Psychologists Shame GOP For Blaming Massacres On ‘Mental Health’

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The Republican attempt to pin the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton on “mental health” issues was rebuked by the American Psychological Association on Monday. “Routinely blaming mass shootings on mental illness is unfounded and stigmatizing,” said APA President Rosie Phillips Davis in a statement. “Research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who … Read More

GOP Confused And Concerned About Trump’s Attack On Obamacare

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Reflecting widespread concerns within his party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has told President Trump he disagrees with the Trump administration’s attempt to get the entire Affordable Care Act thrown out in court. McCarthy told Trump over the phone that the decision made no sense — especially after Democrats killed Republicans in the midterms in part over the issue of pre-existing … Read More

Trump Makes Policy Shift To Kill ALL Of The Affordable Care Act

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The move is an escalation of the Trump administration’s legal battle against the health care law. The DOJ previously argued in court that the law’s pre-existing condition protections should be struck down. Now, the administration argues the … Read More

A Cure For HIV?

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Having come of age in the time of AIDS, this story is remarkable. Known as the “London Patient”, a man had HIV and a type of blood cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He responded successfully to a bone marrow transplant from a donor with rare genetic resistance to HIV infection. The transplant cleared the man’s cancer and his HIV, but the … Read More

Socialized Medicine For Me But Not For Thee

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Rand Paul, one and a half years ago: He adds: We know the current system isn’t working for families or health-care providers, so perhaps it’s time to try something new. I say we try freedom. More freedom to choose and innovate, leading to more access and affordability, which will help ensure our health-care system remains the best in the world. … Read More

The Latest Court Attack On Obamacare Could Backfire

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The latest conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act, in which the Trump administration has taken the position that the health care law’s protections for preexisting conditions are unconstitutional, is heading to the courtroom. Federal judge Reed O’Connor, who has ruled against Obamacare before, is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday, September 5. Trump lawyers are arguing that Obamacare’s most popular provisions … Read More

What’s With The Bandage On Trump’s Arm? Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

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Trump Motor Skills, Coordination, Tremor. Trump wearing bandage with wires on left arm at Mar-A-Lago.That combined with his stumbling on way to the podium in France, sitting with his hands tucked, and drinking water with 2 hands.indicates a tremor & other coordination issues. pic.twitter.com/qvfhgTeWtc — Maria Lorraine (@MariaLorraine_) November 26, 2018 Stumbling and coordination issues point to many things. One … Read More

Last Night’s Mass Killing

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, Mental Health, Military IssuesLeave a Comment

Twelve people including a police officer were killed by a veteran of the Marines at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said. Several hundred people were inside the venue, which was hosting a “college country night” for students, police said. The veteran, Ian Long, 28, who died of a gunshot wound, suffered from PTSD. Long has a … Read More

The Veterans Administration Is Run By Three Guys At Mar-A-Lago. Seriously.

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This is amazing Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as an order, … Read More

What Is THIS All About?

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NBC News is reporting that Trump’s bodyguard basically “raided” his personal doctor’s office and stole all Trump’s medical records. In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump’s longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump’s New York doctor without notice and took … Read More

Van Slams Into Toronto Pedestrians; Possible Terrorist Attack

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Police have arrested a suspect after a white van mounted the curb and struck numerous pedestrians in Toronto. The incident happened on Yonge Street south of Finch Avenue around 1:30 p.m. today. A suspect was arrested beside the van on Poyntz Avenue off of Yonge, just south of Sheppard Avenue West. The van is marked as belonging to the rental … Read More

The Wishful Thinking Solution To The Opioid Crisis

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Call it Just-Say-No 2.00.  Trump declared a war on the opioid crisis: President Trump on Thursday directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, taking long-anticipated action to address a rapidly escalating epidemic of drug use. He didn’t fulfill his campaign promise of making it a “national emergency” because that would have real-world … Read More

Trump Gets The Healthcare Bill He’s Been Clamoring For, But Now He Doesn’t Want It

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Truth is, Trump never wanted to fix Obamacare. He said it was dead, and now he’s going to kill it. But the bill in question is a modest one. The compromise offered by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) yesterday gives a bit to both sides but does not fundamentally alter the Affordable Care Act. For Democrats, the … Read More