Beth Israel CEO Paul Levy expresses amazement at this, as do I: Some doctors’ groups want their umbrella organization to challenge the existence of retail clinics at places like pharmacies: “The American Medical Association should call for a ban on in-store clinics being opened by retail giants like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Walgreen Co., several doctors groups urged at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago on Sunday.” …“‘There is no more urgent issue than this for the AMA,’ Dr. Kamran Hashemi, a family physician from South Barrington, said, urging the organization to push for more regulation of retail clinics. Amazing. 47 million uninsured, but Dr. Hashemi thinks there’s no more urgent issue than this. And you know what? My hunch is that the AMA — in its actions if not its words — will agree and try to snuff this thing. Any physicians out there? This OK with you?
It pains me to say this, but I’m starting to wonder if Ted Kennedy’s golden age as a senator is over. Don’t misunderstand me — unlike John Kerry, I believe Ted stands with me as a progressive Democrat.
That said, there’s a bit of a twilight zone effect going on at the moment. Kennedy appears ready to sell the farm to keep the house as it were on the subject of immigration. And it’s not the first time he’s done this lately.
Her case went to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which ruled last Friday. SHE WON!! Read the decision here. One of the more entertaining side shows of last spring (read link from the bottom), which in the summer and fall (ditto) insinuated itself into the governor’s race, was that of Leominster mom Mary Jean who received a letter threatening felony charges from State Police associated with former Worcester County DA John Conte for posting a video to her anti-Conte web site of a man being arrested in his home without a warrant. Ms. Jean won a restraining order AGAINST THE STATE POLICE (!!!), protecting her right to post that video. Then AG Tom Reilly appealed that order and late last week that appeal failed. This is a victory for Internet freedom, bellyaching by Sabutai, MaverickDem, rightmiddleleft, and CentralMassDad not withstanding. Maybe it is time for Tom Reilly and his apoligists on BMG to finally offer Mary Jean an apology. I have a feeling this is still not the last shoe to drop on this case.
Are you going to YearlyKos? Would you be interested in helping organize regional caucuses there? kid oakland asked me to see who from Connecticut is going to YearlyKos and would be interested in helping out. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can make it to YearlyKos this year. You can get more information here. In speaking with k/o, I said that I’d spread the world around to some of the other states in New England in hopes that we can get some good organizing going.
This is just unbelievable: We ask soldiers to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and in return, what do they get? Your family in poverty. Read this and tear your hair out — here’s the story of a guy who’s blinded and quadriplegic from war: TAMPA, Florida: He lies flat, unseeing eyes fixed on the ceiling, tubes and machines feeding him, breathing for him, keeping him alive. He cannot walk or talk, but he can grimace and cry. And he is fully aware of what has happened to him. Four years ago almost to this day, Joseph Briseno Jr. was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range in a Baghdad marketplace. His spinal cord was shattered, and cardiac arrests stole his vision and damaged his brain. (…) “They told us, ‘Prepare for his service.’ That’s how bad he was,” said his father, Joseph Briseno Sr., a retired career Army man. But he survived. From Germany, he went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, then to McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. In December 2003, he went home, to Manassas Park, Virginia, where his parents, Joseph Sr. and Eva, quit their jobs to [...]
Over at Universal Hub, Adam’s putting together a citizen interview for, uh, “controversial” Suffolk DA Dan Conley. Hopefully Adam won’t mind if I just quote in full: You’re in a room with Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. He’s waiting for your questions. So what would you ask him? Here’s your chance. We’re going to experiment with a public interview, where you, not some reporter, decides what to ask. Conley has agreed to take your questions in this format: Over the next couple of days, post possible questions as a reply here. I’ll pick what seem like 10 good questions. Then we’ll vote on the questions – the top five most popular ones will get submitted to Conley. He’ll have next week to come up with answers, which I’ll post on July 9 – and which you’ll then be able to discuss. The only request Conley made was: No questions on specific cases. But that still leaves plenty of other areas to ask him about. For example: Violent crime; gangs; murder conviction rates; witness intimidation; gun control; a shortage of jurors; the death penalty. I’m sure you can come up with other topics. To get you started with some ideas, [...]
Why did Sen Prez Terry Murray”s campaign hire P.R. guru George Regan? Seems odd. As I am sure everyone of you already know, Regan was one of the young and super talented people Kevin White had working for him when he was mayor. Like many of them he became quite sucessful. (Barney Frank is another) Regan has a long list of clients that includes Mohegan Sun,Bank of America, SBLI Insurance, and a slew of restaurants. – George gets paid to tell the Inside Track girls what lame local celebrities or out of town athletes were seen eating at his clients’ restaurants. No knock to George. He knows what he is doing and he just picked up a good client. Good for him. He does know politics but that is not his main thing. He is public relations, community relations, and crisis management. He is not a lobbyest. His firms web site however, states that it does know how legislation works and can make allies of “key elected officials”. Which takes us back to Sen. Prez Murray. Why does her campaign need him? Does she need an image consultant? Does she need a few good stories planted to help her nasty [...]
I am continually impressed by the initiatives flowing out of the reconstituted Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, but almost six months into the Patrick Administration, when is Governor Patrick going to focus on the ENVIRONMENTAL part of that secretariat? A new commissioner has yet to be named. What gives? Does anyone have any information on this? And when there is a new commissioner, will there be an effort to inject new energy (no pun intended) into DEP after so many years of Republican rule?