DAILY WISCONSIN

Medicine

Walker’s WEDC funded fetal tissue research

Madison— The State of Wisconsin has provided $750,000 in loans — and nearly $2 million more in tax credits for investors — to benefit a Madison biotech firm using tissue derived from aborted fetuses, practices that are being closely scrutinized by conservative lawmakers and GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Via Wisconsin gave financial boost to firm using fetal tissue @ JSOnline.

Bobby Jindal Blasts Scott Walker for Big-Spending Healthcare Plan

“In Governor Walker’s plan, a new entitlement is created for every single American human being from the time they are born right up until they grow old and become eligible for Medicare[1]. It is frankly shocking that a Republican candidate for President would author a cradle to grave plan like this.

“Governor Walker has taken the bait laid out for him by the President, and has accepted the notion that we need a new federal government entitlement program, and now he is merely quibbling over the details. So here we are again, not standing on free market principles, but rather, establishing ourselves as ‘cheaper Democrats.’

Via Jindal: Governor Walker’s Health Care Plan is New Federal Entitlement Program @ BobbyJindal.com.

Walker Unveils ObamaCare Alternative

Mr. Walker called his plan “cost neutral,” but he didn’t explain how he would pay $802 billion in increased Medicare spending that would come from repealing the Affordable Care Act. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has also said that repealing the health care law would increase federal budget deficits by $137 billion over the next decade. Mr. Walker’s 6½-page proposal doesn’t address how he would pay for his plan beyond a vow to cut spending on Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance for the poor, and institute a tax on so-called Cadillac health care plans.

Via Scott Walker Unveils Health-Care Plan @ Wall Street Journal.

Wisconsin malpractice victims get shortchanged

“Wisconsin doctors paid fewer malpractice claims per capita last year than their peers in any other state — and physicians are consistently at the bottom nationwide when it comes to paying such claims, according to a Journal Sentinel analysis….” Via No Relief | A Journal Sentinel Watchdog Update – Wisconsin last among states for malpractice claim…

The Road to Quackery

Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon and vice chairman of the surgery department at Columbia University’s medical school.  Most people know him, sadly, as a huckster and promoter of quack remedies.  Other prominent physicians across America, at leading institutions, have had enough of the embarrassment that Oz’s sales pitches are to medicine…. Via The…

The VA’s Candy Man

An official confirmed that the state Department of Safety and Professional Services is investigating David Houlihan, chief of staff at the troubled Tomah facility. Houlihan had been given the nickname "Candy Man" by some vets for his supposedly easy and widespread distribution of painkillers. He wrote at least some of the prescriptions for a 35-year-old…

Patient gets $2.5-million from jailbird surgeon

Todd Orvedahl was 35 when when he underwent back surgery in 2007, said Orvedahl’s attorney, Victor Harding. The procedure left Orvedahl in greater pain that persists today, Harding said. It was so bad that Orvedahl, who had risen from an estimator at F. J. A. Christiansen Roofing to president of the company, had to leave…

MDs go left

Via “Between 1991 and 2012, the political alignment of US physicians shifted from predominantly Republican toward the Democrats” @ Althouse.