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From: Munsup Seoh
To: ‘Munsup Seoh’
Sent: Sunday, October 18, 2009 10:04 AM
Subject: RE: SIGNS OF A STROKE" & "FW: Obama Executive Order support for Asian Americans" & "FW: HBO Documentary–Outsourcing and Destruction of the U.S. Garment Industry" & "FW: Palast talks to insurance company whistle-blower Wendell Potter"
FYI to people outside Ohio – Munsup
· FW: SIGNS OF A STROKE
· FW: Obama Executive Order support for Asian Americans
· FW: HBO Documentary–Outsourcing and Destruction of the U.S. Garment Industry
· FW: Palast talks to insurance company whistle-blower Wendell Potter
From: Angela Bray Hedworth, MS, RHEd, CHES
Subject: SIGNS OF A STROKE
Stroke Warning Signs:
* Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg, on one side of the body.
* Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye.
* Loss of speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech. Sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause.
* Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially along with any of the previous symptoms.
Not all of these signs may occur. If you notice one or more of these signs, Call 9-1-1!
Angela Bray Hedworth, Program Manager
Great Lakes Regional Stroke Network
1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60612
From: Theresa Lee, Past President of the Columbus Chapter of OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans)
Here is a summary of the executive order issued by President Obama, aims to aid Asian Amreicans, especially on issues about heatlh disparity, language barrier and hate crimes. Please distribute. – Theresa
Obama’s Executive Order Aims to Aid Asian Americans
Wednesday, October 14 2009
During George W. Bush’s presidency, an executive order passed by the Clinton administration that addressed the concerns of the Asian American community expired.
But on October 14, President Barack Obama restored the federal panel by signing an executive order that re-established the White House Advisory Commission and Interagency Working Group, which aims to aid Asian Americans.
In the executive order , Obama set up a commission comprised of numerous governmental agencies to conduct a two-year study on how to better serve Asian Americans. According to the Pacific News Center , the order aims to increase Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in a full range of federal programs, including health care, human services, housing, education, labor, transportation and economic and community development.
The initiative and commission will be co-chaired by Secretaries Arne Duncan and Gary Locke, and will be housed in the Department of Education.
The executive order emphasized the contributions that the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have made over the years in the United States. Obama lauded a great variety of contributions, ranging from musical achievements to military service.
However, Obama stressed that those contributions don’t tell the whole story, and must be weighed against the struggles the communities still face. He cautioned his audience from falling into the “model minority” myth, in which the strengths overshadow the challenges that are still against the community.
In particular, he pointed out that some communities, especially those made up mainly of recent immigrants, like those of Hmong, Cambodian, and Malaysian descent, suffer high rates of poverty and lack health insurance.
In the order, Obama listed problems that continue to plague the Asian American community, such as language barriers, hate crimes, and health disparities, such as high rates of diabetes and hepatitis B. One of the problems in studying these health disparities is the tendency to lump Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders into one category, which makes it impossible to study specific data from each community.
When any of our citizens are unable to fulfill their potential due to factors that have nothing to do with their talent, character, or work ethic, then I believe there’s a role for our government to play,” said Obama in the executive order.
According to Obama, the mission of the initiative is to work with the 23 government agencies across the board to ameliorate the specific problems facing the Asian American community.
From: Charles Kernaghan
Subject: RE: HBO Documentary–Outsourcing and Destruction of the U.S. Garment Industry
The HBO Documentary–"Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rages," directed and produced by award-winning filmmakers Marc Levin and Daphne Pinkerson, premiers on Monday, October 19, at 9:00 p.m.
Brian Lowry writes in Variety : "Opening to the lively strains of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rages’ is a loving and sobering look at the demise of the New York garment industry, where the loss of manufacturing jobs to nations with cheaper labor represents ‘a microcosm of everything that is going on in this country.’" (See linked reviews from Variety and Womens Wear Daily ).
The documentary tracks how the garment industry, once the largest employer in the U.S., helped build the middle class through organizing strong unions. Today, 95 percent of all garments sold in the U.S. are made offshore, mostly in sweatshops in China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. Once the race to the bottom in the global sweatshop economy is unleashed, and corporations are free to pit workers against each other, there is no way to go but down. The documentary is a wakeup call, as manufacturing jobs all across the U.S. are under siege.
The race to the bottom will only end when we have enforceable laws that prohibit the import, sale, or export of sweatshop goods in the U.S. Goods made by children, by workers beaten and forced to work grueling hours while being cheated of their wages, and by workers denied their legal right to organize should be prohibited from entering the U.S. If corporations can have enforceable laws to protect their corporate products and trademarks, we sure as heck should have similar laws to protect the rights of the human being who made their product. Right now the corporate product is protected, but not the human being who made it. (See the Decent Working Conditions and Fair Competition Act and how you can help.)
The Naitonal Labor Committee’s work is among those featured in the HBO documentary.
From: Eric Kramer
Subject: Palast talks to insurance company whistle-blower Wendell Potter
An excellent article, and one which really helps put this whole, rotten issue into perspective. E
The S-Word and Dr. Kevorkian’s Accountant
Health care Rx from my socialist fire department
Thursday 15 October 2009, by Greg Palast, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed
Wendell Potter tells Greg Palast health insurers’ dirty secret. (Photo: BobFest)
Tell me where it hurts, Mr. President.
What’s killing you, Barack, is what’s killing us all: an evil germ called "Medical Loss Ratio."
"Medical Loss Ratio" [MLR] is the fancy term used by health insurance companies for their slice, their take-out, their pound of flesh, their gross – very gross – profit.
The "MLR" is the difference between what you pay an insurance company and what that insurer pays out to doctors, hospitals and pharmacists for your medical care.
I’ve totted it up from the raw stats: The "MLR," insurance companies’ margins, is about to top – holy mama! – a quarter trillion dollars a year. That’s $2.7 trillion over the next decade.
Until the 1990’s, insurers skimmed only about a nickel on the dollar for their "service," Wendell Potter told me. Potter is the CIGNA insurance company PR man who came in from the cold to tell us about what goes down inside the health insurance gold mine. Today, Potter notes (and I’ve checked his accuracy), porky operators like AIG have kicked up their Loss Ratio by nearly 500 percent.
The industries’ slice is growing to nearly a quarter of your insurance bill. All of it just paperwork and profiteering.
President Obama is never going to pull the insurance company piggies from a trough this big, especially when the industry has made room for Congressional snouts.
So what’s the Rx? Easy: Kill the pigs and call the fire department.
The only solution to Loss Ratio piggery is to kill the pigs: eliminate health insurers from the health industry entirely.
We can’t cure our ills, as our president has attempted, by attacking the problem ass-backwards. No, Mr. Obama, we don’t need HEALTH INSURANCE for everyone, we need HEALTH CARE for everyone. There’s a giant difference. Instead of concentrating on PAYMENT, we need to focus solely on providing the health SERVICE.
From my London days writing for The Guardian, I can tell you the British do NOT have national health insurance. They have a National Health Service.
The government builds hospitals, hires doctors and, when you need the service, you just go and get it. It’s kind of like the fire department. When your house is on fire, you don’t call your fire insurance company, you call THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. We care first about the service, not the payment.
The British government hires the doctors, like firemen, and Brits use them, like firemen, as they need them.
It works. My mother-in-law, a nurse, on a visit to England, was stunned at the speed, quality and absence of mad paperwork to fix her broken arm.
But, you might say, that’s, that’s SOCIALISM! Well, yes, it is. And I’m not afraid to use the S-word: Socialized Medicine. Just like America’s Socialized Fire Departments. (Fun fact: socialized, i.e. publicly funded, fire departments were ‘invented’ by the revolutionary Ben Franklin.)
And Yes We Can get socialized medicine passed into law.
Really. It’s simple: we sneak it in with the kids.
We can learn from Lyndon Johnson’s sale of Socialist Medicare. Johnson knew that no one could argue that Granny do without a doctor. Can the "Pro-Life" Republicans now tell us that pregnant moms and children ages 0 to 3 should be denied care? Therefore, to the Medicare program for those 65-or-older, we simply add "Kiddie Care," for those from Negative 9 months through age 3.
But instead of the wallet-busting Medicare system, in which doctors and hospitals are paid for each suture, bag of blood and pat on the head, Kiddie Care will be provided by Kiddie Care Service salaried doctors.
How do we get doctors (who now AVERAGE $240,575 a year) to take well-paid, but not pig-paid, posts? We grab’m while they’re young. We pay doctors the full cost of their medical education; and we treat them as humans during internship, not as in the current system where interns are treated as medi-slaves. In return for the public paying for their medical education, the public gets the young doctors’ ten-year commitment to work for the health service at a reasonable salary.
That’s not my invention. The free-education idea for staffing a national health service had long ago been proposed by that wily old dog Ted Kennedy. (Damn, we miss him.)
Once the first wave of three-year-olds are about to turn four and their families face having to buy them health insurance, these millions of parents will become an unstoppable army of lobbyists screaming for the extension of Kiddie Care to age four, then to age five, then to age six and so on. Get it?
Yes, Mr. Limbaugh, I am another bleeding heart trying to sneak socialized medicine into America. Yes, I am trying to rid us of the "free-market" insurers who are causing the bleeding. Health insurers are as useful to our health care system as a bicycle is useful to a goldfish.
There ain’t no such thing as a "free market" in medical care, as there is a free market in food. You can eat peanut butter instead of dining at Maxime’s. But you can’t tell the surgeon, "No thanks, I can’t afford a new kidney this week – I’ll just have a broken arm."
A free-market for-profit insurance system means that, when you need a new pancreas, your fate is left to an insurance company computer programmed by Franz Kafka, Dr. Kevorkian and his accountant. It’s you versus the Medical Loss Ratio. Good luck.
In olden days, doctors would attach leeches to suck a patient’s blood. Today, we have insurance companies’ Medical Loss Ratio. Both can kill you. If Obama and America want to end this sickness in the body politic, start with Dr. Kennedy’s sure-fire cure: a national health service for kids – and get rid of the bloodsuckers.
I Quit: A Personal Note
I learned of the Kiddie Care solution during my brief and ill-starred tenure at the Center for Hospital Administration Studies at the University of Chicago "Billings" Hospital. I couldn’t make up that name. Years later, they hired Michelle Obama as their vice president for community affairs.
In my time, three decades ago, "Billings" handled the affairs of that poor community by shipping the uninsured, sometimes bleeding, to poor-folks hospitals. One wounded patient died on the poverty shuttle.
I quit, and swore that one day I’d write about it. I just did.
Forensic economist Greg Palast is author of the New York Times bestseller, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy." His investigations for BBC TV and Democracy Now! can be seen by subscribing to Palast’s reports at www.GregPalast.com. Hear Wendell Potter tell Greg Palast about health insurers’ dirty secret here.