This discussion thread is related to the 7th chapter of my book
Raising The Bar, Restoring America's Prosperity (on Amazon). There are plenty of good points already expressed on this site, but some might find the discussion on Health Care interesting (plus, I'd love some feedback). And if you are interested in the topic on Health Care, you might also be interested in the Supplemental chapter in my book.

See Tea Party blog for full book summary.

Note that blog page will always list days when the book is offered for free, so please take advantage of that.

For those that are interested, today I sent out emails to the 50 most profitable hospitals in the country.   In the email, I reference the blog above and ask for feedback.   My premise is that the most profitable hospitals in this country have a vested interest, so I definitely would like to hear what they think about the Affordable Care Act.   My premise in the book is that the longer Obamacare stays, the more likely it will be that health care will be transitioned to "non profit" - and if/when that happens, it will have a hugely negative ripple effect on many other aspects of our economy.  So I definitely am curious what for profit medical care providers are thinking.   If there are others on this web site that have access to those in the health care industry, feel free to pass along a link to this discussion thread.

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/50-top-grossing-for-prof...

So far, feedback to my book has been extremely positive, but it is from an extremely small sample set.

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SICK: Leprosy On The Rise In Los Angeles 

Ahh, the joys of open borders and Democrat leadership.

California is not just a public toilet but now there is evidence that leprosy is on the rise in Los Angeles County.

Barack Obama changed US law in 2016 and allowed immigrants with blistering STDs and leprosy to migrate to the US.

Medscape reported:

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says.

“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.

Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.

Multibacillary leprosy (MB) cases outnumbered paucibacillary leprosy (PB) cases by nearly eight to one (88.6% vs. 11.4%, respectively), and Latino patients were more likely than non-Latino patients to have MB, as were patients from Central or South America (versus other regions).

Most patients (80.7%) received multidrug therapy, and most (92.6%) received antibiotics for more than two years, especially if they had MB.

Only about half of patients (56.7%) had World Health Organization (WHO) grade 0 disability (no signs or symptoms suggestive of leprosy or disability) at the one-year follow-up, whereas 16.0% had grade 1 disability (loss of protective sensation) and 26.2% had grade 2 disability (visible deformity) at the last follow-up.

Among the patients who lost protective sensation, 87.7% (50/57) did not regain it following therapy.

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