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Butt … wait!


Congratulations Floridians – you’re one freedom fewer!
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The Florida Department of Health has ruled – albeit reluctantly – that once you sign a medical procedure consent form you can’t stop the procedure once it’s begun … even, say ohhhh I don’t know — when the ANESTHESIA wears off?!?

That’s right, kiddies!
You get to grimace and bear it.
::: Just say ‘oh no!’ :::

Just ask the 61-year-old Pasco County woman who filed a formal complaint after gastroenterologist Kozhimala John refused to stop a colonoscopy after her anesthesia wore off and she was quite literally begging him to halt the procedure.

Investigative records of the May 2008 incident show the colonoscopy was underway when the sedation, a common mix of Versed and Fentanyl, wore off. Records show the patient told the doctor that he was hurting her and pleaded for him to stop.

He didn’t.

“Please stop!” she insisted, while the nurse tried to shush her, records show.

He didn’t.

“Most people would say: ‘I didn’t really mean for you to stop the procedure even though I told you to…’ She was under sedation,” John said. “I couldn’t take her words for sure.”
::: I bet you took her co-pay and insurance for sure though, eh doc? :::

After the complaint was filed, DOH lawyers (get the irony??) tried to find some clause — any clause — in the Medical Practice Act that would apply in cases like this.

They didn’t.

John, who is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, was charged only with inadequate record-keeping for failing to document the many ways the colonoscopy went awry.

He accepted a reprimand, a $15,000 fine, agreed to perform 100 hours of community service and take a course on “risk management.”

When the Board of Medicine heard the case in Orlando earlier this month, some members fumed about the state dropping the more serious accusation.

“There was unnecessary suffering inflicted,” DOH prosecutor Robert A. Milne told the Florida Board of Medicine recently, “but we had to (drop the charges) for legal reasons.”

Donald Mullins, one of three non-physicians on the 15-member board, spoke sharply to John. “It’s her body. She needed to make the decision. These were not your decisions to make … I’m disgusted that we’re going to (accept the settlement). I just can’t believe it!”

Miami pediatrician Onelia Lage said John displayed too little regard for the wishes of his patient. “Regardless of the legalities, when the patient screamed and said, ‘No!, you needed to listen.”

Maybe he will … maybe he won’t, but one thing’s for sure … he doesn’t really have to …

… and apparently, Floridians, neither does your doctor …

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December 17, 2009 at 11:12 am 1 comment

Senator Badass (D-MN)


… at least someone’s read the bill …

December 16, 2009 at 11:07 am 1 comment

Welcome back! Now get to work!


As Congress prepares to return to work after the holiday break, I’m curious to see what the Senate does with the health care reform bill debate.

And by curious I mean I hope they don’t freefall into a stagnant mess of rhetoric, rumor and ridiculousness but actually and frealz engage in the kind of serious debate that can move this issue toward a meaningful conclusion for everyone.

HAHAHAHAHA!!!
Oh, I know … très amusant but hey, stranger things could happen, right?
I mean, it could happen in a half-life alternate universe where elected officials actually do the work of the job they were chosen to do, right?

November 30, 2009 at 11:10 am 2 comments

House rules


Oh sure, the health care bill thankfully passed the house, but only on a very narrow 220-215 vote.
But eh, given the way these mo’s work shit out, it’s a wonder anything gets done!

Get ready for the five most frustrating minutes I’ll ever give you …

November 9, 2009 at 10:26 am 2 comments

Rare photo!! Bipartisanship in action!!



Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, shakes hands with committee member Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine after a committee vote on the health care reform bill today.

It’s NOT just a myth!

Way to go, Olympia Snowe!
::: The ONLY Republican senator professional enough to put politics aside and at least try to do the right thing. :::
 
“When history calls, history calls.”
– Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine

October 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Health Care ReFAIL


So, I’m gettin’ all déjà vu-ey over this whole health-care reform issue because I gots a bayud feeling whatever version of this pitifully lame mockery of health-care reform initiative makes it to my boyfriend’s desk – it’s not going to end up providing any actual ‘reform’.
I know it. You know it. Reconize.

I mean, no doubt — the needs are there.
You simply can’t argue that something must be done to help the more than dental46 million uninsured Americans.
::: For those keeping score — that’s nearly 15% of all Americans — more people than in all of Canada or Spain and twice as many as Venezuela or Australia. That’s a lot of people, people!!! :::

Nor can you argue that the cost of health care has put those with so-so insurance on the medical skids and those with nice plans think they’re all fine and dandy because they aren’t the ones paying the hidden costs (all you so-sos are) and they’re basically sheilded from the suffering of their poor, uninsured neighbors.
::: And don’t even start. It’s a no-brainer. Yes. You should care about your
neighbors. :::

O’Baby says whatever bill is brought before him must broaden coverage, slow long-term cost increases and be deficit-neutral (mmm hmm) — all of this in spite of an expected price tag of more than $1 trillion over the next decade. And he wants it paid for without increasing taxes on the 95 percent of Americans who earn less than $250,000 a year.

Superbly scary pricetag aside, it might not pinch that other 5% quite as waitingmuch as they think to ante up considering they take in more than one-third of all pay in the U.S.

A new Wall Street Journal analysis of Social Security Administration data from 1979 and 2006 revealed the inflation-adjusted after-tax income of the richest 1% of households increased by a gargantuan 256 percent, compared to measly 21% for families in the middle income quintile.

They received “nearly $2.1 trillion of the $6.4 trillion in total U.S. pay in 2007, the latest figures available,” the report states. And those compensation numbers “don’t include incentive stock options, unexercised stock options, unvested restricted stock units and certain benefits.”

So, I’m sorry, but you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t rush out to get my boo hoo on for them right away. This ‘caste’ing of American society is a little too ‘fall of ancient Rome economy’ if you ask me, which you didn’t but it’s my blog so nyah nyah nyah nyah.

Oh but it doesn’t matter anyway.
I mean, for starters, the various and sundry versions of versions of the plans making the rounds through Congress include some of O’Bossyboss’ ‘must haves’, but – according to the Congressional Budget Office — none of them do enough to slow health care cost increases.

SHOCK!

Add to that the harsh reality that nothing will ever change until and unless the government stops pretending that insurance companies are in the healthcare business.
Here’s a lesson kiddies: Insurance companies are in the profit industry. They do not provide health care, they don’t usually pay for some of it.

Bottom line? The whole reform issue is scary. It’s a thorny bush no one’s wanted to prune for, like EVER!
And, while it’s perfectly natural for rank and filers like you and me to fear making a big change like this, it’s also wholly unacceptable for the people representing me you us to flap and squawk and click their heels about the work, the sacrifice, the harship of it all … and in the end do nothing of any consequence.

The current system is rotting the country from the inside like a cancer … and cancer doesn’t discriminate.

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July 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm 4 comments

You go girl!


<——- Joan Bray gets my vote for this week’s ‘Bitchslappiest Badass In All Of Creation’ award PLUS ten trillion ‘Attagirls’ for giving a big ol’ verbal backhand to a bunch of Missouri buffoons.

See, on one side, there are these folks (Retardlicans, old white men and general religious whackjobs) who can’t get over the fact that waaaayyyy back in 1973 a bunch of people we call the United States Supreme Court put their heads together (well 7 of the 9, anyway) and decided that it was probably a good idea for women to have the last word on what happens with their vajayjays when it comes to having baybays and so they legalized that shit 20 says to Sunday.

On the other side, there’s this other group of folks (everyone else) who believe the Supremes’ decision was a slammin’ piece of justice.

Joan Bray is in that group.

bitch_slap-13115And this week, during debate on Missouri’s [now passed] ‘compromise’ abortion legislation, the University City Democrat got fired up and unleashed some furious speechification on her Senate brethren, basically calling bullshit on the blatant sexism behind abortion bills year after year and, at one point, lambasting lawmakers who are “pro-life” with their wives and “pro-choice” with their girlfriends.
::: BOO-YA!! Suckit hypocrites! :::

At the time she said it, none of the peens on the Senate floor had the cajones to respond … but 12 hours later Republican Senator Jack Goodman labeled her comments “highly offensive” and “slanderous.”
::: Ooo – way harsh, Jackster! :::

So what, exactly, did she say that was sooooo outrageous?!?

Behold the glory of articulate outrage!

“After multiple years on this issue, I’m sick of it. I’m totally sick of it.

I’m sick of women being treated like they are so stupid that they can’t make their own decisions regarding their reproductive rights and their bodies.

I’m sick of women having no options, and being coerced to give birth.

I’m sick of a bunch of men around here, year after year after year, piling up restriction after restriction after restriction on women who found themselves in a very unhappy, unpleasant circumstance of an unwanted pregnancy.

Missouri has the most restrictive abortion laws in the country and, as a result, Missouri’s women are put in danger when they finally do ever get to have an abortion — they’re later and they’re tougher abortions to have because there are so many barriers to Missouri women getting to have a safe and legal abortion.

I am sick of the disrespect for women who come to the Capitol defending a woman’s legal right to choose an abortion.

I am sick that they’re being treated dismissively and rudely.

I’m sick of the ethic around here that men are pro-life for their wives and pro-choice for their girlfriends.

I’m sick of the failure to take steps that would, in fact, reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, through sex education, contraception, family planning and emergency contraception.

No man in this body will ever have an unwanted pregnancy.

But, mark my word, your daughters, your wives, your sisters, your granddaughters, your nieces will.

And your actions here tonight will disrespect and diminish them.”

Joan? Girlfriend??
I SO LOVE YOU RIGHT NOW!!!

 

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May 15, 2009 at 2:46 pm 5 comments

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