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Government Efficiency

(Cartoonist - Pat Bagley)

In other news, billionaire casino troll Sheldon Adelson is reportedly setting up a PAC to support GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, gun owners were apparently advised to store their guns in their kid's rooms at the NRA convention held last week. Do not follow that advice.

And finally, the Associated Press has an eye-opening story on the lasting consequences of the Jindal administration on Louisiana's healthcare system. It's not good. The state is at risk of losing an entire generation of medical students because the facilities they would normally learn and train at might be cut or shut down.

Only a few years ago, LSU ran a statewide charity hospital system that primarily took care of the poor and uninsured patients around Louisiana. That provided the bulk of training sites for medical students.

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal began privatizing that system in 2013, handing the facilities over to private managers, shuttering some hospitals and moving safety net services to other private hospitals. Our Lady of the Lake took over most of those safety net services in one such deal, and LSU's charity hospital in Baton Rouge shut down. [...]

"I think the legislative body doesn't have the appreciation of how close we are to total dismantling of the educational programs of future physicians," said Scott Wester, CEO of Our Lady of the Lake, where 192 residents train.

If Louisiana has fewer residency slots, doctors go elsewhere. Once a state loses the federally-allocated slots, other states scoop them up, making it almost impossible to recapture them.

  • Christopher Foxx

    From the article Ashby cited:

    “If the NRA is really are a gun safety organization, they should be lobbying for stronger laws that will protect children,” Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told ThinkProgress. “Instead, they are trying to promote and sell guns in a way that actually puts them in danger.”

    Of course the NRA isn’t a gun safety organization. It hasn’t been for decades. Only morons and the willfully ignorant fail to recognize painfully obvious fact. The NRA is entirely the marketing arm of the gun makers.

  • ninjaf

    A bit of a tangent. but why does the Federal government mandate the number of residency slots to begin with?

    • JMAshby

      It’s not a mandate, it’s the number of residencies the federal government will fund. If a state doesn’t take advantage of it, the money will go elsewhere.

      • ninjaf

        Well, that makes sense, then. And since no one else wants to subsidize the cost of schooling, it falls to the Feds.

        Sad. Maybe if Louisiana would fund their own residencies, in addition to what the Feds are doing, then maybe they would be able to make a dent in the shortage they have? But that’s crazy talk!