Archive for February 26th, 2010

Medicare Fraud 101

Feb 26, 2010 in Politics

It’s always good any time Republicans like Mike Pence start harping about Medicare fraud to keep in mind that one of their biggest supporters, Rick Scott, was CEO of a company that paid the highest fines in history for billions of dollars worth of Medicare fraud.

The effort has alarmed many Democrats and liberal health-care advocates, who are pushing back with attacks highlighting Scott’s ouster as head of the Columbia/HCA health-care company amid a fraud investigation in the 1990s. The firm eventually pleaded guilty to charges that it overbilled state and federal health plans, paying a record $1.7 billion in fines…

Scott, 56, seems unfazed by such criticism, emphasizing that he was never charged with any wrongdoing and that other health-care companies were also fined for overbilling problems. A lawyer with no formal medical training, Scott built Columbia/HCA into the largest U.S. health-care company before he was ousted by the board of directors in 1997. He was also once a partner in the Texas Rangers with George W. Bush. Scott now runs an investment firm and owns, among other things, a chain of walk-in urgent-care clinics in Florida called Solantic.

-mg

I still have no idea why people think Rush Limbaugh is a racist.

Feb 26, 2010 in Racism

Holy crap.

I just really can’t imagine speaking to black people with this much contempt, but preaching it to millions on the air?

Is this the jiu-jitsu moment for Obama?

Feb 26, 2010 in Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives, Health Care

Holy smokes. He’s allowed the Republicans to get behind the summit idea and got them in front of the camera again. Niiice judo flip.

If it was Obama’s intention to make clear to the public that the Republicans simply were not going to play ball at all, no matter what, then it qualifies as a cast-iron success.

Which suggest that Obama has learned the central method to handling rightwing talking points: Stick Republicans in a room and watch them sweat. Make them look for a retort. Exhaust their lines. Undermine their paradigms.

Look, folks, the only real critique of Obama is from the left. The GOP’s new star fiscal conservative is Paul Ryan, who voted for Medicare Part D. It’s rhetorical posturing that will translate into a party-line vote for the next Republican President.

The critique from the right is simply too staggered with money and propaganda to take seriously. America has to move forward.

As the Bush advisor said, “We’ll make history and you’ll be trying to analyze it, and just when you figured it out, we’ll make history again!”

And how can one do worse than Bush?

This article suggests Democrats may finally be convinced they’ve earned the political cover. Will that be true? There’s a bizarre reverse effect where the longer this goes on, the worse it becomes for Democrats to turn on the bill. Though they keep trying…

-hw