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  • HHS To Standardize Fast Food Serving Size?

    postedPosted in Lawyers, Guns & Money, Politically Incorrect on June 8th, 2010 by glennm

    It is completely beyond my why the Obama Administration and congressional Democrats could be this obtuse.  No one should want — and I doubt any American really does support — the government standardizing serving sizes and recipe compositions, even on health grounds.

    Remarkably, Section 4205 of the new health reform law, which requires chain restaurants and vending machines to provide nutrition notices, instructs the HHS Secretary to:

    Consider standardization of recipes and methods of preparation, in reasonable variation in serving size and formula of menu items, space on menus and menu boards, inadvertent human error, training of food service workers, variations in ingredients…

    HHS Secretary to Regulate Serving Sizes and Recipes for Cheeseburgers and Fries | John Goodman.  Who could have known? That’s in part because the provision literally was buried:

    You’ve heard the phrase “buried in the bill,” of course. Section 4205 of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” the health care reform bill President Obama signed on March 23, 2010, is contained on pages 1206-1214 of a 2407 page bill. It could hardly be more buried than that.

    Food Lability Law Blog.

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    And so, America has gone from “Cheeseburger in Paradise” to “I Can Has Cheeseburger” to self-proclaimed “reformer” rants against Five Guys burgers as Xtreme Eating.  What a country!  It’s all well and good that Ms. Obama’s pet issue is childhood obesity, but outlawing fatty and big meals will, like illegal drugs, just make them more desirable.  So this proposal for more government will inevitably backfire, as well as being totally repulsive from a civil liberties standpoint.

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    U.S. Cancer Treatment Costs Double in 20 Years

    postedPosted in Stuff on May 11th, 2010 by glennm

    A perfect example of why healthcare reform will do nothing unless and until the American system of medical delivery exercises cost containment against insurance companies.

    http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/638874.html?chan=rss_…

    The cost of treating cancer in the United States almost doubled between 1987 and 2005, with private insurers taking on a greater share of the cost, a new study finds.

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    Dueling Health Care Summit Reports

    postedPosted in Politically Incorrect on February 25th, 2010 by glennm

    Can these three lead headlines be harmonized? Hardly. Obama, GOP Agree on Some Health Areas [NYTimes.com]. http://nyti.ms/cw9QfE Partisan Divides Continue to Cloud Summit [WSJ.com]. http://bit.ly/aceRwa Obama, Republicans Find Little Common Ground at Summit [SanLuisObispo.com]. http://bit.ly/beL4eX

    Seems like the U.S. media is just as polarized politically as our citizenry.

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    Opportunistic Reversal or Just Politics?

    postedPosted in Money Matters, Politically Incorrect on June 28th, 2009 by glennm

    The Obama administration shocked a lot of people — including this author — when an advisor announced Sunday that taxing medical insurance benefits is on the table as part of its so-called “health care reform” initiative.   White House Open to New Tax on Health Benefits [washingtonpost.com]. The explanation, namely that everything is negotiable, rings very hollow.  Obama campaigned hard on a pledge that anyone earning less than $250,000 would not see a tax increase under his health care reform proposal.  Indeed, this was a central point during the debates in differentiating Obama from John McCain and painting a picture of a candidate more in touch with the concerns of everyday Americans.

    Part of the real explanation, of course, is that to avoid (correct) charges of budget-busting, the Obama administration needs to craft a more “revenue-neutral” plan, and thus really needs the incremental revenue from such taxes.  But from my vantage point, this is both opportunistic and cynical.  Why should insurance proceeds, used to defray health care expenses, be taxed when for almost all taxpayers, insurance premiums are not tax deductible?  This makes no sense from a tax fairness or financial perspective.  To paraphrase a famous Ronald Reagan quip from New Hampshire in 1980, “we paid for those health benefits, Mr. Obama!”

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    Java Man

    postedPosted in Pop Art, Science, Wonder Wonder on August 29th, 2005 by glennm

    According to an academic study released at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, coffee is really good for you. As PhysOrg.com described,

    that steaming cup of java is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Scranton (Pa.)

    Well, that either means that Americans have no other real antioxidants (and lots of free radicals) or that coffee is hardly the evil toxin that the media have in most cases made it out to be. So drink up, America. At $6 a cup for a Starbucks-type double latte, at least you’re putting something healthy into those stomachs of yours.

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    Small Minds

    postedPosted in Politically Incorrect, Stuff on April 13th, 2005 by glennm

    This just makes no sense. One day after concluding that breast implants remain too risky, because of lack of actual data in field trials, to permit their reintroduction, an FDA advisory panel voted 7-2 to permit a different manufacturer to resume their sale. FDA Panel OKs Implants [RedHerring.com].Yesterday’s decision was based on the rationale that the company, Mentor, had only three years’ of test data. But today’s approval of silicone devices from Inamed was based on only two years’ testing.

    BusinessWeek describes the debate as a “ball of confusion.” I think it’s more simple than that. Big breasts reduce men to small minds!

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    Mad Cow Mistakes

    postedPosted in Business, Politically Incorrect, Stuff on December 29th, 2003 by glennm

    mad-cow-disease_350.jpgSeems that two of the major assumptions the Bush Administration is peddling about the Mad Cow disease found in a Washington State cow that was slaughtered are both wrong.

    First, it has been determined (at least tentatively) that the animal was imported as a calf from Canada, making the point that international rules to prevent transfer of diseased livestock do not work. Second, while the U.S. Agriculture Department was adamant that the carcass was not delivered into the human food suppply, the fact is that the infected cow’s meat reached retailers in eight Western states.

    Japan, the EU and lots of other countries have banned US beef imports, for the same reason Canadian beef was banned last year and British beef before that. The US does not help its case by lying. And making pronoucements based on incomplete or inaccurate information that no infected meat was sold to humans is about as close to lying as one can come. That the truth only came out a week later just compounds the problem.

    UPDATE: The government did a major about-frace yesterday, leading to this disturbing conclusion. “It seems almost inevitable that some part of the cow was eaten.” It was killed on Dec. 9, and ground up with about 20 others to make a batch of 10,000 pounds of hamburger that was shipped to groceries in eight states and Guam, although 80 percent went to Oregon and Washington, the Agriculture Department says.

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    Sterile, Stupid and Fat

    postedPosted in Politically Incorrect, Rants, Science, Stuff on December 9th, 2003 by glennm

    Great Britain is breeding “a generation of adults that will tend to be infertile, obese and prone to mental illness,” the British Medical Association announced yesterday. [TimesOnline.com]. The research focuses on teens and is related largely to income levels, but the same conclusions seem to hold in the US as well. Not a pretty picture.

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    My Brain Hurts

    postedPosted in Science, Stuff on December 5th, 2003 by glennm

    Even a little tipple shrinks your brain, according to the Times Online of London. Prior studies had found that moderate alcohol consumption reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke. Well, who needs to think anyway!!

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    Face Plants

    postedPosted in Science, Wonder Wonder on November 19th, 2003 by glennm

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    Skiers know the term “face plant” well, meaning a frontal fall into the snow, head-first. Now, British scientists report that a face transplant may be technologically possible (and actually easier than reattaching a severed finger). Face Transplants Possible But More Research Needed [Reuters]. The physicians hope face transplants will help seriously disfugured patients with the psychological effects of facial injuries and defects. But I am still having trouble telling John Travolta and Nicholas Cage apart in the movie Face Off. Reality follows fiction once again.

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