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Saturday, December 10, 2016

WASHINGTON -- They had never met, and they had had only harsh words toward each other during the campaign. But President Barack Obama and his successor, Donald Trump, are discussing policy and politics with more frequency than many anticipated after this past year's bitterly fought election.

The two men have spoken a handful of times by phone since their 90-minute meeting in the Oval Office last month, setting aside resentments that built up during the campaign, advisers to both said. Though it is hardly a "bromance," both men see it in their mutual interest to stay in touch and forge a rapport during the transition, aides said.

On Friday, Mr. Trump said he has gotten along "so well" with Mr. Obama, and he dissuaded his supporters from booing when he mentioned the president's name ... Mr. Trump has called Mr. Obama to ask what specific positions entail so that he can match people to the job, they said. read more

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The VA may be on the brink of wearing a new and unfamiliar hat: policy trailblazer.

The department is considering "scope of practice" reforms that would allow VA nurses to work outside the direct supervision of doctors. If the agency follows through, it could become a leader in the occupational licensing arena and spur state governments to follow suit.

Occupational licensing has garnered increased attention as it has become clear that requiring individuals to obtain government licenses in order to work in certain fields hurts both would-be workers and consumers. State and local governments require licenses for a whole host of jobs, from florists to dental hygienists to hair braiders.

While licenses can make sense in some industries, in general they block lower-income individuals from entering the workforce while also increasing the prices consumers pay for goods and services. read more

Monday, December 05, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is leaning on a once-obscure group backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch as he seeks to make good on a campaign promise to overhaul veterans' care programs he has denounced as a tragic failure. Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), founded just four years ago, has little connective tissue with other veterans groups, whose membership-heavy organizations have long dominated policy discussions in Washington. The leading candidates to run the sprawling Department of Veterans Affairs, the second-largest federal agency, have close ties to the group. Traditional veterans advocates are alarmed by CVA's rising profile in Trump's orbit and in Congress. They reject its highest-profile proposal, to allow veterans to see doctors of their choosing outside VA medical system. read more

"Victory Lane," a new book by Cathy Lueers of Hampton, borrows its title from the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's hospice unit in O'Hara. Lueers' dad -- Korean War veteran Ron Bleiler -- died in the unit on Thanksgiving Day 2015 at age 82.

"He went out in victory with the care of wonderful nurses and chaplains," Lueers said. "There were so many miracles along the way."

With gratitude for her father's care, Lueers, 52, subsequently wrote and self-published "Victory Lane" to honor him.

Lueers, a mother of four, also wrote the book to aid loved ones of others seeking health care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. read more

The US Veterans Affairs Administration is the largest provider of hepatitis C care in the United States. Approximately 174,000 veterans who receive care through its clinics had been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection by 2013 and a further 45,000 were estimated to be undiagnosed.

As part of a larger analysis of treatment patterns within the VA system, George Ioannou and colleagues examined the annual uptake of treatment. They found that 57,445 people have been cured of HCV in the VA system since 1999.

Almost half of these patients – 28,084 – were cured in 2015, and almost half of all people cured in the VA system in 2015 began treatment in August and September of that year. read more


Trump's HHS Pick Divides Physicians, Organized Medicine

Some physicians hail Dr Price, chair of the powerful House Budget Committee, as a guardian of the physician-patient relationship and an opponent of burdensome government regulations.

Others fear, however, that the orthopedic surgeon will reduce access to healthcare by helping his party repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

They also fear that he will restrict abortion rights and turn his back on the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

These cracks in the House of Medicine are on display in the American Medical Association (AMA), which announced that it "strongly supports" Dr Price -- one of its members -- as HHS secretary only to see almost 5000 clinicians sign an online petition in a matter of days stating, "The AMA Does Not Speak for Us."

Some of those signing physicians are troubled by Dr Price's membership in a splinter medical society described as ultraconservative and antiscientific.

"We do not think this HHS nominee and his policies align with our values," said Jane Zhu, MD, MPP, one of the petition-drive organizers. Dr Zhu, an internist in Philadelphia, added that the protest has nothing to do with the presidential election.

"This is not a left-versus-right issue," she told Medscape Medical News. "It's a patient issue.

If this were a Democratic nominee with similar policies, I would be just as concerned."

Dr Zhu's concerns appear to be widely shared by her colleagues.


Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter.

Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials.

Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton's chances.

There you have it.

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They were nothing but a hashtag until Brown.

"We were humbled when cultural workers, artists, designers and techies offered their labor and love to expand #BlackLivesMatter beyond a social media hashtag. Opal, Patrisse, and I created the infrastructure for this movement project -- moving the hashtag from social media to the streets. Our team grew through a very successful Black Lives Matter ride, led and designed by Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore, organized to support the movement that is growing in St. Louis, MO, after 18-year old Mike Brown was killed at the hands of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson."


But no, im sure your little fantasy trumps all the reality.
The funny bit is that it does not even matter.
Furgoson protests were still based on lies, the martin protests were based on lies.

You try to split hairs that is fine, just split real hairs not one you invented.

So yet again you are the exact example of believing false news and not bothering to educate yourself that the article is about.


You're completely full of psychopathic crap.

If one googles "when was Black Lives Matter created" this top result is the Wikipedia link you're referencing, with the date July 13, 2013 ... the same day as the Travon Martin verdict and the same day they created the hashtag.

Why does google have their algorithm set up this way? Because normal people understand the meaning of when something is created, founded, started, came into being, etc, ad-freaking-nauseam.

I'm right, you're lying.

Go suck an egg.

BLM was founded on the Ferguson lie of "hand up don't shoot"


Straight from their website ...


The Creation of a Movement
I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed.

Took me ten seconds to do this.

Not all "knowledge" is the end all, Pinch.

And not all "knowledge" the final truth or even true at all.

Your insistence that you and only your links are the reasons for this and that are what makes liberals such as yourself seem so condescending.

I could give you many links to contradict your links and call them "knowledge" do like you do and call everyone who doesn't visit, read, understand and take as gospel said links stupid.

It's more of the reason why Trump won.


From 1999 to 2009, US Healthcare was wasting around $650 billion ever year, and was spending around $2.5 trillion annually.

A few years ago, it was reported that US healthcare waste was around $750 billion each year.

It's now reported that US healthcare annual cost is up to $3.2 trillion, which means that we as a country are probably wasting close to a trillion dollars -- with no benefit to patients.

I've posted multiple links from Dr. Kizer explaining the reason why healthcare costs continue to rise.
Here's Dr. Kizer's bio...


Sorry, but you or some douche-bag at The Daily Caller, or Fox News, or any other conservative media outlet don't know more about this subject than the Institute of Medicine or Dr. Kizer.

Trump won because people spend more time studying on-line food truck menus than trying to comprehend why their healthcare costs are rising. And while JPW didn't say it in the words I'm using, he is implying that these sort of arguments, facts vs non-facts, is why he got tired of shoveling shit against the tide (my words).

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