Archive for May, 2011

  • Measles Incidents in Virginia

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    There have been an unusually high number of measles cases in Virginia within the last month. All clinicians, whether you take care of children or adults, should be aware that there has been four confirmed cases (adult and pediatric) and one additional likely case under investigation. These cases have occurred in multiple regions around the state. The most recent cases occurred in Charlottesville and may have led to the exposure of a significant number of individuals including visitors to the area.

    The cases in Virginia mirror a nationwide trend. As reported in the May 20, MMWR [pdf], during the first 19 weeks of 2011, 118 cases of measles were reported nationwide, the highest number reported for this period since 1996. Primary contributing factors to this trend include increased importation of infections in returning travelers and decreasing rates of measles vaccination among areas of the U.S. population. Clinical providers can reduce this trend by vaccinating all eligible patients (international travelers should be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to travel).

  • Mediscare Tactics and Unchecked Entitlements Threaten our Country

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    The Medicare issue and its requisite scare tactics are not going away any time soon. Like past election years, Medicare is set to play a leading role in the 2012 race to occupy the White House and control Congress. With Democrat Kathy Hochul’s victory this week in the special election to fill New York’s vacant 26th Congressional district, Democrats think they’ve got their winning issue for 2012. Unfortunately for all of us, it boils down to a broad misunderstanding of Medicare and the GOP’s plan to save it.

    Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

    The scare tactics and demagoguery over Medicare have to stop. As the creator of the GOP’s “Roadmap” budget and proposals to save Medicare, Representative Paul Ryan is rightfully concerned about the skewed picture many Americans hold about Medicare and efforts to save it.

    To set the record straight, Ryan’s proposed reforms don’t change any Medicare provisions for Americans 55 and older, and any statement to the contrary is at best willfully misleading. For Americans younger than 55, Medicare must change in order to ensure its survival for future generations.

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  • The GOP Field’s Techtonic Shifts

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    I was somewhat discouraged after last weeks realignment of the GOP presidential race as Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump announced they wouldn’t run while Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich continue to hang on in the face of issues that are plaguing them in the polls. A favorite of the inside-the-beltway crowd, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, also bowed out of contention.

    This weeks winner: T-Paw

    The latest group to offer themselves to the GOP this week includes pizza empire mogul Herman Cain, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China John Huntsman. Cain is an impressive wealthy, self-made figure touting conservative, common-sense values and a solid grasp of free market capitalism. But with Daniels out, the big winner of the week is Pawlenty.

    Tim Pawlenty ‘s speech after his announcement on Monday has taken many by surprise. He came out swinging against the destruction Obama has caused the country and has staked out at least one bold position that holds both risk and reward: Opposition to ethanol subsidies which will win him favor among the base seeking fiscal discipline while posing risks in all-important Iowa.

    Pawlenty was effective in his speech in which he laid out a vision to return our country to the greatness that we all know and love and restore a future for generations to come with a strong economy, healthcare system and exploitation of our domestic energy resources. I give a huge plus to Tim Pawlenty for his powerful and articulate message that effectively included real policy details. We all are ready to see a strong candidate for the GOP, and Pawlenty is making a good case.

    Donald Trump, either serious about wanting to run or not wanting to lose the attention he’s been getting, indicated he may want to re-enter the race. As long as he does not set himself up as a spoiler or simply suck the air out of the room, I say let him campaign on his message of his love for his country and his grasp of our capitalist system.

    Bachmann: Laying the groundwork for a Senate run?

    Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who is a wonderful person and the creator of the Tea Party Caucus in the Congress, is giving it her “all” as she plans an announcement to join the ranks of the Republican Party presidential hopefuls this week. Bachmann will be a great addition on the campaign trail and she’s a leading force to repeal Obamacare. She’s also a possible contender for the US Senate seat held by Amy Klobacher, and a presidential campaign will be a good training ground for a Senate run.

    On the Chris Christie front — Do Not Count Him Out! It is early and as you have witnessed, players are entering and departing the field at a fast rate. Obama’s detectives are out in Christie territory in New Jersey as we speak seeking to uncover any skeletons in his closet. I predict that he and Paul Ryan (and Pawlenty if he stays on course) can defeat Obama in 2012.

    Victory in 2012 is critical for the survival of our country, our free market system, our liberty and our freedoms. We need strong candidates, and they may be emerging.

  • Obamacare’s Chilling Provisions Begin Taking Effect

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    Starting last month, some patients I have treated have arrived with the diagnosis of “End of Life” on their hospital discharge forms. Knowing what I know about the provisions contained within Obamacare, seeing this diagnosis begin to appear on discharge forms sent me a chill.

    The fact is, we are now starting to see some of the more insidious components of Obamacare take effect. I have listed some of these below, courtesy of Judge David Kithil of Texas.

    Under Obamacare, doctors and surgeons with years of advanced training will be reimbursed at the same rates as all MDs. We all know where policies like this will lead. Medical School Enrollment is down — so much so in fact that soon we will face a physician shortage in excess of 100,000. In Massachusetts, where we can see the effects of Romneycare, the prototype for Obamacare, people now face wait times of seven to 48 months for MD visits.

    Doctors, specialized surgeons and medical specialists should be compensated according to their experience and advanced knowledge, education and training. Patients treated by these very specialized MD’s are certain to have more accurate diagnoses and better outcomes.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this is no joke. Obamacare was shoved down the throats of the American people who were vehemently opposed to it by a left-wing triumvirate composed of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama. We must repeal this law in its tracks or we risk our lives and freedoms and must defeat these out-of-control left-wing socialists in 2012 by defeating Obama and taking back the Senate. The House Republicans are doing a great job advancing important legislation, but these achievements will continue to stall without victory in 2012 and control of the Senate and the White House.

    And now, some of the more insidious components of Obamacare. Thanks to Judge David Kithil of Texas for compiling it. These Obamacare provisions affect us all (unless you’re a friend of Obama and you’ll get a waiver).

    • Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.
    • Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual’s bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
    • Page 65/section 164:  The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – ACORN).
    • Page 203/line 14-15:  The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax.
    • Page 241 and 253:  Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors’ fees.
    • Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospitals will ration care according to the patient’s age.
    • Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.
    • Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations.  Those on Social Security will be required to attend an “end-of-life planning” seminar every five years. (Death counseling…)
    • Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.

    Cartoon Credit: Eric Allie

  • The Home Health Care Trend

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    Home health care is trending in America as the most therapeutic and reasonable approach to stay in your home as long as you are able to while facing health challenges. I am an entrepreneur in the field of home health care. Seniors and people recovering from surgery can receive health care and companion services in their home. The payor is typically private coverage or private pay as Medicare does not pay for home health care services. When an individual chooses to stay in their home it is typically a decision they can make alone or with the help of a family member or attorney.

    There are many benefits to home health care. There is no place like home for comfort and privacy, and you do not run the risk of the spread of infections. You can receive transportation sevices and medication reminders and caregivers can run errands, shop for groceries, do light housekeeping  and prepare home-cooked meals. Home health care plans are customized to meet your needs. In a nursing home facility, the caregiver normally takes care of 15 patients. In your home you have a one-on-one caregiver.

    You have the choice of a caregiver that:

    • is a licensed Certified Nursing Assisitant
    • is bonded and insured
    • has undergone criminal background checks
    • has no active tuberculosis
    • is trained in aseptic techniques.

    You can also choose the number of hours that you wish to hire a caregiver. If the caregiver does not suit your needs-the caregiver can be replaced with another.

    In Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and many other states the laws regulating this industry are strictly enforced. Licensure is required and a Home Health Agency has policies and procedures that are followed by all employees to ensure compliance.

    If you or someone you love needs consistent health care attention and may have difficulty getting out and about, do consider home health care. I’m proud of the work I do to provide better health and quality of life for my clients.

  • Down and Out on the GOP Trail

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    The 2012 GOP field has shifted considerably in the past few days. Although I was pleased with his connection to the issues facing the GOP, I thought we would get more of the positive side of Newt Gingrich before he “stepped in it” — but after his statements to David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet the Press that Paul Ryan’s Plan for Medicare was “radical engineering from the right” there may be no recovery phase for the former Speaker.  Back circa 2004 Gingrich had created a health care initiative and I spoke with him as he was out promoting it. Both he and his plan seemed to lack focus and I was not impressed with his understanding of the healthcare industry in America. His comments Sunday only reinforce the fact that he doesn’t understand healthcare. Newt’s campaign may be done before it really begins. It’s done with me.

    Mitt Romney has the most cash (he just raised $10 million in one day), the best organization and decent polls — all things pointing to a campaign that’s in really good shape. That was until he doubled down last week on his signature law from his stint as governor of Massachusetts, Romneycare, the blueprint for Obamacare. Rather than admit the state-wide universal healthcare mandate has become a costly failure pockmarked by growing wait lists for care, he said he’d do it all over again. He won’t be able to square his defense of Romneycare when Obamacare ranks as one of the biggest objections to Obama by the American public. I believe Romney will have to exit the field as he faces an increasing backlash from GOP primary base on his seemingly irreconcilable healthcare positions.

    Donald Trump yesterday announced that he will not run for the Presidency because he has more passion for “business”.  Is it not ironic that NBC made a deal with him that he could not refuse (and may have threatened to replace him with a new business leader at the helm of Celebrity Apprentice).

    Mike Huckabee was in a good position to continue harnessing the strong support that he enjoyed during the 2008  presidential campaign. Some early straw polls placed him in the lead. Instead, his “heart says no” to another run. This isn’t surprising, as he was doing little to prepare and many surmised that he is having a great time and making money for the first time with his popular show on Fox News.

    Now we have a very open field and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will break out of the pack. Will safer, more conventional candidates like Gov. Mitch Daniels or Gov Tim Pawlenty fit the bill? Or will we have the opportunity to support two of my favorites: Congressman Paul Ryan and Governor Chris Christie? Will a draft movement get them in the game? I certainly hope so. After all, we must beat Obama in 2012!

    Update 5/22: Mitch Daniels is also out.

  • Obamacare Supporter Senator Snowe Faces Reelection Challenge

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    As Obamacare continues to pose a threat to our health care system, our economy, the future success of American small businesses, and our freedom through coercion and adverse income tax implications, there have been a few rays of hope. We have the announcement today that Newt Gingrich will throw in his hat in the ring for the presidency and we are breathlessly awaiting outcomes of various court challenges demonstrating they are unconstitutional.

    We are also seeing how support for Obamacare can make life difficult for a politician. I’m hearing that Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican Senator from Maine, is facing a major hurdle in her quest for re-election. Snowe, a RINO, was the only Republican in the United States Senate to vote for Obamacare. Not only did Obamacare get her vote, she is proud of her vote and bragged to the media shortly after saying “history calls“. Obama went on to praise her for showing “great political courage” in her vote for the bill. Now Snowe will face a tough conservative candidate, Scott D’Amboise, for the nomination in 2012.

    Yes Senator Snowe. History does call. Your time in the Senate is soon to be history.

  • Dedication of The Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health

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    My dear friends Lola Reinsch and her husband J. Almont Pierce have made a very generous and special gift to The Virginia Hospital Center. The Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health at Virginia Hospital Center has been named for Lola’s family and was made in loving memory of her mother and father Dolores G. Reinsch and her husband Emerson G. Reinsch in appreciation for the excellent care they received at the Hospital since its opening in 1944.

    The Center for Breast Health at Virginia Hospital Center was the first in Virginia and the Washington, DC region to earn a three-year accreditation in breast care from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Center. The center offers patients with a full range of multi-disciplinary services all under one roof, making it more convenient and less time consuming for the patient. The breadth of the advancements made possible by the Reinsch Pierce family gift are transformational for the center for the advancement of breast health, providing access to innovations and enhanced services for women in the community for years to come.

  • The 2012 Race: Enter Newt

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    Newt Gingrich announced today via Twitter and Facebook that he is going to run for the GOP nod in 2012. The timing of the announcement is excellent as numerous GOP contenders have been given a once-over, including the South Caroline debate. Two potential candidates who did not participate in that debate still have my attention: Donald Trump and Chris Christie.

    Newt Gingrich enters the 2012 fray

    Trump, although still unsure if he is going to run, is getting the correct message out about how our country faces extreme challenges and going down the tubes fast as the gasoline prices soar and the economy bottoms out due to the increasing and burdgeoning debt. Trump continues to enjoy very high polling numbers as the other contenders are wavering to stay in the double digits.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a long time favorite of the GOP and was asked again this week if he would run for the GOP nomination. Flattered, his answer was yet again “no”. If no clear frontrunner emerges that captures the energy of the base, the pressure on Christie to change his mind will remain.

    So today former Speaker Newt Gingrich enters the stage. Like looking at a chess board, Newt knows where all the candidates stand in the polls and he knows enough about each one of them to create his own successful niche in this race. Newt is a very smart man, a seasoned politician, and has a deep sense of commitment to reversing the decaying status of this country. I say Go for it Newt! Should you get the nod, I very much looking forward to your debates with Obama.

  • Obamacare Challenges Slip Past Media’s One-Track Mind

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    During recent days the news media has been scrambling to cover every angle of the death of Osama bin Laden. While this is welcome news, our nation is far from in the clear as major operatives of bin Laden’s international Al Qaeda network still lurk in unexpected places.

    This event has again highlighted the problem of our news media: A one-track mind. We’ve heard very little news other than the focus on the end of bin Laden.

    Of course, other news didn’t decide to take a vacation.

    Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli

    Moving forward the constitutionality of the misnomer “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, or Obamacare, will be challenged on two fronts this week in the courts. Starting Tuesday, May 10th, The Liberty Counsel’s challenge of Obamacare moves to the Federal Court of Appeals at the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA (Liberty University vs Geithner). The second case —  the Commonwealth of Virginia vs Sebelius — is to be heard by The Court Of Appeals. This case is filed by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of Virginia.

    I have made my concerns over the monstrosity of Obamacare clear in many past articles. To date the high courts have never allowed the federal government to force citizens to buy any product or service. Many Americans are fighting for the demise of Obamacare, and if it is not overturned or repealed then our freedoms as we know them will have been forever altered.

    Our Constitution has been under threat since the day Barack Obama was sworn in as he and his administration continues to overstep the authority granted under our Constitution. Obamacare is simply the most egregious overreach. 

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