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FBI raid shutters Medicare insurer (WellCare - formerly owned by George Soros)
St. Petersburg Times ^ | 10/25/07 | Kris Hundley

Posted on 10/25/2007 7:52:37 AM PDT by wagglebee

For the past two years, analysts have been asking how fast-growing WellCare Health Plans of Tampa has been able to make so much money running government health plans for the poor and elderly. Now government investigators may be asking the same thing.

On a rainy Wednesday morning, more than 200 federal and state agents swarmed WellCare's campus on Henderson Road in Tampa, forcing employees onto the sidewalk and into their cars.

Steven Meitzen, 51, who arrived at WellCare about 9:40 a.m. for a job interview, said he was initially told it was a bomb scare. "Later on, I talked to someone who said the FBI had a subpoena and were looking for records," he said.

By midday, the complex's parking garages were half-empty, but federal agents remained busy. They were still milling around WellCare's buildings in the early evening; a Ryder truck was backed up to a loading dock.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa said little about the search, which involved personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Florida attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The search warrant is sealed.

Both federal and state officials, however, said that the investigation should have no impact on delivery of health care to the more than 2.3-million members of WellCare's managed care plans.

The company's customers are about evenly divided between Medicare and Medicaid plans. WellCare is the largest Medicaid provider in Florida, with more than 350,000 members. The company also offers Medicare Advantage plans to seniors in seven states and a stand-alone drug plan nationwide.

The timing of the raid could be detrimental as WellCare is in the midst of convincing seniors to sign up for its 2008 plans.

WellCare issued a release saying that it was cooperating with authorities and that essential services to members would remain uninterrupted. Though its customer service number was working Wednesday, WellCare's Web site was replaced with a notice saying, "We're sorry, but something went wrong. We've been notified about this issue and we'll take a look at it shortly."

The company, which went public in July 2004 at $17 a share, has had a meteoric rise, with its stock more than doubling in the past 12 months. On Wednesday, WellCare's shares dropped $6.77 or 5.5 percent, to $115.50 before trading was halted about 11 a.m. It ended the day down $7.10 at $115.17.

FTN Midwest analyst Peter Costa downgraded his rating on WellCare stock to "sell" from "neutral" on Wednesday, citing the search. Costa said the investigation appeared to be a criminal one.

"Criminal investigations are harder to prove, likely to be more company specific and carry stiffer penalties, including being barred from doing business with the government if it is for fraud, which it most likely is given the departments involved," Costa said in a research note.

Thomas Carroll, analyst with Stifel Nicolaus in Baltimore, called the raid "ominous" and downgraded WellCare shares to "sell" from "hold" in a note to clients. Contacts within the company said BlackBerries, computers and files were seized from corporate, marketing and human resources offices, according to Carroll.

Carroll suspects the raid is potentially the result of a lawsuit in which an employee brought a matter to the attention of authorities.

"When the FBI and HHS raid a health care company, the outlook on earnings, legal proceedings and the entire operations of the company can be questioned," Carroll said.

WellCare's business practices have come under increased criticism over the past several months. Last spring, the company said independent sales agents in Georgia enrolled dead people in Medicare plans. In May and June, WellCare representatives appeared along with other insurance executives at hearings in the Senate and House into aggressive Medicare marketing practices. WellCare and six other insurers subsequently agreed to a temporary halt in marketing one type of Medicare plan, while promising to initiate consumer safeguards. In August, however, Medicare cited WellCare once again for violating several provisions of its Medicare contract, including sales practices.

WellCare, which had earnings of $139.2-million in 2006, gets all of its nearly $4-billion in revenues from state or federal governments. Profits come from the difference between the amount received from the government and the amount spent on overhead and medical care for its members.

The company routinely has outperformed its competition; for the quarter ending in June, the company said just 80.8 percent of its revenue was spent on medical claims, down from 82.7 percent a year ago.

WellCare's high margins have had analysts scratching their heads. In April, two Wall Street analysts said Florida in particular was too generous in its Medicaid reimbursement to WellCare. The analysts, with CIBC World Markets and Goldman Sachs & Co., were particularly critical of WellCare's use of a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands for reinsurance, saying it allowed the company to shift money in the form of reinsurance premiums.

WellCare said its reinsurance arrangement had been approved by stateregulators and rejected claims it was overpaid.

Florida Medicaid payments were raised 7.5 percent in July, to an average of $215 per member per month. Cuts of about 1.5 percent could be on the way in January, however, if Gov. Charlie Crist approves recommendations made during the recent special legislative session.

Medicare reimbursements average about $800 per member per month and will increase 3.5 percent next year. Because the federal government wanted to encourage private insurers to offer Medicare plans, it pays about 12 percent more for seniors on private plans than it does for traditional Medicare.

WellCare was a slow-growing Florida company until 1992 when its owner, Dr. Kiran Patel, sold it to a New York investment group led by financier George Soros. The bankers hired Todd Farha, an aggressive Harvard MBA, to transform the company. Under his leadership, WellCare's earnings have increased eight-fold and the company's investors and executives like Farha have profited handsomely from appreciation in its stock.

In an interview last year, Farha credited WellCare's success with hard work, attractive member benefits and close attention to the basics. But he has also nurtured the kinds of relationships invaluable to a company dependent on government funding.

WellCare and its affiliates have given the Republican Party of Florida some $105,000 in contributions this year, according to state election records. They've also given the Florida Democratic Party $5,000 this year. In 2006, WellCare's PAC gave $66,000 to federal candidates, all Republicans.

And the company's board has included the head of the Florida agency that oversees Medicaid, Dr. Andrew Agwunobi. Agwunobi was a director for six months before being picked to head the Agency for Health Care Administration. For his six months service on WellCare's board, Agwunobi received stock, which he sold for more than $1-million.

Current WellCare board members include former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and Ruben King-Shaw, former head of Florida's health agency and an ex-deputy chief at Medicare.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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The more government gets involved in healthcare, the more corrupt it will become.
1 posted on 10/25/2007 7:52:39 AM PDT by wagglebee
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To: floriduh voter

Ping


2 posted on 10/25/2007 7:52:58 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee; Sun; 8mmMauser; EternalVigilance; Calpernia; Dante3; amdgmary

bttt. It sure lends credence to claims of corruption in the State of Florida. At least we have an attorney general in Florida now who has integrity, Bill McCollum. Crist our current liberal RINO governor would have not bothered while he was Florida’s Attorney General - too much work for Charlie Crist to do actual AG work.


3 posted on 10/25/2007 7:58:41 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: wagglebee

There was also a raid in Connecticut. Just a news crawler at this point. Gotta run. Freep on.


4 posted on 10/25/2007 7:59:53 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: wagglebee
The more government gets involved in anything the more corrupt it will become--both the government and the anything.

The reason the politicians want higher taxes, more money, more power, more everything is not because "they care". It's because they want money, power, and everything.

Power corrupts collectively as well as individually. The more powerful government is, the more corrupt it is.

This is junior high school stuff, but millions of Americans just can't seem to get it. They think those politicians in Washington are "looking out for the little guy" and "wanting to give back". Anybody who buys this hogwash is a moron.

5 posted on 10/25/2007 8:04:21 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("History is not just cruel. It is witty." ~Charles Krauthammer)
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To: floriduh voter

Is my memory off, or do I remember WellCare being brought up during Terri’s story?


6 posted on 10/25/2007 8:05:31 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: floriduh voter

My bad. Ignore #6. It was Terri’s case, WellCare was investigated for viatical scams. I saw that name well making my Russian Organized Crime thread.


7 posted on 10/25/2007 8:07:34 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Calpernia

was = wasn’t


8 posted on 10/25/2007 8:08:03 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: wagglebee

“For his six months service on WellCare’s board, Agwunobi received stock, which he sold for more than $1-million. “

Follow the money. Sure Wall Street was scratching its head trying to figure out how the company was making so much money. But in the end, no one cared. You do not get rich off of govt health plans if you are following the rules.


9 posted on 10/25/2007 8:08:04 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: wagglebee
WellCare's business practices have come under increased criticism over the past several months. Last spring, the company said independent sales agents in Georgia enrolled dead people in Medicare plans...


10 posted on 10/25/2007 8:08:31 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Calpernia
What I'm interested to find out which is highly unlikely in the climate of coverup here, who the federal officials were who received money? If they were federal judges, maybe it did have to do with Terri. You might not be off base after all.

I'm still waiting for Terri whistleblowers to start coming forward who can't stand keeping such a terrible secret about what really happened to her in Florida.

11 posted on 10/25/2007 8:12:36 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: Dante3; Robert Drobot; Theodore R.; amdgmary; Saundra Duffy; Guenevere

Tampa FBI raid ping. I need to re-read and see if any hospices are named in the article.


12 posted on 10/25/2007 8:16:26 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: wagglebee

bump.


13 posted on 10/25/2007 8:17:42 AM PDT by khnyny (Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed. Winston Churchill)
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To: floriduh voter

Might be. I just wanted to correct where I heard WellCare from.

Viaticals are mostly scammed through hospices and retirement type facilities.


14 posted on 10/25/2007 8:20:59 AM PDT by Calpernia (Hunters Rangers - Raising the Bar of Integrity http://www.barofintegrity.us)
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To: Calpernia
The Federal Court in Tampa defied Congress and the Prez refusing to hold a "make new" de novo hearing re: Terri.

Judge James Whittemore, friend to strip club king Joe Redner, avowed atheist. Joe Redner attended Terri's first hearing in Whittemore's courtroom. It must have been amusing for him to watch his friend engage in corruption.

15 posted on 10/25/2007 8:23:05 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: floriduh voter

Interesting.


16 posted on 10/25/2007 8:24:29 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: wagglebee

More information on what happened:

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/wellcare-health-confirms-raid-federal/story.aspx?guid=%7BFD171264%2D2897%2D44C9%2DB8C5%2D8F2002564132%7D&dist=TQP_Mod_mktwN

Excerpt:SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — WellCare Health Plans Inc.

Last: 41.95-73.22-63.58%

WCG 41.95, -73.22, -63.6%) confirmed Wednesday that federal and state officials executed a search warrant at their Tampa headquarters. WellCare said it is cooperating with authorities. The company said its essential services are operational and will remain uninterrupted.


17 posted on 10/25/2007 9:13:19 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (("Ron Paul and his flaming antiwar spam monkeys can Kiss my Ass!!"- Jim Robinson, Sept, 30, 2007))
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To: wagglebee

Will Pelosi say “Culture of corruption”? LOL


18 posted on 10/25/2007 9:54:04 AM PDT by redstates4ever
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred
That's a great name for a junk shop.

Love your screenname, btw--best damn car ever, period.

19 posted on 10/25/2007 9:58:31 AM PDT by grellis (Is this the best we've got??!)
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To: Grampa Dave

bump


20 posted on 10/25/2007 10:39:56 AM PDT by malia (President Bush***FreeRepublic*Rush*Beck*SandRat*FreeRepublic*Rush*Beck*SandRat)
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To: floriduh voter

Florida GOP voters made a HUGE mistake in voting for Crist rather than Gallagher.

I hope some good will come from this when they realize their mistake, and research candidates better after this.

this via e-mail:

“The following data was published Sept.3, 06 St. Petersburg Times (Fla.) on the 2 Republican and 2 Democratic Candidates for FLA. GOVERNOR and the question on voting for or against AMNESTY:

In today’s St. Petersburg Times, there was an article in which four main contenders for Florida Governor were asked a series of questions. I direct your attention to the two questions the paper asked the candidates about immigration:

State: 20 questions for the candidates for governor:

“IMMIGRATION

15. Do you support a federal proposal for illegal immigrants who learn English and pay fines and abide by the law to earn citizenship?

Jim Davis: Yes ——— Rod Smith: Yes ——— Charlie Crist: Yes ——— Tom Gallagher: No

16. Should we license illegal immigrants to drive?

Jim Davis: No ——— Rod Smith: Yes(with guest worker program). -——— Charlie Crist: Yes (in limited circumstances) ——— Tom Gallagher: No”


The Republican Party of Florida boosted his (Crist) campaign with a donation of over $275,000.

http://www.thestraights.com/news/charlie-crist.htm


21 posted on 10/25/2007 10:48:52 AM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: All; wagglebee; floriduh voter

In 1995, the newsletter of a group called Choice in Dying listed seven organizations in a “Guide to Right-to-Die Organizations.” At least four of them (Compassion in Dying, Death with Dignity Education Center, the Oregon Death with Dignity Legal Defense and Education Center, and Choice in Dying itself) have attracted funding from large foundations.

One such foundation is George Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI). The OSI, through its Project on Death in America, gives millions of dollars for enhancing end-of-life care and none of the Project’s money is used for assisted suicide purposes. But the OSI provides grants for assisted suicide advocacy through OSI’s President’s Fund in its U.S. Programs office.

http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/magazines/2001/january/marker.html


22 posted on 10/25/2007 10:50:57 AM PDT by Sun (Duncan Hunter: pro-God/life/borders, understands Red China threat, NRA A+rating! www.gohunter08.com)
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To: wagglebee

They are crooks:
http://energycommerce.house.gov/Investigations/MedicarePred.050707.NYtimes.article.pdf


23 posted on 10/25/2007 1:29:53 PM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Well, well, well care! Now we watch what happens to fall from this tree when shaken!

8mm

"We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest."

24 posted on 10/25/2007 2:09:01 PM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; TheSarce; Kaslin
This thread by Kaslin on Soros is just pinged to us by TheSarce.

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WellCare Health Plans of Tampa, a firm which has made scads of money administering government health care, and huge profits for George Soros, who was once its largest shareholder, has been raided by the FBI and shuttered. The St. Petersburg Times reports:

The company, which went public in July 2004 at $17 a share, has had a meteoric rise, with its stock more than doubling in the past 12 months. On Wednesday, WellCare's shares dropped $6.77 or 5.5 percent, to $115.50 before trading was halted about 11 a.m. It ended the day down $7.10 at $115.17.............................................

Soros-related firm raided by FBI (updated)

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25 posted on 10/25/2007 2:27:04 PM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Pinged from Terri October Dailies

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26 posted on 10/25/2007 2:32:25 PM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Sun
Thanks Sun, for reminding us that George Soros poses more than a global threat or a threat via moveone.org. His other death cult is called ERGO and they have a web site. It looks more and more that Soros influenced Florida's last elections. Too bad Gallagher didn't win. Gallagher campaigned locally but for the most part, Crist was going to New York and New Jersey to pick up donations from non-Floridians and foreigners.

Crist raised sixty million and there's no way it was from Floridians. We're still waiting for prop tax and insurance reform.

27 posted on 10/25/2007 5:51:46 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: 8mmMauser

I wonder how Wellcare patients made out. Maybe they’ll let us know.


28 posted on 10/25/2007 5:53:53 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: 8mmMauser

bttt


29 posted on 10/25/2007 7:11:46 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: Dante3

When Crist was Fla AG, there were 94,000 cases of Medicaid Fraud. I guess he shredded those before he became our globally warmed governor. He’s been with Bubba.


30 posted on 10/25/2007 7:14:08 PM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: wagglebee

The donations were probably done to make sure no one investigated the organization. ...ha ha ha....PSYCH, we caught you anyway!


31 posted on 10/25/2007 7:24:52 PM PDT by NordP (Such tough choices ahead, I'm now a "middle of the road" voter--somewhere between RUSH & Savage ;-))
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Democrats, Republicans, Catholics and Terri, how it comes together in this perspective...

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The Human Life Foundation's Defender of Life annual award dinner this month was an eye opener. The award recipient was Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, and in the brochure noting his accomplishments I learned that the congressman is co-chairman of the bipartisan pro-life caucus. Bipartisan? In amazement, I asked him if there really are pro-life Democrats in Congress. "Oh yes," he assured me, "about 30." He went on to name one, but I'm not going to repeat the name because he and the others probably get enough grief from other congressional Democrats.

A senior editor for National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru, introduced Mr. Smith. In his book, "The Party of Death" Mr. Ponnuru makes no bones about which political party deserves that description. I'm not sure whether it's wise to use such hyperbolic language about the nation's majority political group, and yet maybe strong words are overdue in describing the culture that's being promoted today. Abortion on demand, embryonic destruction, euthanasia, and animal rights now displace human rights. It wasn't the GOP pulling the plug on the disabled Terry Schiavo.

My sisters are Democrats, and one refuses to vote for any Republican. They are also Catholics, and Catholics have traditionally voted Democrat. I'm still amazed by how loyal Catholics are to a political machine that champions causes directly opposed to church teaching. Although I have never been a registered Democrat, I've voted for and campaigned for that party because it once fought for basic human rights. That is no longer the case. Senator Miller, who formerly represented Georgia in the upper chamber, had it exactly right when he wrote his book, "A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat." He frequently says that he did not leave the Democratic Party. It left him. The Human Life Foundation, based in Manhattan, publishes a review of essays and reprints of articles exploring all aspects of respecting life. A self-described Jewish atheist, Nat Hentoff, was honored by the foundation a few years ago, and he declared that respect for life is not a religious issue: It is a fundamental human rights issue that has been clouded and deliberately distorted for a left-wing political agenda. The real horror of the Terry Schiavo case, Mr. Hentoff insists, is the danger it unleashed to the rights of the disabled................

Puzzling Over Why Catholics Back Democrats

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32 posted on 10/26/2007 2:49:04 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
Surprise surprise! The left wing media and the Republican candidates ordained and anointed by the elites as leaders-in-waiting agree on Terri. Fancy that. In this case the pronouncement comes from the United Press International.

Now what does this all mean about the anointed candidates? The mantra of the far left purports that most Americans wanted innocent Terri to suffer the death she received and that those were bad who thought an innocent should be helped. We have seen this mantra applied time and again in thinly veiled phrases so we don't make this stuff up.

Now how does this comport with elite candidates saying the very same thing? Say it ain't so, candidates! Tell Bobby Schindler you were mistaken and didn't really want his sister killed!

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., joined other GOP front-runners this week in saying Congress should have stayed out of the case of Terri Schiavo.

Thompson had already left the Senate in 2005 when many Republicans voted to get the case into federal courts. Florida courts had ruled that Schiavo's husband had the right to have her feeding tube removed, 15 years after she lapsed into an apparent vegetative state.

While a number of Republican politicians and pundits embraced the cause of Schiavo's parents and siblings at the time, most have moved away from the case, The Boston Globe reported. Few office-seekers or attendees at the "Values Voters" Summit in Washington last weekend mentioned Schiavo, even though her brother, Bobby Schindler, was there.

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, who backed the Schindlers in 2005 and continues to support their position, ended his presidential campaign last week.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voted with other Republicans on the case in 2005 but started backing away from that position quickly and now says it should have been a state matter. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani say they agree.

Republicans back away from Schiavo

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33 posted on 10/26/2007 3:07:34 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Speaking of Terri's brother just upthread, Bobby Schindler wants to take it right to the candidates in this thread by wagglebee:

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With Fred Thompson becoming the latest Republican presidential candidate to say that the federal and state government shouldn't have been involved in trying to save Terri Schiavo's life, her brother says he wants to talk with the GOP hopefuls.

He says they would be more likely to support the actions Congress and the Florida legislature took to try to help his family prevent her former husband from subjecting her to a painful euthanasia death if they knew more about her case.

"I want to personally talk with them about Terri's case," Bobby Schindler told the Boston Globe. "They need to be fully informed. There obviously exists a lot of confusion about my sister's situation."

Schindler told the newspaper that he plans to write each candidate a letter about Terri's circumstances and the painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death her former husband Michael made her endure.................

Terri Schiavo's Brother Wants to Talk With GOP Candidates About Her

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34 posted on 10/26/2007 3:15:49 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All
More reporting on Terri and the candidates...

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Giuliani, Romney and McCain earlier this week at a debate sponsored by Fox News Channel and the Republican Party of Florida said they disapproved of the decision by Congress in 2005 to become involved in the Terry Schiavo case, an indication of a "sharp departure from past Republican strategy" on end-of-life care for patients, the Boston Globe reports. According to Giuliani, the decision on care for Schiavo should have remained with the family. Romney said that the "decision of Congress to get involved was a mistake," and McCain said that Congress "acted too hastily." Huckabee said, "I wasn't sure how the federal government had a role in all that" (Kranish, Boston Globe, 10/25).

Republican Candidates Discuss End-of-Life Care

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35 posted on 10/26/2007 3:23:32 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: All; wagglebee
Let's see if I have this straight. Polls are dropping for Rudy because of his pro-abortion, pro-death stance. Top tier Republican candidates are now shifting towards a pro-death stance, as with Terri. Hmmmm. Are they trying to lose? NKR. (Not Quite Right)

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Rudy Giuliani continues to drop in national and state polls following a seminal survey issued just two weeks ago by the Des Moines Register. That poll was the first to show Giuliani's campaign hurting as more Republicans recognize his pro-abortion view and newer polls show his numbers continuing to drop.

National, State Polls Show Support for Pro-Abortion Rudy Giuliani Dropping

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36 posted on 10/26/2007 3:43:03 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee

May 6, 2005

Ownership switch

The proxy also disclosed that financier and philanthropist George Soros no longer is involved with WellCare. Soros Private Equity Investors had owned about 80 percent of WellCare at the time of the IPO.

In December, Soros Private Equity Investors sold 5.6 million shares for about $170 million.

In April, Soros spun off the $1.3-billion private equity group and the new firm was renamed TowerBrook Capital Partners. TowerBrook is headed by Neal Moszkowski, who previously led Soros Private Equity. Moszkowski also is chairman of the WellCare board.

TowerBrook is now the single largest shareholder in WellCare, with 16.7 million shares or 43.2 percent of the stock outstanding on April 25.


37 posted on 10/26/2007 3:44:59 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: All; Coleus
To me, Corzine sounds like one of these new exotic super drugs, maybe an abortificant. Thread by Coleus...

Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Tuesday marked the start of construction on what he hailed as a world-class research facility many hope will make the state a global leader in stem cell work. "The Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey will serve as the nexus of cutting edge scientific breakthroughs that will improve and save the lives of millions of our fellow citizens," Corzine said in an afternoon ceremony near the construction site.

Corzine hails start of stem cell facility

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38 posted on 10/26/2007 3:51:53 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Goodgirlinred; Miss Behave; cyn; AlwaysFree; amdgmary; angelwings49; ...
Aw shucks, Soros.

This just in from the WSJ. Could it be WellCare will be on WelFare?

I get so confused because I keep mistaking soros for a contageous disease.

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WellCare Health Plans Inc.'s market value was cut by more than half when the stock reopened Thursday following news of a government raid of the managed-care provider's Florida headquarters.

On Wednesday, state and federal law-enforcement agents armed with a federal search warrant raided WellCare's headquarters in Tampa, Fla.

The New York Stock Exchange subsequently halted trading of shares in WellCare, which provides managed-care plans for 2.3 million Medicare and Medicaid participants nationwide. Before the halt, shares had fallen 5.8% Wednesday to $115.17...........................

WellCare Stock Plummets Following Raid on Headquarters

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39 posted on 10/26/2007 4:01:40 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: 8mmMauser

Great column by Colon. Thanks for posting the link.


40 posted on 10/26/2007 4:07:03 AM PDT by syriacus (30,000 Americans died in 30 months in Korea under Truman, REWINNING SK freedom.)
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To: All; 668 - Neighbor of the Beast; wagglebee; floriduh voter
Fred and Terri tar baby dailies redux...

Everyone following this thread may be interested in the thread by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast if they haven't visited it yet. The thread has stirred passions.

TAMPA, Fla. - Republican Fred Thompson sidestepped a question about the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case last month, saying he didn't remember the details. On Monday he said he's uncomfortable discussing it because of his own daughter's death.......................

Thompson talks of daughter who died

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41 posted on 10/26/2007 4:40:40 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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To: wagglebee
This is interesting. I was not aware of the Soros connection. A little vanity here, but this WellCare outfit used to rent real estate from me its early days. They grew incredibly fast.
42 posted on 10/26/2007 4:45:43 AM PDT by Beowulf
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To: 8mmMauser
I keep mistaking soros for a contageous disease.

I think it is; the question though, is, is it deadly, too?

43 posted on 10/26/2007 6:17:48 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: 8mmMauser; wagglebee; Sun; Calpernia; Dante3; Theodore R.; Saundra Duffy; tutstar
Am I surprised at today's front page news at www.sptimes.com? The CEO of Wellcare was a GOP "Pioneer" fundraiser and he was rewarded (I mean appointed by President Bush to the SEC). Perhaps the federal officials who benefited from Wellcare are congressmen/women. I see a major conflict of interest that the CEO (name in paper) was benefiting from Medicare & Medicaid in a company that was on the stock exchange was on the SEC. Maybe Harriet Miers' brain never told the President that there was an appearance of impropriety and maybe Wellcare's CEO shouldn't sit on the SEC Board.

How can this CEO of Wellcare be on the SEC and all that stock trading was going on at Wellcare? I thought companies doing business with the government were supposed to play by the rules instead of profiteering which goes beyond capitalism. What if they stole our taxpayer money to enrich Wellcare's stockholders and he's on the SEC?

This is huge but if the press plays the tune of the current administration, this story won't last very long.

Wellcare CEO serves on the SEC while overbilling Medicare and Medicaid. SMELLS REAL BAD.

He may have been using his position at SEC to cover for his alleged grant theft and racketeering against Medicare/Medicaid.

...and he was a RNC Pioneer. That's rich. Or, I should say, he's rich.

If somebody's on the SEC, they are supposed to have scruples and integrity, are they not? Well, that was before RNC fundraisers were nicknamed Pioneers or Mavericks and rewarded with lofty positions in govt just cuz they are big fundraisers. If this ties George Soros to George Bush, oops, it goes back to Terri and why she's no longer with us.

I'm waiting for beginners to post "prove it". I think I already have been for the past four years.

44 posted on 10/26/2007 9:40:09 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: txzman

The CEO of Wellcare was/is on the SEC, appointed by the current administration. This is scandalous.


45 posted on 10/26/2007 9:41:31 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: NordP

I’m sure glad the FBI is on this. It’s huge and since there are dems and pubbies involved, everybody’s in trouble and the FBI’s doing the right thing like in the good old days.


46 posted on 10/26/2007 9:44:38 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: 8mmMauser
Backing away from Terri is backing away from all disabled Americans. This Wellcare CEO is a Bush fundraiser. If the gop candidates back away from Terri, they are hoping to get more donations. They may get more donations but they won't get votes.

Who would have thunk our leaders would discriminate against disabled people but they blatantly are doing so. What about Mitt? His wife has MS.

47 posted on 10/26/2007 9:48:35 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: kcvl

The CEO of Wellcare sits on the SEC. How untoward and unethical is that? I guess SEC members don’t have to resign their jobs to be on the SEC even if they have potential conflicts of interest?


48 posted on 10/26/2007 9:51:11 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: redstates4ever

Why wasn’t Wellcare’s CEO vetted by white house counsel before he was appointe to the SEC? There was WH Counsel Harriet Miers and I can’t recall who her replacement is. Did she leave yet??? Harriet Miers did not vet Wellcare’s CEO. Why not? (other than the fact he’s an RNC “pioneer” fundraiser).


49 posted on 10/26/2007 9:52:46 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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To: 8mmMauser

Do you realize that now the FBI will have to investigate the SEC because of the CEO?


50 posted on 10/26/2007 9:54:27 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Terri Ping List: 8mmmauser & I'm 4 DUNCAN HUNTER & ?????????)
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