September 1, 2007
By Bill Steigerwald
Saturday, September 1, 2007
If Canada's national health-care system is so dang wonderful, why are so many Canadians coming to America to pay for their own medical care?
Why is the hip replacement center of Canada in Ohio -- at the Cleveland Clinic, where 10 percent of its international patients are Canadians?
Why is the Brain and Spine Clinic in Buffalo serving about 10 border-crossing Canadians a week? Why did a Calgary woman recently have to drive several hundred miles to Great Falls, Mont., to give birth to her quadruplets?
It's simple. As the market-oriented Fraser Institute in Vancouver, B.C., can tell you, Canada's vaunted "free" government health-care system cannot or deliberately will not provide its 33 million citizens with the nonemergency health care they want and need when they need or want it.
Courtesy of the institute, here are some unflattering facts about Canada's sickly system:
Number of Canadians on waiting lists for referrals to specialists or for medical services -- 875,000.
Average wait from time of referral to treatment by a specialist -- 17.8 weeks. Shortest waiting time -- oncology, 4.9 weeks. Longest waiting times -- orthopedic surgery, 40.3 weeks. Average wait to get an MRI -- 10.3 weeks nationally but 28 weeks in Newfoundland.
Average wait time for a surgery considered "elective," like a hip replacement -- four or more months.
The Canadian system is horribly short on consumer choice and competition. But it isn't all bad -- if you don't mind waiting to access it. As health policy analyst Nadeem Esmail of the Fraser Institute said last week, it does "a decent job of saving your life but treats you terribly in the process."
Esmail says no one knows exactly how many Canadians go to the United States each year for medical care. His best estimate for 2006 -- a conservative one -- is 39,282. Whatever the actual number is, however, it is growing.
Clinics in Detroit and Buffalo market speedy MRIs, CTs or ultrasounds to Canadians which, by law, cannot be purchased privately in some provinces, including Ontario.
Ontario residents have three options: wait months for their free public MRI, travel to a province like Quebec where it is legal to buy one privately or travel to the U.S.
It's no wonder private medical and surgical brokers like Timely Medical Alternatives of Vancouver have sprung into existence. Rick Baker said his three-year-old company refers about
100 Canadians a month to U.S. clinics and hospitals for such things as MRIs and knee replacements.
Timely Medical's services came in handy for Lindsay McCreith, a retired auto body shop owner who was told in 2006 he probably had a brain tumor. He needed an MRI fast. But the wait time for a "free" public one was 4 1/2 months and it was illegal to purchase a private MRI in Ontario.
Stories like McCreith's -- and the downsides of Canadian and American health care -- will be exposed Sept. 14 by ABC's John Stossel in his "20/20" special, tentatively titled "Sick in America." Rick Baker hopes Hillary Clinton and her friends will be watching.
I'm absolutely sure someone on this blog said that Canadians coming to America for care was just a myth... The United States population is 7.5 times larger than Canada's, imagine these problems magnified. Oh well, we can always go to Cuba.
August 31, 2007
I really have not the time or the energy to debunk their points but one thing really stood out to me.
Look at their following points:
9. People don't choose to be poor, any more than they choose to be gay.
19. Gays are human beings.
55. Gay marriage won't hurt your marriage.
66. Being gay could not possibly be a choice since no child who ever heard the hatred tossed around playgrounds would ever choose it.
68. The truly conservative position on gay marriage would be to insist upon it.
Out of their silly response rules not 1, but 5 are on gay issues.
Obviously, the leftosphere is still stinging on the defeat of gay marriage in Wisconsin.
Listen up, in a year when Dawn Marie Sass can win elected office, if you guys lost any issue at all you should really look inward at your own party instead of trying to stupidly blame things on talk radio or anything else. You might want to look at the people at FAIR who were intentionally misleading people.
I know you have this need to blame everything on anything conservative but your own base let you down on this one.
Talk radio gave this issue plenty of play leading to the elections and it was a lot more sensitive to the issue than you wish to portray.
My #1 rule of the leftosphere. Accept no blame when you can attack a right winger instead.
You mena there is something out there cooler than the iPhone? This must be science fiction.
He concurs that there was no Aldermanic support on this issue.
I had multiple sources that supported the opposite position. It is clear to me now that the liars at Voces de la Frontera have been claiming to have Aldermanic support when they had none. These people have fractured the truth before in the advancement of their agenda, I'm sure they'll do it again too.
My apologies to Aldermen Karas, DeHahn and Shields.
If comments on that story are any indication, the public is not amused. Local VDLF crybaby Maria Morales had an interesting need for this sanctaury status, "Morales said she doesn’t carry a birth certificate and would have a hard time proving her citizenship status."
She may not be able to prove citizenship on the spot, but it would be easy enoutgh to verify if necessary. This is her rationale? Get serious.
I've got a concept for the law breakers at Voces de la Frontera, YOU CAN NOT ESTABLISH LEGAL STATUS IN THIS COUNTRY BY DOING AN ILLEGAL THING.
August 30, 2007
Michael AsherAugust 29, 2007
In 2004, history professor Naomi Oreskes performed a survey of research papers on climate change. Examining peer-reviewed papers published on the ISI Web of Science database from 1993 to 2003, she found a majority supported the "consensus view," defined as humans were having at least some effect on global climate change. Oreskes' work has been repeatedly cited, but as some of its data is now nearly 15 years old, its conclusions are becoming somewhat dated.
Medical researcher Dr. Klaus-Martin Schulte recently updated this research. Using the same database and search terms as Oreskes, he examined all papers published from 2004 to February 2007. The results have been submitted to the journal Energy and Environment, of which DailyTech has obtained a pre-publication copy. The figures are surprising.
Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38 (7%) gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. If one considers "implicit" endorsement (accepting the consensus without explicit statement), the figure rises to 45%. However, while only 32 papers (6%) reject the consensus outright, the largest category (48%) are neutral papers, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis. This is no "consensus."
The figures are even more shocking when one remembers the watered-down definition of consensus here. Not only does it not require supporting that man is the "primary" cause of warming, but it doesn't require any belief or support for "catastrophic" global warming. In fact of all papers published in this period (2004 to February 2007), only a single one makes any reference to climate change leading to catastrophic results.
These changing viewpoints represent the advances in climate science over the past decade. While today we are even more certain the earth is warming, we are less certain about the root causes. More importantly, research has shown us that -- whatever the cause may be -- the amount of warming is unlikely to cause any great calamity for mankind or the planet itself.
August 29, 2007
Now, I am expecting some blow-back on this from my beloved arch-conservative friends and I am ready to debate. Before anybody gets ramped up about it, I'd like to lay the groundwork for my support of "America's Mayor."
Of all the titles/positions I've held in my youthful 40+ years, the one I value most is "Mom." At the risk of sounding downright corny and borderline-Dr. Laura-ish (whom I respect greatly, btw) the concerns I have for our nation today revolve around the future of my kids. I guess I'm one of those so-called "soccer moms" that pollsters love to test (although I'm literally a basketball, volleyball and taekwondo mom) who worries about what kind of tomorrow awaits our children.
While taxes, healthcare policies, education policies, etc. are of critical importance to me, we wouldn't have the luxury of even debating policy with each other if we don't have national security. So, it is my belief that since all of the Repubs running for President share pretty much the same ideology on the aforementioned issues, it comes down to proven leadership and experience under pressure for my vote.
I've followed the campaigns of all the Repub's, and being the junkie I am, I watched all the 2 a.m. C-Span re-broadcasts of debates I can stand. It's not that I don't like Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney and the rest. My friends and I have commented on the "presidential look and polish" of Romney and the strong, authoritative presence Fred Thompson has.
With the looming critical elections of '08 we need alot more. We need someone who isn't afraid to voice his positions and stick to them. We need someone who can face foreign leaders with authority and will have their respect. (Note I didn't say they need to love him, but they do need to respect him.)
While fancy color commercials and glossy campaign literature can slick up any candidate, the American voter is more discerning today. They want someone who has already walked the talk on taxes, is likeable, doesn't take himself too seriously, who connects with people, and understands the very real threat of global terrorists to our country.
Aren't those the traits that everyone admired so much about Ronald Reagan?
Is Rudy as conservative on social issues as I am? He's close, but not quite. I take this very seriously and therefore looked at his criteria in selecting judges--strict constructionists are the type he'd seek. That's all we conservatives have asked for all along. Today, that's where most of the power lies--in the courtrooms across America. Just appoint judges to the bench that will enforce the laws of our nation and are within the confines of the Constitution. Really, is that so much to ask? Not with Rudy.
I worry sometimes that members of my Party permit the "perfect to be the enemy of the good." Will we ever find a "perfect" person to be our candidate for President--or any other office for that matter? Of course not. I bet Rudy himself would be the first one to admit his imperfections. But judging his job performance in reducing taxes on New Yorkers, dramatically reducing crime, and partnering with our President in ushering Americans through the shock and horror of September 11th, this Mom's with Rudy. The other thing that Rudy brings to the ticket is the group known as the Reagan Democrats. Like it or not, we need to understand that to win this seat in '08 we need independents and Democrats.
Our ultimate goal is to forward a candidate who can beat the likes of a Hillary or Obama. Electability should be our ultimate goal. Waking up the day after the election to a President Hillary is something too frightening to contemplate. But contemplate we must and when we examine the candidates to forward to the general election, let's never lose site of what we could end up with if we lose.
So, there you have it. My phone is ringing off the hook as I type with some of my closest friends on the caller i.d. (You guys know who you are, and I'll call ya back after you've had some time to digest this.)
O'k, guys, in the words of my favorite sport Ultimate Fighting, "LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!"
There appears to be a new wrinkle today.
This from Hot Air:
The Los Angeles Times will report on this website later tonight and in Wednesday’s print editions that a major Democratic Party fundraiser named Norman Hsu is wanted by authorities for skipping out on an agreement to serve up to three years in prison after pleading no contest to grand theft swindling charges.
In an exclusive story by Chuck Neubauer and Robin Fields, The Times will report that for three years Hsu has been carving out a place of political and financial influence by funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into Democratic Party coffers, much of the money earmarked for Sen. Hillary Clinton. He has earned the ranking of Hillraiser for pledging to raise at least $100,000 for her.
This Hsu character looks dirty as can be. Does that mean Mrs Clinton is? No.
Is there enough here to look into seeing who knew what when? Absofrigginlutely.
Maybe Hsu needs Hillary to win so he can get a pardon.
August 28, 2007
on Successful Campaign to Remove Superintendent Hicks
CRG Network Field Operation Director Orville Seymer commented, “This was an example of modern grassroots action at its finest. Local groups and activists like Jim Morrison and Jayne Siler, influential bloggers like Fred Dooley, and the media all worked together to create the environment and, some might say, pressure needed to move politicians to do the right thing rather than force their hand through overt citizen action like political recall. The resignation of Superintendent Hicks is a good start. But more is still needed to set things right and restore trust in the Racine School System. What is important to remember is that the citizens of Racine are not going to silently accept outrageous mismanagement and waste of tax dollars and CRG Network will always be there to help them.”
August 27, 2007
Here’s how it works: all the money will get sucked into the black hole that is Milwaukee. End of story. Huck
Say, how much is that in whitetails? Lance
If you were dressed provocatively, I would say you were asking for it! Phel
Brian Fraley accepted a life sentence today. Wigs
I guess I'll never be artsy-fartsy enough. SU
This is ridiculous, Daddy. Fuzz's daughter =:)
“Can I have my crack pipes back?” Fraley.
Hey Little Johnny, what do you want to be when you grow up? Sean.
bad baseball ju-ju Clint.
Neville Dogbottom. Nicole
Damn you rain!!! Fuzz.
My wife brought scotch. Tony.
9.0 on the sarcastometer. Fred.
My lawn has been declared a wetland and is now protected ... I'm not allowed to mow it. Peter.
I wish I could use models too but none of them want to come over to my house. . . Bitter Ed
I'm all for all requiring all male elected officials to be eunichs. Sandra.
Can we get the mullets back, too? Jed.
Whether they should or not, they won't. Rick
Mr. Moore should simply be sent to Cuba for treatment of his inevitable heart surgery. Cyber Dad.
Dr. Hicks entered into RUSD in 2001 with a vision to change the district and return to its glory of the early 1980's. Those changes were to include providing consulting contracts to his counterparts from central Michigan. It began almost immediately as he implement the Continuous Progress (CP) model for instruction. Dr. Jack Champlain and Rhoda Massanari provided "training" on this phenomenal model. It should be noted that REA research found that Dr. Hicks' former district dropped this great model immediately upon his leaving. However, any dissenting comments on the CP model were dismissed as they came from the unwashed.
Following the coerced CP model, Dr. Hicks brought in more pals from the consulting realm across the lake to study facilities. The Paullin Group (consisting of Paullin himself) provided grandiose plans for improving Unified's buildings at great expense.
Jump ahead to 2005 & 2006, Dr. Hicks decides that RUSD needs to emulate a corporate entity. He gave himself the title of CEO and hired a CFO and COO. Other than new business cards this new idea did nothing to change the district. However, it wasn't enough to have these officers. Dr. Hicks decided to outsource the CFO and COO positions. It was this act that led to his undoing. In the contract he entered into with PBCG, he overstepped his authority and created improprieties on the contract structure. This led to over $1 million wasted tax dollars and his resignation.
To sum up his tenure. Dr. Hicks jumped aboard while district was taking on water and opened up a fire hose. To aid his drowning of Unified, he made sure that the taxpayers were guilted into dumping more water into the district. Now the a life raft has come in the form of audit findings forcing Hicks' resignation. I only pray it's not too late to save the district.
There is much speculation over what is really going on behind the scenes at RUSD. A report was ordered looking into PBCG the accounting firm hired by Hicks. That report was in a week ago. If there was no "bad" news the report would have been released immediately. So what we have left is spin control. Nothing is kept more quiet than HR issues or news of the district wasting money.
After a week of closed meetings the doors shall be opened tonight.
As a reminder and for reference material, I'd ask you to review the following stories:
- Racine schools paying consultant big bonuses for nothing.
- Racine Unified overpays CFO group.
- PBCG hired illegally? You tell me.
- PBCG does not deserve the kindergarten bonus.
- PBCG energy contract, fixing the bid.
- Cancelling the referendum
- The bids and the sales job.
- Internal memo on facilities study.
- Hicks is apparently immune from district policy.
- Give me a contract that says you can only say nice things about me.
We've obviously been on to Supernintendo Hicks for a long time. Hopefully, the rest of the Racine School Board is done carrying his water.
I'd like to only say this once.
Disagree, fine. Debate, please. However, if you can not do it in a civil tone, don't do it at all, or do not do it here.
If you have an issue with a comment please email me and ask me to consider deleting it. I have banned persons from every political persuasion when they could not keep their tone civil. Some people still sneak back in and I deal with those comments as I see them.
Tempers flare and I try to keep mine in check, but we all lose it upon occasion. This weekend there were actually threats of bodily harm and language more in the R than the PG ratings.
Lets keep this PG folks.
This is NOT up for discussion, the line is drawn here. I don't want to hear the he said she said stuff, think about your own actions. I'll shut things down before I let them denigrate into a bar-room brawl.
If you have an issue please bring it to me directly instead of trying to pour gasoline on an already burning fire.
(gasoline is far too expensive to waste like that)
I have no idea if 53rdSpirit reads RDW or not, but she is a witch so she should already know that she won...
Ah yes, the old rubber-car-mats-and-a-cooler-bonfire-under-a-new-moon-in-your-underwear ritual. It's used to attract a police officer.
Tune in tomorrow for a fresh bunch of nominees!
August 26, 2007
I propose Wisconsin move up their primary to November 6th, 2007.
By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor
Last Updated: 3:13am BST 24/08/2007
Stroke victims are "dying unnecessarily" because Britain provides some of the worst treatment in Europe.
Despite spending just as much if not more on stroke services, more patients die and suffer serious disability than elsewhere, warned a neuroscience expert.
Professor Hugh Markus, of the Centre for Clinical Neuroscience, St George's University of London, says stroke is treated as a "Cinderella" subject.
He writes in the British Medical Journal today that the UK spends the majority of its stroke money on nursing and rehabilitation.
But if more investment was directed at treating the stroke immediately, it could avoid many deaths and cases of severe disability and so reduce the cost of nursing care.
Stroke must be treated as an emergency because patients who have a brain scan and start treatment with clot-busting drugs within three hours have a better chance of surviving and making a fuller recovery. But many hospitals struggle to carry out a scan within 24 hours.
It was estimated that 550 lives could be saved each year and 1,700 patients spared disability if care was improved.
Just one in 100 stroke patients get thrombolytic treatment compared with up to 30 per cent in some European countries, America and Australia.