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Institute Sees More Americans Losing Insurance

Click to read the entire article by Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Feb 24 – More Americans will lose their health insurance as the economy weakens, health care becomes more expensive and fewer employers offer coverage, the U.S. Institute of Medicine said in a report Tuesday…

An institute panel urged the White House and Congress to take urgent steps to ensure all Americans have coverage. The government says 45.7 million Americans, or 15 percent, had no public or private health insurance in 2007.

President Barack Obama Monday announced a summit on health care next week…

….Meanwhile in Minnesota, we are marching for better birth at lower cost. What will it take?

On the East Coast, hospitals are replacing Obstetricians with “Laborists.

These are doctors paid $125-150 an hour to come in and catch babies. The mother receives no continuity of care, other than her chart. The benefit, Obstetricians claim, is that the mother will have a safer, less sleep deprived person to help them, and that less mistakes will be made.

Funny how we find out the dangers of a maternity practice only when a replacement is on the scene. Obstetricianists will claim that home birth, or even midwifery, isn’t safe and then this comes out that they are saying that they themselves aren’t safe… Oh brother.

Another reason for a doula, bring someone with you whose slept the night before!

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