Tuesday, June 7, 2011

30% of Companies Plan to Cut Healthcare as Obama Reform Starts

Three in ten employers will abandon offering health coverage to their employees when President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014according to a survey published by McKinsey Quarterly.
While only 7 percent of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs30 percent of companies say they will "definitely or probably" stop offering employer-sponsored coverageaccording to the study published by McKinsey Quarterly.
"At least 30 percent of employers would gain economically from dropping coverageeven if they completely compensated employees for the change through other benefit offerings or higher salaries" the study saysaccording to Market Watch.
That doesn't mean too many people are going to quit due to health coverage issuesthe study adds.
"Contrary to what employers assumemore than 85 percent of employees would remain at their jobs even if their employers stopped offering [employer-sponsored insurance]although about 60 percent would expect increased compensation."
As the 2012 presidential elections approachpotential and confirmed Republican contenders are vowing to repeal the so-called Obamacareincluding former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
"In addition to the unconstitutional nature of individual and employer mandateswe are learning that they simply don't work" Gingrich saysaccording to CNN.
Such measures require the government to specify exactly what coverage must be included in insurance for it to qualifyGingrich adds.
"The resulting costs to the taxpayer — and strain on the budget — lead the government to try and control healthcare costs by limiting healthcare services. The inevitable result is rationing by a namelessfacelessunaccountable board of government bureaucrats."
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Work ethics

Unfortunately, we see lots of people with poor work ethics or unwilling to work at all.  What does God say about this?  I talk about this topic as I drive through Ohio in my new video blog.  You can watch it at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xj5o9a_work-ethics_webcam
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Friday, June 3, 2011

New Strain of MRSA Found in Milk

June 22011 -- Researchers have discovered a new strain of antibiotic-resistant superbug bacteria in milk. This previously undetectable strain has also caused human infections.
The bacteriuma strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)appears to be relatively rare. It turns up in about 1% of MRSA cultured from humans in the U.K.
Researchers say it poses little threat to people who drink milk or eat dairy products like cheesesince pasteurization and digestion kill bacteriaincluding MRSA.
Any danger to peopleresearchers saywould likely come from contact with cows that carry the strain.
Whether or not the new strain may be present in cattle or milk in the U.S. Is an open question.
"The main worry would be that these cows represent a pool of the bacteria and these bacteria end up colonizing people that work or live on farms and they take it out to the wider community" says study researcher Mark A. HolmesVetMBa senior lecturer in the department of veterinary science at the University of CambridgeEngland.
Of greater concernthey sayis the fact that this new MRSA strain carries a gene that allows it to elude detection by current "gold standard" polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests that are favored by hospitals and labs for their speed.
"If you end up with a serious infection from this bacteria and your sample goes to a laboratory to be tested and the only means of testing they do is the PCR testingyou could be falsely negatively diagnosedbe given methicillin-like drugs to treat itand they would be ineffective" says Holmes.
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