Sunday, October 28, 2007

SCHIP is dead and I don't feel so good myself

First of all, I need to thank Lewis Grizzard for the title of this blog. I'm a bit under the weather, which is one of the reasons for the lack of recent posts. I'm taking any number of medications almost all over the counter because our healthcare system might be sicker than I am.

Our daughter, Cassie is doing well. She was a fairy princess for Halloween. Did anyone out there know that Halloween was originally New Year's Eve on the Celtic calendar? Using Wednesday as a marker, I would hope that we could all focus on getting the country back in the right direction. Noah, what in the heck are you talking about. Yeah, I know this blog is a bit all over the place. But, I figure if it is a new year we can make a resolution to start improving the country.

Sure SCHIP is not going anywhere, but its funding technically runs out in mid-November. Could someone please tell me why the President is so against funding healthcare for children. Would it be the country's 1st foray into government run health care? I don't think so. There is Government run health care through Medicare, and Medicaid.

Maybe, SCHIP is too expensive and Congress has not spelled out a way to pay for this program. That isn't exactly true. The program would be fully funded by cigarette taxes.

Maybe, George W. Bush is just having a goold old Ghoulish laugh at the condition in which he is leaving this country and its people.

Remember this is all part of his plan "Every Child Left Behind".

Friday, October 12, 2007

Children's cold medicine recall

By WINK News

Washington - Kids' cold medicines are being yanked from shelves, after the government warns they may be hurting your child.

This action comes less than two weeks after the government warned parents about potential health risks to infants who take cold medicine.

Products aimed at kids under the age of two are being voluntarily pulled from store shelves, due to what's being called,"rare instances of misuse" that could lead to accidental overdose.

Late last month, the Food and Drug Administration recommended drug makers add the words,"do not use in kids under two" to product labeling for cold medicines. Current labels direct parents to consult a doctor before using on infants and toddlers.

Over the last four decades, the FDA found 54 child deaths from over-the-counter decongestant medicines, and 69 children died in connection to the use of antihistamines.

Over the counter branded pediatric cough and cold medicines affected by this voluntary withdrawal include:

Dimetapp® Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops

Dimetapp® Decongestant Infant Drops

Little Colds® Decongestant Plus Cough

Little Colds® Multi-Symptom Cold Formula

PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)

PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)

PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine)

PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough

PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (containing phenylephrine)

Robitussin® Infant Cough DM Drops

Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant

Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant Plus Cough

TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold

TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Conservative in his compassion

Remembering back to President Bush's response to the plight of poor people in the wake of Hurricane Katrina...and now his veto of the funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), it appears that our President believes in compassion to those he considers peers. All others need look elsewhere.

Bush vs. Kids: Help Override the President's Veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Dear [Decision maker],

Congress sent the President the Children's Health Insurance Program, which would give 10 million low-income children health care coverage.

The country overwhelmingly supports this plan, but President Bush has vetoed it and is denying these kids the health care they need and deserve.

I demand you support an Emergency Override of the President's veto of the Childrens Health Insurance Program.

[Your comment here]

[Your name]
[Your address]

Friday, October 05, 2007

Getting the weekend off to a good start

1.The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

4. USA Today is read by people who think they maybe ought to run the country but don't really understand The New York Times. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country--if they could find the time--and if they didn't have to leave Southern California to do it.

6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose ancestors used to run the country and did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

9. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the baseball scores.

10. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure anyone runs the country, but if they find out who does, they oppose all them. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped, minority, feminist, atheist, and also happen to be illegal aliens from any other country or galaxy provided, of course, that they are not Republicans.

11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store......


12. Absolutely nothing is read by the guy who is running this country into the ground