Thursday, March 31, 2011
Foreign doctors whose English is so poor that they need interpreters are being allowed to operate on patients in Britain, the medical regulator has warned.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Good Lord! You would think that killing herself would've been quicker and easier:
Some of the gems:
#92 Turning off my air-conditioning during the summer (does she leave it on in the winter?)
#75 Using matches instead of lighters (with the horrible phosphorous and sulpher compounds? and what does she use them for since I assume she doesn't smoke or, heaven forbid!, use a fireplace)
I guess she does light fires, isn't that a green no-no:
#343 Using real, leftover wood for fires instead of artificial ones
I would approve of these:
#96 Sleeping naked
#356 Going skinny dipping
if it weren't for these:
#98 Not having any more baths
#63 Switching to natural deodorant
#277 Not shaving my legs anymore
#49 Only local and fair-trade chocolate (She's from Ontario, how are the chocolate plantations in Canada)
#292 Using up my change at the cash register (Why is that green?)
#273 Keeping my addresses on my computer rather than buying a paper notebook (Save tree, but uses horrible electricity - oh no, maybe she should just memorize addresses)
#140 Only drinking organic hard liquor (what the hell is organic hard liquor?)
#162 No more gift cards unless they’re homemade from scrap paper (I don't think Amazon accepts those)
#61 Using stainless steel rather than non-stick frying pan (takes less time to heat up) (Yes, but takes more hot water to clean - oh no!)
#219 Only buying wooden hangers, preferably used (but doesn't that kill trees?)
#240 Setting my desktop wallpaper to black, which uses less energy (er, no, if you use an LCD it uses more energy.)
In the wake of undercover evidence  revealing Planned Parenthood’s abusive and illegal activity, the America’s biggest abortion business unrolled a massive PR campaign to defend its $363-million-a-year taxpayer subsidies. The campaign included TV, print, radio and online ad buys, a big pink bus rolling
across the country, and numerous appearances and opinion pieces by Planned Parenthood spokespersons and supporters (including this gem  by PP vice-president of communications Stuart Schear.
Planned Parenthood has been insisting that they provide invaluable health services to “millions” of America women.
Just a few weeks ago, on national television, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said this about Rep. Mike Pence’s amendment to defund Planned Parenthood:
“If this bill ever becomes law, millions of women in this country are gonna lose their health care access–not to abortion services–to basic family planning, you
Yet this is blatantly false.
We got a tip from former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, that Planned Parenthood does not provide any mammogram services. Just to be sure, our investigative team called up 30 Planned Parenthood
clinics in many major metropolitan areas. Every single one of the clinics told our actor that no, they do not provide mammograms. “We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” one staffer in Arizona said.
Another in Wisconsin remarked, “We are just a surgical center, we don’t really do health services.” In Overland Park, KS, at Planned Parenthood’s “Comprehensive Health Center,” they said, “We don’t
actually have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”
We called 27 states total. In none of those states does Planned Parenthood provide mammograms.
We challenge Planned Parenthood to provide evidence that they provide mammograms to “millions of American women”–or to any at all.
Almost everyone has a loved one affected by cancer. It is reprehensible to play on the fears of women and their families with lies, in an attempt to extort more money from taxpayers.
Sadly, such deception and manipulation should not surprise us.
This is only the latest in Planned Parenthood’s abusive and deceptive activity. Planned Parenthood claims to provide “pregnancy options” to women, yet over 97% of their services  to pregnant women are abortions. The corporation aborts 332,278 unborn boys and girls each year, gives false medical information and manipulative counseling to women, covers up the sexual abuse of young girls, and cooperates with the sexual trafficking and commercial exploitation of children.
Democrats and Republicans are horn-locked in a debate about whether budget cuts should be $30 billion or $60 billion.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, says President Barack Obama’s offer to accept a total of $30 billion in spending cuts for 2011 is “clearly in the same ballpark” with what House Republican leaders asked for.
The pathetic debate lingers on.
Please consider Budget Negotiations Stall Amid Charges of Inaction as U.S. Shutdown Looms
Republicans and Democrats in Congress traded charges over which party is stifling agreement on budget cuts needed to avert the first U.S. government shutdown in 15 years.
With no accord in sight on legislation to extend government spending past April 8, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, accused Republican leaders of trying to placate an “extreme minority” of their party by spurning an offer to reach a deal.
President Barack Obama’s offer to accept a total of $30 billion in spending cuts for 2011 is “clearly in the same ballpark” with what House Republican leaders initially sought before their rank-and-file demanded deeper reductions, Reid said.
“Are they afraid to tell the extreme Tea Party members of their caucus that they’re trying to find common ground with Democrats?” Reid asked yesterday at his weekly news conference.
Pathetic Performance by Both Parties
Quite frankly this is a pathetic performance by both parties. Moreover, I will flat out state the Republicans have only themselves to blame.
By offering a piss poor budget reduction of a mere $60 billion, they now look like the bad guys for not meeting the Obama half-way at $30 billion.
Just the Math Maam
Please do the math. $30 billion is a mere 1.875% of the budget. That is what everyone is pissing and moaning over.
If Republicans had any balls, and they clearly don't, they would have proposed cutting the budget by $300 billion. Then, a compromise at $150 billion would have been a mere 9.375% of the deficit.
It is is bad enough to argue over 9% of the budget, so what does it mean to bicker over 1.875% of the budget?
What it means is that neither party has the balls to fix a damn thing. It also means the Republicans can blame themselves for being placed in this absurd position.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Gaping loopholes in the program that covers poor uninsured Bay Staters have cost taxpayers tens of millions in bogus claims from out-of-staters and foreigners —not to mention gynecological bills for men and foot X-rays for headaches, according to the commonwealth’s inspector general.
“We’re finding overpayments, double payments and medically unnecessary payments,” Massachusetts Inspector General Gregory Sullivan said of his office’s scathing review of the state’s so-called Uncompensated Care Pool obtained by the Herald. “When the state set up the free-care pool, it was supposed to have the most cutting-edge anti-fraud system to go along with it, but it’s not up and running, and because of that, many millions of dollars are being wasted.”
The fund spent $414 million on emergency health care for nearly 1 million claims in 2009, Sullivan told the Pulse, including:
• $7 million on care for non-Massachusetts residents. Even though the law limits free care to Bay State citizens, claims were paid out for patients with home addresses in 48 other states, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.
• $17.8 million for more than 60,000 “medically unlikely” or “medically unnecessary” claims, such as foot X-ray charges for patients suffering from headaches.
• Suspicious claims for gender-specific procedures for members of the opposite gender.
• $6 million for 13,000 duplicate claims.
A spokeswoman for the Patrick administration acknowledged problems with the free-care pool and vowed to fix them.
“We share the inspector general’s commitment to finding ways to enhance and improve the integrity of the claims adjudication systems at the Health Safety Net,” said Paulette Song, a spokeswoman for JudyAnn Bigby, secretary of the state’s Executive Office and Health and Human Services, “and are reviewing the 2011 report thoroughly to find opportunities to help increase efficiencies.”
Perhaps the report’s most troubling finding is that the state relies on the honor system when determining who is eligible for free care — and does not review an applicant’s assets, or even require a Social Security number to verify income, citizenship or address, Sullivan said.
“It’s hard to say how much this is costing us, but we did see thousands of examples of people who are receiving free care who have Social Security numbers, but didn’t give them to the state,” Sullivan said.
The Health Safety Net’s policy is to deny coverage to out-of-staters and citizens from other countries, Song said.
The IG’s office also found that 45 percent of the free-care recipients told the state they had no income at all, although Sullivan points out that “any form of public assistance must be reported as income.” Under law, a single person who is covered by the free-care pool must have no more than $2,000 in assets and earn less than $32,586 a year.
The Uncompensated Care Pool fund, also known as the Health Safety Net, was established in 2006, under then-Gov. Mitt Romney’s health-care reform law. It is designed to reimburse hospitals and community health centers for treating uninsured people for medical emergencies — as they must under federal law — and is funded by taxpayers, health insurers and hospitals.
Earlier this year, Gov. Deval Patrick ordered government agencies to conduct a more thorough review of people’s assets before doling out any state benefits.
“The taxpayers’ interest,” said Sullivan, “must be protected.”
A 17-year-old girl was charged Friday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and battery after deputies say she pulled a gun on her mother during an argument.
Rachel Anne Hachero was upset because her mother wouldn't co-sign on a vehicle purchase, according to a Lee County Sheriff's Office report.
The teen's mother told investigators Hachero threatened to kill her when she refused to co-sign for the vehicle.
Hachero then confronted her mother at home with a gun and pistol-whipped her head, according to the report.
After pistol-whipping her mother, Hachero pointed the gun at her mother's head and stomach and told her she was going with her to sign for the car, according to the report.
The mother told investigators Hachero ordered her mother into the vehicle and demanded she drive to the dealership to sign for the car or she would shoot her.
Hachero and her mother then went to Sutherlin Nissan on South Tamiami Trail, where she had her mother sign for a 2004 black Nissan 350Z. Hachero left the dealership in the vehicle.
The mother told investigators she went through Hachero's purse Friday while Hachero was at school and located the gun, drugs and drug paraphernalia.
The mother told investigators she did not want to press charges against Hachero, because she had recently been accepted to several Ivy League colleges.
Deputies decided to charge Hachero due to the nature of the incident.
The gun allegedly used by Hachero in the assault was reported stolen from the home of a Lee County Port Authority officer in Fort Myers in July of 2010.
Five guns and several other items were taken during that burglary.