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Dallas Ebola Patient Raises Serious Concerns about U.S. Preparedness
Dallas Ebola Patient Raises Serious Concerns about U.S. Preparedness
As CDC director Thomas Frieden said at one point, it was inevitable that Ebola would reach the U.S. Now that it has, the CDC expresses confidence that it will be easily contained, but the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) warns against complacency. The Dallas patient presented to the emergency room at a prominent hospital several days before admission, and was sent home, AAPS notes, despite the fact that he arrived by air from a country suffering a raging epidemic. An advisory from the Arizona Health Alert Network that relates to this case states: “As transmission only occurs through... read more
Attack on Coal Will Not Save Lives, States AAPS
The Obama Administration’s attack on coal-fired electricity, through draconian “carbon” rules imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), makes bogus claims about lives to be saved, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The Administration is lumping together carbon dioxide—the basic building block of all living things and also a weak greenhouse gas—and soot. So is the American Lung Association, which also lumps “carbon pollution” with arsenic, lead, and mercury. The American Academy of Pediatrics joins the chorus, echoing the EPA’s claim that the new rules will avert 2,700 to 6,600 “premature deaths” and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma... read more
AAPS Lawsuit Challenging Rewriting of ObamaCare Heard in Chicago
AAPS Lawsuit Challenging Rewriting of ObamaCare Heard in Chicago
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard oral argument this morning in Chicago in AAPS v. Koskinen, a lawsuit brought against the Obama Administration's unilateral changes to ObamaCare. President Barack Obama, though the IRS, has imposed the Individual Mandate to compel millions of Americans to purchase health insurance. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more commonly known as ObamaCare, was passed to protect employees of companies having 50 or more employees by compelling those corporations to provide affordable health insurance for their workers, states AAPS. Obama has waived the Employer Mandate for 2014, and... read more
Health Coverage Not Clearly Related to Mortality
Health Coverage Not Clearly Related to Mortality
Lack of health coverage is said to kill, but there is surprisingly little evidence to support this claim, writes Linda Gorman in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The 2002 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Care without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late asserted that 18,000 Americans died each year because they lacked health coverage. The report did not discuss whether mortality rate differences were caused by a lack of health insurance or by behaviors known to damage health and more likely to occur in groups of people who are uninsured. An in-depth 2009 study found... read more
Statement On Court’s Blow To Obamacare
Statement On Court’s Blow To Obamacare
AAPS Executive Director Jane M. Orient, M.D. released the following statement following today's U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling: King John, before he was forced to sign the Magna Carta, said "the law is in my mouth." The IRS said essentially the same thing when ruling that people could get ObamaCare subsidies through federally run Exchanges even though the Affordable Care Act clearly said it had to be through State Exchanges. The D.C. Circuit Court disagreed in the Halbig case: the law is in the written language of the law, not in what an agency thinks it... read more
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