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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Trump and the GOP are out to destroy everything they can in the name of the almighty dollar.

But hey, these places will look great as a Superfund site, don't you think?


The Senate is negotiating its own legislation to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act in secret talks with senators hand-picked by party leaders and with no plans for committee hearings to publicly vet the bill.

"I am encouraged by what we are seeing in the Senate. We're seeing senators leading," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, one of the 13 Republicans involved in the private talks. "We're seeing senators working together in good faith. We're not seeing senators throwing rocks at each other, either in private or in the press." read more


Friday, May 12, 2017

WASHINGTON -- President Trump on Friday warned James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director he fired this week, against leaking anything negative about the president and warned the news media that he may cancel all future White House briefings.

In a series of early-morning Twitter posts, Mr. Trump even seemed to suggest that there may be secret tapes of his conversations with Mr. Comey that could be used to counter the former F.B.I. director if necessary. It was not immediately clear whether he meant that literally or simply hoped to intimidate Mr. Comey into silence.

"James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. read more


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

In Idaho, lawmakers removed references to climate change from the state's science standards. In Alabama and Indiana, they passed resolutions urging support for educators who teach "diverse" views on climate change, evolution and human cloning. And in Florida, the legislature on Friday adopted one bill that would give educators and students more freedom to express religious beliefs in school, and a second that would give residents new power to oppose classroom materials they dislike -- including science textbooks.

Across the country, proposals that would influence how topics like climate change and evolution are taught in public schools have gained traction. Eleven such measures have been introduced in nine Republican-dominated states since January...

Proponents say the measures take aim at what they see as an inflexible secular culture in public schools -- one that prevents educators from teaching a full range of views.


Normally I relegated my slow cooker to heavy, winter appropriate dishes like pot roasts and chili. But I've come to appreciate the convenience of getting home and having dinner ready (don't have a live in significant other to help with this) while having food for a few days ready at the same time, so I want to keep using it and am looking for new recipes to try out. Anybody got one they've particularly fond of?

Alternatively, since spring has sprung (or is springing...), smokers and grills will be making their appearances. What's on the docket for this years BBQ festivities?


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Auditors and analysts have warned for at least a decade that Medicare Advantage has been vulnerable to cheating since risk scoring was phased in, from 2004 to 2008. The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services, where the centers reside, audited a small sample of Medicare Advantage plans early on and found overpayments of up to $650 million in 2007. It predicted even more in 2008, but then came budget cuts and those audits stopped.

The Government Accountability Office reported last year that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had identified $14.1 billion of overpayments to insurers in 2013 and did not have a clear plan for recovering the money. It also faulted the agency's auditing methods.

"I recall a feeling of frustration verging on outrage," said Ted Doolittle, the deputy director of the Medicare and Medicaid agency's Center for Program Integrity at that time.

In 2014 the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit research group, analyzed the only available Medicare Advantage data and reported that insurers had reaped about $70 billion in overpayments from 2008 to 2013.

I wish I could say I'm hopeful that this gross theft of public dollars would result in jail time of executives at these companies. Particularly since they're the same POSes who are claiming Obamacare markets are hurting their profits too much.

But no. The companies will pay back pennies on the dollar of what they stole then pass that loss on to the populace through further premium increases.

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