Going on a Cruise? … Beware

8 Mar 2018

More cruise ships than ever are flunking health inspections – NY post, 2018/03/07

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that 15 ships out of 250 failed crucial health checks.

This is a steep rise on 2016 when just four ships failed checks and amounts to six percent of cruise ships.

The body’s public health inspections check the cleanliness of each ship’s water, the preparation of food, pest control, the health and hygiene of employees, and the measures to stop disease breaking out on board.

Ships failed tests for several reasons, such as crew members working with contagious bugs like gastroenteritis.

Five of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships failed checked – their liners sail to destinations like the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Mexico.


Jim Kelly’s Throat Cancer Has Returned

1 Mar 2018

Jim Kelly is the former NFL QB with the Buffalo Bills who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2013, and was told he was cancer-free in 2014.

… Jim Kelly announces his oral cancer has returned

“As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with your prayers. We are asking for those prayers once again.

“The oral cancer we hoped would be gone forever has returned. Although I was shocked and deeply saddened to receive this news, I know that God is with me. I continuously talk about the four Fs. Faith, Family, Friends and Fans. With all of you by my side, we will fight and win this battle together. Staying “Kelly Tough” and trusting God, will carry us through this difficult time.”

Trump Administration Exploring Mental Health Coverage Changes

27 Feb 2018

Trump administration weighs mental health coverage option – ABC News, 2018/02/27

Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is “actively exploring” ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds.

Organizations representing state officials and people with mental illness say no one wants to go back to warehousing patients. But they also say that federal action is needed to reverse a decades-old law known as the “IMD exclusion,” which bars Medicaid from paying for treatment in mental health facilities with more than 16 beds. IMD stands for “institution for mental diseases.”

Last year a government advisory panel recommended repealing Medicaid’s IMD exclusion, and the idea has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. But the cost of full repeal has been estimated at $40 billion to $60 billion over 10 years, daunting for lawmakers. State waivers may provide a more manageable path.

Trump Administration Introduces Plan to Reduce Health Care Costs

8 Jan 2018

Trump Drives Another Nail Into Obamacare’s Coffin – American Spectator, 2018/01/08

The new regulation, which was published in the Federal Register on January 5, will be available for public comment for 60 days. When it goes into effect, it will allow small employers to band together for the purpose of buying health insurance in the large group market. Specifically, it will “allow employers to form small business health plans based on geography or industry” and permit such plans “to serve employers in a state, city, county or a multi-state metro area.” It can be used to “serve all the businesses in a particular industry nationwide,” and also allows sole proprietors to join small business health plans.

The impetus for the new AHP rule was provided by Executive Order 13813, “Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States,” issued by President Trump last October. Among the EO’s goals was “to facilitate the purchase of insurance across state lines and the development and operation of a healthcare system that provides high-quality care at affordable prices for the American people.”

Here’s the official Dept. of Labor press release.

Small companies burdened because they can’t take advantage of pricing advantages that are made to large corporations will be glad to see this.

Cancer Deaths Falling

5 Jan 2018

Cancer deaths fall, thanks mostly to drop in smoking – NBC News, 2018/01/04

Cancer deaths have fallen yet again, thanks mostly to huge declines in smoking, the American Cancer Society said Thursday.

The cancer death rate fell 1.7 percent from 2014 to 2015, the report finds. Since 1991, the cancer death rate has fallen 26 percent.

It takes more than a year to collate death certificates and analyze the data on cancer deaths. The cancer society uses trends and other data to project deaths for 2018.

“The overall decline is driven by decreasing death rates for the four major cancer sites,” the group said.

  • Lung cancer is down 45 percent since 1990 among men and down 19 percent since 2002 among women
  • Breast cancer is down 39 percent since 1989
  • Prostate cancer is down 52 percent since 1993
  • Colorectal cancer is down 52 percent since 1970

Petland’s Puppy Poop Infection Spreads To 15 States

1 Nov 2017

2017/10/31 – Puppy poop infection tally rises to 67 people in 15 states – UPI

An outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria linked to contaminated puppy poop has spread to 15 states, a new federal report shows.

These multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections have now sickened 67 people.

“Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC said in a news release issued in September. “Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak.”

Almost all of the people sickened in this outbreak have been Petland employees, while others had either bought a Petland puppy, shopped at Petland or visited someone who had purchased a puppy from Petland, the CDC said.

Sanders’ Health Plan Called Most Radical on the Planet

14 Sep 2017

2017/09/14 – Do Democrats Know How Radical Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare For All’ Plan Is? – Investors Business Daily

It’s hard to know where to begin to show just how radical Sanders’ plan really is.

But let’s start with this. There is no industrialized country in the world that has a government-run health care system as vast as the one Sanders proposes.

Plenty of other countries “guarantee” health care to their citizens, and pay most of the costs with tax dollars. But none promises first-dollar coverage for all health care, without limits.

In fact, there are no OECD countries where the government picks up the entire health care tab. In Canada, government spending accounts for 70% of health costs, in Germany, 85%, in Sweden it’s 83.9%, and in the U.K. it’s under 80%, according to OECD data.

There’s a good reason that even socialist countries don’t go as far as Sanders proposes: They all have firsthand experience with the massive budget problems caused by government-run health care, to say nothing of the chronic delays, waste and fraud they inevitably produce.

Sanders’ plan would also be massively disruptive.

To sell ObamaCare, President Obama at least pretended that “if you like your plan you can keep your plan.” Sanders guarantees that if you like your plan, you will lose it, and be shoved into government insurance.

Some people continue to run in the opposite direction of common sense. Better and more affordable health care should move towards less government intervention – not more.