Tag: Healthcare

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s senior healthcare fellow Barbara Anthony about her recently released paper, Massachusetts Hospitals: Uneven Compliance with New Federal Price Transparency Law, and how price transparency can empower consumers to shop for better value and encourage hospitals to offer more competitive costs.


This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with healthcare policy expert Josh Archambault about the findings from his Cicero Institute report, The Right to Save: The Next Generation of Price Transparency. He outlines how to incentivize healthcare consumers to utilize price information to reduce out-of-pocket costs, and lower healthcare costs for everyone.


Walmart Shopper: “May God Bless You”


We ran into our local Walmart for a few items.  Every aisle I went down, I encountered a younger, overweight fellow riding on one of those driving carts. He seemed to always be in front of me.  Sometimes things happen for a reason.

In Walmart, as in every grocery store these days, most including me are fixated on prices.  There are things I can’t find anymore like frozen pineapple juice concentrate – or any pineapple juice.  Sometimes common items are almost empty or stock is very low.  I see carts with not much in them.

Today there was a young guy on the vitamin aisle. He asked the clerk for help.  He said he just had leg surgery and was told he needed to boost up his immune system.  Don’t we all?  He scanned the immune boosters as I scanned his leg. Massive stitches in his calf, swollen foot, he shook a bit as he stood.  It looked like a shark or alligator bite or a bad accident.  I thought he needed one of those driving carts – how did he even make it into the store?

The Transgender Transmogrification of Everything, Including the Past


If I had a dollar for every article I’ve seen lately about the eye-popping excesses of transgender ideology, I could comfortably retire right now, even in this time of runaway, Biden-caused inflation.  I mean, really, just peruse the headlines on a conservative news website – come to think of it, include left-wing sites as well because they’re proud of what’s being done – and you will see things you simply can’t believe, particularly as it pertains to children.  It’s as if the powers-that-be are demonically possessed with the desire to surgically and chemically alter as many innocent children as they can get in their grasp while calling it “gender-affirming” healthcare.

Neither George Orwell nor any other great writer of dystopian literature could have ever dreamed up what has now become an actual reality.  I’ve said it before and it bears repeating:  There’s never been anything like this in the history of the world and it is pure evil on an unprecedented scale given that virtually every institution in the country is promoting it. 

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Another Professional Hit Job in Florida


We are watching the latest effort to execute a political hit job on a man who is tremendously qualified to be the next surgeon general in Florida. And the actions against him are an embarrassment to the state, to science, and to the ethics of medicine.

The action I’m referring to is an upcoming hearing, conveniently scheduled on Tuesday, as part of the process to approve Dr. Joseph Ladapo to be surgeon general. (I’m suggesting the timing of this information is not a coincidence.) The story begins when Dr. Ladapo first applied for a professorship at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and received a recommendation from his supervisor at UCLA. In a two-page letter to the university, Dr. Carol Mangione, chief of the division of general internal medicine and health services research at UCLA Department of Medicine, listed his credits:

She noted his ‘outstanding research and clinical teaching accomplishments,’ which led to his promotion to a tenured associate professorship in 2020 for his distinguished contributions to the division.

What I Learned in my Due-Date Group (Also, I Had a Baby)


After the death of my first son at 33 weeks, I was hesitant to say anything when I soon became pregnant again. As part of my desire to be more involved with this second pregnancy, I joined the due date group on my pregnancy tracker app for the month I was due. Over 10,000 women due the same month from around the English-speaking world joined the group, and the posts were…interesting. Some of the information exchanged was helpful, but by and large, the posts broke down into two categories: ranting and seeking advice. Some posts were shocking in their drama, while others made you roll your eyes. Here’s what I learned from reading the concerns of other young women.

Having babies out of wedlock

When a Nurse Is the Patient’s Family


Over my years at Ricochet, I’ve been very plain about my choice of career.  It’s my handle.  Most nurses feel similarly; being a nurse isn’t just a job.  It isn’t just a career.  It’s an identity.  Much like the military, nursing school tears you down to rebuild you in the form of a nurse.

We adopt this willingly at first, grudgingly later, then with resignation, then with acceptance, and later, far later, with a touch of regret, perhaps.

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with Pioneer Institute’s Dr. Bill Smith about his recently released paper entitled, “340B Drug Discounts, An Increasingly Dysfunctional Federal Program,” which analyzes the evolution of a well-intentioned program to offer discounted drugs to the uninsured from a benefit that had helped charitable hospitals to one that has exploded to generate billions in profits while serving fewer uninsured.

William S. Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Life Sciences Initiative at Pioneer Institute. He has 25 years of experience in government and in corporate roles, including as vice president of public affairs and policy at Pfizer, and as a consultant to major pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. He held senior staff positions for the Republican House leadership on Capitol Hill, the White House, and in the Massachusetts Governor’s office. He earned his PhD with distinction at The Catholic University of America (CUA).

Radonda Vaught Is a Scapegoat


Radonda Vaught is a scapegoat.  Nurses everywhere are in revolt.  If you thought nursing was in trouble before (projected healthcare worker losses in the next 5 years are around 45%), nurses are choosing to quit based upon the precedent in this case.

Let us start from the beginning.

Radonda Vaught was a graduate of West Kentucky University, an experienced ICU nurse, preceptor, and leader at her hospital Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She had been employed there since 2015 with no previous incidents. She had a clean license and practiced as most nurses do; at the bedside at a hospital. One day, she was caring for her patient Charelene Murphey who was a 75-year-old with a brain bleed (technically a subdural hematoma). The medication error occurred on Dec. 26, 2017, when she was scheduled for a PET scan but was found to be incapable of lying still long enough to endure the study.

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I’m reaching the end of my tether with my job.  It might not just be my job.  It might be my career choice.  Nursing, as it stands, is becoming a really ugly profession.  In addition to job duties (which increase endlessly), there’s the very real legal liability of not being able to perform these duties, […]

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Do You Know Where Your Nurse Is?


Who wears a tracker during their time inside that can locate them wherever they are and the time that they spend in any given location in real-time?

If you said criminals on house arrest, you’d be right. But if you said licensed nurses you’d also be right.

Hospitals use technology, also called RTLS (Real-Time Location Systems), in order to track nurses everywhere in a hospital.  This is not required of the physicians, physical therapists, EKG techs, radiology techs, secretaries… but it is required of the nursing staff.

Belief vs. Reality and Survival vs. Idealism


We all want to believe that if we were alive when it happened, things would have been different. We would have sheltered the Jews. We would have helped the heretics. No witches (old women) would have burned. We would have stood up for them, demanded justice, inserted ourselves into the situation, and made it better. We would have insisted upon our God-given rights.

We would have used the rule of law to protect ourselves.

Small, Inspiring Victories


So many of us are feeling the fatigue of fighting for our country every day. The destructive and mindless decisions are endless. I became acutely aware of how worn out I am by reading David Foster’s latest post. I realized that my condition is so difficult to endure because it is wearing on me mentally, emotionally and physically: I find myself continually analyzing the predicaments our country is engaged in; the distress of that reality intensifies with each ugly news story; and the result of both the emotional and mental upset is a weariness that I work hard to shake. Even with exercise, proper diet and prayer, the state of our country is taking its toll on me.

But I had an idea that I think can help all of us: frequently identifying small victories. I use the word frequently because I do believe that we are seeing protests, rebellions and revelations that tell us that although we are in a serious struggle, little by little the country is at least waking up and noticing the many ways that the Leftist elite has compromised our cherished and honorable way of life. And ordinary citizens aren’t happy.

When Politics and Healthcare Meet No One Wins


When politics and healthcare meet, no one wins. Certainly not me, anyway.

As a practicing nurse in California, I am mandated by law to comply with a two-dose mRNA vaccine with booster. Regardless of masking and a downward trend, the California Department of Public Health has instituted guidelines that pressure all medical staff (and medically adjacent) to get a booster if they’ve already been vaccinated. Religious exemptions will only be tolerated if they were previously known, documented, and thoroughly supported. No “new” exemptions will be allowed.

Tale of Tamiflu


Practicing pharmacy over the years you start to get a feel for what works and what does not.  Feedback is constant both welcome and otherwise.  Some drugs just seem to work for a wide range of people. Amoxicillin, cefdinir, and azithromycin are just a few of our greatest hits from behind the counter.  On the opposite side, we have drugs that despite approval and mass marketing never really seemed to take off.  Tamiflu is a great example.

It was hailed and marketed as a cure for the flu and there was a point due to demand, I would spend an inordinate amount of time opening capsules to compound it into a suspension for younger patients when the commercial product would go on backorder.  Despite dispensing a lot of it, the rave reviews never seemed to follow and it would be prescribed less and less.  The most loaded question in healthcare is how was your day and I recall once quipping to another pharmacist “just another day padding Roche’s bottom line, how about you?”

This week on Hubwonk, host Joe Selvaggi talks with Josh Archambault, Pioneer Institute’s Senior Fellow in Healthcare, about the healthcare provisions in the pending Build Back Better Act and their likely impact on the coverage and cost to Americans in the wake of Covid-19.


Child Sacrifice in the US


Child sacrifice, attributed to ancient world pagan culture, kills beautiful, young, healthy children to appease deities in times of famine or drought. In times of trouble, the beautiful daughter of a king might be sacrificed as they sought the blessing of the supernatural. During the Covid pandemic, we also sacrifice the healthy young to appease those paralyzed by fear. In both cultures, the healthy young are subject to mandates or rituals that don’t placate the disaster yet harm our children’s well-being.

At the outset of the pandemic, governors instituted a lockdown which forced healthy people to quarantine at home in contrast to previously when the sick were told to stay home. Playgrounds were cordoned off with yellow caution tape and basketball nets were tied up to prevent children from using them. Neighbors ratted out kids for playing soccer at the local schoolyard. Although we knew that the young were rarely afflicted and rarely vectors of infection, children were told they would kill grandma unless they stayed home. Whereas we previously worried about excessive screen time hampering social interactions, emotional well-being, and physical health, we instituted policies that encouraged isolation and increased screen time.

Echoes of Fascism


For me, this video had echoes of the Kapos who operated in the concentration camps under the Nazis. The young lady’s sweet and gentle manner wasn’t reassuring to me, either.