Fluoride Drops IQ Says NIEHS Journal

Fluoride Drops IQ Says NIEHS Journal
Mandrake! I told you so!

Fluoride Drops IQ Says NIEHS Journal — You should fear for your precious bodily fluids, according to a study published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The study, which appears in the September 2017 edition of the NIHS journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that higher levels of fluoride in pregnant women resulted in children who scored significantly lower in IQ tests.

“. . .our findings, combined with evidence from existing animal and human studies, reinforce the need for additional research on potential adverse effects of fluoride, particularly in pregnant women and children, and to ensure that the benefits of population-level fluoride supplementation outweigh any potential risks,” the study concluded.

You were right Jack D. Ripper.

Hat tip ZeroHedge.com.

Fluoride Drops IQ Says NIEHS Journal

 

Easy Obamacare Replacement, A No Brainer

Easy Obamacare Replacement, A No Brainer — It appears the Obamacare disaster will remain with us for the time being, so we would again like to point out the solution is not complicated albeit it requires humility and honesty and the strength to fight those who lust for wealth and power whether they be in government or the private sphere.

First step is recognizing that there are two types of persons regarding insurance — those who carriers want as customers and those who they don’t. The latter consists of the elderly and those already with conditions. Their insurance will be funded entirely by taxes via Medicare, which is not much different than the status quo.

Second step is to abolish Medicaid. Most on Medicaid are desirable customers for  a private insurer — if they can pay the bill.

Third step will be to treat company health care plans as fully taxable income. This is the trickest. To make it palatable, business will have to fully convert the coverage to cash then add a premium so the employee’s disposable income actually increases. The incentive for business is the end of a major paper-work headache along with the uncertainty of unexpected rate hikes. The incentive for the employee is greater disposable income. The incentive for the rest of us is more market pressure on the cost of insurance policies resulting in less expensive ones.

Fourth step will be to maintain an individual mandate to carry catastrophic and emergency coverage. There will be no abortion or birth control or sex change coverage requirements. Those unable to afford a decent policy will be subsidized though taxes. Unlike Medicaid, however, the individual rather than the state will pick the policy. You think that’s unconservative? See step 2. Medicaid is abolished. An entire bureaucracy has been sent to the great oblivion to be replaced with something that is philosophically no different that school choice. The policies individuals choose will be in the private sector. Yes, we can have a work requirement for subsidies.

We believe this will solve all problems although expect tenacious opposition from insurance company croynists, social engineers and Randian objectivists.

Easy Obamacare Replacement, A No Brainer

Easy Obamacare Replacement, A No Brainer

Easy Obamacare Replacement, A No Brainer

Libertarian Opposes GOP Health Reform Bill

Libertarian Opposes GOP Health Reform Bill — The Dale Kerns Campaign issued this statement concerning the GOP replacement of the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act.

Libertarian Opposes GOP Health Reform Bill
Dale Kerns

Today the House passed the American Health Care Act as a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. If I had the pleasure of being Pennsylvania’s representative in the Senate, I would vote no to this bill. The AHCA bill is just an Obamacare Lite that does not fix the overall problems that the Affordable Care Act is causing Americans. Without a mandate, the government monopoly on healthcare cannot work, and with the mandate the system is corrupt. The GOP bill will cause premiums to skyrocket. We need to bring the purchasing power of insurance back to the consumer by offering free market solutions. Instead the AHCA gives the insurance companies an open check book to make insane profits while driving the level of care further into the ground. We must repeal, but not replace. When you put out a fire do you look for another catastrophe to replace it with?”

Dale Kerns of Ridley is a Libertarian seeking to replace Bob Casey as U.S. Senator.

Libertarian Opposes GOP Health Reform Bill

 

Pennsylvania Obamacare Repeal Nays

Pennsylvania Obamacare Repeal Nays — A quarter of the House Republicans voting to save Obamacare come from Southeastern Pennsylvania.

You can guess the names of these profiles in hackery but we will list them anyway:  Ryan Costello of the Chesco-centered 6th District; Pat Meehan of the Delco-centered 7th District, Brian Fitzpatrick of the Bucks-centered 8th District and Charlie Dent of the Lehigh County-centered 15th District.

Note that all the districts but the 8th are horribly gerrymandered and cross more than one county line.

All these men run as pro-lifers but voted, May 4, to save Obamacare’s mandate that businesses pay for abortions. All these men claim to be “fiscal conservatives” but voted to keep 12 job-killing taxes including taxes on prescription medicine and medical devices.

What could these men have been thinking? Why of coasting on the easy road, of course. They listened to pressure groups paying for push polls. They bowed before political consultants — you know, the kind that President Trump notably ignores.  They figured they’d follow that broad path to the wide gate of wealth and power rather than fight for what’s right.

They lacked the will — or perhaps, more charitably, the imagination — to articulate to those whom they represent why getting rid of these taxes and mandates will make their lives a lot, lot, lot  better. They refused to go out and sell this repeal plan to their constituents just as they refused to sell President Trump’s candidacy last November. This is especially ironic as the passage of Obamacare was responsible for sending three of the four to Washington.

Pennsylvania Obamacare Repeal Nays

Pennsylvania Obamacare Repeal Nays

 

Health Care Basics Must Be Recognized By GOP

Health Care Basics Must Be Recognized By GOP — With the Republican health care reform in a mess, we’d like to suggest getting back to the basics with regard to principles and purpose.

Health insurance is not health care. “Insurance” does not insure your health, something that should be blindingly obvious. What it does is to insure that the doctors and other medical professionals get paid.

The purpose of public health is to minimize the need for care yet provide it when needed for those who cannot pay what medical professionals ask as going rates.

Minimizing the need includes things like sanitary sewer systems, draining swamps and discouraging pointless risky behavior such as that which spreads HIV. One of the first steps in getting back to basics is to stop being afraid to point this out.

When care is needed, an insurance policy is not the only means to do so. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet would be silly to have an insurance policy. They can easily cover anything that might happen to them out of pocket.

For those who aren’t billionaires, places like Philadelphia General Hospital existed in the last century to provide free care to the desperate. Of course there was no incentive to maintain them and a huge incentive to use them as dumping grounds so their demise was practically ordained.

Free markets cannot be mocked.

Step two concerning back to the basics is to recognize that health care is provided by people not governments, corporations or bureaucracies. Maximizing health care means maximizing the number of competent people who can provide it and giving them an incentive to do so to all comers.

Money is obviously going to be a factor even for the most saintly, but except for the most vile — and they are rare — it is not going to be the only factor. Social rewards are almost as important. Most successful people will discount services to those who can’t afford what they normally charge. Most will even do charity work — unless, of course, regulation and time available prevent them. You doubt this happens ponder that retired doctors can’t work part-time without still carrying malpractice insurance.

An OB/GYN pays about $20,000 per year for it.  Insurance companies will discount about 50 percent for part-timers. A $10,000 per year nut to cover would certainly put a damper on a doctor wanting to occasionally help out at a charity hospital for $50 per hour.

And no amount of money is going to keep someone from bailing out when the job stops being fun and they no longer need it. One of the biggest complaints doctors have is mandated paper work either by government or an insurance carrier.

And this gets us to insurance companies. An insurance company is a business that seeks to spread risk while making a profit. The top executives at these places easily surpass six figures. Do they earn it? Probably not but that’s not their fault. With government mandates for  features not necessarily wanted by all customers (substance abuse counseling, birth control) and restrictions on competition, they can do a lot of coasting. Call it the joys of cronyism.

Insurance companies have a use and they are not inherently bad. The Trump plan to open competition across state lines is excellent. We don’t have an objection either to a mandate for individuals to carry it. Public health has a cost and its better for people to be allowed to choose their coverage rather than leave the decision to government agents who will inevitably pocket as much of it as they can if funded via a traditional tax.

Regardless, it must be remembered that it is people who provide health care and not bureaucracies. Forgetting this while ignoring that bureaucracies inevitably become corrupt are the biggest failings of doomed Obamacare.

Health Care Basics Must Be Recognized By GOP

Health Care Basics Must Be Recognized By GOP Health Care Basics

Obamacare Fix Should Be Simple

Obamacare Fix Should Be Simple — Debate rages about how to fix the Obamacare disaster.

Some Republicans understandably want to keep the program’s massive Medicaid expansion. Medicaid is the “government insurance program for those whose resources are insufficient to pay for health care“. Many now have health insurance who didn’t before. Taking it away is something that would likely come back to bite.

Of course, Medicaid is a disaster in itself so hold that thought.

Then there is the employer mandate. Employer-provided health insurance had a value of $17,545 for a family in 2015. It would be a serious blow to working people if it were to disappear. Of course, company health insurance plans were widespread before the mandate. Ironically, they may become less widespread as businesses increase the use of part-timers and independent contractors and automation to avoid the mandate so hold that thought.

And then there are the mandates to guarantee insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, and for adult sons and daughters, which President Trump has promised to keep.

The knot appears impossible to unravel and it is. That, though, makes the solution simple. Cut it off entirely and re-splice the loose ends.

Switzerland has an indisputably successful health care system. It has an individual mandate as per Obamacare but limits it to accidents, illness and pregnancy. If one wants things extra, one can pay find policies beyond the mandate and pay extra.

There are subsidies for those who can’t cover the minimum.

If the U.S. were to adopt such a system, Obamacare, Medicaid and Medicare could be abolished and the swamp-filling bureaucracies that run them could be drained. As the policies would be purchased by individuals, the government wouldn’t have the chance to play with the money.

Regarding business, don’t just end the employer mandate but treat health benefits as taxable income. Cold? Does your employer pay for your home, clothes and groceries? Once people get used to buying their own health insurance just as they do their home, clothes, groceries and other insurance, the cost will drastically drop as they shop. Employment will boom as will living standards.

Obviously, insurance should be allowed to be sold across state lines.

Obamacare Fix Should Be Simple

Obamacare Fix Should Be Simple

 

Los Angeles STD Boom

Los Angeles STD BoomLos Angeles STD Boom — Sexually transmitted diseases are booming in Los Angeles County reports the Los Angeles Times and the blame is being placed on dating apps allowing those so inclined to connect for a quickie.

Rather than encouraging a little restraint, however, the local public health hipsters are pushing “technology” namely STD tests that can be ordered online.

You think those with the diseases really care about not spreading the joy?

In a totally unrelated matter, unhip health officials are reporting that we are on the verge of an “antibiotic apocalypse”. A new class of antibiotics has not been discovered since the 1980s and the existing stuff is rapidly losing its effectiveness due to overuse.

When antibiotics no longer work, things we take as routine such as appendectomies and hip replacements become rather dangerous.

Los Angeles STD Boom

Honest Medical Bill

This off the internet image of an honest medical bill comes courtesy of Cathy Martin who appears to have gotten it from Mint Press News. Our critique would be that the advertising costs are inflated while the lobbying, campaign gifts and CEO bonus are drastically deflated.This off the internet image of an honest medical bill comes courtesy of Cathy Martin who appears to have gotten it from Mint Press News.

Our critique would be that the advertising costs are inflated while the lobbying, campaign gifts and CEO bonus are drastically deflated.

An Honest Medical Bill is this morning’s Off the internet.

Obamacare Law? LOL

So the Supreme Court, yesterday, June 25, found by a 6-3 vote that when Congress said that  Obamacare subsidies could only be obtained via state exchanges they were just goofing. Forget the turmoil and compromises (and blatant dishonesty) when the law was passed– something that should  be everybody’s memory,  Congress put in  that clause because they were goofing. Obamacare Law? LOL

At least in the view of six Supreme Court judges — including “conservatives” John Roberts and  Anthony Kennedy.

Americans have to wake up to the reality that the nation’s political division is not between Democrats Republicans but between those who want power and wealth and those who want to live in peace with their neighbor.

Let’s not forget that corporate America was and remains a strong supporter of Obamacare.

Obamacare Law? LOL

Rand Paul Subpoena Vote

The details are in concerning Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky) visit to Philly.  It’s 11 a.m. May 18, at Independence Seaport Museum. It’s part of the WPHT Speaker Series and it will be hosted by Dom Giordano. The cost is $45. Rand Paul Subpoena Vote

Paul is seeking the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 and the topic is his book  Taking a Stand: Moving Beyond Partisan Politics to Unite America.

Hopefully, however, he will be queried on the allegations made by National Review that he stifled a subpoena for the application Congress made to the District of Columbia’s health exchange to beat the Obamacare penalties.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) insisted during the debate over Obamacare that lawmakers and staff join one of the health-care exchanges set up under the bill. This meant giving up government subsidies of between $5,000 and $10,000 per person.

Did it happen? LOL. After a secret meeting with House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama agreed to allow Congress to file as a small business. The law defines a small business as having no more than 50 employees. Congress employes tens of thousands.

An application was made declaring Congress to be a small business employing just 45 people and our public servants got to keep their Cadillac health-care plans.

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee,  wanted to find out who in Congress pushed this claim and sought to file a subpoena against the D.C. health exchange for the full application.

All nine Dems on the Small Business Committee were against it, hence Vitter needed the support of all 10 Republicans.

Only five did and none of them was Paul. The other guilty parties were Mike Enzi (R-Wy), James Risch, (R-ID),  Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska).

Just one of those things that should make one go hmmm. Paul has said that his vote was because he wants a Constitutional amendment to prohibit Congress from passing laws that exempts themselves, according to N.R.

So what’s that got to do with opposing the subpoena? And that’s another thing that makes one go hmmm. Hopefully, that lame answer does not let Paul off the hook.

Rand Paul Subpoena Vote