Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

CDC Proposes Hepatitis C Testing. Will Health Care Legislation Follow?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012


The federal government in general and the Obama administration in particular has been fond of health care legislation. Right after taking office, President Barack Obama signed the Stimulus Bill which included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act, which mandated electronic medical records.

Then in 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care legislation was signed into law. ACA, also known as health care reform or Obamacare has caused a .lot of controversy including calls for repeal and Supreme Court review.

CDC Proposes Hepatitis C Testing. Will Health Care Legislation Follow?

So what Health Care Legislation is Next?
Then there is the friendly pseudo government group: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The CDC focuses on disease prevention and control (especially infectious diseases and food borne pathogens and other microbial infections), environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and education. And their reach extends globally, outside the United States.

Now the CDC is after the baby boomers

ATLANTA — With “baby boomers” believed to account for 75% of the hepatitis C infected population in the U.S. — the CDC is recommending that everyone ages 47 to 67 be tested for infection.

The CDC estimates that some two million Americans born from 1945 to 1965 are infected with HCV — that’s about 3% of the boomer generation. But because many years usually elapse before noticeable symptoms develop, most don’t know they are infected.

The CDC said one-time HCV testing of all “baby boomers” “could identify more than 800,000 additional people with hepatitis C, prevent the costly consequences of liver cancer and other chronic liver diseases, and save more than 120,000 lives.”

“CDC believes this approach will address the largely preventable consequences of this disease, especially in light of newly available therapies that can cure up to 75% of infections,” the agency said in a statement issued Friday.

Most boomers do not have the risk factors that, until now, the CDC had used as the basis for testing recommendations. Those risk factors include use of illegal injected drugs, receiving blood products or organ transplants before HCV testing became routine, known exposures to HCV, presence of hepatitis symptoms, and all patients with HIV.

Vietnam era veterans — all baby boomers — are a well-know risk group due to blood exposure in military field hospitals as well as drug use.

Infection with HCV often leads to liver cancer. However, the recent introduction of HCV protease inhibitors, including telaprevir (Incivek) and boceprevir (Victrelis), has made the disease more manageable, possibly even curable.

The recommendation will be open for public comment from May 22 to June 8, after which the CDC will release a final version.

The CDC also set Saturday, May 19, as “National Hepatitis Testing Day,” and announced that it would make a total of $6.5 million in grants to make testing available to specific populations including Asian-American Pacific Islander communities (which have high rates of hepatitis B infection) and injection drug users, as well as members of the “boomer” generation.

found at CDC: Test All ‘Boomers’ for Hepatitis C Infection

Do you have an opinion on Hepatitis testing?
If you have an opinion about the CDC requiring Hepatitis C testing, you have until June 8 to speak up. Visit!home  and search for “CDC-2012-0005-0001”

The CDC only makes recommendations. But it is a government agency. Is more health care legislation coming?

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Minorities Deserve Support And Money!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011


We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don’t get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won’t do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a
   different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day
   every day.. 

I’m not talking about illegal  Mexicans
I’m talking about our troops! 
Doesn’t it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don’t support our troops?
Wouldn’t it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that’s billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!!!

 A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a
blank check made payable to‘ The United States of America ’ for any amount, up to and including their life.


The problem of illegal immigrants in the United States has taken a back burner to the need for jobs and the faltering US economy. The Republicans and Democrats in Congress are fighting over the jobs bill proposed by President Barack Obama. The Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Atlanta, Occupy Oakland and the spreading Occupy XX movements are protesting corporate greed and the lack of jobs.


The Arizona immigration law as well as laws in other states and the federal government, attempt to address the illegal immigration problem in the United States. We’ve spent billions on stopping the influx of illegal immigrants, finding them, legislating them and supporting them with social benefits.

Americans should make it a priority to support our troops. As our troops leave Iraq and as Veteran Day nears, let’s remember the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice – their lives.


Pray for and

Support The Troops!

 and their families who have made sacrifices as well.



Sandra Noble


Christmas: Is the Anti-Christ Offended By Christmas?

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Christian belief is that Jesus was immaculately conceived (without benefit of sexual intercourse between Mary and Joseph) and born to a virgin. Jesus is therefore the one and only Son of God. Christian Holiday - Christmas

Not only that, but the Christians believe that Jesus was and is the promised Messiah. Jesus endured life as a human being in order to save mankind and women kind from their sins. He is the savior.

What’s an Antichrist? (more…)

Are You In Favor Of Building The Mosque At Ground Zero?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

mosque at ground zero

mosque at ground zero

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the controversy about the proposed New York City mosque at the site of the world trade center. There is a debate about what constitutes the ground zero area around the site of the September 11, 2001 tragedy. But how close is too close to the World Trade Center for a Muslim mosque?

What about the Koran burning threats?

I’m sure you‘ve heard about that fool (is this too strong?) pastor who wanted to burn Qurans in protest about the building of the mosque. Christians may feel they are under assault. But burning books is a bit much. This is something the Nazi’s did in 1933… but it’s not something we do in the United States. South Africa blocked Muslim activist from holding a Bible burning day in protest against the proposed Quran burning. In the U.S., we endorse the freedom to practice religion. And we give people the freedom to do stupid things like burning books – whether the Bible, the Quran or a non-religious book.

Perhaps this misguided religious leader had the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join “em” mentality. Like the Nazi’s, radical Islamics are intolerant of any beliefs and thoughts not in accordance with the Koran or Sharia Law. German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine wrote: “Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people.” I guess I’m starting to understand this pastor, who has already gotten way too much publicity. Most Christians believe that unbelievers will burn in hell, so burning books is a precursor to what this religious zealot believes will eventually happen to the Moslems.

Are the Muslims taking over?

Muslims tend to not assimilate into the culture of the countries that they immigrate into. The Quran encourages the spread of Sharia Law and Muslim customs and practices. Did you see the shocking headline: “New Jersey Judge Rules Islamic Sharia Law Trumps U.S. Law”?  Judges are interpret the federal, state and local laws in this country. Sharia law as explained in the Quran should not be part of the U. S. judicial equation.

Is Barack Obama Muslim?

Of course not. He is a Christian. And if you’re wondering what nationality is Barack Obama, he is a U.S. citizen – to address another controversy. American citizens, whether religious or not, and whether Christian or not, are conflicted over whether the mosques should be built. President Obama weighed in on the issue. Our president is for freedom – freedom of actions. President Barack Obama is not promoting Islam nor the jihadist agenda. Family members of the 9/11 victims have formed a group called September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. You may be surprised to know the 9/11 family members support the mosque or at least the right of Moslems to build the mosque.

What are the Muslim motives?

So the question is: Why do they want to build a Moslem center so close to the site of the world trade center attack? I wish I was a mind reader to figure out what is in the minds and hearts of those Muslims who want to build the mosque at ground zero. There are concerns about the ties to Al Quaeda. And of course it would be enlightening to follow the money trail. Are terrorist and subversives financially backing this Muslim center?

Express your opinion..take the Ground Zero Mosque Poll

But Wait!

p.s. Before you take the poll, It might be wise to watch this video about what the Koran says about Sharia Law and how it should be interpreted.

Sandra Noble

Barack Obama is Proof Positive: We Have Overcome!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Those of us over 50 should remember…

Anyone with more than 1/40th black blood was considered black and was subject to the discrimination that was directed toward blacks or Negroes. All of us in the nation watched the news and TV coverage of black people being beaten and dragged and water hosed, just because they wanted to have the same rights as white Americans.

Barack Obama is now the 44th President of the United States of America. We have overcome.  Not just the Negro, the black, the African American.  But the entire United States nation has overcome.  Yes, there are the bigots and racists.  There will always be narrow minded people.  But bigotry and racism does not define us as a nation anymore.  No longer does bigotry, racism and prejudice drive our policies and actions and laws.

The hot issue now is the recession and our economic woes. And the ripple effects are felt globally. Putting politics aside, I’m hoping the country can focus on the business of healing our economy. Barack Obama is our new president and leader, but he cannot solve problems alone. We all must help with the restoration to economic health.

President Barack Hussein Obama:
We love you, we bless you, we support you.  I know the nation joins me in wishing you well.

Mr. President, make us proud!

Sandra Noble

Web 2.0

Friday, February 29th, 2008

It’s pronounced “Web two dot oh“. And, it seems I’m on track in exploring this Web 2.0 stuff. Web 2.0 is impacting the government as well as the presidential campaign. Many feel that embracing this new technology paradigm is one of the keys to the success of Barack Obama’s campaign. I think it was part of his strategy to implement and use Web 2.0 for competitive advantage.

As I mentioned in a prior article, all are impacted by this new internet / technology revolution. It may be directly by you accessing blogs, joining online social networks or accepting networking connection invitations. It may be indirect by your children or grandchildren helping you to do google and yahoo searches and researches. Or it could just be a societal impact. Whether you like it or not, those who embrace Web 2.0 and other internet features are affecting the way we run our businesses, purchase goods and services, donate money and run political campaigns.

This phenomenon is even being reported in government newsletters and government related article. It was reported that the U.S. Joint Forces Command’s (JFCOM) has set up a website to facilitate Web 2.0 activity. The membership of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) provides communications, IT, intelligence, and global security solutions to the military. The article “AFCEA Solutions Series Blazes New E-Trails” is all about Web 2.0.

A recent title in the Government Technology hnewletter was “E-Vote: Tapscott Says Web 2.0 Will Determine Presidential Campaign Advantage”. And who is Tapscott? Don Tapscott is author of Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (Portfolio 2006). In my “What’s a Wiki” article on February 10th, I tried to put mind energy around the concept of a Wiki. Suffice it to say, a Wiki is one of those Web 2.0 things. Tapscott’s “Wikinomics” terms suggests that there is an economic impact to the use of Wiki’s.

Watch out for Wiki’s and Web 2.0.
WWW – It’s what’s happening now!

Sandra Noble

Are you voting for change?

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Barack Obama is campaigning on the theme of being the candidate for change. That’s a message which is resonating with many. And then there is Mike Huckabee who is promoting the fair Tax (not the flat tax). That’s one concrete measure, which if implemented, would cause a dramatic change in the United States. It would eliminate the IRS and more importantly put an end to tax code manipulation by Congress. One drawback to the fair tax is that the transition would be painful.

Although people may say they want change, its human nature to resist it. We’re creatures of habit. We like ease and comfort. Many people stay in jobs they hate because of fear of the unknown and fear of change. How many do not stop smoking or shed excess pounds because the process of getting to the goal is uncomfortable, painful, or downright scary.

My good friend, Rev. Angela Harrington Rice, just announced “Life Designs 2008” which facilitates change and self actualization on a personal level. Angela’s announcements included the statement “Change is good and inevitable”. I think all would agree with the inevitable part, but there may be some debate about how good it is. And, most would agree that there are many things that other people, our country, and the world should change. I love the saying by Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you want to see”. It puts the onus back on us.

Companies putting in new technology, software or systems would do well to incorporate change management programs. People like to feel like they’re an expert in their jobs. A change in new systems and technology will inevitably require employees to learn new skills or to do things in a different way. So, another consideration when implementing software is business process re-engineering / improvement / management. New systems may have great potential benefits. But if it is not used, circumvented or resisted, companies have wasted time and money to implement. My announcement about the cure for “Post Implementation Distress” service, highlights these issues.

Noble & Associates Consulting, Inc’s cure for “Post Implementation Distress” is an assessment, diagnosis, and remediation service. Key parts of the cure and healing process are change management, process improvement, documentation and training.

If you had good project management and governance (Independent Verification and Validation -IV&V) on the front end, you probably avoid “Post Implementation Distress”. And if you budgeted for resolving people issues at the beginning of the project, there may be some stress, but no “Post Implementation Distress”. However, if you’ve already implemented and things have gone awry, wouldn’t it be prudent for your organization to get the cure for “Post Implementation Distress”? Or, at least incorporate a change management program?

Call Noble & Associates Consulting to the rescue!

Sandra Noble