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  •  As a former resident (4+ / 0-)
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    and someone who was considering relocating for a health administration job I can definitively say the reps for Arkansas are not beholden to walmart so much as they are doing what the local healthcare industry wants them to do.  In speaking to an administrator for one of the larger and more established health systems in the state the story was relayed to me how all the health care interests in the state went to D.C. for a meeting with the entire Arkansas delegation.  

    In that meeting, which occurred in June, they were assured that under no circumstances would there be support for a public option and they were hesitant on any reform other than increased payout from medicare and medicaid.  His take was that this was a very good thing for healthcare and his business model, even though it is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.  Maybe with enough pressure they will cave and actually do what the people want, but I doubt it.

    A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.-Robert Frost (-7.38, -6.05)

    by MicahT0078 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 10:24:42 AM PDT

    •  Not surprising, but still depressing. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    •  I doubt it, too, (2+ / 0-)
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      but lack of medical care has killed two of my close friends in three years, both in their early sixties.

      Last week a physician in my small Ozark town had his license suspended on a emergency basis. He had performed 80 procedures on one patient in 10 days last year, including 23 on one day. The state medical board said the doctor's behavior "presented a danger" and "was an extreme departure from the standard of medical care." It's an extreme example, and I already knew about this quack, but it goes on to some degree daily.

      It may not help, but I'm not going to keep pushing the crooks!

      "When we all stand together, we all rise together." -- Obama on Labor Day

      by cotterperson on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 11:03:28 AM PDT

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      •  As my folks are both practitioners there (2+ / 0-)
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        do you have a link for that doc that got his license pulled?  That is something they should know about.

        Thanks,

        A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.-Robert Frost (-7.38, -6.05)

        by MicahT0078 on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 02:08:53 PM PDT

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        •  The local Gannett newspaper (1+ / 0-)
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          put most of it only in their print edition in an effort to sell papers. About half-way down the linked page, I typed in what the paper reported verbatim from the state medical board's research.

          The local radio station has a bit, also:

          http://ktlo.com/...

          He's a 60-ish cardiologist in Mountain Home, which has a very closed medical community. The hospital is tied into the local power structure, mostly by memberships on its board of directors. Some of those have been members of the local media.

          "When we all stand together, we all rise together." -- Obama on Labor Day

          by cotterperson on Mon Sep 14, 2009 at 03:00:23 PM PDT

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