Skip to comments.Michelle Obama Oversaw Contentious Program (Kicking the uninsured out of her hospital's ER)
Posted on 08/23/2008 8:12:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Michelle Obama's job at the University of Chicago Medical Center included responsibility for a program to steer the uninsured away from its emergency room.
The wife of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is now on leave from her position. She was earning $317,000 a year as vice president of the hospital.
Some top Obama advisers are also involved with the Urban Health Initiative, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Dr. Eric Whitaker took over the program when the hospital hired him in 2007, and the hospital contracted with a company owned by David Axelrod, Barack Obama's top strategist, for a public relations campaign.
Another Obama adviser, Valerie Jarrett, heads the medical center's board and approved the hiring of Whitaker's company.
Hospital officials say uninsured patients seeking treatment for minor illness and injury were overwhelming the emergency room. The program tried to find doctors in the neighborhood for those patients and says they will get faster treatment elsewhere.
"Senator Obama sees community health centers as a vital part of efforts to invest in prevention and reduce costs," said Ben LaBolt, a spokesman..
Chicago Alderman Toni Preckwinkle said some doctors and nurses have complained to her that the medical center is dumping patients.
PAGING CMS for obvious EMTALA violations!
It's a despicable business, indeed.
I wonder if her involvement is why she always struck me as particularly wicked. Or maybe it was just the things she said and the way she said them.
You beat me to it...Can't wait to read all the delicious details. $25K per identifiable infraction.
If only they had universal health care, Michelle would not have had to do this.
Remember folks, just like children, uninsured sick people are burdens.
Surprised she didn’t call for some 90th trimester abortions.
She must have saved them a TON of money doing this to justify them paying her $317,000 a year.
Drs. and nurses complaining about patient dumping is enough to launch an investigation.
I bet they were the whiteys.
Michelle Obama’s job at the University of Chicago Medical Center included responsibility for a program to steer the uninsured away from its emergency room.
These two should be in the Olypics if they had an event to see how much fraud and hypocrisy could be generated by just two people....
I experienced this at a hospital with my son in Florida. Spoke to a very good lawyer afterwards. It’s common enough practice that he could rattle off a bit of the the legal precedent (”600 years of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence...”) without batting an eye.
My, how "compassionate" these Liberals are. Just another example of Change for America.
“Fred Sanford, you old heathen!”
For those of us not in the healthcare field, please explain what that means. Thanks!
Is that true ..? If so, GOOD!
Found this on youtube today .... he’s wondering if the reason she’s still being paid that high salary while she’s on leave is because of the money she’s saving them.
You’ll also see, that according to his guy, Dr. Whitaker apparently is a school buddy of Obama’s from Harvard.
But now, seeing Alexrod is involved with the company they contracted, too???
Dearlord .. and these are the poor South Siders with no insurance most times.... THEIR neighbors and the ‘least among us,’ right?
Obamas pay off to Univ of Chicago Hospital
Can’t believe they could actually do that.
Shocking .. and my son’s an ER doc in the
A $10,000 fine here.
In 1986, Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), which forbids the practice known as patient dumping--denial of treatment to emergency patients or women in labor, or transferring them to another hospital in an unstable condition. Patients are usually "dumped" because they are poor or uninsured.
Hospitals and doctors responsible for patient dumping may also be fined up to $50,000 for each offense.
If you, or someone you know, suspect that you have been the victim of patient dumping, contact your regional office of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Chicago (312) 353-2740
When I was a young stockbroker, I had a great client, a Jewish former petroleum distributor from Manhattan.
I'd call him to pitch him ideas and he'd balk, calling them bullsh(t.
When I replied that I felt the sources were trustworthy, he would say to me, over and over again, "people will say and do anything for money. People kill for money."
Now, of course, I've no need to contest his argument.
I don’t have a problem with this. If they can’t pay and don’t have insurance then they don’t deserve medical care. They can go to Cook County hospital.
Course, it’s hypocritical for liberals like the Obamas.
“She was earning $317,000 a year as vice president of the hospital.”
Profiting from the poor and distressed — mostly black I presume.
The hospital administrators must have searched high and low before they finally found such a ‘caring’ person.