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Former U.S. Congressman and California State Senator Tom Cambell wikk share his insights with AID members ar the upcoming California Tow Hall, Wed Oct 4th

We desperately need deregulation in medicine. It is hard to disagree with anything Dr. Hahn in the link below says about our regulatory nightmare, the need for reform and the chaos harmful state and federal regulations, insurance rules and the EMR mess create for all of us, doctors and patients alike. Deregulation is in part what some of us hoped the new Trump administration would do quickly, and it is in part what HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price is trying to do by himself. His authority is limited however until and unless Congress acts. We should thank and encourage our friend Tom Price in his efforts and hope the Congress gets busy, perhaps in a bipartisan way.

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2017/07/health-reform-simplify-health-system-ideas.html

Ps. Singapore has a functional system that could be adapted here to American values.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/4/25/15356118/singapore-health-care-system-explained

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/opinion/sunday/make-america-singapore.html?referer=https://www-vox-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/4/25/15356118/singapore-health-care-system-explained?amp_js_v=0.1&usqp=mq331AQCCAE%3D  

WASHINGTON — As the Senate was barrelling toward one of its votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this summer, Tom Price was corralling a small group of doctors into a tiny, dimly lit conference room in a nondescript building in downtown Dallas.

It was, on its surface, another of the health secretary’s many meetings with “victims” of Obamacare — this time with some of the conservative physicians who felt the law was hurting their patients and their own bottom lines. An official readout from Price’s staff trumpeted the eight participating physicians as “witnesses” to Obamacare’s failings.....

More than 120 million Americans have joined arguably the most sought-after club on Earth: those immunized against the coronavirus. Fully vaccinated people were given the green light in March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to gather with other fully vaccinated people or with low-risk unvaccinated people from one other household without a mask and, earlier this month, to travel without quarantining afterward. (As reports of state and local case surges mount, the CDC is increasingly urging caution.)
SAN JOSE — Last spring, only weeks into the pandemic, Christina Garcia was spending her days struggling to help her two young sons adjust to online schooling when she got such a heavy, painful period she could barely stand. After a few days, her vision began to blur and she found herself too weak to open a jar.
An estimated 10% to 30% of people who get covid-19 suffer from lingering symptoms of the disease, or what’s known as “long covid.”
Chuck Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska, recently experienced a swollen, painful knuckle caused by arthritis. He got a prescription for colchicine. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Doctors have used the drug for treating gout and other rheumatic conditions for well over two centuries.
ATLANTA — Robin Hancock gently worked her steel tongue drum with a pair of mallets, producing a set of soothing, mystical tones. They blended with the soft sound of chirping birds and bubbling creeks pouring from a Bluetooth speaker. Her warm voice invited the two visitors in the dimly lit room to slip into a nature setting of their choosing. Use Our Content It can be republished for free.
Chuck Peterson of Omaha, Nebraska, recently experienced a swollen, painful knuckle caused by arthritis. He got a prescription for colchicine. Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Doctors have used the drug for treating gout and other rheumatic conditions for well over two centuries.
The Biden administration Wednesday formally proposed the repeal of Trump-era regulations barring abortion referrals and making other changes intended to evict Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the federal family planning program, Title X. The 2019 rules dramatically limited access to these family planning services for many low-income people. Use Our Content It can be republished for free.
Cuatro meses después del lanzamiento del plan de inmunización masiva más grande del país en décadas, ha quedado claro que los mensajes que rodean los esfuerzos de vacunación contra covid-19 son tan importantes como la ciencia que los respalda. Se observó cuando se comenzaron a usar las primeras vacunas en diciembre en hospitales y hogares de adultos mayores, y aún más después que el gobierno federal detuviera el martes 13 de abril la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson, después de informes sobre efectos secundarios extremadamente raros pero muy graves, y en un caso, fatal.
Four months into the largest U.S. vaccine rollout in decades, it’s become clear that the messaging surrounding covid-19 vaccination efforts is as important as the science behind them. That was true when the first covid vaccines were introduced in December at hospitals and nursing homes and even more so after the federal government on Tuesday paused the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports of extremely rare but very serious — in one case, fatal — side effects emerged.
Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from covid-19. Use Our Content It can be republished for free.
Many who know me might be shocked by this: I shot my first pistol when I was 8 or 9, taught by my father, a physician, aiming at targets in our basement. At summer camp, I loved riflery the way some kids loved art. Staring through the sight, down the barrel, I proved an excellent shot, gathering ever more advanced medals from the National Rifle Association. As a reward, for my 13th birthday, my uncle gave me a .22 Remington rifle.
Federal officials announced new measures to help get fresh, new N95 masks to health care workers and expand their use in other industries after scientists argued that the highly protective masks are essential to keep workers safe from covid-19. Use Our Content It can be republished for free.
In certain circles of San Francisco, a case of syphilis can be as common and casual as the flu, to the point where Billy Lemon can’t even remember how many times he’s had it. This story is from a partnership that includes NPR, KQED and KHN. It can be republished for free.
In early 2013, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Orange County, California, joined with St. Joseph Health, a local Catholic hospital chain, amid enthusiastic promises that their affiliation would broaden access to care and improve the health of residents across the community.
In a year when covid-19 shattered the pleas of so many who prayed for miracles, a Georgia man with two new lungs is among the fortunate. This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free.
Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has joined Big Ass Fans, lending his scientific credibility to a company division that says its ion-generating technology kills the coronavirus. The company charges $9,450 for a fan with technology that academic air quality experts question.
Mary Ann Steiner condujo dos horas y media desde su casa en University City, un suburbio de St. Louis, hasta la pequeña ciudad de Ozark, en Centerville, Missouri, para vacunarse contra covid-19. Después de poner su auto en fila en el estacionamiento de una iglesia, notó que las otras personas que esperaban tenían algo en común con ella. “Todos en la corta línea eran mujeres”, dijo Steiner, de 70 años. Su observación refleja una realidad nacional: más mujeres que hombres están recibiendo vacunas contra covid, incluso cuando más hombres mueren a causa de la enfermedad.
Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Glucose Monitors Can Benefit All Types I disagree with the negative tone of a recent KHN article about whether continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) helps non-insulin-using people with Type 2 diabetes (Type 2s) (“‘Painless’ Glucose Monitors Pushed Despite Little Evidence They Help Most Diabetes Patients,” March 16).
The twists and turns of the American health system can sometimes leave people lost, confused and looking for answers. We’ve created a new video series — “Explained by KHN” — in which our correspondents and editors answer common health care and health policy questions. 
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