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Healthcare in America?

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7 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

Rep. Ted LieuVerified account @RepTedLieu 3h3 hours ago

 
 

The Trump Administration is trying to make it legal to discriminate against Americans with pre-existing conditions. Infuriating! #ProtectOurCare https://goo.gl/TrvLRn 

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I wonder, how many people who voted for trump are on Obamacare and have pre-existing conditions?

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21 hours ago, jakeem said:

Following GOP/Trump actions that sparked double digit premium increases, Trump admin now trying to destroy the ACA altogether.

Congressional GOP doesn't want affordable healthcare for Americans, while Americans are paying for "free" healthcare for Congress.

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https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/06/new-cdc-study-shows-large-increase-suicides-since-1999.html

New CDC Study Shows Large Increase in Suicides Since 1999

Posted on June 8, 2018 by Yves Smith

The CDC deemed suicide to be a public health crisis in 1999. Every state save Nevada has seen an increase in the suicide rate since then.

A new CDC study plumbs some of the dimensions of this development:

Suicide has become the second highest cause of death for the 18 to 34 year old age group

The female rate of suicide, which historically has been lower than that of men, has risen to approach the male level. But white males showed the biggest increase of any gender or racial cohort

Gunshot is far and away the most common method

In the states that track the data, more than half the suicides were of people who has not been diagnosed with a mental health issue

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http://www.koaa.com/story/38377728/trump-administration-will-no-longer-defend-key-portions-of-affordable-care-act

Trump administration will no longer defend key portions of Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON (AP) -

The Trump administration said in a court filing late Thursday that it will no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement that people have health insurance and provisions that guarantee access to health insurance regardless of any medical conditions.
  
The decision, announced in a filing in a federal court in Texas, is a rare departure from the Justice Department's practice of defending federal laws in court. Texas and other Republican-led states are suing to strike down the entire law because Congress recently repealed a provision that people without health insurance must pay a fine. The repeal takes effect next year.
  
Texas says that without the fine in place the requirement to have health insurance is unconstitutional and that the entire law should be struck down as a result.

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Malady mongers: How drug companies sell treatments by inventing diseases

....the pharmaceutical industry medicalizes normal life by positing that a vague, highly relatable, everyday condition is symptomatic of a newly invented disease. In other cases, pharma exaggerates the prevalence or severity of an existing condition to entice more customers.

“Marketing for a drug can start seven to 10 years before they go on the market. Because it’s illegal to promote a drug before it goes on the market, what they’re promoting is the disease. That’s not illegal to do because there’s no regulation on creating diseases,”....

The campaigns often follow three basic steps: lower the bar for diagnosis, raise the stakes so people want to get tested and spin the evidence about a drug’s benefits and risks. These steps were seen in campaigns on testosterone deficiency, bipolar disorder and restless leg syndrome. .......

pharmaceutical companies spend $19 on advertising a new drug for every one dollar spent on the research and development process. ...

When does a mildly bothersome experience become the symptom of a disease? In many cases, they said, the pharmaceutical industry draws these lines aggressively so the boundaries of normal get smaller and smaller.  And they do so unilaterally — no regulators are watching. ....

https://www.yahoo.com/news/malady-mongers-drug-companies-sell-treatments-inventing-diseases-100040360.html

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https://twocents.lifehacker.com/ask-your-pharmacist-about-paying-for-your-prescriptions-1826607583

You might think your insurance is getting the best prices possible for your prescriptions at your local pharmacy, but it turns out it could actually be increasing your out-of-pocket costs, thanks to a prescription “gag rule.”

The rule exists because pharmacists work with pharmaceutical benefit managers on the terms of your prescription costs. And in some cases, these gag rules included in the contracts restrict your pharmacist from telling you that the drug you want to buy could be cheaper if you paid cash for it, rather than purchasing it through your insurance, where you’ll often have a co-pay. In other words, your pharmacist legally can’t tell you that there’s a cheaper option for you. Most frustratingly, the benefits manager pockets much of the difference.

It’s not a small problem. “Researchers analyzing 9.5 million Part D prescription claims reported in a letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association in March that a patient’s copayment was higher than the cash price for nearly one in four drugs purchased in 2013,” reports Kaiser Health News. “For 12 of the 20 most commonly prescribed drugs, patients overpaid by more than 33 percent.” (On the other hand, benefits manager claim it’s not that common of a practice, and it will depend on your pharmacist’s contract.)
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From the UK but relevant-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5885369/Use-Ritalin-smart-drugs-DOUBLED-decade-Britain.html

Use of Ritalin and other 'smart drugs' has DOUBLED in last decade as Ofsted chief warns parents are trying to 'medicate away' children's bad behaviour

  • Amanda Spielman said figures are worrying and warned against quick fix drugs 
  • The medication is prescribed to children with ADHD to help them concentrate 
  • There were nearly 1.5 million prescriptions for the drugs last year by the NHS  
  • The chief inspector of schools has accused parents of trying to 'medicate away' their children's hyperactive behaviour.

    Head of Ofsted Amanda Spielman made the comments after it was revealed that the use of Ritalin and other 'smart drugs' has doubled in the past decade

    There were nearly 1.5 million prescriptions for the drugs last year by the NHScompared with less than 700,000 ten years prior.

  • The pills are used to make people with ADHD - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - more focused.  

  • Spielman said more should be done to try address the symptoms without opting for quick-fix drugs

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On 6/26/2018 at 10:50 PM, Gershwin fan said:

From the UK but relevant-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5885369/Use-Ritalin-smart-drugs-DOUBLED-decade-Britain.html

Use of Ritalin and other 'smart drugs' has DOUBLED in last decade as Ofsted chief warns parents are trying to 'medicate away' children's bad behaviour

  • Amanda Spielman said figures are worrying and warned against quick fix drugs 
  • The medication is prescribed to children with ADHD to help them concentrate 
  • There were nearly 1.5 million prescriptions for the drugs last year by the NHS  
  • The chief inspector of schools has accused parents of trying to 'medicate away' their children's hyperactive behaviour.

    Head of Ofsted Amanda Spielman made the comments after it was revealed that the use of Ritalin and other 'smart drugs' has doubled in the past decade

    There were nearly 1.5 million prescriptions for the drugs last year by the NHScompared with less than 700,000 ten years prior.

  • The pills are used to make people with ADHD - attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - more focused.  

  • Spielman said more should be done to try address the symptoms without opting for quick-fix drugs

 

When I was young, this was the treatment for kids having "attention deficit" and so called BS hyperactivity disorder.

Was 99.9% effective and rarely required "refills". Treatment usually began during the terrible "2's". (when I tell you to jump, don't reply "How high?")

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On 6/8/2018 at 7:38 PM, Princess of Tap said:

I wonder, how many people who voted for trump are on Obamacare and have pre-existing conditions?

Not as many as are on Medicaid, Medicare, VA and TRICARE.

2 hours ago, hamradio said:

 

When I was young, this was the treatment for kids having "attention deficit" and so called BS hyperactivity disorder.

Was 99.9% effective and rarely required "refills". Treatment usually began during the terrible "2's". (when I tell you to jump, don't reply "How high?")

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Don't disagree with way too many kids are diagnosed as ADHD or ADD or with other "disorders."  I worked in a federal disability program that specialized in evaluating childhood disabilities.

BUT, the above seldom really accomplished anything.  The offenders eventually dropped out of the school and the schools could care less.  Instead they got their educations on the street in how to become criminals.  While most went to jail eventually, they preyed on the rest of us until they did.  Then there are those who were never caught.

Of course some managed to adapt and get a diploma.  This gave them entry into law enforcement, the military and other occupations where they could unleash their pent-up bad behaviors.

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"Public health officials are expanding efforts to get the HIV prevention pill into the hands of those at risk, in a nationwide effort to curb infections. But the officials are hitting roadblocks — the drug's price tag, which has surged in recent years, and changes in insurance coverage that put a heftier financial burden on patients.

Since brand-name Truvada was approved for HIV prevention six years ago, its average wholesale price has increased by about 45 percent. Now, the drug — which rakes in billions of dollars in annual global revenue for its manufacturer, Gilead Sciences — carries a list price of close to $2,000 for a 30-day supply...

It has been shown to be more than 90 percent effective in HIV prevention when the medicine is taken daily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But patients can get stuck with out-of-pocket costs that make the medicine unaffordable.

"If there is any example of the dysfunction in the American pharmaceutical system, it is this case," says James Krellenstein, a member of the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP New York. "We have the most effective tool for ending the HIV epidemic, and one reason we're unable to scale up is because it costs so [much] unnecessarily."

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/06/30/624045995/rising-cost-of-prep-a-pill-that-prevents-hiv-pushes-it-out-of-reach-for-many?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180701

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https://www.activistpost.com/2018/07/court-rules-school-can-use-electric-shock-as-punishment-for-special-needs-students.html

Court Rules School Can Use Electric Shock as Punishment For Special Needs Students

Bristol County, MA – Family Court Judge Katherine Field denied a motion to stop the use of electric shock on disabled students, a form of punishment that has been controversial for years after news of the practice first reached the public in 2013 when video surfaced of an 18-year-old student receiving dozens of shocks for refusing to take off his jacket.

“(The state) failed to demonstrate that there is now a professional consensus that the Level III aversive treatment used at JRC does not conform to the accepted standard of care for treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Judge Field wrote in her decision.

The facility in question is the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JRC), a special needs day and residential school in Canton, and it is the only school in the country that still uses electric shocks on its students. Records show that at least 58 students at the school have received shocks as of August 2017.

Despite the obvious ethical concerns with this practice, there is a cult-like support among the staff and even some parents for what they call “aversive treatment.”

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Topher SpiroVerified account @TopherSpiro 15h15 hours ago

 
 

ACA SABOTAGE ALERT: The Trump administration is stopping payments to insurers for sicker enrollees, which could significantly spike premiums for 2019.

" The payments are intended to help stabilize health insurance markets by compensating insurers that had sicker, more expensive enrollees in 2017. The government collects the money from health insurers with relatively healthy enrollees, who cost less to insure. ...

“It will create more market uncertainty and increase premiums for many health plans - putting a heavier burden on small businesses and consumers, and reducing coverage options. And costs for taxpayers will rise as the federal government spends more on premium subsidies,” AHIP said in a statement. .......

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-obamacare/trump-administration-halts-billions-in-insurance-payments-under-obamacare-idUSKBN1JY00W?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5b417f6d04d3012ce1c58a9f&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook

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https://endpts.com/novartis-joins-the-big-pharma-exodus-out-of-antibiotics-dumping-research-cutting-140-and-out-licensing-programs/

Novartis joins the Big Pharma exodus out of antibiotics, dumping research, cutting 140 and out-licensing programs

Another Big Pharma is retreating from the antibiotics field.

Novartis today says its early-stage research group at NIBR is dropping antibacterial and antiviral research programs based in Emeryville, CA. And they’re doing it at a time that drug-resistant strains of bacteria are spreading around the world — an issue that once commanded considerable attention at Novartis.

The reorganization will trigger the layoff of about 140 staffers. Novartis noted:

The groups that are impacted in their entirety are antibacterial and antiviral research. As a result, other groups are also affected including, Pharmacology, Protein Sciences, Project Management and global support functions in Global Discovery Chemistry, NIBR Informatics, Scientific Opertions and Translational Medicine. About 150 employees will remain in the San Francisco Bay Area in support of NITD and our drug discovery efforts.

On the chopping block are a group of preclinical programs as well as LYS228, their clinical-stage effort in the field. Most of the affected staffers will have a 60-day period to work out their departure, with severance, while a small group will stay on to handle the shutdown.

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Germs will only grow resistant to any antibiotics that are developed.  To top it off stupid doctors still prescribe them for VIRAL infections. 

Antibiotics are simply over used!

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