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Scooter Store's staff on furlough (1,800 jobs)
The San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 9, 2013 | Patrick Danner

Posted on 03/09/2013 3:26:53 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Late Friday afternoon, The Scooter Store's chief executive notified employees that — effective immediately, but “with certain exceptions” — they'd been placed on unpaid furlough.

In an email, CEO Martin “Marty” Landon told employees not to return to work unless they receive notice from the company's human resources department.

The Scooter Store, one of the nation's largest suppliers of power wheelchairs and scooters, had about 1,800 workers as of last month. That's following the announcement in February that it had cut 150 positions.

About 1,200 employees worked out of its New Braunfels headquarters.

The furloughs came a little more than two weeks after federal agents executed a search warrant at the company's headquarters, presumably as part of an investigation into Medicare and Medicaid fraud....

(Excerpt) Read more at mysanantonio.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: fraud; layoffs; medicaid; medicare; scooterstore; texas; unemployment
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To: Dysart
Doug Harrison (founder and former CEO) donated to Romney in 2012, be my guess. As someone pointed out earlier TOP BRASS at Scotter Store were making political contributions in 2010 to GOP, even CRUZ later.

They (Top Management) were corrupt to the CORE. They got away with it so long they thought the Gravy Train would never run OUT!!

51 posted on 03/09/2013 5:15:59 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: Will88
I think most folks would rather be able to walk around normally under their own strength.

I've seen apartments for disabled and elderly where persons use them to go about doing for themselves even as far as going six blocks to the grocery store. For someone with MS, MD, or other neurological disorders it means being able to maintain some form of independence and independent living in many cases. The draw back? I'd say they are likely a pain to take with you anywhere. For my wifes wheelchair it weighs 300 pounds so we have to use a high top conversion van with a hydraulic wheelchair lift.

I'm at the point myself in places like. Wally World I'll hop on a store scooter. Arthritis and bad {distorted bones} feet would have me limping pretty darn fast. Would I ask Medicare/Medicaid for one? Heck no I'm no where near that point yet. Ten years from now I may reach that point. About 5 years ago we went to a Theme Park. I just about didn't make it out of the place. MY legs and hips kept going out. Next time I go if we ever go again I'll be sure to rent a scooter at the gate and be glad to do it.

52 posted on 03/09/2013 5:16:40 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Craftmore

You proudly post that your mother got a free scooter from the taxpayers and at the same time claim nobody in your family ever took government assistance?

What other “free” taxpayer-funded goodies have you and your family collected without calling it “government assistance”?


53 posted on 03/09/2013 5:16:46 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
As I understand the ad.your Doctor had to certify that you were in need of the scooter.If this is the case, perhaps the Medical Profession in on the fraud. I need a scooter, so I went to the Medical Store and bought one called a GoGo scooter, really neat breaks down into 4 components which all fit in out suv, no rack on the back. It is really neat.
54 posted on 03/09/2013 5:18:40 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy,,, other times I just let her sleep.)
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To: corbe

Good guesses. BTW, that Harrison’s a piece of work, ain’t he? (Rhetorical)


55 posted on 03/09/2013 5:19:17 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart
I was always kinda partial to him, he came to New Braunfels the same year I did-1991 and from the same place-New Orleans. Built a little business (Scotter Store) that was so successful (at stealing our money) he had to remove himself as CEO or was gonna be sued out of existence ( Investigation 2 of 4). But hey, obviously he didn't donate to Obummer!!!

PS. The business that I built is barely keeping red beans an rice on my table.

56 posted on 03/09/2013 5:27:06 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: corbe

If they hadn’t jacked up their billing rates to Medicare/Medicaid so much they would still be in business. Ever look at what hospitals charge insurance carriers including Medicare/Medicaid for one aspirin compared to what you can buy them for cash from your local grocery store?

After Texas resolves this issue they need to start looking at all the dental care providers who exist only because of and to make millions off of the State Medicaid program. And then they want to increase the amount of funding to Medicaid!!!!

Too bad about New Braunfels. Things I remember - Wurstfest, floating the Comal, its proximity to Gruene, staying one weekend in the old power plant which has been turned into separate rental units, and the huge flood you all had several years ago. Understand you can’t go tubin’ and take beer with you though any more. Surely that can’t be true.


57 posted on 03/09/2013 5:30:52 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Fido969

in their tv ads they brag how 90% of people who buy one get one for free through medicare/medicaid.


58 posted on 03/09/2013 5:34:30 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Racer1

so what? It’s their company, you ought to go join a union


59 posted on 03/09/2013 5:34:31 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I noticed it was awful desolate looking when I drove by this past week. The good news is that San Antonio, in general, is doing well. I saw many “Now Hiring” signs, all over town.


60 posted on 03/09/2013 5:34:38 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: DuncanWaring

You come across as a heartless prick who picks on the disabled.


61 posted on 03/09/2013 5:37:45 PM PST by JerseyDvl (Cogito Ergo Doleo Soetoro, ABO and of course FUBO!)
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To: BooBoo1000
As I understand the ad.your Doctor had to certify that you were in need of the scooter.If this is the case, perhaps the Medical Profession in on the fraud.

That is how it is supposed to work. It is supposed to take a certification process including diagnoses and some history to back it up usually if that is the first time. For the average doctor seeing patients in a private practice it is considerable work for the doctor and staff. It sounds like it was an in house system to me. Fraud does need to be contained. My aunt needed one as she was unable to walk but a couple of steps the last dozen or so years of her life. The family bought her one because she didn't medically qualify for it through Medicare. Go figure.

Before anyone goes on the rant warpath about the family using Medicare they were also dealing with two quadriplegic adults in the family living in the house as well. My aunt till her health prevented her doing so was their caregivers.

Sometimes life just don't work out the way you planned. Most blue collar workers and I'd say over 50% white collar workers are one catastrophic illness away from Medicare. When it hits the first thing you loose besides mobility or ability to work is your income. The second thing is insurance.M

I've been down that road twice first with my wife who became quadriplegic and 10 years later my own disabilities hit. We had to bankrupt on her illness. Mine thankfully was a disability that didn't run up hospital or doctor bills we couldn't cover.

That is the part where I disagreed with bankruptcy reform. There should have been a catastrophic illness clause written in. I watched my white collar B.I.L. get wiped several times over my uninsurable sister. He got laid off and they lost everything. He went bankrupt after the reforms hit. Afterward she had a stroke and another nearly $100K added. His last two years he lived they had healthcare insurance again through where he worked. When he passed it was COBRA Time till she was ruled widowed and disabled. Medicare just kicked in three months ago. Lucky for her he had purchased considerable life insurance that covered that period of time.

62 posted on 03/09/2013 5:39:18 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: dhs12345
Yes they do.

No doubt there is fraud afoot here, but then the scooter type chairs are for untold numbers of seniors and other disabled, the difference between a bedfast life and independent mobility. If you were laid up more or less permanently, which would you prefer?

63 posted on 03/09/2013 5:39:21 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

well what did they used to do in the old days before the scooter pray tell


64 posted on 03/09/2013 5:41:02 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: dhs12345
Yes they do.

No doubt there is fraud afoot here, but then the scooter type chairs are for untold numbers of seniors and other disabled, the difference between a bedfast life and independent mobility. If you were laid up more or less permanently, which would you prefer?

65 posted on 03/09/2013 5:41:54 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Grams A
Grams, I understand your ‘Aspirin’ analogy. The Scotter Store was “Bulldozing” Doctors into signing off for patients Scooters whether the patient NEEDED it or not. All patients scooters were REPLACED at 5 year intervals at @ $3-5k cost to US. In many instances the old Scotter was rebuilt (new motors and tires) at 4 year intervals @ cost to US $1-2k, See a pattern?


The Texas Court of Appeals just told the City of New Braunfels to take their Container Ban (Beer Ban on River) and stick it. The City is deciding whether or not to spend more of my property taxes to appeal again to the Texas Supreme Court. Grams, come on down and drink your BEER this Summer, this ludicrous Beer Ban will be thrown out by then, IMHO.

If you do come look me up, I'm a block from the Comal River, would love to meet any Freeper.

66 posted on 03/09/2013 5:42:17 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: DuncanWaring
Spoken like a true patriot. Congratulations on giving the liberal lurkers ammunition against conservatives for another month or two, jackwagon moron. You DESERVE to pay for other people just because you are such an a--hole.
67 posted on 03/09/2013 5:44:45 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: corbe

When I drove over the bridge over the Guadalupe this past week, I saw lots of rocks and not much water! The lake is about 9’ low. We need a good rain up around Kerrville.


68 posted on 03/09/2013 5:46:01 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: JerseyDvl
There's a saying “There, but for the grace of God go I”. I don't know of hardly anyone who has wished for disability and I've seen plenty. Like I posted most persons are one catastrophic illness away from fiscal ruin. The Fraud is what needs to end. Some heads in Medicare/Medicaid need to roll over not ensuring justification of need was met and legitimate to start with. They don't have to check every claim but darn it spot checks would be nice. Hospitals and Nursing homes face such scrunity.
69 posted on 03/09/2013 5:48:25 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Jane Long
Santonio is very Thirsty, they are stealing water out of Canyon lake and the Guadalupe, Dam that Snail Darter!!! The bad thing about it is we basically gave it to them (GBRA and LCRA (River Athourities here)). Our Head Lawyer here negotiated the treaties, Guess where he now works-SAWS (San Antonio Water Systems). What a Scam.

Love your town-Kerrville

70 posted on 03/09/2013 5:52:23 PM PST by corbe (mystified)
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To: corbe
Oh, I'm not in Kerrville, corbe. I just know when we get a good long rain that hangs around Kerrville, the lake (Canyon) and river(s) benefit ;) We spend as much time as we can at the lake every summer.

I hear ya about SA stealing the water. I didn't know the stinkin' attorney now works for SAWS...but, I am not surprised.

71 posted on 03/09/2013 5:59:55 PM PST by Jane Long
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To: Secret Agent Man
in their tv ads they brag how 90% of people who buy one get one for free through medicare/medicaid.

True. But do they get the same model as shown on TV? Medicaid/Medicare has fixed prices they will pay any contracted dealer. The Medicaid/Medicare customers were likely getting a basic model made on Medicare/Medicaid contract. Scooters unlike wheelchairs can be built with one or two sizes fits all construction.

On wheelchairs and maybe some scooters I'm not sure on scooters will also pay for certain PRESCRIBED by physician options like tilt back seats on wheelchairs.

To someone who doesn't know beans about wheelchairs or paraplegia/quadriplegia it may seem like a rip off of the system. The tilt back seats are to relieve pressure areas. A person in a motorized wheelchair for example tilted back isn't doing it for comfort but rather medical necessity. Pressure sores cost lots of money too treat. Good functional seating is much cheaper.

72 posted on 03/09/2013 6:00:17 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: yldstrk

Like a wise anti-union professor once told me “Mr. Prick has started more unions than any of the union bosses.”


73 posted on 03/09/2013 6:30:49 PM PST by Racer1
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To: Racer1

Should have been solar powered!


74 posted on 03/09/2013 6:37:21 PM PST by Forrestfire (("To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." Theodore Roosevelt))
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To: yldstrk
well what did they used to do in the old days before the scooter pray tell

The truth? Many persons ended up in state contracted nursing homes at the cost to taxpayers of about $50-$100 a day or at a bare minimal $18K a year with $25K a year being a closer number. Others who did have family used manual wheelchairs meaning the person was 100% dependent on a family member to push the chair.

Scooters and even wheelchairs allow many persons which a couple of decades ago would have been confined to a care facility or home in bed to still live an active life. A basic strip down contract scooter is likely going to cost Medicare/Medicaid about $800 - $1200 depending on options prescribed and should under normal use last about seven years if treated right including maintenance. Keep in mind Medicare doesn't pay retail price. They'll contract with the dealer and/or manufacture for specific models sold with specific features at specific cost.

Scooters aren't as complicated components wise as a motorized wheelchairs are. In some cases they are actually cheaper than a custom build {fitted} manual wheelchair.

The real money to be made for the dealers is where private pay customers will come in and say WTH for $2500 I'll get all I want. Even Wally World sells them on line.

75 posted on 03/09/2013 7:08:34 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Tammy8

My 90 Year Old Father wanted a Hoveround to take him where he wanted to go. I think he really wanted the free Insulated Cup and Cup holder they were offering with the Chair.

We took him to a Doctor for an evaluation and was declined.

He uses a Cane and a Walker right now and he is pretty shaky when he walks more than 100 feet. He still wasn’t considered to be in bad enough shape to need a power chair.

Meanwhile, I love watching the big fat people using the Power Shopping Carts at Walmart and at the Grocery Store. Most of them are half my Father’s age. LOL

I had better start checking Craigslist. Sounds like the same thing people do with Food Stamps, sell the Groceries bought by the Taxpayers for cash. The price of Choom is skyrocketing in the Obama Economy you know.


76 posted on 03/09/2013 7:20:34 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (A Republican freed the Slaves and a Democrat murdered Martin Luther King.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Oops, needs a couple of corrections..

My 90 Year Old Father wanted a Hoveround to take him where he wanted to go. I think he really wanted the free Insulated Cup and Cup holder they were offering with the Chair.

We took him to a Doctor for an evaluation and HE was declined.

He uses a Cane and a Walker right now and he is pretty shaky when he walks more than TEN feet. He still wasn’t considered to be in bad enough shape to need a power chair.

Meanwhile, I love watching the big fat people using the Power Shopping Carts at Walmart and at the Grocery Store. Most of them are half my Father’s age. LOL

I had better start checking Craigslist. Sounds like the same thing people do with Food Stamps, sell the Groceries bought by the Taxpayers for cash. The price of Choom is skyrocketing in the Obama Economy you know.


77 posted on 03/09/2013 7:33:20 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (A Republican freed the Slaves and a Democrat murdered Martin Luther King.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The "NEW" GSS Model (Government Scooter Store) Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

78 posted on 03/09/2013 7:36:47 PM PST by Chance Hart
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To: Craftmore

I think you make the case for a socialistic society and government.


79 posted on 03/09/2013 7:40:48 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"So you trust the Obama Justice Department and FBI more than a private company?"

I take it you haven't had much contact with "private" firms that sell stuff to Medicare/Medicaid patients and get paid directly by the government?

The fraud and corruption that many of these firms get away with is breathtaking.

We had a run in with this mess when my Uncle's over ruled my Dad and put my Grandmother in a nursing home. These private firms would bilk my Grandma AND the government for 10 times the normal costs for clothes and sundry items and such. They had a real scam going. When my Dad found out about it there commenced a severe shit storm that is legendary around these parts!

80 posted on 03/09/2013 7:50:07 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Who wrote the legislation that allowed these “give-away” programs to happen in the first place? I doubt it was the people at the Scooter Store or the companies you referenced. And no, I’ve never dealt with Medicare or Medicaid. My mother has TriCare, I utilize the Veterans Affairs system and my wife has private insurance through her company.


81 posted on 03/09/2013 7:57:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Most facilities will allow family to bring in clothes and take patients clothes home to wash them. To do the patients personal laundry in a 200 bed facility requires hiring about 2-4 workers. You don't want their clothes ran through the facilities linen machines the clothing won't last long. Very, very, high temp washing and very strong detergent. They use regular washing machines for patients personal clothing usually.

I have a sister living in a memory care unit. Mom and I take her clothes, underpads in etc. We mark every piece of clothing too. If she needs to go to the hospital due to a fall they call me first. Otherwise that's $1200 round trip ambulance form the county ambulance service. The hospital is five blocks away BTW.

Wally World is a lot cheaper on stuff than nursing homes or assisted living providing supplies in house so we go that route. Still the monthly bill is almost $5K. Medicare nor Medicaid covers assisted living but they cover a nursing home and we're trying to stall that as long as we can. They do cover the meds and physical therapy though.

82 posted on 03/09/2013 8:31:15 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: TurboZamboni

” I see the same ones Medicaid pays for on Craigslist for a 1/10th what taxpayers paid for them. “

That’s because almost any one who wants one can get a brand new one for free from Uncle Sam.


83 posted on 03/09/2013 9:56:18 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: cva66snipe

Sorry to hear about your ailments. I had severe osteo-arthritis and hip necrosis. New hip, new knee over the last 18 months. I’m at the gym 3 days a week and ride a bike about 80 miles a week. I hope you find some relief. Pain sucks!


84 posted on 03/10/2013 3:17:01 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: JerseyDvl; hinckley buzzard

You come across as a big-government thug who enthusiastically supports Larceny By Government.


85 posted on 03/10/2013 4:09:58 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can get your scooter “AT no cost to you”...

that is right because I pay for it...

why are my tax dollars paying for a 3000 dollar wheelchair?


86 posted on 03/10/2013 5:16:17 AM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Get a scooter at little to no cost to you.

Mediscare abuse? probably.


87 posted on 03/10/2013 6:10:26 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

So your position is that we shouldn’t say anything our opponents find disagreeable?

That makes you the head of Vichy FR.


88 posted on 03/10/2013 7:23:29 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Dysart
The Scooter Store should have been reined in and their officers frog marched to prison years ago. Everyone in the industry knew they were scamming the system-- the taxpayers-- by exploiting the elderly.

This is part of the problem that I see with the simplistic breakdown of the economy as freemarket versus government-dependent.

The entire business model of the Scooter Store was dependent upon tapping into the government, but how may of the people making their living off these Medicare-paid-for scooters would consider themselves living off the government largesse???

89 posted on 03/10/2013 10:39:34 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: poobear
The pain is manageable as long as I take precautions. Orthopedic doc says no walking on pavement or concrete if possible and I'm not supposed to hike up and down hills. I was born Club Footed both feet and as an adult my arches fell. But I was also born with some Inner Ear issues that causes be to walk off balance all the time. That's what done the bones and joints the most damage. I wear work boots with corrective insoles.Regular Tennis shoes or dress shoes I'll try and what feels like walk on my ankle. High top boots support my ankles.

I'm medically disabled not from the feet but from the Inner Ear and sensory damage which makes me have upper torso seizures, Certain sounds trigger it as well as certain optic stimulation. I have to do things like shop late at night etc to avoid noise and crowds. On a positive note I'm at over 50% hearing loss now LOL.

I know some in here are protesting Medicare/Medicaid buying a scooter or chair. The math is simple on a scooter. Medicare pays $800-$1200 for a scooter that if treated right can last seven years and person retain independence, OR person can go in nursing home on Medicare/Medicaid at todays prices going about $30K for basic care. It's a no brainer. I'm against fraud though. I'll report it when I see it especially a vendor ripping consumer or Medicare/Medicaid off.

I believe Medicare/Medicaid cost can be lowered very significantly bu encouraging cheaper alternatives like home health care. In 28 years my wife has received less than a dozen home health visits total. I do procedures that in a nursing home would be LPN/RN skill levels. I believe in most cases person do better being taken care of at home as it's healthier. I say this as a former nursing home employee.

90 posted on 03/10/2013 10:55:25 AM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

>> “Also, this company must not be donors to 0bama.” <<

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I suspect that may be the essence of the whole thing.

This is Obamacare in action, denying care but still taxing for it.


91 posted on 03/10/2013 11:10:29 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: TurboZamboni

>> “ I see the same ones Medicaid pays for on Craigslist for a 1/10th what taxpayers paid for them” <<

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Probably more like half, but that is common for people that use these chairs; they are in poor health to begin with, and many die soon after getting the chair, and their families get rid of them.


92 posted on 03/10/2013 11:13:36 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

>> “The Scooter Store just exploited a Medicare loophole to steal taxpayer dollars.” <<

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You’re just getting caught in the trap of Yellow journalism. The Scooter Store was not capable of doing what you said, because it couldn’t write prescriptions for the chairs.


93 posted on 03/10/2013 11:16:57 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: corbe

>> “They (Top Management) were corrupt to the CORE” <<

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Where is your evidence to support that accusation?

Should FreeRepublic share in the liability for damages arising out of your accusation?


94 posted on 03/10/2013 11:22:17 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
It was just an easy jump for me to ascertain the corrupt nature of this company. They have been investigated by multiple County, State and Federal Agencies 3 TIMES in 4 Years. Also they have STOLEN MILLIONS of Dollars in Tax abatements from the city of New Braunfels, TX through our LOCAL 4B Board. The EXEC VICE PRESIDENT of the Scooter Store-TIM ZIPP (BING it) is also President of said 4B board, they have never managed to live up to agreed Local Employment levels that were mandated in the Framework of the TREATIES/Contracts. Retired Senator Bob Kruger and his City Councilmember wife is also in this up to their necks.

And of course there is THIS:

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management.

I understand this is not the Evidence you were expecting, just my humble opinion. Sue me Bob Kruger!!!!

95 posted on 03/10/2013 11:51:44 AM PDT by corbe (mystified)
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To: corbe

No evidence was expected; the timbre of your post showed that there was none.

Welcome to the Weekly World News.


96 posted on 03/10/2013 12:03:52 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
So it's OK to steal taxpayer money if you find a loophole to exploit.

It's legal, but when you go belly-up, FU.

97 posted on 03/10/2013 12:27:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Let Obama’s boys have at them; if there is even a scrap of evidence of fraud I’m sure they’ll find a way to hang this Romney donor.


98 posted on 03/10/2013 2:30:54 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: cva66snipe

Unbelievable what you have accomplished and knowing your limitations. That is half the battle, knowing what you’re up against. I go to a Orthopedic Practice that is all new in their approach to old afflictions and have custom implants. Never too late to try something different.

I think your approach is admirable and I wish you all the best. I don’t have your afflictions but understand avoiding noise and people :) This is a good thing!

I don’t know how much Faith you have in The Higher Powers, but I do pray that He Blesses you and your dear wife for your endurance. May God Bless You and Keep you both...
poobear


99 posted on 03/10/2013 2:50:23 PM PDT by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Uncle Chip
The entire business model of the Scooter Store was dependent upon tapping into the government, but how may of the people making their living off these Medicare-paid-for scooters would consider themselves living off the government largesse???

Largesse is defined as "Generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others."

Well we understand, or I hope we do, the govt depends upon private contracted businesses to deliver goods and services throughout the economy. There is no alternative. As for "living off the largesse" that assumes nothing of value is exchanged, which isn't so. So that is a misappropriation of the concept. A lot of of labor, capital, and risk are exchanged for this "largesse." What we have here at topic is a perversion of the system by the Scooter Store.

Now, this is not to say it's an ideal system as it is, or was; and I should have emphasized was, because the model (I won't delve into this inside baseball stuff) has been revamped by regulators resulting in a severe consolidation of DME providers, so that beneficiaries have and will to continue to fewer choices as the new model is rolled out nationwide. Lower quality products and poorer services delivered are the price for stronger govt intervention. A freer market approach was proposed to CMS that they rejected in favor of a more highly regulated, artificial one.

100 posted on 03/10/2013 3:44:16 PM PDT by Dysart
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