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UPDATE: Controversy Erupts Over Doctor’s Hydroxychloroquine Claims



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Editor’s Note (Aug 20, 2020): This story is a straight news report about an event in Washington, D.C. that occurred last month. The story not only presents and attributes statements to the doctor herself, but it also raises questionable medical claims she’s made in the past. We let the public read the story and form their own opinions.

UPDATE (July 28, 2020): Other media outlets are covering this story and reporting on discrepancies with Dr. Immanuel’s past medical claims. For example, the Daily Beast reports, “She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches. She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious.”

This reporter has reached out to Dr. Immanuel for comment on her claims and practice. We will update this story when there is a response.

A primary care physician in Houston, Texas, Dr. Stella Immanuel, spoke in front of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, sharing her experience treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus, saying she’s not lost one and attributes that to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.

“I actually went to medical school in West Africa, in Nigeria where I took care of malaria patients, treated them with hydroxychloroquine and stuff like that, so I’m actually used to these medications,” Dr. Immanuel said. “I’m here because I have personally treated over 350 patients with COVID. Patients that have diabetes, patients that have high blood pressure, patients that have asthma, all people. I think my oldest patient is 92, 87-year-olds. And the result has been the same: put them on hydroxychloroquine, I put them on zinc, I put them on Zithromax, and they are all well.”

She continued, “For the past few months, I’ve taken care of over 350 patients. We’ve not lost one. Not a diabetic, not somebody with high blood pressure, not somebody with asthma, not an old person. We’eve not lost one patient. And, on top of that, I’ve put myself, my staff, and many doctors that I know on hydroxychloroquine for prevention because by the very mechanism of action, it works early…”

Dr. Immanuel’s practice treats 10-15 COVID patients each day, typically giving them breathing treatments, she said. The doctors, only wearing surgical masks, have avoided contracting the virus with the proactive measures of taking hydroxychloroquine for prevention.

Citing the National Institute of Health studies showing the success of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID patients and one specifically used to treat a patient suffering from hiccups, an apparent symptom of the disease, the Doctor explained, “So if the NIH knows that treating the patient with hydroxychloroquine proves that hiccup is a symptom of COVID, then they definitely know that hydroxychloroquine works. I’m upset. Why I’m upset is that I see people that cannot breathe, I see patients walk in, I see diabetics walks in my office knowing that this is a death sentence and they can’t breathe and I hug them and I tell them ‘It’s gonna be ok, you’re gonna live.’ And we treat them and they live, none has died.”

“So, if some fake science, some person sponsored by all these fake pharma companies, say ‘oh, we’ve done studies, we’ve found out that it doesn’t work,’ I can tell you categorically it’s fake science. I want to know who is sponsoring that study, I want to know who is behind it because there is no way I can treat 350 patients and counting and nobody is dead, and they all did better and you’re gonna tell me that you treated 20 people, 40 people and it didn’t work.”

Dr. Immanuel was speaking alongside frontline doctors as part of a conference this week hosted the Tea Party Patriots on debunking myths about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m a true testament,” she added, “So I came here to Washington, D.C. to tell America, nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax… you don’t need masks, there is a cure. I know they don’t want to open schools. No, you don’t need people to be locked down. There is prevention and there is a cure.”

Criticizing ‘fake doctors,’ using CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as one example, that are unconvinced by or against the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID patients and want “double-blind studies,” Dr. Immanuel asked, “have you ever seen a COVID patient? Have you ever treated anybody with hydroxychloroquine and they died from heart disease?”

“When you do, come and talk to me because I sit down in my clinic every day and I see these patients walk in everyday scared to death. I see people driving two, three hours to my clinic because some ER doctor is scared….. of something and they will not prescribe this medication to these people.”

“I tell all of you doctors that are sitting down and watching Americans die, you’re like the good Germans that watched Jews get killed and you not speak up. If they come after me, they threaten me, I mean I’ve gotten all kinds of threats, or they’re gonna report me to the boards. I say, you know what, I don’t care, I’m not gonna let Americans die. And, if this is the hill where I will get nailed on, I will get nailed on it, I don’t care. You can report me to the boards, you can kill me , you can do whatever, but I’m not gonna let Americans die.”

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Elizabeth Warren Acknowledges Unintended Consequences of Obamacare



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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime supporter of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is now acknowledging the unintended consequences of the healthcare legislation, particularly its impact on industry consolidation and rising healthcare prices.

Warren, who has been a vocal proponent of Obamacare, has recently had what the Wall Street Journal reported as an “epiphany” regarding the consequences of the healthcare law. In a letter addressed to the Health and Human Services Department inspector general, Warren, along with Senator Mike Braun of Indiana, expressed concerns about vertically-integrated healthcare companies potentially increasing prescription drug costs and evading federal regulations.

According to reports from Fox News, the bipartisan letter highlighted issues with the nation’s largest health insurers allegedly bypassing Obamacare’s medical loss ratio (MLR). According to Warren, these insurers, through vertical integration, have manipulated the system, leading to “sky-high prescription drug costs and excessive corporate profits.”

The senators detailed how conglomerates, like UnitedHealth Group, with ownership across various healthcare sectors, could inflate medical payments to pharmacies and, by realizing those payments on the pharmacy side, appear to comply with MLR requirements while retaining more profits.

Moreover, despite the Democrats’ argument that the MLR would benefit patients, it has incentivized insurers to merge with or acquire pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), retail and specialty pharmacies, and healthcare providers. This, in turn, has made healthcare spending less transparent, as insurers can allegedly shift profits to their affiliates by increasing reimbursements.

Warren, who has consistently voted against Obamacare repeal efforts, notably advocated for a “Medicare for All” proposal during her 2020 presidential campaign. Despite her prior support for the healthcare law, Warren’s recent concerns about its unintended consequences have raised questions about the long-term effects of Obamacare and its impact on the healthcare industry.

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