Blunders by GPs, hospital and nurses jeopardised the health of thousands of patients when cancer was misdiagnosed or not spotted soon enough, according to an NHS report. Over a period of a year, doctors failed to spot key signs of cancer, tissue samples were mixed up, some patients were wrongly given an all-clear and vital diagnostic tests were delayed because of staff and equipment shortages, the study, undertaken by the NHS’s National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), found. Delayed diagnosis of cancer can lead to a patient dying earlier than expected or needing more invasive treatment than would have been necessary.Well, duh. Rule #1 under government healthcare: DO NOT GET SICK. This trainwreck is attributed to "staff and equipment shortages." And it can happen here.
Jen-Ru on the sloppily written, incomprehensible law and the worthless fiscal assessments that escorted it to passage:
So we will, as McGurn points out, either witness the IRS hassling modest-income Americans into buying insurance they don’t want, or the law will be “unenforced.” If it is the latter, all the estimated cost “savings” supposedly achieved by expanding the risk pool of the newly insured can be tossed onto the heap of misrepresentations and fiscal fantasies deployed to pass the bill despite the dire warnings of those like Rep. Paul Ryan. This is the personification of the ever-growing bureaucratic state — incomprehensible, threatening, and very, very expensive.Gallup on the cause of American anger:
One reason for Republicans' anger may be revealed in a new question asking whether Americans believe the methods Democratic leaders used to secure passage of the bill represented "an abuse of power" or "an appropriate use" of the majority party's power in Congress. Nearly 9 in 10 Republicans see it as abuse of power, whereas a smaller majority of Democrats (70%) call it an appropriate use of power. The majority of independents agree with most Republicans on this question.Rep. Mike Pence on Obama's new mantra: drill, baby, drill:
From one of Obama's
As usual the devil is in the details. Only in Washington, D.C., can you ban more areas to oil and gas exploration than you open up, delay the date of your new leases and claim you’re going to increase production.
The President’s announcement today is a smokescreen. It will almost certainly delay any new offshore exploration until at least 2012 and include only a fraction of the offshore resources that the previous Administration included in its plan.
"Mr. Obama," she continued, "I am going to begin by telling you about myself and my life over the past 2 years."
Where to start? Cline had been newly pregnant and living in a riverside house owned by her boyfriend in 2007, when the economy began to collapse in Michigan. She lost her job as a pharmacy technician in May of that year, on the same day her mother was laid off. Her boyfriend's swimming-pool business collapsed. She racked up $50,000 in debt on four credit cards, and two companies sued her. She filed for bankruptcy.
Interesting exchange between Juan Williams and Bill O'Reilly:
WILLIAMS: Oh, let me tell you something, the flag- the tea party flag is now- you know, for example, they use the same kind of imagery-People who get paid to talk should have more sense than Mr. Williams shows here. Read the rest.
O'REILLY: The 'Don't Tread on Me' flag?
WILLIAMS: Yeah, the one with the snake- that's the same imagery-
O'REILLY: Well, that's from the Revolutionary War.
WILLIAMS: No, no, no. But it's taken away- it's taken away- obviously, it's not the same flag. It's not the flag that you see flying up in the New England states. It's a separate flag- it's a new flag that they have created. But it's the same imagery that was on Timothy McVeigh, you know? I mean, this is the kind of thing that's worrisome to me. I don't see how you can get away from it.
O'REILLY: Oh, come on, Juan. You are smarter than that. You can't possibly think the tea party is taking any cue from Timothy McVeigh. That's suicide.
And by the way, God bless Bill O'Reilly for coming to the assistance of the bereaved father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder.
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