web site. To view floor speeches, interviews and other video messages from me, please visit my YouTube Channel. To receive additional updates, please select the issues that interest you listed on the right. It’s an honor to serve you in the United States Senate.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Once again Politico fails to quote anyone from Healthcare-Now!, Physicians for a National Health Plan, California Nurses, Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care, John Conyers, or anyone advocating a Medicare for All Solution.
It is a little like reporting on the Civil Rights Movement and not talking to anyone from SCLC, NAACP, SNCC, CORE, A Phillip Randolph Institute, or anyone else advocating for an end to Jim Crow. Read more about Politico misses the point. Again.
Firing some of the first shots in the coming showdown over health care, a conservative group led by the former owner of the Hospital Corporation of America is beginning a multimillion-dollar campaign Tuesday in opposition to government-run coverage.
Conservatives for Patients Rights is going on TV, radio and the Web in the same week President Barack Obama hosts a health care summit at the White House. The group’s leader, Richard Scott, is hoping a pro-free-market message will rally the right to join the fray on what may be the most hard-fought policy battle in the first year of the new administration.
Gagging on Google
Google is to privacy and respect for intellectual property rights what the Taliban are to women’s rights and civil liberties....
... a daunting threat that must be fought relentlessly by all those who value privacy and the right to exercise, within the limits of the law, control over the uses made by others of their intellectual property. The internet search engine company should be regulated rigorously, defanged and if necessarily broken up or put out of business. It would not be missed.
Versailles: The real problem with health care isn't that you can't get it, but that it costs too much
RL demands mean no real time to post on this, but does the Baucus-Grassley bill to overhaul Medicare looks like No Child Left Behind for doctors to anyone else but me? Read more about Versailles: The real problem with health care isn't that you can't get it, but that it costs too much
... for asking not one single question about the financial crisis during Obama's presser tonight. Every American must do their part in these troubled times, and not asking questions, especially about the extremely large sums of money being collected by banksters, is very important!
You, ladies and gentlemen of the Fourth Estate, fully justified your First Amendment protection tonight! I'm proud of you.
Is Obama interested in health care? Is he even paying attention? Or does it just bore him?
[OBAMA] You can expect us to work on health-care reform that will bring down costs while maintaining quality
You know, I was under the impression that maintaining quality wouldn't really be enough.
Even the nudge crowd and the Dartmouth Atlas mafia want to improve quality -- at least by their standards. Read more about In presser, Obama lowers the baseline on health care "reform" yet again
Still with the stupid security tricks? Ordering Air France jet away from US airspace due to unobsequious journalist on board?
An Air France flight from Paris to Mexico had to detour to Martinique on Saturday, April 18, in order to avoid US air space. It was ordered to not fly over part of the US, apparently because a Colombian born Le Monde Diplomatique journalist who has written critically of the US actions is on the terrorist watch list -- and mustn't be in the skies over the US. Read more about Still with the stupid security tricks? Ordering Air France jet away from US airspace due to unobsequious journalist on board?
Today we get a really novel approach to explaining why we are having an economic crisis. Think Progress reports that POTUS spoke at a town hall meeting in Missouri today.
Obama then noted that the real fiscal problem facing the United States is the skyrocketing costs of Medicare and Medicaid, not the Recovery Act or bank bailouts, which he said are "one-time charges." "If we aren't careful, health care will consume so much of our budget that ultimately we won't be able to do anything else," he warned.
Or so says the current take on the Chrysler restructuring.
Chrysler's creditors would get $2 billion in cash and no equity stake. The automaker's current owner Cerberus Capital Management would be wiped out.
Yesterday was my birthday, so I took the day off. My birthday present to me was a webcam, so if I can ever figure out how to get YouTube to accept an upload, we may have some visits from Granny Bee.—Caro Read more about Politics and Media Headlines 4/29/09
A few days ago Lambert asked us to help Dr. Jess's ad go viral.
Now the estimable Clark Newhall who brought us the recent fax blast is trying to get the Dr. Jess/Mike Farrell ad, along with several others, on TV. You can donate to this effort here.
Here's the email that was forwarded to me: