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The ObamaCare Fiasco Spinspeak Guide

Monday, November 18th, 2013

A careful translator’s Spinspeak Guide to the ObamaCare fiasco:

Minimum standards plan = gobbledegook for a mandated Easter Basket of medical services that you will never use or are ready to risk doing without but must pay for so others can have them free or as bargains.

Affordable = cosmeticspeak for large to very large price increases.

Misspoke = cozytalk for a much repeated, blatant lie – specifically Obama’s pledge “you can have your doctor and your insurance policy if you like them. Period.”

Glitch = plastertalk for “It doesn’t work.”

Tech surge = military herobabble for “we’ve finally recruited some expert kids to help my hack policy wonks to fix it.”

Shared responsibility fee =gooeytalk for a federal fine (tax in Supremecourt-talk) for refusing to pay through the nose for an ObamaCare policy.

Bad apple = smearspeak for “big” insurance companies who offer elderly ladies bad apple insurance policies absent such services as maternity care.

Substandard insurance = upsidfedowntalk (syn. bad apple) for insurance that does not resemble the high cost sucker package you are peddling.

Fix = wishfulbabble for an obviously dubious forecast.

Hospitals Introduce the Medical Obfuscation Procedure

Monday, August 6th, 2007

As anyone unfortunate enough to have to seek hospital care today quickly learns, all services no longer go by the simple names of yesteryear.

Someone operates on your heart, that’s a cardiologic procedure, presumably much more complex and more costly than an old-timey “operation.”.

Likewise, someone sets your broken finger, that’s an orthopedic procedure.

Likewise again, if you can get someone to bring you breakfast before lunchtime, that’s the early morning nutritional procedure.

And now, if they cut off your left leg when it was the right leg that was black from gangrene, that’s called the “wrong site procedure.”

Meditalk Spins Away the Blubber

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Doctors today are not only trained in the worthy tradition of “do no harm,” but also in the questionable contemporary school of “offend no one.”

Thus, we have the new proposed Centers for Disease Control spinspeak guideline of not calling overweight children “obese.” Presumably,” fat kid,” “porky” and “chubby” are also off the approved list. Instead, children waddling around in a state approaching but not yet reaching total rotundity are to be called “at risk of overweight.” Once total rotundity is achieved the full mound of blubber is to be described simply as “overweight.”

Dr. Reginald Washington of Denver, a pediatrician and “co-chair”* of an American Academy of Pediatrics task force on obesity agrees. He notes that calling children “obese” risks “making them angry, making the family angry.”

There is also the possibility of loss of self esteem – the dreaded state of mind that many sensitive educators already avoid by eliminating the uncomfortable idea of competition with “winners” and “losers.”

Some other recent medical spinspeak:

non-compliant = meditalk softspeak for describing a patient who refuses to follow prescribed medical direction.

non-adherence = earlier meditalk for what is now called non-compliant.

drug seeking behavior = meditalk for coke sniffing and other drug addictive folkways.

* co-chair and chair is spinspeak adopted on the politically correct assumption that it is better to call people pieces of furniture than make gender distinctions.

Ask Howard: That’s Not Abortion! It’s a Health Care Decision

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean is trying to spin words like “abortion” and “choice” out of the Democratic Party vocabulary.

Dean said flatly on NBC-TV’s “Meet the Press” without even winking that the Democratic Party is not in favor of women having abortions or even a proponent of something called “choice.”

In fact, he said (and lightening did not strike) “I don’t know anybody who thinks abortion is a good thing.”

Dean said he simply believes “a woman has a right to make up her own mind about what kind of health care she gets.” Presumably, one day a woman decides that a couple of aspirin will do the trick; the following week, she goes for something else. Who’s talking about abortion?.

Get it: there is no abortion issue. It’s all about “health care.”

“We’d like to make abortion rare,” Dean said and then went for the Golden Spin Award of the Month by asking:

“Do you know that abortions have gone up 25 percent since George Bush was president?”