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For-Profit Hospitals Don’t Want to Spend the Money Preparing for Ebola

Betsy McCaughey via Wikipedia

(Betsy McCaughey via Wikipedia)

The Ebola scare is exposing the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into here in the U.S. with the privatization of our hospital system:

Dr. Betsy McCaughey, the CEO of Defend Your Healthcare and former Lt. Governor of New York, appeared on Fox just after she had attend a CDC conference call with hospitals this afternoon.

Host Stuart Varney asked her what it would take to set up 50 hospitals to be ready for Ebola.

McCaughey’s answer is stunning.

According to her, after the CDC outlined its preparation strategy, one hospital administrator responded, “What you’re telling us would bankrupt my hospital!” She said that that administrator represents a Southern California hospital.

McCaughey noted that there was no word on the call of who would pay for hospitals to get themselves ready for Ebola patients.

And then she added: “Treating one Ebola patient requires, full time, 20 medical staff. Mostly ICU (intensive care unit) people. So that would wipe out an ICU in an average-sized hospital.”

In the case of Texas Presbyterian, McCaughey says that the hospital cordoned off its ICU to care for Thomas Eric Duncan and sent the rest of its ICU patients to other area hospitals. She added that many communities will not have multiple hospitals to choose from, so one Ebola case could cripple ICUs in small towns.

“But the most important thing,” McCaughey said, “is that doctors and nurses are not ready for the challenge of using this personal protective equipment even if you see them with the helmet, the respirator, the full suits, as the CDC said on the call today, even all that equipment is not enough to guarantee the safety of health care workers because it is so perilous to put it on and particularly to remove it once it’s become contaminated.”

McCaughey said many of those on the call were “daunted by the expectations, the separate laboratory next to the isolated patients, all kinds of — all kinds of adjustments, where to put the waste. Many states won’t even let you dispose of this waste from such a toxic disease.”

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So, the next time some guy from the CDC hems and haws about why mandatory procedures aren’t being implemented across the country, let’s remember that behind that hemming and hawing is his inability to say outright that the hospital system is privatized and the CDC has no authority to force them to do anything.

Geezus.

Ah yes, the “best health care system in the world.”

 

October 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM Leave a comment

This is the Kind of Thing That Makes Democrats Blow Off Voting

UPside Down American Flag

Remember back in 2010 when Rahm Emanuel, then President Obama’s Chief of Staff, reportedly said liberals were “f*cking retarded?”  And surely you know about the meme about how Democratic politicians don’t really have to act like Democrats or vote like Democrats because, after all, “where else do Democratic voters have to go?”  I mean, they’re not going to vote Republican so they’ll keep voting Democratic, right?

No, they probably won’t vote Republican but they do have another place to go.  They can go to their couch instead of to the polls.

What I’m hearing about November is Republicans are way more fired up than Democrats and lots and lots of Democrats have to vote in order to keep Republicans from taking the Senate.  But this is precisely the kind of thing that makes Democrats take to their couch in utter frustration:

Democratic FEC Commissioner Joins with Three Republican Commissioners to Gut Political Party Contribution Limits

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October 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM Leave a comment

Politics USA, Circa 2014

Barack Obama via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

This sentence pretty much sums up where we’re at here in the U.S. when it come to our politicians:

Later today, according to press reports, President Obama will visit LA for a series of events including a speech on income inequality and, in awkward contrast, a $34k-a-ticket fundraiser at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow.

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“Awkward contrast” is right.

October 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM Leave a comment

“Business Expenses” as Tax Write-Offs

Vanguard Logo

Too bad businesses can write-off their costs of doing business because, at least in the case of Vanguard, the mutual fund company, that makes them sloppy and wasteful.

I had an account at Vanguard that I closed oh, roughly eight or nine years ago.  Today, as I have every year since, I got a letter asking me to verify my beneficiary designation for the account and to call if I wanted to make changes.

I presume Vanguard can write-off the cost of the paper and the postage for this thing and meanwhile, I can only wonder when I’ll stop getting them.  Geezus.

September 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM 2 comments

AIG CEO Suing American Taxpayers For $40 Billion More After Getting a $182 Billion Bailout in 2008

AIG

GREED:

One might call it “chutzpah,” as several irate lawmakers did, or “rubbing salt in the wounds” of the American taxpayer. But to a few Wall Street financiers, a lawsuit that accuses the government of shortchanging the American International Group in its 2008 bailout is something else: a promising investment in a cause they support.

Maurice R. Greenberg, 89, the former A.I.G. chief executive who still holds a large stake in the insurance company, filed the lawsuit on behalf of fellow shareholders. He has now raised several million dollars from three Wall Street companions to help cover the cost of the case. The investors, who are entitled to a cut of any damages Mr. Greenberg collects from the government, contributed about 15 percent of the tens of millions of dollars in legal costs, according to people with knowledge of the arrangement.

Six years after the government saved Wall Street from the brink of collapse, the lawsuit is coming to trial, reopening one of the ugliest chapters in modern financial history. The trial, which begins next week in Washington, will most likely hinge on testimony from the policy makers who orchestrated A.I.G.’s rescue, including former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and former Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

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So Greenberg wants $40 billion more from us?  Wanna bet he’s a Republican who favors “small government,” by which he means small for We the Peons, not small when it comes to bailouts.

 

September 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM Leave a comment

Food That Will Kill Us: Obama’s USDA, in the Hands of the Corporatocracy, is Making Our Food Inedible and Our Planet Unlivable

Image via Wikipedia.org

(Image via Wikipedia.org)

Ah yes, Obama’s USDA:

Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than 50 members of Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted final approval to a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Wednesday [September 17, 2014].

According to the agency’s own findings, the move could result in up to a sevenfold increase in the use of an older, more toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a compound used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The new GE crops, also known as GMOs, approved include Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soy. These crops were developing to survived sprayings of both glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and 2,4-D.

As an aside, to those who say Obama’s a great guy but his hands are tied because of the Republican-controlled House and the Republican do-nothings in the Senate, what say you about this?  This is his USDA.

“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of GMO mono-crops, is a failure,” says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. “Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these ‘miracle’ crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?”

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September 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM 1 comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

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