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.

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

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.....

As they rush to vaccinate millions of Americans, health officials are struggling to collect critically important information — such as race, ethnicity and occupation — of every person they jab. The data being collected is so scattered that there’s little insight into which health care workers, or first responders, have been among the people getting the initial vaccines, as intended — or how many doses instead have gone to people who should be much further down the list.
Bingo is back in the dining room. In-person visits have returned, too, though with masks and plexiglass. The Haven Assisted Living Facility’s residents are even planning a field trip for a private movie screening once they’ve all gotten their second round of covid-19 vaccines. Such changes are small but meaningful to residents in the Hayden, Colorado, long-term care home, and they’re due mostly to the arrival of the vaccine.
This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative package that provided some pandemic relief along with its more general allocations to fund the government in 2021.
The covid-19 variants that have emerged in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa and now Southern California are eliciting two notably distinct responses from U.S. public health officials. First, broad concern. A variant that wreaked havoc in the U.K., leading to a spike in cases and hospitalizations, is surfacing in a growing number of places in the U.S. This week, another worrisome variant seen in Brazil surfaced in Minnesota. If these or other strains significantly change the way the virus transmits and attacks the body, as scientists fear they might, they could cause yet another...
A dozen states are reporting drops of 25% or more in new covid-19 cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same, federal data released Wednesday shows. Experts say the plunge may relate to growing fear of the virus after it reached record-high levels, as well as soaring hopes of getting vaccinated soon. Use Our Content It can be republished for free.
In the nine months leading up to her due date, Kayla Kjelshus and her husband, Mikkel, meticulously planned for their daughter’s arrival. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free.
La renuencia de los estadounidenses a vacunarse contra covid-19 está disminuyendo, según una encuesta publicada el miércoles 27 de enero. Casi la mitad de los adultos encuestados en enero dijeron que ya han sido vacunados o que quieren la vacuna tan pronto como puedan, en comparación con aproximadamente un tercio de los adultos encuestados en diciembre, según el último sondeo de KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation).
Journalists from KHN and The Guardian have identified 3,304 workers who reportedly died of complications from COVID-19 after they contracted it on the job. Reporters are working to confirm the cause of death and workplace conditions in each case. They are also writing about the people behind the statistics — their personalities, passions and quirks — and telling the story of every life lost.
This story also ran on CNN. It can be republished for free. As public demand grows for limited supplies of covid-19 vaccines, questions remain about the vaccines’ appropriateness for older adults with various illnesses. Among them are cancer patients receiving active treatment, dementia patients near the end of their lives and people with autoimmune conditions.
This story also ran on San Francisco Chronicle. It can be republished for free. It was the end of April — just as the U.S. confirmed its millionth covid-19 case and 50,000 deaths — when White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci announced “highly significant” news about a drug called remdesivir.
Use Our Content It can be republished for free. Americans’ reluctance to get vaccinated for covid-19 is waning, according to a poll released Wednesday. Nearly half of adults surveyed in January said they have either already been vaccinated or want the vaccine as soon as they can, up from about a third of adults polled in December, according to the latest KFF survey. (KHN is an editorially independent program of KFF.)
Miles de estadounidenses están muriendo a causa de covid-19, pero los esfuerzos para aumentar la producción de vacunas que potencialmente salvan vidas están en un callejón sin salida. Moderna y Pfizer-BioNTech, los fabricantes de las dos vacunas disponibles hasta el momento, están operando al máximo, bajo una enorme presión por expandir la producción o colaborar con otras farmacéuticas para establecer líneas de ensamblaje adicionales. Esta presión crece a medida que las nuevas cepas del virus amenazan con poner al país ante una ola pandémica más letal. El presidente Joe Biden ha dicho que...
This story also ran on Daily Beast. It can be republished for free. Americans are dying of covid-19 by the thousands, but efforts to ramp up production of potentially lifesaving vaccines are hitting a brick wall.
This story is part of a partnership that includes NPR and KHN. It can be republished for free. As states await the promise of a renewed federal pandemic response and expand the number of Americans who qualify for a shot, some governors are trying to scale up their covid vaccine operations — and smooth out the kinks — with the help of the private sector.
This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. SACRAMENTO — As intensive care units filled and coronavirus cases surged over the holidays, Carmela Coyle invoked a World War II-era quote attributed to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to rally her own troops: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
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Los grupos antivacunas están explotando el sufrimiento y la muerte de las personas que se enferman después de recibir la vacuna contra covid, lo que amenaza con socavar la campaña de vacunación más grande en la historia de los Estados Unidos. En algunos casos, están inventando historias de muertes que nunca ocurrieron. “Esto es exactamente lo que hacen los grupos antivacunas”, dijo el doctor Peter Hotez, especialista en enfermedades infecciosas y autor de “Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-Science”.
Cuando los hospitales de todo el país luchan contra la nueva ola de la pandemia, no son camas ni ventiladores lo que escasean. Son las personas que cuidan de los enfermos. Pero existe mano de obra altamente calificada de médicos, enfermeras y otros trabajadores de salud, con formación en el extranjero, que no se aprovecha debido a las dificultades para la obtención de licencias y credenciales. Según el Migrant Policy Institute de Washington D.C., unos 165,000 inmigrantes formados en el extranjero, que ya están en los Estados Unidos, tienen títulos en campos relacionados con la salud, pero...
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