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W h a t i s t h e c o m m o n New Health Law puts seniors at risk
cold, and what causes it? ber 8,Wednesday, Septem- by Medicaid (for low-income effectively be are allowed
former Comptroller families) by the end of this If seniors
The common cold, also
General David M. Walker, decade and will fall even fur- to make up for the cuts in
known as a viral upper
National Center for Policy ther behind all other payers in Medicare spending with
respiratory tract infection,
Analysis (NCPA) Senior succeeding decades. out-of-pocket payments
is a self-limited contagious
Fellow Thomas R. Sav- Whereas Medicaid pays -- something not allowed
illness that can be caused
ing, and NCPA President about 80 percent of what under current law -- they will
by a number of different
and Kellye Wright Fellow private insurance pays today, need to spend 10 percent of
types of viruses. More
John C. Goodman held a the payment rates will fall to the average Social Security
than 200 different types
briefing in Washington, two-thirds of private payment check by 2017.
of viruses are known to by the end of this decade and
D.C. At the briefing, the Unless the law is changed
cause the common cold. one-half of private payment by future Congresses, Medi-
NCPA presented a new
Because so many differ- analysis that concludes by mid century. care beneficiaries will be
ent viruses can cause a finding accessible and Just as Medicaid patients pushed into a separate health
cold and because new cold quality care for the elderly must often seek care at com- care system and not have
viruses constantly devel- and disabled will become munity health centers and the same access to care as
The common cold can be contagious.
op, the body never builds increasingly difficult in safety net hospitals today, the rest of the population,
up resistance against all and perhaps a fever and coffee cups for several the coming years under seniors could face similar according to the report.
of them. For this reason, headache. Many people hours and can thus be ac- the new health care law access problems in the near Editor's note: Ms. Pelosi
colds are a frequent and with a cold feel tired and quired from contact with because of draconian cuts future. said they had to pass Obam-
recurring problem. In fact, achy. These symptoms will these objects. in payments to doctors and In terms of dollars spent: acare to see what is in it. We
children in preschool and typically last anywhere Does it have anything to hospitals: By the time today's teenag- are now just beginning to see
elementary school can from three to 10 days. do with exposure to cold Medicare payment rates ers reach the retirement age, that you who work will pay
have three to 12 colds per How is the common cold weather? will fall below the rates paid one-third of Medicare will more for those who don't.
year while adolescents spread? Though the common
and adults typically have The common cold is cold usually occurs in the
two to four colds per year. usually spread by direct fall and winter months, the
The common cold is the hand-to-hand contact with cold weather itself does
most frequently occurring infected secretions or from not cause the common
illness in the world, and it contaminated surfaces. For cold. Rather, it is thought
is a leading cause of doc- example, if a person with that during cold-weather
of Southwest GA, Inc.
tor visits and missed days a cold blows or touches months people spend more
from school and work. their nose and then touches time indoors in close prox-
What are the symptoms someone else, that person imity to each other, thus
of the common cold? can subsequently become facilitating the spread of
Symptoms of the com- infected with the virus. the virus. For this same
mon cold include nasal
stuffiness or drainage, sore
or scratchy throat, sneez-
Additionally, a cold virus
can live on objects such as
pens, books, telephones,
reason, children in day
care and school are par-
ticularly prone to acquiring
ing, hoarseness, cough, computer keyboards, and the common cold.
Why do parents drink
submitted by Lindy Linder- lope with trembling hands of all her piercing, tattoos,
man and read the letter. tight motorcycle clothes
A father passing by his Dear Dad: and the fact that she is much Pediatrician
son’s bedroom was aston- It is with great regret and older than I am. But it’s not
ished to see that his bed was sorrow that I’m writing only the passion. Dad, she’s Joining our Blakely
nicely made and everything you. I had to elope with pregnant. Stacy said that we
was picked up. Then he my new girlfriend because
I wanted to avoid a scene
will be very happy.
She owns a trailer in the
practice Oct. 1, 2010
saw an envelope, propped
up prominently on the pil- with Mom and you. woods and has a stack of
low that was addressed to I have been finding real firewood for the whole Specializing in care of
“Dad.” passion with Stacy, and she winter. We share a dream
With the worst premoni- is so nice. of having many more newborns to 19
But I knew you would children.
tion, he opened the enve-
not approve of her because Stacy has opened my eyes
years of age.
to the fact that marijuana
doesn’t really hurt anyone. CALL 723-2660 TODAY TO MAKE AN
Good news for senior citizens on both We’ll be growing it for
Medicare and Medicaid who have ourselves and trading it APPOINTMENT FOR YOUR CHILD.
with the other people that
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In the meantime we will
pray that science will find a
cure for AIDS so Stacy can
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