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Senate GOP Cancels Vote on ACA Repeal Bill
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 11:34 AM

Senate Republicans cancelled a vote planned for this week on the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after it became clear they didn't have enough votes to pass the measure.

But the Republicans are not giving up on the legislation, said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), another co-sponsor of the bill. "It took 18 months to pass Obamacare; it's going to take a while to repeal it. We had 50 votes for the substance, not 50 votes for process." Graham was referring to critics who said the bill was being rushed through without enough hearings or time to deliberate and add amendments.  "With a new process, with more hearings, with regular order ... We're going to get 50 votes," he concluded.

Healthcare as Human Right?
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 04:05 PM

Healthcare is a basic human right and there should be a "publicly funded universal primary care program," according to resolutions adopted by the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates.

The healthcare-as-right resolution stated that the AAFP "recognize that health is a human right for every person, not a privilege." It was amended to clarify “that the right to health includes universal access to timely acceptable and affordable healthcare of appropriate quality” and was passed with resounding applause.  Presumably, it is to be the medical community to determine what is deemed “appropriate.”

TBCE Disciplinary Actions and Statistics
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Friday, September 22, 2017 04:51 PM

In the September issue of the Texas Chiropractic Board Report the following statistics are reported.


Fall Expected to be Busy Time in D.C. for Health Legislation
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Thursday, September 21, 2017 03:23 PM

Despite the sometimes tempestuous relationship between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, several healthcare bills are likely to be put into play this fall.  “This fall is shaping up to be a busy and productive one in healthcare,” a senior House Republican aide said. “There are a couple of things that there is strong bipartisan support for,” one of which is the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), he continued.

Another area of bipartisan support has been Medicare “extenders" -- parts of the Medicare program that expire unless they're renewed, but they don't have to be authorized until year's end, so there is less urgency to work on them, the aide said.

Why Is Osteoarthritis Increasing?
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Thursday, September 21, 2017 03:13 PM
Knee osteoarthritis has more than doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century after occurring at low frequencies since prehistoric times, a study has found.
Researchers from Harvard University and other centers concluded that rising levels of knee osteoarthritis may be the result of modifiable risk factors, such as high body mass index (BMI), and may be more preventable than previously thought.
Researchers studied cadaver-derived skeletal remains to investigate long-term trends in knee osteoarthritis prevalence in the United States and evaluate the effects of longevity and BMI on disease levels by comparing the prevalence among persons who lived in the 19th to early 20th centuries with persons in the late 20th to early 21st centuries. The researchers also analyzed knee osteoarthritis in a large sample of archaeological skeletons of prehistoric Native American hunter-gatherers and early farmers.
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