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(Kaiser Health News) –Editorial pages are filled with tough warnings for Republican lawmakers as they proceed with their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

 

The New York Times: The Health Care Of Millions Depends On A Few Senators 

We do not know a lot about what is in the health care bill that Republicans are trying to rush through the Senate, but what we do know suggests it will be as bad or worse than the dreadful legislation that the House passed in May. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, is doing everything he can to keep the public in the dark about his plan to undo major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. But Washington being Washington, a few details have become public. All are alarming and depressing. And as they emerge, and the public unveiling of the bill grows closer — it could come on Thursday — the need for a few wise Republicans to stand with Senate Democrats to say “no” becomes ever more urgent. (6/21)

 

Bloomberg: The Republican Health-Care Trap 

Are congressional Republicans about to walk into a trap of their own making? With a vote coming (perhaps) next week, the strategy they've followed all year is about to drop them unceremoniously on a path to being stuck with an unpopular law few of them appear to even want in the first place. (Jonathan Bernstein, 6/20)

 

The New York Times: G.O.P. Health Plan Is Really A Rollback Of Medicaid 

Tucked inside the Republican bill to replace Obamacare is a plan to impose a radical diet on a 52-year-old program that insures nearly one in five Americans. The bill, of course, would modify changes to the health system brought by the Affordable Care Act. But it would also permanently restructure Medicaid, which covers tens of millions of poor or disabled Americans, including millions who are living in nursing homes with conditions like Alzheimer’s or the aftereffects of a stroke. (Margot Sanger-Katz, 6/20)

 

Los Angeles Times: GOP's Secret Trumpcare Bill Will Impact A Sixth Of The U.S. Economy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

Seenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing for a vote next week on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare despite having held no public hearings, obtained no feedback from budget analysts and taken no testimony from doctors, patients or hospitals. That’s a recipe for disaster. (6/21)

 

RealClear Health: Senate Dems: GOP Health Bill Secretive, In Contrast To Obamacare 

The secretive way in which Republicans are drafting the current health care bill bears no resemblance to how Democrats put together Obamacare seven years ago, Senate Democrats argue. With only a few weeks remaining before the make-or-break August recess deadline, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have bemoaned the back-room crafting of Senate Republicans’ American Health Care Act, a draft of which could come as early as Thursday. (Ford Carson, 6/21)

 

USA Today: Women Aren't The Most Glaring Omission In GOP Health Bill Talks 

There has been much attention to the gender composition of the working group creating the Senate plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. All 13 of them are men. That's even though women make up slightly more than 50% of the population, and they might have had a thing or two to say on such things as whether maternity care and gynecological services should be covered. Surely, the Republican leaders could have picked at least one of the five female Republican senators. But don't overlook an even more jarring omission: Democrats. (Dan Carney, 6/21)

 

The Washington Post: John Kasich And John Hickenlooper: Another One-Party Health-Care Plan Will Be Doomed To Failure 

The fate of America’s health-care system, the focus of our nation’s most important — and most heavily politicized — public-policy debate, is in the hands of the Senate, where senators get their turn to find a balanced and sustainable approach to health-care reform. It is clear that the bill passed by the House in May will not meet the challenges of our health-care system. This bill calls into question coverage for the vulnerable, fails to provide the necessary resources to ensure that no one is left out and puts the health and well-being of millions of hard-working people in our states at risk, while shifting significant costs to the states. Medicaid provisions included in this bill are particularly problematic. (Govs. John Kasich and John Hickenlooper, 6/20)

 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: On Health Care, Republicans Have Some Explaining To Do 

The problem with writing the bill in secret is that it allows Democrats to vilify it in public without knowing what's in it. In the past, voters were skeptical of government involvement in private-market health care, but Obamacare has changed that; Democrats can now argue Republicans are taking something away. (Christian Schneider, 6/20)

 

The Kansas City Star: What’s In The Senate’s Secret Health Care Bill? 

This week, Republicans in the U.S. Senate have worked in darkness, crafting a bill designed to remake the nation’s health care industry. There have been no hearings. No publicly available copies of the bill. No Democratic involvement. Not a single attempt to include the public in the legislative process. A vote is set for next week. (6/20)

 

USA Today: Face Facts, GOP: Obamacare Is A Lifeline That's Doing Enormous Good 

My colleagues and I have been studying the effects of Medicaid and Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, for several years. Two of our studies have been published in the past few weeks, just in time to offer some hard evidence that Congress should consider as it races toward votes that would make dramatic changes in health care. (Benjamin Sommers, 6/20)

 

Axios: Republicans See Medicaid As Welfare. Most Americans Don't 

Republicans want to roll back the Medicaid expansion, cap federal Medicaid spending increases, and add work requirements, drug testing, time limits, copays and premiums to some state Medicaid programs. But almost no one else wants to do these things. One poll finding goes a long way toward explaining why: Republicans view Medicaid as a form of welfare, and pretty much everyone else views it as a government insurance program. (Drew Altman, 6/21)

 

CNN: Medicaid Works -- Let's Keep It That Way 

Medicaid works. It provides life-sustaining health coverage to low-income Americans and life-enabling support to both children and adults with disabilities, giving them the tools they need to live independently within communities, to go to school and to seek work in their chosen fields. Few programs in history have done more good. Few dollars are spent with greater benefit. There are many ways in which we could strengthen the safety net that Medicaid provides, but right now, it basically works. If the current version of the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act secretly slouching its way through the Senate mirrors the House bill, it will cut Medicaid by well over $800 billion. (David Perry, 6/20)

 

 

 

Cosby Mistrial: What Went Wrong?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

By Veronica Mackey

 

When Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby case on June 17, it was a crushing blow for the prosecution, but not surprising in hindsight.  Bottom line is prosecutors failed to convince at least one juror that Cosby was guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia home in 2004.

 

The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, was deadlocked, and the 79 year-old comedian walked out of court, a free man.  He could have faced up to 10 years behind bars.

 

But it’s far from over, say prosecuting attorneys, who’ve vowed to retry the case, which had jurors deliberating for more than 50 hours.  What exactly happened when the jury was sequestered is unknown. However, there were a few things that most likely caused the case to end with a hung jury. 

 

Constand did not come across as credible enough.  Questions arose about Constand being able to recall what happened while being drugged.  Also under scrutiny was the fact that she took drugs offered by Cosby voluntarily.  Accepting the drugs implied a level of trust and helped support Cosby’s assertion that sex between them was consensual.  

 

Also, the fact that Constand called Cosby more than 50 times after the assault probably hurt her case.   Constand said the calls were part of her work for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was on the board of trustees.

 

Cosby did not testify.  It is common for defendants not to take the stand, especially if the defense believes their client may be a loose cannon or say something incriminating.  It is also a sign that the defense didn’t feel Constand’s testimony was strong enough to sway jurors against them.

 

Only one other woman was allowed to testify.  Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 33 women accusing Cosby of drugging and/or molesting or raping them, tried to get the judge to hear testimony from at least 13 of them, but was unsuccessful.

 

Too much time had passed. Constand reported the alleged rape a year later.  However, 12 years passed before charges were filed against Cosby because the district attorney declined to take the case due to lack of evidence.  The statue of limitations ran out on most of Cosby’s accusers.  They failed to file charges for various reasons, although they were allegedly attacked decades ago—some as far back as the 70s.

 

Montgomery County D.A. Kevin R. Steele said Constand is onboard and willing to testify again. Round two could render a different outcome if more women are allowed to testify and most jurors believes Constand’s story beyond a reasonable doubt.  

 

Allred plans to bring a civil case against Cosby in California as early as this month. Her client was a minor at the time she was allegedly raped by Cosby.  

 

Judge O’Neill, who pressed jurors to try for a verdict, before they returned hopelessly deadlocked, is likely to want to get a retrial started sooner rather than later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

Three public hearings on Tuesday’s agenda were postponed during the Inglewood City Council meeting.  The first hearing to consider establishing Permit Parking District No. 15, and adding Ivy Avenue (between Beach Avenue and La Brea Avenue); Market Street (between Hazel Street and Beach Avenue); and Edgewood Street (between Beach Avenue and Warren Lane), was tabled until further notice. 

 

The second and third public hearings were postponed until June 27, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. The second hearing will consider modifying Permit Parking District No. 4 by adding 83rd Street, from Victoria Street to Crenshaw Drive to the District. 

 

The third would receive comments on the priorities for community development and housing needs to be included in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.

 

A hearing was held to consider approval of the Inglewood Housing Authority’s Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Plan for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A public meeting on the Annual Plan was previously held on May 17 and took place in City Hall.

 

A staff member outlined improvements made to Inglewood’s plan.  They include:

 

•The use of Ipads for quality inspections

•Paperwork that is bar-coded and scanned  

•Bi-annual inspections instead of annual inspections

•Increase from 120 to 180 days for tenants to find suitable housing

•Stricter regulations for repayment agreements

 

A public hearing was set for July 11, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. to consider an ordinance to create Permit Parking District No. 16. 

 

Council members approved an agreement with Olivarez Madruga to provide legal services to the City; a three-year blanket purchase order with I Color; an Agreement with the County of Los Angeles for acceptance of a security grant; payment to California Transmission for transmission repair and rebuilding services; and a cooperative purchase agreement (piggy-back) with Zumar Industries for the purchase of traffic signs and accessories. 

 

Inglewood’s Environmental Services Dept. is holding a document shredding event on Saturday, June 24th from 9am to 1pm. on Grevillea Ave., south of Manchester in front of Inglewood High School.  Shredding services are available and free to Inglewood residents only.  Those dropping off documents, e-waste, clothing and bikes can do so from their cars with the drive through service.

 

During open comments, protestors demanded the release of videos and reports related to the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin by Inglewood police over a year ago.

The officers involved are no longer with the department.  But details of the incident have not been released because the case is still under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

 

Mayor Butts repeated the same message about what the Inglewood City Council can and cannot do in regard to releasing videos and information about the Michael-Sandlin shootings.

 

“We are not authorized, nor will we be releasing anything…” Butts said, and told protestors to direct their demands to the district attorney.

 

“We’re not the D.A.’s office,” said Erick Holly, president of the Inglewood Area Airport Chamber of Commerce.  “This isn’t L.A. County.  You were already told where to go.  Clearly, they don’t want to find out what took place, or they would be down at the County of Los Angeles.”

 

The mayor used the remainder of his time to review accomplishments made under his current administration:

 

“This council has been together since 2013.  (Previously), we were going through the nuts and bolts of trying to survive.”

 

Since Councilmembers Alex Padilla and George Dotson were elected, Inglewood has seen the Forum reopen and become the number one entertainment venue in Southern California, as well as the number two venue in the country, and number 4 venue in the world, according to Butts.  

 

Ground has been broken to build a new world-class NFL stadium, which will eventually house the Rams and Chargers.  A new senior center is under construction, and last week the L.A. Clippers signed an exclusive negotiating agreement with Inglewood to explore the possibility of building a new arena.  Improvements made to Century Blvd. are currently underway.  The city will host the 56th Super Bowl in 2022 and the Olympics opening ceremony if L.A. is successful in its bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

 

The mayor noted these achievements would still be considered remarkable if they occurred within 75 years, but said, “This is all within 10 years.” 

 

“I have never been part of such a great team of people,” he added. 

 

Councilman Dotson announced his “Family Day in the Park,” originally planned for July 15 will now be held on July 30, in partnership with Taste of Inglewood.  “Now, it is going to be bigger and better,” he said.

 

On June 10, Inglewood participated in the annual Relay for Life event, organized by the American Cancer Society.  The walk/run raises money for cancer research.  “We raised $2,500 in the District 2 raffle,” Councilman Padilla said.  “Every dollar is going to Relay for Life.”

 

Councilman Ralph Franklin thanked Padilla for holding the raffle.  “My brother is in District 2,” he said.  “Both of us are cancer survivors and he participated in the raffle and won, so thank you.” 

 

Frank also announced that he recently attended a conference which discussed such topics as upgrading financial systems in City Hall and cyber security.  Regarding the latter, Franklin said.  “There was an element of concern about the ability to use Wifi to control water systems and a number of items.”  

 

The District 2 Community Center has been open for one year.  “If you haven’t been there, I want to invite you to go and see it,” Padilla said.

 

The meeting was closed in memory of 40-plus year resident Rosa Maria Ramirez, who recently passed at age 60.  She leaves behind 2 sons.

 

Congratulations to Inglewood City Manager Artie Fields, who recently became a new dad.

 

 

 

Time to Get Movin’

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big advocate of physical fitness.  The benefits of exercise cannot be overstated, especially as one gets older. 

 

Exercising is one of those things that often goes under appreciated.  The value may not be apparent until you have an injury, come down with an illness or have to run for your life.  This is what separates the fit from the unfit.  In most cases, the person who has been working out all along will recover quicker from sickness and be able to move faster in an emergency.

 

If you haven’t exercised in a long time, don’t worry.  It’s never too late to start, and everyone can do something regardless of their physical condition.  Today, there are so many low impact options available, from yoga to chair exercises.  If you think you can only get a good work out standing up, think again.  Chair-a-cise routines target both upper and lower body areas, just like traditional exercises.  But it’s far more gentle on your joints.

 

With summer here, it’s a perfect time to get out of the house and start walking.  But don’t just walk, put some thought into how fast and how far you go.  Walking is one of the best things you can do for your body, according to doctors, because it gets your heart rate up, works the whole body and doesn’t put added pressure on your knees.

 

We all know we should work out for better physical health.  But the mental and emotional health benefits that result from exercise are just as important.  The mind and body are connected. What affects one part affects the other.  The natural high you get after a good work out calms your nerves and relieves stress. It helps you deal with challenges more effectively, because the hormones released through exercise puts you in a good mood.

 

A common excuse for not exercising is that it’s boring and takes too long.  Let’s dissect this for a minute.  If you dread exercising, maybe you need to change your mind about it.  Don’t call it exercise, call it “movement.”  Think of Michelle Obama’s fitness campaign.  She didn’t say, “Let’s exercise.”  She said, “Let’s move.”  You can move in a lot of different ways—walk, run, jump, bend, swim, play ball, work in your garden, strenuously clean your house or build something.  The key is to enjoy what you do, then it won’t feel like work.  

 

Find information about the number of calories you can burn doing certain activities.  You might be surprised to learn working out with a Hula Hoop for 10 minutes burns 77 calories.  Trick your mind into believing that you’re not really doing boring exercise, you’re just having fun.  Then, decide to do more of it.  

 

With all the uncertainty about the future of healthcare, committing to physical fitness is more important now than ever.

 

Family, friends, patients and colleagues at Centinela Hospital Medical Center are in mourning from the sudden passing of Dr. Anthony Eugene Reid, affiliated with the Inglewood hospital for more than 30 years.

 

He died on June 6 and was laid to rest on June 16 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park,

 

Church of the Hills, in Hollywood Hills.

 

Born January 19, 1950, and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Reid was the eldest son of Louise and Eugene Reid. His mother and father established one of only a few African-American owned businesses in the city, E.D. Reid & Sons Asphalt Paving. As a result, his hard-working parents were able to move the family from the inner city to the countryside to operate their business and raise their family.

 

Dr. Reid and his brother attended elementary and high school in Jefferson Township. Dr. Reid was an academic scholar, played trumpet in the high school band, and played football and basketball, but he loved and excelled most in baseball.

 

After high school, Dr. Reid chose the University of Cincinnati for his undergraduate studies. He went on to earn his Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cincinnati.

 

For his internship and residency, he headed to the west coast for the University of Southern California with a cardiology fellowship at UC Irvine. Afterward, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division, at UC Irvine and also served as a Visiting Professor of Medicine and Cardiology at USC.

 

In 1985, Dr. Reid started his private practice in clinical cardiology, joining the medical staff of Centinela Hospital Inglewood, Daniel Freeman Hospital Inglewood, and continued a relationship that began earlier with Good Samaritan Hospital. He joined the medical staff of Little Company of Mary Hospital Torrance in 1988. In  2011, Dr. Reid joined Cedars Sinai Hospital Los Angeles.

 

For the past 32 years, his devotion to patient care, ethics, and integrity were impeccable. In addition to patient care, Dr. Reid served in several executive capacities, including Chief of Cardiology at Centinela and Daniel Freeman Hospitals and Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Centinela.

 

Dr. Reid’s medical practice and love of sports benefitted many in professional athletics. He provided cardiac consultative care to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, and the Senior PGA Golf Tour. 

 

Dr. Reid was Tommy Lasorda’s primary physician and chief cardiologist since the mid-1990s.  He was also the Founder and Executive Director of the Tommy Lasorda Heart Institute.

 

As a highly respected member of several medical society associations, Dr. Reid was co-investigator at Cedars Sinai for the groundbreaking hypertensive barbershop study on improving the control of hypertension in African-American men. He also served as Lead Physician of their African-American Community Outreach Program.

 

He is survived by a loving family—wife Evangeline Reid; daughters Anne, Jennifer, and Christina Reid; son Anthony Eugene Reid, Jr.; and brother Gregory Reid.

 

 

 

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