Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 10, 2017

Who Knows What Will Happen to Health Care Next?

Who Knows What Will Happen to Health Care Next?

One knows that the country is in big trouble when lawmaking is kept a secret and bills are not available for reading prior to their vote. Lots of PR is promulgated but it’s clear that Republicans are so desperate to hold onto their power that they will pass that which is dictated by funders and lobbyists without proper questioning, regular order and careful consideration.  Promises are made to individual lawmakers to bring them into the fold of the Congressional leadership when there is no intention of keeping the commitments. It’s pretty much a crap shoot for the impending major tax cut bill going to conference for a vote. The only hope for sanity is if enough representatives question the final legislation before passing it at the end of the year.

Healthcare is bound to suffer greatly as it is made more and more clear that these tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and corporations will be at the expense of Medicaid, Medicare and even social security funding as well as other social welfare programs. Passage as planned creates a huge increase in the deficit which Congressmen will soon insist be offset by cuts in programs from which the Middle and Lower Class Americans benefit the most. Short term tax cuts to latter groups but permanent ones to corporations will be calculated to make the numbers look good in terms of “process.”

What can we do? Call your representatives and resist!

Highlights of Upcoming Life Science Events in the Bay Area

  • PBSS Workshop, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, Event Name: Clinical Pharmacology & Modeling Strategies for your Drug Development Program: Fundamentals, Best Practices and Real World Applications, Speakers: David Lau (Foresee Pharmaceuticals), Geoff Banks (Nuventra), Mark Sale (Nuventra), Lauren Lohmer (Nuventra)
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 12, 2017, Topic: “How did OptiScan become the only company to gain US approval?” Speaker: Peter Rule, Consultant to OptiScan (CEO from 2/06 to 10/17), PRI Date and Time: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, 6:00 pm
  • QB3, Wednesday Afternoon, Dec. 13, 2017,Topic: “Synbio from Chemistry to Couture,” Speaker: Dan Widmaier, Co-Founder and CEO, Bolt Threads
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 13, 2017, Topic: “Driving Immunosuppression in the Tumor Microenvironment,” Speaker: Tim Sullivan, Ph.D., Vice President, Business Development, Arcus Biosciences
  • Women in Leadership Initiative, BL Fremont, AWIS, Thursday Afternoon, Dec. 14, 2017, Event: Holiday Happy Hour
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Thursday Evening, Dec. 14, 2017, Event: AWIS Palo Alto Holiday Extravaganza, SIP-SMILE-SHARE –Cocktail Party
  • Golden Gate Polymer Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 20, 2017, Topic:  “From Fundamental Polymer Synthesis to Applications – Polythioaminals from the Stabilization of Reactive Intermediates for Tailorable Surfaces,” speaker, Rudy J. Wojtecki. IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through April 2018 with Audreys Picks Dec. 10, 2017.


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