With the Supreme Court's June decision to not review the law this session, California Senate Bill 1172 has gone into effect. It joins a similar law in New Jersey that is currently working its way up the court system on appeal. The California law subjects every licensed mental health professional in California to disciplinary action and potential loss of licensure if they are found to have attempted to assist a minor client in the goal of modifying unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviors.
While no responsible professional works with youth coerced into such psychotherapy, these laws apply even when adolescent clients and their parents freely seek out such care. Because many more states are expected to introduce similar laws in upcoming state legislative sessions, we think the public and policy makers can learn from our experience as the two lead plaintiffs against the State of California. To this end, we mention just a few of the many concerns about the process through which these laws are being enacted.
Ideological uniformity. While the American Psychological Association (APA) does much good, its stances on debatable social issues such as those involving sexual orientation are firmly and consistently left-of-center, which may be one reason why its total membership represents only a minority of psychologists in America. Two examples from the many we could cite illustrate this point. more >>
The whole country has heard the saga of the President's sore throat. Many people who have a similar problem—or a true emergency—might compare his treatment with theirs.
For a complaint of an apparently mild sore throat lasting a couple weeks, the President reportedly got an ENT consult, a fiberoptic ENT examination, and a CT scan of the neck because some "swelling" was noticed. The scan was done on a Saturday afternoon to suit the President's convenience. According to an article in the Arizona Daily Star, an opening occurred in the Presidential schedule when rain caused the cancellation of his golf game. Then a diagnosis of acid reflux was announced, and unspecified "appropriate" treatment was prescribed.
Now suppose you, as a beneficiary of ObamaCare, developed this symptom. There would be no motorcade to an iconic medical center. Instead, you would need to seek an appointment with your PCP (primary care provider). Several weeks later, you might see the first available "provider"—probably a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. more >>
With the recent attention to race, discrimination, and violence in the news, there's a major racist organization that's been entirely ignored by the mainstream media: Planned Parenthood.
Yes, you heard me right. Planned Parenthood – all too often thought of as merely a "women's health care provider – is actually America's abortion giant and racist to boot.
Not only does Planned Parenthood constantly erect new clinics in areas of cities where minorities live in larger numbers, but the organization has also been caught on tape happily accepting donations to specifically target Black babies for abortion. more >>
"Call it the stupidity of the American voter," MIT economist Jonathan Gruber said in explaining how "Obamacare" got passed. Rather than being a "glib" and "thoughtless" remark, as Gruber testified to Congress Tuesday, his supposed "gaffes" are actually a clearly articulated explanation of the philosophy upon which the new healthcare law is based.
Generally speaking, liberal healthcare reforms, like the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," attempt to control the growth of healthcare costs through greater government control over the healthcare industry; alternatively, conservative healthcare reforms, like two bills that were introduced (but never passed) in the U.S. House, attempt to control the growth of healthcare costs through greater empowerment of healthcare consumers.
Most conservative reform proposals, for instance, suggest providing Americans with the means to purchase their own health insurance, such as through a voucher or tax credit. These reforms also often include allowing consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines, tort reform to lower the costs of malpractice insurance for doctors and high-risk pools for the special cases when healthcare costs are way above average. more >>
Although a federal funding bill the House passed on Thursday includes language urging the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure Obamacare's federal health exchange provides consumers with transparency on which plans include a separate elective abortion surcharge, pro-life advocates are skeptical that HHS will actually listen to Congress.
Pro-lifers in the House sought to include in the CRomnibus appropriations bill, which would keep the federal government funded through next September if it passes the Senate, two concrete amendments that would have forced greater abortion transparency on the exchanges and created a legal course of action for those individuals and institutions discriminated against because they do not cover abortions for their employees.
But to the ire of pro-life advocates, neither the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act nor the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act were included in the base bill. Instead, pro-lifers had to settle for non-binding language, which is seen as just a slap on the wrist to HHS for not providing consumers with enough detail about which plans on the exchange cover elective abortions. more >>
Samaritan's Purse doctor Kent Brantly, who contracted Ebola while fighting the deadly outbreak in Liberia over the summer, is one of the medical workers honored as TIME magazine's 2014 "Person of the Year."
"From the community health care volunteers in Liberia, to the dedicated staff of organizations like Samaritan's Purse and MSF, to the doctors and nurses at Emory University Hospital, Ebola Fighters are mostly anonymous heroes whose diverse faces are largely unknown even to their patients as they wage this war in head-to-toe protective gear," Dr. Brantly said. "It is these nameless champions that TIME has recognized today."
The Ebola outbreak, which is still not contained and has killed over 6,000 people in West Africa, has proven especially dangerous to medical personnel and anyone working in close quarters with the disease. Brantly survived and recovered from Ebola after successful treatment back in America, and received the experimental drug ZMapp at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. more >>