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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 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 traders, and in 2001 he went to London to lead the company’s European Foreign Exchange division. By 2004 Jeff Feig became the 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 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.

Four quick-thinking lay people all played a crucial role in saving Feig’s 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 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 the colony had taken a training and refresher course in CPR and the use of the AED. You can be sure Jeff Feig is thankful they did!

UPDATE (March 15, 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.

Obamacare Meeting its Goals: Helping Millions of the Un-insured

July 13, 2014 by Dan Kazan in Health Care
US Health Care Coverage Going Up with ACA

US Health Care Coverage Going Up with ACA

The preliminary observations are in: the Affordable Care Act is reducing the number of individuals and families without health insurance in the United States.

Despite a lack of hard data and contradictory statistics, even ACA’s most fervent detractors are admitting that the uninsured are getting covered. It is clear that millions of people who did not have health insurance before the launch of Obamacare do now. This news is great vindication for ACA, as the main point of the law was to get people without any kind of health insurance to be insured.

The statistics prove that people are being helped by ACA, vindicating the president and the supporters of the controversial legislation.

“It will be better when we’ve got a whole year behind us, so we can tell how much [in the surveys] was noise and how much was reality,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the conservative

American Action Forum, a frequent critic of the law. “Having said that, it sure looks like there are more people covered, and that’s a good thing.”