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My personal obsession with prion diseases with smidges of music I like and rescue dog advocacy from a disabled Oregonian.


Song in my head: Where troubles melt like lemondrops...Away above the chimney tops...That's where you'll find me...............Judy Garland


The country's most progressive health care plan is defunct.....

Insured, poor will bear brunt of budget crunch |Link|

Supreme Court Ruling: Patients Have No Rights........

A Blow to Health Plan Patients

The Supreme Court seems to have made the right legal judgment this week when it ruled that patients cannot sue in state courts when their managed care plans refuse to pay for treatments ordered by doctors. The nine justices' unanimous decision, expressed in majority and concurring opinions, left no room for doubt that a federal law known as Erisa, which governs employment-based health plans, pre-empts any effort by the states to give patients the right to sue for damages.

And this would make any medical marijuana user paranoid.......

Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness

A sweeping mental health initiative will be unveiled by President George W Bush in July. The plan promises to integrate mentally ill patients fully into the community by providing "services in the community, rather than institutions," according to a March 2004 progress report entitled New Freedom Initiative ( While some praise the plan's goals, others say it protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.

Horrible, horrible idea. I am glad I am out of school. Furthermore, I was evaluated psychologically and physically for my federal diability claim by professionals that work for Social Security Disability. A one time visit with a psychologist is hardly a fair and/or accurate assesment.

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