Rahm Emanuel: Health Care About the 'Art of the Possible'
from CBS News
It's often said that when it comes to complicated issues like health care reform, the perfect can be the enemy of the good. The question, then, is what concessions are necessary to advance one's agenda? In a recent interview with the New York Times, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made note of the politics at play in the health care debate.
Quotes of the Day: 'This is a Health Care Bill, Not an Abortion Bill'
from ABC News
"This is a health care bill, not an abortion bill." -- President Obama, recently to ABC’s Jake Tapper
"Let’s be honest. The goal isn’t to see whether I can pass this through the executive board of the Brookings Institution. I’m passing it through the United States Congress with people who represent constituents. I’m sure there are a lot of people sitting in the shade at the Aspen Institute -- my brother being one of them -- who will tell you what the ideal plan is. Great, fascinating. You have the art of the possible measured against the ideal." -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, on the practical matter of pushing health care reform through the Congress.
'Opt-Out' Proposal Puts State Leaders to the Test
from The New York Times
In the two weeks since the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, embraced a proposal that would allow states to opt out of a new government health insurance plan, state leaders have begun debating whether to participate, and the question has emerged as a litmus test in a number campaigns for governor.
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Hospitals Restrict Visitors
Several New Jersey area hospitals are barring children and anyone who is sick from visiting patients as a way to prevent swine flu from spreading. St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson and its sister hospital in Wayne, along with Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pequannock, have already temporarily banned young people who are not patients.
Mental Patients Stuck in Emergency Rooms for Days
from The Charlotte Observer
Across North Carolina, mental patients are routinely languishing for days in emergency rooms ill-equipped to care for them, waiting for a bed to open at one of four state-run psychiatric hospitals. Often, they pass the time handcuffed or sedated. Law enforcement officers assigned to guard patients at community medical centers such as Grace Hospital in Morganton have occasionally resorted to using Tasers to shock them into submission.
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Doctor Visits Get Longer, but Care Quality 'Poor'
It may come as a surprise to many patients, but a new study shows that primary care visits have actually gotten a little longer since the late 1990s. This is particularly remarkable, say the researchers, given the increased pressure on primary care doctors to be efficient in the face of rising numbers of patients and declining income.
Merck Cholesterol Pill Sales May Drop 20 Percent After Study
Merck & Co. may face a third negative study result within two years for its cholesterol pills, Vytorin and Zetia, which have lost 14 percent of sales since January and could sink further. The latest trial, scheduled to be presented Nov. 16, pits Merck’s drugs against Abbott Laboratories’ Niaspan, a modified form of vitamin B3 used to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. A win by Niaspan may discourage more doctors from prescribing Merck’s Vytorin and its component Zetia, said Steven Nissen, chief of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
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Doctor Gives Risky Drugs at High Rate
from Chicago Tribune
Inside Chicago's Maxwell Manor nursing home, Dr. Michael Reinstein's patients suffered from side effects so severe that they trembled, hallucinated or lost control of their bladders. Staffers told state investigators that so many patients were clamoring to complain to Reinstein about their medications that a security guard was assigned to accompany him on his visits.
Regarding Tamiflu, Doctors and Patients Face a Question of When to Act
from The New York Times
When Dr. Matt Thompson, a pediatrician at the Kids Clinic in Spokane, Wash., found about a month ago that his six children had come down with H1N1, or swine flu, he did not give them the antiviral medication that might have made their sickness a bit shorter. “They don’t have asthma; they’re not immune-compromised; they don’t work in a health care setting,” Dr. Thompson said. “I don’t tell that story to minimize concern about this virus, but here was a case where my kids weren’t that sick.” Dr. Thompson is on the conservative side of the question of when to give patients Tamiflu, the most frequently prescribed antiflu medicine, saying he fears creating a resistant strain of the virus.