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Sunday, October 08, 2017

President Trump praised health care block grants on Saturday, saying they allow the states to focus on health care, but said he would rather focus his energy on tensions with North Korea than "fixing somebody's back or their knee." "You know in theory, I want to focus on North Korea, I want to focus on Iran, I want to focus on other things. I don't want to focus on fixing somebody's back or their knee or something. Let the states do that," the president told Mike Huckabee on the Trinity Broadcasting Network's Huckabee.

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America first thing was do cute. Now it's North Korea first.

#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-10-08 10:58 AM | Reply

The Republicans in Congress want block grants so they can steal more of our money, Trump wants to focus on Korea and Iran because it's a meaningless exercise in being a tough guy.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-08 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I don't want to focus on fixing somebody's back or their knee or something. Let the states do that,"

President Dotard can get with moronic talk like this because ordinary people don't understand that orthopedic surgery involves mostly elective procedures, meaning people choose to have it done -- but it's not absolutely necessary because it does not involve a medical emergency.

Why ‘Useless' Surgery Is Still Popular
www.nytimes.com

Before a drug can be marketed, it has to go through rigorous testing to show it is safe and effective. Surgery, though, is different. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate surgical procedures. So what happens when an operation is subjected to and fails the ultimate test -- a clinical trial in which patients are randomly assigned to have it or not?

The expectation is that medical practice will change if an operation turns out not to help.

If only.

It looks as if the onus is on patients to ask what evidence, if any, shows that surgery is better than other options.

Take what happened with spinal fusion, an operation that welds together adjacent vertebrae to relieve back pain from worn-out discs. Unlike most operations, it actually was tested in four clinical trials.

The conclusion: Surgery was no better than alternative nonsurgical treatments, like supervised exercise and therapy to help patients deal with their fear of back pain.

journals.lww.com

In both groups, the pain usually diminished or went away.

The studies were completed by the early 2000s and should have been enough to greatly limit or stop the surgery, says Dr. Richard Deyo, professor of evidence-based medicine at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. But that did not happen, according to a recent report. Instead, spinal fusion rates increased -- the clinical trials had little effect.


So everyone must first understand that doctors/surgeons are doing way too many surgeries that don't help patients (like YOU, or YOUR children, or YOUR parents, etc.) -- again, 30% of everything done medically in America is waste with no benefit to patients.

How the U.S. Health-Care System Wastes $750 Billion Annually
www.theatlantic.com

Once people get their heads wrapped around this fact, then they can start unpacking dumbass statements from The Orange Moron.

-- Controlling healthcare costs involve reeling in the amount of waste (like unnecessary surgey) ... resources.nationalacademies.org

-- In the macro-sense, controlling healthcare costs is mostly moot because of the overall aging of the population (though savings can be had by reducing waste -- this is the "hard" part that Orange Fatso alludes to) ... www.youtube.com [16:05 - 22:45]

-- The root cause of all this are the doctors -- only 55% of clinical decisions made are the correct decisions based on scientific medical evidence ... www.rand.org

Study up people -- Dr. Kizer has been explaining that healthcare costs will go higher than 20% of GNP for years ... www.youtube.com [23:55 - 26:40]

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-08 12:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

In fact, if President Numbnuts was serious about healthcare and helping people (and he and the GOP are not serious) then it'd be a simple matter of raising taxes on those who can afford their taxes being raised (like on these ------ ... www.youtube.com) ...

... to help those people, like the poor, who can't afford healthcare insurance -- and this is the justification for getting getting everyone covered with having health insurance -- instead of allowing these same people to remain uninsured and then clogging the ERs when their health conditions become acute or life threatening.

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-10-08 01:01 PM | Reply

"You know in theory, I want to focus on North Korea, I want to focus on Iran, I want to focus on other things. I don't want to focus on fixing somebody's back or their knee or something. Let the states do that," the president told Mike Huckabee.

Too bad the President wasn't that honest during the campaign. No wonder he expected to find a repeal and replace healthcare bill sitting on his desk in the Oval Office, which he could sign on day 1 and be done with healthcare and restructuring one-sixth of the American economy.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-08 01:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The Republicans in Congress want block grants so they can steal more of our money"

Whatever there intentions, I agree with the idea of block grants because it's in our best interests to make the sovereign nation not get itself involved in entitlements. They should be handled at the state level because the states know the local population better, we each have 50 times more say at the state level, states can collect extra taxes to their jobs if need be, and we have someone bigger to complain to (the federal government) if the state is screwing us, and if a state has financial problems it doesn't directly damage the credit rating of the central government.

#6 | Posted by LEgregius at 2017-10-08 01:35 PM | Reply

"it's in our best interests to make the sovereign nation not get itself involved in entitlements."

Entitlements for all Americans need not be delegated to the States.

These things should be uniform. The state should truly be a pass through, not deciding that "Medicaid" means something different in California than it does in Texas.

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-08 01:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"They should be handled at the state level because the states know the local population better, we each have 50 times more say at the state level, states can collect extra taxes to their jobs if need be, and we have someone bigger to complain to (the federal government) if the state is screwing us, and if a state has financial problems it doesn't directly damage the credit rating of the central government."

You only think you have more say with the states. In truth because states operate less openly they can and do enable the fat cats to steal far more of our money than does the federal government which is so much more heavily reported on by the media. Don't be naive, the only reason Republicans want block grants for the states is because then they will set up private companies to "administer" these funds much like charter schools. Right here in S. Florida dozens of those charter schools have taken the money and then gone bankrupt, where did the money go? Right into the pockets of those "administrators." Privatization is just another word for theft.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-08 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

But free birth control that's another matter. The ding-bat is focused.

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-08 03:26 PM | Reply

I campaigned on repealing Obamacare but I don't actually care. I'd much rather eat cake and golf and talk trash than doing what I tricked you suckers into believing I would do. - Conman Donnie.

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-10-08 05:21 PM | Reply

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While it might be true that some of the blue states can do some things better than the Federal Government does I'd like somebody to show where a red state does something more efficiently and more effectively than the Feds. As far as I know, all the people in all 50 states are of the species ---- sapiens, so their medical needs should be identical. Or do disease and accidents somehow sort themselves by state? Do treatments and medicines vary that much by state?

If the needs are the same and the remedies are the same, what benefit is there to delegate it to the states? ...And just for the record, there is historically much more corruption at the state level than the Federal level (i.e., waste, fraud, and abuse) from in-state fat cats.

#11 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-10-08 05:50 PM | Reply

And, for the record, we are all citizens of the United States, regardless of the state we live in. The rights and "entitlements" of Americans should be the same regardless of which state they live in. State of residence is not a purely voluntary choice for most of us.

#12 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-10-08 05:54 PM | Reply

"The block grant concept is a very good concept, and if you have good management, good governors, good politicians in the state, it'll be phenomenal"

Not only is that an idiotic thing to say on the surface, but for Orange Julius to assume that ANY governor would wisely spend the money proves further he is unfit for office.
Why aren't we having this obvious conversation starter: Donald Trump is unfit mentally, emotionally, and intellectually to be president.

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-10-08 06:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Anyone with an elementary understanding of Southern history will understand that "States Rights" is code for racial segregation of education, healthcare and infrastructure construction and maintenance, a continuing problem in spite of Federal intervention.

#14 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-08 08:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Every American who voted for Trump on the belief he cared about their health care should read this quote and admit they were conned.

Trump thinks health insurance isn't worth his time to think about.

#15 | Posted by rcade at 2017-10-08 10:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

He wants to focus on NK, for Russia. He owes them that much.

#16 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-09 06:52 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

He's too busy starting WWIII to worry about healthcare which won't matter anyway if he successfully starts a world war.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-09 08:47 AM | Reply

"The block grant concept is a very good concept, and if you have good management, good governors, good politicians in the state, it'll be phenomenal"

Hilarious! Great joke!

#18 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-09 08:48 AM | Reply

"You know in theory, I want to focus on North Korea, I want to focus on Iran, I want to focus on how much money I can steal from the treasury and golf, I want to focus on my golf. I don't want to focus on fixing somebody's back or their knee or something. Let the states do that,"

FTFY dotard, no charge. Not like you'd pay anyways.

#19 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-09 10:28 AM | Reply

"The block grant concept is a very good concept, and if you have good management, good governors, good politicians in the state, it'll be phenomenal"

Block grants have long been the source of staggering amounts of waste and corruption. He might as well say "Hey poor people....---- YOU and you your sickness. Not my problem, now watch my swing."

#20 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-09 10:31 AM | Reply

Thanks for nothing, #Trumpvoters. YOU OWN THIS.

#21 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-10-09 02:09 PM | Reply

America first thing was do cute. Now it's North Korea first.

#1 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2017-10-08 10:58 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Not even close....here's the order....

Golf
Chocolate Cake
Two Scoops
The NFL
Selling MAGA! hats
Tax cuts for himself
Golf
Whining about talk show hosts
Hugging the flag
Golf
Poking Obama in the eye
Burnt Trump! steaks slathered in ketchup
The wall
North Korea
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Health care
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The middle class

#22 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-10 11:32 AM | Reply

How very Libertarian of Trump. For those who aren't up to speed on how the country was formed, the POTUS SHOULDN'T be handling anything with healthcare. The states should. Of course, that's a very outdated ideal in the 21st century where every individual, all 300+ million of them, wants the Federal government to legislate every opinion they have. We really should be concentrating on changing our country name to America...the United States no longer applies since the people have given the Federal government so much power.

#23 | Posted by humtake at 2017-10-10 11:46 AM | Reply

We are a single nation. Not a federation of independent states. I have yet to hear a logical explanation of why paying for 50 state bureaucracies would be better than 1 federal bureaucracy.

Every man for himself is not how anything gets accomplished.

#24 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-10 02:18 PM | Reply

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