Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
The billboard doesn't offend me. I do, however, think it is stupid. They say they don't believe in "fairy tales" but then start the letter on the billboard with "Dear Santa". Which is it? Do they or do they not believe in fairy tales? Are they saying it is okay to believe in Santa but not to believe in Jesus? Why do they care so much? No one is forcing them to believe in Jesus, Santa or the tooth fairy, for that matter.
The information beliw is cut and pasted from this link. I've started cutting and pasting articles because I've found later, the links stop working or articles are moved, etc. Controversial Atheist Billboard: Girl's Christmas Wish is to Mis - WKRN News 2
Controversial Atheist Billboard: Girl's Christmas Wish is to Miss ChurchPosted: Dec 01, 2014 6:23 PM ESTUpdated: Dec 01, 2014 6:49 PM EST
The inflammatory billboards show a young girl writing a letter to Santa. The letter reads, “Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to skip church! I'm too old for fairy tales.”
The organization says of the billboards: The billboards are aimed at in-the-closet atheists who are pressured to observe religious traditions during the holidays, and who might also want to attend the annual American Atheists National Convention in Memphis in April.
In past years, similar billboards also sponsored by the American Atheists Association were placed in urban locations like New York City. This year, the group honed in on areas of the country known for strong religious beliefs: Memphis and Nashville Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri and Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Reactions on the group's Facebook page varied from wholehearted support to disdain:
American Atheists also said they tried to put up a billboard in Jackson, Mississippi but were rebuffed by lessors in the area.
What do you think of the billboards? How would you feel if one was erected in Richmond or another part of Virginia?
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This will anger you. He even calls the American people stupid.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Pattie Curran is a North Carolina mother whose two sons receive treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s bone marrow clinic.
As the mother of two chronically ill children, our family has long faced high health care costs, and it’s getting worse, thanks to companies called pharmacy benefit managers.
My sons have a rare bone marrow failure condition called Shwachman-Diamond syndrome and have secondary mitochondrial disease. They require a broad range of medications to treat their life-threatening conditions, including compounded medications which are typically prescribed to patients who can't metabolize or tolerate commercial drugs.
By customizing prescriptions to the individual’s needs, doctors help patients like my sons, as well as patients dealing with the effects of cancer, diabetes and other serious conditions. Compounded drugs are also used by people with hormonal imbalances, chronic pain and allergies to certain ingredients in mass-produced medicines.
In July, I was notified that some of our sons' most important compounded medications are no longer being covered by Express Scripts. This is because Express Scripts – the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, with 90 million Americans enrolled, according to the Associated Press –announced sweeping coverage cuts this summer to 1,000 ingredients used to make compounded medicines. The cuts are coming at the worst time for my sons, who, despite weekly trips to the ER and specialists, are trying to live normal lives filled with sports and after-school activities.
Today we find ourselves deeply in debt and drowning in the paperwork of what has become a full-time fight to restore coverage of essential, life-saving treatments for our sons. This year alone, we have been billed tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket health care costs.
While some of the ingredients found in my sons’ compounded medications come in commercial form, there’s no FDA-approved medication or supplement on the market to treat mitochondrial disease. This alarms not only my family, but also my sons’ specialist. The specialist has written a letter to inform our insurance company that if my sons are not able to continue their compounded medications due to the lack of coverage, it could lead to neurodegenerative symptoms and potentially result in death.
As a mother this is devastating. I feel like I am at the mercy of pharmacy benefits managers and insurance companies.
Hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of Americans who use compounded medications face a loss or reduction in coverage as pharmacy benefit managers and insurance companies eliminate or severely limit coverage.
Patients and Physicians for Rx Access has formed to protect patient access to compounded medications. The coalition is made up of patients, advocacy groups, pharmacists, physicians, pharmacies and health care organizations focused on raising awareness about this crucial issue. By sharing information with patients and the doctors who are impacted by this unnecessary loss in benefits, the group hopes to fight these cuts.
Compounded medications have changed my sons’ lives, and it saddens me to know they and so many others face this new obstacle. Those most affected need to push back now and join the fight for compounded medication coverage to make an impact. Please visit www.saverxaccess.org to learn more.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The Face Of Obamacare: Worry, Financial Devastation | Right Angles
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Obama is acting more like a dictator or king than the president of our constituional republic. Where does it say in the US Constitution that the president has the power to tell doctors how to do their job?
Obama Moves to Control When Doctors Can Prescribe Antibiotics for Patients
Two weeks ago, a momentous step was taken by the Obama White House to limit and control when doctors prescribe antibiotics for patients.
On September 18, 2014, the president issued an executive order to deal with the problem of bacteria that are becoming resistant to antibiotics. He is ordering the development of "antibiotic stewardship programs" to be enforced by federal agencies. This move has been largely unreported and unheralded thus far.
Here is the relevant language from the executive order:
Sec. 5. Improved Antibiotic Stewardship. (a) By the end of calendar year 2016, HHS shall review existing regulations and propose new regulations or other actions, as appropriate, that require hospitals and other inpatient healthcare delivery facilities to implement robust antibiotic stewardship programs that adhere to best practices, such as those identified by the CDC. HHS shall also take steps to encourage other healthcare facilities, such as ambulatory surgery centers and dialysis facilities, to adopt antibiotic stewardship programs.
(b) Task Force agencies shall, as appropriate, define, promulgate, and implement stewardship programs in other healthcare settings, including office-based practices, outpatient settings, emergency departments, and institutional and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, pharmacies, and correctional facilities.
How does this affect you and your family?
When you go to see the doctor, he or she will have to prescribe only according to protocols that are approved, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. The physician will no longer be able to prescribe according to his or her own professional judgment. Instead, he will have to follow the government-sanctioned protocol.
Imagine that you bring your child to the physician with an ear infection. And imagine being told by the physician that you have to wait, say, three weeks before being prescribed an antibiotic. If he does not comply with "the program", he might be subject to disciplinary action, or risk being excluded from insurance plans. He is therefore intimidated into compliance.
Under this scheme, the doctor's primary responsibility would no longer be to the patient's best interests medically. Instead, his allegiance must be to the federal government and its requirements-- if he is going to remain viable.
My hunch is that the feds will likely use the electronic medical records they pushed-- and the Accountable Care Organizations established under the Affordable Care Act-- to monitor physicians and enforce their requirements regarding use of antibiotics.
I think this issue is so important that we need to have a national discussion about this policy during the current congressional election season. I think every U.S Senate and U.S House candidate running against Democratic candidates needs to be talking about this issue, and dramatizing what it means for all of us-- as individuals, as parents and as families.
Under this new framework, when you go to see physicians for conditions as straightforward as a urinary tract infection or a case of bronchitis, you will have to wonder whether they are primarily dedicated to providing you with the best medical treatment they can offer.
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Monday, September 15, 2014
Team Twitchy first picked it up, then Daily Caller and The Daily Sheeple.
I am so thankful for the various media outlets that picked up the story of our family!
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