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May 13 • 20 tweets • 4 min read
Thread about end of life decisions: #EOL
A couple weeks ago, I had a good friend diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma (brain tumor). She underwent surgery. Of course they couldn't get it all and I visited to help her and her children decide on the next steps. 1/x
At her follow up, we didn’t know the official diagnosis. Based on the odds I did all the research on glioblastoma treatments. I figured once we had the full picture, we could decide the next steps. Despite surgery, her brain worked well and she had an excellent attitude. 2/x
Jan 5, 2021 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Why this is a load of 💩💩💩💩💩💩
A short thread... 1. Half of illness has nothing to do with lifestyle. Autoimmune disease, cancer, and even cardiovascular disease in some people is just bad luck.
2. Yes, lifestyle is an issue in a lot of disease. Try exercising and eating a healthy diet when you work two jobs to make ends meet because you make minimum wage.
Apr 5, 2020 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
And now, for all my #MMT friends and the rest of the world, I continue my review of “The Deficit Myth” by @StephanieKelton – Chapter 5 - “Winning at Trade”
THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY MY FAVORITE CHAPTER SO FAR. I learned so much. 1/x
She starts the chapter explaining current trade dogma and how Trump won the election on trade. @StephanieKelton then explains the bad side effects of NAFTA and how tariffs do nothing to bring jobs back – they just increase the cost of goods. 2/x
Mar 28, 2020 • 9 tweets • 5 min read
I tweeted my review of Chapter 3 of “The Deficit Myth” by @StephanieKelton last week. For a break from reading #CaresAct, emailing our small business clients, and checking on my butterflies, I shall now tweet my review of Chapter 4 “Their Red Ink Is Our Black Ink” 😁 #MMT 1/x
In this chapter, @stephaniekelton skewers the myth of “crowding out” and “loanable funds” (Which @PaulKrugman happened to mention these topics in a series of tweets this week. It seemed like he was rationalizing, but I’m not an economist.) 2/x
Another story from my clinic for the working uninsured.
62 y/o woman with high blood pressure. Husband had a stroke last year - now home bound, can't work. Was main breadwinner. No insurance, no savings, so thankfully he could get on Medicaid. However... 1/x
Wife now working, but can only work part time. Why? If she works too much, he gets kicked off Medicaid. There isn't a job out there she is qualified for that has good health insurance and pays enough to cover the loss of Medicaid. Friends and family help cover their rent. 2/x
Little thread from our free health clinic for the working uninsured:
To be a patient, you must have a job. Most have jobs that put them out of the cost sharing benefit of the ACA, so they would have $6,000 deductibles which they cannot afford since most have chronic illness. 1/x
The majority of what we see is diabetes, hypertension, heart and lung disease. Patients are bus drivers, construction workers, cleaning people, landscapers, etc. 2/x
Jun 14, 2019 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
So I have an acquaintance who audits hospital bills. She shared some of the numbers with me. Sickening and shocking. Short thread
An IV bag of Diflucan 200mg - $3,200. But, you can get a 400 mg bag for....
$248. Holy crap. Give someone half a bag.
Feb 14, 2019 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
Thank you for starting the conversation @dawgs_my - you are stating policies here, not really what your goal is for the end result. Let's discuss each of these and see if I can understand your goals and see if we can agree on policies to reach these goals.
I’ll do one a day, as I have to go to work and be a productive citizen. We’ll tackle your “stop the murder of babies” goal today. From that, I think you mean “stop abortion”, am I correct? cc: @DrJenGunter@PPFA@DrLeanaWen