Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

A Rick Scott Story Part II – how political giving and getting is done

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Since shortly after Rick Scott was sworn in as governor in 2011, he and the Republican Party of Florida have raked in nearly $1.2 million in contributions from companies owned or controlled by Dr. Daniel Dosoretz. State election records show that many of those contributions appear to have been timed to influence the award of a billion dollar state Medicaid contract…
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Miami-Dade nursing home chain sues its lawyers over $17 million healthcare fraud settlement

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two years ago, Plaza Health Network agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $17 million to settle a civil investigation that revealed the Aventura-based nursing home chain operated an illegal kickback scheme involving Medicare and Medicaid patient referrals. Now, Plaza Health is looking to recoup the money by suing its former general counsel and the prominent law firm he was a partner in for malpractice.
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WATCH Police Drag Disabled Protesters From Blocking Mitch McDonnell’s Office

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Disability rights activists staged a “die in” in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday resulting in more than forty people being removed and arrested. Activists staged the protest on the same day Republicans released their new health care plan. The new plan calls for large cuts to medicaid
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEwL9JUcwUE?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] According to CNN.com:“Forty-three protesters were arrested and charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding,” Capitol Police said in a statement.
“Many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices,” the police statement read.
McConnell’s office referred to Capitol Police for comment.
Alison Barkoff, protest participant and director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation, told CNN, “This is a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans on the backs of people with disability.” “These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell’s office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs,” she said. “Many of the people with disabilities were forcible removed. They were literally carried from the space out to a separate area.” 
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Broward Health begins lobbyist registration – 12 years and millions in contracts late

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Broward Health’s long-lost lobbyist registration policy is, at last, resurrected. Lobbyists looking to influence district policy or the award of profitable contracts must now publicly identify themselves and their clients.
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Dr. Marc J. Yacht: Our country’s shameful legacy of poverty

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Poverty’s narrow definition relates to income and consumption but a much broader meaning is necessary to understand America’s poor. Federal guidelines qualify individuals and families by addressing income, but don’t provide an accurate depiction of needy families and their living conditions.
The better understanding of the poor must look beyond income and at the larger community: the quality of education, water, electricity, pollution, sewage systems, and residential living conditions. Do after school activities exist for children? Are there parks, community centers, local libraries, street gangs, drug abuse, and violence both domestic and crime-related? Poor neighborhoods are at greater risk for substandard living conditions and all play a role in defining the broader conception of poverty.
There is a need to look the behavioral and health aspects along with literacy rates, sociopathic behavior, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and a host of psychiatric disorders. The overall health and nutritional well-being are affected by inadequate health care and neglected resources to poor families. Are basic living requirements met? The ability of the disenfranchised to do things of intrinsic worth, their isolation, joblessness, homelessness, and concerns for safety expand the narrow definition of poverty.
Collective anger expressed by the poor affects the affluent. Riots and dissatisfaction are triggered by any number of events most likely occurring in poor neighborhoods but can relate to crime and violence in any neighborhood.  Poverty is not just about money but the overall quality of life that poor people experience. Vented anger and destructive behavior are too often expressed by the communities’ poor, often by young people who have little difficulty expressing frustration. Their crimes relate directly to gross neglect.
Protests had been relatively dormant since the 1960s, but within the past decade protests and urban revolts have been making a comeback. According to a research brief, between 1958 and 1968, 329 urban rebellions

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