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At the tele-town hall meeting, the President will be joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and representatives of the following organizations that have worked to organize local meetings across the country:
Alliance for Retired Americans
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
American Federation of Teachers Program on Retirement and Retirees
American Postal Workers Union Retirees Department
Bnai Brith International
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
Communications Workers of American Retiree Division
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades IUPAT
Medicare Rights Center
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Association of State Units on Aging
National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
National Association of State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
National Council on Aging
NCCNHR The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
OWL- The Voice of Midlife and Older Women
Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
Anyone no matter what their age who believe Obama is a fool.
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Unions to spend $100M in 2010 campaign to save Dem majorities
The Hill ^ | 5/21/2010 | Kevin Bogardus and Sean J. Miller
Posted on May 21, 2010 7:53:29 AM PDT by markomalley
At least two influential unions will spend close to $100 million on the 2010 election, with most of those funds going to protect incumbents.
Union officials told The Hill they plan to help endangered members particularly freshmen who made politically difficult votes in a year during which an anti-incumbent mood has filled the country.
And the number will be even higher since the AFL-CIO declined to give its figures.
While the labor movement has displayed an aggressive tack in Democratic primaries, including supporting some challengers over incumbents, it remains concerned about the party retaining its congressional majorities.
As a result, it plans an enormous spending spree to help ensure Democratic control of Congress.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) plans to spend in excess of $50 million during the 2010 campaign, part of which will fund a massive incumbent protection program, according to Gerry McEntee, president of the union.
AFSCME spent roughly $67 million on its political activities in 2008. But the $50 million slated for the 2010 elections is the largest expenditure the union will make in a midterm election, according to union officials. The money will go to help defend the unions top tier of eight Senate seats and 34 House members.
We have got to protect the incumbency in the House. We have got to protect the incumbency in the Senate, McEntee said. It is going to be hard. Those tea-baggers are out there. There is an anti-incumbency mood out there.
After the top tier, there will be a second tier of House candidates AFSCME will be monitoring and will step in to help defend if they become endangered by GOP challengers.
12,000 Missouri home-care workers unionize
St. Louis Business Journal ^ | 05/06/2010 | St. Louis Biz Journal
Posted on May 8, 2010 1:07:51 PM PDT by erikm88
About 12,000 Missouri home-care attendants have joined the Missouri Home Care Union.
The union is affiliated with both the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Ballots were counted Wednesday in Jefferson City.
Home-care attendants help the elderly and disabled with bathing, cooking, shopping and transportation to medical appointments.
They save taxpayers millions of dollars a year by avoiding the cost of nursing home care, SEIU said.
Demand for them also is projected to skyrocket, with the number of elderly Missourians expected to rise by more than 70 percent in the next 20 years, the union said.
Missouri home-care workers voted to unionize last summer but the election results were tossed out by a judge after a lawsuit alleged procedural flaws.
Home-care workers in more than 10 other states including California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Washington have also unionized.
Obama Administration Makes Emergency Funding Request for Teachers
Fox News ^ | 5/14/10 | Stephen Clark
Posted on May 14, 2010 2:27:22 PM PDT by jimbo123
Despite President Obama’s pledge for honest budgeting and billions of dollars in stimulus money spent to save teachers’ jobs, the Education Department is asking for off-the-books emergency funding to keep local districts from laying off school teachers next school year.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent Democratic lawmakers a request Thursday to pass a $26 billion emergency supplemental to fund up to 300,000 teachers’ jobs that he says will otherwise be lost in the fall.
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Facts Are Stubborn Things [email@example.com]
WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
Posted on August 4, 2009 3:45:39 PM PDT by Cindy
THE BRIEFING ROOM THE BLOG
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips
Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, “facts are stubborn things.”
Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to “uncover” the truth about the Presidents health insurance reform positions.
In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White Houses Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to “eliminate” private coverage, when the reality couldnt be further from the truth.
For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them. He has even proposed eight consumer protections relating specifically to the health insurance industry.
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we cant keep track of all of them here at the White House, were asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the complete videos that Linda refers to. First from the AARP:
And then from the President’s news conference:
"The President will also discuss the new health care law and efforts to combat senior scams and fraud..."
Cowards! Tele-town halls are a collosal waste of time. I’ve been in on two by Tom “I won’t read the bill” Carper (Stupid Party-DE)and only soft balls are allowed. No real information is exchanged and it is basically another opportunity for the elite to say what a great guy/gal he/she is.
Anything this large is bound to be a Chinese fire drill.
Seriously, I truly anticipate that when Miss Emily or myself reach the point that we cost too much money to all this "free" healthcare, we will get shipped- against our will-- to the "Old Folks Really Carefree ( literally! )
Retirement Home, err, I mean Organ Donation Center, so our parts can be harvested to keep the younger drones paying taxes into all the government's Ponzi schemes...
Look for the union label.
When does this take place?
Seniors Must Scrutinize Medicare Mailer
IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2010 | NEWT GINGRICH AND NANCY DESMOND
Posted on June 8, 2010 4:09:53 PM PDT by Kaslin
As weeks turned to months during the Great Debate over what to do about health care this past year, President Obama made one solemn pledge to the nation and its seniors:
He said health care would not add one dime to the deficit. And if all of us liked our doctor, we would get to keep our doctor.
Fast-forward almost 90 days after the passage of ObamaCare and the attitude of most Americans to that pledge is: “Prove it.”
In the past two weeks, the Obama administration has been trying to stem the tide of skepticism toward its health care law with a new mailer sent directly to the nation’s seniors, titled “Medicare and the New Health Care Law What it Means for You.”
Problem is, for anyone who has paid attention during the past 12 months, the message about the biggest government expansion into health care in our lifetime just doesn’t add up.
Let’s contrast fact from fiction and the language used in the new flier:
“The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this year will provide you and your family greater savings and increased quality of care.”
Fact: Most Americans will pay higher insurance premiums, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And more than 10 million seniors will see reduced benefits under their private Medicare Advantage plans. Overall quality will decline as fewer doctors take on Medicare patients.
“Your guaranteed Medicare benefits won’t change whether you get them through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan.”
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Attorney General Holder, Secretary Sebelius Send Letter to State Attorneys General on New Outreach and Education Efforts to Combat Medicare Fraud
Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius today sent a letter to state attorneys general urging them to work with HHS and federal, state and local law enforcement officials to mount a substantial outreach campaign , beginning this summer, to educate seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries about how to prevent scams and fraud. The outreach campaign is another step in the ongoing work of the Health Care Fraud Prevention Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a cabinet-level initiative launch by the Justice Department and HHS in May 2009.
“We are heading into the week when our first tax-free $250 donut hole rebate checks will be mailed out to Medicare beneficiaries who have fallen into the coverage gap. Accordingly, we are especially concerned about fraud and increased activity by criminals seeking to defraud seniors and we are seeking your help to stop it,” said Attorney General Holder and Secretary Sebelius in the letter. “Building on our record of aggressive action, we will use the new tools and resources provided by the Affordable Care Act to further crack down on fraud.”
In the letter, the Attorney General and Secretary outline education and outreach efforts where state attorneys general could make a big difference. These include efforts to cut the improper payment rate, which tracks fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare Fee for Service program, in half by 2012; a series of regional fraud prevention summits around the country over the next few months; regular health care fraud task force meetings to facilitate the exchange of information with partners in the public and private sector, and to help coordinate anti-fraud effort; HHSs plans to double the size of the Senior Medicare Patrol and to put more boots on the ground in the fight against Medicare fraud; and a new educational media campaign this summer to educate Medicare beneficiaries about how to protect themselves against fraud.