Health Care

Pharmaceutical Companies Pay $6.6 Billion To Settle Fraud Claims

Pharmaceutical companies paid $6.6 billion so far this year to settle claims that they defrauded federal and state government health programs. That's more than double the amount of all settlements in 2011, the Washington-based watchdog group Public Citizen said in a report issued on Thursday. The report noted that the penalties are only a small fraction of drug makers' profits. "The consensus seems to be that this is a business model, and unless the federal government moves first to increase these penalties, that's likely to remain the case," Sammy Almashat, the author of the report, told Bloomberg News
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Randy Weber: A Record Of Messin' With Texas Women

Having worked on legislation that helps to end human trafficking is laudable, but it does not excuse a record of proudly cutting funds for and access to woman's healthcare. When fighting to balance the budget means slashing the two-year family planning budget from $111 million to $38 million and cutting the Medicaid Woman's Health Program by $35 million, you earn the title as "bearer of the flag in the war against women." While Weber touts his success in the battle against Planned Parenthood, real Texas woman suffer. In March of this year the New York Times published an article in which a mother of 5 spoke about losing access to breast cancer screenings, birth control pills and other routine health exams after the cuts shutdown low income clinics. The state's non-partisan Legislative Budget Board estimated 284,000 woman would lose access to health care costing Medicaid about $230 million. The board's recommendation was to actually expand the program to save money.
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Anti-Abortion Scholar: Raise Costs As Restrictions

Political science professor Michael J. New, adjunct scholar for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, talks about effective abortion restrictions at the Values Voter Summit, Sept. 15, 2012.
New reiterated his comments in an interview with The American Independent following the panel discussion, specifically noting that abortion laws that require two separate trips to the clinic drive up the costs for women trying to get an abortion, “especially for women in rural areas.”
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State Pharmacy Board Rejects Complaint by Birth Control Foe

Yesterday, the state pharmacy board rejected an attempt by GOP Executive Council candidate Michael Tierney to block Planned Parenthood from dispensing birth control prescriptions.
Tierney had claimed Planned Parenthood lost the right to fill prescriptions when the Executive Council ended state funding of the clinics in June, 2011. The board rejected his complaint without comment and voted unanimously to renew Planned Parenthood's license.
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Does Paul Ryan Really Believe We Should Have All the 'Birth Control' We Want?

In an interview with 9News Political Reporter Brandon Rittiman, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan replied, "Oh, heaven's no," when asked if he wants to "abolish" birth control completely.
But, as we know from our long and losing history with personhood amendments here in Colorado, the phrase "birth control" has multiple meanings, depending on where you come down on personhood, which would give legal rights to fertilized eggs and ban all abortion.
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Want to Know Why Mitt Romney Flip Flopped on Health Care?

As Eskow says, "Unnecessary surgeries at HCA? Fraudulent billing of Medicare? Expired baby formula at Duane Read? That's the real RomneyCare." And it more than explains Romney's MA health care plan, which purposely did not contain medical costs. It also explains why even that was too much to countenance now. His new-found opposition as Obamacare is most likely attributable to the fact that it reins in the excess costs and abuse he has profited from. He may not be running Bain any more, but he still profits from a dysfunctional, fraudulent, and gouging health care system. Mitt Romney IS the problem.
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President Bill Clinton Is Right: Medicaid Matters

The Democrats threw down the gauntlet at their convention in Charlotte this week, putting health care front and center and warning the Republicans that they won’t get away with more of the health care fear-mongering they’ve been stirring up for years. This strategy was solidified on the second night of the convention when President Bill Clinton, in the words of former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, “detonated the H-bomb of the 2012 campaign: the Medicaid issue.”
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The Koch Brothers Lie About Canadian Healthcare

The Koch brothers are spending $6million on a new anti-Obama ad; an ad featuring a Canadian woman from Ontario.
Shona Holmes claims our medicare system blocked her from getting the immediate treatment she needed to prevent her from dying from a brain tumour. She mortgaged her home to buy life saving treatment at a Mayo Clinic in the US.
Except she never had a brain tumour. She had a benign cyst on her pituitary gland. Very serious, but not life threatening and treatable in the time period planned in Ontario.
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Nursing Home Inspect Update: More Homes, More Violations

Today, we are refreshing our Nursing Home Inspect app to include thousands more deficiencies found by government inspectors in nursing homes around the country.
Our tool, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has already led to an impressive array of news stories.
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23 Texas Republicans Co-Sponsored Todd Akin's 'Forcible Rape' Bill

23 Texas Republicans co-sponsored the "Forcible Rape" bill that has gotten Missouri Congressman and Senate Candidate Todd Akin -- and his BFF in lady-shaming, Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan -- in so much hot water this week.
The bill seeks to prevent any taxpayer funding from being used to pay for abortions. Currently, the Hyde Amendment allows public funds to be used for women to access abortion if they are a victim of rape or incest.
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