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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Health Care Crisis Continues

I don't write about it a great deal but I am passionate about healthcare. Bitch PhD sent me to a Glamour Magazine article that is both surprising and frightening.

Women, especially young women, are being sold a bill of goods by Uncle Dub'ya and his Evil Minions. Actually, I cannot blame it all on George. I don't think that he is bright enough to come up with such a plan. Big business and greed have been pushing us in this direction for quite some time.

Some excerpts to follow. I recommend that you read the article in its entirety.

The new lies about women's health
By Brian Alexander
Political groups tell them, the government buys them—and worst of all, your doctor may pass them on to you. Alarmed? You should be.

For the past 15 years, Ruth Shaber, M.D., has been an ob-gyn in San Francisco for Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest health maintenance organizations. She sees all types of women—union members, executives, waitresses. Most of them, Dr. Shaber says, have questions for her, including how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases, how to preserve their fertility, how to prevent breast and cervical cancer and whether the latest Internet health scare they've heard is really true.

Dr. Shaber tries hard to separate fact from fiction because, she says, "rumor and hearsay can start to seem real." In the past, she'd sometimes refer patients to government websites and printed fact sheets, or rely on those outlets to help create her own materials. Not anymore. "As a physician, I can no longer trust government sources," says Dr. Shaber...


How did it happen? Many prominent figures in science and public health think they know the answer. "People believe that religiously based social conservatives have direct lines to the powers that be within the U.S. government, the administration, Congress, and are influencing public-health policy, practice and research in ways that are unprecedented and very dangerous," says Judith Auerbach, Ph.D., a former NIH official who is now a vice president at the nonprofit American Foundation for AIDS Research. In fact, Glamour, has found that on issues ranging from STDs to birth control, some radical conservative activists have used fudged and sometimes flatly false data to persuade the government to promote their agenda of abstinence until marriage.


Things we have to look forward to as health consumers:

YOU MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION


YOU COULD BE DENIED RAPE TREATMENT


YOU WON'T GET ACCURATE HEALTH INFORMATION


YOUR TAX DOLLARS FUND MISLEADING SEXUAL-HEALTH PROGRAMS

YOUR DOCTOR MAY BE FORCED TO LIE TO YOU


HEALTH RESEARCH MAY BE STALLED

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2 Comments:

Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

It started early on, with changes to the CDC website. The CDC heretofore had this BBCesque reputation, CDC in medicine, BBC in news.

Now... if you look to the nastiness they have brought forth upon America, stripping government workers of protections against discrimination if they are gay (and still trying to cover that particular track) and with a hundred other issues. This administration is an enemy to women.

I will never ever forget that night they signed the pba ban into law, and that picture of all those men arrayed behind Bush as he signed. Never a more telling picture taken.

7:10 PM PDT  
Blogger Sangroncito said...

Too bad Bush Sr.and Barbara Bush didn't practice abstinence.

Universal health coverage for all!

10:10 PM PDT  

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