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Santa Clara County Medical Association Bulletin

Table of Contents

the Editor’s Desk 4 FromJoseph S. Andresen, MD

& More 5 Modifiers Sandie Becker, CMC

Printed in U.S.A.

From the CEO 6 News William C. Parrish, Jr.

7 Thank You CALPAC & SACPAC Supporters! 9 News Alert 10 Straight Talk on Health System Reform JohnMcCain.com

14 Barack Obama’s Plan for a Healthy America BarackObama.com

24 Presidential Nominees Respond to 10 Questions About Their Health Care Reform Proposals 30 Brominated Flame Retardants: What Your Kids, Cats, Couch, TV, and Food Chain Have in Common Cindy Lee Russell, MD

33 In Memoriam

34 MEDICO NEWS 36 Classified Ads

38 Alliance News Officers

President Howard Sutkin, MD VP-Community Health Cindy Russell, MD VP-External Affairs William Lewis, MD VP-Member Services James G. Hinsdale, MD VP-Professional Conduct Jim Crotty, MD Secretary Thomas M. Dailey, MD Treasurer Martin L. Fishman, MD

Chief Executive Officer William C. Parrish, Jr.

House Officer Representative

Jacob Ballon, MD

AMA Trustee - SCCMA John D. Longwell, MD

SCCMA/CMA Delegation Chair

Tanya W. Spirtos, MD

CMA Trustees - SCCMA

Martin L. Fishman, MD (District VII) Susan R. Hansen, MD (Solo/Small Group Physician) James G. Hinsdale, MD (District VII) John D. Longwell, MD (Hospital Based Physician)

Editor

Joseph S. Andresen, MD

Managing Editor Pam Jensen

Councilors

Opinions expressed by authors are their own, and not necessarily those of The Bulletin or the Santa Clara County Medical Association. Acceptance of advertising in The Bulletin in no way constitutes approval or endorsement by the Santa Clara County Medical Association of products or services advertised. Address all editorial communication, reprint requests, and advertising to: Pam Jensen, Managing Editor 700 Empey Way San Jose, CA 95128 408/998-8850, ext. 3012 Fax: 408/289-1064 pjensen@sccma.org Copyright 2008 by the Santa Clara County Medical Association.

Community Hospital of Los Gatos:

Judith Dethlefs, MD El Camino Hospital:

Michael Curtis, MD Good Samaritan Hospital:

Eleanor Martinez, MD Kaiser Permanente Hospital:

Allison Schwanda, MD O’Connor Hospital:

Jay Raju, MD Regional Medical Center of San Jose:

Hossein Habibi, MD

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Saint Louise Regional Hospital:

John Saranto, MD Santa Teresa Community Hospital:

Efren Rosas, MD Stanford Univ. Medical Center:

Peter Cassini, MD Santa Clara Valley Med. Center:

Patrick Kearns, MD

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2008

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