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Obama website – Should not we get a refund?

If you purchased an expensive car and it arrived broken, would you not expect the car company to either replace the car, fix it or refund your money?
Of Course!

So why, are we not getting this service from the company that WE THE PEOPLE paid $600,000,000 for and is broken?
How much more are “we” aka Obama going to spend to make this “work”?
Should not the company that built the site be responsible?
No one is accountable for anything!

For gods sake lets stop being deceived by a WEBSITE – the web site is NOT Obama care!

When this folly ends!

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The true reason Marijuana aka “pot” is being legalized

Voters in Colorado approved a measure to tax marijuana, a year after voting to legalize it.
Estimated $70 Million dollars a year in taxes!

So lets legalize all drugs and prostitution and tax it! To hell with society, religion and morality – tax everything!

Presented under the guise of building schools for kids hmmm how can anyone be against that? If you believe pot is a drug and rally against  this, by default you are against building schools.

Political move to not allow debate but to push a political agenda – sounds like Obama care? Any means to justify the ends.

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FDNY ordered to allow more minorities in – flunked rate rises dramatically!

After being ordered to allow more minorities in in the name of diversity, after 1 year we are finding that 15% increase in dropouts amongst the very people that the NYPD were forced to allow in.

We have special people helping them to achieve goals – yet they fail. So in the end we spend more money and get less.
Diversity is a failure! There are standards for a reason. Not everyone is the same!

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Ben Bernanke – Bailing out the failed Obama Redistribution of wealth

Employment will not begin to recover until 2016 – maybe
Interest rates are rising killing housing market
Mr Ben keeps printing money.

Obama’s redistribution of wealth is not working – socialism has failed all over the world – why would we think it will work here? The seeds of failure are planted, the dead fruits of the vine are not growing. The leaves of the economy and the fabric of America is suffering and growing brown. Hopefully we will not shrivel up and fall off as the leaves of dead flowers.

When this folly ends………….

 

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Citing expense, hospitals close maternity wards

[preamble]The inevitable push to health clinics. Malpractice costs are a leading cause as well as hospitals being headed by non business people. Doctors should not in any way shape or form run a hospital other than overseeing doctoring. Business, profitability and sustainability needs to be in the hands of people that understand it.

This again proves that our hospital system is antiquated and we have too many of them.
INteresting how the massive cost of insurance is NOT an issue or tort reform. The leading cause of problems in the medical system especially in NY. Our politicians especially Sheldon silver are making too much money off the lawyers to even touch this – hence we have a “crisis” to deflect from the real issue.

Almost like our president shooting missiles at Syria when in Benghazi we actually lost American lives – did we do anything than? Deny, deflect, diversion – triple D.
If more redundant hospitals close, what will we do with all the money we save? I got it – continue to raise premiums and develop another “crisis”[backtopost]

Private Delivery Room at Katz Women’s hospital

Several Long Island hospitals have delivered their last babies.

Facing precipitous drops in number of Long Island births – and insurance reimbursements – and steep climbs in malpractice-insurance rates, many hospitals are closing their maternity wards. Several ob/gyns are likewise steering away from obstetrics and focusing more on gynecology.

Such consolidations are creating a new medical landscape, with larger regional health-care facilities handling most births – potentially signaling the end of deliveries at the local hospital.

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System plans to close Plainview Hospital’s 15-bed maternity ward, 10 years after it closed the Glen Cove Hospital maternity ward and eight after it closed the maternity unit at Valley Stream’s Franklin Hospital.

In 2004, Catholic Health Services of Long Island cited high costs when it closed the maternity ward at New Island Hospital, now known as St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Observers should not misconstrue this as a lack of commitment to babies or women, according to North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam, who said the system has been expanding maternity wards at larger hospitals.

“We’re certainly investing in women’s health,” Lynam said. “But trying to maintain the smaller programs is becoming more difficult.”

Maternity wards are expensive, due primarily to the wide range of around-the-clock staff they require, and “when expenses significantly surpass revenues, folks begin to look at ways to save money,” noted Dr. Arthur Fougner, an ob/gyn in Flushing.

“If you can’t change what’s going on with declining payments,” Fougner said, “you have to figure out how to cut overhead.”

Also challenging those bottom lines: an aging Long Island population creating lower birth rates and obstetrician malpractice rates ranging as high as $200,000 annually – nearly twice the rates paid by gynecologists.

“Running maternity wards is an expensive proposition,” agreed Ed Amsler, a vice president at Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Co., which insures 60 hospitals, 17,000 physicians, 4,200 dentists and thousands of other New York providers and facilities. “One factor in that is professional liability insurance.”

Meanwhile, a new generation of maternity words is putting the pressure on older wards to renovate or shut down. North Shore-LIJ has invested $300 million in its Katz Women’s Hospitals at North Shore University and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, including new maternity wards featuring private rooms.

“A lot of patients who would normally go to the local place see this and say, ‘I want to go there,’” Fougner said. “There’s patient demand.”

In 2012, Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital delivered 6,343 babies in its 73-bed unit, while Long Island Jewish delivered 5,879 – collectively, a 13 percent increase over the two facilities’ 2011 totals.

Those increases contrast delivery declines at many smaller hospitals. Between 2011 and 2012, births dipped from 1,429 to 1,167 at Plainview Hospital, which is projecting only 1,000 total births in 2013.

“It really is a volume issue,” Lynam said of North Shore-LIJ’s plans to close the Plainview maternity ward. “It would be a financial issue if we maintained the maternity ward and the volume continued to drop.”

Sometimes, closing the maternity ward at one local hospital can benefit the maternity ward at another. North Shore-LIJ hoped closing the New Island/St. Joseph’s ward would benefit the Plainview ward, for instance, but that didn’t materialize.

And upgrading older maternity wards to keep up with newer models is not always easy and rarely practical, Lynam noted.

“Even if we invested millions of dollars to renovate [the Plainview maternity ward], we still wouldn’t be able to configure the space in a way that would provide families with private rooms,” he said.

Long Island still has plenty of maternity wards: North Shore-LIJ alone operates additional delivery facilities at Huntington and Southside hospitals, Forest Hills Hospital in Queens and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

With so many regional options, North Shore-LIJ officials believe the Island’s expectant families are still well-served.

“Is it unreasonable for people to drive 15 or 20 minutes to deliver their babies?” Lynam asked.

The answer, according to Fougner, “depends on how fast your labor’s going.

“And it depends on the time of day,” the ob/gyn added. “If you’re on the Long Island Expressway, it might be a problem.”

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Doctors under attack again – aiding and abetting prescription drug abuse

That’s right – yesterday 4 commercials played on the radio on how the new ISTOP program will stop doctors from aiding prescription drug abusers. Doctors have been known to abuse prescription drugs and give them to people forcing them to be addicts….. This was the intent of the commercials.

It seems some “mother” lost a child to drug addiction and blamed doctors – now she has a cause and god forbid a politician refuses a mother cause. Hence we have these insane laws and regulations that do nothing but increase burdens on society and cost us money.

Your tragic loss is not always someones fault and may not have been preventable. Take responsibility for yourself. Your child may have been an addict – why did you not seek them help?
Its akin to all the stop signs in the neighborhood – 1 accident and the community screams!! now we have a stop sign on every block causing traffic and guess what? Same number of accident – but some parent feels good somewhere!

Oh – and the sound of silence from doctors.

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The president wants to bailout education – just a little bit more

Here it comes – the president yet again is spending our money – he stated yesterday that “any school that does not achieve results for our students  ….”

Interesting – i love to hear from the NY city teachers union where they have FAILED for years – love to put the squeeze to them and get some of our wasted money back.

So what will happen? Our government will control education and the schools – because EVERY PERSON IN AMERICA HAS THE RIGHT TO HIGHER EDUCATION
Just like everyone deserves a house, no child left behind..

All it means is more handouts, more failure and “just a little bit more”………

Is his 4 years up yet?

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The sucking sounds of jobs going overseas – Obama care side effect

[preamble]Side effect of Obama care – jobs being shipped overseas.  Companies scramble to meet government demands to cut costs, save money and produce. Where do they go? India and abroad because labor is lower cost. Did anyone try to ever deal with India? Bad English, Culturally unaware of us, impossible to understand and a ridiculous time zone difference.
Hence a consequence of Obama care and its reliance on IT is less jobs in the US. Wonderful news.
Perhaps a few pages of mandates should have been added where companies providing IT MUST use American labor and stationed in America – lets be realistic – your private medical record data is now overseas in a 3rd world country.

Should have given tax breaks to companies that followed this policy – would maybe have created jobs – but our president does not know about creating jobs does he……….[backtopost]

Global health IT outsourcing market to reach $50.4 billion by 2018
By Susan D. Hall

The U.S. and Canada lead in the global healthcare IT outsourcing market, with North America accounting for the largest share at 72 percent, according to a new report from RnRMarketResearch.com. The global market is expected to reach $50.4 billion by 2018 from $35 billion in 2013, with health insurance, healthcare systems and the pharmaceutical industry driving growth.

All three rely on outsourcing to reduce operational and maintenance costs, increase access to IT staff and quickly implement new technologies. Lack of in-house IT expertise, increasing need to integrate disparate systems, and growing pressure to meet Meaningful Use criteria and implement ICD-10 are among the factors at play, according to the report.

However, factors such as the fragmented nature of the business, growing concern for data security and cultural and language barriers restrain growth of the market.

IT hiring remains difficult in healthcare. In a recently published HIMSS Analytics survey, hospital respondents said they outsourced at least one IT function rather than hiring in-house. Ninety-three percent said they plan to outsource a function within the next year.

Health information exchanges, too, are relying on outsourcing for positions when they don’t have the required skills in-house, HIMSS and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) reported.

Despite pressure to measure and analyze data for quality reporting, a report published this week found budget woes and a skills gap holding back many healthcare organizations from fully harnessing the potential for analytics.

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Bank of America whistleblowers say they were told to lie about mortgages

[preamble]I think i pay too much for my mortgage  – and its not fair. Perhaps our government can bail me out and advise these banks to reduce my interest rates to something i can afford. – i bet if all of us complain, we can create a new “crisis” and get ailed out – lets try…….[backtopost]

Bank of America whistleblowers say they were told to lie about mortgages

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Bank of America, housing bubble, home foreclosures

(NaturalNews) Americans still reeling from the collapse of the U.S. housing market and who lost homes or tens of thousands of dollars in equity are going to be especially upset by news that one of the lenders at the heart of the collapse, Bank of America, is guilty of fleecing borrowers and rewarding foreclosures.

According to BoA employees-turned-whistleblowers who have signed sworn statements attesting to the validity of their accusations, “Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure,” investigative journal ProPublica is reporting.

The statements were filed in mid-June in a Boston federal court as part of a multi-state class-action lawsuit brought by homeowners who attempted to avoid foreclosure via the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), a government program, but say their cases were botched by BoA.

Homeowners denied en masse

As expected, BoA is officially denying any wrongdoing, with a spokesman telling ProPublica that to a person, the former employees’ claims are “rife with factual inaccuracies,” adding that the bank planned to address the accusations more fully in July.

The spokesman, who was not identified by name, went on to say that BoA was responsible for modifying more loans than any other U.S. bank, and that the financial institution is continuing to “demonstrate our commitment to assisting customers who are at risk of foreclosure.”

A half dozen former employees actually worked for BoA, while one worked for a contractor. “They range from former managers to front-line employees, and all dealt with homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure through the government’s program,” ProPublica reported.

When HAMP was launched by the Obama Administration in 2009, the housing collapse was still ravaging the U.S. economy and homeowners. At the time, BoA was, by far, the largest mortgage servicing institution in the program, with twice as many loans eligible as the next largest institution.

According to the former employees, BoA – besieged with a rush of panicked homeowners – the bank would often either mislead them or deny their applications for bogus reasons.

William Wilson, Jr., an underwriter and manager for BoA from 2010 to 2012, said at times large groups of homeowners were denied at once via a procedure called a “blitz.” Per Pro Publica:

As part of the modification applications, homeowners were required to send in documents with their financial information. About twice a month, Wilson said, the bank ordered that all files with documentation 60 or more days old simply be denied.

“During a blitz, a single team would decline between 600 and 1,500 modification files at a time,” he said in his sworn statement. In order to justify such mass denials, employees devised fictitious reasons for the rejections, such as claiming that the homeowner had not filed the appropriate paperwork when they really had.

Mass denials like these may also have occurred at other financial institutions, the report said.

Chris Wyatt, formerly of Goldman Sachs subsidiary Litton Loan Servicing, told Pro Publica last year that the firm sometimes conducted “denial sweeps” of applicants, to reduce backlogs. At the time, a Goldman Sachs spokesperson denied Wyatt’s claims but offered nothing to refute him.

Still ‘too big to fail’

Of the whistleblowers, five said they were encouraged to mislead customers.

“We were told to lie to customers and claim that Bank of America had not received documents it had requested,” said Simone Gordon, an senior collector at the bank from 2007 until early 2012. “We were told that admitting that the Bank received documents ‘would open a can of worms,'” she added, noting that BoA was required to underwrite applications within 30 days of receiving homeowners’ documents, but that the bank did not have adequate staff for the task.

“Wilson said each underwriter commonly had 400 outstanding applications awaiting review,” ProPublica reported.

Added Salon.com:

In reality, Bank of America used [the program] as a tool, say these former employees, to squeeze as much money as possible out of struggling borrowers before eventually foreclosing on them.

Despite so-called financial reforms passed in the wake of the housing scandal, BoA and others remain “too big to fail” (http://www.ft.com).