Daly City council member David Canepa, who follows this hospital issue closely on behalf of his constituents, says in an exclusive interview with Riptide that the community is "celebrating" BlueMountain's acquisition of the Daughters of Charity Health System (DOCHS), including Seton Hospital in Daly City and Seton Coastside Hospital in Moss Beach. Canepa adds that everyone is "relieved" that this has been resolved, though the deal still must be approved by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Canepa says he considers it a 95 percent certainty that the AG will sign off on it by November, allowing BlueMountain Capital Management to buy the six-hospital DOCHS chain. BlueMountain unit Integrity Healthcare will manage the hospitals, which will remain nonprofit.
Thanks to the Pacifica Tribune for Jane Northrop's reporting on the pending sale of Seton and Seton Coastside hospitals to Prime Healthcare, a for-profit company headquartered in Delaware. It is clear from Jane's story that the sale was attractive to the Daughters of Charity board of directors largely because of Prime's promise of an $11 million golden parachute for the board. There ought to be a law.
It is clear from Prime's ongoing legal issues with Medicare that it uses and abuses the Medicare process and increases revenues by decreasing services in other hospitals it has purchased. While Prime has "promised" to leave things unchanged for five years, California's attorney general (AG) has stated that a condition of sale must include a 10-year guarantee, among other conditions, before the AG approves the sale. God forbid that this company, headquartered 3,000 miles away, gets its hands on the Seton nursing staff's pension money. I hope the AG rejects Prime's offer. I truly do.
Today we learn that Monsanto has enjoined Starbucks to sue the little State of Vermont to force non-labeling of food products with GMO information. Starbucks doesn't think you have the right to know what's in your coffee. So it's teamed up with Monsanto to sue the small State of Vermont to stop you from finding out.
Neil Young pointed this out on his website, where he sings an awesome song about why food labeling and environmental stewardship are not just something to do; they are for our children's children's children.
Hiding behind the shadowy "Grocery Manufacturers Association," Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit that's aiming to block a landmark law that requires genetically modified ingredients be labeled.
Monsanto money forced the defeat of California and Oregon initiatives to label food with ingredients including GMOs. Not remove food. Just LABEL IT.
Listen to Neil's song: www.neilyoung.com/
Learn why Neil is boycotting Starbucks: http://neilyoung.com/?frontpage=true
Read the news story: http://blog.sfgate.com/dailydish/2014/11/17/neil-young-boycotts-starbucks/
Sign the petition: http://action.sumofus.org/a/starbucks-gmo-gma/
Ever since scientists showed the endocrine-system-disrupting effects of the industrial chemical BPA, manufacturers have discontinued its use in water bottles, baby bottle, and binkies. (That's why everyone drinks water out of metal containers these days.) In estimating human exposure to the gender-bending chemical, federal regulators assume that the main source of exposure to BPA is from food and beverage packaging. But a new study by Frederick vom Staal and others in the journal PLOS One (plosone.org) shows that another significant point of entry could be handling of thermal receipts -- those ubiquitous slips of paper that come at the end of nearly every financial transaction -- especially if you have used hand sanitizer or various other skin creams. Doing so, the study found, can increase uptake of BPA 100-fold. Worse, if you handle a BPA-coated receipt and then eat food with your hands, you ingest the BPA as well. Finally, the study's results suggest a prudent course of action for shoppers: Don’t take a receipt. (Paul Rauber, Sierra Magazine)