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Rubio Cautions Lawmakers to Move on Health Care Law Mindfully

June 19, 2017 by Gail Nussbaum in Health Care

Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio

The ball of healthcare reform is now in the Republican court, but how to hit it back is breeding contention among Republican lawmakers.

Senator Ron Johnson, Republican from Wisconsin, complained about the long and drawn out process of getting a health care proposal moved through the senate, which elicited a response from Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, cautioning that health care legislation must not be done “behind closed doors” nor rushed to the floor for a vote.

“The Senate is not a place where you can just cook up something behind closed doors and rush it for a vote on the floor,” Rubio contended on “Face the Nation.”

Johnson is losing patience with the process, as he said, “I want to know exactly what’s in the Senate bill. It’s not a good process.”

Rubio emphasized that he has no problem with meetings that are taking place about new health-care regulations, but he is cautioning that the final version “cannot be rushed to the floor. Ultimately we’re all going to see what’s in it.”

Jeff Feig: A Businessman’s Story of Thanks

January 18, 2017 by Dan Kazan in Culture, Health Care

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Jeff Feig is allegedly a man with a lot to be thankful for. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Honors Business Administration program, Feig joined the Toronto branch of Citibank. In 1994 he started to manage teams of spot and currency traders, and in 2001 he went to London to lead the central bank’s European Foreign Exchange trading division. By 2004 Jeff Feig became Citigroup’s Global Head of Foreign Exchange, and went back to New York City.

Ten years later Feig moved to Fortress Investment Group. There he became the Co-CIO of the firm’s Macro Fund and a co-president of their Liquid Markets division.

What Feig, the former financial executive, is truly thankful for, however, is how his life was saved by lay people after he suffered a massive heart attack.

In August, 2016, while vacationing in a bungalow colony in upstate New York, Feig experience a massive cardiac arrest. Onlookers who were also staying at the bungalow colony quickly leapt into action when they saw their friend collapse. Luckily for Feig, they had been trained at the colony in CPR and how to use an external defibrillator, or A.E.D.

In Feig’s case, 4 quick-thinking lay people all played a crucial role in saving his life. One person called an ambulance; a second delivered chest compression; mouth-to-mouth ventilation was begun by a third; and the fourth person ran to the social hall and grabbed the AED. The defibrillator was then used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm, saving Feig’s life.
Even more impressive, Feig suffered no permanent heart damage or brain damage. It took the ambulance ten minutes before it arrived at the scene. The brain cannot tolerate lack of oxygen for more than four minutes, after which death soon follows. Jeff’s statement below shows that he is now a firm believer in CPR and the efficacy of AEDs.

“I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life and I’m not going to waste it,” Feig said. “My goal is to spread the word to increase the level of CPR training in the population and get every institution to have a defibrillator on hand and people trained to use it.”

Just two weeks before Feig’s heart attack, investigations show that the colony had taken a training and refresher course in CPR and the use of the AED. You can be sure that Jeff Feig, as well as his family, friends, and even clients, are thankful that they took such an interest in this important topic!

UPDATE (June 25, 2017): To learn more about this remarkable individual, go to Jeff Feig’s Crunchbase profile.

Texas Abortion Law Ruled Unconstitutional

August 31, 2014 by Dan Kazan in Health Care, Politics
Dem. Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas

Dem. Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas

In a move that Texas Democratic Senator Wendy Davis called “a victory for women’s health care,” a federal judge concluded that a Texas law which would have closed a majority of Texas abortion clinics unconstitutional.

The new legislation, which was scheduled to go into effect this Monday, required that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers. US District Judge Lee Yeakel said that forcing the clinics to meet the same requirements as surgical centers would create “an unconstitutional undue burden on women throughout Texas and must be enjoined.” As a result of this law a minimum of 12 clinics would have been forced to close their doors, leaving less than seven abortion facilities open in the entire state.

Judge Yeakel said that the legislation is contrary to the “principles of personal freedom and privacy protected by the United States Constitution for the 40 years since Roe v. Wade.” He added that other restrictive measures on abortions recently passed in Texas, such as a requirement that doctors who do abortions have hospital admitting privileges, have already overburdened women’s reproductive rights.

“The court concludes that the act’s ambulatory-surgical-center requirement, combined with the already-in-effect admitting-privileges requirement, creates a brutally effective system of regulation that reduces access to abortion clinics,” wrote the judge.

The admitting privilege provision of the law was upheld last year in federal court, forcing over half of the state’s abortion clinics to close. The Texas debate on these laws achieved national attention last year when Senator Davis, who is now running for governor, spent 11 hours in a filibuster trying to block the passage of the law.

Davis’ opponent for governor, and front-runner Attorney General Greg Abbot, who strongly backs the abortion law, said he would appeal the judge’s decision.