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Suicides per 100k, by Gender and Age

Much of the stereotypes on suicide is that the victims of suicide are bullied teenage girls. Actually, women are much less likely to commit suicide then men, and it's usually older men -- especially those over age 75 who take their own lives. Data is suicides per 100,000 Americans in each demographic group. 2014 data.

Data Source: Suicide rates, by sex and age, United States, 2014. Page 2. CDC Data Briefs. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db241_table.pdf#2

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?

"When the tweeter-in-chief castigated Senate Republicans as “total quitters” for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, they showed zombie-like relentlessness in their determination to take health care away from millions of Americans, shambling forward despite devastating analyses by the Congressional Budget Office, denunciations of their plans by every major medical group, and overwhelming public disapproval."

Memphis Uses Data and Innovation to Curb 911 Abuse

"In a way, 911 is a victim of its own success. Most everyone knows to call in the case of an emergency, but plenty of people, and especially “frequent flyers,” use 911 as basic healthcare. The rate of non-life-threatening calls in Memphis is right at the national average, according to estimates from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. “In the past, our model has always been, it doesn’t matter what the call is—we’re going to send an ambulance and we’re going to give you a ride to a hospital,” says Andrew Hart, division chief for Emergency Medical Services at the Memphis Fire Department."

"Since April, however, the city has been engaged in an experiment to take some pressure off the emergency dispatch system. A committee of civic, healthcare, and faith leaders launched a program called Rapid Assessment Decision And Redirection (RADAR). For weekday daytime calls that are very likely to be non-emergent in nature, Memphis partners with a faith-based organization, Resurrection Health, to steer residents away from the ER and send healthcare providers directly to them."

50 Years On, Sen. Fred Harris Remembers Great Hostility During 1967 Race Riots

"1967 was a volatile year, as riots erupted across the country as a result of deep racial segregation between blacks and whites. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with former Oklahoma Democratic Sen. Fred Harris. Harris is the last living member of the original Kerner Commission, which was formed under President Johnson to investigate why the riots occurred and what can be done to prevent rioting in the future. The conclusions of the report drew backlash from many, including President Johnson."

Shocking study finds many Alzheimer’s patients might not actually have the disease

"A major study of thousands of Alzheimer's patients has discovered that many people diagnosed with the disease might not actually have it, The Washington Post reports. Researchers at the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco found that of 4,000 patients tested for the disease's telltale amyloid plaques in the brain, just 54.3 percent of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) patients and 70.5 percent of dementia patients actually had the hallmark."

Republicans’ deranged health-care nostalgia

"To begin with, the perfect wisdom of the free market had somehow left 50 million Americans with no coverage at all — and the GOP health plan would get us back near that number. Then let's consider pre-existing conditions. Maybe your family has some of them; mine does. Nothing life-threatening — an old injury here, a bothersome condition there — but in the past it was enough to get us denied coverage on the individual market. If it didn't happen to you, it probably happened to someone you know. The ACA outlawed those denials, and while most Republicans claim they want to keep those protections in place, the bill the Senate is considering would eviscerate them. A provision written by Ted Cruz that was recently added to the bill would allow insurers to offer bare-bones plans that provide little if any real coverage, as long as they also offered a plan that was compliant with the ACA's mandate that insurance cover "essential health benefits" like hospitalization, emergency care, preventive care, and prescription medications. Health-care experts warn that it would create a two-tier system in which young and healthy people buy the cheap coverage and those who are sicker and older buy the more comprehensive coverage, quickly leading to a "death spiral" of skyrocketing premiums in the latter."

Most Drugs Are Still Safe To Use Years After Their Expiration Date

"What if the system is destroying drugs that are technically "expired" but could still be safely used?"

"In his lab, Gerona ran tests on the decades-old drugs, including some now defunct brands such as the diet pills Obocell (once pitched to doctors with a portly figurine called "Mr. Obocell") and Bamadex. Overall, the bottles contained 14 different compounds, including antihistamines, pain relievers and stimulants. All the drugs tested were in their original sealed containers."

"The findings surprised both researchers: A dozen of the 14 compounds were still as potent as they were when they were manufactured, some at almost 100 percent of their labeled concentrations."

America’s Other Drug Problem

"Every week in Des Moines, Iowa, the employees of a small nonprofit collect bins of unexpired prescription drugs tossed out by nursing homes after residents died, moved out or no longer needed them. The drugs are given to patients who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

But travel 1,000 miles east to Long Island, New York, and you’ll find nursing homes flushing similar leftover drugs down the toilet, alarming state environmental regulators worried they’ll further contaminate the water supply."

"In Baltimore, Maryland, a massive incinerator burns up tons of the drugs each year — for a fee — from nursing homes across the Eastern seaboard."

"If you want to know why the nation’s health care costs are among the highest in the world, a good place to start is with what we throw away. Across the country, nursing homes routinely toss large quantities of perfectly good prescription medication: tablets for diabetes, syringes of blood thinners, pricey pills for psychosis and seizures."

It bothers me that the only way that is being proposed to implement a new single payer healthcare system is to create a new tax. Why not fund single-payer healthcare out of existing taxes? Couldn’t enough fat and waste in government be cut to fund a new single payer healthcare benefit?

The United States Government, along with the many governments at the State and Local-level serve many more purposes and functions then they did in years past. While many of them are meaningful, there is also a lot of waste, fraud and abuse. Local government in particular is notoriously duplicative, when most local government functions could be provided by the state government.

I suggest radically downsizing the military and local police forces. We don’t need to be preparing against the next Soviet invasion, as the USSR is no more and cold war is history. Close prisons and jails, get rid of costly laws, like those against minor crimes and drug abuse. Allow private citizens and corporations to sue for monetary compensation, as a deterrent against property theft and minor injury or damage caused by criminals. Limit criminal appeals, replace long prison sentences with the death penalty. There is no reason to feed and clothe millions of people that offer nothing more for society.

Put spending caps on medical professionals and doctors, limit spending at both primary schools and colleges. People can make existing resources go further, there is no need for always investing in the latest technology or a fancy new building. Just make everything go further. Make everything in education and healthcare lower cost.

And remember all the savings that could be gotten by eliminating Medicaid and Medicare, along with regulations on Healthcare Companies. All that money could be put into the single-payer pot. 

I think before we propose a new tax to fund healthcare for all in our country, we should be looking harder at cutting existing spending in governemnt.

Medicaid Help Without Falling Into Poverty

"WHEN Colin Sandler was in high school in the mid-1980s, her grandparents legally separated after 45 years of marriage. This was not because their marriage was troubled, but because her grandfather had fallen ill and medical bills threatened to consume their entire life savings and all their income, leaving Ms. Sandler’s grandmother penniless."

"The separation, as Ms. Sandler recalls it, allowed her grandfather to qualify for Medicaid and her grandmother to stay solvent. Ms. Sandler, now an elder care consultant in Cortland Manor, N.Y., says that in those years divorcing was a mainstream financial planning move. Tactics to keep elderly people’s assets and income within their family’s control while still qualifying them for Medicaid were common. Loopholes were exploited."

Senate Health Bill Leaves Key Problems With Health Care System Unresolved

"NPR asked eight health care experts to tell us what they view as the biggest problems with the current health care system. Then we asked: Does the Senate bill fix them? Most of the experts we consulted (backed up by a Congressional Budget Office assessment) said that for the most part, no — the Senate bill won't solve the health care system's problems, and that it in fact could make some of those problems worse."