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Will You Owe Debt After Death? The Medicaid Surprise

January 27, 2014 50 comments

Will You Owe Debt After Death? The Medicaid Surprise

Townhall.com ^ | 1/27/2014 | Morgan Brittany

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 11:25:49 AM by rktman

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This was not in the fine print of the Affordable Care Act (that no one read), and there was nothing in it that changed the existing law from 1993.

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The ACA however, did expand the number of people who are eligible for Medicaid, so now there are more people from the ages of 55 to 65 whose estates could be on the hook for Medicaid expenses after the beneficiary dies.

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ObamaCare’s Attack on the Elderly

January 20, 2014 2 comments

By Arnold Ahlert Monday, January 20, 2014

In October of 2012, the Daily Mail exposed the highly disturbing realities of the Liverpool

Pathway (LCP), the series of guidelines for treating terminally ill patients developed for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).

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The most egregious of those realities concerned cash incentives paid to hospitals to ensure a certain percentage of hospital patients would be put on the regime. As healthcare expert Besty McCaughey reveals, a similar

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horror show is occurring on this side of the Atlantic, courtesy of ObamaCare. Beginning the the same time the LCP scandal was being exposed, the Obama administration began awarding hospitals bonus points for spending the least amount of money on elderly patients. Even worse, the idea was sold to the elderly as a good thing during the 2012 presidential election campaign.

 

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The Daily Bell – Sheldon Richman on Almost Everything – From a Libertarian Standpoint

January 19, 2014 2 comments

Daily Bell: Thanks for sitting down with us again.

Sheldon Richman: My pleasure.

Daily Bell: Let\’s go over some of your current responsibilities. You are vice president at The Future of Freedom Foundation and editor of FFF\’s monthly, Future of Freedom journal, a research fellow at The Independent Institute, chairman

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of the board of trustees and a member of the advisory panel for the Center for a Stateless Society. and your own blog is at Free Association.

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ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion quietly enables states to confiscate assets from dead seniors – mail.com – Gmail

December 23, 2013 1 comment

ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion quietly enables states to confiscate assets from dead seniors

 

Dec 23, 2013 06:13 am | Coach Collins

 

by Doug Book, editor

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The Affordable Care Act was designed to dramatically increase the number of Americans who qualify for Medicaid. In fact, the ACA will literally FORCE many low income seniors onto Medicaid rolls as subsidies for regular ObamaCare plans are NOT available to those over 55 years of age who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,856 for individuals; $21,403 for married couples). And without such subsidies, ObamaCare plans are generally far too expensive for older, low-income individuals or couples. (1)

 

Why should any of this matter to those getting “free” healthcare via Medicaid?

 

Because: “If you’re 55 or over, Medicaid can come back after you’re dead and bill your estate for ordinary health-care expenses.” (2)

 

The government has long been permitted to………….

 

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ObamaCare’s Date with Destiny Approaches: Are we being set up for a bailout of insurance companies?

December 12, 2013 6 comments

ObamaCare’s Date with Destiny Approaches: Are we being set up for a bailout of insurance companies?

FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/12/2013 | Arnold Ahlert

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Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:17:16 PM by SeekAndFind

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who remains as determined as ever to substitute Obama administration talking points for the truth, gave it her best effort in yesterday’s session before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. It was an underwhelming performance at best. As key dates approach and more facts about the government overhaul of the health care system emerge, it is becoming apparent that the ObamaCare scheme is headed for structural disaster — and will take tens of millions of Americans with it.

 

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Obama’s Knockout Game Against America | Obama

November 29, 2013 2 comments

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One of the latest fads young people are involved with is called the Knockout Game. A group or a single person is walking down the street of some city and sees an unsuspecting person coming their way.

 

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Obamacare’s self-inflicted wound (Newt)

November 21, 2013 2 comments

Obamacare\’s self-inflicted wound (Newt)

CNN ^ | 11/21/2013 | Newt Gingrich

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:48:24 PM by RoosterRedux

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The latest wound is largely self-inflicted. Medicaid and the new Obamacare exchanges are competing for the same young and healthy customers that Obamacare needs to survive — and Medicaid\’s winning. President Obama and the entire Democratic Party have nobody else but themselves to blame.

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Let’s Call The Shutdown What It Is: Secession By Another Means (Leftist Talking Points Alert)

October 8, 2013 1 comment

Let\’s Call The Shutdown What It Is: Secession By Another Means (Leftist Talking Points Alert)

 

Talking Points Memo ^ | 10-8-13 | Bill Moyers

 

Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:12:06 PM by RKBA Democrat

 

 

 

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Republicans have now lost three successive elections to control the Senate, and they\’ve lost the last two presidential elections. Nonetheless, they fought tooth and nail to kill President Obama\’s health care initiative. They lost that fight, but with the corporate wing of Democrats, they managed to bend it toward private interests.

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Sooner Or Later Progressives Will Get Around To You… “First, they came for the smokers…”

March 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Sooner Or Later Progressives Will Get Around To You

 

Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2013 | Derek Hunter

 

Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 4:35:00 AM by Kaslin

 

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First, they came for the smokers.

 

No one would argue smoking is good for you. But it’s legal; growing tobacco is even subsidized by the government. Yet, when governments started limiting the right of people to smoke in places public and private, non-smokers did nothing. They didn’t like smoke; they’d heard second-hand smoke was dangerous. Why should they allow owners of private establishments to choose whether those establishments allowed people to engage in a legal – in fact, subsidized — activity?

 

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‘It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House’

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

‘It is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House

 

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/03/14/17315099-it-is-good-politics-to-oppose-the-black-guy-in-the-white-house ^ | 3/14/2013 | Steve Benen

 

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:20:12 PM by autumnraine

 

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There’s a growing number of Republican-run states accepting Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, at least at the gubernatorial level, but South Carolina isn’t one of them. Gov. Nikki Haley (R) ruled out the possibility months ago, despite the pleas of South Carolina hospital administrators and public-health officials.

 

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Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots (outstanding read alert!)

February 27, 2013 1 comment

Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots (outstanding read alert!)

 

Monte Perlin’s World ^ | February 27, 2013

 

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:43:25 PM by Zakeet

 

H. L. Mencken correctly observed:

 

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IS THIS MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, MENTALLY ILL? (Photo credit: SS&SS)

 

 

 

Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.

 

Mencken also was prescient:

 

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Was Chief Justice John Roberts Blackmailed To Support ObamaCare?

February 11, 2013 2 comments

 

 

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Was Chief Justice John Roberts Blackmailed To Support ObamaCare?PatrionAction.net ^ | 02/10/2013 | Katie BakerPosted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 11:02:21 PM by Wisconsinlady

 

Many of us have questioned what causedRoberts to switch his vote on ObamaCare at the last minute, as repo…, and doing so, so late that the Conservative Justices were forced to rewrite their majority opinion to be minority dissent.

 

These facts may answer that question

 

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Resistance to Obama Has Melted Away… “There isn’t any resistance to Obama anywhere, and it’s going to get worse even from this point. There’s no political impetus, there’s no perceived upside on the part of Republicans standing in the way of Obama.”

February 5, 2013 4 comments

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RUSH: Look, folks, I really don’t like being a “see, I told you so.” I mean, I know I do it a lot ’cause it happens a lot, and I used to even have a little jingle with it. “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah! See, I Told You So,” because it used to be somewhat unique.

 

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Now it’s not difficult at all. It is important, however. I do, when relevant, like to remind you of things that you’ve heard in the past on this program that you may have forgotten, things that I’ve said. Here’s a story that leads into my point.

 

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Obama’s Declaration of Political War… (” a liberal wet dream: It pressed all of the Left’s erogenous zones:…”)

January 22, 2013 Leave a comment

In his second inaugural address, Obama makes clear that it’s fight night in America.

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Indeed, Obama’s second inaugural address was a liberal wet dream: It pressed all of the Left’s erogenous zones:

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security? Obama vowed not to change or reform them — even though they are driving us toward financial insolvency, and even though they provide workers with a relatively lousy return on their investment.

• “Climate change”? It is real, and it must be addressed — now!

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The Executive Branch Is More Important Than You

December 18, 2012 Leave a comment

You are hearing ad nauseam in the discussion of the fiscal cliff about entitlement reform and tax reform (tax increases). What you’re not going to hear hardly anyone talking about is Executive branch reform. Why? I don’t know, but it is very disturbing. The Simpson-Bowles commission didn’t make one recommendation for cutting the Executive branch. Not one. Cuts from Social Security, Medicare and the Military yes, but not the Executive branch.

 

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And why should they be talking about Executive branch reform (cuts)? Because the Executive branch is much bigger than you think.

 

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Obama ‘Is The Food Stamp President and That’s Great!’

September 25, 2012 Leave a comment

 

On June 21st, Peter B. Edelman, the Associate Dean of Georgetown Law gave an astonishing talk at a coffee shop in Washington D.C. where he praised Obama for record high food stamp and Medicaiddependency.

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Rush: How Long Do We Have If Obama Wins? (“How many of you think we’re at the tipping point now? “)

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

 

BEGIN TRANSCRIPTRUSH: Let me ask you this:

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How long does this country have if Obama wins? We are headed toward an economic collapse, and we are the leader of the world. When it happens to us, there are reverberations all over the world.

It’s not like some little Podunk European country collapsing, that goes to another relatively Podunk European country for a bailout.

When we collapse, there are worldwide reverberations.How long is it going to take?I’m asking a serious question.Eighteen months? You throw Obamacare onto what we know we’re gonna get more of from Obama:

More debt, more spending, the expansion of the welfare state, more people on food stamps. How long can this go on?

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Over 100 Million Now Receiving Federal Welfare

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

 

A new chart set to be released later today by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee details a startling statistic: “Over 100 Million People in U.S. Now Receiving Some Form Of Federal Welfare.”

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America’s coming civil war — makers vs. takers

July 12, 2012 3 comments
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America‘s coming civil war — makers vs. takers

Fox News ^ | 7-12-12 | Arthur Herman

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:03:02 PM by dynachrome

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

Those were Abe Lincoln’s words in his first inaugural in 1861, as America was running headlong into civil war. Now we’re a house divided again and another civil war is coming, with the 2012 election as its Gettysburg.

Call it America’s coming civil war between the Makers and the Takers.

On one side are those who create wealth, America’s private sector–the very ones targeted by President Obama’s tax hikes announced Monday.

On the other are the public employee unions; left-leaning intelligentsia who see the growth of government as index of progress; and the millions of Americans now dependent on government through a growing network of government transfer payments, from Medicaid and Social Security to college loans and corporate bailouts and handouts (think GM and Solyndra).

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Rick Perry’s Letter to Obama

July 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

In the ObamaCare plan, the federal government sought to force the states to expand their Medicaid programs by — in the words of the Supreme Court — putting a gun to their heads. Now that the “gun to the head” has been removed, please relay this message to the President: I oppose both the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the creation of a so-called “state” insurance exchange, because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state…

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WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 03: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee on Captiol Hill March 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. Sebelius testified on the HHS FY2012 budget and the implementation of health care reform laws, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

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Is American Medicine a War Crime | Veterans Today

July 4, 2012 7 comments

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

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Last week, while looking into the Supreme Court decision on “Obamacare,” I stumbled onto some startling information. Everything we think we know about insurance and medical care is a lie, all that stands between you and being murdered by a bankster is a doctor who may or may not choose to save your life, even if he or she has to break the rules.

These rules exist by the millions, rules by hospitals, by insurance companies, by the VA, by Medicare and Medicaid, all of them deny care, deny drugs, deny lifesaving procedures and the rationale is generally based on “not being former Vice President Dick Cheney” who is wanted for war crimes in dozens of countries.

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Chaos Reigns Supreme (Vanity)

June 28, 2012 2 comments

Chaos Reigns Supreme (Vanity)

LALALAW | June 28, 2012 | LALALAW

Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 11:48:48 AM by LALALAW

Do not think that Benedict Arnold Roberts, the unethical Kagan and their liberal activist cohorts have done the Democrats a favor. The ruling concerning Medicaid expansion, likely will have the effect of blowing the whole thing out of the water. The cost of Obamacare will skyrocket if States opt out of the Medicaid expansion, which at least 26 are likely to do.

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On Morning Joe, Sam Stein Grills Ron Paul About Why He Collects Social Security

June 20, 2012 17 comments

Ron Paul stopped by Morning Joe on Wednesday, where he discussed a range of issues, from whether he believes Mitt Romney has “core convictions” (Short answer:

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Yes, although Paul would ultimately like to change the GOP’s core convictions), to the delegates he’s obtained, to entitlement programs.

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It’s Time for Beltway Barnacle Orrin Hatch To Go

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment
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Liljenquist has never voted for federal tax hikes or massive entitlement spending or multibillion-dollar bailouts or serial debt-limit increases in Washington because he has never served in Washington. Never. Hatch, by contrast, has spent the last 36 years racking up a Big Government record that cannot be whitewashed away.

Outside the Beltway/Hatch fog machine, Liljenquist’s integrity and commitment to reining in runaway spending are unassailable. In state legislative policy circles, he’s known as the “Paul Ryan of Utah” — after the courageous and wonky Wisconsin Republican congressman who’s forcing kick-the-can politicians in both parties to reckon with welfare-state profligacy.

Liljenquist doesn’t just preach fiscal discipline or embrace it during election years.

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Mitt’s Military and Misleading Media | Veterans Today

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

According to Mother Jones, “Mitt Romney Wants the Biggest Military Ever, Regardless of Cost.” What can we say but “Mission Accomplished”? We’ve got the biggest military ever, and the financial cost has damaged our economy while requiring tragic trade-offs from human needs spending, not to mention devastating the environment, slashing our civil liberties, and making us less safe.

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Illinois to fix Medicaid shortfall by promoting smoking

May 27, 2012 1 comment

No, this isn’t a story about Mark Block. Out in the Land of Lincoln, the state is facing a serious shortfall in their Medicaid funding. (A story which is being repeated across the nation, in case you haven’t been keeping score.) But the Governor has a plan! Fear not, citizens. We’ll raise the money to help people with their medical bills by counting on people smoking more. What could possibly go wrong?

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Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty

March 30, 2012 Leave a comment
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Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty

The New American ^ | 3/29/2012 | Jack Kenny

Posted on Friday, March 30, 2012 9:29:41 AM by IbJensen

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 hearings on the controversial health insurance law.

The final day’s arguments had to do with whether the law could stand if the justices find the mandate for uncovered individuals to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional — something the court’s conservative majority appears ready to do. Another feature of the law called into question by lawyers opposing the act is the expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health care for low-income families. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid is expanded to include a larger number of parents, as well as low-income adults with no dependent children. Half of the 32 million who would get new health insurance coverage under the law would receive it through Medicaid.

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RON PAUL Changes the Republican Party, or Not?

January 10, 2012 2 comments

RON PAUL Changes the Republican Party, or Not?

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Graewoulf | January 10, 2012 | Graewoulf

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 1:50:31 PM by Graewoulf

Rep. Dr. Ron Paul is the only Candidate now running who:

1.) Has a comprehensive platform that will cut BASELINE Federal spending.

2.) Insists that all of the planks in his platform are consistent with the US Constitution.

3.) Accepts the fact that the USA can no longer financially afford to be the World’s policeman.

4.) Fully understands how to dismantle the disastrous Federal medical “entitlements” of Medicare, Medicaid, and the illegal Obama”care.”

5.) Has a comprehensive plan to abolish or dramatically shrink 5 Federal Departments, or Bureaus.

These positions set Dr. Paul apart from the rest of the Candidates who stubbornly cling to the time-honored traditions of “The Bipartisan Cave-In” by the RINO Political Party. (Democrats NEVER cave-in, but they still call it Bipartisan.)

I enjoy reading about the furor caused by Ron Paul rocking the boat. Paul offers a clear philosophical break to the leadership of the RINO Party, and thus has triggered the fear emotion of “fight or flight” among many faithful RINOs.

Four years from now, Senator Rand Paul will probably run for POTUS. Watch closely this year, and compare what you see to what Rand will be saying 4 years from now.

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Phones for votes « Coach is Right

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

By Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer

Illegal aliens now quite possibly can call a toll free government number, 1-800-259-0957, to get a free “Obama Phone,” called Safe Link Wireless, if they are on food stamps or Medicaid. By applying for work permits that give them drivers’ licenses, that now provides proof of identity, they enter America’s Entitlement class and even become entitled to vote in our elections, for Democrats, of course. What, you say? (1)

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Washington (D.C.) DMV offices offering HIV/AIDS testing

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Washington (D.C.) DMV offices offering HIV/AIDS testing

Boston.com ^ | 11/24/11

Posted on Monday, November 28, 2011 8:48:44 AM by Libloather

Washington DMV offices offering HIV/AIDS testing

November 24, 2011 | Associated Press

WASHINGTON – At one Department of Motor Vehicles office in the nation’s capital, motorists can get a driver’s license, temporary tags, and something wholly unrelated to the road: a free HIV test.

In a city with one of the highest percentages of residents living with HIV or AIDS, health officials have now test-driven the in-DMV testing and are finding that it works. More than 5,000 people have been screened and gotten results while they wait.

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America Before The Entitlement State

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

America Before The Entitlement State

forbes ^ | 11/18/2011 | Yaron Brook and Don Watkins Yaron Brook and Don Watkins

Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 2:10:39 PM by MontaniSemperLiberi

…In the 19th century, even though capitalism had only existed for a short time, and had just started putting a dent in pre-capitalism’s legacy of poverty, the vast, vast majority of Americans were already able to support their own lives through their own productive work. Only a tiny fraction of a sliver of a minority depended on assistance and aid–and there was no shortage of aid available to help that minority.

“Those in need,” historian Walter Trattner writes, “. . . looked first to family, kin, and neighbors for aid, including the landlord, who sometimes deferred the rent; the local butcher or grocer, who frequently carried them for a while by allowing bills to go unpaid; and the local saloonkeeper, who often came to their aid by providing loans and outright gifts, including free meals and, on occasion, temporary jobs. Next, the needy sought assistance from various agencies in the community–those of their own devising, such as churches or religious groups, social and fraternal associations, mutual aid societies, local ethnic groups, and trade unions.”

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Undoing Obamacare (Unconstitutionality is just one of its problems)

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Undoing Obamacare (Unconstitutionality is just one of its problems)

National Review ^ | 11/16/2011 | Yuval Levin

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:30:19 PM by SeekAndFind

The Supreme Court’s decision to take up the challenges to Obamacare is certainly good news for the law’s opponents. At the very least, a decision next year would put Obamacare front and center in the heart of election season when the Democrats would like nothing better than to pretend that Obama’s first two years did not exist. At most, it could also dramatically weaken and undercut the statute itself, helping to clear the way for its repeal.

But opponents of Obamacare should be careful not to let their focus be drawn away to the legal arena—as if the question at the core of the debate is whether the individual mandate is constitutional. That is an important secondary question, but it is not where the future of our health-care system will be decided.

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Obama administration launches $1 billion healthcare drive

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Obama administration launches $1 billion healthcare drive

Reuters ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Alister Bull and Anna Yukhananov

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 8:33:16 PM by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday said $1 billion of federal funds allocated in last year’s health reform law will go toward innovation programs designed to boost jobs and improve patient care.

The announcement is the administration’s latest attempt to show that it is working outside of a deeply divided Congress to create jobs.

The administration will award grants in March to people who come up with the best ideas to lift care and save money for those enrolled in the federal healthcare programs Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Coming Soon: Computer Chip Implants For Human Tracking

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

…What that basically means is that in an emergency situation, such as a declaration of martial law, chipping stations will be immediately deployed. It will be for you and your family, and will ensure that you’ll receive emergency rations and other services in the event of a serious catastrophe.

Next, they’ll require all government healthcare recipients to be chipped in order to prevent rampant fraud. An off-shoot may be to implement nationwide chipping programs for those receiving any government benefits including social security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance.

Prisoners and even detainees will be part of the first adopter groups. What better way to keep tabs on criminals and parolees?

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Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year.

Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008.

The share of people relying on government benefits has reached a historic high, in large part from the deep recession and meager recovery, but also because of the expansion of government programs over the years. (See a timeline on the history of government benefits programs here.)

Means-tested programs, designed to help the needy, accounted for the largest share of recipients last year. Some 34.2% of Americans lived in a household that received benefits such as food stamps, subsidized housing, cash welfare or Medicaid (the federal-state health care program for the poor).

Another 14.5% lived in homes where someone was on Medicare (the health care program for the elderly). Nearly 16% lived in households receiving Social Security.

High unemployment and increased reliance on government programs has also shrunk the nation’s share of taxpayers. Some 46.4% of households will pay no federal income tax this year, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. That’s up from 39.9% in 2007, the year the recession began.

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Vietnam Vet In Wheelchair Gets $15 MILLION Reward For Busting Medicaid Fraud !

September 26, 2011 1 comment

A frail but feisty, partially paralyzed wheelchair-bound Vietnam vet scored a $15 million whistelblower’s reward after uncovering a massive Medicaid fraud scheme — with the help of his trusty calculator.

“From my wheelchair, on a ventilator and oxygen, I have spent the last seven years in this fight. Sometimes, the good guy wins,’’ said plucky Richard West, 63, of Tuckerton, NJ.

The savvy senior said he first smelled a rat when he went to the dentist in 2004 — and was told his Medicaid benefits had maxed out.

West returned home and scoured his own, meticulously kept records, discovering that Maxim Healthcare — the agency that provides his home-health aides — had billed Uncle Sam for care he never got, including coverage by nurses he’d never met.

Maxim — which has 300 offices in 40 states, including New York — was eventually busted for netting a total of $61 million in phony reimbursements.

Under terms of a deal unveiled this week, Maxim, which is partly owned by Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti, agreed to fork over $121.5 million in reimbursements and penalties for the phony Medicaid claims and another $8.4 million to the Veterans Administration.

The Maryland-based company was also slapped with a $20 million fine. The feds added that they will be overseeing its operations for two years.

Under federal law, Richard West was entitled to a percentage of the payback the company was ordered to fork over.

Of his newfound millions, the disabled vet, who’s on a portable ventilator, said he plans to spend it wisely.

“I need a new van, my house needs work, and I’m going to make donations to charities for the disabled,” West said.

Maxim CEO Brad Bennett was contrite in a statement, saying: “We take full responsibility for these events.”

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It’s Time Democrats Pay Their Fair Share for the Mess They Created (Yesssssssss!!!)

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

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RUSH: Try looking at it this way. The reason that we are in the fiscal position that we’re in in this country so that people who work in government have been irresponsible, totally and 100% irresponsible. Now, being honest you could lay a majority of this blame to the Democrat Party. They live and breathe off the notion of ever-expanding government, government running more and more of people’s lives. It is they who came up with all of these entitlement programs, most of them. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, they’re not the only ones. The list is on and on and on. Why in the world should we — any of us, collectively or individually. Why should it be up to us to pay for their mistakes, which just allows them to keep on making mistakes?…..

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Limbaugh: Cost Of Irene “Pales In Comparison” To Hurricane Obama (Video)

August 29, 2011 Leave a comment

“Well, I want to tell you something: Hurricane Obama — this irene. Whatever this Irene is going to cost us, it pales in comparison that has been the Hurricane that is the Obama administration.

“The Obama administration, the Hurricane has cost us far more. And Byron York, while I was gone, great story, fabulous story on the source of all this deficit spending under Obama. The $4 trillion that they’re spending. Everybody’s focused on entitlements and he correctly points out it’s not entitlements that have busted the budget here. Entitlements are known, the spending in entitlements.

“What’s been added to the entitlements is where we’re in trouble. The purposeful spending, the stimulus — the Porkulus — the TARP. All of these things, above and beyond the entitlements.

“Now, one of the tricks is to distract people from that and to get them focused on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid as the source of the problem, and they’re problems that have to be dealt with. But they are not the culprit here, Obama is!

“And all the focus on ‘he’s not serious about entitlement reform.’ Well, that’s simply a way to distract people a way from what Obama has actually done.

“This (Hurricane hype) is just a media frenzy without any results just like the Obama presidency. Obama’s economy. Look at it this way: Obama’s economy has millions of people out of work, millions more living paycheck-to-paycheck. Millions are getting deeper in debt as every month passes.”

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Painkiller Addiction in Oklahoma

August 14, 2011 Leave a comment

We are facing a tsunami of painkiller addiction that will flood our criminal justice, health care, behavioral health, and social services resources. Illicit online pharmacies have made prescriptions cheap and easy to acquire, fueling a massive wave of addi…ction that we actually have not seen yet. SAMHSA estimates that over 5% of the nations population, 12 years and older, are using painkillers, nowhere more prevalent than the heartland with Oklahoma leading the nation at 6.7%.

Opioid addiction used to be thought of as primarily heroin addiction, but that is changing rapidly. The masses currently addicted to prescription painkillers have conveniently been able to manage their addiction and manage other aspects of their lives like job and family. However, the Senate passed the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Act and the DEA is closing down those cheap and easy suppliers of prescription drugs.

When that happens this mass of addiction will suddenly become sick and desperate, and a foreseeable progression of consequences will follow. That means increased criminal activity, loss of jobs, which leads to loss of housing, which leads to the break-up of families and increased utilization of social services. 5.5% to 6.7% of the population 12 years and older may be headed toward this foreseeable progression of consequences.

Traditional approaches to substance abuse treatment have proven ineffective in treating opioid addiction, with high relapse rates. These approaches start with inpatient detox. In Oklahoma, according to ODMHSAS, there is a waiting list of 1,000-1,300 for residential substance abuse treatment. Detox and residential treatment are huge bottlenecks to an ineffective approach. Is there anything to stop this tidal wave of destruction?

SAMHSA has identified the evidence-based best practice, Medication Assisted Treatment, Treatment Improvement Protocol 43, as having the best outcomes for opioid addicts. Even better, in most cases, active opioid abusers can be taken directly into outpatient treatment, skipping inpatient detox and preserving jobs, housing, and families. While new generation drugs have been developed, they are very expensive and are not covered by Medicaid and Medicare, and many private health plans.

via Painkiller Addiction in Oklahoma.

We Dont Need No Steenking Constitution

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

The outrages just keep coming from Washington…

WASHINGTON — Debt ceiling negotiators think they’ve hit on a solution to address the debt ceiling impasse and the public’s unwillingness to let go of benefits such as Medicare and Social Security that have been earned over a lifetime of work: Create a new Congress.

This “Super Congress,” composed of members of both chambers and both parties, isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, but would be granted extraordinary new powers. Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers — six from each chamber and six from each party.

“Super Congress”?

I seem to remember that The Constitution establishes a republican form of government with three branches – Legislative, Judicial and Executive. That it then sets forward two houses in the Legislative branch – a House and a Senate.

I have long (for more than 20 years in fact) argued that we totally screwed the pooch and may have sown the seed of destruction of our republic when we passed the 17th Amendment, in that prior to that time a state could recall a Senator who was doing things the state legislature did not approve of. It thus was impossible for Congress to ram down the state’s throats programs and costs that they were unwilling to absorb on their own. The 17th Amendment is especially perverse in that it is effectively to repeal it without calling a general Constitutional convention, in that to do so senators would have to vote for their own expulsion from the body.

The list of programs intended to destroy state sovereignty has now grown to encompass a quarter or more of most state spending, with the biggest offender being Medicaid. While technically a state can “opt out” of Medicaid should it do so it receives exactly nothing, while all the other states get the money – but with the money come obligations as to how the program is administered and operated.

This occurs despite the fact that the provision of medical care is inherently an intrastate matter – that is, the doctor you see in your state provides that care in an office in a state and the transaction takes place “face-to-face” within a single state. It thus is, at least if you bother with petty little things like The Constitution, an inherently state matter and beyond the reach of the federal government.

Medicaid and Medicare are how the federal government turned feral and effectively took control over all medical care in the United States. Ditto for the FDA and its regulatory functions even for drugs, devices and care provided entirely within the boundaries of a given state.

But now it seems that the fact that The House has suddenly turned into a body where a large group refuse to raise taxes and argue that the ridiculous ramp in spending (some 30% in the last three years) is entirely out of control and must stop, while another large group demand that their “entitlement payments” continue and even escalate now prompts certain people to refuse to face reality: The entire reason we have a people’s House and elect representatives is precisely to prevent tyranny by one group or another!…………………..

 

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Congresswoman Agrees With Obama, Americans Too Stupid to Understand Debt Ceiling Debate

July 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Gingrich Urges Republicans to Call Obama’s Bluff on Social Security Scare

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment

President Obama on Tuesday told CBS News that senior citizens might not get their Social Security checks next month if Republicans won’t agree on a deal to raise the nation’s debt limit.

“This is not just a matter of Social Security checks — these are veterans’ checks, these are folks on disability and their checks. There are about 70 million checks that go out…I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August third if we haven’t resolved this issue,” Obama said.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican presidential hopeful, advised Republicans to turn tables on Obama.

Gingrich said Republicans should immediately pass a $100-billion cut in spending, balanced by a $100 billion increase in the debt limit.

“That takes us all the way through to September,” Gingrich said. “And they should call that the Social Security Payment Guarantee bill. And then they should say to the president, ‘Here, we’ve taken care of August. All you have to do is get Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats to pass it. You sign it. We can guarantee every senior citizen their Social Security check. Now, Mr. President, are you prepared to stop senior citizens from getting their checks?’”

As CNSNews.com has reported, daily U.S. Treasury Statements show that the ongoing flow of federal tax revenue is more than enough to cover the combined costs of federal spending on interest payments, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Affairs department and federal workers wages and insurance benefits (including wages and insurance benefits for military personnel).

In the absence of a debt-limit deal, if Social Security checks don’t go out in August, that would be President Obama’s choice.

via Gingrich Urges Republicans to Call Obama’s Bluff on Social Security Scare.

Sociopath in Chief?

July 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Medicare, if the poor don’t get their Medicaid and people are mired in recession, unemployment, underwater mortgages, despair and misery… that our President Obama and the Democrats will be FINE with it… if they think it all can successfully blamed on the GOP! (Expect a full court press from the Blame Stream Media!) The DC liberals prove each day they care little for the welfare and prosperity of the average hard working American! As we follow the budget and debt ceiling drama in Washington, D.C. fear and panic seem to be Obama‘s only “strategy”. Makes me wonder if he believes the world will end in 2012, for his actions and policies look no further in the future than November 6, of next year! From my observations, the actions of our president and his party are beginning to border on the sociopathic! That can’t be good!

via Sociopath in Chief?.

Bachmann: “I Want A Waiver From The Last Two Years Of Obama” (video)

March 26, 2011 1 comment

Bachmann: “I Want A Waiver From The Last Two Years Of Obama”

Anthony Weiner said he wanted a waiver from ObamaCare. now, this is rich. because our colleague Anthony Weiner said that he wrote the bill for ObamaCare. In fact, his quote was the bill and I are one. now, if Anthony Weiner wants a waiver, I want mine too. I want a waiver from the last two years of President Obama. Are you with me?,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said at the Conservative Principles PAC conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

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