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  • Wisconsin: 11 doctors disciplined for handing out fake sick notes during protest

    12/14/2012 5:20:42 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    MADISON, Wis. -- The state Medical Examining Board disciplined 11 doctors this week for giving out questionable sick notes to public workers at a 2011 rally to fight Gov. Scott Walker's limits on collective bargaining. The discipline was handed down Wednesday, eight months after 20 other doctors were punished for similar activity. In the latest round, six doctors were reprimanded and five residents were given administrative warnings, a lesser form of discipline. The six doctors who were disciplined were Susan Carson, Jennifer Edgoose, Laurel Mark, Dipesh Navsaria, Richard Schmelzer and Melissa Stiles. Carson is retired; the others are with the...
  • Records detail discipline for doctors who gave protesters sick notes (Madison, WI)

    04/05/2012 1:02:50 PM PDT · by Jean S · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/5/12 | Jason Stein
    Madison - The state medical school disciplined 20 doctors and fined 11 of them up to $4,000 for handing out sick notes to demonstrators at last year's labor protests, newly released records show. The records, requested by the Journal Sentinel last year under the state's open records law, show for the first time the extent of the discipline given to those doctors by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In several cases, doctors in more senior positions within the school also had to step away from those roles for a period of four months over one...
  • Doctors Around Country Outraged at Wisc. “Fake Sick Note” Scam

    02/07/2012 9:23:39 AM PST · by Sopater · 4 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | February 6, 2012 | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] A dozen doctors from Wisconsin and around the country contacted the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing to express their disappointment in the doctors accused of writing fake sick notes to protesters on February 18, 2011 at the Capitol, according to documents obtained by the MacIver News Service. Some of the doctors expressed concern, others outrage, and some even filed formal complaints against the sick note doctors. In general, the doctors felt the incident reflected poorly on the entire medical profession. “If the above is true, then it is unprofessional and unethical,” wrote Dr. Ronald Long. “Certainly it...
  • Medical board reprimands seven doctors for (WI) Capitol protest sick notes

    11/16/2011 2:31:28 PM PST · by Sopater · 11 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Nov. 16, 2011 3:54 p.m. | Jason Stein
    Madison - Seven doctors received a reprimand from a state board Wednesday for how they kept medical records after issuing controversial sick notes to demonstrators during the protests against Gov. Scott Walker's union bargaining law. "The board action today holds these physicians accountable for their very public actions," said a statement from Sujatha Kailas, a physician and chairman of the Medical Examining Boar Another two doctors received administrative warnings, a lesser form of discipline, according to the board. Twelve doctors faced scrutiny from the department about their activities at the Capitol, said John Murray, the No. 3 official at the...
  • 10 doctors who backed Wisconsin protesters' absences not disciplined

    12/18/2011 10:03:14 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12-17-11 | Matthew DeFour and David Wahlberg
    At least 10 doctors not previously disciplined by the state signed sick notes for Madison School District employees that the district considered fraudulent, according to a State Journal analysis of the notes submitted amid Capitol protests earlier this year. The newspaper also found that about 570 district employees submitted sick notes for at least one of the four days in February when teacher absences forced a school shutdown. The number presents, for the first time, a clearer picture of how many Madison employees sought an excused absence. The documents - obtained by the newspaper Friday as part of a settlement...
  • Seven doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters get reprimands (WI fake notes)

    11/16/2011 2:39:53 PM PST · by bigbob · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 11-16-11 | DAVID WALHBERG
    Seven doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters at the state Capitol in February received reprimands Wednesday by the state Medical Examining Board. Two other doctors got administrative warnings, which aren't considered disciplinary action as the reprimands are. The medical board voted 6-3 to approve the reprimands for the six doctors from UW-Madison. The board voted 6-4 to reprimand the other doctor, from Dean Clinic. A board member from the university's doctor group abstained from the first vote. Two of the board members who voted no said they weren't allowed to talk publicly about why. The reprimands go on the...
  • In Madison, 84 teachers used fraudulent sick notes, officials say

    04/29/2011 1:22:46 PM PDT · by Jean S · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/29/2011 | Sharif Durhams
    Eighty-four school teachers in Madison turned in fraudulent sick notes from doctors who were handing them out at the State Capitol, but about half of them later rescinded their notes, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The Madison paper reported on its website that school officials with the Madison Metropolitan School District released information on the sick notes Friday. According to the district, 1,769 teachers out of 2,655 took unpaid time off during four of the most heated days of protests, according to the State Journal.
  • Wisconsin doctors face disciplinary action for writing fake notes for protesters

    04/27/2011 12:11:17 PM PDT · by Justaham · 17 replies ^ | 4-27-11 | Ed Morrissey
    The University of Wisconsin has decided to act against doctors in their system that provided fraudulent medical excuses for demonstrators in Madison earlier this year. The medical school reviewed allegations against 22 of its faculty/staff and will remove them from “leadership positions” and dock their pay: UW Health doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters at the Capitol in February face penalties up to a loss of pay and leadership positions, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said Tuesday. The medical school reviewed 22 UW Health doctors said to have been involved in writing medical excuses for protesters...
  • UW doctors face penalties for writing sick notes for protesters

    04/27/2011 8:39:50 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies
    UW doctors face penalties for writing sick notes for protesters DAVID WAHLBERG | | 608-252-6125 | Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:30 am This photo, taken from a Youtube video from a Fox 11 (Green Bay) news report, shows a purported doctor telling a television station that he is offering sick notes to teachers who are at the Capitol protesting. UW Health doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters at the Capitol in February face penalties up to a loss of pay and leadership positions, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said Tuesday. The medical school reviewed...
  • 8 accused of writing protest excuses now under investigation (WI)

    04/20/2011 3:18:44 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 20 April 2011 | Mike Johnson
    Madison - The state Department of Regulation and Licensing and the Medical Examining Board said Wednesday that they had opened investigations into eight individuals who allegedly wrote doctor excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol during rallies in February. Last month, the Department of Regulation and Licensing said it had identified 11 people who may have provided the medical excuses, and it asked them to submit information about their activities at the Capitol. Three members of the Medical Examining Board reviewed the information and decided to open investigations on eight of the 11, according to a department news release....
  • Smoking Gun Audio: Wisconsin Teacher Protest a Coordinated Sick Out

    04/12/2011 7:51:06 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 11 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/12/2011 | Unlikely Hospitalist
    I don't think anyone really considered the actions of the Wisconsin Teachers Union and their members in last months protest of the Wisconsin budget battle as anything other than a sick out. The only thing lacking was proof, but in an odd quirk of fate that is exactly what fell into the lap or voicemail of concerned citizen. Blaska's Blogs has the sordid details including an audio recording of a pre-meditated, union authorized job action consisting of a phone tree with teachers calling other teachers for the express purpose of closing down schools. This type of action is prohibited by...
  • WI Email Creator and the Madison doctors handing out bogus notes--related? (Vanity)

    04/01/2011 5:56:24 AM PDT · by ElenaM · 6 replies
    Anyone know if William Windels was one of the medical people handing out fake doctor notes at the union thugfest in Madison? Turns out the woman who wrote the threats via email to the senators in WI, Katherine Windels, is the adopted daughter of one William A Windels, LPN, who works in Madison and is a graduate of UW-Madison, the same school that sent the docs into the protest. have a list of the docs who were there to compare?
  • Wisconsin Teachers Who Handed in Bogus Excuses To Be Suspended

    03/16/2011 11:45:56 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 36 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/16/11 | Unlikely Hospitalist
    WKOW reported yesterday that an investigation is ongoing to determine the veracity of more than 1000 doctor excuses that have been handed in by Madison teachers in an attempt to justify their absence from teaching duties that ultimately resulted in the closing of school for four consecutive days. The results of this inquiry will result in teacher suspension. "A new contract with Madison teachers says fraudulent excuses will result in a letter of suspension but won't require suspended teachers to be off from work." How is that for punishment! I mean really, if this is the ultimate result of any...
  • WOLF: Organized medical fraud in Wisconsin

    02/25/2011 6:24:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 25, 2011 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    “Primum nil nocere.” First, do no harm. This bedrock principle in medicine is a foreign language to most politicians and, sadly, to some Wisconsin doctors, who have violated their oath and the public trust as they have defrauded Wisconsin taxpayers. Several University of Wisconsin family physicians donned their sacred white coats and were caught distributing fraudulent “sick notes” free for the asking quite literally by the boxful - I wonder who paid for that printing - to teachers and others who skipped work to engage in political protest at the state Capitol in Madison. Whatever the merits of the teachers’...
  • Doctors in Wisconsin engaging in deception (from an M.D.)

    02/25/2011 2:23:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | 2/24/11 | Ferdinand D. Yates Jr.
    Doctors in Wisconsin engaging in deceptionUpdated: February 24, 2011, 6:43 AM Protesters in Wisconsin have apparently developed quite a bit of stress due to their recent protesting against the governor’s proposed legislation against collective bargaining. Many of these union workers, teachers as well as other nongovernmental employees, have seemingly also taken time off from work to engage in the protesting. And now, doctors have rallied to the cause. Doctors from several area hospitals have manned a booth with the explicit intent to provide a physician’s excuse that explains the employee’s work absence. A physician from the University of Wisconsin School...
  • Wisconsin Teachers Who Protested In Madison Docked Pay, Disciplined (Doctors up next!)

    02/23/2011 9:16:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Link only - Wisc. Teachers Who Protested In Madison Docked Pay, Disciplined
  • Megyn Kelly Skewers Union President Over ‘Sick’ Notes for Teachers

    02/23/2011 3:39:49 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 27 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | Feb. 23, 2011 | Megyn Kelly
    Video at the linkie.
  • Wisconsin licensing board reviewing doctors’ notes from protestors

    02/23/2011 3:31:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Call it karma, just desserts, or schadenfreude. The cost to taxpayers of doctors’ notes excusing Wisconsin teachers from work so that they don’t get fired for illegally walking out on classes has been estimated at $6 million. Watching Big Government crack down on Big Labor? Priceless: Staff at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing have begun to review roughly 300 e-mail complaints about doctors issuing excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.Complaints that name a specific doctor and the alleged violations of rules covered by their licenses will be forwarded to the...
  • The Scrubbing has Begun...

    02/23/2011 1:55:48 PM PST · by chessplayer · 41 replies
    Today the state of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, announced that it would begin "looking into accusations that a number of local doctors provided the notes for protesters who missed work during the week...the department will review complaints with the independent Medical Examining Board as soon as possible." This of course comes one day after a spokesman for University of Wisconsin Health said that it too was looking into the matter. While this peddles slowly along, some of profiles are being scrubbed clean. The profiles of Hannah Keevil and Valerie Gilchrist remain, while Kathy Oriel, James Shropshire, Lou Sannon,...
  • Progressive Caucus co-chair calls Walker a 'dictator' Muslim Brotherhood Congressman Ellison

    02/23/2011 10:24:40 AM PST · by milwguy · 16 replies
    politico ^ | 2/23/2011 | simmi ajula
    Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is acting like a “dictator.” Ellison said that Walker, a Republican, should negotiate with union workers, who have agreed to pay more for health benefits as long as they can keep collective bargaining rights. Walker is “basically taking on the position of a dictator,” he told reporters. “Because he says he won’t negotiate. That is something that is not in the spirit of a public servant, who just won’t even talk. He is putting himself in a position of being extreme, radical and reckless. And he’s...
  • Walker on Fake Sick Leave: State Employees Will be Terminated, Doctors Will Be Investigated

    02/23/2011 9:11:18 AM PST · by Islander7 · 134 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | Feb 23, 2011 | Audio
    Walker on Fake Sick Leave: State Employees Will be Terminated, Doctors Will Be Investigated 53 second audio of Walker on fake doctor excuses. Gov. Walker talks with Sean Hannity about the repercussions of teachers and state employees faking their sick leave with fraudulent doctor's notes. He stressed that the teachers are employees of each individual district and the superintendents can determine what action to take. But state employees are under the governor's jurisdiction. Direct link:
  • UPDATED – Protesting Teachers Could Reap $9 Million from Taxpayers to Attend Rallies (w/fake note)

    02/22/2011 7:25:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    UPDATED – Protesting Teachers Could Reap $9 Million from Taxpayers to Attend RalliesAbsent educators may be paid to abandon students and march on the Capitol MacIver News Service | February 21, 2011 **SNIP** Updated: We’re analyzing costs at other districts whose schools were also closed due to mass sick-outs by teachers. The chart below reflects about one third of the number of districts that closed. We will be updating the chart throughout the week.
  • UW Health investigates doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters

    02/21/2011 12:30:03 PM PST · by bigbob · 80 replies
    Madistan dot com ^ | 2-21-11 | DAVID WAHLBERG
    UW Health is investigating doctors who wrote medical notes last weekend excusing protesters at the Capitol from work, and the Wisconsin Medical Society has criticized their actions. “These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health,” UW Health said in a statement. “These charges are very serious.” The UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW Medical Foundation, the university’s doctor group, are investigating. “The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW...
  • How to file a complaint with the WI medical board concerning fraudulent sick notes.

    02/22/2011 2:52:05 PM PST · by Faux_Pas · 11 replies
    (Notes below video clip) Wisconsin’s Doctors Handing Out Fake Sick Notes to Teacher Union Protester. This is Public Tax Fraud / Payroll Fraudï»ż in a state that is on the verge of bankruptcy.
  • State begins review of excuse notes for protesters

    02/22/2011 2:11:24 PM PST · by tennmountainman · 20 replies
    JSOnline (Journal Sentinel ) ^ | 2-22-11 | Tom Held
    Staff at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing have begun to review roughly 300 e-mail complaints about doctors issuing excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol over the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Complaints that name a specific doctor and the alleged violations of rules covered by their licenses will be forwarded to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. Letters specifying the complaint will be sent to the doctors at the start of the investigation. To date, the names of doctors Lou Sanner and James Shropshire have been cited in media reports about the medical excuses dispensed over the weekend....
  • The fast track to workers' comp: Thousands have been paid to those with just a doctor's note

    02/22/2011 12:28:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The fast track to workers' comp: Thousands have been paid to those with just a doctor's noteBY BETH HUNDSDORFER AND GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat Sunday, Feb. 06, 2011 A state, municipal or private worker can get thousands of tax-free dollars through workers' compensation based primarily on a doctor's note. All that is needed is a report stating the claimant has a wrist condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome, which can affect the elbow. Surgery or treatment of any kind is not required. A lawyer isn't needed. And the public won't know anything about it until the...
  • Wisconsin Doctors Probed for Fake Sick Notes

    02/22/2011 11:04:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/22/11 | Jeanne Rose
    Wisconsin Doctors Probed for Fake Sick NotesJeanne Rose – 2 hrs 14 mins ago The debate over the Wisconsin budget has been going on for over a week now, and it does not seem to be letting up anytime soon. Just when you thought things were bad with the protests, which led to the closing of many schools, there is another twist to the case. Fox News reports that the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has launched an investigation into whether some of their doctors issued fake sick notes to protesters. The demonstrations are against the...
  • Doctors Should Not Commit Fraud to Aid Unions, Says AAPS

    02/22/2011 10:55:17 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 37 replies
    AAPS ^ | Feb 21, 2011 | AAPS
    Some Wisconsin doctors have offered, at a public event, to write sickness excuses on request for protesting teachers, according to ABC News. A spokeswoman said that they knew they could “get in trouble,” but would take the risk because “teachers have no choice.” The teachers’ choice is to go to work, or go without pay and risk being fired. “It’s the same choice faced by everyone in the world who can’t use someone else’s earnings to pay the bills,” said Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). “Writing a phony sickness excuse is...
  • Society: Physician actions as reported unacceptable

    02/21/2011 5:00:08 PM PST · by bigbob · 22 replies
    Wisconsin Medical Society ^ | 2-21-11 | Timothy Bartholow, MD
    Physician actions as reported unacceptable Statement attributable to Timothy Bartholow, MD, Senior Vice President of Member Services, Policy Planning and Physician Professional Development Madison, Wis. (February 21, 2011) – The Wisconsin Medical Society was notified during the weekend that physicians may have been writing work excuses for people attending rallies at the state Capitol in a manner that is not consistent with acceptable medical practices. If these reports are accurate, the Society does not condone these actions under any circumstances. We are aware that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, the entity that licenses and disciplines physicians, has received information about...
  • University of Wisconsin to investigate doctors who gave out fake sick notes to protesters

    02/21/2011 4:26:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2011 | Allahpundit
    Via Gateway Pundit, I’ve diagnosed the situation and can offer a prognosis: Wrist slaps for everyone. These UW Health physicians were acting on their own and without the knowledge or approval of UW Health. These charges are very serious and in response, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, the UW Health entities that employ the physicians, have immediately launched an investigation of the reported behavior.The investigation will identify which UW Health physicians were involved and whether their behavior constituted violations of medical ethics or University of Wisconsin and UW Health policies...
  • Register your complaints with the Wisconsin Medical Society about doctors passing out "sick" notes

    02/21/2011 2:45:04 PM PST · by Jean S · 26 replies
  • About the Wisconsin Medical Society

    02/21/2011 11:11:03 AM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Medical Society ^ | 2-20-11 | Wisconsin Medical Society
    The Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state with more than 12,000 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients. CONTACT INFO: Wisconsin Medical Society 330 E. Lakeside Street PO Box 1109 Madison, WI 53701-1109 Main Phone: 866.442.3800 (toll-free) Main Fax: 608.442.3802 Click here to contact us. Department Direct Lines: Membership: 800.762.8975 Insurance: 866.442.3810 Seminars: 866.442.3820 Government Relations: 866.442.3800
  • Watershed Moment in Wisconsin

    02/21/2011 11:19:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 20, 2011 | Roger Kimball
    Watershed, n. . . . 3. A critical point that serves as a dividing line. What’s happening in Madison, Wisconsin, is not your ordinary blip in the news cycle. It is, as a headline in our former paper of record put it, “A Watershed Moment.” But it’s not (to continue with the rest of the headline) a watershed moment only “for Public-Sector Unions.” It’s a watershed moment for America’s self-understanding. “These kinds of high-profile public-employee battles have enormous stakes,” said Benjamin Sachs, a professor of labor law at Harvard. “We’re still feeling the consequences of President Reagan confronting the union...
  • Corruption In The Age Of Obama:The Loss Of Professionalism

    02/21/2011 10:35:20 AM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-20-11 | Skookum
    While teachers wail about their efforts being strictly for the welfare of the children, their veneer of professionalism wears thinner and thinner. There can be no doubt in anyone's mind that the teacher's don't want to give up their sense of entitlement and their position of minor Elitists within Obama's Socialism. No! they have no intention of sharing the burden of financial responsibility, that is for the non-unionists: they are the ones who chose not to join the trade union movement; they are the ones who refuse to get on Obama's Gravy Train that runs on other people's money; let...
  • University of Wisconsin Medical School Investigating Doctors' Notes at Protest

    02/21/2011 11:04:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/21/11 | Todd Ciganek
    The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is investigating whether some of its doctors wrote fake sick notes to people protesting the governor's plan to strip public union employees of the right to collectively bargain. Over the weekend, FOX News reported that doctors from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine were manning a doctor station to write medical notes excusing those protesting at the Wisconsin State Capitol from work. Physicians were seen standing on a street corner wearing lab coats and giving out medical notes.
  • The Wisconsin Protests and the New Medical Ethics

    02/21/2011 9:57:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 21, 2011 | Paul Hsieh
    The breaches of professional ethics displayed in Wisconsin may be an ominous foretaste of future problems Americans can expect under ObamaCare. During the recent Wisconsin protests pitting the public-sector teachers’ union against a governor attempting to rein in their overly generous benefits, several doctors were caught on camera apparently handing out fake work excuses to the protesters. Although this might seem an outrageous breach of professional ethics, it is actually entirely consistent with the new brand of “progressive” medical ethics currently taught to medical students. And these apparent breaches of professional ethics displayed in Wisconsin may be an ominous foretaste...
  • Senator (and DOCTOR) Pam Galloway will investigate fake sick notes.

    02/21/2011 9:10:34 AM PST · by bigbob · 45 replies
    Vicki McKenna via Facebook ^ | February 21, 2011 | Senator Pam Galloway
    Senator Galloway Statement on Fraudulent Sick Notes Senator Pam Galloway (R‐Wausau), released the following statement today: “Over the weekend, various news outlets have reported that some physicians were handing out medical excuse notes to protestors attending rallies at the State Capitol. There is video footage of this including notes signed by a physician who is employed as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have no issue with public employees who went in to see their physicians and obtained a note after being examined. However, I am outraged that doctors allegedly stood on street corners in downtown Madison...
  • Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for Protesters ("The videos are pretty damning")

    02/21/2011 8:28:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 2/21/11 | Ford Vox
    Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for ProtestersBy Ford Vox Feb 21 2011, 7:50 AM ET **SNIP** But last week some of these weary warriors carried their patient advocacy too far. In videos breathlessly presented throughout the conservative mediasphere this weekend [scroll down to see], doctor after doctor is videotaped writing patently fraudulent sick notes so that the protesting teachers (whose contracts specify that missing work without an excuse can result in dismissal) can keep marching on against the state's union-busting Republican government. After viewing the videos at my request last night, Dr. Arthur Derse called me up...
  • Protesting "Sick" Teachers Could Cost Wisc. Schools $3,000,000 per Day

    02/21/2011 6:38:08 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 31 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/21/11 | Aurelius
    Teachers in Madison, Wisconsin protesting the agenda of Governor Scott Walker will not only miss days of school, but they will also cost the state of Wisconsin up to one million dollars a day. A brief explanation: When teachers call in sick in Wisconsin, they still get paid. So, even though the vast majority of teachers who called in sick last week were only doing so to protest, they still got their wages. According to the Madison Metropolitan School District administration, this is costing the state a tremendous amount of money. Over $900,000 a day, to be precise. And because...
  • Docs who handed out excuse notes surprised by response

    02/21/2011 5:38:45 AM PST · by milwguy · 119 replies
    jsonline ^ | 2/21/2011 | ap
    Doctors who wrote medical notes over the weekend excusing protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol from work are getting slammed with angry phone calls and profane e-mails from people telling them they deserve to be thrown in jail, one doctor said Sunday. The physicians wore lab coats Saturday as they stood on a street corner and offered medical notes to the tens of thousands of protesters who paraded past them. The protesters were rallying against a Republican-backed state bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state workers. One of the doctors was Lou Sanner, 59, who practices family medicine...
  • Wisconsin Physicans Lying To Give Sick Excuses to Demonstators

    02/20/2011 5:26:05 PM PST · by Livfreeordi · 25 replies
    Want to get angry? The following are links to videos of physicians in Wisconsin handing out fake medical excuses to public employee union members in Wisconsin who are skipping work to demonstrate against the new GOP governor's cost cutting measures that would make them pay more of their own health insurance and pension costs. I'm a physician myself, licensed to practice in New York and Pennsylvania. If I caught a fellow physician doing this..I would have absolutely no problem with testifying in court that this is probable fraud..and definitely a violation of medical...
  • Confession:We Staged the Entire Union Protest in Wisconsin. All of It

    02/20/2011 2:17:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Big Governement ^ | 2/20/11 | Mike Flynn
    I guess it was only a matter of time, but I’m still a little surprised at how quickly the left connected the dots. Always on guard against elaborate right-wing conspiracies, the brain trust over at Crooks and Liars needed just a few hours to uncover the truth: that Breitbart organized the elaborate sting featuring actors posing as doctors to hand out fake ‘medical excuses’ for union protesters. So, it is probably only a matter of time before they learn the full truth. The doctor sting, in fact, was only an afterthought, dreamed up by our research lemur after a tequila...
  • FReep this Poll: Should Doctors Handing out Fake Notes in Wisc. lose their Licenses?

    02/20/2011 2:07:12 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 31 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/20/11 | Aurelius
    Since it broke yesterday, this story has been igniting the internet and blogosphere. Multiple doctors have been reportedly handing out phony "doctor's notes" in order to prolong and enliven union rallies in Wisconsin. While unethical and underhanded by itself, these fake notes also break several "rules," as pointed out by this physician: Is it really his position that he is conducting medical examinations in the midst of thousands of people while attaining a right to privacy? One of the most important things in a genuine patient/physician interaction is honesty and this [man] is dishonest!The question is, what should happen to...
  • Madison schools close, teachers call in sick

    02/16/2011 9:20:51 AM PST · by so_real · 119 replies
    Eau Claire Leader Telegram ^ | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:18 am | Associated Press
    MADISON (AP) — Madison public schools are closed Wednesday because too many teachers are taking the day off to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to limit union bargaining. Superintendent Dan Nerad says teachers who are taking a sick day will be asked to show proof of a medical reason. Nerad said that after more than 40 percent of teachers called in sick the decision was made to cancel classes because administrators were concerned about a safe and secure school environment. Madison Teachers Inc. executive director John Matthews said the union was contacting members and urging them to attend a rally...
  • "Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes."

    02/20/2011 12:15:02 AM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 54 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/20/2011 | ODD RICHMOND and JASON SMATHERS
    Doctors from numerous hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes to explain public employees' absences from work. Family physician Lou Sanner, 59, of Madison, said he had given out hundreds of notes. Many of the people he spoke with seemed to be suffering from stress, he said. "What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work," Sanner said. "Employers don't have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness. So it's as valid as every...
  • Just Think Of Those Bogus ‘Sick’ Notes As Another Health Care Waiver For Unions

    02/20/2011 12:45:34 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 12 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/20/2011 | Ed Carson
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  • Doctors hand out notes excusing protesters for illness (Madison has history of bad Docs)

    02/20/2011 9:35:40 AM PST · by milwguy · 28 replies
    jsonline ^ | 2/20/2011 | ap
    <p>Madison - During the dueling demonstrations here Saturday on Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair plan, doctors from various hospitals set up a station near the Capitol to provide notes covering public employees' absences from work.</p> <p>The bill would strip public unions of most of their collective bargaining rights.</p>
  • Medical Fraud in Madison

    02/20/2011 9:31:07 AM PST · by bigbob · 23 replies
    Big Government dot com ^ | 2-19-11 | Dr. David Janda
    What is occurring in Madison, Wisconsin has become a microcosm of what is happening across America: conservative care givers are being blocked by progressive liberal statists. In Wisconsin, the elected Governor and conservative legislature are trying to institute rational, humane treatment to a sick patient, the state of Wisconsin’s failed economy. Unfortunately, progressive liberal statists and unions, as self-appointed “family members” of the patient, have decided to withhold treatment by NOT allowing the caregivers in the room and by trying to hide the patient in another state. The progressive liberal statists and unions have taken the situation to a fraudulent...
  • Wisconsin [My method of dealing with this issue.]

    02/20/2011 3:47:18 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 18 replies
    Vanity ^ | 20 February 2011 | DJ Elliott
    This is just my short opinion on how to deal with the unions in Wisconsin: Just a thought - When the teachers took "sick" and then went to protest, they were commiting Fraud. Did the Union "Solicit" this "Organized Fraud". Solicitation of a crime carries the same penalties as the crime. The Union leadership solicited how many counts of Fraud? Under RICO, doesn't that make this "Organized Criminal Activity" and grounds for seizure of assets... With each and every teacher that participated facing 1 count and the organizers facing as many counts as could be proven. I would accept the...
  • Video: Doctors handing out fake medical excuses at WI union protest

    02/19/2011 2:24:49 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Feb 19 ,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Via Drudge, one of the more hypocritical moments of the union protests in Madison gets committed to videotape by MacIver Institute. Why hypocritical? Well, imagine what these same teachers would say if their students got doctors to sign notes en masse at the mall to teenagers that play hooky from their classes. Great lesson these teachers are giving their students, especially the ones they brought in tow to Wisconsin’s capital: I asked this doctor what he was doing and he told me they were handing out excuses to people who were feeling sick due to emotional, mental or financial distress,”...