President Trump Executive Order and Remarks on Kidney Health – (Video and Transcript)…

Earlier today President Trump delivered remarks about an important executive order initiative to fight kidney disease.  [Video and Transcript]

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[Transcript]  THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, Secretary Azar. And thank you for everyone being here. Please sit down. Let’s enjoy it. It’s much better. You’d rather sit, right?

But today we’re taking groundbreaking action to bring new hope to millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease. It’s a big deal.

I want to express my gratitude to Secretary Alex Azar, Secretary Robert Wilkie — who’s here. Thank you, Robert. Thank you. Secretary Eric Hargan. Thank you, Eric. Thank you. Nice to see you. Administrator Seema Verma, who’s so outstanding. Done such an incredible job. And Director Adam Boehler. Thanks also to Senator Todd Young. Where’s Todd? A young, great senator. And Representatives Michael Burgess and Matt Cartwright. Thank you. Thank you, fellas. Thank you very much.

As part of our commitment to ensuring great healthcare for every American, my administration has already launched many bold initiatives to battle major diseases and save American lives.

We are aggressively confronting the opioid, fentanyl, and drug addiction epidemic. And that’s what it is. It’s an epidemic. But we’re making tremendous strides. I think you’re probably hearing about it. We’ll be talking about it very soon. It’s hard to believe we’re making tremendous strides. Very tough situation.

We’re working with Congress to develop a 500-million-dollar investment in new treatments and cures for childhood cancers. And we’ve launched a campaign to end HIV/AIDS epidemic throughout America. We think that within a fairly short number of years, like 10, we will have that epidemic totally under control. And if you would’ve said that two years ago, people would’ve said, “There’s no possible way.”

(Baby coos.)

THE PRESIDENT: Hi. (Laughter.) He’s even happy. (Laughter.)

To give critically ill patients access to lifesaving cures, we passed Right to Try — something I’m so proud of — where people that are terminally ill, or very, very ill, can go and see their doctor. And when we have something in our pipeline — and nobody has a pipeline like the United States of America; we have the greatest technicians, doctors, labs in the world by far, and medical research — we can get them a possible cure.

We give them hope. It’s really hope. It’s “Right to Try.” I love the name. But it’s hope. So instead of going to Asia, instead of going to Europe, or wherever they may go in the world — they go all over the world. They go to places you’ve never heard of, if they have money. If they don’t have money, they go home with no hope and they die.

And we now have the Right to Try so that if we have something that’s five years off, but it’s looking good, they sign a piece of paper and we give it to them. And you have no idea how incredible some of the results are. We’ve had some people — one young woman, in particular. It’s so — so incredible the results. People that were expecting to die are living.

And, Alex and Seema, it’s been — that’s been a tremendous thing, the results. Not only is it a wonderful thing in terms of knowing how a certain medicine or possible cure works, but it’s incredible to see the results. We’ve had incredible results.

So we’re very proud of Right to Try. They’ve been trying to get it for 44 years. More complicated than you think to get it. A lot of people didn’t want to have it. But we got it, and it’s just something we’re very proud of.

Now, with today’s action, we’re making crucial progress on another core national priority — and that’s the fight against kidney disease.

In 2017 — (applause) — in 2017, kidney disease was the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Kidney health affects families throughout America, and those who suffer from kidney disease experience a significant toll on their daily lives. I’ve spoken to people. They say the work is so intense. The time is so enormous that you spend. And it’s — it’s like a full-time job for people. Sometimes the work itself — I was speaking to Alex; he said the work itself is so intense, the work kills people. It literally kills. You have to work so hard.

For these patients, their loved ones, and for the impacted — all those impacted by kidney disease — I’m here to say: We are fighting by your side, and we’re determined to get you the best treatment anywhere in the world. And we’ve made a lot of progress. We are with you every step of the way.

In a few moments, I’ll sign an executive order taking vital steps to increase the supply of kidney-available transplants. (Applause.) This action will also dramatically improve prevention and treatment of this life-threatening illness, while making life better and longer for millions of Americans. It’s a tremendous thing that’s happening.

Roughly 100,000 Americans are currently awaiting a kidney donation. Every day, 10 of our fellow citizens die waiting. Many, many people are dying while they wait.

We’ll do everything we can to increase the supply. And we’ll be able to do that, and very substantially, in terms of the available kidneys and getting Americans off these waitlists so they can lead a full and healthy and happy life. That’s the best answer of all.

That’s why my order supports the selfless individuals who donate kidneys by granting them reimbursement for extra expenses associated with organ donation, such as lost wages and childcare. (Applause.) And those people, I have to say, have never gotten enough credit. What they do is so incredible. They have never, ever gotten enough credit.

Secondly, we are revising the rules of governing organ procurement organizations. So the organ procurement organizations are going to have rules which really ensure available kidneys and that they reach waiting patients as quickly as possible, because oftentimes they just don’t make it in time. There are cases where they have to be there immediately; they have a certain period of time. They don’t make it in time. We are going to make it so that it gets there in time.

We’ll establish more transparent, enforceable, and objective metrics for identifying potential kidneys for transplant. The result will be more and faster transplants for those in need.

By streamlining rules to help patients and by incentivizing the supply of kidneys — very substantially incentivizing, I have to add — an estimated 17,000 additional Americans could receive kidneys that they desperately need. We think that’s going to happen. We think that number is very doable, and it could even be higher than that.

In addition, up to 11,000 more Americans could receive heart, lung, and liver transplants annually. So, heart, lung, and liver. That would be up to 28,000 American lives saved every year, and that number could be quite a bit higher if it works the way we anticipate it to work. (Applause.) Thank you.

Because a kidney transplant costs much less than prolonged dialysis — which is an incredible thing — the ultimate is the kidney transplant, and the cost is far less when you think about it. It makes a lot of sense in so many ways. Our policies will save up to $4.2 billion a year for patients, families, and taxpayers. That’s an incredible thing.

Today, we’re also taking important steps to improve kidney disease treatment and prevention. We will be changing the way that we reimburse Medicare providers, encouraging them to diagnose and treat patients earlier — very important, the word “earlier” — allow for home care; and increase the rate of transplants.

Crucially, our new system will ensure that more patients undergoing dialysis can do so from the comfort of their own home. (Applause.) And doing this from the home is a dramatic, long-overdue reform — something that people have been asking for for many, many years. It sometimes amazes me that it never got done. So many things don’t get done in government, but now we’re getting them done. (Applause.) Right, Todd? Right? We’re getting them done. You better believe it.

Right now, only 12 percent of patients on dialysis receive care at home. My executive order will change that and reduce cost, transform care, and greatly improve the quality of life for kidney patients all across the nation.

Finally, this executive order — such an important executive order — encourages private enterprises to partner with government to achieve incredible medical breakthroughs. We are going to prioritize a truly transformative goal: the development of an artificial kidney. (Applause.) And it’ll happen. It’ll happen.

Here with us are a group of very strong and brave Americans who will tell us about the urgency of improving kidney health.

I’d like to start by introducing Jamie and Andrew Nash to come up and tell us about their one-year-old, beautiful son, Hudson. Please. (Applause.)

MS. NASH: Good morning everyone, and thank you, Mr. President, for welcoming us here today.

Kidney care is very dear to our hearts, as our son, Hudson, one year ago was born with significant damage to both his kidneys. He spent two months in the NICU. And since then, to keep him going, he takes numerous medicines, receives multiple shots, blood draws, and more doctors’ visits than I can count.

Hudson will go on peritoneal dialysis until he is big enough to receive a living donor kidney transplant, we are hopeful, within the next year. This is a disease Hudson will have to deal with his entire life — never going more than three months without a blood draw and multiple medicines twice a day forever.

Our family is hopeful that today’s executive order will raise awareness, drive kidney care innovation, increase access to transplantation, and provide much better care and treatment for Hudson and the millions and millions of Americans living with kidney disease.

Mr. President, thank you for your commitment you have made today to improve the lives of everyone affected by kidney disease, including our Hudson. Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: So beautiful. Thank you, Hudson. Get better soon, Hudson. You’re going to be good. By the time it comes, by the time he’s a little bit older, I think you’re going to have a lot of answers that we’re not even thinking about right now. You really believe that, right?

MS. NASH: I think so too. Yes.

THE PRESIDENT: I really believe it. Beautiful baby.

Nancy Scott is a retired nurse and an ordained minister who was afflicted with kidney disease for more than a decade.

Nancy, please come up and tell us your story. It’s some story. (Applause.) Thank you.

MS. SCOTT: Thank you, Mr. President. Good morning. As he said, my name is Nancy Scott. I am an ordained minister, retired nurse, president of Dialysis Patient Citizens Education Center, and currently slowly working on a doctorate in industrial organizational psychology. But most of all, I am a patient.

In March of 2004, I woke up on a Saturday morning and I could not see nor could I stand up. I went to the emergency room, and by Monday I was a full-fledged dialysis patient.

My daughter said, “Mom, you can’t be hooked up to a machine three times a week. I’m going to give you a kidney.”

We went for a workup, and they found out that I also had breast cancer. So I was on dialysis for seven years. I received chemo and radiation. I had to wait three years before I went on a transplant because, in the state of Delaware, you have to wait three years.

I am transplanted now for eight years, and I’m living proof — (applause) — don’t make me cry. Don’t make cry. (Laughs.) I’m living proof, as I said, that dialysis does not mean the end of your life. I did dialysis. I did not let it do me.

Mr. President, thank you for this executive order that thousands of us had been working for, focusing on these issues. And I’m glad to see, in my lifetime, that some of it will come to fruition. Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Wow. That’s an incredible story. That’s hard work, Nancy. Huh? That was hard — that was hard work.

MS. SCOTT: Yes, it was.

THE PRESIDENT: You just say that — that the regimen of what she had to do and go through, incredible. Great story.

At age 25, Tunisia Bullock was blindsided by kidney failure while she was being treated for another disease. Tunisia, please come up and tell the story. (Applause.)

MS. BULLOCK: Thank you, Mr. President. As a young woman, just graduating college with a degree in flute performance, the world was at my fingertips. I was so excited to start my life as a graduate student at the University of New Mexico.

Little did I know that on the morning of July 1st, 2006, my world would change. The total trajectory of my life would change. Four months later, I was diagnosed with lupus. And a year after that, I was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease.

On June 13th, 2008, I woke up in the hospital attached to a dialysis machine. I had no idea what was happening to me. Would I live, or would I die? It was in this moment that I knew I was in the fight of my life.

As I journeyed through dialysis care, I learned that I had to take my care into my own hands. It was through my own curiosity and research that I found what treatment mode would best be suited for me.

As I reflect back, I now realize that my healthcare providers failed me at the beginning of the dialysis continuum.

Mr. President, I am optimistically hopeful that the policies being proposed will help dialysis patients and families navigate the renal care system with less confusion and more ease.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

MS. BULLOCK: Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Do you still play the flute?

MS. BULLOCK: I still play the flute.

THE PRESIDENT: Good.

I just asked Tunisia, “Do you still play the flute?” She said, “I still play the flute.” I’ll bet you play it well, too, right? (Laughter.) I’ll bet you’re good.

Thank you very much, Tunisia.

With today’s order, my administration is taking one more vital step in a series of actions to deliver great healthcare for the American people.

We’ve launched a bold initiative to lower the cost of prescription drugs. That’s a big thing, and we’re working very hard on it. And we have some very big moments coming up, I think, over the next week, having to do with that — Seema and Alex and everybody. I think we have some very big moments coming up very shortly. That will be something very special.

Last year, we saw the first drop in prescription drug prices in over 46 years. We’re expanding affordable insurance options for millions of American workers through association health plans, short-term plans, and health reimbursement arrangements. Some of the options are 60 percent less expensive than what you have today, or, I should say, probably a year or two ago.

And we will always protect patients with preexisting conditions. It’s an absolute fact. It’s done. The Republican Party will protect patients with preexisting conditions. (Applause.)

We’re working with Congress to stop surprise medical billing because no American should be blindsided by medical bills to services that they never agreed to in advance. They go home; they get a bill that’s more money than they have in the bank. They don’t know what to do. And we have stopped that, and we’ve made tremendous progress in that. That was a tremendous problem and continues to be until people find out what the new system is.

To give patients the ability to choose the best doctor at the best price, we’re giving you the right to know the price and quality of healthcare services before you purchase care — something that you were not able to do.

We’re giving you transparency. And that is something that some people think will be, in many ways, bigger than healthcare. It’s going to be an enormous thing. We signed the bill a month ago, and the regulations are being worked out right now. And I assume you’re going to have them done quickly.

I know Alex and Seema, they’ll have them done probably within a couple of days. (Laughter.)

SECRETARY AZAR: On your desk.

THE PRESIDENT: How long it will be — how long will it be? Pretty —

SECRETARY AZAR: Really fast. (Laughs.)

THE PRESIDENT: It will be really fast. Okay. He’s very smart. (Laughter.) He’s a very smart guy.

So that’s a big thing: transparency. It will be bigger than most people understand. One of the bigger things that we’ve done from the medical and healthcare standpoint.

Finally and most significantly, we’re creating millions of new jobs, each one with the means to help families afford better healthcare.

We will not rest until Americans have the healthcare system that they need and deserve: a system that finally puts American patients first. We say, “America first. America patients first.”

Thank you very much for being here. I just do want to thank some of the people, because Seema and Alex and so many of the people — senator, congressman — you’ve worked so hard on these things. You’ve worked so hard on the kidney. Very special — the kidney has a very special place in the heart. It’s an incredible thing. People that have to go this — people that have loved ones that are working so hard to stay alive. They have to work so hard. There’s an esprit de corps. There’s a spirit like you see rarely on anything.

So I just want to thank all of you folks for being here. It’s really fantastic. And it’s truly an exciting day for advancing kidney health in our country.

I just want to end by saying, on behalf of every American with kidney disease, I will now sign this historic executive order.

This is a first, second, and third step; it’s more than just a first step. But we’re going to come up with solutions that, over a period of 5 years and 10 years — I think most people, even in this room — experts in this room — won’t even believe. From what I hear, there are signs and potential out there that’s just incredible.

Thank you very much for being here. And let’s sign the executive order. Let’s get going. (Applause.)

I think we’ll give this pen to Hudson. (Laughter.) We’ll give this one to Hudson.

(The executive order is signed.) (Applause.)

Thank you, everybody. Thank you.

END 11:57 A.M. EDT

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66 Responses to President Trump Executive Order and Remarks on Kidney Health – (Video and Transcript)…

  1. Perot Conservative says:

    Great news. Fantastic.

    Incentivize… how much will they be reimbursed?

    It’s always been a tricky wicket to reimburse/ pay donors, I guess on moral grounds … but so many lives could be saved.

    And why don’t we reimburse donors who contribute at the time of death? Win win win.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      I watched this earlier and was super impressed at what our President is working on and obviously working now and tomorrow to bring our country back to great health. The kidney move is utterly fantastic because as we age we are more likely to have kidney problems and generally without pain so I suggest an MRI to check the kidneys. Found an anomaly with my left kidney but I don’t take drugs but only herbals (which is why I studied Integrated Med) and have had a complete personal all over body checkup and I am 100% healthy and more than 80 yrs. that is unusual). Our Pres. is signing in rapidity, quality of kidney, and yes cover the costs of those donating is a good thing. Also pricing of drugs being known, also not selling cheaper in other countries but at a level affordable here, and more on our preconditions and health care. Now I can understand how he can work with so few hours of sleep because he is getting done what needed to be done decades ago. Thank you, God, again for sending him to us. AND good health to all here.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I would not know how one can place a monetary value on a life-saving kidney.
      I would suggest moving anyone who previously donated a kidney to the top tier of the list if their remaining kidney fails and they need a replacement kidney. And cover the cost of dialysis while they are waiting.

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  2. 4EDouglas says:

    Stay with PDJT-he’s leading us out of pain and suffering. The dems. well…

    “Per Ardua ad Astra.”
    With struggle, to the Stars..

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  3. Linus in W.PA. says:

    That’s our guy!!!!

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  4. rmhnc says:

    What a great president we have!

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  5. sunnydaze says:

    I’ve know several people who’ve had/have kidney disease. Dialysis, transplants, deaths, etc.

    This is a very good thing. I didn’t know he was working on this.

    Streamlining transplants, receiving dialysis At. Home. Oh my God, that is HUGE.

    I’ve known people who QUIT dialysis cuz they couldn’t stand making that trip after a while.

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    • wtd says:

      Father in law performed in-home dialysis for years – pre-1991. He was a physician, and very familiar with the absolute necessity for sterile persistence within the room and equipment. He passed away due to complications/infection in the hospital where the in-room dialysis environment was of questionable sterile quality.
      I’m not sure if the ‘home dialysis POTUS is discussing is the same as the type used in the late ’80’s. If it is the same, the home dialysis would not work for my father who admits he is not likely to be able to keep the area absolutely sterile in his home. .

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  6. ltravisjr says:

    As the parent of 6 year old who was born with chronic kidney disease I can’t begin to tell you what this means. And if anyone wants to equate “artificial kidney” promises with promises of prior presidents about lowering the oceans, etc, be aware that artificial kidneys R&D is real, is going on through UCSF and others, and progressing. Human trials have been on the near horizon but the only problem had been funding, which all but killed the research effort a few years ago. What happened was the American Society of Nephrology and the HHS, spearheaded a public private partnership program where innovators could compete for federal matching money (this was apprarently a cause very dear to Azar). The first “competitions” were actually held a few months ago the artifical kidney team was one of the winners, and just like that, the artificial kidney program is back in business. Donald Trump and his administration may well save my son’s life.

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  7. Rudolph says:

    The First Lady had a kidney procedure last year at Walter Reed? Maybe she has helped with this initiative.

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  8. revjarrett says:

    I love our president.. never have i heard a president address these type of issues. Not just throwing money at a problem but addressing the core difficulties involved.
    This issue is close to home for me because my wife has chronic kidney disease. May God bless President Trump and our nation.

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  9. sucesfuloser says:

    We got us a real leader.

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  10. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    But, but, but the aggressive democrat warmongers say this president is immoral and that we never were great. The globalist Left are NOT interested in saving lives; in fact they have said that they are ready to impeach Trump and have encouraged their lunatic fringe base to attack ALL his supporters.

    “So folks look, if you start out with the notion that there’s nothing you can do then why don’t you all go home then man? Or, let’s start a real physical Revolution if you’re talkin’ about it.” ~ Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden, June 2019.

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  11. How can they not understand what President Trump is doing? This is amazing news!! Stupid demonrats will never even give this wonderful man a nod, never mind acknowledge all the good he is doing!

    Itravisjr that is great news!!! Praying for your family!!💜

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  12. kp says:

    Wow, we are so blessed. Never forget to give HIM the praise! Complicated business folks, complicated business.

    Praise the Father, His Son, and His Holy Spirit!

    So blessed…

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  13. ltravisjr says:

    This is real, folks. All these projects have been made possible by the commitment of PDJT and his HHS.
    https://www.kidneynews.org/policy-advocacy/leading-edge/kidneyx-summit-begins-today-with-announcement-of-redesign-dialysis-prize-competition-phase-1-winners

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Itravisjr, I was not aware that he was working on so many of these items. The man is impressive, works hard and all for us and our country. We are truly God blessed and every night I pray that God protect him and his family. Now let’s see how many pedophiles are in this swamp congress? I feel sure there are some.

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  14. Chuck says:

    In 1996 I was diagnosed with ESRD. I managed, through careful lifestyle management and a lot of monitoring by my nephrologist, to hang in there for 6 1/2 years. In December 2002 I went on dialyses. On 11/26/03 I received a kidney from one of my 12 siblings. I know how incredibly difficult it is to be on dialyses. Your life literally revolves around it.
    Getting a new kidney is like being born again.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Chuck, and hard on the giver because if something happens to the other kidney, they are going to suffer. Yes, traveling a distance to a dialysis place makes one even tireder as I have seen happen to a friend who lost both kidneys so I have sent her this particular SD site to give her hope of a near future of taking care of herself at home or perhaps later getting a “made” pair of kidneys. The diet for a blood dialysis is grueling and limitations to the diet as well. Two kidneys gone and fatigued to the hilt.

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  15. SHV says:

    Another “racist” /sarc decision by PDJT. Giving additional resources for people with kidney disease disproportionately benefits African Americans. AAs (~13% of population) make up ~35% of the population with kidney disease, are ~33% of people on transplant list and ~28% of people receiving kidneys. Waiting for AA interest groups to give PDJT credit for helping AA community.

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    • ann says:

      Young people are exposed to the Identity Box Plan for governance. Close contact with perpetual grievances and professional whiners, once outside academia, breede only contempt for Angry Activists.

      Contemporary True Believers mostly chose to ride the progressive gravy train. The Uniparty socioeconomic philosophy : export opportunity, restrict upward mobility to pet groups, import cheap crap and force younger Americans to fund invasions & massive entitlements doesn’t inspire enthusiasm.

      Unlike either major party, POTOS’s responsible stewardship & sensible policies don’t steal our future.

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  16. Vince says:

    These are the things we can do if we don’t get into useless wars, have fair trade, and don’t tax trace gasses in the atmosphere. We will be able to make a real effect on people’s lives.

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  17. listingstarboard says:

    Just like Cancer, dialysis is BIG BUCKS for the 2 companies that control the market, DaVita and Fresenius–they don’t want any easier cheaper solutions found–this article from Politico is very good https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/08/trump-kidney-care-market-1573651

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  18. Joel says:

    I have moderate kidney failure, which progressed over the last two years after surgery. Fighting it with diet, etc.

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  19. czarowniczy says:

    Louisiana is #1 in the nation in kidney disease deaths (27.7% prer 100,000 population (deaths per 100K population) and Mississippi is #2 with 23.7. These aren’t’ as many people who have it don’t know it until it’s well advanced.

    In the same vein, Mississippi and Louisiana have 14.2% and 13.6% diabetes rates, #2 and 3 respectively, only recently surpassed by West Virginia with its 15.2% rate. it’s ditto with diabetes as it is with kidney disease, many folks have it or prediabetes but don’t know it as they don’t get tested.

    The 2-state area is the hotbed of kidney disease, much of it lifestyle related and the folks are just not willing to change their lifestyles to meet the needs, we have dialysis centers in the city almost on every corner it seems. We have morbidly obese chefs who cheer the problems on and a culture that revels in foods that feed the problem in quantities that stun the imagination. If you removed the lifestyle-related kidney disease issues the rates everywhere would drop sharply. Don’t look for that to happen.

    There’s another bissue too in that the group most likely to get kidney problems is also the one least likely to be organ donors. That was an issue brought up in a couple of local TV specials, some years ago, but quietly dropped due to complaints about it being…improper…to mention their lack of organ donation. With the kidney disease rates we have, especially as both states are medically underserved, people unwilling to change or even modify lifes and a severe lack of donors it’s going to take more than the President signing an order to make it dip.

    By the way, no one talks about it anymore but those Chinese kidney transplant center were being charged, by a number of reliable sources, of harvesting organs from prisoners. Probably best, if visiting there, not to get busted for littering.

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    • SHV says:

      “Louisiana is #1 in the nation in kidney disease deaths (27.7% prer 100,000 population (deaths per 100K population) and Mississippi is #2 with 23.7. T”
      *****
      IIRC, Louisiana and Mississippi have, along with Alabama, the largest number of African American residents. African Americans represent ~35% of people with chronic kidney failure. It was a frustrating problem because, despite intensive efforts to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. the incidence of kidney disease didn’t change that much.

      About ten years ago it was discovered that a significant proportion, IIRC, 23%, of African Americans with kidney failure carried two copies of the APOL1 gene. People who have this gene produce proteins that are partially protective against infection with Trypanosoma brucei, which causes sleeping sickness in West Africa. (Similar to the association of Sickle Cell gene being protective against Malaria) When kidney failure statistics are corrected for the incidence of the APOL1 gene, most of the disparity with the incidence of kidney disease compared to Whites disappears.

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      • That’s really interesting; very educational post. Thanks.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Let’s not forget diet. The southern Louisiana diet if fat and salt heavy and alcohol and sugar cut a good notch in there too. Mississippi ans Louisiana are in the top five most obese states in the union with over 35% and 33%, respectively, of their populations listed as obese. The rates of obesity, diabetes and kidney disease are directly connected.

        I didn’t mention race as the second you mention it you’ve given listeners a tool to divert the conversation, it’s not so much the rates of diabetes by race but the total rates. The black diet is nothing to applaud and foodiers have long played that card – Popeyes ran Churches and KFC right the **** outta town. If you correct for the genetic issues you still have the issue of some 1/3rd of your entire state population being obese, diabetic and having kidney problems.

        I’ve managed to get my A1C down to no wore than 6.0 and it’s generally about 5.5 but all of my docs tell me I’m one of the exceptions, many are fighting trying to keep their blood sugars below 250, they just don’t want to change their lifestyles and diets.

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    • SHV says:

      “By the way, no one talks about it anymore but those Chinese kidney transplant center were being charged, by a number of reliable sources, of harvesting organs from prisoners”
      ******
      About 25 years ago, I was in Hong Kong for a week at the time of the Oct.1 week long Chinese National Day holiday. The Hong Kong news papers ran stories every day about why hotels were full because of the “back up” of patients waiting to go the the Mainland for kidney transplants. The newspaper stories explained that the backup was do to the halt in executions during the holiday period and it would be a week before kidney transplants would begin again.

      It was obviously a well known process and not controversial.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Oh it was well known, more than a few US doctors recommended it, along with the Indian Centers of Medical Excellence, to US patients on the transplant lists who might not make it to transplant time. The Indian sites were more cleanerer though, they’d just offer some impoverished ‘donor’ a handful of cash for a kidney. The Chinese also were in the heart/liver business too.

        We were seeing it in the intel business as a large and well-known Chinese company with a hand in the manufacturing business was using prisoners supplied by the state to keep manufacturing costs down. As the ‘owners’ were top level in the Chinese government and military there was never a labor shortage.

        The organ sale business is still going strong overseas, and despite ‘oversight’ is just as shady as ever. As even the media moguls may need those services one day you don’t see large expose’s or Law and Order stories trying to close it down.

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  20. Zippy says:

    Well, after all, fighting kidney disease WAS one of his main campaign promises which involved the use of executive orders which led to his election. Don’t recall the others. Must not be important.

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  21. delighteddeplorable says:

    Walking and chewing gum is for pikers. The magnificent VVVSGPDJT solves problems in a vast variety of arenas at warp speed. Always done with grace and out of genuine love for this country.

    Those are some damned impressive super powers!

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  22. sarasotosfan says:

    Kidney disease is the health tsunami stalking us. A combination of poor diet and kidney killing medicines are the chief culprits.

    That the President’s administration has responded to this threat before it has hit us is so profoundly different than other administrations that have announced never ending initiatives that fade off in terms of their effectiveness while the costs don’t.

    My dad passed from kidney disease because he chose not to ride the dialysis roller coaster and was not a transplant candidate. For those who endure the routine of dialysis, this is a light in the night.

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    • NC Nana says:

      Sarasotosfan,

      “kidney killing medicines are the chief culprits.”

      I am in end stage kidney failure. I had one doctored who speculated that my heavy usage of ibuprofen (prescription strength, doctor prescribed) for a pinched sciatic nerve may have damaged my kidneys.

      The sad truth of how I corrected my back problem was not with the ibuprofen but by walking in a cold water pool then sitting in a hot tub daily. By keeping the weight off my back as I exercised my back slowly, slowly healed.

      Since I have had the renal failure diagnosis I have done a lot of reading on causes etc. It is amazing and very scary the things that will cause kidney damage.

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      • sarasotosfan says:

        You are right about that. Patients learn the truth about the drugs they have been taking when they meet their nephrologist for the first time. Regarding that foolish post on red meat, you won’t find any recipes including that at http://www.davita.com or any other reputable and informed site.

        Best to you and yours because it is a team thing and I hope you have a good team.

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      • Robert Smith says:

        I was lucky that a memory foam mattress solved my back pain issues. Before that I had about 5 years of on and off periods of pain.

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    • amjean says:

      Do not take Advil; it has ruined a few of my friend’s kidneys.

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  23. cplogics says:

    Such a magnificent gesture on the part of our President and so important that he is attacking health issues at the source rather than trying to develop schemes to work around solving them. Thank you, Mr. President for your compassion and desire to truly make the American Medical System Great Again!

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  24. sarasotosfan says:

    Wow. I am stunned anyone would actually post this as a method to deal with kidney disease. You are either mistaken or you are dangerous for posting this.

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    • 50 years ago there probably wasn’t dialysis; people just died.

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      • NC Nana says:

        LittleFlower,

        Actually the first successful dialysis was done 74 years ago. According to the article the patient not only survived the treatment, he was discharged with normal kidney function.

        https://www.freseniusmedicalcare.com/en/media/stories/the-history-of-dialysis/

        Praise God. Since this first invention, treatment has advanced past hospitals and kidney centers to allow people to do dialysis in their own home.

        I was amazed to hear President Trump say he would fund research to build an artificial kidney. As amazing as that sounds just think, it would be a little portable dialysis machine placed inside the body. They are making things better and smaller all the time. If they don’t find a human kidney for little Hudson from the video, he could be one of the first people to have a mechanical kidney implanted.

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    • sarasotosfan says:

      Yes, I do. I took care of my dad before he passed from kidney disease. We are not talking about kidney stones. You will not find red meat on any diet for kidney disease sufferers.

      I was educated by a nutritionist and I still have all of my info. Your guidance is completely contrary to everything. I hope you are not taking your own advice because it is flat wrong.

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    • yucki says:

      Like lupus is “due to crap” I’m putting in [my] body?
      And kidney disease secondary to SLE is … what?

      Appalling.
      Judgmental and arrogant.

      Meat and Water?
      YIKES !!
      ……………………
      Ignore this dangerous advice. It might kill ya.

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  25. GSparrow says:

    These incredible initiatives are the opposite of “ineptness.”

    Undoubtedly, the former UK Ambassador never followed any of these “life altering” Trump events during the time he was sending secret, unflattering communiques to London about President Trump.

    But the good news is that with this Executive Order the people suffering with kidney disease will hear about it and have greater hope that their lives will soon be greatly improved and prolonged. Once again, a few extraordinary and tough Americans also eloquently conveyed their experiences in dealing with and surviving the disease. These are very informative events.

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  26. So you are saying that baby put crap in his body?

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    • ltravisjr says:

      My son’s kidney disease at birth is one part a rare genetic mutation which is autosomal dominant. It is inherited and there is not yet an explanation for what initially causes the mutation. Children have a 50/50 chance of acquiring it. Horrific.

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  27. NC Nana says:

    America is a land of abundance and the best medical treatment in the world. Thank you President Trump for the EO for the initiative to fight kidney disease.

    I am in end stage renal failure. In fact I am scheduled for surgery to have the peritoneal dialysis catheter placement this Friday. After kidney center training with the RN’s I will do my dialysis at home.

    Like 2 of the ladies in the video I suddenly found myself in stage 5 renal failure. My discovery was not as dramatic. I went in for my yearly checkup and learned from routine blood tests that I was in end stage kidney failure.

    Because I don’t have a family history of kidney failure the doctors looked for another underlying cause such as some type of cancer because the failure happened so fast. After many tests and biopsies they learned there is no underlying disease that can be treated other than the kidney failure itself.

    One of the things that was inspiring in this video is that someone as young as Hudson, (one year old), can have peritoneal dialysis. If a one year old can do it, anyone can.

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  28. Curling12341 says:

    I’ve heard that they’ll soon have human trials of an implantable artificial kidney (size of a small coffee cup) which has a two tier filtration system (physical and biological). No pumps needed except for the heart. Biological barrier is protected from immune rejection.

    As a bonus, future models can have its biological filter fitted with an additional layer of pancreatic cells which can produce insulin….a define help for type one diabetics!!!!!

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  29. Conservative_302 says:

    Trump is the man. He makes regular Americans lives better. Trump 2020!

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