Health Care

Following up on a story I ran early in the 2017 legislative session, here’s the latest on State Sen. Ervin Yen’s efforts to regulate midwifery in Oklahoma. Yen (R-OKC) had filed two measures that would dramatically restrict midwifery practice in Oklahoma — one failed in committee, while he held the other over for further discussion at an interim study.

Since January, a coalition of the Midwives Society of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance, and NACPM Oklahoma chapter has been working with Sen. Yen on his proposals, giving input from their perspective and attempting to come to a reasonable solution.

Sen. Yen held his interim study yesterday, and despite comments to me in January expressing his willingness to work with the Oklahoma midwives, he excluded their group from participating in the interim study.

That’s right. Sen. Yen cut the largest association of out-of-hospital midwives in Oklahoma out of a legislative study on licensing midwives.

Here’s what the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives had to say:

Today, October 11th 2017, Oklahoma Senator Ervin Yen conducted an interim study entitled “Licensure of Midwives” intended to explore licensure of out-of-hospital midwives in Oklahoma. This study was held at our request after he submitted a bill last session that would have inadvertently criminalized our profession.

Even though we initially reached out to him, and have consistently stayed in touch with him through our representatives, he intentionally excluded us from participating in this study. Instead of choosing to hear from the foremost expert on out-of-hospital midwifery regulation in the US, who we brought in at our own expense to testify, he invited a physician, a hospital CNM, and a legislative analyst to present testimony.

We are shocked and disappointed that, despite our efforts and willingness to cooperate, our voice was intentionally silenced. We are frustrated that many of the questions asked could have been more accurately addressed if we hadn’t been excluded. It is inexplicable that professionals from the singular industry that is being threatened with regulation were censored. 

From what I have been able to ascertain, Yen had given the midwife group the impression that they would be allowed to participate, before he abruptly pulled the rug out from under them in the last week or so. There’s no good reason for Yen exclude the largest midwife group from being heard at his interim study.

Perhaps Senator Yen wanted his interim study to be an echo chamber, rather than a productive exchange of ideas and investigation of solutions. Indeed, he seems dead-set on destroying a productive set of entrepreneurial health-care workers that have benefited thousands of Oklahoma mothers and families over the years.

Dr. Shannon Grimes:  Politicians won’t find Solutions for Health Care

Everyone wants to be healthy. Everyone wants quality health care when it is needed. Everyone wants that care to be at a fair price. That last one is the challenge that has animated so much discussion and legislation in recent years.

Many will try to blame our health care system woes on the Affordable Care Act. It did not cause our problems. They preexisted the ACA and are part of the reasons it was passed. The ACA however isn’t really a solution either. It is just a continuation of the bad policies that spring from the false idea that the government can distort and meddle in health care markets to produce good outcomes. No matter how they are dressed up the market interventions tend to be about supporting corporate welfare and passing tax payer money on to crony industries.

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R3publicans: Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions…

Life expectancy gains have stalled. The grim silver lining? Lower pension costs
Bloomberg reports:

Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. But for companies straining under the burden of their pension obligations, the distressing trend could have a grim upside: If people don’t end up living as long as they were projected to just a few years ago, their employers ultimately won’t have to pay them as much in pension and other lifelong retirement benefits.

read more at https://nalert.blogspot.rs/2017/08/americans-are-dying-younger-saving.html

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R3publicans: Canada weighs paying doctors a premium for euthanasia

By Thomas Lifson

The slippery slope is real. Once the state gets in the business of killing off its citizens via euthanasia, the brutal logic of economics works its way through the system. In Canada, which legalized euthanasia just over a year ago, one of the most important forums for political discussion, Maclean’s Magazine, published an article arguing that doctors ought to be paid a premium for killing off euthanizing terminal patients.

read more at http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/08/canada_weighs_paying_doctors_a_premium_for_euthanasia_.html

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Pride of ObamaCare Ownership

President Trump’s answer to the Senate health-care bill collapse was to stand back and allow ObamaCare to collapse too. There aren’t enough healthy customers paying premiums to cover the sick ones. And insurance companies are pulling out as ObamaCare heads into a death spiral. Trump claims that when the program fails he won’t own it.

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Rand Paul is going to war with his own party

by Jeremy Beaman | Jul 7, 2017, 10:59 AM

. Rand Paul has not been quiet about his displeasure with the Republican healthcare bill as it was written, saying many times that he can’t vote for it unless it looks more like an actual repeal of Obamacare.

Paul has derided Republicans for dropping the essence of their previous “repeal and replace” mantra for another big government approach, which promises an infusion of more federal money into the healthcare system.

read more at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rand-paul-is-going-to-war-with-his-own-party/article/2627979

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Ann Coulter Slams GOP Over ‘ObamaCare Lite’ Healthcare Bill: ‘Like Buying Golden West Financial Right Before the Crash’

by Adam Shaw 27 Jun 2017

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter lambasted Senate Republicans Tuesday over the unpopular GOP Senate healthcare bill — warning that it will merely transfer ownership of ObamaCare from the Democrats to Republicans.

read more at http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/06/27/ann-coulter-slams-gop-over-obamacare-lite-healthcare-bill-like-buying-golden-west-financial-right-before-the-crash/

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