Demonstrators in Royal Oak, Michigan rallied for a state ballot initiative opposing the new federal health care law. President Obama is set to go to Iowa this week to begin building public support for the overhaul, passed by the House Sunday.
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WASHINGTON — Buoyed by a historic victory, President Obama and the Democrats hope to quickly tap the momentum from passage of their big health care bill to advance other initiatives on their political agenda, including curbing greenhouse gases, imposing new rules on Wall Street, and overhauling immigration laws.
But success on any of those fronts is by no means assured, despite the popping corks and bumping fists. Republicans are seeking to blunt any sense of Democratic progress, starting this week with efforts to scuttle a health care reconciliation measure in the Senate, and followed by a blistering repeal campaign that will target the health legislation leading up to November’s congressional elections.
At a bill signing today, Obama will celebrate the most significant domestic policy victory of his term when he enacts a sweeping health care bill to help an additional 32 million Americans obtain health insurance. It is the most significant expansion of health coverage in America in four decades.
It’s OK Republicans, after 8 years of your majority, this country is used to your dragging of the heels and predictions of doom. We don’t expect you to help, just don’t get in the way. Progress marches on without you.
Rotarix is given by mouth to children of six weeks and older to treat the viral infection rotavirus
LONDON — European medical regulators were urgently seeking information Monday from British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline after finding traces of a virus that normally infects swine in a childrens' vaccine.
DNA originating from the virus -- which is not known to cause disease in either animals or humans -- was found in the Rotarix oral vaccination used to protect against diarrhea and vomiting, said the European Medicines Agency.
"The findings do not present a public health threat," said the agency in a statement, adding it had decided not to take any action at this stage.
"It is nonetheless clear that viral DNA should not be present in the vaccine and that its source is unclear," it said.
This is a strange situation, not normal yet not considered a danger, what is a doctor supposed to do in the meantime? Stop giving Rotarix injections? Is there any substitute on the market?
ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) - A week after upholding two provisions of a 2005 tort reform package, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously decided Monday that placing caps on damages is unconstitutional. Nice try, but reforming malpractice tort law will take some doing, as we see in Georgia, it was decided that to put a cap on a malpractice lawsuit is akin to denying trial-by-jury. Do you agree?
The decision overturns another part of the 2005 package, one that put a $350,000 limit on non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The opinion, authored by Chief Justice Carol Hunstein, says the law violates the right to trial by a jury.
"(W)hile we have held that the Legislature generally has the authority to define, limit, and modify available legal remedies, the exercise of such authority simply cannot stand when the resulting legislation violates the constitutional right to jury trial," Hunstein wrote.
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A small clause in the health care reform bill will require chain restaurants to display calorie counts and other nutritional information on menus. Here, calories are listed next to menu items at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in New York City.
While most Americans were wondering what health care reform might mean for their insurance premiums, businesses and taxes, a select few were scrambling to prepare for Section 2572 of the 2,000-page document. This clause will force chain restaurants and vending machines to post nutritional labels on their food. I don’t know why, but there is a huge range of calories on the menu in the photo, probably based on what you add to the food, such as sour cream. Do you really want to know this information, or does it just ruin the food to know too much about it?
The menu-labeling legislation is modeled after programs that New Yorkers and Californians have already become accustomed to. Restaurants with more than 20 locations will be required to display caloric and nutritional information for every menu offering, with the exception of daily specials.
The new federal rules will supersede those already set out by states or municipalities. It's a streamlining effort that's been embraced by the industry's leading magazine, Nation's Restaurant News, which called it "the one victory" the bill offers restaurant owners.
The question, it seems, is not what Jesus would eat but how much.
According to a new study in the International Journal of Obesity, artists’ depictions of the Last Supper have seen the main courses balloon by 69 per cent, plate sizes by 66 per cent, and bread size by 23 per cent over the last 1,000 years. The researchers say this supports the idea that “portion distortion” isn’t a modern phenomenon at all, but rather a trend that’s developed over at least a millennium.
“There’s been a tendency for portions — whether what we serve ourselves or what we’re served in restaurants — to become exaggeratedly bigger with the passage of time,” says Brian Wansink, a professor at Cornell University and author of the bestselling book Mindless Eating.
“A lot of people want to blame this on events of the last 20 years when, really, it’s part of a much bigger trend.”
The study, titled The Largest Last Supper, was co-authored by Wansink’s brother, Craig, a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College. Have you ever been served a portion of food that was way too big, would have injured you if you tried to finish it off? As a kid, my mom would starve us all day then take us to the all-you-can-eat buffet, a place where you learn to eat all the wrong things in all the wrong way. Fun times.
Medicaid ranks are swelling even without health reform, posing problems for state budgets everywhere. /AP
It was easy to miss, amid the eight or nine hours of House discussion of health reform, but leave it to a Kentucky Congressman, Rep. Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green, to bring up one of the most difficult issues ahead for Florida now that health reform legislation is about to become law:
Millions more people are about to qualify for Medicaid, the state-administered, government-provided insurance program for the poor. States like Florida are having a profoundly difficult time paying for their share of it even now:
“What we’re not mentioning is the incredible unfunded mandate that we’re putting on states,” Guthrie warned. Obviously, it is going to cost money to provide medical insurance to 30-some million Americans, but there will also have to be some way to help the individual states pay for it. Medical reform seems to raise as many problems as it solves. How did it go in Canada at first?
Mar 23 2010, 01:41 AM