(Before It\’s News)
Rick Badman * The Western Center for Journalism
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.
Obamacare\’s self-inflicted wound (Newt)
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:48:24 PM by RoosterRedux
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.
Let\’s Call The Shutdown What It Is: Secession By Another Means (Leftist Talking Points Alert)
Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:12:06 PM by RKBA Democrat
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.
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
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?
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:20:12 PM by autumnraine
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.
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:
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:
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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…
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Chief Justice Says States Have Compromised Their Sovereignty
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.
RON PAUL Changes the Republican Party, or Not?
Graewoulf | January 10, 2012 | Graewoulf
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 1:50:31 PM by Graewoulf
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
…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?
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.”
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com …
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.
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.
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!…………………..
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com …