Hillary invented the internet?

More exaggerating of her ‘experience’. This time taking credit for S-Chip.

Clinton role in health program disputed

“I do like her,” Hatch said of Hillary Clinton. “We all care about children. But does she deserve credit for SCHIP? No – Teddy does, but she doesn’t.”

Asked whether Clinton was exaggerating her role in creating SCHIP, Kennedy, stopped in the hallway as he was entering the chamber to vote, half-shrugged.

“Facts are stubborn things,” he said, declining to criticize Clinton directly. “I think we ought to stay with the facts.”

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 12:51 am  Comments (1)  

Third World Health Care right here

Third World Health Care right here

Remote Area Medical’s Lifeline
Group Finds It’s Needed In America To Plug Health Insurance Gap

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CIGNA’s decision to deny teen a liver transplant until it was too late highlights flaws in health care system.

Published in: on December 25, 2007 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Swift-Boating of Graeme Frost

If you listen closely to the two-minute radio address that 12-year-old Graeme Frost delivered last week for the Democrats, you can hear the lingering effects of the 2004 car crash that put him into a coma for a week and left one of his vocal chords paralyzed. “Most kids my age probably haven’t heard of CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program,” he says in a voice that sounds weak and stressed. “But I know all about it, because if it weren’t for CHIP, I might not be here today.”

Published in: on October 11, 2007 at 11:02 am  Leave a Comment  

An Immoral Philosophy


Published: July 30, 2007

When a child is enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (Schip), the positive results can be dramatic. For example, after asthmatic children are enrolled in Schip, the frequency of their attacks declines on average by 60 percent, and their likelihood of being hospitalized for the condition declines more than 70 percent.

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 11:31 pm  Comments (1)  

See the Movie, Start the Revolution

…a letter from Michael Moore


I am overwhelmed by the response to “Sicko.” And I’m not just talking about all the wonderful, heart-felt letters you’ve sent me and the stories you’ve shared with me about the abuse you’ve suffered from our health care system.

No, I’m talking about how thousands of you are taking matters into your own hands and using the movie to do something.

Published in: on July 27, 2007 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  

CNN Throws in Towel, Admits to Two Errors, and States That All ‘Sicko’ Facts Are True to Their Source (or something like that)…

Moore Realizes All This is Huge Distraction and Then Spends More Precious Time Thanking Paris Hilton for Seeing ‘Sicko’… Meanwhile, More than 300 Americans Die Because They Had No Health Insurance During the 8-Day Gupta-Moore War…

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Waiting Game

Published: July 16, 2007

Being without health insurance is no big deal. Just ask President Bush. “I mean, people have access to health care in America,” he said last week. “After all, you just go to an emergency room.”

[need access?]

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An Open Letter to CNN from Michael Moore

“I’m about to become your worst nightmare.”

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Giuliani Rejects Medical Marijuana Use

Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that people who want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes really just want to make the drug available to everyone.

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

CNN “Reality Check” That Got Michael Moore Fired Up

Here is Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “Sicko Reality Check” segment that preceded Michael Moore’s heated interview with The Beard, on CNN.

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Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 7:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Sicko Spurs Audiences Into Action

Sicko started; the stereotypical Texas guy sat down behind me and never stopped talking. He talked through the entire movie… and I listened. The first ten to twenty minutes of the film he spent badmouthing Moore to his wife and snorting in disgust whenever MM went into one of his trademark monologues. But as the movie wore on his protestations became quieter, less enthusiastic. Somewhere along the way, maybe at the half way point, right before my ears, Sicko changed this man’s mind. By the forty-five minute mark, he, along with the rest of the audience were breaking into spontaneous applause. He stopped pooh-poohing the movie and started shouting out “hell yeah!” at the screen. It was as if the whole world had been flipped upside down. This is Texas, where people support the president and voting democratic is something only done by the terrorists. Michael Moore should be public enemy number one.

Published in: on July 5, 2007 at 11:35 pm  Comments (3)  

The French Lesson In Health Care

The nation’s system isn’t quite as superb as Sicko maintains, but it’s pretty good

Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko trumpets France as one of the most effective providers of universal health care. His conclusions and fist-in-your-gut approach may drive some Americans up the wall. But whatever you think of Moore, the French system—a complex mix of private and public financing—offers valuable lessons for would-be health-care reformers in the U.S.

Published in: on June 30, 2007 at 10:18 pm  Comments (3)  

Go See Sicko In The Theater

Or here if you’ve spent all your money on health care costs.

It’s absolutely brilliant. Please see it.


Well, I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people. As long they’re not doing it to make a profit off it, as long as they’re not, you know, trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that. But um, you know I do quite well and I um…I don’t know, I make these books and movies and TV shows because I want things to change, so the more people that get to see them the better, and um, so I’m, I’m happy when that happens, OK? Should I not be happy I don’t know? It’s like if a friend of yours has the DVD of my movie, gave it to you to watch one night, is that person doing something wrong? I’m not seeing any money from that. But he’s just handing the DVD to you so that you can watch my movie. A DVD that he bought, but you’re not buying it, yet you’re watching it without paying me any money. See I think that’s OK, and it’s always been OK, we share things with people. And I think information and art, ideas
should be shared.

options for download

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 2:12 pm  Comments (3)  

9/11 volunteer faces charges for ‘Sicko’ role

After suffering for more than five years with health problems related to his volunteer work at ground zero, Maywood, N.J., resident Bill Maher believed he had nothing to lose joining documentarian Michael Moore on a sneak trip to Cuba for medical treatment, captured in the new movie “Sicko.”

Published in: on June 27, 2007 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

SICKO, Part One

The Human Tragedy


When word got out that Michael Moore was working on a movie with the working title SiCKO, about the U.S. healthcare industry, the industry went bananas.

Published in: on June 23, 2007 at 1:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Open Wide and Say ‘Shame’

Sicko reviewed by AO Scott.

If you’re in one of these cities, you can go see the sneak preview.

Published in: on June 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

When Dollars Trump Compassion

June 19, 2007

You won’t see these stories on television, but Marian Wright Edelman and Dr. Irwin Redlener could talk to you all day and all night about children whose lives have been lost or ruined because they didn’t have health insurance.

The Divide in Caring for Our Kids

June 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

A few weeks ago, Teri Hatcher, one of the stars of the television series “Desperate Housewives,” was on David Letterman’s show, talking very animatedly about a time when her daughter needed emergency dental care.

Where to get a dentist on a Saturday?

Published in: on June 11, 2007 at 10:29 pm  Comments (4)  

The Obama Health Plan

May 31, 2007
Guest Columnist

As a surgeon, I’ve worked with the veterans’ health system, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies. I’ve seen health care in Canada, Britain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. And I was in the Clinton administration when our plan for universal coverage failed. So, with a new health reform debate under way, what I want to tell you in my last guest column is this:

Published in: on May 30, 2007 at 11:52 pm  Comments (2)  

A Katrina Health Care System

May 26, 2007
Guest Columnist

This is my fourth week as a guest columnist. Let’s take a look at the health care news that’s transpired in that time.

Published in: on May 26, 2007 at 4:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Rethinking Old Age

May 24, 2007
Guest Columnist

At some point in life, you can’t live on your own anymore. We don’t like thinking about it, but after retirement age, about half of us eventually move into a nursing home, usually around age 80. It remains your most likely final address outside of a hospital. (more…)

Published in: on May 23, 2007 at 11:05 pm  Comments (3)  

A Short American Life

May 21, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

How’s this for a glimpse into America’s health care mess:

Published in: on May 20, 2007 at 11:14 pm  Comments (2)  

Young, Ill and Uninsured

May 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Fourteen-year-old Devante Johnson deserved better. He was a sweet kid, an honor student and athlete who should be enjoying music and sports and skylarking with his friends at school. Instead he’s buried in Houston’s Paradise North Cemetery. (more…)

Published in: on May 19, 2007 at 1:34 pm  Comments (1)  

Doctors, Drugs and the Poor

May 17, 2007
Guest Columnist

It’s one of those questions no one tells you about when you enter medical practice. What do you do when patients come who can’t pay? Some doctors decline to see them. I have expenses to pay and a family to feed, they’ll argue. (more…)

Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Bad Medicine, Sneaking In

May 12, 2007
Guest Columnist

As I read about the melamine-tainted pet food, and about the hundreds in Panama killed by phony glycerin from China, I remembered a patient I once saw. She was a dancer in her 40s who had hobbled into the emergency room one October night with a painful, bulging mass in her groin. I gently put my fingers to it. It was beet-sized and firm. When I placed my stethoscope on it, I heard gurgling. This was, I told her, a strangulating hernia — a rent in her abdominal wall had trapped a loop of intestine. The swelling was the knot of bowel; the gurgling, the fluid inside.

Published in: on May 11, 2007 at 11:10 pm  Comments (2)  

Curing the System

May 10, 2007
Guest Columnist

The American health insurance system is a slow-creeping ruin, damaging people and increasingly the employers that hire us. Yet there is another truth as well: the vast majority who have decent coverage are happy with the care we get — I am writing this, for instance, as I sit with my 11-year-old son waiting for an M.R.I. to check the cardiac repair that has saved his life for a decade. So most have resisted large-scale change, fearing that it could make some lives worse, even as it makes others better.

Published in: on May 9, 2007 at 11:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Can This Patient Be Saved?

May 5, 2007
Guest Columnist

As a surgeon, I’ve seen some pretty large tumors. I’ve excised fist-size thyroid cancers from people’s necks and abdominal masses bigger than your head. When I do, this is what almost invariably happens: the anesthesiologist puts the patient to sleep, the nurse unsnaps the gown, everyone takes a sharp breath, and someone blurts out, “How could someone let that thing get so huge?”

Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 11:40 pm  Comments (2)  

In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South

The ominous reversal has raised questions about the impact of cuts in welfare and Medicaid and of poor access to doctors.

Published in: on April 21, 2007 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Children Versus Insurers

April 6, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Consider the choice between two government programs.

Program A would provide essential health care to the eight million uninsured children in this country.

Program B would subsidize insurance companies, who would in turn spend much of the money on marketing and paperwork, and also siphon off a substantial fraction of the money as profits. With what’s left, the insurers would provide additional benefits, over and above basic Medicare coverage, to some older Americans. (more…)

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 10:22 pm  Comments (2)  

Trillions in Debt, Can the Middle Class Hang On?

How do we stop the credit industry’s predatory business model and get Americans out of debt when incomes aren’t rising as fast as the costs of healthcare and housing?

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 1:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers

Mary Rose Derks was a 65-year-old widow in 1990, when she began preparing for the day she could no longer care for herself. Every month, out of her grocery fund, she scrimped together about $100 for an insurance policy that promised to pay eventually for a room in an assisted living home.

Published in: on March 26, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lacking Papers, Citizens Are Cut From Medicaid

Rhiannon M. Noth was denied Medicaid for heart surgery for her son Landen, 3, right, because she could not obtain the necessary documents.

Published in: on March 12, 2007 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Medicare vs. Britney

While America obsessed about Brittany’s shaved head, Bush offered a budget that offers $32.7 billion in tax cuts to the Wal-Mart family alone, while cutting $28 billion from Medicaid.

By Matt Taibbi

Published in: on February 24, 2007 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Private Health Insurance Is Not the Answer

Why are we keeping a hopeless, for-profit health insurance system alive?

Published in: on February 23, 2007 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Health Care Racket

February 16, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Is the health insurance business a racket? Yes, literally — or so say two New York hospitals, which have filed a racketeering lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group and several of its affiliates.

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Your MasterCard or Your Life

January 22, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Americans are increasingly living in a house of cards — credit cards.

A disturbing new report shows that with health care costs continuing their sharp rise, low- and middle-income patients are reaching for their credit cards with alarming frequency to cover treatment that they otherwise would be unable to afford.

Published in: on January 21, 2007 at 10:37 pm  Comments (2)  

Gold-Plated Indifference

January 22, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

President Bush’s Saturday radio address was devoted to health care, and officials have put out the word that the subject will be a major theme in tomorrow’s State of the Union address. Mr. Bush’s proposal won’t go anywhere. But it’s still worth looking at his remarks, because of what they say about him and his advisers.

Published in: on January 21, 2007 at 10:28 pm  Comments (2)