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After two children are killed by a driver high on Opiates, it is revealed Kaiser responsible for endemic overprescription with no safeguards to keep addicts from doctor shopping.

It could have been a Norman Rockwell scene.  Troy and Alana Pack, ages 10 and 7 were walking with their mom and two other neighborhood kids to a Baskin Robbins ice cream store near their home in the comfortable Northern California community of Danville.  It was a warm Indian summer night in October 2003.  The kids had been out playing all afternoon.  They had enjoyed a family barbeque and looked forward to their favorite after-dinner treat.

Medical, Consumer Advocacy Groups Against Trump Executive Order

Consumer Watchdog says "junk" health plans could leave patients on the hook for unlimited medical bills.

When President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order encouraging expanded access to association health plans and short-term, limited-duration plans, medical and consumer advocacy groups issued a flurry of reactions to the move -- most of them negative.

Perhaps the sharpest rebuke came from Consumer Watchdog, which predicted the executive order could turn back the clock to days when patients faced unlimited medical bills, even when they played by the rules.

Activists Question Sen. Kamala Harris’s Silence on Sex-Trafficking Bill, Despite Previous Crusade Against Backpage.com

Despite Sen. Kamala Harris's crusade against outlets that allow advertisements for underage trafficking, the California Democrat has resisted publicly commenting or signing onto bipartisan legislation that would allow families of victims and states to sue Backpage.com and other websites.

After Being Denied an $800 CAT Scan by Doctor, Boy is Blind and Brain Damaged

Steven Olsen is blind and brain damaged because, as a jury ruled, he was a victim of medical negligence when he was two years old. He fell on a stick in the woods while hiking. Under the family's managed care plan, the hospital pumped Steven up with steroids and sent him away with a growing brain abscess, although his parents had asked for a CAT scan because they knew Steven was not well. The next day, Steven Olsen came back to the hospital comatose.

A little boy's botched heart surgery leads to permanent brain damage.

Angel Villalobos was born with just one heart ventricle instead of the usual two. A series of operations early in life should have fixed the problem and left him with a normal life. But during the third operation, when Angel was five, the surgeon cut through Angel’s breastbone using the location of an earlier incision and cut Angel’s aorta with an oscillating saw. Massive blood loss for more than 12 minutes left Angel with severe brain damage.

After long treatments with opioids, young man seeks relief from addiction from doctors. But after a mix up in medications, doctors overprescribe and kill.

Alex Smick had a wonderful life mapped out for himself.  At 20, he was studying to be a surgical technician.  He was Atheltic, played guitar, and had a loving and supportive network of friends and family in his suburban L.A. community of Dowey.  He couldn’t wait to graduate and get a job to start saving money for an engagement ring for his long time girlfriend.

Doctors' Failure To Provide Post-Operative Care Allowed Infection To Spread; Causing Woman To Lose Limbs

In August of 2012, 48 year old Annette Ramirez went to the hospital for a hysterectomy.  She was happily married with children 8 and 12 years old.  She was planning on going home the next day.  Annette's surgery was done laparoscopically, a type of minimally invasive surgery available for decades.  Instead of creating a large incision to reach the vital organs, a surgeon operates through several small incisions.  A Camera is placed in one incis

Once a woman is rushed to the hospital with diverticulitis, she sustains a laceration on her artery leading to her death. But her low income status ensures her family will not be compensated for the injustice.

Around their Fresno neighborhood, Daphne McClendon-Ricks was known to all the kids simply as “mom”.  She was the shoulder to lean on, the unbreakable woman who salved wounds and gave good advice, and the friendly neighbor who helped mow a lawn or gave away vegetables from her bountiful backyard garden.  She was a vigorous 59 except for one health problem, a naggong case of diverticulitis, an ailment of the colon.

A toddler shows signs of a congenital heart disease and signs of high blood pressure. But when going into surgery the Doctor ignores the elevated risks and installs a device that malfunctions, leading to her premature death

Morgan Westhoff and her identical twin sister were each born with one of the more common congenital heart defects.  Morgan’s twin had a successful procedure to correct the defect when the girls were 18 months old.  The same procedure was performed Jan 18, 2013 on Morgan, even though her doctor knew Morgan had abnormally high blood pressure readings in the area where the procedure would be done.  That indicated the procedure would be risky for her, as the instructions for the device should not be used in patients with her blood pressure readings.