Health

In Defense of Malpractice Suits

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Mon, 09/21/2009

Doctors and hospitals make mistakes: how do patients get  compensated?  In their ongoing series The Left and the Law, attorney Mike Snedeker and Old Mole Jan Haaken puncture the myths about tort reform and malpractice suits  that Republicans claim are  driving up medical costs and driving  good doctors out of business.   

13:09 minutes (7.53 MB)

Common Sense - Health Issues in the Immigrant - Refugee Community

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Wed, 09/16/2009

 Common Sense
 Hosted by Kayse Jama and Grassia Melendez

Today's show will cover Community Health and what organizations and community members who are trying to close the gap between health, gender, race and economic status.  Joining us for discussion are:

John Joo, from APANO The Asian Pacific Network of Oregon

Sade Oandeko, a community health analyst from Lutheran Community Services NW

Johnell Bell, from Multnomah County Health Services

57:41 minutes (26.41 MB)

New documentary examines state of Transgender health care

In light of last night's Gender Blender on gender discrimination on health care, I thought I'd share information about a new documentary I just heard about.  Now in pre-production, Southern Comforted: Lives Touched by the Documentary, refers to the award winning documentary Southern Comfort, about the life and death of transgender man Robert Eads, who was refused treatment by more than a dozen medial professionals after he was diagnosed with ovariancancer.  The new film, Southern Comforted: Lives Touched by the Documentary examines how trans health care has changed (or not changed) since Eads died in 1999.  You can see a YouTube promo of the film here: 

Teabaggin' it old school

Hordes of Real Americans (TM) descended on Washington this weekend as the Teabaggers held their "Sept. 12" march and rally. You know, the kind of event where people are so patriotic they fly Confederate flags and call for the president to be sent to Kenya. It's all part of the continuing outbreak of Aggrieved White Man Syndrome, which is what happens when a privileged group begins to lose the prestige to which it feels entitled.

Guess Who's Coming to Radio??!! playlist for 09/10/2009

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09/10/2009

 tonight we honored roy ayers, who was brought to us on this day...  also, we spoke about obama's recent speeches, and about dismantling the cycles of abuse in positive ways...

Kennedy's letter to Obama

Sept. 10,2009

Here's the letter from Ted Kennedy to President Obama, written shortly after the Senator learned his cancer was terminal.

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.

When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.

There will be struggles – there always have been – and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat - that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

In closing, let me say again how proud I was to be part of your campaign- and proud as well to play a part in the early months of a new era of high purpose and achievement. I entered public life with a young President who inspired a generation and the world. It gives me great hope that as I leave, another young President inspires another generation and once more on America’s behalf inspires the entire world.

So, I wrote this to thank you one last time as a friend- and to stand with you one last time for change and the America we can become.

At the Denver Convention where you were nominated, I said the dream lives on.

And I finished this letter with unshakable faith that the dream will be fulfilled for this generation, and preserved and enlarged for generations to come.

With deep respect and abiding affection,

[Ted]

'Mad As Hell Doctors' Take Single-Payer Cause to Washington

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Evening News
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Thu, 09/10/2009

A group of physicians dubbed Mad As Hell Doctors kicked off a 28-city tour in Portland on Tuesday. They’ll be traveling in a Winnebago across the country holding press events along the way until reaching Washington DC on September 30. The group supports a single-payer bill in Congress, HR 676. KBOO reporter David Rosenfeld filed this report.

4:17 minutes (3.92 MB)

Health Care Debate

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Ubu Hour
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Mon, 09/07/2009

The Ubu Hour Health Care Debate, where a couple of shills from the health care industry try to convince a bunch of people that our corporate profit-driven health system is the best in the world.  It even ends with the late great Richard Francis reading a poem about health care lobbyists and capitalism.

7:46 minutes (7.12 MB)

We need a fighter

Sept. 7, 2009

Again, Bill Moyers rides to our rescue.

Let's get on with it, Mr. President. We're up the proverbial creek with spaghetti as our paddle. This health care thing could have been the crossing of the Delaware, the turning point in the next American Revolution — the moment we put the mercenaries to rout, as General Washington did the Hessians at Trenton. We could have stamped our victory "Made in the USA." We could have said to the world, "Look what we did!" And we could have turned to each other and said, "thank you."

As it is, we're about to get health care reform that measures human beings only in corporate terms of a cost-benefit analysis. I mean this is topsy-turvy — we should be treating health as a condition, not a commodity.

Watch the video.

Lots about this on the next show.

-A

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