Category Archives: Politics

CDC Abruptly Cancels Long-Planned Conference on Climate Change and Health

Gentle Reader – Just as Trump was to be inaugurated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost their spine. It is appropriate to re-post this as we have seen in the past several months – in Australia which appears … Continue reading

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Trump’s budget is a Stealth Health-Care Bill. And it Would Make Americans Sick.

Gentle Reader – Doctor Homer wrote this almost three years ago, yet it remains important today. While the Republicans attempt to whitewash Trump’s  crimes, and while we watch this in mixed horror and disbelief, behind the scenes the same people … Continue reading

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Trumpcare vs. Obamacare: Apocalypse Foretold

Gentle Reader – As Trump and the craven Republicans attempt to whitewash the impeachment allegations, clearing a clearly impeached President with no witnesses and no data, I want to remind you of other things going on in the background. This … Continue reading

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Cornel West: America is Spiritually Bankrupt. We Must Fight Back Together

14 January, 2018 Gentle Reader – In the middle of the corrupt Senate Impeachment Hearings – no data, no witnesses – this masterful piece from a year ago is worth reading. AJL =======================  From Cornel West in The Guardian (Opinion): … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Will Trump Turn Out To be the Best Thing That Happened to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

[From 2016, slightly modified]: No. We are in for a rather wild ride, and I don’t mean that in the most pleasant or interesting way. The Trump administration – or should I say anti-administration since Trump has appointed government haters … Continue reading

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Quora Query: What Would the Patient Experience Be Like if You Designed a New Hospital?

[From 2013, slightly updated] Great question. I have spent my adult life in these places – hospitals – and I both love them (they feel like…..home) and hate them (so, so far from home). Were I to design a new … Continue reading

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Quora Query: When a Hospital “Works Out a Payment Plan” for You to Pay Off a Large Bill Over Several Months, Does the Hospital Charge Interest?

[Originally answered 2012, slightly updated] A very cool and complex query. 1. First of all, it depends upon the hospital. My suspicion is that most charge some interest. 2. If you are obliged to pay ANY amount, you can and … Continue reading

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Quora Query: Who Should be in Charge of Administrating a Hospital?

The question is ( or should be): What does it take to administer a hospital and who should do it ? [In a previous comment] Doctor Ford is correct that much of care provision is performed by our nursing colleagues, … Continue reading

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Quora Query: What is One Thing That you Regret Learning in Medical School?

It isn’t what I regret learning; it is what I regret not learning. 1. That death is cruel, fickle, and unjust; 2. That families often have no idea of medical limitations; 3. That physicians are often afraid to address points … Continue reading

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Quora Query: What Percentage of US Health Costs are Spent on Administration?

There are several answers to this. I am sorry to self promote, but if you go to my blog – Notes from the Southern Heartland (https://www.ajlayon.com) and look at the 3-part series “Problems in Paradise” I go over this in … Continue reading

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