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Sue Jeffers on overmedicated kids, Obama's "lies," and lung cancer vs smoking

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Earlier today, Sue Jeffers had a lady named Twyla on the call; without much hold back, they jumped right into slamming Oabam for his "biggest lie" of the year in which he claimed that everyone will be able to keep their old insurance programs after the Affordable Care Act is installed. Jeffers claims her premium went up almost twice. They also said that 4500 more people have recently signed up for the ACA, but it doesn't seem promising that they will be taken care of and the registrations will be followed through with.

Sue then mentioned Ed Morrissey, who'd written a blog called "Obamacare shotgun wedding: marry or lose your home." "It's crazy," Sue commented, "it's a Medicaid time bomb." In the blog, Morrissey claims there is fine print that entitles the state to take ownership of property for people who aren't married. The title is extremely misleading... no one will seize anyone's assets; the issue has to do with individuals specifically on Medicaid who die without being married. Whether this side of the law was in place before or only after the ACA was installed is another question. The article didn't specify. Mr Morrissey's blog comes off like another half-baked attempt to set people against the President's healthcare reform. Read for yourselves if you're interested.

Then, a young man named Mark called into the show to talk about the costs of insurance. He pointed out he's not an Obama supporter, but the change seemed to have helped him lower his premium. With Obamacare, he says, no longer are pre-exisitng conditions in place. He had MN Sure (website that helps with finding the right insurance plan) before and then Bluecross; $299 with Bluecross and $450 with MN Sure, Mark with preexisting conditions was able to get what he wanted. He pointed out he "doesn't" have to get ACA (Obamacare). Jeffers says (out of principle) she will pay the fine, $95 a year for not signing up for the ACA.

The next topic was more personal and fascinating - second hand smoke. Jeffers said that Websites claiming that 2nd-hand smoke causes lung cancer are lying, Jeffers says. "We (Americans, possibly) lost hundreds of bars and restaurants because of this 'rumor.'" This comes from 1959, she says, and all the sites say the same thing.
Jeffers had written a letter in response to the American Lung Association for the Smoking Club with these stats:

"Over 80% of the US works under a smoke-free policy, thus options are clearly available for people to find jobs in the environment they choose. In the smokiest city in the world - Barcelona, Spain - a person who works 8 hours in a heavy smoking environment "smokes" the equivalent of 4.3 cigarettes PER YEAR. A nonsmoker "smokes" the equivalent of 1/1000 of a smoker. In my bar 92% of my staff oppose a smoking ban"

In the next segment Jeffers touched what's even more personal to many of us - kids being over-medicated and from very early age, as well as unnecessary vaccines... "I'm not an anti-vaccine person," Jeffers says. There are times she says they are "good for you" and other times when she would oppose it. "But far too many times where there's a vaccination I'm adamantly opposed to. Many on the right side of the isle, and some on the left, don't think the government should step in and mandate who needs to get vaccinated." She added that govn'r of Texas Rick Perry got into trouble for mandating the HPV vaccine.

Then Jeffers went onto talk about the antibiotics scare. "Anti-biotics-resistant infections attack 2 million Americans and kill 23,000 of them every single year; so I think, for me, instead of just rushing to antibiotics, you have to let your body fight it off naturally," she teaches. An example she uses is that 90-some HPV infections "go away on their own."
Sue also scolds her listeners for taking her word for everything and others' words without verifying. "Pay attention to what's going on, to what's being touted. Don't go to Slate, it's a 'lefty' organization." And she scolds right-wingers for always going to Heritage foundation to check the facts on her show. She asks to go somewhere else.

Then there was an interesting segment about college students. "36% of the students were diagnosed w at least one mental health condition," Sue pointed out. "Apparently, most of our kids are crazy since mental health is the biggest issue on campuses..." Jeffers basically says that college life should be far more stress-free and enjoyable than it is, and these statistics bother her a lot.

Now, onto over-medicated kids. Sue says that meds are often given to kids as early as 2 which were originally only meant to treat bipolar and schizophrenia. 2 articles about overprescribing drugs came out recently; one from New York Times said that FDA said that anti-psychotic drugs should be prescribed to children only in situations like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and - to treat severe irritability in autistic in kids 5 and older. But docs are using the drugs to treat kids as young as 2... for various "behavioral" problems, even asthma and ADHD. "There are some sick children who need medicine, but this has spiraled out of control..." Jeffers concludes. "Start looking out for your children, people!" Is what she ends with.

Fightingwords.com blogger, Walter Hudson was on her show next. It was what Sue calls the Weekend Roundtable.

So, there you have it, another politically charged day on the Sue Jeffers program. Though, one will unlikely get through her program without learning something new. Only thing I can say from experience is that calling in will likely not provide for a smooth ride if you disagree with her. You better know your politics and your stats.

Please, comment away!

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