VA Medical Centers were the Main Focus of Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio

During Jan. 16 episode of America’s Work Force, guests discuss privatization and contracting out services at VA medical centers.

Willie Haywood Jr., District 6 Representative of the National Veterans Affairs Council, discussed the current state of the VA’s across the country. Haywood , member of VA Council 262, which encompasses Indiana, Ohio and Northern Kentucky, talked about fully staffing VA’s. He said that by fully staffing veterans, they will be able to receive the proper, adequate care that they need and deserve. Haywood also mentioned that VAs having their own medical providers will take away the need to go through a private sector to receive care and it will also keep the sense of comradery between the veterans in tact.

John Auerbach, President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH),  discussed public health and preventable issues during the Jan. 16 edition of AWF. Auerbach talked about West Virginia and Ohio having the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in America. He said that he believes the reason for the high overdose death being so high in those areas is a result of poor quality of life as well as a lack of access to proper treatment. He mentioned that the life expectancy in America is dropping because of the increase in drug overdose deaths. Lastly, he mentioned the problem with doctors over prescribing opioids for pain treatment.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the ongoing government shutdown and the effects that it is having on government employees.


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Discussion on America’s Work Force Radio: Voter Suppression in Georgia and the Opioid Epidemic

Voter suppression and the ongoing opioid epidemic were main topics of discussion on America’s Work Force Radio.

Chauncey K. RobinsonChauncey K. Robinson, writer and film/TV critic, was the first guest on the Oct. 29 show. She discussed how a piece of policy in the state of Georgia is creating voter suppression. The policy, called “Exact Match” requires the name of voters to be the exact same on all official state documents. Voter’s whose names are not the same could have their voter application placed on hold or disqualified. Robinson said more than 50,000 voter applications are sitting on hold at the Secretary of State’s office, with the majority of the applicants being African-American. She also talks about the “Use It or Lose It” voter policy, which also disenfranchises voters.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Dr. Paul Sethi

During the second segment of America’s Work Force Radio, Dr. Paul Sethi and Fred Muench talked about the going opioid epidemic. Dr. Sethi, a sports medicine specialist, discussed finding non-opioid alternatives for postoperative recovery to combat the 12 percent of people who become addicted to or are dependent on their painkillers during their recovery period. Muench, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, discussed how doctors and patients need to build a pain management plan prior to surgery. They also spoke about non-opioid alternatives and the disposal of extra pain Fred Muenchmedication following a patient’s recovery.

Show host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed a lawsuit against President Trump by a federal employee union on overtime pay cutbacks without any collective bargaining.

 


America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in the US and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives through fact-finding features, in-depth interviews, informative news segments and practical consumer reports. America’s Work Force is committed to providing an accessible venue in which America’s workers and their families can hear discussion on important, relevant topics such as employment, healthcare, legislative action, labor-management relations, corporate practices, finances, local and national politics, consumer reports and labor issues.

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