Category Archives: Health Care

September 23, 2017

Raids in New Jersey town target ultra-Orthodox Jews accused of welfare fraud. ‘What is going on here?’

In one case unsealed by the court in June, a couple with six children are alleged to have reported their income at $39,000 per year — low enough to qualify for Medicaid — when in fact they were getting more than $1 million annually from a limited liability corporation.

It was a spectacle nobody in this sleepy New Jersey town would forget.

Early one Monday morning, police and FBI agents in bulletproof vests bounded up the steps of suburban townhouses and split levels, threatening to break down the doors, hauling out in handcuffs husbands and wives in the distinctive clothing of ultra-Orthodox Jews. One was a prominent rabbi and head of a synagogue.

It was the dramatic kickoff of a series of well-publicized raids that since late June have netted 26 suspects on charges of stealing $2 million in government benefits. Prosecutors say that the suspects understated their income to get free healthcare, food stamps, rental subsidies and other benefits.

All of those arrested — 13 men and 13 women — were ultra-Orthodox Jews. The charges have tapped into a well of festering hostility toward an insular and eccentric minority.


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September 1, 2017

Staff Fear for Their Safety as Hospitals Across Sweden See Rise in Violent Crime and Death, Rape Threats

Healthcare professionals working in Swedish hospitals are living in fear as a result of threats and violence from criminal patients and their extended families.

Local media reports that staff caring for gunshot victims, many of whom are criminals and people injured in gang related violence, are threatened with death and rape as patients’ “clans” storm the hospital.

“It has become almost a given in some situations that we will see victims’ relatives charging into the hospital wards and issuing verbal threats to healthcare workers,” said an emergency room nurse working at Vrinnevis Hospital in Norrköping, who wished to remain anonymous.

Surveying 15 of Sweden’s largest hospitals, SVT News said it is “becoming more and more common” that hospital staff see “the mood become threatening” when treating gunshot victims, and patients with connections to gangs or the country’s criminal underworld.

As a result of the threats and violence being spread in Swedish hospitals by gangsters, criminals, and clans, healthcare workers often hide their name badges to conceal their identities, fearing assaults outside of working hours, and even attacks on their families on children.


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August 28, 2017

Vanderbilt Clinic Nurse Refused To Help Critically Injured Robertson County Deputy Sheriff

Nurse At Vanderbilt Clinic Refuses Service To Deputy Who Was Bleeding Out.

A firestorm has been created by the apparent refusal of a Vanderbilt nurse practitioner to treat a badly wounded Robertson County Deputy Sheriff.

The incident occurred on June 28 at the 100 Oaks Vanderbilt Clinic, according to WKRN. Robertson County Deputy Sheriff Josh Wiley was at the clinic with federal prisoner Rodney Cole, who had a medical condition that required frequent follow-ups at the clinic.

Cole told Deputy Wiley that he had to go to the bathroom, and the Deputy escorted him inside the bathroom.

A short time later, Deputy Wiley’s partner, Deputy Tomisha Jones, said that she heard Deputy Wiley yelling her name from the bathroom, and that she ran inside only to find Cole on top of Deputy Wiley, stabbing him repeatedly with a screwdriver.

Metro Police said that Deputy Jones fired at Cole, and he attacked her trying to get her firearm, according to Fox17.

Deputy Jones later told investigators that Cole briefly had her weapon during the struggle, which continued into the hall. Deputy Wiley then exchanged gunfire with Cole despite being seriously wounded. Both Cole and Deputy Wiley were shot.


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August 1, 2017

How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare

But the AARP aggressively, and successfully, lobbied to keep Medigap reforms out of Obamacare, because AARP receives a 4.95 percent royalty on every dollar that seniors spend on its Medigap plans.

As you know if you’ve been reading this blog, Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare in order to pay for its $1.9 trillion expansion of coverage to low-income Americans. It’s one of the reasons why seniors are more opposed to the new health law than any other age group. So why is it that the group that purports to speak for seniors, the American Association of Retired Persons, so strongly supports a law that most seniors oppose? According to an explosive new report from Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), it’s because those very same Medicare cuts will give the AARP a windfall of $1 billion in insurance profits, and preserve another $1.8 billion that AARP already generates from its business interests.

Here’s how it works. AARP isn’t your every-day citizens’ advocacy group. The AARP is also one of the largest private health insurers in America. In 2011, the AARP generated $458 million in royalty fees from so-called “Medigap” plans, nearly twice the $266 million the lobby receives in membership dues.

Medigap plans are private insurance plans that seniors buy to cover the things that traditional, government-run Medicare doesn’t, like catastrophic coverage. Medigap plans also help seniors eliminate the co-pays and deductibles that are designed to restrain wasteful Medicare spending.


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July 13, 2017

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion (Video)

Sessions said in his remarks that nearly 300 health care providers are being suspended or banned from participating in federal health care programs.

U.S. prosecutors announced Thursday that they have charged more than 400 people with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the collective action the “largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history” and said it indicates that some doctors, nurses and pharmacists “have chosen to violate their oaths and put greed ahead of their patients.”

Among those charged are six Michigan doctors accused of a scheme to prescribe unnecessary opioids. A Florida rehab facility is alleged to have recruited addicts with gift cards and visits to strip clubs, leading to $58 million in false treatments and tests.

Officials said those charged in the schemes include more than 120 people involved in prescribing and distributing narcotics.

“They seem oblivious to the disastrous consequences of their greed. Their actions not only enrich themselves, often at the expense of taxpayers, but also feed addictions and cause addictions to start,” Sessions said in prepared remarks.


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June 12, 2017

Top doctor says system ‘imploding’

The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says Canada’s health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.


The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says Canada’s health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.

Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care, and she adds that physicians from across the country – who will gather in Saskatoon today for their annual meeting – recognize that changes must be made.

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doig told The Canadian Press.

“We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”

The pitch for change at the conference is to start with a presentation from Dr. Robert Ouellet, the current president of the CMA, who has said there’s a critical need to make Canada’s health-care system patient-centred. He will present details from his fact-finding trip to Europe in January, where he met with health groups in England, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.


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April 11, 2017

Single-Payer Health Care: America Already Has It (Video)

Could a single-payer, government-run health care system work in the United States? We already know the answer, because America already has single-payer, government-run health care. Author and commentator Pete Hegseth explains.

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March 16, 2017

‘Deport the Illegal Aliens’: GOP Congressman Presents Solution to Make Healthcare More Affordable (Video)

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) made some waves last week when he likened the GOP healthcare bill to a “lump of coal” as he complained that the proposed Obamacare replacement would be the largest Republican welfare bill in history.

October 18, 2016

Covered California Notifies Subscribers of Up to 57 Percent Rate Increases

Covered California, the state’s Obamacare health exchange, has started mailing notices to 1.3 million subscribers, announcing rate hikes of up to 57 percent for next year.

California health regulators have been forced to approve stunning rate hikes as insurance companies, doctors, and other health professionals continue to flee Covered California’s high costs and rigid health mandates.

California’s version of Obamacare sent its 1.3 million subscribers and prospects a mailer inviting them to go to the Covered California website and use the “Shop and Compare” tool to see just how much health insurance premiums skyrocketed.

The statewide “sticker shock” for Covered California healthcare insurance premiums next year is 13.2 percent — more than triple the roughly four percent increases in each of the previous two years.

Two of California’s biggest insurers — Blue Shield and Anthem — asked for some of the biggest statewide rate hikes. Blue Shield’s premiums are spiking up by an average of more than 19 percent, and Anthem’s rates are leaping by more than 16 percent.

The only reason that Covered California has not collapsed is that 90 percent of Covered California subscribers get subsidies, according to the IRS. Last year, that average federal subsidy for more than 800,000 California households was $5,200 a year, about $436 per month.


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October 17, 2016

Over 250,000 to Lose Health Insurance in Battleground North Carolina Due to Obamacare

More than 250,000 people in North Carolina are set to lose their healthcare plans under Obamacare due to two of the state’s three insurers dropping out of the exchange.

The insurers’ departure from the exchange means that only one insurer will be available for people to purchase plans from, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and they are raising their rates by nearly 25 percent, the Washington Post reported.

The Obama Administration says the exchanges are still viable despite these departures. According to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 60 percent of Americans in the marketplaces will be able to choose from three or more insurers with multiple plans to choose from, the Post reports.

North Carolina is not the only state where 95 of its 100 counties will only have one insurer to choose from.

States such as Oklahoma, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina and Wyoming only have one insurer to choose from on its exchanges for 2017 statewide.

Nearly three-fourths of Florida’s counties and more than four-fifths of Mississippi’s will also be down to one insurer.

Administration officials say that the lack of insurers returns to a pattern that predates Obamacare, where many in rural areas had a lack of coverage options.


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