Like this greedy fuck isn’t passing the cost on to his customers anyway.

  The thing that really gets me is that he’s in every Papa John’s commercial I’ve seen, and I'll bet he’s getting paid (very well) to be in them. I’m sure he’s not appearing in them for free. Plus, he’s always got athletes with him. How much are they being paid?

  You can’t afford 14 cents to provide health insurance to the workers making it possible for you to make money, but you can pay Peyton Manning (again, I’m sure he’s not doing it for free) to say how good your pizza is?

  I’ve never eaten a Papa John’s pizza, and I never will.
'The Doctor Who' - a slogan to defend a strike - BBC News
#IAmTheDoctorWho hashtag that junior doctors hope will give them more support

Many of my colleagues are sharing selfies showing why they are striking today, and what we do.

#IamTheDoctorWho works hard to keep you safe and to ensure you are seen by the right people at the right time.
Seniors Applaud President’s Proposal Allowing Medicare to Negotiate for Lower Rx Drug Prices
It’s long past time for Congress to acknowledge the hard truth that the sky-rocketing cost of prescription drugs is hurting average Americans and our federal budget.

Medicare spends billions providing Part D drug coverage each year while beneficiaries including seniors, the disabled and their families also face rising out-of-pocket costs and higher premiums.


Hillary is wrong when she says that Bernie Sanders wants to “tear up the Affordable Care Act and start over.”

Having a better plan, which takes power and money away from the insurance companies, doesn’t mean going back to where we were before. It means moving forward. We don’t lose anything we’ve gained in that process. Having a debate on a single-payer system in no way means that we have to start by ending what we currently have. 

She’s saying this because she wants to scare people. 

After criticizing Bernie Sanders on health care, Hillary Clinton urged voters to check out her healthcare plan. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of a plan, just some nice words.

Read Hillary Clinton’s plan and compare it to the Bernie Sanders Medicare-For-All plan here.

I live in Saskatchewan, the province where Medicare started.

Thanks to our health care system…

  • In 2011 my doctor detected something odd about my uterus and sent me for an ultrasound; they discovered a fibroid and a huge ovarian cyst. I did not pay for the ultrasound.
  • I was referred to an OB/GYN for treatment of the cyst and had a laparoscopy in early 2012 to remove it since it was 10cm in diameter (that is about the size of a grapefruit). I did not pay for my visits to the OB/GYN, for the ultrasounds, or for the surgery.
  • When I became pregnant last year, I was referred back to the same OB/GYN. At my first appointment in August he found the fibroid, which had gotten larger, and he had me get an ultrasound that day. I did not pay for his services nor for the ultrasound.
  • At the beginning of October, the fibroid began suddenly to bleed into my abdomen and I was hospitalized for nine days. I received transfusions and saline and ultrasounds and an MRI. I did not have to pay for any of this.
  • Because there was concern that the fibroid might start bleeding again, I had ultrasounds every few weeks for the remainder of my pregnancy and I saw my OB/GYN a few days after each ultrasound, too. I did not have to pay for any of this.
  • My baby was induced on March 5, 2015, at 41 weeks gestation. I had an epidural. Then I had an emergency c-section. I did not pay for any of these procedures.
  • We were then in hospital for five days to get his weight up. I did not have to pay for that, either.
  • A few days after we came home, we had a home visit. Which we did not pay for.

Privatization, or even creating a two-tier system, would make this all impossible. The system is not perfect and it needs some work to make it better, but I have received medical care when I needed it, and it has saved my life and that of my child, without concern for cost or threat of bankruptcy.

Health care is one of those things that I think should be a given.


Bernie Sanders says what no other candidate will: “We will raise taxes.”

Breaking with decades of bipartisan political convention, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday night reaffirmed that he would raise taxes on middle-income Americans to fund his Medicare-for-All health care plan. But Sanders claims the middle class will still save money.
Revolutionary new health system requires doctors to get LGBT ‘competency’ training
A new system has been approved in the District of Columbia that will require healthcare professionals to get training in LGBT "competency".

The Advocate picked up today on the unnoticed legislation, the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act, after it cleared the Council of the District of Columbia – the governing body for Washington DC. The legislation was unanimously passed this week, and when signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, will set a new benchmark for LGBT healthcare policy.

The bill would make DC the first jurisdiction in the US to require all healthcare professionals – including doctors and nurses – undergo “two credits of instruction on cultural competency or specialized clinical training focusing on patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconfirming, queer, or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression”. The bill is designed to tackle the specific barriers that some LGBT people – and specifically trans people – are faced with when getting treatment.

The majority of doctors have never received training to deal with the issues that LGBT patients face – while LGBT people are statistically at a higher risk of depression and mental health issues. Similar bills have been proposed elsewhere, but the DC legislation is the first comprehensive law to pass, requiring the mandatory training for all professionals in continuing education.

Council member David Grosso, who proposed the legislation, told the Washington Blade previously: 

“During the hearing on this bill, we heard truly heartbreaking stories from LGBTQ residents about mistreatment they experienced at the hands of medical providers.

“In particular, our transgender friends and neighbours face disrespect and misunderstanding in medical settings, and this bill will continue our work to correct this serious problem.”

The bill had faced opposition from the Medical Society of DC, which complained that “no matter how well-intentioned”, politicians should not be “determining what physicians ought to be taught”, adding that the “carrot of professional responsibility” could be an effective alternative. However, advocates insist that research suggests mandating cultural competency training can drastically improve performance in target areas.  

The Planned Parenthood in Flint, in a modest brick building off a lonely stretch of highway, might not seem like an obvious first stop for a resident concerned about the strangely colored, bad smelling water that started coming out of taps in the city in early 2014. But for those who work inside, tackling the issue of access to potable water was a no brainer once patients began voicing concerns. As a preventative health organization with deep roots in the local community, the conversation came naturally.

The staff is particularly focused on the reproductive health impacts of the contaminated water, which in some homes has so much lead in it that it meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of toxic waste. 

In men, lead exposure can reduce sperm count, staff explained. In pregnant women it can lead to gestational hypertension, low birth weight, and pre-term deliveries, as well as affect a fetus’s neurological development. And once a baby is born, if a breastfeeding mother is drinking Flint tap water Planned Parenthood is advising her to “pump and dump” her breastmilk because the lead can be absorbed, particularly if she tests as having 40 micrograms of lead in her blood or higher. Even formula, though, can be complicated, as many are mixed with water. Mixing it with Flint tap water could harm an infant.  

Why Planned Parenthood stepped up early on to help combat the water crisis in Flint