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Biden has announced the resurrection of the Obama initiative Cancer Moonshot.  Obama directed Biden in 2016 to head this program which went virtually nowhere.  Now he is attempting to bring it back with more committees but no funding.  That needs to be done by Congress.  Lots of luck.

Biden has accepted the resignation of his director of the Office of Science and Technology Eric Lander.  He was accused of bullying his employees and an investigation confirmed it.

California's Gov has a secret no bid contract with his prime supporter Kaiser Permanente.  The contract is for a state wide Medicaid plan that will decimate other smaller Medicaid plans.  The five year contract starts in 2024 but needs to be approved by the legislature.  KP has donated over $100 million to Gov Newsom's wants.  There are several of Newsom's cronies with significant ties to KP.  This is a big jump for KP into the Medicaid arena but they do get to cherrypick who they want.  It would be an understatement to say the other health plans are not pleased.        Top

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The medical staff of Whidbey Island Hospital District in Michigan voted no confidence in their COO and hospital attorney.  The Board said they were caught off guard by this action.  The Board has not met in person for the past two years and obviously has no staff representation on the board, an error.

In a probably well deserved piece tearing into PeaceHealth the organization was portrayed as one not caring about patient safety.  It described the firing of nurses and physicians after they raised safety concerns.  It says the NLRB and OSHA confirmed the concerns.  It talks about PeaceHealth screwing the staff on wages and breaks.  The piece is very believable.       Top 

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Dr. Edith Behr has been fired from her position as a surgeon at Tower Health in Pennsylvania due to her social media posts regarding Covid and issuing prescriptions for the FDA approved meds for other conditions but hospital banned prescriptions for ivermectin and hydroxychlorquine for Covid.          Top

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