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  • Obamacare's Patient-Dumping, Privacy-Meddling Scheme

    05/15/2012 10:16:54 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | 5-16-2012 | Michelle Malkin - Commentary
    May 16, 2012 Obamacare's Patient-Dumping, Privacy-Meddling Scheme Michelle Malkin The stench of Chicago cronyism over the White House just got fouler. Inhale this: A shadowy $10 billion Obamacare agency with zero oversight just awarded first lady Michelle Obama's pet patient-dumping scheme at the University of Chicago Medical Center a $5.9 million taxpayer-funded grant. It will enable Mrs. Obama's cronies to build a government-sponsored electronic medical record-sharing system. The Chicago program, known as the Urban Health Initiative, is run by one of President Obama's closest golfing buddies, scandal magnet Eric Whitaker, who has been entangled with Illinois corruption celebrities Rod Blagojevich...
  • Obamacare's Medicare Scam

    05/13/2012 8:26:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | May 13, 2012 | Susan Brown
    America's senior citizens deserve to enjoy their golden years in security rather than be faced with the uncertainty of having their beloved Medicare benefits yanked away thanks to provisions within the Democratic Party's darling, Obamacare. Mathematicians Congressional Democrats are not. Democrats failed to inform seniors nearly half of Obamacare's cost would be funded initially by taking more than $500 billion from Medicare. When this information was made public, Democrats promised the cost-shifting would not in any way lead to benefit cuts. In addition, they were told Obamacare would reduce the deficit and were told everyone could keep their doctors. If...
  • Feds to put up $1.9B for Oregon health overhaul

    05/03/2012 12:47:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    ap ^ | 5/3/12 | JONATHAN J. COOPER
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Obama administration is buying into an ambitious health care initiative in Oregon, announcing Thursday it has tentatively agreed to chip in $1.9 billion over five years to help get the program off the ground. Oregon hopes to prove that states can save billions on Medicaid without sacrificing the quality of health care. Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan would invest in preventive care to keep patients healthy so they don't need expensive hospitalizations. "If this works, I think other states are going to be looking at this as a way to manage that patient population," said Kitzhaber,...
  • Rockwall teacher fired for out-of-wedlock pregnancy

    04/11/2012 9:44:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 163 replies
    WFAA ^ | 04/10/2012 | JASON WHITELY
    ROCKWALL — Cathy Samford, a volleyball coach and science teacher, was fired from Heritage Christian Academy for getting pregnant and not being married, the school acknowledged. "I looked it up and thought, 'They can't do this,'" said Samford, 29. For almost three years, she coached volleyball at the private school. Samford was named "Coach of the Year" and recently began teaching science. But when she got pregnant last fall, the school fired her because she was not married. "We all have different views and interpretations," Samford said. "It's not necessarily the Christian thing to do to throw somebody aside because...
  • Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty

    03/30/2012 6:29:41 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 3/29/2012 | Jack Kenny
    Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday what has long been known but seldom spoken. During the third and final day of Supreme Court hearings on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is unconstitutional, Roberts said states have been compromising their sovereignty for decades through increased reliance on the federal government for money and accompanying directions on the governance of state affairs. "It seems to me that they have compromised their status as independent sovereigns because they are so dependent on what the federal government has done," the chief justice said during Wednesday's nearly three hours of...
  • Florida must pay for autism therapy for poor kids, judge says

    03/29/2012 5:16:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald
    ...U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard, in an order signed this week, required the state's Medicaid insurance program for needy families to begin paying for a psychological program, called applied behavioral analysis, designed to improve the behavior, language and cognitive development of autistic children. The state already requires commercial carriers to provide the therapy, also called ABA, to Floridians with private insurance — meaning children from poor families were being denied services more affluent children could access. In a blistering order, Lenard called "outrageous" the state Agency for Health Care Administration's position that behavioral therapy is an experimental treatment that is...
  • Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Seems Long Shot at SCOTUS

    03/28/2012 1:54:05 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies ^ | 3/28/2012 | Kate Hicks
    It’s a testament to Paul Clement’s brilliant advocacy that reporters and spectators left the courtroom feeling less sure of a win for the federal government. Medicaid expansion was easily the hardest of the four issues he had to argue – both the lower courts previously had rejected the states’ premise – and he seemed to provide compelling evidence that coercion may be at play here. Justice Kagan hardly let the word “coercion” leave Mr. Clement’s mouth before she hit him with a very blunt question: “Why is a big gift coercive?” Therein lies the major distinction at the heart of...
  • Day Three: If the Mandate Goes, Can the Rest Stay? Is Medicaid Expansion Coercive?

    03/28/2012 4:17:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 36 replies ^ | 3/28/2012 | Kate Hicks
    If yesterday was the dramatic climax of the health case, then today is its denouement. The Court will consider two questions today: this morning, If the mandate is unconstitutional, how much, if any, of the PPACA may remain? This afternoon, Is Medicaid expansion coercion of the states? These two issues are decidedly less sexy than the mandate, and in all probability, more likely to go the federal government’s way. In general, the Court takes a deferential stance to the legislative branch. While it may decide that Congress overstepped its power by enacting the mandate, it’s unlikely to issue them the...
  • Whistleblower Lawsuit: Planned Parenthood in Texas Filed Millions in Fraudulent Medicaid Claims

    03/17/2012 9:28:03 AM PDT · by Semper911 · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Breitbart ^ | March 15, 2012 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A federal whistleblower lawsuit has been filed against Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, now known as Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, charging the provider of abortion services with fraudulent Medicaid claims in the amount of nearly $6 million. The lawsuit, filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), on behalf of former Planned Parenthood clinic director, Abby Johnson, accused Planned Parenthood of submitting over 87,000 "false, fraudulent, or ineligible claims for Medicaid reimbursements” under Title XIX, in association with the Texas Women’s Health Program. The Medicaid claims, filed between 2007 and 2009, were valued at more than $5.7 million. The...
  • Obama Admin. Pulls Funding, But CBS Scolds Texas for Daring to Harm Sacrosanct Planned Parenthood

    03/16/2012 8:15:11 AM PDT · by Qbert · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 16, 2012 | Brent Baker
    Obama administration officials in the Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday they would pull all of Medicaid’s funding for Texas’ Women’s Health Program because the state decided to no longer pass those funds along to abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood. Instead of holding the Obama officials accountable for putting the interests of a favored liberal group ahead of the poor women of Texas, right on cue the CBS Evening News turned it into another tale of woe with women as victims in the loss of “free” services provided by the sacrosanct Planned Parenthood.  “A fight over Planned...
  • VIDEO: Stealth-Unionization Scheme Bleeds Medicaid

    03/13/2012 1:29:39 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/13/2012 | MichCapCon
    Robert and Patricia Haynes of Macomb Township take care of their adult children — Melissa, 34, and Kevin, 30 — who suffer from hypertonic cerebral palsy and function at the level of six-month-olds. Now, some of the Medicaid assistance that is supposed to go to the Haynes family is being diverted to the coffers of the Service Employee International Union.
  • Planned Parenthood accused of $6M fraud

    03/12/2012 3:13:09 PM PDT · by don-o · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas knowingly sent in about $6 million in false claims to Medicaid and took steps to cover up its acts, says a federal "whistleblower" lawsuit that was unsealed Friday. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast submitted more than 87,000 reimbursement claims for services that were "false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible," said the lawsuit filed by Abby K. Johnson on behalf of the United States and the state of Texas in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. Ms. Johnson is a former director of one of the clinics and had "system-wide" access to patient...
  • Texas to administration: Never mind your threats, we’re cutting Medicaid to abortion providers

    02/24/2012 5:11:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2012 | Tina Korbe
    At CPAC, Texas Gov. Rick Perry quipped, “I haven’t left the fight; I just went home, reloaded my Mag and am fighting on a different front.” Clearly, he wasn’t kidding. Texas today cut Medicaid funding to abortion providers — even though the administration threatened to cut the state’s funding if it did so. The Daily Caller reports: On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed a rule at the behest of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that will formally ban Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program.The administration...
  • Texas ignores administration’s threats, cuts off Medicaid to abortion providers

    02/24/2012 4:35:47 PM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/24/2012 | Caroline May -
    The Lone Star state is reminding the Obama administration of it’s unofficial motto: “Don’t mess with Texas.” On Thursday, Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Thomas Suehs signed a rule at the behest of lawmakers and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that will formally ban Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. The administration had threatened to revoke federal funding from the state-federal Medicaid program if Texas went through with the ban.
  • What’s Behind the Medicare Increase?

    02/14/2012 3:54:44 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Washington Wire ^ | 2-14-12 | Janet Adamy
    The Obama administration proposed a sharp increase in spending at the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid – and the reason why might surprise you. Monday’s budget calls for spending $4.82 billion on administrative costs at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for fiscal 2013, a 25.9% increase in the previous year’s estimated budget of $3.83 billion. That doesn’t include the much larger sums the agency spends on its actual programs, which provide insurance to seniors, the disabled and the poor. A chunk of Baby Boomers will turn age 65 this year and become eligible for Medicare, but that...
  • Babies for braces? News 8's Medicaid investigations continue .

    02/03/2012 2:57:36 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies ^ | February 3, 2012 | BYRON HARRIS
    DALLAS - No one would say being a single mom is easy. Especially being a single, teenage mother. But the State of Texas appears to be encouraging teenage girls to become pregnant so they can receive free dental care under Medicaid. Our investigation last year found hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money spent for free braces on kids' teeth under Medicaid. That spurred a federal investigation, because cosmetic braces aren't supposed to be paid for under Medicaid. If that is an example of good intentions gone bad, Latricia Banks and her mom, Patricia Jones, may exemplify a good...
  • email from VA Planned Parenthood, OPPOSING bill to stop taxpayer funded abortions (BARF ALERT)

    02/02/2012 9:58:53 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    VA Planned Parenthood email
    We are 23 days into the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly, and things are moving fast! Over the past few days, we've had some really awful legislation pass committees, including HB62. HB62 is an attempt to repeal Medicaid funding for abortion for women whose pregnancies have been diagnosed with severe fetal abnormalities. These cases are rare and often these pregnancies are very wanted by the families. HB62 will punish the poorest women of Virginia by adding a crippling financial impact to a devastating diagnosis. Please take action and let your Delegate know you OPPOSE HB62!
  • THIS Is The Future Of Work In America (If you want a job, here's where you should be)

    12/05/2011 10:06:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/05/2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    There's a lot of debate about the future of labor in America: Will manufacturing ever come back? Will automation be a job destroyer? Will we all be freelancers working from home, shifting from gig to gig every 6 months?It's all interesting to think about, but if you want to place one solid bet on the future of jobs in America, this chart would be a pretty simple place to start.Regardless of where the economic cycle is, health care jobs just keep going up in a straight line. Image: The chart is even more impressive when you look at healthcare...
  • In Texas, a surprising Perry plan for Medicaid reform (Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!)

    11/19/2011 12:17:32 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2011 | Sarah Kliff
    It’s a perennial complaint from Texas Gov. Rick Perry: The federal government places far too many restrictions on how states can run Medicaid, the entitlement program that provides health care to low-income Americans. “We know for a fact that, given that freedom, the states can do a better job of delivering health care,” Perry said in a Republican debate last month. He’s endorsed turning the entitlement program into a block grant and flirted with having Texas drop out of it altogether. But back in Texas, Perry is actually pursuing a highly technocratic and pragmatic attempt at Medicaid reform that doesn’t...
  • Supreme Court’s planned review of health-care law shocks Medicaid advocates

    11/16/2011 8:30:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 16, 2011 | N.C. Aizenman
    While there was no surprise over the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to review the 2010 health-care act’s insurance mandate, supporters of the law are reeling over the justices’ announcement that they will also consider a long-shot challenge to what many consider an even more central provision of the statute. That provision is the extension of Medicaid to cover a greater number of the poor. Twenty-six states say the expansion amounts to an unconstitutional coercion of state governments, which provide part of Medicaid’s funding. “The decision on this issue is probably the most important the Supreme Court will be making on...