I love this. In the medical profession, we too often hide in our hospitals and never speak out. Well, the head nurse at Emory University is speaking out about Ebola and the mission of tertiary hospitals like Emory. This is GREAT!
A second American infected with the potentially deadly Ebola virus arrived at Emory University Hospital on Tuesday from Africa, following the first patient last weekend. Both were greeted by a team of highly trained physicians and nurses, a specialized isolation unit, extensive media coverage, and a storm of public reaction. People responded viscerally on social media, fearing that we risked spreading Ebola to the United States. Continue reading Head Nurse at Emory speaks out about Ebola
I have heard plenty of talk from the Republicans about repealing ACA.
“As unpopular as this healthcare bill is today, it’s at the height of its popularity,” (Roy) Blunt said. “The more the American people know about it, the more concerns they are going to have, and the more they are going to look at alternatives.”
From USA Today:
During the midterm election campaign, Republicans of all stripes united under one promise: to repeal healthcare reform. It was a key plank in the “Pledge to America,” the campaign platform unveiled by House Minority Leader John Boehner, and it became a rallying cry for Tea Party-backed candidates throughout the country.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Republicans “owe it to the American people” to try to repeal health care reform.
“This was a terrible bill,” McConnell said on “Face the Nation”Sunday.
McConnel said the results of Election Day meant that “People who supported us – political independents – want it repealed and replaced with something else. I think we owe it to them to try,” McConnell said.
As it turns out the Republicans are more bluster than substance. Are you surprised?
Despite the talk of repeal, Congress will not pass any major health legislation over the next 2 years, and the health sector and private employers will be hard at work preparing for 2014, when many ACA provisions take effect. That does not make health care reform a fait accompli. Absent a miracle, the country will still face crushing budget deficits when the next president takes office. A Republican president, backed by a Republican Congress, would be wise to delay enrollment in the health insurance exchanges, using the time and money to develop a more targeted plan that closes off open-ended subsidies for health insurance and gets the economic incentives right. A Democratic president would do the same thing out of necessity — but it would take longer.
I talked about a lot of different aspects of healthcare last week. This is an opportunity to get something off our chests, fine tune our discussion or even broaden our discussion on healthcare. The floor is open.
Here is an article from last week which discussed patient harm.