Health Care

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 17, 2017) – An Indiana bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice in the state unanimously passed the Senate this week. Sen. Eric Koch (R) sponsors Senate Bill 303 (SB303). The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements)…

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2017) – A Kentucky bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice in the state passed the Senate yesterday. A coalition of three Republican senators introduced Senate Bill 97 (SB97) on Jan 3. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called…

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Feb. 16, 2017) – A West Virginia bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice in the state passed an important House committee this week. Del. Joel Ellington (R-Princeton) and Del. Amy Summers (R-Flemington) introduced House Bill 2301 (HB2301) on Feb. 9. The legislation specifies…

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Feb. 10, 2017) – A bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice in the state has passed an Alabama Senate committee. Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) introduced Senate Bill 94 (SB94) on Feb. 7. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical…

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb 3, 2017) – A Virginia bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom passed the state House yesterday. Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Verona) introduced House Bill 2053 (HB2053) on Jan. 10. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients from…

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 31, 2017) – A Missouri House bill would ban public health clinics from administering vaccines that contain mercury or any other metal put into the vaccine for preservation purposes, contradicting approved federal policy. House Bill 331 (HB331) was introduced by Rep. Lynn Morris (R-Nixa) to mitigate concerns regarding vaccine safety. With…

HELENA, Mont. (Jan. 31, 2017) – A bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the foundation to nullify federal control over the industry in practice passed the Montana Senate yesterday. Sen. Cary Smith (R-Billings) introduced Senate Bill 100 (SB100) on Jan. 9. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do…

State Sen. Ervin Yen (R-OKC) has filed two measures that would seriously restrict and regulate the practice of midwifery in Oklahoma. SB 714 [info, bill language] would prohibit the professional use of the term “midwife” unless the individual “meets the licensing requirements for a Registered Nurse license issued by the [Oklahoma] Board [of Nursing]“, while SB 747 [info, bill language] would prohibit Certified Nurse-Midwives from performing a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) outside of a hospital setting (i.e. homebirth). Yen, a former cardiac anesthesiologist, was first elected to the State Senate in 2014.

I contacted Sen. Yen to get his reasoning for the bills. For the other side, I got a response from the Midwives Society of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Midwives Alliance, and the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives.

Yen filed the measures after an incident in November that resulted in the death of a newborn. A Certified Nurse-Midwife had been in the process of a homebirth when the delivery began to have problems related to a breech birth. The midwife took the mother to a labor-and-delivery facility for an emergency c-section. The baby experienced some problems, and was transported to Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, where it later died. As a result of this one example, Yen wants to require that any VBAC be done at a hospital licensed by the State Department of Health. (I would point out that tragedies occur, even at hospitals.)

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HELENA, Mont. (Jan. 26, 2017) – A bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice in Montana passed an important Senate committee Monday. Sen. Cary Smith (R-Billings) introduced Senate Bill 100 (SB100) on Jan. 9. The legislation would authorize direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer…

On Day1 – He is making a good start…

A good start on Day 1″Also in the cross-hairs are pseudo-“free trade” regimes such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). ObamaCare is also on the chopping block. And the border will be brought back under control, the White House said. How much of Obama’s largely unconstitutional “legacy” will be undone, and how quickly, remains to be seen.”