Van Jones spells out how no matter how hard Democrats try to compromise, the Republicans want none of it.
An indigenous woman squats in pain after giving birth, her newborn still bound by the umbilical cord and lying on the ground. It’s a photograph that horrified Mexicans because of where it took place: the lawn outside a medical clinic where the woman had been denied help, and it struck a nerve in a country where inequity is still pervasive.
The government of the southern state of Oaxaca announced Wednesday that it has suspended the health center’s director, Dr. Adrian Cruz, while officials conduct state and federal investigations into the Oct. 2 incident.
The mother, Irma Lopez, 29, told The Associated Press that she and her husband were turned away from the health center by a nurse who said she was only eight months pregnant and “still not ready” to deliver.
Read the rest here: Woman Denied Help Gives Birth on Clinic’s Lawn
This woman gave birth twice before. She knew it was time.
Here is the photo that has shocked many in Mexico: pic.twitter.com/NGANYr43nD (See previous tweet for context)
— Adriana Gómez Licón (@agomezlicon) October 9, 2013
From the article above:
“The photo is giving visibility to a wider structural problem that occurs within indigenous communities: Women are not receiving proper care. They are not being offered quality health services, not even a humane treatment,” said Mayra Morales, Oaxaca’s representative for the national Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights.
Lopez, who is of Mazatec ethnicity, said she and her husband walked an hour to the clinic from the family’s one-bedroom hut in the mountains of northern Oaxaca. It would have taken them longer to get to the nearest highway to catch a ride to a hospital. She said that from the births of her two previous children, she knew she didn’t have time for that.
“I am naming him Salvador,” said Lopez, a name that means “Savior” in English. “He really saved himself.”
When I was a kid in Fullerton, California, the woman across the street went to the hospital to give birth to her eighth child. Someone, a doctor or nurse, told her she was not ready, and shoved a towel between her legs. The woman survived, but her baby did not. The woman was Hispanic. Two of my sisters were born in that hospital.
I worry that we are moving towards this kind of health care, instead of away from it. Demonizing brown people and reserving health care for the rich will take us back to deadlier times.
Here is some more background on maternal care in Mexico.
Michigan’s effort to expand Medicaid for low-income residents suffered a major setback on Thursday that it may not recover from after Senate Republicans adjourned for the summer without voting on the provision.
The move was a snub to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who has championed the expansion, which states are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act at little cost to them. It’s expected to provide health care coverage to some additional 470,000 state residents.
Republicans in particular have become perennial prophets of doom, warning that President Obama’s foreign policies will destroy our standing in the world, that Obamacare will destroy our health care system, that out-of-control spending, growth-killing taxes, and loose monetary policy will turn us into a dystopia of inflation, high interest rates and economic paralysis.
Things are OK. And while you can’t tell from following the news—the press doesn’t like to report on planes that land safely, or seemingly obvious stuff that didn’t happen yesterday—things are getting better. The apocalypse is not nigh.
We are now in the fourth year of a slow but steady recovery. The economy is adding about 200,000 jobs a month, and has added 6.8 million private-sector jobs since the end of the Great Recession. The stock market is at an all-time high, and has almost doubled since Obama took office. The housing market is rebounding. It’s true that 7.5% unemployment is way too high, but it’s better than the double-digit unemployment we had in the wake of the financial meltdown, when the apocalypse really was nigh. The government has even turned a profit on the reviled Wall Street bailouts that ended the meltdown.
South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill criminalizing implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld last year.
The bill, which the state House approved Wednesday by a vote of 65-39, declares the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “null and void.” If passed by the state Senate and signed by Gov. Nikki Haley, the law will be called the Freedom of Health Care Protection Act.
Supporters of the bill say that the U.S. Supreme Court erred in upholding a key provision of the health care law that imposes penalties on eligible citizens who choose not to purchase health insurance.
The minimum-coverage provision, more popularly known as the individual mandate, is set to take effect in 2014. It empowers the Internal Revenue Service to collect the penalty with an individual’s taxes, just as it would collect a penalty against those who overstate their income tax refunds.
A section of the South Carolina bill, which had 27 co-sponsors, states that the Supreme Court’s endorsement of health care reform’s constitutionality “directly contravenes Article 1, Section 1 of the United States Constitution.”
More: Courthouse News Service
One of Orange County’s largest hospitals has banned elective abortions, now that it has joined a Catholic hospital group, it was reported Saturday.
Hoag Memorial Hospital notified its doctors last week that the decision was made independently by the hospital’s board, was not religiously inspired and was not imposed by the new partners, the Orange County Register reported.
But one Hoag gynecologist expressed unhappiness that his practice was under the new birth control policies of the Catholic agency.
“With this directive, we are coming under the influence of the sisters of St. Joseph,” said Dr. Alberto Mendivil.
St. Joseph Health System, which is owned by a Catholic charity, has finalized a partnership with Hoag, and in the process created a health-care powerhouse in Orange County, the Register reported. It now controls about one third of the county’s health care through its network of six hospitals and affiliated clinics.
St. Joseph facilities follow the Catholic Church’s guidelines on health care, and generally prohibit abortions and contraceptive practices, the newspaper reported.
“This was not a religious decision for Hoag,” said Robert Braithwaite, the chief executive officer for the hospital, in an interview with the Register.
COMMENT: WHAT A LOAD OF BULLSHIT!
Days after they were badly hurt in a car accident, Jacinto Cruz and Jose Rodriguez-Saldana lay unconscious in an Iowa hospital while the American health care system weighed what to do with the two immigrants from Mexico.
The men had health insurance from jobs at one of the nation’s largest pork producers. But neither had legal permission to live in the U.S., nor was it clear whether their insurance would pay for the long-term rehabilitation they needed.
So Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines took matters into its own hands: After consulting with the patients’ families, it quietly loaded the two comatose men onto a private jet that flew them back to Mexico, effectively deporting them without consulting any court or federal agency.
When the men awoke, they were more than 1,800 miles away in a hospital in Veracruz, on the Mexican Gulf Coast.
Hundreds of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally have taken similar journeys through a little-known removal system run not by the federal government trying to enforce laws but by hospitals seeking to curb high costs. A recent report compiled by immigrant advocacy groups made a rare attempt to determine how many people are sent home, concluding that at least 600 immigrants were removed over a five-year period, though there were likely many more.
In interviews with immigrants, their families, attorneys and advocates, The Associated Press reviewed the obscure process known formally as “medical repatriation,” which allows hospitals to put patients on chartered international flights, often while they are still unconscious. Hospitals typically pay for the flights.
“The problem is it’s all taking place in this unregulated sort of a black hole … and there is no tracking,” said law professor Lori Nessel, director of the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall Law School, which offers free legal representation to immigrants.
I highly recommend reading the whole thing.
As an immigrant myself, this disturbs me. I understand that someone has to pay the bills and that Hospitals cannot be expected to care for the uninsured indefinitely but to go from that point to being shipped back to your home country as a result seems almost inhumane.
This practice is shadier than you might even think. Although the excerpt above indicates the hospital sought the permission of the families before sending the two men back, further down it mentions that many hospitals merely only tell immigrants contact with their family has been made when it really hasn’t or, even worse, the families are almost coerced to take the immigrant back.
Also, as mentioned above, this is an unregulated area of immigration. The Department of Homeland Security and ICE have no control, oversight or say in any of the decisions or actions the hospitals take.
That must change. I’m not necessarily advocating this practice stop altogether, but if it is to continue there must be controls, accountability and oversight. You can’t just do these kind of underground deportations with no involvement from government whatsoever.
Legislation giving health care providers the right to refuse to provide care if it violates their religious principles won final approval in the Missouri House Tuesday.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where similar legislation was approved by a committee yesterday.
House Speaker Tim Jones, a Eureka Republican who sponsored the measure, said the legislation protects workers’ rights.
“We want to encourage those people in the health care field and give them a shield, so they can have an opt-out, with proper notice, to their employer,” Jones said.
State law already allows doctors, nurses and other health care workers to refuse to participate in an abortion. Under the bill, that right to refuse would be extended to include providing birth control, sterilization and assisted reproduction services and stem cell research. Medical professionals would also be able to deny referrals for care and could not be punished legally or professionally for their actions.
There is an exemption in the legislation for emergency situations, Jones said, adding that in those instances “you can throw this bill out. It wouldn’t apply.”
But critics of the bill said it sacrifices the health of women to the religious beliefs of medical providers.