Category Archives: Universal Healthcre

Healthcare mandate was Orrin Hatch’s idea!

Yes, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, co-sponsored a Republican-backed bill in 1993 that introduced the individual mandate.  The same requirement for everyone to buy insurance that has them screaming today was their own idea in 1993.  They were ‘fer it before they were agin it.’  Two other current senators also co-sponsored the plan: Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind.  Read it here.

So, who bought these Senators in the time since?  How much did they cost?  Is this another perfect example of playing politics?


Filed under Healthcare, Playing Politics, Universal Healthcre

The Carvile Plan…

jamescarville[2]The following is James Carvile’s suggestions on dealing with the GOP when it comes to healthcare reform:

“And strategist James Carvile became the first leading Democrat to suggest publicly that there might be political advantage in letting the Republicans kill healthcare.

“‘Put a bill out there, make them filibuster it, make them be what they are, the party of no,’ Carvile said. ‘Let them kill it. Let them kill it with the interest group money, then run against them. That’s what we ought to do.'”  Read more at this Politico article.

I think that the GOP needs to pay in a big way for this disaster.  What do you bloggers think ?

iggy donnelly


Filed under Healthcare, Republicans, Universal Healthcre

Dialectics and Our Path out of our Current Craziness

MML[2]Marsha Linehan, PhD from the University of Washington, has provided the nearly impossible.  She has led the way in treating patients with a very disabling disorder known as Borderline Personality Disorder.  Dr. Linehan, though she might deny it, is a committed Zen Budhist.  Dealing with the difficult balances that impinge upon us all daily,  is the very  foundation of her expertise.  Those imbalances are especially difficult for her patients, but I, and others contend, the same is true for most of the rest of us.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, aka DBT, was developed in the late 1970’s by Dr. Linehan and colleagues when they discovered that cognitive behavioral therapy alone did not work as well as expected in patients with borderline personality disorder.  Dr. Linehan and her team added additional techniques and developed a treatment which would meet the unique needs of these patients.

DBT was developed to help people who have trouble in the realms of “thinking, relationships, emotions, and coping” – sounds like most of us, no?

A core component of DBT is “mindfulness” – gaining control of your mind, rather than letting it control you.”

Another component is “interpersonal effectiveness” – which involves, a) getting your objectives met in a situation, b)get/keep good relationships, c) keep/improve self respect and liking of one’s self.

A third component is “emotion regulation” which involves 1) understanding emotions one experiences, 2) reducing emotional vulnerability, and 3) decreasing emotional suffering.

In case I was not clear, I have always thought that these skills could be used by most of us, me included.

What do you bloggers think?

iggy donnelly


Filed under Celebration, Diversity, Life Lessons, New Technology, Psychological Disorders, Psychology Ramblings..., Uncategorized, Universal Healthcre, Woman Power

Obama on Healthcare: “A Moral Imperative”

I think few  people would disagree that having healthcare options for all Americans is good social policy.  The AMA might disagree, but they represent very few people, actually,  and we must remember that.

President Obama is insistent that health care reform include a “public insurance option”; not that he wants the government to take over healthcare, but instead he wants the involvement of a public player to help lower costs.  See this politico article for more information.

There will be an incredible amount of resistence to Obama’s plan.  I think he expects that.

The current system is broken.  Let us try other things.

iggy donnelly


Filed under Diversity, Healthcare, Life Lessons, Obama, Political Reform, The Economy, Universal Healthcre

Campaign is Over: Time to Work

I donated somewhere north (but not too far) of $500.00 to elect Barack Obama.  I was thrilled that the plan worked.  What has been less thrilling to me is that I still get those emails from Team Obama.  They go like:


“We really need your support on this or that, so please contact your congressman or senator today…”

And the message is followed by one of those “Donate”  buttons- enshrouded in red.  [Good thing I am not JJ or MG, I’d read something into that red color].

First off,  Barack,  Todd Tiahrt would sooner gnaw off his rodent-like gonads than vote for anything you’d favor.

And more importantly, let’s knock off the money begging gig until next campaign go-round.  Get to work!

Contributing to my angst about Obama has been a book by Amity Shale entitled The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.  It is a criticism of “The New Deal”.  I think Obama has avoided most the errors made by FDR, but the issues are worth watching for.  [May do a book review about this very interesting book soon].

Iggy Donnelly


Filed under Economics, History, Obama, Political Reform, Republicans, The Economy, Universal Healthcre


Why in the wide, wide, world of sports is SINGLE-PAYER not even mentioned in the mainsteam media? Maybe because the MSM is riding a gravy train provided by advertising prescription drugs? And why in the hell do they need to advertise anyway? Shouldn’t they cut the ads and pass the savings on?


With Obama’s failure on the Gitmo vote, is that an omen on the healthcare fight? Congresscritters are being lobbied daily by the insurance agencies, where’s our seat at the table?  ~sekanblogger


Filed under Economics, Healthcare, Humor, Political Reform, Universal Healthcre

Introducing…! “The Orphan Diseases” and “The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine”!!!

Granted this thread title would suggest we’re talking about Punk Rock or Bluegrass acts; in truth, we’re not.  A medical definition of an “orphan disease” is:

“A disease which has not been ‘adopted’ by the pharmaceutical industry because it provides little financial incentive for the private sector to make and market new medications to treat or prevent it.

An orphan disease may be:

  1. A rare disease.  According to U.S. criteria, an orphan disease is one that affects fewer than 200, 000 people.
  2. A common disease that has been ignored (such as tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid and malaria) because it is far more prevalent in developing countries than in the developed world.”   Reference here.

The “Jumping Frenchmen of Maine” is the name of an unusual disorder that causes an extreme startle reaction to unexpected noises or sights – hence, an example of an Orphan disease.  There are more than 6,000  rare or orphan diseases. (FDA Consumer magazine, November/December, 2003 Issue).

Like most people, I had not heard much about rare diseases, nor had reason to be concerned about them.  That changed a couple of years ago when my  son (who’s 16 now) started attending a high school in Wichita with a fellow student named Kyle Hicks.  Kyle is 18 years old and has many interests that are like most of his fellow high school students.  One thing that sets him apart from his peers is that he has a rare disorder that is called Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (RDEB for short).  Kyle weighs 51 lbs and is just barely four foot tall – about the size of an average 7 year old.

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Filed under Economics, Healthcare, Universal Healthcre