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(Politico)   Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA), an ER doctor by trade, gives away free healthcare aboard flight after passenger collapses. Republicans call emergency brainstorming session on how to prohibit this sort of thing   (politico.com) divider line 39
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2013-10-24 02:33:51 PM  
Good for him, although to be honest, there really isnt much you can do on a plane. Heimlich? CPR?

Most likely it was "get this person some water and get them relaxed and comfortable, take deep breaths and land this plane ASAP."
 
2013-10-24 02:38:50 PM  

vernonFL: Good for him, although to be honest, there really isnt much you can do on a plane. Heimlich? CPR?


You clearly never saw either that one episode of House where the dude gets sick on a place, or those episodes of Fringe where a dude turns into a giant hedgehog on a plane.
 
2013-10-24 02:53:36 PM  

DamnYankees: vernonFL: Good for him, although to be honest, there really isnt much you can do on a plane. Heimlich? CPR?

You clearly never saw either that one episode of House where the dude gets sick on a place, or those episodes of Fringe where a dude turns into a giant hedgehog on a plane.


or that episode of Bones where they used forensic magic to determine who killed someone on a plane.

Basically, this guy got his medical license by watching shiatty* Fox shows.

*I have no idea if Fringe is shiatty. Never saw it.
 
2013-10-24 02:54:25 PM  
Like RON PAUL wouldn't have done the exact same thing in those circumstances.
 
2013-10-24 02:55:06 PM  
They don't want to prohibit it...they want to figure out how to profit from it.
 
2013-10-24 02:58:23 PM  
I've been on 3 flights where the flight crew asked if there was any doctors who could identify themselves,  I don't even fly that much.
 
2013-10-24 03:02:03 PM  
1) nice to see a politician on a commercial flight
2) the Republican don't need to do a thing. Wait till he gets sued for bruising their rib cage are something stupid like that.
3) good for him
 
2013-10-24 03:03:10 PM  
This guy beat a rather popular republican in our area (Mary Bono). Bono was a moderate for the most part and and actually cared about the environment.

One day when I'm drunk, I'll have to ask her campaign manager why they attacked Ruiz for protesting at Plymouth Rock while he was in college. You see, the district has just about all of the reservations in Riverside County.

Of course, her campaign manager is a Raiders fan (he is actually a good friend of mine even if we can't agree on anything politically).
 
2013-10-24 03:05:48 PM  
Why do people keep conveniently falling ill around Democrats who happen to save them? False flag! They're trying to program us to turn to politicians when we're sick.
 
2013-10-24 03:11:05 PM  

ladodger34: This guy beat a rather popular republican in our area (Mary Bono). Bono was a moderate for the most part and and actually cared about the environment.

One day when I'm drunk, I'll have to ask her campaign manager why they attacked Ruiz for protesting at Plymouth Rock while he was in college. You see, the district has just about all of the reservations in Riverside County.

Of course, her campaign manager is a Raiders fan (he is actually a good friend of mine even if we can't agree on anything politically).


Let me just say this: fark the Bonos.  They've done more than anybody else to kill the public domain in this country.  I sincerely hate their guts.

On-topic, this Ruiz guy seems all right.
 
2013-10-24 03:24:29 PM  

HeartBurnKid: ladodger34: This guy beat a rather popular republican in our area (Mary Bono). Bono was a moderate for the most part and and actually cared about the environment.

One day when I'm drunk, I'll have to ask her campaign manager why they attacked Ruiz for protesting at Plymouth Rock while he was in college. You see, the district has just about all of the reservations in Riverside County.

Of course, her campaign manager is a Raiders fan (he is actually a good friend of mine even if we can't agree on anything politically).

Let me just say this: fark the Bonos.  They've done more than anybody else to kill the public domain in this country.  I sincerely hate their guts.

On-topic, this Ruiz guy seems all right.


If you live in the disctrict, keep an eye on the prize. Brian Nestande, Bono's former Chief of Staff, just filed to run. I don't live in the district anymore.
 
2013-10-24 03:29:07 PM  

xanadian: Like RON PAUL wouldn't have done the exact same thing in those circumstances.


Only if you paid in advance in gold.
 
2013-10-24 03:31:13 PM  

odinsposse: Why do people keep conveniently falling ill around Democrats who happen to save them? False flag! They're trying to program us to turn to politicians when we're sick.


That's right! It is a coordinated campaign to get the public to think of Democrats as the party that will take care of them if they fall ill. I think Acorn is behind this!
 
2013-10-24 03:31:19 PM  
If only they hadn't fought so hard to deregulate the airlines, poor/sick people wouldn't be on planes in the first place.
 
2013-10-24 03:37:50 PM  
Let me just go ahead and stipulate that, in the unlikely event that someone had a medical emergency in the presence of Bill Frist, Ron or Rand Paul, or any other Republican politician with a past career in medicine, that said politicians would almost certainly offer whatever emergency care they felt themselves qualified to provide.

/it's probably overly cynical of me to think that even needed to be said
//or maybe I just like seeing my name in blue boldface
 
2013-10-24 03:48:02 PM  

Mithiwithi: Let me just go ahead and stipulate that, in the unlikely event that someone had a medical emergency in the presence of Bill Frist, Ron or Rand Paul, or any other Republican politician with a past career in medicine, that said politicians would almost certainly offer whatever emergency care they felt themselves qualified to provide.

/it's probably overly cynical of me to think that even needed to be said
//or maybe I just like seeing my name in blue boldface


I remember Bill Frist stopped at the scene of an accident a while back.
 
2013-10-24 03:48:02 PM  
"free" healthcare isn't actually free

/unless it's truly donated
 
2013-10-24 03:49:17 PM  

what_now: DamnYankees: vernonFL: Good for him, although to be honest, there really isnt much you can do on a plane. Heimlich? CPR?

You clearly never saw either that one episode of House where the dude gets sick on a place, or those episodes of Fringe where a dude turns into a giant hedgehog on a plane.

or that episode of Bones where they used forensic magic to determine who killed someone on a plane.

Basically, this guy got his medical license by watching shiatty* Fox shows.

*I have no idea if Fringe is shiatty. Never saw it.


What part of turning into a hedgehog on a plane do you not understand?!!

Fringe was a fun show. Your mileage may vary on whether or not you find it "good" though.

/I was entertained throughout the series
 
2013-10-24 03:58:58 PM  

ladodger34: HeartBurnKid: ladodger34: This guy beat a rather popular republican in our area (Mary Bono). Bono was a moderate for the most part and and actually cared about the environment.

One day when I'm drunk, I'll have to ask her campaign manager why they attacked Ruiz for protesting at Plymouth Rock while he was in college. You see, the district has just about all of the reservations in Riverside County.

Of course, her campaign manager is a Raiders fan (he is actually a good friend of mine even if we can't agree on anything politically).

Let me just say this: fark the Bonos.  They've done more than anybody else to kill the public domain in this country.  I sincerely hate their guts.

On-topic, this Ruiz guy seems all right.

If you live in the disctrict, keep an eye on the prize. Brian Nestande, Bono's former Chief of Staff, just filed to run. I don't live in the district anymore.


Nah, I don't live there.  My House rep is Kevin McCarthy, who I also hate with the fiery passion of a thousand suns (just for different reasons)
 
2013-10-24 04:02:56 PM  

Riothamus: Mithiwithi: Let me just go ahead and stipulate that, in the unlikely event that someone had a medical emergency in the presence of Bill Frist, Ron or Rand Paul, or any other Republican politician with a past career in medicine, that said politicians would almost certainly offer whatever emergency care they felt themselves qualified to provide.

/it's probably overly cynical of me to think that even needed to be said
//or maybe I just like seeing my name in blue boldface

I remember Bill Frist stopped at the scene of an accident a while back.


Heck, Bill Frist could have helped via videotape.
 
2013-10-24 04:18:01 PM  
Good thing he had the lasagna.
 
2013-10-24 04:19:05 PM  
I think the Republican response would be something more along the lines of, "See, that guy didn't have health insurance and he's doing perfectly fine!  We can't afford to give everyone insurance, especially when they're fine without it."
 
2013-10-24 04:25:57 PM  
but can he speak jive?
 
2013-10-24 04:31:25 PM  

what_now: DamnYankees: vernonFL: Good for him, although to be honest, there really isnt much you can do on a plane. Heimlich? CPR?

You clearly never saw either that one episode of House where the dude gets sick on a place, or those episodes of Fringe where a dude turns into a giant hedgehog on a plane.

or that episode of Bones where they used forensic magic to determine who killed someone on a plane.


shiat I've seen all of these episodes.  My life has been wasted.
 
2013-10-24 05:00:49 PM  

Lord Schtupp: but can he speak jive?


Hey home', I can dig it. Know ain't gonna lay no mo' big rap up on you, man!
 
2013-10-24 05:14:18 PM  
ole' Dick Cheney loves that tax paid for heart replacement and healthcare he's been getting.  sure beats spending his own multi-millions on private health insurance.
 
2013-10-24 05:47:17 PM  

xanadian: Like RON PAUL wouldn't have done the exact same thing in those circumstances.


 Rand Paul performs pro-bono eye surgeries back in kentucky when congress isn't in session.  ZOMG SOCIALIZUMS IS GIVING STUFFS AWAY> MINEEE1111!!
 
2013-10-24 06:38:40 PM  

DamnYankees: You clearly never saw either that one episode of House where the dude gets sick on a place, or those episodes of Fringe where a dude turns into a giant hedgehog on a plane.


If it was a a cross-country or international flight, they have just as much equipment in their emergency kit as most first responding companies do when you call 911. IV equipment, first line ACLS drugs, etc.

Some companies, on their international flights, had this nifty telemetry/telemedicine monitor/defibrillator that when you turned it on connected you over video conferencing to a base physician who could give orders, interpret EKGs, and give advice.
 
2013-10-24 07:19:08 PM  

vernonFL: Good for him, although to be honest, there really isnt much you can do on a plane. Heimlich? CPR?

Most likely it was "get this person some water and get them relaxed and comfortable, take deep breaths and land this plane ASAP."


Depends on the flight/plane/etc.  Most will have a basic first aid kid and an AED.  Some of the larger planes / international flight might have a trauma kit.
 
2013-10-24 07:47:01 PM  
Republican Word-A-Day Calendar

10/24:  NO
10/25:  NO
10/26:  NO

etc. ad nauseum, ad infinitum
 
2013-10-24 08:34:08 PM  

hardinparamedic: Some companies, on their international flights, had this nifty telemetry/telemedicine monitor/defibrillator that when you turned it on connected you over video conferencing to a base physician who could give orders, interpret EKGs, and give advice.


Ooh, I want one of those where I work.  (Remote location, ~2 hours for EMT response, and I'm in the group who are EMR-certified site safety leads on our shifts.)
 
2013-10-24 09:53:37 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: 1) nice to see a politician on a commercial flight


Other than leadership, Members of Congress nearly always fly commercial. Fly to DC on a Monday morning or from DC on Thursday evening, you've got decent odds of seeing one. Of course, you're unlikely to recognize your average backbencher. Leadership often gets a private military VIP transport for security reasons, and members usually fly military VIP aircraft when traveling abroad.
 
2013-10-24 10:23:27 PM  
Of course, if this guy had been a Republican, the cries of RINO! would already be flying from the Teahadist contingent.

Just, you know, on general principle for giving away his services for free.
 
2013-10-24 10:54:55 PM  

Linux_Yes: ole' Dick Cheney loves that tax paid for heart replacement and healthcare he's been getting.  sure beats spending his own multi-millions on private health insurance.


Ha ha ha ha, when I quote you it strips out the manly bold text and turns it into dainty italics.
 
2013-10-24 10:57:41 PM  

what_now: DamnYankees: vernonFL: Good for him, although to be honest, there really isnt much you can do on a plane. Heimlich? CPR?

You clearly never saw either that one episode of House where the dude gets sick on a place, or those episodes of Fringe where a dude turns into a giant hedgehog on a plane.

or that episode of Bones where they used forensic magic to determine who killed someone on a plane.

Basically, this guy got his medical license by watching shiatty* Fox shows.

*I have no idea if Fringe is shiatty. Never saw it.


It became shiatty. And went downhill FAST.
 
2013-10-24 11:56:09 PM  
How is this heroic?  I say this as a physician.  It's a nice thing to do, possibly even the responsible thing to do given the man's training.  I certainly wouldn't label this as a heroic deed.

Also, some aircraft are fairly well stocked with emergency medical supplies, in response to some farker's question re: the same.
 
2013-10-25 02:09:26 AM  
Why do so many people train as physicians and then run to hold political office, many of them forever?  I know there are long hours involved in both, but I would think that in order to keep up your license you'd have to keep up on the latest medical procedures if you ever intended to go back into medicine.

Oh, and good on him
 
2013-10-25 02:48:47 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: Why do so many people train as physicians and then run to hold political office, many of them forever?


Good question.  I suspect that people who get involved in certain fields - medicine, law, big business and education, to name a few - are more (painfully?) aware of how the political system affects them than most of us, and therefore more interested in doing something about it, even if only out of enlightened self-interest.
 
2013-10-25 05:27:20 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Of course, if this guy had been a Republican, the cries of RINO! would already be flying from the Teahadist contingent.


do the Teaheads call Rand Paul a RINO for giving away his optometry services?


It is a good thing Snark exists because actual facts seem to be too complicated for you retards to understand.
 
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