Carrier Bulletins for Providers Carrier Bulletins for Providers

Do you ever wonder why and how healthcare is so complicated? This is just a sample of one of the updates from one carrier for health care pr...

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Newport Heights Elementary School gets Classmates-computers that ink Newport Heights Elementary School gets Classmates-computers that ink

These computers have inking capabilities too...just like a tablet PC....BD  When Newport Heights Elementary School sixth-grader TK McWhert...

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Scrubs "Like A Surgeon" Scrubs "Like A Surgeon"

Not quite Madonna...funny...BD http://youtube.com/watch?v=_uVYKzKW_bM&feature=related

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Cry, robot: the android dental patient at the cutting edge Cry, robot: the android dental patient at the cutting edge

Dental robots...well these for for training purposes...this one sure is ugly without her skin though...actually pretty scary but a real nice...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Congress to send children's health bill to Bush Congress to send children's health bill to Bush

One more time...will it be vetoed again?  BD WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After waiting a month, Democratic leaders in Congress said on Friday t...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Custom TV helps I.T. company change channels for patients Custom TV helps I.T. company change channels for patients

Patients who cannot move their arms can switch on the TV set with a control attached to their forehead.  Now this is really cool...all I ha...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Going Green: Another ROI for the EMR Going Green: Another ROI for the EMR

EMR = Save a Tree.  After reading about the encounter of the big green type, I would have more than respect for Douglas fir trees...good art...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Insurers tighten access to costly MRIs, CT scans Insurers tighten access to costly MRIs, CT scans

If you're going to seek an imaging procedure such as an MRI or CT scan, you'd better need it. BD New insurance company restrictio...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

These dummies may save your life These dummies may save your life

Better than crash test dummies by all means....BD J.B. may look like a crash-test mannequin, but he’s no dummy. In many ways, he looks and...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

New Microwave Technology Can Be Safely Applied To Cancerous Lung Tumors, Study Suggests New Microwave Technology Can Be Safely Applied To Cancerous Lung Tumors, Study Suggests

A microwave generator emits an electromagnetic wave that agitates water molecules in the surrounding tumor tissue, producing friction and h...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Situation Critical: ERs Face Doc Shortage Situation Critical: ERs Face Doc Shortage

Scary story...from Phoenix, AZ the closest neurosurgeon was in San Francisco...BD  In an emergency room situation the seconds between arri...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Woman Wakes Up Mid-Surgery, Paralyzed and in Pain Woman Wakes Up Mid-Surgery, Paralyzed and in Pain

Make sure you have a good anesthesiologist and be sure to not to forget to mention all your medications..there isn't a machine out there...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

New medical battleground: physician reimbursements New medical battleground: physician reimbursements

Doctors say no new patients until the contract is fixed...due to a 4 percent recent cut in rates..BD The state's largest commercial i...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Prescription For Trouble: New Study Shows Many Patients Skipping Meds Due To Rising Co-Pays Prescription For Trouble: New Study Shows Many Patients Skipping Meds Due To Rising Co-Pays

Unless generics are available, many patients don't take their medications if they are out of reach with insurance plans or if they don&#...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

InforMedix Rings Up Med-ePhone - Mobile, Wireless Patient Medication Adherence Solution InforMedix Rings Up Med-ePhone - Mobile, Wireless Patient Medication Adherence Solution

I know all of these programs are good, but do want to ask how many reminders and so on can one human sustain in a day?  How many devices doe...

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Outgoing Glaxo chief Garnier to lead Dubai fund's advisory board Outgoing Glaxo chief Garnier to lead Dubai fund's advisory board

From medications to working for Dubai, advising on investments...BD JP Garnier, outgoing chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, has agreed to...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Medical Tourism Creates Thai Doctor Shortage Medical Tourism Creates Thai Doctor Shortage

Tourism from other countries creating doctor shortage for Thai citizens...is tourism creating shortages in other countries...BD  November ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Graveyard shift work linked to cancer Graveyard shift work linked to cancer

Perhaps lack of sunshine?  BD LONDON - Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a "p...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Cost of Information Technology The Cost of Information Technology

This is one for the Health Care IT Folks ...John Halamka, CIO from Beth Israel was kind enough to share...as the hospital continues with it&...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

World faces "cyber cold war" threat World faces "cyber cold war" threat

Needs I say more regarding security for medical records...BD LONDON (Reuters) - A "cyber cold war" waged over the world's com...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Is that worth 50 cents? I guess so... Is that worth 50 cents? I guess so...

Need to find the restroom...now you can have a text message sent telling you where the closest one would be if you are in the Westminster ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Welcome to Edheads Virtual Knee Surgery Welcome to Edheads Virtual Knee Surgery

Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery.  I had a few minutes to check the site and I chose the wrong kn...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Even With Insurance, Hospital Stay Can Cost a Million Even With Insurance, Hospital Stay Can Cost a Million

He wrote to the Wall Street Journal.....and the hospital wrote off the bill...BD Dawsons cap was $1.5 million but after a staph infection ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

10 Things Your Primary-Care Physician Won't Tell You 10 Things Your Primary-Care Physician Won't Tell You

Check out the list....I hear #6 all the time.....(6. "I hate technology")..good article...use the link below to read the rest..BD ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fifty Hospitals Around The World Are Now Using NeuroLogica's CereTom(R) Portable CT Scanner Fifty Hospitals Around The World Are Now Using NeuroLogica's CereTom(R) Portable CT Scanner

8 Slice CT scanner, can be in the office, in an ambulance, etc. and offers both 2D and 3D images....BD  NeuroLogica Corporation announced ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

AHA Responds To Medicare Hospital Payment Change Proposal AHA Responds To Medicare Hospital Payment Change Proposal

Robbing Peter to pay Paul?  There actually is no pay for performance here, just a readjustment of payments..somebody in the game such as any...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Obesity Rate In American Adults No Longer Increasing, CDC Obesity Rate In American Adults No Longer Increasing, CDC

Have we finally peaked out?  BD A new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released yesterday, 28th November, ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Will New Nutrition Labels Help Us Eat Healthier? Will New Nutrition Labels Help Us Eat Healthier?

Reminds me of the old commercial asking if "Mikey likes it"....we look to polls for just about everything these days and I guess f...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dr. Trace Curry Performs Realize Band As Alternative To Lap Band Surgery As Treatment For Obesity, USA Dr. Trace Curry Performs Realize Band As Alternative To Lap Band Surgery As Treatment For Obesity, USA

Information on the procedure and band to be available next month...BD  Dr. Trace Curry performed surgery and placed the first five Realize...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Forensics Go High-Tech With CT Autopsies and in the ER Room Forensics Go High-Tech With CT Autopsies and in the ER Room

CT Scans are really proving to be useful in so many areas of health care ...if you watch CSI - NY , you will see the crime lab routinely usi...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mobile Prodigy "Aero" Details - Bone Density Truck... Mobile Prodigy "Aero" Details - Bone Density Truck...

Trucks and then there are more trucks...mobility is not only with computers and mobile phones today...we have all seen the mobile MRI trucks...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A New Computational Technique Predicts Side-Effects Of A Major Cancer Drug A New Computational Technique Predicts Side-Effects Of A Major Cancer Drug

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a novel computer technique to search for the side effects of major pha...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Overweight?  Standing May Be Solution Overweight? Standing May Be Solution

Just get off our "you know what"...interesting study...stand up and don't sit as much...enzymes are suppressed when sitting......

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Using JumpBox - Roll out virtual server applications (Health IT) Using JumpBox - Roll out virtual server applications (Health IT)

This is the "hard hat" area of the blog ....for the health care IT folks, so feel free to skip this one if you are not in IT as i...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Insurers secretly pay Docs for generic switches Insurers secretly pay Docs for generic switches

Video about insurers and changing medications to a generic...most of us today would prefer a generic due to price, but there are sometimes a...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

HELP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH WIN AN MRI HELP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OF LONG BEACH WIN AN MRI

As most regular readers probably know by now, I am in Southern California.  If you have a moment while reading, take a moment out and cast a...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Freezing tumors eases cancer pain in study Freezing tumors eases cancer pain in study

Great use of the CT scanner to accomplish this...BD CHICAGO (Reuters) - Freezing tumors may help relieve the extreme pain of cancer that ha...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Surgery Restores Sense of Touch in Two Amputees Surgery Restores Sense of Touch in Two Amputees

Neat story and wonderful technology....hope to see more of this...BD A bionic hand that restores the sense of touch to amputees could soon...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Night Horrors: The Perils of Parasomnias Night Horrors: The Perils of Parasomnias

More information on what we used to call sleep walking...can be much more to it as this article states..sleep apnea..doing things while we s...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Language gaps hinder doctor-patient relationships Language gaps hinder doctor-patient relationships

Free technology can help here too...take a look at what you can do for free from Microsoft... and a Google toolbar add on will translate fo...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fly-By Surgery Fly-By Surgery

Will your insurance company soon be recommending a visit outside the United States for surgery?  Some carriers are already starting to reimb...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Skilled Healthcare not Fazed by slow going Skilled Healthcare not Fazed by slow going

Do Nursing Home facilities belong on Wall Street?  BD  Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. hasn’t set Wall Street on fire in its first six month...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Haven Health facilities owe state $1 million and file bankruptcy chapter 11 Haven Health facilities owe state $1 million and file bankruptcy chapter 11

And they didn't even pay their taxes...health care or profit?  BD     ST. ALBANS — Following a scathing series of investigative report...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

56,000 California Kids May Lose Health Coverage -Personal Injury Lawyer 56,000 California Kids May Lose Health Coverage -Personal Injury Lawyer

Instead of presents, Santa Claus might deliver a note to more than 56,000 families in California that will inform them that their children ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Medicine: How To Avoid The Medicare Donut Hole Medicine: How To Avoid The Medicare Donut Hole

As the article states...start with generics from the beginning if possible...ask your doctor and shop at the retailers that offer $4.0 or di...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Medicare Chief Checks Insurers' Pitches Medicare Chief Checks Insurers' Pitches

Secret Shopper program to check and see how insurers are pitching and selling...BD Weems acknowledged that he wasn't just a shopper. H...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Federal Court Suit Filed To Lift Medicare Coverage Bar On Off-Label, "Medically Necessary" Drugs, USA Federal Court Suit Filed To Lift Medicare Coverage Bar On Off-Label, "Medically Necessary" Drugs, USA

  The Medicare Rights Center filed suit in federal district court today, asking a judge to declare unlawful the Bush Administration's ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Toshiba's AquilionONE Receives FDA Clearance Toshiba's AquilionONE Receives FDA Clearance

An organ can be scanned in one rotation...eliminating the need to reconstruct slices from multiple points in time...and everything is in 3D....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach Canada Fumbles Health Data in Security Breach

Not as big as the one in the UK, but serious as well...the second biggest cause of security breaches is the human tendency to ignore policy ...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Cigna to buy Great-West health unit for $1.5 bln Cigna to buy Great-West health unit for $1.5 bln

One more that was left off the listing yesterday...BD  NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Health insurer Cigna Corp(CI.N: Quote , Profile , Rese...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made Data input: Still a final frontier in clinical computing but progress is being made

Good comments and article as always from the wisdom of Dr Crounse...I agree that data input is a big final frontier and there are electronic...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study

The study states they get less care than legal immigrants...BD  Such immigrants tend not to have a regular doctor or other health-care pro...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Atlanta hospital in grave condition - Grady still struggling Atlanta hospital in grave condition - Grady still struggling

Update...sad things are still not getting any better... ATLANTA - For generations, Grady Memorial Hospital has treated the poorest of the...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Men give up too fast if impotence pill fails Men give up too fast if impotence pill fails

The findings show the importance of the first-time pill for erectile dysfunction patients who could potentially see better results by switc...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Hospital fined for wrong-side surgery Hospital fined for wrong-side surgery

3 Wrong side brain surgeries in one year 3 different doctors...BD PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island Hospital was fined $50,000 and repriman...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Security firms condemn HMRC for breach - UK Security firms condemn HMRC for breach - UK

Update on the UK security breach:   Sad lesson indeed here, but something to pay attention to if you are in the health care business and use...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Hospitals in chaos as doctors strike in Italy Hospitals in chaos as doctors strike in Italy

Five million appointments and 45,000 surgical procedures were postponed yesterday when Italian doctors staged a 24-hour strike over short-t...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

‘Health care reform?’ Hush! You’ll anger the Insurance Gods! ‘Health care reform?’ Hush! You’ll anger the Insurance Gods!

Is this all we can do, get an AARP shirt?  BD You’ve heard about how one in seven Americans, or some such awful number, has no health insu...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Software group targets small business - Illegal software Software group targets small business - Illegal software

Good time to check out all your software at the office...BD  WASHINGTON - Michael Gaertner worried he could lose his company. A group call...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Home Health Services using Tablet PCs Home Health Services using Tablet PCs

And she does not use a keyboard to enter her information.  Nice story from Tablet PC Buzz and they have included a video with additional det...

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Monday, November 26, 2007

The super scanner that lets doctors strip us down to bones and blood vessels The super scanner that lets doctors strip us down to bones and blood vessels

Pretty awesome images to say the least...with the new Essence technology...and the images can be viewed on any computer in the hospital...B...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Details ‘posted on unencrypted discs - UK Details ‘posted on unencrypted discs - UK

Security breach of the week... big one this time in the UK...one question, why do folks continue to put information UNENCRYPTED on CDs?  The...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The latest buzz on booze’s body benefits The latest buzz on booze’s body benefits

Works for me..and glad that it doesn't take long to reap the rewards...BD  Attention, wine (and beer and martini) lovers: After years ...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Research to look at whether dogs able to sniff out diabetes Research to look at whether dogs able to sniff out diabetes

Woof! Woof!  Can man's best friend be trained to take on this task...BD  Queen's University researchers are appealing for voluntee...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

AMA to renew fight for Medicare balance billing AMA to renew fight for Medicare balance billing

Well one answer for the physician is to not participate..and then they can balance-bill a percentage..but that's not a win for the patie...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Do your staff salaries measure up? Do your staff salaries measure up?

And the overall winner is work for an Orthopedic office, although for clerical staff, OBGYN is a bit higher.... and Family Practice sadly dr...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Swat Doc:  Doctor in Bulletproof Vest Saves Cop Swat Doc: Doctor in Bulletproof Vest Saves Cop

Another way for trauma doctors to boost their income but perhaps not for all physicians...good work in saving the lives of officers too...ha...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

End insurer subsidies for private Medicare End insurer subsidies for private Medicare

In some areas, regular Medicare is the best paying plan around for both physicians and hospitals due to contracts with the private insurer s...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Medicare auditing making states ill Medicare auditing making states ill

2 more states join California to halt Medicare auditing procedures...BD  WASHINGTON -- Florida and New York hospital officials are leaping...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Just Off Insular Senate Floor, Life of the Uninsured Intrudes Just Off Insular Senate Floor, Life of the Uninsured Intrudes

Can it get any closer to home...employees inside the Senate...BD  When senators debate health care, they usually speak in abstract terms ...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Insurance and Pharmaceutical acquisitions activity Insurance and Pharmaceutical acquisitions activity

Also the watched activity in the state of Nevada from the AMA referenced in prior posts...hey forget about "the Russians are coming&quo...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hard choices on healthcare - "Dad be careful, don't fall, we don't have health insurance.... Hard choices on healthcare - "Dad be careful, don't fall, we don't have health insurance....

More about SCHIP...and why we need it...even the 8 year old son is aware there is no money for broken arms...BD AMERICAN dream scene: a go...

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Sunday, November 25, 2007