Amy Coney Barrett isn’t nominee for health care czar

Amy Coney Barrett has accomplished many things in her career. Becoming an authority or a policy maker on health care isn’t one of them.

At Notre Dame, she was a professor at the law school, not at the Eck Institute for Global Health. She’s written for the Cornell Law Review, not The New England Journal of Medicine. She’s up to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court, not Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

No one would have guessed it, though, from listening to Democratic senators on the first day of her much-anticipated confirmation hearings. They acted as if Barrett has been nominated to become the nation’s health care czar, responsible for everything from the fate of Obamacare to the country’s coronavirus response.

This tack underlined political themes that Democrats are hammering home in the final weeks of the election, but

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Trump says insulin is now so cheap, it’s ‘like water.’ It isn’t

a hand holding a bottle: President Trump made a number of claims about lowering drug prices during his debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Most were untrue. (Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times)

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President Trump made a number of claims about lowering drug prices during his debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Most were untrue. (Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times)

There was much to dislike in this week’s presidential debate — the lies, the rudeness, the inability of the White House incumbent to rise above the level of a cranky kindergartner.

For me, the low point came not when President Trump refused to condemn white supremacy, and not when he tore into the sons of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, but when he once again sought to convince the American people that he had single-handedly lowered the cost of prescription drugs.

Trump claimed that drug prices “will be coming down 80% or 90%” thanks to him.


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He claimed that a series of executive orders have forced pharmaceutical companies to slash prices.

And the one that floored

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Poor Mental Health For Executives Isn’t Just A Work-Life Balance Issue

Part of Kathy Caprino’s series “Supporting Today’s Workforce”

 As we’ve read in so many headlines in the past several months, the mental health of professionals and executives has taken a strong hit since the pandemic began. In one recent study by health insurer Bupa Global, for instance, nearly eight out of 10 corporate executives have experienced poor mental health during the coronavirus crisis, prompting a number of them to re-evaluate and improve work-life balance.

But is work-life imbalance alone that the culprit? In my career, executive and leadership coaching work, I am seeing so many professionals who are struggling emotionally, physically and mentally in new ways that they are unsure how to address. While some of these challenges are indeed related to work-life balance difficulties, much of what is being experienced emotionally is about more than “balance.” It’s about fear,

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Trump promised 300 million N95 masks by September. He isn’t even close.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is falling far short of its goal of having 300 million N95 respirators available in time for the flu season, according to internal documents reviewed by Yahoo News. Though the supply of N95 respirators has greatly increased in the last several months, it is at a little less than one-third of promised levels.


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N95 respirators protect wearers against the coronavirus better than cloth or surgical face masks; the name refers to their ability to filter out 95 percent, or all but the smallest, of particles. The masks are critical to people in medical settings and frontline occupations.

According to a briefing document circulated on Monday to senior officials in the Department of Health and Human Services, the government now has 87.6 million N95 masks available, far short of the 300 million promised several months ago. 

The administration has also stockpiled

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Primary Care Isn’t Bouncing Back

Primary care is not bouncing back to its pre-pandemic status, according to a new survey published by the Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) and Larry A. Green Center. 

Since mid-March these organizations have issued short weekly and biweekly surveys to US primary care physicians in an attempt to find the pulse of the county’s first line of care. “There is not a federal office for primary care, and it’s been anemically funded for decades,” Rebecca Etz, PhD, told Medscape Medical News. Yet these clinics represent the front lines of US healthcare, and it’s where most Americans go for care and COVID-19 care, said Etz, director of the Virginia-based Larry A. Green Center, which is devoted to primary care research, development, and advocacy. 

The latest survey responses, collected between September 4 to 6, confirm what researchers had suspected: primary care isn’t on solid footing. Eighty-one percent of respondents disagreed emphatically that

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Why riding a bike isn’t just good for your health but for your career

“SANDAG report shows 42 percent increase in bicycle ridership in first five months of stay-at-home order,” San Diego Union-Tribune, September 10.

No question, those two-wheelers are everywhere. Me, personally, I ride a road bike, once per week, approximately 28 miles. I ride alone because I like to talk to myself out loud. I use it as a talking therapy session. I know who the other guy is sitting in the chair opposite me, so I banter back and forth in an effort to approach tough issues and refine my own personal rational man behavior. (After all, I purport to teach this stuff).

Riding a bike provides a quasi-therapy session to work out issues. It is a simple repetitive motion that does not require massive mental effort. (You can’t do this while playing golf, way too much frustration.) Look, I’m not crazy (OK, jury still out on that one), but this

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The Health 202: Trump’s new health-care plan isn’t really a plan

“Obamacare is no longer Obamacare, as we worked on it and managed it very well,” Trump said. “What we have now is a much better plan. It is no longer Obamacare because we got rid of the worse part of it, the individual mandate.”

The “America First Health Plan” Trump introduced yesterday isn’t a health-care plan.

Instead, it’s mostly a list of various incremental and modest things the president’s administration tried to do on health care after it became clear Trump wouldn’t be able to accomplish his main promise in 2016 of replacing the ACA. These include some small tweaks to the health-care law – some that undermined the law and others that may have expanded its insurance offerings – and some cost reductions for seniors in the Medicare program.

“The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare has not stopped Trump from repeatedly promising a soon-to-come health-care plan, in a

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Donald Trump’s Much-Hyped Health Care Plan Isn’t Much of a Plan at All

President Donald Trump delivers a speech about health care on Sept. 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, less than six weeks before the November election.
President Donald Trump delivers a speech about health care on Sept. 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, less than six weeks before the November election.

President Donald Trump delivers a speech about health care on Sept. 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, less than six weeks before the November election. Credit – Brian Blanco—Getty Images

President Donald Trump, who has long promised a “beautiful” and “phenomenal” health care plan, announced a series of largely meaningless actions on Thursday during a speech in North Carolina that effectively served as a campaign event.

The most tangible proposal Trump unveiled was a vow to send $200 prescription drug discount cards to 33 million Medicare beneficiaries “in the coming weeks.” However, the President said the $6.6 billion outlay needed to fund this program would have to come from savings from his “most favored nations” drug pricing proposal, which he announced on Sept. 13, and

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Why Nashville Isn’t The Next Silicon Valley – It’s Better!

With a population of more than 600,000 people Nashville is rapidly gaining popularity amongst the other regions. It is a city filled with music and a population that still gives you the small town feels no matter how big it becomes. This area has been growing with a constant pace for the last several years and it will continue to do so even more rapidly over the years to come. So book your flight tickets to Nashville starting today.

Also known as the Music City, Nashville has a stream of live music sessions all over the town even in places like the Airport bars. It hosts prestigious musical events such as the Bonnaro Music Festival as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame. Many popular and highly reputed music producers and record label companies also have their offices in the Music Row- a place located in the downtown of … Read More

Maintaining Good Health isn’t Rocket Science

This week the media claimed, “A calorie is a calorie”. They were citing a new study, which found that burning a calorie through exercise or removing it from your diet is equal for losing fat. The study was somewhat controversial because it has long been accepted that combining exercise with dieting makes it easier to lose weight.

Exercise increases your body’s sensitivity to its own insulin and that makes it easier to lose fat, especially around the mid-section. However, the new study said it didn’t make any difference. They concluded that it is not possible to lose weight from ‘target’ areas and that your genes dictate where your weight loss comes from. I see several problems with their arguments.

Is a calorie a calorie?

First, the new study only looked at a small number of people and that makes it difficult to make general assumptions. Second, the study only used … Read More