Expanded mental health service set to help patients with long-term conditions   
SPECIALIST mental health care is being offered to people with long term physical health conditions, thanks to a new service that could reduce GP and hospital visits.
          Registered Nurse - RN / Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN / Perkasie - BAYADA Home Health Care - Perkasie, PA   
Required Experience: 1 Year Required Education: Associate Job Requirements: Active Pennsylvania nursing license in good standing, Current CPR certification,
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:25:19 GMT - View all Perkasie, PA jobs
          LPN / Licensed Practical Nurse Pediatrics Days / Nights - BAYADA Home Health Care - West Jefferson, NC   
Benefits available including medical / dental / vision / 401k. Licensed Practical Nurse LPN License (North Carolina or multi-state), CPR Certification....
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:06:31 GMT - View all West Jefferson, NC jobs
          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Consulate Health Care rewards its professionals for their hard work and dedication to company success with a comprehensive benefit and incentives program...
From Consulate Health Care - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:38:09 GMT - View all Walnut Cove, NC jobs
          Are Democrats Thinking Their Way Out of Victory?   

Would you mind if Democrats learned to be mindless?

Nevada Democrats do seem to have their acts together. They kept their heads in 2016 when everyone around them was losing theirs, and accomplished a good deal of what they wanted at the 2017 legislature. And 2018 seems to be coming into focus.…

Representative Jacky Rosen will run for the Senate after only a few months in Congress, and the Democrat could face a serious primary challenge. Whoever wins faces a vulnerable Republican, Dean Heller, the only GOP Senator up for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton carried. Heller has managed to defend the Republican lack of transparency on health care legislation after falsely claiming Democrats did much the same thing on Obamacare. He also said both yes and no on how he’s going to vote on the un-Christian and anti-life bill his white male colleagues generated without a woman or person of color being involved before finally saying he wouldn’t vote for the bill in its current form with Governor Brian Sandoval standing next to him—because Heller is not only bipartisan, but brave.

County Commissioner Steve Sisolak has declared his candidacy for governor. He may face a Democratic primary—his commission colleague Chris Giunchigliani is making noises (this could make the commission meetings must-see-TV). The winner of that contest will face Adam Laxalt, grandson of a major Nevada political figure. He’s also the hirer of outside lawyers who charge the state hundreds of thousands of dollars to do legal work that Laxalt’s people would be able to do if they were members of the Nevada bar, and he is a defender of Sheldon Adelson’s interests to the point that a Gaming Control Board chairman who’s never had the whiff of a taint of a sniff of a scandal attached to him decided he’d better record a conversation with Laxalt.


Democrats think when they should act, and Republicans act when they should think.


These campaigns will unfold with Trump registering the lowest approval ratings of any president at this point in an administration since polling was done with an abacus. But Republicans have won each special election so far, so why not think it can continue?

Well, let’s be fair. In each election, the Democratic candidate did far better than she or he normally would. In Georgia and South Carolina, in blood-red districts, the Democratic House candidate came within three points of the Republican.

But Republicans still won, and the reason is simple. To quote Charlie Pierce, America’s best political blogger (well, my favorite, anyway): “Through decades of constant and unrelenting pressure, and through finagling with the franchise in a hundred ways in a thousand places, the Republicans have compressed the votes they need into an unmovable, diamond-hard core that will vote in robotic lockstep for whoever it is that wins a Republican primary. In American politics today, mindlessness is one of the strongest weapons you can have. Republicans vote for Republicans in Republican districts.”

That Democrats lack mindlessness can be proved even without referring to certain lefties in 2016. Consider the response to recent Democratic defeats from D. Taylor, the Unite Here leader who was the driving force behind the Culinary in Las Vegas for so many years. Besides properly attacking the president, the speaker, the Senate majority leader and the GOP congressional caucus, he declared, “Hope is not a strategy and ‘resisting’ is not a plan. The Democratic Party is out of excuses on its electoral performances.… In red states or blue states, Democrats should be able to compete—and win.”

As Pierce shows, some of that point is debatable, but then we recall his union didn’t do all it could in 2014, out of displeasure with some provisions of Obamacare and the lack of movement on immigration reform. The Culinary Union was being mindful when it needed to be mindless.

Heller is in the Senate because in 2012, Shelley Berkley ran 85,000 votes behind Barack Obama while Heller ran 26,000 ahead of Mitt Romney. She won Clark County by 60,000 while Obama took it by 100,000. Obama carried Washoe County by 7,000, Heller by 20,000. Both large counties bear some credit or blame, depending on your political views.

Berkley faced attacks over ethics, but also Washoe choosing the northerner over the southerner, regardless of party. Did Democrats ask themselves who would most strongly support Obama, or was more “acceptable”? A minimal number of Republicans ask those questions. If more did, we might have a more mindful president.

Laxalt’s grandfather ran smart campaigns. But he won his first statewide race, for lieutenant governor, when Democrats refused to unite behind his opponent because of previous political battles. They were mindful when they should have been mindless, and have paid for it ever since.

And thereby hangs the tale. Democrats think when they should act, and Republicans act when they should think. If Democrats don’t want Senator Heller and Governor Laxalt, they need to grasp that distinction.

Michael Green is an associate professor of history at UNLV

The post Are Democrats Thinking Their Way Out of Victory? appeared first on Vegas Seven.


          Maternity Services: Labour Induction in India is effective and Safe, says Study   

July 1, 2017: A major study of two different types of labour induction methods was published by researchers from the University of Liverpool with colleagues from Gynuity Health Care in New York and the Government Medial College, Nagpur. It was studied that between 62,000 to 77,000 women die yearly from pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Eclampsia is […]

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          CNA Certified Nursing Assistant for Pediatric Clients - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
Observes and understands safety and infection control issues. CPR Certification Required....
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:14:24 GMT - View all Elkin, NC jobs
          Re: Should I move abroad to minimize health care costs?   
Moving abroad is more and more difficult, and eventually will be almost impossible for Americans. Tax is not the most critical issue, although tax return indeed become really complicated. In order to live somewhere, you would need a bank account. You cannot even apply for residence without a bank account, as you need to report the required amount of money to demonstrate that you can support yourself. US account would not work in most countries. Unfortunately, many banks are refusing to open accounts for US citizens, because of FATCA regulations. At the moment, there are still banks willing to work with US citizens. But their number is shrinking rapidly. Moreover, some of them are closing existing accounts.
          Personal Support Worker - CarePartners - Lindsay, NB   
If so, you are eligible to apply for a rewarding career with CarePartners, one of the largest providers of Personal Support Home Health Care in Ontario....
From CarePartners - Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:34:31 GMT - View all Lindsay, NB jobs
          The State of American Federalism 2016–2017: Policy Reversals and Partisan Perspectives on Intergovernmental Relations   
Abstract
Unified Republican Party control of the federal government after the 2016 election brought a reversal of several Obama administration policies, especially those adopted via executive and administrative action in areas such as immigration, energy, the environment, and LGBT rights. The 2016 election also prompted a reversal of partisan perspectives with respect to federal-state relations, as Republicans in Washington moved to preempt state discretion in various areas, whereas Democrats in state capitols challenged the legality of presidential actions and resisted federal efforts to constrain state and local discretion. In this essay, we discuss these themes through an analysis of developments in 2016 and early 2017 regarding health care, immigration, education, marijuana, and energy and environmental policy. We also consider key U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting the contours of state policymaking.

          Registered Nurse - Mental Health   
VIC-Melbourne, Outstanding career opportunity to make your mark in Adult Mental Health Supported pathways to complete post graduate studies A supportive, friendly and inclusive team environment About Monash Health As the largest public healthcare services provider in Victoria, Monash Health provides integrated health care services available to over 1.3 million people, representing 32% of the population of greate
          Nurse Unit Manager   
VIC-Melbourne, About Monash Health As the largest public healthcare services provider in Victoria, Monash Health provides integrated health care services available to over 1.3 million people, representing 32% of the population of greater Melbourne. Further extending our newborn and children’s specialities, in early 2017 we opened a new 230 bed dedicated Children’s Hospital, co-located with Monash Medical Centre,
          Occupational Therapist, Grd 2 - Subacute Services   
VIC-Melbourne, Occupational Therapist - Grade 2, Subacute Services Full-time, Permanent position Take the next step in your Occupational Therapy Career Join a cohesive team committed to excellence in patient care Make a difference in the lives of your patients About us Monash Health provides integrated health care services available to over 1.3 million people, representing 32% of the population of greater Melbou
          Registered Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse - Lady Isabelle Nursing Home - Trout Creek, ON   
Provide direct supervision, leadership, and education to other members of the health care team. Coordinates and oversees all aspects of resident focused...
From Indeed - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:27:03 GMT - View all Trout Creek, ON jobs
          Vice President, Facilities and Redevelopment - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
Located in Wellington County where staff have the luxury of choosing to live in either a rural or urban setting. WELLINGTON HEALTH CARE ALLIANCE....
From North Wellington Health Care - Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:54:17 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          Manager, Quality and Patient Safety - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
Located in Wellington County where staff have the luxury of choosing to live in either a rural or urban setting. WELLINGTON HEALTH CARE ALLIANCE....
From North Wellington Health Care - Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:49:15 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          Project Manager (3 year contract) - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
Located in Wellington County where staff have the luxury of choosing to live in either a rural or urban setting. WELLINGTON HEALTH CARE ALLIANCE....
From North Wellington Health Care - Tue, 30 May 2017 21:58:50 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          CAREER/JOB TITLE - Click on job title - Park Place Seniors Living - Ontario   
Vancouver Island, B.C. Registered Nurses for Vancouver Island locations. Ladysmith, B.C Health Care Aide/Registered Care Aide:....
From Park Place Seniors Living - Fri, 26 May 2017 06:55:09 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
Positive Work Environment and the tools you need to do your job. 1 year nursing experience, CPR certification....
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:47:09 GMT - View all Elkin, NC jobs
          Kennedy Urges Americans To Speak Out Against Trumpcare   
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is making an impassioned plea for a health care system that families can rely on in times of crisis, pointing to a health scare in his own family. The Massachusetts Democrat made the pitch for his party's health care goals during the weekly House Democratic address... Continue reading…
          LPN Licensed Practical Nurse - Pediatric - BAYADA Home Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Positive Work Environment and the tools you need to do your job. Licensed Practical Nurse license, One year of nursing experience, CPR certification....
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:49:33 GMT - View all Walnut Cove, NC jobs
          Assistants in the Hospital   
One of the earliest suggestions for virtual assistants was to have them answer questions and perform simple non-medical tasks in hospitals and other health care facilities.  Huge amounts of professional time are expended this way.   Issues of data and patient security quickly came up.  It was said the popular assistants could not handle those issues.  But it appears work has been under way by Harman and IBM Watson to address the problem.  Note that Harman is now owned by Samsung.

 " .... Thanks to AI, you'll never be ignored at a hospital again  From CNET Magazine: IBM's Watson takes on the scut work at a Philadelphia hospital, so nurses can focus on what matters.   By Shara Tibken

It's why Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia decided to work with audio giant Harman and IBM's Watson artificial intelligence technology. Together, they developed smart speakers that will respond to about a dozen commands. When a patient says "Watson," the speakers can, for instance, play calming sounds and adjust the room's lighting, thermostat and blinds.

"This is a way for patients to get some simple comfort measures addressed just by speaking," says Dr. Andrew Miller, associate chief medical officer at the Philadelphia hospital group. "How great is that?"

For the hospital, it's just the beginning. ... "

Unclear what plans are underway to roll this out more broadly.   Beyond just the voice interaction it does imply that considerable infrastructure changes have to be made to implement physical interactions with rooms, say to close the blinds or even adjust the lights.
          Real World Statistics   
Its good to remember that statistics is the basis of all useful problem solving:

Making Statistics Work in the Real World

Wharton's Bhaswar Bhattacharya discusses his research on statistical methods.

The field of statistics is about more than just crunching numbers. Wharton statistics professor Bhaswar Bhattacharya is researching the best ways to apply statistical methods to solve problems in a range of fields, from health care to marketing to languages. Bhattacharya spoke with Knowledge@Wharton about shedding new light on one of the oldest mathematical disciplines.  

(Podcast) An edited transcript of the conversation follows. .... 

Knowledge@Wharton: Could you give us a brief summary of your research and what kind of question you were trying to answer?

Bhaswar Bhattacharya: My research interests are the intersection of statistics probability and combinatorics. Recently, numerous and very interesting combinatorial and graph theory-related problems have emerged in statistics, mainly because of the ubiquitous presence of network data and the increasing use of graph-based methods in modern-day analytics. As a consequence, many interesting connections have emerged between modern statistical methods and classical concepts in geometry and probability. You can use them to solve interesting problems in statistics. .... " 


          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
You may be asked by the supervisors or mangers to perform other duties. The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time....
From Consulate Health Care - Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:38:09 GMT - View all Walnut Cove, NC jobs
          Front Desk Receptionist - Family Dentist of Palm Beach - Wellington, FL   
Front office experience in a health care setting is a Plus. Reception OR customer service:. Are you looking for a stable job with room to grow in a Healthcare...
From Indeed - Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:08:02 GMT - View all Wellington, FL jobs
          Nurse Manager RN , Clinical, Home Care - BAYADA Home Health Care - Greenville, SC   
Overview BAYADA Home Health Care is seeking a Registered Nurse (RN) to fill the position of Nurse Manager/Home Care RN for our Greenville, SC Adult Nursing
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:08:57 GMT - View all Greenville, SC jobs
          RN Nurse Manager, Clinical, Home Care - BAYADA Home Health Care - Greenville, SC   
Overview BAYADA Home Health Care is seeking a Registered Nurse (RN) to fill the position of Nurse Manager/Home Care RN for our Greenville, SC Adult Nursing
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Fri, 12 May 2017 02:35:16 GMT - View all Greenville, SC jobs
          Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare — So What's Next?   
At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Republicans moved one step closer to repealing a law they have railed against since the moment it was passed nearly seven years ago. By a final vote of 51-48, the Senate approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation. The resolution now goes to the House, where leaders are hoping to approve it by the end of the week. The powerful tool sets up a fast track for repealing large parts of Barack Obama's major domestic achievement; the best guess is that the Senate is still several weeks away from largely repealing Obamacare. But as the process continues, large questions still loom over how — and when – Republicans will replace the health care law. An expedited repeal, starting with a vote-a-rama The vote took place during a session known as a "vote-a-rama." These all-night vote-fests happen surrounding budget resolutions, which allow senators to
          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
Required Experience: 1 Year Required Education: Bachelor Job Requirements: 1 year nursing experience, CPR certification Job Description: Are you a RN / LPN
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:47:09 GMT - View all Elkin, NC jobs
          LPN Licensed Practical Nurse - Pediatric - BAYADA Home Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Required Experience: 1 Year Required Education: Associate Job Requirements: Licensed Practical Nurse license, One year of nursing experience, CPR
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:49:33 GMT - View all Walnut Cove, NC jobs
          Outpatient Therapist- Fee for Service - Riveredge Hospital - United States   
Riveredge Hospital is a 210-bed acute care facility. As one of the nation's largest health care....
From Universal Health Services - Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:06:23 GMT - View all United States jobs
          Behavioral Health Care Advocate - UnitedHealth Group - Atlanta, GA   
You're looking for something bigger for your career. How about inventing the future of health care? UnitedHealthcare is offering an innovative new standard
From UnitedHealth Group - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:08:07 GMT - View all Atlanta, GA jobs
          Community Liasion - Riveredge Hospital - Forest Park, IL   
Riveredge Hospital is a 210-bed acute care facility. As one of the nation's largest health care management....
From Universal Health Services - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:05:48 GMT - View all Forest Park, IL jobs
          EVS TECH I - Housekeeping - System Float Pool - Full-Time - Varied   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Performs job functions to support environmental care: (Patient Care area cleaning, Non-Patient Care area cleaning, Linen Service, Waste Removal, Sharps container removal, Meeting/Event set-up/breakdown, and Infection Control/Sanitation utilizing technical, interpersonal and critical thinking skills under the guidance and support of a supervisor. Follows established policies and practices to ensure compliance with the Joint Commission, Title XXII and other applicable regulatory requirements. Displays and practices a work style that reflects the mission, philosophy, and goals of the organization. Required Education/Experience/Specialized Skills: 6 months Housekeeping experience in Health Care or Hospitality.

Required Certification/Registration:

Preferred Education/Experience/Specialized Skills/Certification: 1 year Housekeeping experience in Health Care or Hospitality

Scripps Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Job: Environmental Services

Primary Location : Central San Diego County-SAN DIEGO-SCRIPPS SYSTEMWIDE RESOURCE SERVICES

Organization : 4275 CAMPUS POINT COURT

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          PHARMACIST   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking for a dynamic pharmacist o join our team for a 13 week assignment in Nebraska. . In this role, thepharmacist must demonstrate strong communication skills with peers and their patients'.The ideal candidate for this job will be energetic, an effective communicator and be dedicated to providing high-quality to care. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. This facility provides quality health care to the panhandle of Nebraska and surrounding communities. This critical access hospital provides medical and surgical care, obstetrics and newborn care, emergency care, and rehabilitation services. This destination offers scenic drives and beautiful state parks. Get started on the travel career you have always wanted. Take advantage of a travel career that lets you experience the places you have only dreamed of seeing. This is your chance to start an unforgettable adventure while you add new perspective and skills to your resume. For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to csloan@aureusmedical.com or call (402) 891-1118 ext: 6133 for more information. Position: Pharmacist Specialty/Modality: Pharmacist-General Licenses/Certifications: State License-Pharmacist-Nebraska Physical Abilities: Up to 20lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Physical therapy PT Outpatient Pediatric Clinic A private pediatric therapy clinic uniquely created for children with sensory processing, neurological, orthopedic, communication and motor developmental disorders is looking for a full time PT. The clinic provides multiple treatment rooms designed specifically to treat specific diagnoses, ages and disciplines, i.e. gym, scooter/bike, TEACCH/fine motor, pretend play, playground, oral motor, art/sensory, baby, toddler, neuro, orthopedic, SMART board, evaluation, sensory modulation/regulation and theme based speech rooms. Offers families an extremely supportive multidisciplinary team of speech pathologists, speech pathology assistant, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physical therapy assistant and infant learning child specialists. Flexible Work Hours Monday through Thursday Clinic (4 ten hour work days) or Monday through Friday Salary Annual clinic closure 3 Weeks during spring and Christmas breaks Continuing Education APTA Membership Dues Malpractice Liability Insurance Simple IRA Employer Matching Retirement Plan Flexible Spending Account Health Care Plan Paid Time Off Competitive Wages Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-Alaska Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          SOCIAL WORKER CLINICAL - Case Management - Full-Time - Day   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Assists patient and families with personal and environmental problems which predispose illness or which interfere with their obtaining maximum benefits from medical care. Provides peer supervision for other staff, education for social work interns and/or assists with program planning and organization of services. Demonstrates ability to perform competencies as outlined in unit specific competency assessment tools. Demonstrates age specific care as established for a Clinical Social Worker in assigned area.

Required Experience/Specialized Skills: An ability to speak another language is desirable. Must be able to display good working relationships with patients, families, medical and nursing personnel, and all others employed at the hospital. Working knowledge of the laws, regulations, policies and appeal procedures as relative to the Federal, State and other reimbursement programs.

Required Certification/Registration: Licensed by the State of California Behavioral Science Examiners Board as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) preferred. BLS for Health Care Provider required.

Required Education/Course(s)/Training: Masters degree in Social Work from an accredited university or college (MSW).

 

Preferred Skills: Experience in the hospital setting.

Scripps Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



Job: Behavioral / Social Services

Primary Location : Central San Diego County-SAN DIEGO-SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL SAN DIEGO

Organization : 4077 FIFTH AVENUE

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          Personal Support Worker (Evenings) - Saint Elizabeth Health Care - Belle River, PE   
As a PSW you will be part of a distinguished Canadian, not-for-profit organization with a century of experience....
From Saint Elizabeth Health Care - Sat, 06 May 2017 07:09:36 GMT - View all Belle River, PE jobs
          If there's a smart path to single payer healthcare in California, we haven't found it yet - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

If there's a smart path to single payer healthcare in California, we haven't found it yet
Los Angeles Times
Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) would create a first-in-the-nation state insurance program to replace all private insurers and, if possible, public programs as well. Its laudable goal is to make healthcare in California ...
California Today: The Fight Over Single PayerNew York Times
Single payer health care was destined to fail in California | The ...Sacramento Bee
California Universal Healthcare Bill Taken Off Life SupportTownhall
The Mercury News -The San Diego Union-Tribune -Pacific Standard -California Legislative Information - State of California
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          In blocking a bad single-payer healthcare bill, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was not 'cowardly' – quite the ... - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

In blocking a bad single-payer healthcare bill, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was not 'cowardly' – quite the ...
Los Angeles Times
Many Democrats would have lost politically regardless of how they sided on this pipe dream — angering taxpayers satisfied with their current insurance if they voted for the bill, or riling the potent California Nurses Assn. if they opposed it. Rendon ...
California Single-Payer Organizers Are Deceiving Their Supporters. It's Time to Stop.The Intercept
Death threats directed at Assembly leader over universal health care billSacramento Bee
What Killed Single-Payer In California?New Republic
Science 2.0 -ThinkProgress -PJ Media -The Mercury News
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          California Is Inching Closer to Single Payer Health Care. Is It Already Doomed? - Fortune   

Los Angeles Times

California Is Inching Closer to Single Payer Health Care. Is It Already Doomed?
Fortune
On Thursday, the California state Senate overwhelmingly passed a "single payer" health care bill (the vote was 23-14) that supporters claim would lead to universal coverage and lower medical costs for consumers. But the landmark legislation still has a ...
If California goes single-payer, what happens to insurance workers?89.3 KPCC
Single-payer healthcare plan advances in California Senate — without a way to pay its $400-billion tabLos Angeles Times
California's Single-Payer Healthcare Clears Hurdle Despite Unclear FinancingForbes
The Nation. -National Review -The Mercury News -Mic
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          Commentary: California can afford universal healthcare - Santa Cruz Sentinel   

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Commentary: California can afford universal healthcare
Santa Cruz Sentinel
But a single payer plan like SB 562 has many cost-savings built in; among them hugely reducing the administrative costs involved in private insurance and bringing the weight of California to the table when negotiating with drug companies. Access to ...
From Coast to CoastJacobin magazine
The Healthy California Act will bring quality health insurance to all CaliforniansThe San Luis Obispo Tribune
The American Health Care Act: Economic and Employment Consequences for Statescommonwealthfund.org

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          What the Senate healthcare bill could mean for Californians - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

What the Senate healthcare bill could mean for Californians
Los Angeles Times
The Affordable Care Act has had a huge impact on California, where roughly 4 million people have gained insurance and the percentage of uninsured residents has dropped more than half. Below is a breakdown of some of the ways the Senate bill could ...
Senate health care bill called 'devastating' to CaliforniaSan Francisco Chronicle
New GOP health-care plan could wreck Medi-Cal, complicate California's single-payer effortPress-Enterprise
California Insurance Commissioner Issues Statement Following Senate Republicans' Health Care ProposalSierra Sun Times
SFGate -KCET -In These Times -Senate Budget Committee
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          After Defying Trump On Climate Change & Immigration, California Clears Way For Universal Healthcare - Forbes   

Forbes


          California Democrats, Funded by Big Pharma and Insurers, Are Blocking Their Own Healthcare Bill - Paste Magazine   

Paste Magazine

California Democrats, Funded by Big Pharma and Insurers, Are Blocking Their Own Healthcare Bill
Paste Magazine
Last week, California Democratic state Assembly Speaker, Anthony Rendon, rallied several Democratic corporate donors to block a Democrat-sponsored bill intended to create a single payer, universal health care program. This in a perpetually blue state ...


          No More Surprise Bills From Out-Of-Network Doctors In California - HuffPost   

HuffPost

No More Surprise Bills From Out-Of-Network Doctors In California
HuffPost
That practice, known as “balance billing” the patient ― or “surprise billing” as it is known more colloquially ― will no longer be allowed in California starting July 1. All health care providers in California will have to accept what your insurance ...

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          While you watched Comey, Senate GOP moved to cripple healthcare (and California moved to expand it) - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

While you watched Comey, Senate GOP moved to cripple healthcare (and California moved to expand it)
Los Angeles Times
Having learned from their colleagues in the House that the best way — possibly the only way — to pass a grossly unpopular healthcare repeal bill is to hide the details, the Senate GOP used the cover of the Comey hearing Thursday to move the repeal ...
Trump calls House healthcare bill 'mean'The Hill
Senate GOP won't release draft health care billAxios
Lindsey Graham | TheHillThe Hill

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          Worried about losing health care? You're in good company - Sacramento Bee   

Sacramento Bee

Worried about losing health care? You're in good company
Sacramento Bee
Californians have a message for Republican-controlled Washington as the U.S. Senate continues work to overhaul the health care system: We like what we've got. A new statewide poll found that Golden State supporters of the Affordable Care Act, also ...
With Obamacare, More California Latinos Sought Care for HypertensionNBCNews.com

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          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
Are you a RN / LPN interested in making a difference in the life of a child? 1 year nursing experience, CPR certification....
From BAYADA Home Health Care - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:47:09 GMT - View all Elkin, NC jobs
          Head of Care Improvement - Senior Leader (UK wide)   
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          My Health, Your Health w/ Mr. Jimmy Lee & Guest   
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          The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit   
The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit
SOURCE

"...because Fatima is a very apocalyptic message. It says that no matter what happens there are going to be terrible wars, there are going to be diseases, whole nations are going to be wiped out, there are going to be 3 days darkness, there are going to be epidemics that will wipe out whole nations overnight (great culling), parts of the earth will be washed away at sea and violent tornadoes and storms. It's not a nice message at all." ~Fr Malachi Martin on portions of the real 3rd secret of Fatima
My oh my, we may be getting glimpse into how the Deep State will ultimately respond to the extreme scrutiny that they are undergoing. The Deep State is losing control of the narrative and they desperately need a game-changer. And the following may very well represent what is coming.

Bill Gates and the Discovery Channel are Promoting a New Show on Pandemics As a Threat to Humanity

The Discovery Channel is airing a show on July 6th which details how easy it would be for a pandemic to wipe out a significant amount of humanity. The content of the show is not newsworthy unto itself. However, when they bring the richest man in the world, who has made a large portion of his wealth from vaccines, come in and promote the show’s trailer, namely Bill Gates, that is worth noting.
Bill Gates is certainly no stranger to the subject of pandemics and it is interesting that he is featured in such a prominent manner.



If I wanted to obtain credibility on a widespread basis, I would not be selecting Bill Gates to promote anything that has to do with health, particularly in the arena of health administration. The old saying, “with friends like this, who needs enemies”, certainly applies. Please consider what Bill Gates previously did on a mass scale to young women in India. The following is from Natural News:
“In 2009, the tribal children of the Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh were gathered together and told they would be receiving healthcare shots. Even though the Gates foundation has the wealth to give these tribes access to clean water, sanitation services, nutrition and low stress living conditions, they instead push for HPV vaccines and call them “well-being” shots. The shot these young girls received was an HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck and administered by the state’s health department. The young girls, aged 9–15, were instructed to line up for three doses of the vaccine. As the months rolled on, the health of the 16,000 girls rapidly deteriorated. Five of the girls died shortly thereafter.
In Vadodara, Gujarat, another 14,000 or more tribal children were put to the test. This time the Gates Foundation carried out their humanitarian healthcare mission by providing the HPV vaccine called Cervarix, made by Glaxo SmithKline.
Giving no informed consent, the Gates Foundation coerced the tribal people on the belief that the shots were beneficial and necessary. However, when virus material, heavy metals and other preservatives foreign to the body are injected into young, developing women, drastic changes are bound to occur in their bodies. Having no idea that they were being signed up for vaccine trials, thousands of young girls were injected with these experimental vaccines purported to prevent cervical cancer.
Instead of seeing their health improve, the tribes reported numerous, bizarre adverse events in the days, weeks and months following vaccination. Young girls in India lost weight, appetite and stamina. 16-year-old Aman Dhawan had no idea he was even signed up for the vaccine trial. Soon thereafter he began to lose weight and energy, as the life was sucked right out of him. The same problem broke out among girls in Colombia, where the same vaccine had been doled out to the young girls there”.
Again, with friends like this, who needs enemies?

A New Pandemic Is the Fulfillment of Gates Self-Appointed Destiny

On February 28, 2013, Bill Gates appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and he was as candid as a globalist could be. On the show, Gates indicated that he has contributed large sums of money to numerous causes such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative originally launched in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and UNICEF.
Gates expressed his love affair with vaccines and his clear intention to reduce the world’s population when he stated the following:
 “The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

Quite clearly, Gates is a devoted subscriber to Eugenics and depopulation. On his television show, Charlie Rose asked Gates the following question:

“You mentioned the five or a six year plan the new initiative has learning from old lessons and therefore, coming up with new approaches. What are the new approaches?”
To that question, Bill Gates answered:
“Well, we’re able to use new technology like satellite photos to see are there people moving around, nomadic roots. You know we see if when we go out to get all the children, if there’s some settlement areas that we’ve actually missed. We also put a – – a phone in the vaccine box they carry around that looks where they’re located every three minutes and so it has that GPS data. At the end of the day you plug that in and compare it to where they were asked to go, and you can see if you’re – you’re really covering all the kids.”
Gates is clearly advocating for an extreme Orwellian society that will be monitored and targeted for vaccinations that do more harm than good. The ultimate goal is depopulation, not saving lives. Unfortunately for the fate of humanity, Gates seems to know something ominous is coming our way when we consider what Gates recently wrote in the New York Times.

Bill Gates Writes for the New York Times

On March 18, 2015, the King of vaccinations  wrote an editorial piece in the New York Times in which he stated that the “Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic“.
Gates also stated the following:
“As menacing as Ebola was this past year, other pandemics are a greater threat to the human race.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic.
Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world…there are many things worse than Ebola”
Gates spoke about the deadly Spanish Flu and other epidemics which could (probably will) serve to threaten humanity. Frighteningly and prophetically, Gates is advocating for the United Nations should “fund a global institution” to coordinate the efforts to conduct mass vaccinations. Would anyone like to place a bet that the new round of vaccinations will be mandatory? The United Nations and the World Health Organization would be in charge according to Gates. After all, according to Gates, Ebola was terrible, but next time, “it could be much worse“.

Gates Has Already Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

Can we only imagine the enormous profits that can be realized by vaccinating every child in the third world? If we apply Gates’ penchant for investing in causes which produce a hefty “return on investment” (ROI) then one could reasonably suspect that Gates is positioning himself to profit on the $50 million he has invested in the Ebola cause which conveniently includes the CDC, the holder of the patent for Ebola and this is just one small example of how Gates has positioned himself to enormously profit from a pandemic:

“When an unsuspecting public is finally told of the existence of an Ebola vaccine, coupled with the fact that the Global Fund will be in charge of the distribution of the vaccine. Interestingly, Bill Gates has donated a total of $560 million dollars to the Global Fund. The Global Fund has also positioned themselves to be in charge of the distribution of the “newly developed”, and not yet announced vaccines for TB and HIV.  Since the goal is the vaccination of every man, woman and child on the planet with multiple vaccines, Gates’ $560 million contribution to the Global Fund is chump change compared to the expected ROI…”

If one really wants to get conspiratorial, consider that back in 2014 I previously published an article entitled:

The CDC, NIH & Bill Gates Own the Patents On Existing Ebola & Related Vaccines: Mandatory Vaccinations Are Near

Predictive Programming Supports Gates’ Prepositioning to Profit from an Engineered Pandemic

TNT is currently home to a very popular show known as The Last Ship. From a technical standpoint, the show is very well constructed particularly with regard to the military protocols embedded within the story line. The show is based on an engineered pandemic which sweeps the planet and destroys 80% of humanity. Interestingly, the show contains a sub-theme in which a group of people who are immune to the pandemic, ban together to try and form a “master race”  and also kill off the vulnerable at the same time as they try and enhance the spreading of the pandemic.
In the show’s plot a “vaccine” is developed as a cure. Bill Gates must be jumping up and down for joy at the storyline since this man virtually controls all vaccines on the planet.  Here is a further description of the show which takes on new meaning now that the discussion of a potential pandemic is taking place in combination with the Discovery Channel’s exploration, guided by Gates, into this topic. Here is a brief discussion of the show, The Last Ship.


In the first three seasons of the Last Ship, it has always debuted in June. I find it more than interesting that the season premiere has been delayed until after the Discovery Channel’s show with Bill Gates on pandemics.
TNT has chosen Sunday, August 20th,  for the fourth season premiere of its epic drama series The Last Ship. Also, I find it interesting that the show was renewed for two years which guarantees a 5th year. When have you ever seen a show be renewed for two years at a time?

Conclusion

If I were to don my conspiracy hat, which is easy to do when Bill Gates is in the neighborhood, it appears that humanity being prepared for the inevitable pandemic which will wipe out any real resistance to the Deep State.
What does this mean for the United States and for your family. Fortunately, the Obama administration left behind several documents which tells us what we are all facing and this will the future topic of these particular revelations. In the meantime, monitor your news for preliminary snippets of a coming pandemic.

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          United Nations and World Health Organization Call for Drug Decriminalization   
American activists aren't the only ones seeking drug policy reform.

In a joint statement, the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO) expressed their support for countries in the review and repeal of laws that criminalize drug use and possession of drugs for personal use. This joint statement, which addresses discrimination in health care settings, comes in light of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim to “ensure that no one is left behind”.

The WHO has previously called for drug decriminalization as a necessary measure for public health but this joint statement with the UN represents another significant step in the global movement for drug decriminalization.

There is growing support for drug decriminalization – the elimination of criminal penalties for drug use and possession – in the U.S. and around the world. Leading medical, public health and human rights groups have endorsed drug decriminalization, including the International Red Cross, the American Public Health Association, American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP and Latino Justice.

Public opinion on decriminalization has also been steadily increasing as the harms of criminalizing drugs become more apparent. Polls of presidential primary voters in MaineNew Hampshire and even South Carolina found that substantial majorities in each state support ending arrests for drug use and possession. In 2016, the first state-level decriminalization bill was introduced in Maryland and a similar version was reintroduced in 2017. 

Internationally, several countries already have some form of drug decriminalization. Portugal, most notably, decriminalized drugs back in 2001 as a response to the country’s HIV crisis and has demonstrated the vast benefits of decriminalization – substantial reductions in overdose, HIV/AIDS and addiction, all without any increase in drug use or crime.

Not only does drug decriminalization drastically reduce the number of people mired in the quicksand of the criminal justice system – it also, as the UN/WHO statement highlights, vastly improve public health. It decreases the stigma against people who use drugs and addresses the discrimination they historically face.

The harms of discrimination are only exacerbated in health settings, where it is literally a matter of life and death. Decriminalization can be the difference between a loved one getting the health services they need and a loved one being stigmatized, denied treatment and in danger of losing their life.

Drug decriminalization is a rational and fiscally sound policy rooted in health and human rights. Governments throughout the U.S. and around the world have an indisputable moral and scientific imperative to pursue it.

 

 

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          Protests in India Against 'Cow-Protecting' Vigilantes Succeed in Breaking Prime Minister's Silence   
Do some Indian lives matter more than others? The Modi government seems to think so.

On June 29, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi gave a long-awaited (though mild) admonishment of violent “cow protection” vigilantes who have been let loose in the streets of India, on its trains, buses and village and city public spaces, lynching Indians (almost always Muslims or Dalits, members of the lowest caste). Modi, who is normally outspoken, has previously been mum on the spate of killings, conveying an overall climate of immunity to murderous mobs. What appears to have broken this studied silence are the spontaneous protests that finally erupted all over India and coalesced on July 28 when citizens, including celebrities, in 12 cities took over public squares and promenades after a spontaneous call by Delhi-based filmmaker Saba Dewan in a Facebook post.

Though they took some time in coming, the protests appear to have had their desired effect, temporarily at least. Not only has Modi spoken, but the normally distanced Indian commercial television channels have given space to this democratic expression of outrage.

The immediate provocation was the lynching of a Muslim teenager named Junaid Khan on a train, shortly after it departed from Delhi. The men who stabbed Junaid also left his brothers seriously injured. The incident occurred on June 23, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramzan (Ramadan), when the auspicious Alvida Namaaz(prayers) are read and which has a special significance for the devout.

At SabrangIndia, we reported the train incident following an unusually prompt press release from the Communist Party of India, whose politbureau members had visited the site of the incident. We commented in our report that India would soon need its very own “Lynch Calendar.” What we could not report until three days later was that on the same Friday, some 1,088 kilometers away in Chatra Jharkhand, 24-year-old Mohammad Salman was shot and killed in cold blood by men in uniform who simply entered his home, shoved him outside and ordered their subordinates to commit the crime.

In the same eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, there have been a spate of horrific killings, including lynchings, that still haunt public memory—particularly the March 2016 hangings of dairy farmers Mazloom Ansari and 12-year-old Imteyaz Khan in a deserted public village. What has faded away from the current outrage and even the media commentary is the fact that the National Commission for Minorities (a statutory body set up specifically to protect the rights of minorities) had been compelled to send a team to investigate.

The report of the Commission severely indicted the Jharkhand police and the political class for failing to “rein in the cow protection groups who are taking law into their own hands.” The NCM also recorded in its report that “Deep and widespread communalisation of sections of the Jharkhand police force, and slogans like ‘go to Pakistan’ were frequently used by the local police against the Muslims, pointing toward a larger communalisation of the state police.” That report was from May 2016. Today the NCM stands discredited with political appointments by the Modi government who have put into position representatives who have no background in terms of autonomy and rights and are simply toeing a majoritarian government’s line.

Noted activist Shabnam Hashmi returned her 2008 NCM Award on Tuesday, making a strong public statement. She said in her open letter:

“I am returning it [the award] in the memory of the innumerable innocent victims lynched by marauding mobs. Mob Lynching of Muslims and Islamophobia have taken over India. Even before the community can mourn its dead, the next incident takes place. There is an atmosphere of fear and terror. Under the present Government, the marginalization of minority groups has become the norm.

“The design of turning India into a Hindu Rashtra [nation], which began decades ago with calling Muslims dirty, having too many children and being illiterate moved on to excluding them from residential spaces, targeting them as terrorists, has now reached its pinnacle where all public spaces and all means of livelihood are becoming unsafe for the Muslim community.

“Similar to Hitler’s Germany, Muslims are being projected as the biggest enemy of the state and the people of the country. There is legitimization of the communal ideology by the State and the media, [which] has led to acceptance of prejudices and stereotyping without questioning them in popular consciousness, deep infiltration of hate in the minds and hearts of ordinary people and apathy on the part of a large section of the society especially ‘educated’ middle classes.”

The list of assaults is gruesome: The Muslim Maulvi (cleric) who was beaten in April 2017, on a day supposedly important for devout Hindus (Ram Navmi, the birthdate of Lord Ram), in Jharkhand; the beating death of cattle farmer Pehlu Khan from Mewat while he was on agrarian business in Alwar Rajasthan in April 2017; or the lynch mob murder of political activist Zafar Hussain of the Communist Party of India, also in Rajasthan. Each of these murders is happening in the name of faith by the mob proponents of the Hindu nation, who believe the cow to be more precious than human life. The militarized march to a Hindu nation is laden with such dutiful tasks as cleansing the nation of the “dirty,” be it Dalits, Christians, Muslims or Communists.

Countries around the world need to better understand this: If the protests on June 28 drew Indians out of a numb fear that appeared to have gripped even opponents to this ideal, they need to continue and intensify. At the first instance of such an episode in September 2015, a similar dam of protest had broken. Writers led by the eminent Nayantara Sahgal returned their national awards in a powerful protest that embarassed the Modi government and put it on the defensive. Dozens of writers in over a dozen Indian languages, all winners of awards and powerful cultural commentators in their own right, followed by filmmakers, joined in this powerful symbolic protest. But life went on, and the killings continued. It would be tedious to list all the dead, and the circumstances in which they were lynched—most for rumors or frenzied hysteria about transporting cows or bullocks or eating beef, some for marrying a Hindu.

What is crucial to emphasize is the chain of command of culpability in this climate of impunity and lynchings. They began after the Modi government came to power and were aided and abetted by those in power within the government who spewed venom against Indian Muslims and Christians even while holding senior constitutional posts. They were further emboldened when governments run by the same party Modi represents, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), passed unconstitutional “beef laws” to curtail the slaughter, consumption and transportation of beef. They got greater pats on the back when their parent organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), spoke of the Holy Cow and its protection. The nail in the coffin was the recently introduced ban on the sale of cattle passed by the Modi government.

Indian newspapers have extensively reported recently, as they also did a year ago, that despite Modi’s apparent regrets about the lynchings, in his previous position as Gujarat chief minister, he was a firm proponent not just of cow protection, but against beef exports. The Indian Express recalls Modi statements of 2013, 2012 and 2014, when he attacked the previous Congress-led government for allowing the export of beef. That politicians indulge in the proverbial doublespeak, before and after a campaign, is only part of the problem. The other is more substantive.

As I have argued:

“For years now, since distributions of trishulsthrough trishul dikshaprogrammes, since violent arms trainings by the RSS and Bajrang Dal, since the terror unleashed by the Mobs on the Street—ever available at the blow of the metamorphical whistle—be it the Mob that lynched Christians (there were over 75 attacks between 1999 and 2002 documented by the All India Christian Union and published by Communalism Combat)or the Mob that attacked Naroda Patiya or Gulberg Society or Odh or Sardarpura villages (Gujarat 2002) or the Mob terror unleashed in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Baghpat and Meerut (September 2013)—we have been arguing, with and to the political class and law enforcement agencies: treat Mob terror and Bomb Terror on Par. Do not look at these equally debilitating and vicious kinds of violence that impact innocent lives, differently.”

When there is the terror of the mob attacking a neighborhood, or lynching people, there is a section of the populace, including law enforcement, that participates through its silence, simply looking on. It is this majority participation, through the silence of complicity, that ensures selective outrage and token utterances from the powerful. No wonder then that the Modis, and the Venkaiah Naidus and even law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad only speak selectively and occasionally. Do some Indian lives matter more than others?

Unfortunately it seems that they do. The killers of Mohammad Ayub in Gujarat, lynched on the eve of Modi’s visit to his home state, were given bail by the higher courts; the killers of Mazloom Ansari and Imiteyaz in Latehar also got out on bail six months ago. On the other hand, those accused, even falsely, of acts of bomb terror do not get bail, often until the final acquittal. They remain incarcerated. This imbalance, even prejudice or bias—privileging mob terror over bomb terror—must stop. The Indian establishment must look at them as two sides of the same coin, or else we are perpetrating an injustice of our own.

That the numbness has finally broken is a good beginning, even if it comes somewhat late. It needs to go further, however, to assert, again and again, in public discourse, that mob terror is as vicious as bomb terror, and to ensure that every police station, every district collector, every railway policeman functions as the Indian Constitution requires him to, with equality before the law and non-discrimination as his credo.

To end with hope, it’s worth reproducing this Facebook post from a mother, which went viral on Thursday. With the picture of an Indian woman holding the holy book of India, its Constitution, she writes:

NOT IN MY NAME

Junaid was lynched by a mob of cruel human beings. I don’t care what religion those lynchers belonged to. Nor do I care what religion Junaid belonged to. I only care about one thing. A group of mean, cruel human beings killed a teenager and assaulted three other young men brutally!
Junaid was 16.
My elder son will turn 16 next year.
My heart breaks for Junaid’s mother.
Not only did a group of cruel human beings kill Junaid, another group of cruel human beings egged them on. Junaid was also killed by those cruel people who witnessed the insanity & chose to remain silent.
There are some cruel people who justify this lynching.
Yes! Hate allows for all sorts of justification.
There has been a long list of these lynchings. It has become so common that no one talks about it. Nobody asks questions about what happened to the perpetrators. Whether they were caught & given the strictest punishment or whether they were released to unleash more violence!
I cannot fathom how anyone can kill unarmed, innocent human beings!
I cannot fathom how people can justify this horrific violence!
Instead of taking law into their own hands why are police complaints not made?
Is it because the lynch mob knows that there is no reason behind what they have done?
All they want to do is to kill in the name of hate.
Whichever religion, ideology, language, ethnicity you belong to, lynching done in any name cannot be condoned!
We’ve suffered so many riots, terrorist attacks, pogroms, lynchings but we haven’t learnt anything.
The bottom line is that innocent human beings become the target of that hate. They are usually poor. They are usually those who are incapable of fighting back. It is really too, too disheartening.
Innocence dies when hate rules!
I cannot be a part of those who encourage hate.
I was with the Ekta Manch marching from Parel to Azad Maidan singing “Hum hongey kaamyaab….” to promote brotherhood between fellow citizens of all faiths in 1993 after the horrendous riots followed by the heinous bomb blasts in Mumbai.
I marched to the Gateway of India to protest the utter failure & crass mishandling of 26/11 by the then Congress Govt in the State and the Centre in 2008.
I supported the Anna Hazare anti corruption movement when he waged the civil battle against the UPA 2 Govt at the Centre.
I was vocal about women’s safety after the horrendous rape & murder of Jyoti Singh as well as Pallavi Purkayastha as well as the sickening hacking of Swathi.
Today I stand firmly against the lynch mentality that has an active political patronage in our country.
I do not belong to any political party. I am a citizen of one of the finest democracies in the World. That is why it is so important for all of us to respect & protect the tenets of our Constitution.
I, as a proud citizen of India, do not conform to the views of anyone who actively or passively supports this lynching.
My allegiance lies with the Constitution of India.
If the Govt or any other body does anything to undermine the basic tenets of democracy in our country, I will vocally oppose it.
I so wanted to be a part of the peaceful civil protest at Carter Road today but I can’t. But I will not be a part of this hate!
I do not want my children to inherit this hate.
I will not have the blood of innocents on my hands.

NOT IN MY NAME!

 

 

 

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          This Is A Good Weekend To Write A Letter to The Editor About Healthcare   
This is a good weekend to write a Letter to The Editor to your local paper about your Senators needing to vote no on the Senate Health Care Bill, which would cause 22 million Americans to lose health insurance. The Fourth of July is coming up and protecting the right of the American people to health care is the patriotic thing to do - nothing would promote the general welfare more at this point. Our Senators are coming home for the 4th of July recess and they need to hear from us.

Writing a letter to the Editor can take less than 15 minutes but makes a big difference as a Senator will have a staffer who reads every piece of media with that Senator's name in it...so be sure to include their name.  Your local paper will probably have an online form through which you submit letters or an email address to which to submit them.
 

Some tips from the Lone Star Girl:
 
  • keep it around 250 words
  • include both the name of the Senator and the issue for which you are advocating in the title; example- Senator Murkowski must protect Alaskans with disabilities
  • paragraph 1- explain your issue and give a little background; use last sentence to call out Senator by name to act on the issue
  • paragraph 2- explain your personal connection to the issue, how the issue is important to you and your state
  • paragraph 3 - urge readers to make their voices heard by contacting their Senator; include the phone number and in-district office address of their district office closest to you.
 
 Go ahead and take fifteen minutes to make sure every paper in the country has a call-out letting the Senators know they will be held accountable for what they do to us.
          Mgr-CBO Speciality Coding - University Health Care System - Augusta, GA   
Computer skills to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Lotus Notes (or similar). Well-developed verbal and written communication skills required for preparation...
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          REGISTERED NURSE - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
North Wellington Health Care is committed to providing and fostering a safe, healthy and respectful workplace for all employees, free from violence and...
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          Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
HOME HEALTH NURSE NEEDED (LPN) LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE in DADE (North Miami Beach, North Miami, Miami Gardens area) Needs experience with wound care, wound
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          Certified Health Care Aide - BETEL HOME FOUNDATION - Gimli - Gimli, MB   
Desire to participate in learning opportunities to develop self. We are currently recruiting for casual certified Health Care Aides....
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          Senate health care bill still up in the air as lawmakers go home for holiday   

WASHINGTON – Sen. Susan Collins will rejoice the Fourth of July inside view of the Canadian border, at a distant northeastern Maine city’s annual parade. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will seem on the opposite finish of the continent in an previous timber city on an remoted Alaskan island. These two Republican senators, crucial swing votes within the debate over well being-care laws, usually are not precisely dashing into the general public highlight to interact their constituents on the controversial plan and their very own choice-making concerning the proposal. Then once more, a minimum of they’ve launched details about the place they

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          Comment on MAKE US LOUDER: call your Senator by Anna L.   
Imagine a health care market with 10 people. Nine are young and healthy, the tenth has cancer. All ten are required to buy comprehensive health insurance. The person with cancer faces higher premiums, but those premiums are moderated by the fact that every other person is paying in a share for the same care, sharing the risk. Now imagine the law changes, and anyone can buy any level of insurance they like. The nine healthy people make the rational economic decision to buy bare bones plans; they rarely need to see a doctor. The cancer patient now faces skyrocketing premiums, because no one else in the market is sharing in the risk of need for care. One person is paying in for one person's cancer care; they shoulder the entire cost, essentially. Now imagine the law changes further, and no one is required to buy health insurance. The nine healthy people drop out of the market, leaving the cancer patient as the only plan holder. There is no one to share the risk with; the cancer patient must pay the full value of needed care, plus the profit margin. These last two scenarios are what Catholic Vote supports. This is insanity; a pro-life health care system is one that puts the burden of paying for care solely on the sick? Why?!? The CBO spells out this wonderful pro life plan: “Out-of-pocket spending would also be affected for the people—close to half the population, CBO and JCT expect—living in states modifying the EHBs using waivers. People who used services or benefits no longer included in the EHBs would experience substantial increases in supplemental premiums or out-of-pocket spending on health care, or would choose to forgo the services.” People would forgo care because they can't afford it, and that's considered pro-life around these parts. How shameful to put support for the Republicans over actual Catholic teaching.
          LPN Licensed Practical Nurse - Pediatric - BAYADA Home Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Required Experience: 1 Year Required Education: Associate Job Requirements: Licensed Practical Nurse license, One year of nursing experience, CPR
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          Developing and Evaluating Digital Interventions to Promote Behavior Change in Health and Health Care: Recommendations Resulting From an International Workshop   
Devices and programs using digital technology to foster or support behavior change (digital interventions) are increasingly ubiquitous, being adopted for use in patient diagnosis and treatment, self-management of chronic diseases, and in primary prevention. They have been heralded as potentially revolutionizing the ways in which individuals can monitor and improve their health behaviors and health care by improving outcomes, reducing costs, and improving the patient experience. However, we are still mainly in the age of promise rather than delivery. Developing and evaluating these digital interventions presents new challenges and new versions of old challenges that require use of improved and perhaps entirely new methods for research and evaluation. This article discusses these challenges and provides recommendations aimed at accelerating the rate of progress in digital behavior intervention research and practice. Areas addressed include intervention development in a rapidly changing technological landscape, promoting user engagement, advancing the underpinning science and theory, evaluating effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, and addressing issues of regulatory, ethical, and information governance. This article is the result of a two-day international workshop on how to create, evaluate, and implement effective digital interventions in relation to health behaviors. It was held in London in September 2015 and was supported by the United Kingdom’s Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Methodology Research Programme (PI Susan Michie), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of the United States (PI Kevin Patrick). Important recommendations to manage the rapid pace of change include considering using emerging techniques from data science, machine learning, and Bayesian approaches and learning from other disciplines including computer science and engineering. With regard to assessing and promoting engagement, a key conclusion was that sustained engagement is not always required and that for each intervention it is useful to establish what constitutes “effective engagement,” that is, sufficient engagement to achieve the intended outcomes. The potential of digital interventions for testing and advancing theories of behavior change by generating ecologically valid, real-time objective data was recognized. Evaluations should include all phases of the development cycle, designed for generalizability, and consider new experimental designs to make the best use of rich data streams. Future health economics analyses need to recognize and model the complex and potentially far-reaching costs and benefits of digital interventions. In terms of governance, developers of digital behavior interventions should comply with existing regulatory frameworks, but with consideration for emerging standards around information governance, ethics, and interoperability.

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          Mental Health & Addictions Coordinator, Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC $32.39 - $40.40 an hour
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          Unit Clerk, Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC $22.23 an hour
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          Mental Health and Substance Use Nurse, Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC $32.94 - $43.24 an hour
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          Concurrent Disorder Counsellor, Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC $32.39 - $40.40 an hour
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          Clinic Nurse (Opioid Agonist Treatment), Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC
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          Licensed Practical Nurse, Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC $25.69 - $28.38 an hour
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          Clinic Nurse (Access/Transition), Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC $32.94 - $43.24 an hour
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          Clinic Nurse, Correctional Health Services - PHSA - British Columbia   
PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC $32.94 - $43.24 an hour
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          Warnock, Irma Gould   
EASTHAMPTON – Irma Gould Warnock, of Easthampton, died Friday, June 10, 2017, at the age of 92 at Quabbin Valley Health Care in Athol, where she had...
          Nurse Director, Telemetry - Memorial Hospital of Salem - Salem, NJ   
Work effectively with administrators, physicians, peers and all members of the health care team. The Nurse Director is the designated leader for the Telemetry...
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          Jersey County sues drug companies, alleging misleading opioid sales tactics   
JERSEYVILLE — The Jersey County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a major lawsuit against several national pharmaceutical corporations, alleging that they have fueled the opioid crisis by encouraging health care providers to over-prescribe painkillers. According to the lawsuit, which lists 15 companies — some of them subsidiaries of others — a host of fraudulent tactics […]
          Let them eat cake.....   
First they want to take away their health care, now they want to starve them too? :##: *The GOP is having a nasty family feud over the...
          Congress and health care: Put country before party   

May I suggest we demand our representatives in Congress and the Senate consider country before party? I am so proud of Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., for doing just that. I can only imagine the pressure he is under to comply with his party’s leader, Mitch McConnell, to fall in line. I found it very telling […]
          Cruising the Web   
For all those people who think that Trump's tweets are brilliant at reaching the public and throwing his opponents off balance or whatever other bit of analysis used to show that somehow he's playing three-dimensional chess while the rest of the world can't even set up the checker board, is this really a set of tweets that makes you proud that he's your president?




These morning tweets follow other tweets touting ones supporting policy actions by his administration and the GOP. Does he think anyone will pay attention to any of that when he's tweeting comments on a morning show's appearance and the show's ratings? It's as if he's taken a master a class on self-sabotage.

Isn't he supposed to be in the middle of trying to help a GOP repeal of Obamacare?

Remember when conservatives ridiculed Obama interview talking to GloZell, the woman who is mainly known for eating cereal while sitting in a bathub of milk or going on Between Two Ferns? Well, was any of that less respectful of the office of the presidency than such tweets? I have come to regard Trump's tweets as a verbal expression of his id. That is the level he operates at and we get a glimpse at what impulses control him through Twitter. All his advisers urging him to focus on policy and presenting an image of gravitas are the ego trying to mediate between those impulses and reality. They might win out for hours, even days sometimes, but the id is there ready to take over.

There used to be a time when Republicans claimed that character mattered in the presidency. Today...not so much.

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Canada thinks it can control the Internet.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Google on Wednesday in a closely-watched intellectual property case over whether judges can apply their own country's laws to all of the Internet.

In a 7-2 decision, the court agreed a British Columbia judge had the power to issue an injunction forcing Google to scrub search results about pirated products not just in Canada, but everywhere else in the world too.

Those siding with Google, including civil liberties groups, had warned that allowing the injunction would harm free speech, setting a precedent to let any judge anywhere order a global ban on what appears on search engines. The Canadian Supreme Court, however, downplayed this objection and called Google's fears "theoretical."
Charles C. W. Cooke comments,
That amusing episode of The I.T. Crowd notwithstanding, “the Internet” is not a single black box somewhere in London, but a massively decentralized network of networks that, while conforming to a few agreed-upon technical specifications, gives new meaning to the word “diffuse.” Or, put another way, “the Internet” is a patchwork quilt of cables, satellites, switches, service providers, cell phones, desktops, laptops, web-servers, and protocols that, taken together, forms the sprawling web to which we are all so accustomed. The beauty of this arrangement is that anybody can participate. Want to be the next Facebook? To start with, at least, all you’ll need is a domain name, an internet connection, and a computer, and . . . that’s it. Though there are certain breakpoints (IP allocation, root DNS, etc.), there is no central permission structure that newcomers have to navigate. It’s open. It’s wild. It’s wonderful.

Now, this is not to say that censorship is impossible. It’s not. If a government wishes to block access to a particular site within the physical borders over which it has jurisdiction, it can do so. Likewise, websites and services that contradict local law can be legally removed, and, if it so wishes, a government can demand that any organization operating on a network within its borders must conform to its rules. What it can’t do, however, is export those judgments abroad.

Suppose that I, a permanent resident of the United States, were to host a website that contained speech that was banned in, say, Germany. Certainly, the German authorities could prevent Germans from seeing my site. And, if anyone chose to mirror my site on server inside Germany, they could shut that person down quite quickly. But they couldn’t have me shut down in America, and they couldn’t prevent people in other countries from accessing my site over the web. My server would be in America, connected to a network in America, subject to the law in America, and guaranteed the protections to which Americans are entitled. The German government, annoyed as it might be, would have to accept that....

And that, ultimately, is why the Canadian Court’s decision is so hilarious. I understand why people are worried about the idea — if taken seriously, it would give any less-free-than-America country an effective veto over the First Amendment. But they shouldn’t fret too much: The judges can say what they like, but their edict is simply unenforceable. If it wishes to do so, the government of Canada can prevail upon Google to abide by its rules within Canada. In addition, it can regulate the web in Canada to prevent access to sites it dislike. But it can’t force Google in America or France or Australia or Singapore to do a single goddamned thing. And thank goodness for that, eh?
I hope that he is correct, but we've seen the EU slapping a $2.7 billion fine on Google because the EU thinks it violates antitrust for Google to promote Google Shopping sites over other shopping sites. I'm not sure what there is about a FREE service like Google that the Europeans don't understand. Are European citizens actually hurt by Google giving them a free shopping search engine and then putting their items at the top? Would they prefer to pay for their search engines? Please, just keep your hands off Google. As more countries try and figure out ways to make money off of fining Google, they should consider the unintended consequences.
“The EU has effectively decided that some companies have become too big to innovate,” Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, said in a statement following the Google Shopping decision. “The EU’s actions have created a cloud of uncertainty that will make large tech companies overly cautious about making changes to the user experience and service offerings that would benefit consumers.”

Jonathan Tobin applies Occam's Razor
to explain why Obama didn't do more about Russia's attempts to interfere in our election last year.
But the real problem here is not so much Barack Obama’s failure to act as the most plausible reason for his inaction: Vladimir Putin’s capers didn’t impact the election results.
Despite the efforts by Democrats to blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss and their frustration that Obama didn't do more about it, there really is no evidence that the WikiLeaks revelations from John Podesta's emails had any effect on the course of the election.
But there’s a simpler, even more plausible explanation for Obama’s inaction: The president saw that the hacking was having almost no impact on the course of the campaign and thus wasn’t going to mess with the results. Far from the crime of the century, it was, at worst, a minor annoyance to Clinton that Obama obviously felt didn’t warrant a major dustup with Putin.

It’s true that Russia’s actions were outrageous and deserved a strong US response, both then and now. It can also be argued that the public had a right to know about it. But it was only after Clinton lost and she and her supporters began searching for excuses that Russia’s actions were considered an important factor in the outcome.

While Putin was way out of line, the impact of the WikiLeaks document dumps on Clinton’s candidacy was marginal at best.

The contents of the Democratic National Committee e-mails were embarrassing to Podesta and then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who wound up losing her job after proof of DNC collusion with Clinton against Bernie Sanders was produced. But there was almost nothing in those documents that related directly to Clinton, let alone being enough to influence voters.

Every WikiLeaks story was also almost immediately overshadowed by other, more damaging gaffes or revelations about Trump, such as his attack on a Gold Star family or the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Nothing the Russians did matched the damage done by either of those Trump disasters.
Instead of looking for some external events or action, just admit that Hillary was a lousy candidate. That should actually be comforting to the Democrats. With such a compromised candidate whom so many Americans just never liked, they still won the popular vote and came really close to winning the states that put Trump over the top. If they can pick a better candidate in 2020, and can make an appeal for the voters they lost in the Rust Belt, chances are pretty strong that they'll win that year. They should be more concerned about forging a message that doesn't repel independents and those voters they lost in 2016. That's their real challenge and focusing all the time on Russia, Russia, Russia won't help them achieve that goal.


Good to know.
Tell your friendly environmentalist activist. But they're not really interested.
The benefits of fracking far outweigh its costs not only economically, but environmentally, a Stanford University geophysicist said Friday.

After teaching geophysics at Stanford for 30 years Mark Zoback took the helm of Stanford's new Natural Gas Initiative three years ago, he said, because of gas's environmental benefits.

"We did it because there were so many important and obvious environmental benefits to the utilization of natural gas," Zoback said. "So it’s somewhat ironic to be asked to argue for the notion that these benefits outweigh the environmental costs, when it’s the environmental benefits that got me into this business in the first place."

Zoback's remarks opened the annual debate at Stanford's Silicon Valley Energy Summit, and were swiftly challenged by representatives of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Counci
Zoback argued that natural gas can replace coal and "dirty diesel" at significant scale throughout the world, supporting economic growth while slashing carbon emissions. (When burned, natural gas emits about half the CO2 that coal does).

The Senate has some really dumb rules. And the minority party can use them to slow everything down to a standstill. Chuck Schumer is taking advantage of every tool that the rules provide.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used an upper chamber procedure Wednesday to block a national security briefing hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, irritating Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

The rule that Schumer had invoked, which he has been exercising the use of over the past two weeks, blocks Senate committee business from happening two hours after the Senate convenes session for the day. Schumer has consistently used the procedure as a way to delay business in Senate to make demands on Republicans on the health care bill.

The rarely-used tactic has cut short a committee hearing on free speech, stopped a hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. elections and blocked a mark-up to advance bipartisan anti-human trafficking legislation....

Grassley had sent a joint letter with subcommittee judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham to the FBI Tuesday requesting all documents related to the FBI FISA surveillance requests on the Russia investigation.

“Today, the Judiciary Committee was set to hear from senior intelligence officials about highly sensitive intelligence gathering authorities that will soon require action from Congress. It’s disturbing and reckless for the Minority Leader to block the briefing. We’ve seen too many recent reminders of how unsafe the world is today. This is no time to play politics with our national security,” he said.
If they could use the nuclear option to get rid of a much more prominent rule concerning filibusters of Supreme Court nominees, why not use it to get rid of this stupid rule. If it's a "rarely-used tactic," no one except the angry members of the minority party will miss it.


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I had so much fun last night. I'm visiting my daughters in D.C. and we went to the Nats-Cubs game. I haven't seen a live baseball game in about 50 years since I was a kid and we'd go to the Cubs games. So I scheduled my trip to catch the game. After falling behind in the seventh inning, I thought it was pretty hopeless for the Cubs based on the way they've been playing this year. But they rallied in the ninth inning to go ahead on a triple by Jon Jay. It was so exciting and I could celebrate with all the other Cubs fans in the stadium including a cute little girl, about 10 years old, sitting with her family of Cubs fans in front of me who told her parents that John Jay had written five of the Federalist Papers. Exactly right and the Cubs' Jon Jay was a hero tonight. Go Federalists!


What a blast! And then as walked out of the stadium and came back on the Metro and hear all the Nationals fans complaining about the Nationals' bullpen. Eh, they're still doing well. I'm just hoping that the Cubs are recovering their mojo. At least their closer, Wade Davis, another historically relevant name on the Cubs roster


          Police Forcibly Remove Health Care Bill Protesters Outside Mitch McConnell's Office   
Capitol Police forcibly removed protesters gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday, with at least one photo showing drops of blood on the hallway floor. The crowd was protesting the health care bill that Senate Republicans had written in secret ...
          Trump jumps into health debate - repeal now, replace later   
*By The Canadian Press* WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations with a suggestion bound to muddle things: If you can't cut a deal on repealing the Obama-era law, then repeal it right away and then replace it later. Trump ...
          Obamacare Isn't Budging   
Senate Republicans continue to work to repeal and repeal Obamacare, but even if they succeed, it has become clear this week that the law has fundamentally shifted expectations surrounding health care in the country. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to delay a vote on the Senate's ...
          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          McConnell Delays Vote on Health Care Bill Until After July 4   
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't get enough support to have the bill considered on the Senate floor.
          Vote on GOP's Health Care Bill to be Delayed   
On Tuesday it was announced that US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will delay the vote on the GOP's health care bill until after the July 4 recess. According to sources, McConnell told Republican senators that he wants to make changes to the bill, and get a new Congressional Budget ...
          Software Engineer (Charleston) - Verge Health - Charleston, SC   
The Software Engineer position at Verge Solutions fulfills a critical role in the development of best of class SaaS software used in support of the health care...
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          Challenge For McConnell To Pass Health Care In Senate   
For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell must resolve. Facing solid ...
          Organization: Center for Health Care Strategies   
Works to promote high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
          Senate Will Resume Its Health Care Battle After July 4 Holiday    
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Senators head off to the Fourth of July parades and fireworks this weekend after trying and failing to do something they spent the past seven years promising - to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We're going to begin this hour with NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Sue, thanks for being with us. SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Good morning, Scott. SIMON: So where does this stand now? DAVIS: Where it stands is the Senate and the House adjourned for the July Fourth recess no closer to finding a compromise on how to pass a health care bill. That bill now rests in the Senate, where Mitch McConnell had hoped to bring it up for a vote before this break and hoped to get it to the president's desk even before this break. But his own party revolted on him, that there is no consensus in the Senate yet on how you can get a bill that can pass that chamber. SIMON: What about the president's suggestion in a tweet that they might
          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          Software Engineer (Charleston) - Verge Health - Charleston, SC   
The Software Engineer position at Verge Solutions fulfills a critical role in the development of best of class SaaS software used in support of the health care...
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          Kasich signs Ohio state budget, vetoes Medicaid freeze   

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, joined by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, about Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law. less Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, joined by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, about Republican legislation ... more COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. John Kasich once again stood against fellow Republicans in the Ohio Legislature on Friday to support Medicaid expansion, which now provides health insurance to 700,000 low-income Ohioans.


          The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care   
Spending your own money on health care might mean that you'll be more frugal with it. That's the theory behind health savings accounts, a decades-old GOP concept that's sparking renewed interest on Capitol Hill as Republican lawmakers look for ways to replace the Affordable Care Act. HSAs are like personal savings accounts — with a difference . As with a retirement account, money put into an HSA can be invested, and any growth in the fund accumulates tax-free. Withdrawals can be made at any time, and they are tax-free, too — but the money can be used only to pay for certain medical expenses, such as health insurance deductibles, or for copays for hospital care or a visit to the doctor. Currently, HSAs are only available to people who have high-deductible health plans , meaning they usually pay a few thousand dollars for medical care each year before their insurance kicks in to pay its share. While HSA participation is growing, only about 20 million people out of the 176 million who
          Whole Foods Founder John Mackey On Fascism and 'Conscious Capitalism'   
UPDATE at 12:35 p.m., ET, Jan. 17: Many of you wrote in to tell us you were taken aback by Whole Foods top executive John Mackey characterizing the health law as fascism in an NPR interview, and apparently, he's feeling a little sheepish. About three minutes into his otherwise amiable chat with CBS This Morning hosts on on Thursday, Mackey walked back his comments in response to a direct question from Norah O'Donnell: "Well, I think that was a bad choice of words on my part ... that word has an association with of course dictatorships in the 20th century like Germany and Spain, and Italy. What I know is that we no longer have free enterprise capitalism in health care, it's not a system any longer where people are able to innovate, it's not based on voluntary exchange. The government is directing it. So we need a new word for it. I don't know what they right word is," Mackey says. Part 1 of his interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep is linked above, and you can hear him discuss
          News Briefing for March 14   
HEALTHCARE: Obamacare special enrollment for penalty payers a one-time deal, admin says “The Obama administration said Friday the special enrollment period that kicks off this weekend for uninsured Americans who missed Obamacare’s signup deadline and face a tax penalty will be a one-time deal, as the nation confronts the confluence of health care and tax […]
          RN, Regional Advice (Hillsboro) - Hillsboro, OR   
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          RN, Regional Advice (Hillsboro) - Hillsboro, OR   
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          Sessional Instructor(s) - Yukon College - Whitehorse, YT   
Employment at Yukon College Expression of Interest - Sessional Instructor(s) Health Care Assistant Program Competition Number: HR 17.91 School of Health, $39.89 - $47.48 an hour
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          Cadet LPN/RPN - Bayshore HealthCare - Whitehorse, YT   
A LPN or a RPN provides primary health care and emergency health care services to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, cadets and Cadet Instructor Cadre....
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          PHOTOS: Advocates Gather to Discuss Community Health Care in Nevada   
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          North Dakota's Oil Boom Fuels Economic Growth   
By USNews.com

This isn't your father's Fargo any more.

That a state so sparsely populated and geographically remote stands among the top-five nationally in a broad measure of economic, educational, health and other metrics speaks volumes about an economic boom that North Dakota has experienced during the past decade.

Indeed it is the state's economic growth – No. 1 in the Best States rankings – that helped propel it to No. 2 in the overall measure of state economies.

With among the lowest unemployment in the nation and highest labor force participation, North Dakota also ranks highly in the roads, energy infrastructure – and even internet service – that it provides for just over three-quarters of a million residents. Its highly ranked higher education, with among the nation's most affordable tuition, has helped the citizenry reach a high level of attainment of college degrees. All measures considered, the state ranks No. 4 overall.

While 90 percent of North Dakota's land still is devoted to farming – with one-fifth of the population employed in agriculture that produces most of the nation's canola and flaxseed and ranks No. 1 in dry navy and pinto beans – it's what lies beneath the surface of this Canadian border state's wide open land that explains much of the recent growth of a domain that as recently as 2010 counted fewer residents than it had during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

It's oil and natural gas – and the technology for extracting it – that have both boosted the state's economy and also added a new dimension of social controversy surrounding pipelines that the industry is attempting to push through the state. Yet the state also is counting gains in manufacturing and high-tech ventures that have helped diversify the economy as oil has occupied a growing share of it.

"Energy and ag have always been very strong in our state, and the oil boom has moved us forward, but we've also worked to diversify," says Sandy McMerty, co-deputy commissioner for the North Dakota Department of Commerce. 

Recently elected North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum attributes the state's business sense to a long line of governors who came from the business world – in his case, the software industry. And he points to developments that hold promise for the future: A plant manufacturing the blades for 225-foot tall wind turbines employing 1,000 people, unmanned aerial aircraft mapping agriculture lands to amass mammoth data for improvement of crops, Microsoft "tapping in" to the state's well-educated workforce as the state attracts more young people.

"Our infrastructure is in great shape,'' the governor says – indeed, it ranks No. 6 in the Best States analysis. "The economic surpluses that we've had at the state level have allowed us to invest in infrastructure."

The Bakken Formation of oil and natural gas, among the largest contiguous deposits in the U.S., once was deemed infeasible for production. That was before hydraulic fracturing – an injection of water and chemicals into the black shale, siltstone and sandstone holding the oil, a process known as "fracking."

Before the oil boom, as recently as 2004, oil and gas production accounted for just 2 percent of the state's economy. By 2014, it accounted for almost 16 percent. And, while declining world prices for oil in recent years have dampened some of the Bakken boom's luster – and placed pressure on the small state's annual budget, forcing cuts in its esteemed public universities – overall oil production has held up for the most part.

There are fewer drilling rigs at work, but overall production slid to 1.17 million barrels per day in November from a peak of 1.23 million in December 2014 as drillers have pared operational costs. Drillers are employing new techniques that enable them to drill two miles down and then two miles horizontally, the governor notes, with the precision of someone picking the lock on a house.

"We've been a little bit down in production based on pricing,'' says McMerty, who is fluent in the daily price per barrel. "But energy companies are not short-term investment companies for the most part. They can ride out the lower prices."

The state's overall economic output more than doubled in 11 years, according to a Bureau of Economic Analysis report. The state's gross domestic product in 2013 reached a record $49.8 billion, up from $24.7 billion in 2002. In 2002, the state had the second smallest economy, ahead of only Vermont's. Still, some question the long-term sustainability of an economy hinging on a volatile industry.

"North Dakota has always been a boom and bust state – there hasn't been a time of expansion that wasn't followed by contraction," says Bill Caraher, associate professor of history at the University of North Dakota. "By and large, in terms of the billions and billions of dollars that have flowed into North Dakota's economy, very little has gone into producing the kinds of things that are sustainable long-term economic engines.''

In the state's bid for economic diversification, Northrop Grumman, John Deere and Bobcat are among the manufacturers that have added facilities and jobs – Northrop hoping to employ 100 people in Grand Forks. Caterpillar Remanufacturing recently chose between South Korea and North Dakota for a facility, and chose Fargo. And Grand Forks, inundated by the devastating Red River Flood of 1997, has rebounded 20 years later bigger and better, Caraher notes.

The state also boasts of the second largest campus for the software giant Microsoft outside of Washington state – in Fargo.

More than 80,000 jobs were created in North Dakota from 2011 from 2015, the data behind the Best States rankings show. And this state whose population had long hovered at Depression levels saw its populace grow from 674,000 in 2010 to 758,000 in 2016. Among all 50 states small and large, North Dakota ranked No 1 in the Best States ranking of net migration of people into the state. "Last check, we had 12,000 open positions across the state,'' McMerty says. "We're at a place where we really need that out-of-state population to come in."

The state's unemployment rate ranked No. 3 among all states in the Best States analysis, and running at 3 percent in December it remained the sixth-lowest and well below the national average.

All of this contributed to North Dakota's high ranking in the opportunity it offers citizens – ranking No. 7 nationally, with among the nation's lowest poverty rates, higher median household incomes and most affordable housing.

The state's oil development also has created its own issues. These include the challenges of housing oilfield workers in what have become known as "man camps." And a planned Dakota Access pipeline has generated strong public protest, particularly among the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe objecting to its construction near its reservation.

The tribe celebrated late last year when the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would seek alternative routes for the $3.7 billion pipeline. Then a new president signed an order directing the Corps to "review and approve" the pipeline "in an expedited manner." Allies of the tribe, including Earthjustice, contend that review already has identified problems with the pipeline, and this may end up in court.

The quality of the state's health care – No. 10 in the rankings – is borne out in some of the measures of public health taken into account in Best States.

This includes low mortality and infant mortality rates, 12th and 14th best respectively. One of the offshoots of this is a figure that's not counted in these rankings but measured by the U.S. Census: The nation's highest ratio of people 100 years old and older – with three centenarians for every 10,000 residents, double the national average.

The governor tells the story of a 100-year-old North Dakotan driver who was stopped running a stop sign on the way to his older sisters' place. "The police officer asked, 'Didn't you see the sign?' The man said, 'Sure I saw the sign. I didn't see you.""

The state's governmental services ranked No. 7 in the Best States assessment.

This included well-balanced state accounts – ranking No. 1 in financial health, No. 3 in its operating ratio of income and expenses, No. 6 in the digitalization of state information and No. 11 in the long-term funding of its pension system.

As a measure of that fiscal responsibility, when the state recently lost a sizable share of projected revenue for a two-year budget cycle amid a slowdown in oil drilling, the governor ordered budget cuts and drew $497 million from reserves to close a $1-billion shortfall in a $14-billion budget. Yet with cuts, come pain.

Assessing the cuts at the University of North Dakota – a system ranking No. 6 nationwide – Caraher notes: "People who keep hoping that the boom-bust economies can be leveraged into sustainable growth, these are the kinds of things that give people pause… Universities are one of the major leaders of innovation."

Yet in a world in which everyone holds a miniature "super-computer'' in their hands in their smart phones, the governor suggests, access to learning transcends the traditional boundaries of school buildings, and this too is a question of technology which the state must explore as it seeks to improve education.

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          Smart Move: Economic Development Group Encourages Young Professionals to Move to F-M Area   
Kyle Anderson was nervous about moving to Fargo just as his software startup PHR Plus was becoming established in Mesa, Ariz., but his wife, Meagen, had just received a dream job offer from Sanford Medical Center here.

The couple is originally from the area. Anderson is a native of Grygla, Minn., and a graduate of North Dakota State University. His wife's family is from Grafton, N.D. She also attended NDSU. They moved to Mesa when she was accepted into a physician's assistant program there.ADVERTISING"We thought we'd end up staying down there," Anderson said. "We loved the weather, obviously, and loved being there, but we felt it was a good time to get back. We have a couple of kids and missed this area."

His friend, Andrew Christensen, director of Fargo-based Arthur Ventures, suggested Anderson reach out to John Machacek, senior vice president of finance and entrepreneurial development with the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., for help establishing PHR Plus here.

Machacek provided him with information about the North Dakota Development Fund and other local programs designed to help startups.

Anderson said Machacek's help made the decision to move a lot easier.

"They (the GFMEDC) don't just have a mission statement on their website," Anderson said. "They're actually executing what they're trying to accomplish. It was kind of a scary decision for me to uproot our company, but they really helped to alleviate my concerns."

A mission to 'grow and diversify'

The mission of the GFMEDC is to "grow and diversify the economies in Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn., communities by attracting, retaining and expanding primary-sector businesses."

The organization is known for its efforts to attract new businesses to the area, Smart Move marketing and initiatives like the F-M Ambassador program. It's also responsible for the FM Welcome Parties where new residents can learn about what makes Fargo-Moorhead a great place to live.

What the economic development agency is probably less known for are the one-on-one behind-the-scenes interactions that occur every day.

For example, Machacek is also helping Andrew Scott and his wife, Alexis, move back to Fargo.

Scott, a native of West Fargo, was working for Goldman Sachs in New York City as its director of population health when he told his friend Greg Tehven he was interested in moving back.

Tehven, executive director and co-founder of Fargo-based Emerging Prairie, and Machacek shared Scott's resume with local employers. This led to Scott being hired as manager of Dakota Medical Foundation's new corporate wellness initiative.

Machacek has also been reaching out to organizations that may benefit from Alexis Scott's experience using her bilingual skills in social work settings.

He doesn't only devote his time to North Dakota and Minnesota natives. This fall, Machacek helped Callie Klinkmueller of Acton, Mass., find a job as the communications and program coordinator at NDSU's Research and Technology Park.

Klinkmueller, a graduate of High Point (N.C.) University, spent two summers in North Dakota as assistant volunteer coordinator for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. When she wanted to stay in North Dakota permanently, her supervisor directed her to Tehven, who once again enlisted Machacek's help.

When she met Machacek for coffee, he invited her to attend that evening's Business After Hours chamber event with him. There, he spent two hours introducing her to people who helped her land a job at NDSU.

Workforce shortage

A workforce study conducted by TIP Strategies of Austin, Texas, in 2015 reported there were 6,700 open positions in Fargo-Moorhead and that a workforce shortage was likely to continue here over the next several years.

That's why it's important to be proactive in attracting people to live here, said Lisa Gulland Nelson, the GFMEDC's vice president of marketing and public relations.

She recently followed Machacek's example when she was impressed by several summer intern candidates. She was only able to hire one, so she asked others for permission to share their resumes with companies she thought would make a good fit.

It was something that required little time and effort. She hopes everyone will stop and think about how they can do something similar.

"We all have connections," she said. "We could all take the time to say, 'I'm going to devote 30 minutes to this person to see what they need and who I could connect them to.' "

Gulland Nelson said Fargo-Moorhead natives should also remember what makes this area so special: The economy is good. People have access to good schools and health care. The people are friendly.

"It's important to remember all the things we have to be proud of here," she said.

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          North Dakota Ranks Near top in State Competitiveness   
By ND Commerce
For the fifth consecutive year North Dakota has earned the nation’s second best ranking in business climate competitiveness, according to the 2015 edition of the Beacon Hill Institute’s (BHI) annual State Competitiveness report.
 
“North Dakota’s pro-business environment and our entrepreneurs continue to give the state a competitive advantage,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “Business incubation is also central to economic development. State leaders and legislators have placed an emphasis on improving the state’s business climate. This study reflects the ongoing success of their efforts.”
 
North Dakota achieved 20 top-ten national rankings including first in infrastructure investment, access to high-speed bandwidth, educational attainment and electricity prices. The greatest improvement over the previous year was in the area of business incubation, where North Dakota rose from 13th to 6th.  The business incubation subindex measures a state’s ability to mobilize financing for investment and rate of business births, a key factor in business competitiveness. North Dakota also placed sixth in human resources factors such as a high level of labor force participation, availability of skilled labor and a widespread commitment to education, training and health care.
 
The BHI competitive index is based on a set of 43 indicators divided into eight subindexes—government and fiscal policy, security, infrastructure, human resources, technology, business incubation, openness and environmental policy.  The overall index is an average of the eight subindexes. 
 
The top five performing states are (in rank order):  Massachusetts, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire and Iowa. Published by The Beacon Hill Institute at Boston's Suffolk University since 2001, the report has drawn the growing attention of policymakers, economist and public officials across the nation seeking to identify strengths and weaknesses in economic performance.  

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          North Dakota UAS Industry on Edge Waiting for Release of Proposed Rules   
By Grand Forks Herald
The year 2014 came and went without the Federal Aviation Administration releasing its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft — a draft North Dakota officials have been anxiously awaiting.
 
 
"We're sitting here on pins and needles," said Al Palmer, director of UND's unmanned aircraft systems center.

The rules would pertain to the use of small unmanned aerial systems, which are defined as devices less than 55 pounds. What exactly will be included in this draft is anyone's guess but those in the industry have a few ideas.

If included, requirements for UAS pilots are especially of interest for UND, Palmer said, adding rumors are circulating that it could be as simple as a certification course or as complex as getting a pilot's license.

The long-delayed release of the draft was expected to happen before the end of 2014, but officials now hope to see it later this month. Once released, the rules must undergo a public comment period officials expect to last at least a year. After the comments are reviewed and addressed, the finalized rules will be released in 2016 or even 2017.

"It'll be really interesting to see how the industry behaves in the next two years," said David Dvorak, founder of UAS sensor development company Field of View in Grand Forks.

Right now, Dvorak said the FAA just needs to release the proposed rules.

"It's fine if they're not perfect right away, but we just need to get something to give some hard and fast guidelines for people," he added.

Commercial use

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the rules would be the potential inclusion of guidelines for commercial operations.

"We hope that there are guidelines because people are using these things now," Palmer said. "The FAA doesn't have the manpower or staffing to go out and observe everything that's going on."

Commercial use of these aircraft is currently banned by the FAA, unless a company is granted a special exemption by the agency. Companies that have received exemptions so far are mostly involved in the motion picture industry.

In North Dakota, agriculture will likely emerge as the main arena of commercial use for the devices. Other industries such as energy, transportation and health care are also expected to adopt the use of UAS in some capacity in the state.

Dvorak's company focuses on providing sensors for agricultural use, relying on sales to international customers and universities during the commercial use ban.

He says there is a fear among business owners that the rules may be too restrictive.

"There is a possibility that the FAA could release these rules and they're so restrictive that you can't really do commercial operations," Dvorak said.

Rule breakdown

As FAA guidelines stand now, hobbyists are allowed to operate unmanned aircraft under 55 pounds within their line of sight and under an altitude of 400 feet. They are asked to contact an airport if they plan to fly within 5 miles of the facility and to avoid flying near any manned aircraft or at night.

Public agencies such as law enforcement and universities are required to obtain a certificate of authorization from the FAA to legally fly unmanned aircraft. These certificates take about 60 days or less to receive, according the administration's website.

The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office has authorization to fly in 16 North Dakota counties. So far, the office's devices have been used to survey accident and crime scenes, search for missing persons and find suspects fleeing from officers.

At least two research projects overseen by UND and North Dakota State University also have been greenlighted by UND's UAS Research Compliance Committee. That committee vets research proposals brought to the university.

This summer, unmanned aircraft monitored wildlife at Sully's Hill Wildlife Preserve near Devils Lake and crops at NDSU's research facility near Carrington, N.D.

More research proposals are expected to be up for discussion at the compliance committee's Jan. 16 meeting.

Favorable attitudes

Release of the small UAS rules was delayed in part by privacy concerns voiced to the FAA.

A study conducted in the summer of 2014 hints operators likely won't run into too many privacy concerns in northeast North Dakota.

More than 70 percent of residents surveyed by two UND professors said they did not have concerns about UAS encroaching on their personal privacy. The survey polled 647 residents in 16 northeastern counties about their feelings toward various types of unmanned aircraft use.

When it came to businesses, just over half of respondents said they had no concerns and 64 percent weren't worried about individuals operating the devices.

The preliminary findings of the study were released by Thomasine Heitkamp and Cindy Juntunen — both members of the research compliance committee — at the 2014 UAS Action Summit held in June in Grand Forks. While results were favorable for the industry, officials acknowledge there are still concerns with UAS flight.

"The fear out there is there is a risk that somebody's out there flying these things and since there are no rules per se ... we may be operating these things in an unsafe manner too close to an airport where we could have an accident or an incident," Palmer said.

Federal data show an increase of UAS sightings and near-misses with manned aircraft being reported to the FAA as of June, but none of those incidents occurred in North Dakota.

In advance of the small rule release and a holiday season where people could possibly find a UAS under their Christmas tree, the FAA launched a safety campaign and educational website.

The Know Before You Fly website gives users a primer on types of unmanned aircraft use and the rules associated with each.

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          10 States With the Best Quality of Life   
By USA Today
The United States is one of the world's most prosperous economies, with a gross domestic product that exceeded that of any other country last year. However, a vibrant economy alone does not ensure all residents are well off. In a recent study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), U.S. states under-performed their regional counterparts in other countries in a number of important metrics that gauge well-being.

The OECD's newly released study, "How's Life in Your Region?: Measuring Regional and Local Well-Being for Policy Making," compares nine important factors that contribute to well-being. Applying an equal weight to each of these factors, 24/7 Wall St. rated New Hampshire as the best state for quality of life.

Monica Brezzi, author of the report and head of regional statistics at the OECD, told 24/7 Wall St. considering different dimensions of well-being at the regional level provides a way to identify "where are the major needs where policies can intervene." Brezzi said that, in some cases, correcting one truly deficient measure can, in turn, lead to better results in others.

In order to review well-being at the regional level, the OECD used only objective data in its report, rather than existing survey data. Brezzi noted that current international studies that ask people for their opinion on important measures of well-being often do not have enough data to be broken down by region.

For example, one of the nine measures, health, is based on the mortality rate and life expectancy in each region, rather than on asking people if they feel well. Similarly, another determinant of well-being, safety, is measured by the homicide rate rather than personal responses as to whether people feel safe where they live.

Based on her analysis, Brezzi identified one area where American states are exceptionally strong. "All the American states rank in the top 20% of OECD regions in income," Brezzi said. Massachusetts — one of 24/7 Wall St.'s highest-rated states — had the second-highest per capita disposable household income in the nation, at $38,620. This also placed the state among the top 4% of regions in all OECD countries.

However, the 50 states are also deficient in a number of key metrics for well-being. "With the exception of Hawaii, none of the American states are in the top 20% for health or for safety across the OECD regions," Brezzi said. Minnesota, for instance, was rated as the third best state for health, with a mortality rate of 7.5 deaths per 1,000 residents and a life expectancy of 81.1 years. However, this only barely placed Minnesota among the top third of all regions in the OECD. Similarly, New Hampshire — which was rated as the safest state in the country, and was 24/7 Wall St.'s top state for quality of life — was outside the top third of all regions for safety.

Across most metrics the 50 states have improved considerably over time. Only one of the nine determinants of well-being, jobs, had worsened in most states between 2000 and 2013. Brezzi added that not only was the national unemployment rate higher in 2013 than in 2000, but "this worsening of unemployment has also come together with an increase in the disparities across states."

Based on the OECD's study, "How's Life in Your Region?: Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making," 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 states with the best quality of life. We applied an equal weight to each of the nine determinants of well-being — education, jobs, income, safety, health, environment, civic engagement, accessibility to services and housing. Each determinant is constituted by one or more variables. Additional data on state GDP are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), and are current as of 2013. Further figures on industry composition, poverty, income inequality and health insurance coverage are from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey. Data on energy production come from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and represent 2012 totals.

These are the 10 states with the best quality of life.

10. Wisconsin
  • Employment rate: 74.8% (9th highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $29,536 (23rd highest)
  • Homicide rate: 2.72 per 100,000 people (15th lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 73.6% (2nd highest)
Based on nine distinct well-being measures, Wisconsin is one of the top states in the nation for quality of life. Like nearly all top-ranked states, Wisconsin's housing score was quite high. A typical home had 2.7 rooms per person. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of households had broadband Internet access, both among the higher rates nationwide. Residents are also more politically active than people in a majority of states. The state reported a 74% voter turnout rate, better than almost every other state.

9. Washington
  • Employment rate: 67.8% (21st lowest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $31,307 (16th highest)
  • Homicide rate: 2.55 per 100,000 people (11th lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 65.6% (16th highest)
Nearly four in five Washington residents had broadband Internet access last year, tied with New Hampshire for the highest rate in the country. Washingtonians also enjoy exceptional air quality and a relatively healthy environment. Just 4.1 mg of airborne dangerous particulate matter per cubic meter was recorded in the state, nearly the lowest level of pollution measured. Washington also leads the nation for renewable energy production, with more than 1,012 trillion BTUs produced in 2012, far more than any other state.

8. Maine
  • Employment rate: 72.7% (11th highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $28,333 (22nd lowest)
  • Homicide rate: 1.88 per 100,000 people (8th lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 68.6% (9th highest)
Based on OECD metrics, Maine — which advertises itself as "Vacationland" — is far more than merely a tourist destination. Like more than half of the best states for quality of life, Maine received a nearly perfect score for its housing. Maine homes had an average of nearly three rooms per person, more than all but one other state. Spacious households are likely favored by Maine residents as the state's long winter can keep people indoors for long periods. And while heating costs can be a burden, falling U.S. crude oil prices have considerably reduced the financial strain of buying home heating oil, which is more-widely used in Maine than in any other state.

7. Massachusetts
  • Employment rate: 71.3% (14th highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $38,620 (2nd highest)
  • Homicide rate: 2.62 per 100,000 people (12th lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 70.8% (4th highest)
Only one state received a higher income score than Massachusetts. Last year, the state's per capita disposable income was $38,620, more than anywhere else in the United States except Connecticut, and among the top 4% of regions reviewed by the OECD across 28 countries. Massachusetts was also a top state for health, with one of the lowest mortality rates, as well as one of the highest life expectancies, at 80.5 years, in the country. However, compared to all country regions measured by the OECD, Massachusetts' score is barely in the top 40% for health.

6. Colorado
  • Employment rate: 71.2% (15th highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $30,999 (18th highest)
  • Homicide rate: 2.90 per 100,000 people (17th lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 70.4% (5th highest)
Colorado residents are active participants in local and state politics, and they have among the best accessibility to services. More than 70% of eligible Coloradans participated in elections last year, among the higher rates in the nation. While Colorado's unemployment rate of 7.7% was not particularly good, its economy has grown relatively rapidly in the past two years. A report released earlier this year by the Colorado Secretary of State showed strong numbers of new business filings and predicted future employment gains.

5. North Dakota
  • Employment rate: 81.8% (the highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $31,844 (12th highest)
  • Homicide rate: 2.99 per 100,000 people (18th lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 63.9% (19th highest)
Large economic windfalls, like the recent oil boom in North Dakota, do not necessarily improve a state's well-being. A strong economy, of course, still has many benefits. North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate nationwide, at just 3.3%. And 9.0% of the state's workforce was employed in the agriculture and mining industries, more than all but one other state. The energy boom has also led to exceptional growth rates. North Dakota's economic output has grown faster than that of any other state for several years. In addition to benefiting from an economic boom, North Dakota residents are relatively well educated. More than 91% of the state's labor force had completed at least secondary school last year, among the highest rates in the country.

4. Iowa
  • Employment rate: 78.1% (5th highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $30,164 (20th highest)
  • Homicide rate: 1.38 per 100,000 people (2nd lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 69.4% (tied, 6th highest)
The OECD rated Iowa better than all but a few states for its jobs climate and safety. Just 5.2% of the workforce was unemployed last year, and the homicide rate — 1.4 per 100,000 — was lower than every state except New Hampshire. Iowa residents also had the benefit of a productive renewable energy sector, with greater production of renewable energy than all but two other states as of 2012. The majority of renewable energy output came from 476 trillion BTUs of biodiesel produced that year, which was more than any other state.

3. Vermont
  • Employment rate: 79.0% (3rd highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $30,102 (21st highest)
  • Homicide rate: 1.39 per 100,000 people (3rd lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 63.3% (22nd highest)
Vermont is among the nation's leaders in several well-being measures. State residents are exceptionally well-educated. Nearly 92% of Vermont's workforce had completed at least secondary school last year, nearly the highest rate nationwide. Vermont was one of a handful of states to receive a close to perfect score for housing. With more than three rooms per person, homes tend to be more spacious than those in any other state. Additionally, just 7.2% of residents lacked health care last year, less than half the rate for all Americans, and lower than all but one other state. Based on a recent survey by Gallup, Vermonters are also the most likely Americans to exercise regularly and consume fresh produce daily, which further contributes to the population's good health.

2. Minnesota
  • Employment rate: 77.3% (6th highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $32,256 (9th highest)
  • Homicide rate: 1.68 per 100,000 people (4th lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 73.2% (3rd highest)
Minnesota is one of the top states in the nation by a range of well-being metrics. Notably, the state was tied for second best with Vermont for education, as nearly 92% of the labor force had at least a high school diploma. Minnesota was also a top state for health, with a mortality rate of 7.5 per 1,000 residents and a life expectancy of over 81 years, both among the best nationwide. Per capita household disposable income was also quite high at $32,257, ninth best nationwide. Census Bureau figures also indicate Minnesota compares favorably with other states in ensuring residents are living well. The state's poverty rate of 11.2% was among the lowest nationwide in 2013.

1. New Hampshire
  • Employment rate: 77.0% (7th highest)
  • Household disposable income per capita: $34,208 (7th highest)
  • Homicide rate: 1.11 per 100,000 people (the lowest)
  • Voter turnout: 69.4% (tied, 6th highest)
New Hampshire scored better than any other state for quality of life. No state had a lower homicide rate than New Hampshire, where there was just barely a single murder per 100,000 residents. Additionally, New Hampshire was also the top-ranked state for accessibility of services, with 79% of households reporting they had access to broadband, the highest in the United States. Further, New Hampshire ranked among the best states in most other measures considered by the OECD. The Granite State also had the nation's lowest poverty rate in 2013, according to the Census Bureau, at just 8.7% of all residents.

10 States With the Best Quality of Life - USA Today

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          Economic Development: Workforce Campaign Shows Promising Early Results   
By Prairie Business
North Dakota continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country with literally thousands of jobs available in high-demand industries like health care, technology, construction, energy, agriculture, transportation, engineering, management, retail and many others. We have great schools, family-friendly communities and wide-open spaces with endless options for outdoor recreation, as well as excellent arts, culture and retail opportunities across the state.

The Find the Good Life in North Dakota initiative is a workforce recruitment campaign started by the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation. It is a private/public sector-funded program designed to help solve the greatest challenge facing our business community: workforce development, recruitment and retention. The goal of the program is to attract permanent workers and their families to North Dakota so we have the workforce we need to support our state’s healthy economy and business growth.

The initiative will use a variety of traditional, digital and nontraditional marketing tactics to reach each of the target audiences. Tactics include:

• Paid digital advertising to reach targeted job seekers in other states.

• Visiting military bases, job fairs and college campuses to promote North Dakota and the opportunities available.

• Targeted digital and traditional media in-state to encourage residents to invite their friends and families to move here.

• Educating new North Dakota residents and temporary workers to the benefits of making our state their home.

• Media relations to increase awareness of the opportunities our state has and to enhance the image of North Dakota as an attractive place to live.

The initiative, which launched in March, has shown promising initial results. The FindtheGoodLifeinNorthDakota.com website has attracted over 50,000 unique visitors and JobsND.com has more than 142,000 new users since mid-May. The digital campaign has resulted in over 23 million impressions. We have heard from a number of employers who have hired employees as a direct result of hiring events. Transitioning military has also indicated that they will be looking in the next six to nine months for North Dakota opportunities.

Businesses are asked to consider joining in efforts to improve awareness of North Dakota — our economy, jobs, quality of place and recreational offerings. Companies or individuals in eastern North Dakota interested in donating to the campaign should contact David Williamson at 651-485-8101. In western North Dakota, contact Terry Fleck at 701-223-9768.

 

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          Future Job Openings in State Expected to be Broader Mix   
By The Bismarck Tribune
 

New job projections for North Dakota are indicating a shift back to the state’s core industries as oil exploration steadies in the next 10 years.

The oil industry in North Dakota has indicated that as the Bakken matures, job openings will be less focused on temporary exploration positions and more focused on permanent production related positions. As that happens, North Dakota Job Service says, more of the state’s open jobs will be in the service sector.

“It’s going to take somewhat fewer people for production versus exploration,” said Michael Ziesch, manager of the Labor Market Information Center for Job Service.

Ziesch said job growth has started to come full circle. Those industries requiring larger numbers of employees are becoming the ones with the most job openings again and the types of job openings match the state’s pre-oil boom economy more closely.

“Every other major industry is posting increases,” he said.

According to the 2012-22 Long-Term Employment Projections Report, statewide there will be a predicted 1,879 open positions for retail salespeople, 1,792 open positions for food service workers, 1,635 open positions for registered nurses, 1,363 open positions for bookkeepers and 1,227 open positions for janitors.

In the 2010-20 Long-Term Employment Projections Report, the top five occupations for number of open positions were truck drivers, wellhead pumpers, oil, gas and mining service unit operators, office clerks and retail salespersons. Each of those had projected openings of 6,150, 2,483, 2,472, 2,165 and 1,960, respectively.

Many of those now listed as the top five occupations for numeric job growth match those listed in the Job Service report produced in 2008.

Wayde Sick, director of the North Dakota Department of Commerce workforce division, fields calls from non-residents considering moving to North Dakota for work. He said when they do call, they are often calling about oil field jobs. But the department is making an effort to inform them of opportunities statewide.

“It’s not just the oil field or truck driving. It’s across the board,” said Sick of job openings in the state.

Ziesch said in terms of job growth the northwest will continue to do well but so will North Dakota’s urban centers, like Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks.

Ziesch said only 35 percent to 40 percent of job openings are in oil=producing counties. Companies in Cass and Burleigh counties, respectively, posted 1,649 and 378 more online job openings in June 2014 than they did in June 2014, according to Job Service data.

“That speaks to the importance of the out-of-state job seeker,” Ziesch said, adding that many living in the state are already employed and will be vacating positions if they choose to fill one of the new job openings.

When it comes to job openings that are new openings rather than past jobs that need to be replaced, the office support, food service and health care industries are projected to have the most, with each of those industries having more than 5,000 new openings statewide by 2022.

New job openings in the construction and extraction industry and the transportation industry also will have nearly 5,000 new openings a piece but the ratio of new openings to replacement openings is much less than what was projected in the 2010 report.

New openings in those industries were projected to be more than 10,000, according to the 2010 report. The total projected openings in each of those industries are also expected to be much less. Projected openings in construction and extraction are at 14,475 in the 2012 report compared to 18,839 in the 2010 report. For transportation those numbers are 13,792 openings compared to 21,485 openings.

Ziesch said this indicates a transition from more specialized occupations to a balance of new openings in all occupations across the state. He said, of those non-oil related careers, the online job openings report indicates employers and potential employees alike are looking for management related careers.

To attract workers to the state for reasons other than an oil related career, North Dakota Tourism Division is using its “Find the Good Life in North Dakota” campaign to show the whole picture of employment in the state.

Sara Otte Coleman, director of tourism, said the campaign has started by focusing on those workers transitioning from military to civilian life and looking for jobs.

State employees have been to about three military job fairs so far, Otte Coleman said. Each job fair has a focus. Of those attended, one in Texas focused on logistics and heavy equipment careers. Another in Indiana focused on managerial employment.

“In most cases we’re looking to get a family unit,” Otte Coleman said, adding when families come there are spouses and children who may be available to fill those service sector entry level positions expected to be available.

Future Job Openings in State Expected to be Broader Mix - bismarcktribune.com



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          Officials Launch National Find the Good Life in North Dakota Workforce Recruitment Campaign   
Sanford Health and Scheels each invest $50,000 to support the campaign

Fargo, N.D. – Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley and Wally Goulet, North Dakota Economic Development Foundation (NDEDF), officially launched the state’s national workforce recruitment campaign. The Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign is aimed at attracting skilled workers from around the country to fill the state’s current and future workforce needs.
 
Wrigley cited the April Online Job Openings Report to emphasize the importance of the campaign. According to the report, there were 25,653 open jobs in North Dakota in April, the highest number of jobs ever listed in the state.
 
“The demand for skilled workers in North Dakota has never been higher,” said Wrigley. “And the need is not just in the Bakken, it’s statewide. In fact, the largest demand for skilled workers is right here in Cass County.”
 
Find the Good Life in North Dakota is targeting skilled workers in health care, energy, transportation, information technology, construction, STEM-related fields and many others. The campaign will run in states with high unemployment and under employment rates to raise awareness of the myriad of opportunities and great quality of life available in North Dakota.
 
Wrigley added, “It’s estimated that 250,000 service men and women will be exiting the armed forces in the coming years. These men and women who valiantly served their country bring exceptional skills and work ethic to the civilian job market. We want them to start their next career in a state with excellent career opportunities and a great quality of life.”
 
“Now that our state is making real progress on infrastructure issues like housing, roads and schools, the foundation believes the time has come to begin also aggressively recruiting the skilled labor our state needs to succeed today and into the future,” said Goulet.
 
The campaign will use a targeted, multi-pronged marketing campaign that includes:
  • Digital advertising targeting job seekers in states with an available workforce with the skill sets we need in North Dakota and high levels of under and unemployment. The campaign will primarily target 15 states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
  • Digital advertising and on-the-ground events targeting veterans and current military members who will soon be transitioning out of the military.
  • In-state print and digital advertising targeting North Dakotans and asking them to invite their friends and family to find the good life here.
  • A regional and national public relations campaign to raise awareness of North Dakota as a great place to live and work.
  • A web portal (www.findthegoodlifeinnorthdakota.com) where job seekers can find the information they need to make a new life in North Dakota, including active links to the North Dakota Job Service employment listings.
  • Tools to help communities and companies retain existing North Dakota workers and residents.
 
According to Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Department of Commerce, “The new workforce recruitment website is key to the Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign’s success. The website will act as an information hub for jobseekers so they can easily learn about career opportunities, housing, training and fun things to see and do in North Dakota.”
 
Sanford Health and Scheels each invests $50,000 in campaign  
 
In addition to the campaign launch, Paul Richard, president, Sanford Fargo Medical Center, presented the NDEDF with a $50,000 check as an investment in the Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign.
 
“Today, North Dakota is seeing unprecedented population growth, which increases the need for health care in communities across the state and the demand for skilled health care workers,” Richard said. “Our ability to attract and retain this workforce is essential to achieving our organization’s mission and why Sanford Health is supporting the Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign,”
 
It was also announced that Scheels has signed on as a partner and invested $50,000 in the Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign.
 
“North Dakota has been blessed with the best economy in the nation,” said Steve Scheels, president, Scheels. “If we are to keep the keep this economy on track, North Dakota must attract and retain the skilled workforce business needs to take full advantage of the opportunities our state offers.”
 
For more information about Find the Good Life in North Dakota, visit www.findthegoodlifeinnorthdakota.com

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          Dalrymple Congratulates State Hospital on National Award   
By ND Governor
Gov. Jack Dalrymple today congratulated the North Dakota State Hospital, which is part of the N.D. Department of Human Services, on being nationally recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. The award was given by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health organizations in America, for exemplary performance in providing evidence-based clinical measures that are shown to improve patient care for hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services.  

“Congratulations to the entire staff at the North Dakota State Hospital for being named a national Top Performer,” Dalrymple said. “The services provided here help individuals with mental health needs that require a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. We are proud of the work done by the State Hospital and proud these mental health services are readily available for North Dakotans who need them.”

As a Top Performer, the State Hospital achieved a performance rating of 95 percent or more for each accountability measure including appropriate admission screenings, patient safety practices, creating and implementing patient care plans, and appropriate usage of multiple anti-psychotic medications. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice and is reported annually to The Joint Commission.  

The State Hospital is the primary provider of inpatient mental health and addiction treatment services for a 26-county area in the state.

“This national recognition validates the quality services and care provided at the North Dakota State Hospital in coordination with the regional human service centers and other behavioral health service providers,” said Maggie Anderson, executive director of the N.D. Department of Human Services.
 
For the current biennium, the state invested more resources through the Department of Human Services to enhance behavioral health services across North Dakota. This includes additional funding for acute care and rehabilitation needs due to traumatic brain injuries, residential treatment services at the Robinson Recovery Center, transitional living programs and long-term residential programs for individuals with mental illness and/or substance addiction issues, mental health case management services, medical detox services, and community-based high-risk sex offender treatment in coordination with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  

“We understand that what matters most to State Hospital patients and their families is safe, effective care, which contributes to better outcomes and supports recovery,” said Alex Schweitzer, superintendent of the hospital.  “The credit goes to our staff who work hard to provide positive patient outcomes every day, and that is why this recognition means a tremendous amount to staff and the entire organization.”

As part of its award, the State Hospital was recognized in The Joint Commission’s Improving America’s Hospital’s annual report, and on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website at <a href="http://www.qualitycheck.org">www.qualitycheck.org</a>.

The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.  They evaluate and accredit more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

For information about the North Dakota State Hospital call 701-253-3964, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888, or visit <a href="http://www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/statehospital/index.html">www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/statehospital/index.html.
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          What You Should Know About The Senate Health Care Bill   
Kaiser Health News Chief Washington Correspondent Julie Rovner gives the latest news on the Senate health care bill.
          Home Health Case Manager (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
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          thoughts on canada 150   
It's Canada Day, this year dubbed Canada 150, with its own corporate brand and a carefully worded story of that number 150. We also have Canada 150+, which acknowledges that human cultures and societies have been living in what is now Canada for thousands of years.

I have mixed feelings about Canada Day.

First, I despise nationalism of all kinds, including the kind called patriotism. I used to make a distinction between the two (something I learned from my mother), but have come to feel that it is all the same: I am better than you because I live on this piece of land and you don't. In Canada, patriotism mostly translates into complacency, as if "we're much better than our neighbours to the south!" is good enough.

But more importantly, when it comes to Canada 150, are indigenous people. The very concept of Canada 150 excludes and erases the original inhabitants of this land. From an indigenous point of view, Canada 150 marks the beginning of colonialism, occupation, extermination.

This would be bad enough, if the horrors weren't still being lived right here, right now. A country that spends $500,000,000 celebrating itself should be able to bring clean water to everyone who lives here.* The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women issue should be wrapped up by now, a shameful piece of history, not an ongoing battle. Governments should be thanking indigenous leadership on the environmental front, and trying to reverse the damage done to indigenous land and water by extraction industries.

Most of my leftist comrades eschew Canada Day for this reason, and are disgusted by Canada 150.

I agree. And yet... I have another perspective, too.

I love Canada in many ways. I am grateful that I was able to come here and begin my life anew. I love that Canada was an early adopter of equal marriage, and now leads the way in the rights of transpeople. I love Canada's public health care (and wish there was a whole lot more of it). I love that women (mostly) have full control over our reproductive lives. I love the multiculturalism, and the strong reaction when that value is transgressed. Of course there is racism here -- which only means Canadians are human beings -- but the kind of virulence and violence seen every day in the US would never be tolerated here on a large scale.

The indigenous perspective is big news here -- emphasized in the mainstream media and acknowledged by the top level of government. Many countries all over the world refuse to even acknowledge a colonial or genocidal past. Words without action are meaningless, but no action can begin without that acknowledgement; while words alone are insufficient, they are still significant.

I have spent most of my life opposing state power, and there's plenty to work on here, on every front -- peace, environment, labour, health care, gender equity. None of it is good enough. But if we widen the lens to view Canada globally, it's one of the best places to live on the planet. There's a lot I would change and fix, but if we could magically give everyone on the planet the quality of life enjoyed by most Canadians, it would be a vast improvement. (Of course, the planet would collapse, because its resources would be instantly depleted. But we're only talking metaphor here.)

Canada is far from perfect -- and Canadians know that, acknowledge it, and strive for better. Which in turn is part of why I love it here.

Canada 150 doesn't mean a lot to me. But there's no way around it. I love Canada. That's why I'll never stop criticizing it.



* To be fair, most of that money went to repairing and renovating infrastructure that will should last well beyond the July 1, 2017 party. Perhaps that highlights the issue even more starkly!



          Americans are more distressed than ever before: study   
Americans are more distressed than ever before: study

A new study has revealed that more Americans than ever before are in the grip of stress, depression and anxiety; and several of them are unable to get required help.

A team of experts from NYU Langone Medical Center made an analysis of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data and came to know that 3.4 per cent of the American adults or more than 8.3 million adult people in the United States are now suffering from serious psychological distress, called SPD.

The condition of SPD is characterized by feelings of sadness, restlessness and worthlessness hazardous enough to impair the victim’s well-being. Previously, 3 per cent or less of the U.S. population was found affected by SPD.

Lead researcher Judith Weissman, a research manager in the department of medicine at NYU, said, “Based on our data, we estimate that millions of Americans have a level of emotional functioning that leads to lower quality of life and life expectancy.”

The study also revealed that access to needed health care services have deteriorated for people suffering from SPD over the past few years.

The findings of the new study, which are based on the National Health Interview Survey, appeared in the most recent edition of the journal Psychiatric Services.

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Develop a meaningful, personable relationship with your clients. Licensed Practical Nurse LPN License (North Carolina or multi-state), CPR Certification....
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          What You Should Know About The Senate Health Care Bill   
Kaiser Health News Chief Washington Correspondent Julie Rovner gives the latest news on the Senate health care bill.
          Registered Nurse-IDD Services - Comhar Inc. - Philadelphia, PA   
Registered Nurse Needed for IDD Services Oversee and provide health care/wellness services (both chronic and acute) to approximately 70 individuals with
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          What You Should Know About The Senate Health Care Bill   
Kaiser Health News Chief Washington Correspondent Julie Rovner gives the latest news on the Senate health care bill.
          Trump jumps into health debate: repeal now, replace later   
President Donald Trump has barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations with a suggestion bound to muddle things: If you can't cut a deal on repealing the Obama-era law, then repeal it right away and then replace it later. ...
          NE CANCER REGISTRY (NCR) INFORMATICIAN   
NE-Lincoln, NE CANCER REGISTRY (NCR) INFORMATICIAN College of Education & Human Sciences University of NebraskaLincoln Support and maintain services regarding transmission of cancer data and pathology results between lab facilities, health care providers and the Nebraska Cancer Registry System. Develop systems for secure transport and acceptance of cancer data for interagency and external stakeholders use. Co
          What You Should Know About The Senate Health Care Bill   
Kaiser Health News Chief Washington Correspondent Julie Rovner gives the latest news on the Senate health care bill.
          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
You are entrusted to provide innovative, responsible healthcare with the creation and implementation of new ideas and concepts that continually improve systems...
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          Help Wanted - Amazing Grace Home Health Care - Jersey City, NJ   
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          Maryland to become first state with law to protect Planned Parenthood   

Maryland on Saturday will become the first state in the nation with a law to protect funding for Planned Parenthood from a possible federal cutoff.

Legislation ensuring that the state will cover the cost of the group's health care services in Maryland if Congress blocks it from receiving federal...


          Group of Republican Senators Suggest Cancelation of August Recess to Progress Agenda   
A group of Republican senators are requesting August recess be canceled or shortened to give the party more time to make progress on its legislative agenda. The group, which includes Georgia’s David Perdue, Montana’s Steve Daines, Iowa’s Joni Ernst, Louisiana’s John Kennedy, Oklahoma’s James Lankford, Utah’s Mike Lee, South Dakota’s Mike Rounds, Alabama’s Luther Strange, Alaska’s Dan Sullivan and North Carolina’s Thom Tillis wrote Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday about the need to focus on five priorities: fixing health care, […]
          Health Care 2017 A Physicians Perspective   
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          Client Service Coordinator (Nursing) - Spectrum Health Care – Toronto, ON - Toronto, ON   
The Client Service Coordinator provide exemplary client services and support in person and over the telephone to our internal and external customers/clients.
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          RN - Hospice Supervisor - Sonora Regional Medical Center - Ontario   
Health Club discounts. Sonora Regional Medical Center is a mission focused non-profit Adventist health care system that has a heart for providing to the under...
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          Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
HOME HEALTH NURSE NEEDED (LPN) LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE in DADE (North Miami Beach, North Miami, Miami Gardens area) Needs experience with wound care, wound
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          Reliable, Compassionate Hab Tech needed - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
Required Experience: 1 Year Required Education: High School Job Requirements: Must be able to lift Job Description: Are you dependable, motivated, and a hard...
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          LPN / Home Care in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
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          LPN Licensed Practical Nurse - Pediatric - BAYADA Home Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Are you looking for the satisfaction of one-on-one patient care with great pay and flexible schedules? Licensed Practical Nurse license, One year of nursing...
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          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          Home Health Case Manager (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
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          Registered Nurse (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
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          RNCC - Community Health Care Inc - Rock Island, IL   
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          Arizona mother to speak at Democratic National Convention   
An Arizona woman is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina about the impact of health care reform on her family.
          CMS Releases 2016 ACA Marketplace Reinsurance And Risk Adjustment Data   

On June 30, 2017, CMS released the results for the third year (2016) of the reinsurance and risk adjustment programs, two of the Affordable Care Act’s “three R” premium stabilization programs. The 2016 results from the risk corridor program, the “third R” will be announced later this year.

ACA’s “Three R” Progams Are Modeled After Medicare Part D, But Are Weaker And More Controversial Than Their Part D Counterparts

The ACA’s three R programs were modeled after similar premium stabilization programs that have operated for about a decade for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. The Part D program also has a risk adjustment program (which adjusts premiums prospectively rather than insurer income retrospectively), a reinsurance program (which is much more generous than the ACA program and permanent rather than temporary), and a risk corridor program (also permanent, and initially more generous than the ACA program.). The part D premium stabilization programs played an important role in attracting insurers to the prescription drug program initially and have helped to keep premiums stable and premium increases low since the program was launched in 2006. They have undoubtedly been an important factor in maintaining the popularity and bipartisan support for Part D.

The ACA premium stabilization programs have proven far more controversial than the Medicare Part D programs. The risk corridor program has been criticized as an Insurer “bail-out” and was seriously undermined by appropriations riders enacted by Congress limiting program payouts to the amount collected from insurers. For 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services was only able to pay out 12.6 percent of the amounts owed insurers under the statutory formula because of this constraint, while it has been unable to make any payments for 2015 as it had to set off 2015 collections against 2014 obligations.  This no doubt contributed to the insolvency of a number of insurers and has resulted in a number of lawsuits in the Federal Court of Claims, as insurers attempt to collect the full amount they claim they are due under the statute.

The reinsurance program was supposed to collect $25 billion over its three- year life and pay $5 billion of that amount to the Treasury, apparently to reimburse it for funds spent on the Early Retiree Reinsurance program from 2010 to 2013.  Collections fell short in the first two years, and the Obama administration took the position that this reimbursement to the Treasury would only be paid after all reinsurance obligations were first met.  It paid nothing to the Treasury in 2015 and less than a half a billion dollars for 2016.  This position has been condemned by ACA critics and legislation was introduced in 2016 to force HHS to make the repayment.  The Trump administration has apparently not bowed to this pressure and is paying the full $4 billion due to insurers under the program for 2016.

The formula used by the risk adjustment program has also come in for criticism. CMS made a number of changes in its risk adjustment methodology for 2017, including factoring in preventive services and better accounting for drug cost increases.  It will incorporate even greater changes for 2018, including adjustment for partial-year enrollees and prescription drug use and setting up a separate risk adjustment pool for very high costs cases.

A Widespread Recognition Of The Importance Of Reinsurance

Despite criticism, the reinsurance program has in fact made a substantial contribution to constraining marketplace premiums. During 2014, the reinsurance program reduced net claim costs an estimated 10 to 14 percent, during 2015, 6 to 11 percent, and during 2016, 4 to 6 percent.  The end of the reinsurance program after 2016 has been a major driver of premium increases for 2017 and 2018.  Recognizing this, there is a consensus in Congress that further reinsurance funding is needed.  The House’s American Health Care Act, the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, and health reform legislation introduced by Democrats all include reinsurance funds for the individual market.

The federal risk adjustment program for 2016 covered non-grandfathered insurers in the individual and small group markets in every state except Massachusetts, which operated its own risk adjustment program. Transfers happened within each state.  The reinsurance program covered non-grandfathered insurers in the individual market in every state.

Participating insurers were required to set up EDGE servers through which they could transfer to CMS the data necessary to calculate reinsurance programs and risk adjustment information while retaining control of sensitive enrollee information. Nationally, 496 insurers were eligible for reinsurance payments.  Of these 445 will receive reinsurance payments.  CMS estimates that 52.9 percent of claims between $90 and $250,000 will be payable for the year, with 83 percent of that money currently available through the $3.3 billion already collected for the reinsurance program.

A total of 751 insurers participated in the risk adjustment program, which covered the individual and small group markets. Default risk adjustment charges were assessed against 42 insurers, 41 that did not submit EDGE server data and one that did but did not provide HHS with access to the required data. Of the 709 insurers that participated in transfers, 469 issued individual market non-catastrophic plans, 247 issued individual market catastrophic plans, 552 issued small group market plans, and two issued merged market plans.

The CMS report states that reinsurance and risk adjustment transfers correlate strongly with paid claims, showing that the programs are working as intended.  Insurers in the lowest quartile of claims costs were assessed on average a risk adjustment charge of 18 percent of total collected premiums, while insurers in the highest quartile of claims received risk adjust payments of 27 percent of total premiums.  Risk adjustment transfers averaged 11 percent of premiums in the individual market, up from 10 percent in 2015, while small group transfers remained steady at 6 percent of premiums.  CMS reports that there was a significant improvement in the quantity and quality of data provided by insurers for 2016, and thus a higher correlation between interim risk scores released in the spring and the final scores released on June 30.

Surprisingly, CMS reports that risk scores remained stable in the individual market and decreased in the small group market.  It was expected that as individuals had been enrolled longer in the program and insurers became more experienced in reporting the diagnoses on which the risk scores were based, the risk scores would go up, but they did not.  The data also would seem to refute the commonly held belief that the marketplace population is becoming sicker.  Risk adjustment transfers (calculated using the absolute value of net transfers for each issuer in the risk pool) amounted to 11 percent of enrollment-weighted monthly premiums in the individual market, 6 percent in the small group market, and 18 percent in the catastrophic market, for a national average of 8 percent.

Big Winners And Losers

The size of some of the transfers is remarkable.  Blue Cross of California will receive an estimated $210 million in reinsurance payments, $49 million in risk adjustment in the individual market, and $217 million in risk adjustment in the small group market.  Blue Shield of California is slated to receive $201 million in reinsurance, $265 million in risk adjustment in the individual market, and $106 million in risk adjustment in the small group market. The California Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will receive $99 million in reinsurance, but must pay in $183 million in risk adjustment in the individual market and $255 million in risk adjustment in the small group market.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is slated to receive $127 million in reinsurance and  $464 million in risk adjustment payments in the individual market, while Molina Healthcare of Florida must pay in $253 million, Celtic Insurance Company of Florida $161 million, and Coventry Health Care of Florida $112 million.  Molina Healthcare of Texas must pay in $126 million in individual market risk adjustment.  Other insurers receiving nine-figure risk adjustment or reinsurance payments include Humana Employers Health Plan of Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.


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          Unsolicited Advice for the White House Press Corps   

In this, what is somehow the fifth month of the Donald Trump administration, the White House’s official spokespeople have decided it’s about time to stop taking reporters’ questions on camera. Instead, they’ve taken to releasing audio of their ever more dada press conferences only at the conclusion of said press conferences, which makes for fairly terrible television. White House correspondents have responded to the blackout by taking photos of their socks (CNN’s Jim Acosta), posting still photos of spokespeople, sending in sketch artists to make the whole place look like a mob trial (again, CNN), and grousing at the spokespeople as they attempt to spokesperson-ify (again, Acosta).

For Acosta and his correspondent kind, this shocking lack of transparency from an already locked-down White House reeks of an authoritarian crackdown. For those of us who’ve spent our journalistic careers covering the Supreme Court, the amount of access afforded by the secretive, truth-challenged, hiding-in-the-bushes Trump White House looks like a dream sequence about government transparency.

In my almost two decades of covering the high court, I have become accustomed to a press policy that affords access to only a handful of reporters, only to oral arguments, which I must cover with a pen and a notepad, having been robbed—by way of a magnetometer at the entrance—of any recording devices, photographic equipment, and Apple watches. Audio recordings of these oral arguments are offered to the public only on Friday evenings, when the press cannot find any use for them (thus the advent of the Amicus podcast!), and video or even still photos of public sessions of the court are made available to the press only, well, never. Not ever. The justices do not give press conferences; the press officers do not give press conferences; a single, weird, Brady Bunch–style photo of the robed justices serves as the lone photographic image of the court all year, and the answer to most truly interesting inquiries directed at the public information officers is a resounding “no comment.” In short, we dream of the kind of made-for-TV moments provided by Jim Acosta’s socks and Sean Spicer in the shrubbery.

So while our hearts go out to our brethren down the street in the White House press room, we are forced to remind them that there is no constitutionally protected right to televise Sean Spicer and that this is all a bracing reminder that while we like to believe in robust press freedoms in America, many of those freedoms are merely norms, customs, and common practices that can be rescinded at any time. Those of us who’ve spent years covering the Courtroom of Dorian Gray, a place in which the justices get older while technology stays the same age, have learned some tricks for covering a branch of government that has locked out TV cameras for decades for the very same reason Sean Spicer locks them out now: a paralyzing fear of late-night television hosts. And so, rather than panic that America is less free as a result of this no-cameras policy, might I suggest that the White House press corps have a go at some of the end runs around the moving picture and real-time audio bans we’ve been attempting at the high court.

Puppets. It’s a proud and long-standing tradition among legal reporters that, as soon as a judge tosses cameras from the courtroom, the entire trial must be re-enacted for public consumption using puppets, actors, or animals plus the actual audio of the proceedings. It’s been done for criminal trials and for the Proposition 8 hearing in California, and it reached its high water mark when John Oliver turned all nine Supreme Court justices into talking dogs. This is an elegant fix that allows the public to consume real-time audio with the added benefit of felt creatures that will be far cuddlier than Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sketch artists. Kudos to CNN, which has already sent in longtime SCOTUS sketch artist Bill Hennessy to draw the White House gaggle. Sketches lend a certain dashing aura of criminality and generalized thuggery to the proceedings and have the added benefit of enraging White House spokespeople, who believe they deserve better than line drawings and colored pencils.

Film it anyhow. In recent years, activists have begun to sneak in recording devices to oral arguments at the high court. Although the videos tend to be grainy and of low quality, they still enrage the justices.  White House correspondents have thus far acceded to the “no cameras” policy. Why? God made the iPhone for a purpose, and that purpose is to record Sean Spicer whether he wants to be recorded or not. Seriously, what are they going to do to you? Take away your health care?

Cover what happens, as opposed to the spin. This is the only serious point I plan to make, so listen carefully. Because we in the Supreme Court press corps have learned that the drama and theatrics of oral arguments are not easy to cover, and certainly do not make for good television, we have learned to ignore what the justices are saying and watch what they are doing. At the high court, that means learning to focus less on the snark and witty repartee of oral arguments and more on the work product that emanates from the court itself. The reason only a few dozen reporters cover oral arguments and decision days is that you can cover the court from your bathtub. Just download the opinions. By the same token, if the White House doesn’t want to talk to the public anymore, maybe the public should stop covering the show; it’s long since been established that nothing that happens at a press briefing is either interesting or true. Instead, the press corps should redouble its efforts to cover the White House as an institution rather than a sorry accretion of unstable personalities. The best curative for fake news, it seems to me, is to avoid engaging with fake people.

Be a nerd. Most Supreme Court correspondents know that if they want careers in television they should shift to covering the weather. For the most part, we are not creatures built of gotcha questions, Sunday morning grandstanding, or good hair. This is a press corps of nerds and wonks, and nobody has ever joined this beat to become famous. As a result, it is the kindest, most ego-free workplace I have ever known. We file our stories, eat dinner, and go home. As competing cults of personality have come to tower over the news in America, ask yourself why you aren’t a charter member of the Cult of Jess Bravin (Wall Street Journal). That guy works harder than anyone, doesn’t expect cameras to follow him around, and never believes he is the story. Unless Supreme Court justices are selling their autobiographies, you are unlikely to see them interviewed on camera, and when they do give lengthy interviews, they never say anything of substance.

This is, in short, an Oliver Twist–style press corps, accustomed to getting nothing and grateful for it. These folks learn to love the footnotes instead of the glamor. At a moment when we are stuck with a president who is solely a creature of celebrity culture, maybe a White House press corps made of anonymous dorks and dusty worker bees could be a breath of fresh air. There’s gold in them there footnotes. Life without TV cameras is still worth living. Life without a dorky, diligent press corps is not.


          Popcorn, Pinballs, and Piranhas   

The Capitol Hill unit of the country’s fake news operation—50 or so crisply attired journalists with their faces deep in their phones—is loitering outside the ballroom where Republican senators are eating lunch. The spacious anteroom is packed; my colleague who reports frequently from the Senate and House says he’s never seen it so crowded. Behind the enormous doors, GOP leaders debate what is to be done about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, a potentially disastrous piece of legislation that could tear health insurance away from more than 20 million Americans. In the hallway, those of us who’ve been sent to the U.S. Capitol to find the news keep looking at our phones, hoping the news will come to us.

Hark—the news! Our screens reveal that the health care bill with the 17 percent approval rating has been kicked down the road until after Independence Day. We mill beneath a tremendous mural that’s tightly draped in plastic, like a Dexter victim, and make eyes at the century-old sculpture of Benjamin Franklin. Security types scurry about, herding us away from the staircase. “Make a path, guys,” says a broad-shouldered suit. Several of us drift reluctantly to the right, but only a few inches. “Guys. Guys. I know this is tough,” the man insists. We guys shift one or two more inches, then return to where we were. We watch the crack under the big doors as if a magic light might spill out at any moment and write our pieces for us.

Like the answer to a prompt on a flashcard, a familiar face materializes a few feet away. It is Elizabeth Warren, who strolls past our press amoeba with an intense expression that calls to mind such phrases as “due process” and “friends, Romans, countrymen.” When nobody detaches to follow her, my colleague explains with a sigh: “She never talks to us.”

A little after 2 p.m., the GOP brass finally finishes eating. (They’ve been at it since 12:30.) The senators now face a logistical challenge: All paths of egress swarm with piranhas who, convention dictates, can attack their prey far more ruthlessly than the more genial schools of notebook-wavers swimming around the White House and the Supreme Court. The anteroom branches into two exit routes: a stairway and a narrow corridor leading to an elevator lobby. We line the walls like villi coating the sides of a digestive tract. Sean Spicer walks by. Nobody moves. “Sean doesn’t know anything,” a colleague snarks.

The whispers start around 2:15. Murkowski, it’s Murkowski. Sen. Lisa Murkowski shoots out of the ballroom like a pinball. “Senator, senator!” the correspondents entreat in low voices. “Is the delay good or bad for the bill?” “Did the CBO score—?”

Murkowski doesn’t break stride. She proceeds to the elevator enclosed in a glom of pump-heeled, jacketed humanity, the whole inquisitive organism gliding with her and swishing its extravagant tail of stragglers. Then: Perdue. Perdue! Some of the clump breaks off and doubles back. The journalists on the sidelines pepper their returning colleagues with questions: What’d she say? Did you hear? There’s no time to debrief; Tim Scott, John McCain, and Bob Corker are streaking toward the staircase. It’s like the moment when, after a few trial pops, the microwaved popcorn starts cooking in earnest. The lunchers are dispersing everywhere; Democratic senators are arriving with prepared statements. The piranhas fan out, desperate for some morsel of flesh.

Power crisscrosses the anteroom in an invisible grid, or like the wire you pull on a bus to get it to stop. There is jocular power, exchanged in handshakes and good-to-see-yas, and the soaring power embedded in the architecture, and the breathless, sidelong power of being in the know. Two aides confer in the corner, their voices hushed and heavy with import. “That depends,” one murmurs, “on the defectors.” He kneads the word like a sore muscle.

In configuring itself around loci of legislative authority, the fourth estate follows certain rules. Taller, more aggressive journalists seem to gravitate toward higher-profile senators, such as Florida’s Marco Rubio. Smaller and shyer correspondents flit about the room’s edges, picking off lower-wattage congresspeople as they try to escape. There’s my colleague, latched onto John Thune like a sea lamprey.

The carnage of fact-finding roars around us, but this is ritualized, stylized mayhem. The politicians have their lines, their lockstep. The reporters know they won’t get anything other than a sound bite, if they even get that. Mitch McConnell may be trying to persuade his party to replace Obamacare with the legislative equivalent of a high school chemistry accident, but when he returns the gaze of 50 iPhone cameras, his eyes are not the window to his turbulent soul.

The evasive, boilerplate answers. The dispiriting contrast between the sense of things happening and the garbage you discover written down in your notebook afterward. In the Trump era, our best, most useful work seems to emerge from shadowy sessions with teed-off anonymice, not elaborate Kabuki performances in which John Cornyn’s indigestion might be mistaken for a brewing GOP revolt.

Standing in the hallway, waiting for someone important to say nothing as he or she breezes past, one can’t help but wonder if this entire ceremony deserves to go the way of Obamacare (RIP). Yet what if Murkowski forgets herself and reveals a top-secret plan to sabotage the BCRA? What if another civilian gets body-slammed by a public servant? The Capitol corps will be there, ready and waiting to let the American people know. That’s a comforting thought. Let’s hope their phones stay charged.


          About That Tax Cut for the Rich   

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came to terms with reality and announced that he would delay the health care vote he had been planning to hold this week. Since then, Republican members of Congress have been negotiating terms, trying to strike a health care agreement before flying back to their home states on Friday to screw around for 10 days. Though they were making progress by Thursday morning in narrowing the options, senators still had to get through that little part where they make impossible decisions on the issues that have bitterly divided them.

Some of the more obvious tweaks have been made. Senate holdouts representing states hollowed out by the opioid crisis—West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, and others—are likely to get the full $45 billion in grant funding that they’ve been seeking all along, Politico reported Wednesday night. The bill will also likely be adjusted to allow people to use their health savings accounts to pay for premiums, something conservatives fought for in this bill.

But these changes still fall within the realm of tinkering. Capito, for instance, has said that the opioid money would not be enough—she wants the stingy long-term growth rate for the bill’s Medicaid caps raised, too. That’s something conservatives would be loath to do.

A lot of senators, including many in the rank-and-file, still want to see the bill’s refundable tax credits for individuals boosted. And the most conservative wing of the party, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, want more market deregulation. The “grand bargain,” then, still amounts to conservatives giving way on Medicaid cuts and other spending, while moderates give way on market regulation.

Here’s what that might look like, per the current discussions.

The Congressional Budget Office analysis, you’ll recall, left McConnell about $188 billion in additional funds to spread around to buy votes. The opioid crisis funds and HSA changes could exhaust about half of that. If senators wanted to substantially increase the tax credits to those with lower and middle incomes—or even dependents on employer plans—that could exhaust the savings, and a new stream of revenue would be needed.

That’s why some senators are now talking more seriously about keeping the Affordable Care Act’s 3.8 percent net investment tax, as Bloomberg first wrote Wednesday afternoon. This is not a new conversation: Since December, there’s been a debate over whether to keep any of the ACA’s taxes to help fund elements of replacement legislation. Opinions have varied. But the House-passed American Health Care Act chose to repeal nearly all of the taxes and finance the bill through Medicaid cuts. And the Senate kept that framework. The very correct depiction of Trumpcare as “cutting Medicaid to finance tax cuts for the wealthy” has caused a lot of political headaches for the party, and now some senators are having second thoughts.

South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds said Wednesday that he wanted the party to reconsider ditching the investment tax, which only affects individuals making more than $200,000 and families making more than $250,000, and using that money to bump up the individual tax credits.

“If we did that, that would be another $172 billion that could then be utilized to perhaps offset some of the areas in which people have expressed concern,” Rounds said, “or as a way to allow for individuals who have never been helped by Obamacare, in the group market.”

Rounds has always been receptive to keeping the investment tax. He now has more support—and more importantly, it appears that this wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for conservatives. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, a conservative holdout, said on Thursday that he could live with keeping the Obamacare tax. Cruz said that he doesn’t want to keep it but didn’t answer when asked whether it would be a deal-breaker. Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, told reporters on Thursday that keeping the tax wouldn’t be a deal-breaker in his chamber either.

The conservative holdouts would demand a price, though: Give us deregulation, and we’ll stomach the losses.

Cruz has been selling one particular deregulatory proposal hard over the last week, which leaders are now taking seriously as something they’ll have to engage with to get conservative votes. As my colleague Jordan Weissmann wrote Thursday, the amendment would allow insurers within a state to sell cheaper plans that don’t comply with the ACA’s regulations so long as they also sell one plan that does.

One might call this “the MacArthur amendment by other means.” The MacArthur amendment, which sealed conservatives’ support for the House bill, allowed states to waive the ACA regulation, called community rating, that barred insurers from charging sicker people more. Eliminating that regulation would bring down premiums for healthier people while sequestering those with pre-existing conditions in high-risk pools. The Cruz amendment, essentially, would embed the high-risk pool within the traditional market: All the healthy, younger people would sign up for the cheaper, noncompliant plan, causing an increase in prices for the regulated plans as only sicker people enroll in them. In other words, it could undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions, much as experts fear would happen under the MacArthur amendment. Cruz believes that the federal subsidies and stabilization money would be enough to ensure that premiums remain within reach for those most in need of care. But his more moderate colleagues, after witnessing the shellacking the House bill got with the MacArthur amendment, are leery of such a move. And yet South Dakota Sen. John Thune, a member of the Senate leadership, said leaders could consider it if there was a way to ensure it didn’t unravel markets. (There’s also, as with all regulatory changes considered under the reconciliation process, concerns about whether the Senate parliamentarian would allow it.)

Again, senators have about 24 hours to reach an agreement under McConnell’s latest artificially imposed deadline. That means that senators who have been fighting for the last two months will have 24 hours to miraculously come together around an agreement where conservatives abandon some of their deeply held priors on tax cuts and spending while moderates assent to market reforms that could undermine protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Maybe they’ll need the weekend.


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          Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan - Washington Post   

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          Texas Supreme Court rules to undermine marriage equality, take away spousal benefits for LGBTQ couples   

Pidgeon v Turner case is a red flag to LGBTQ Americans that fight to protect marriage equality is evolving in age of Trump Administration

NEW YORK – Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after the Texas Supreme Court issued a decision for the Pidgeon v. Turner court case this morning which could now begin the process to undercut marriage equality by erasing spousal benefits, including health care benefits, for legally married LGBTQ couples in the state of Texas. The Court ruled that there is not a de facto right to government benefits for married gay and lesbian couples.

"The Texas Supreme Court’s decision this morning is a warning shot to all LGBTQ Americans that the war on marriage equality is ever-evolving, and anti-LGBTQ activists will do anything possible to discriminate against our families. In the age of the Trump Administration, which continues to systematically erase LGBTQ Americans from the fabric of this nation, the LGBTQ community and our allies must remain visible and push back harder than ever against attacks on acceptance.”


BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Pidgeon V. Turner Timeline

  • Nov. 2005 - Texas bans gay marriage by referendum.
  • Nov. 2013 - After United States v. Windsor, then-mayor Annise Parker extends spouse benefits to city employees in same-sex marriages legally obtained in other states.
  • Dec. 2013 - Jack Pidgeon and Larry Hicks file a lawsuit against Parker and City of Houston, arguing providing benefits to same-sex spouses violates Texas Constitution and Texas Family Code.
  • Dec. 2013 - Trial court grants temporary injunction halting benefits.
  • Aug. 2014 – U.S. District Court, S.D. Texas, Houston Division ruled in favor of Pidgeon and Hicks.
  • March 2015 - City appeals decision to Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Texas.
  • June 2015 - While case is on appeal, SCOTUS decides Obergefell v. Hodges.
  • July 2015 - Based on Obergefell, Fourteenth Court of Appeals dissolves injunction and sends matter back to trial court for decision in line with SCOTUS ruling.
  • Sep. 2016 – Anti-LGBTQ activist in Texas launch a letter-writing campaign to pressure Texas Supreme Court Judges, who are elected officials, to reopen the case. Many threatening the judge’s chances of reelection if they do not reconsider.
  • Oct. 2016 – Anti-LGBTQ group, Texas Values, lobbies the Texas Supreme Court to re-open the case.
  • Jan. 2017 – The Supreme Court of Texas agrees to hear the case.
  • Mar. 2017 - Supreme Court of Texas hears arguments in Pidgeon v. Turner; case has support of Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and state senators and representatives, who all filed Amicus briefs.

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          Collins, Paul E.   
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          Sen. Cory Booker On Health Care And The Democrats' Future   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: With Republican senators delaying a vote on their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, many lawmakers on the left now see an opportunity, among them New Jersey's Cory Booker. Just outside the Capitol the other evening, Senator Booker and Congressman John Lewis were chatting about health care. And before long, a crowd gathered around with concerns of their own. CORY BOOKER: And it was just a beautiful night. There was something magical about it in the sense that it was spontaneous, but so authentic in the sense that I think you could stand on any street corner in America and you're going to have people walking by who have been touched by Medicaid and aspects of this bill that would threaten the gains that they've made or one of their family members have made. INSKEEP: Rachel Martin talked with Senator Booker about whether the Senate Democrats and Republicans can work together. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Where do you see common
          Morning News Brief: GOP Continues Work On Health Care Bill, JAY-Z Releases New Album   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: And, Steve, did a presidential tweet just bring unity to Washington, D.C.? STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Well, not on health care, not on taxes, not on any item of substance. But surveys show that even many of President Trump supporters dislike his Twitter outbursts, and the latest drew bipartisan criticism from lawmakers. The president, as you may have heard, referred to a pair of MSNBC hosts as low-IQ, crazy, psycho, and then claimed one of them, quote, "had been bleeding badly from a face-lift." Why? Well, the president was angry that they had criticized him on a show that he claimed not to be watching. White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the remark. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: Look, everybody wants to make this an attack on a woman and equality - what about the constant attacks that he receives or the rest of us? GREENE: All right, NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro is in the
          With The Senate's Health Care Vote Delayed, What's Next For Democrats?   
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          What is the True Cost of Healthcare? – The Lowdown on Liberty   

With the Senate’s postponement of the American Health Care Act vote, Democrats and Republicans seem more polarized than ever regarding healthcare. Yet, over what, I’m not sure. When it comes to the details, they appear to agree on more now than ever before. This is because both sides have decided on further intervention as the fix, choosing to keep the […]

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          Links and Resources for May is Mental Health Awareness Month    

Come to the library this month and check out our display on "May is Mental Health Awareness Month", or explore these links:

United Way of Connecticut - Mental Health Care Links

National Institute of Mental Health

You can access our database, the HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER. From home, you need to enter your Hamden Library card number. This database offers full-text access to various reference resources, like the "The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine", and "The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health" with online updates from 2012. You can also access full-text articles from medical journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and find information on various diseases and conditions.

 Explore materials dealing with mental health in our online catalog.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT will offer a discussion on "Mental Health: Stigmas, Stereotypes and Solutions", on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 5 - 7 pm.



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          Center Associate, Center for Health & Health Care in Schools - George Washington University - Foggy Bottom, MD   
Serve as primary point of contact when Director &amp; Deputy Director are out of the office. The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools ( CHHCS ), located in...
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          REGISTERED NURSE - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
Maternal Child Course or relevant clinical experience for exemption. NORTH WELLINGTON HEALTH CARE....
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          Hiring for Hiring FOR Accreative( Kpo)call in Delhi/NCR(National Capital Region), Gurgaon for Exp. 0 (Delhi Job)   
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
You are entrusted to provide innovative, responsible healthcare with the creation and implementation of new ideas and concepts that continually improve systems...
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          RESIDENTIAL MANAGER - INTERIOR HEALTH AUTHORITY - Grand Forks, BC   
Valid British Columbia Driver’s License. Qualifications Education, Training, and Experience • Masters Degree in Health Care Administration • 7-10 years of...
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          GOP Senators From Opioid-Ravaged States Uneasy About Health Care Bill   
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          Medical Nurse Case Manager (RN) - (Flagstaff)   
Overview We are currently seeking a Field Nurse Case Manager RN for the Flagstaff AZ area Responsible for assessment planning coordination implementation and evaluation of injured disabled individuals involved in the medical case management process Working as an intermediary between carriers attorneys medical care providers employers and employees you will closely monitor the progress of the injured worker and report results back to the employer and insurance carrier This will ensure appropriate and cost effective healthcare services leading to a medically rehabilitated individual who is ready to return to an optimal level of work and functioning Responsibilities Main responsibilities will include but are not limited to Using clinical nursing skills to help coordinate the individuala s treatment program while maximizing cost containment Serving as an intermediary to interpret and educate the individual on his her disability and the treatment plan established by the case manager 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          Health Care Aide / Personal Support Worker Pool - 0 Hour - Niagara Region - Ontario   
Meadows of Dorchester - Niagara Falls. This position will require availability for all shifts (day, evening, night) including weekends and holidays....
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          Health Care Aide [SW] - We Care - Home Health Services - Calgary, AB   
T2Y Shawnessy, Evergreen, Somerset, Bridlewood T2W Canyon Meadows, Woodbine, Cedarbrae, Braeside, Oakridge T2V Southland, Haysboro, Kingsland, Pumphill,...
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          Health Care Aide (HCA) Weekend Shift - CBI Home Health - Calgary, AB   
T2Z McKenzie Lake, McKenzie Towne, New Brighton, Douglasdale T2X Chapparral, Silverado, T2Y Shawnessy, Evergreen, Somerset, Bridlewood T2W Canyon Meadows,...
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          HHA - Home Health Aide & CNA - Certified Home Health Aide - Infinity health Care Services, LLC - Morrisville, PA   
Protective clothing or equipment is required including:. The aide will deliver basic care for elderly, disabled, convalescent or handicapped etc. at individual...
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Melbourne, Consulate Health Care of   
FL-Melbourne, Job ID 20205 Posted Date 5/29/2017 Position Location US-FL-Melbourne Alternate Position Location . Facility Name Melbourne, Consulate Health Care of Job Category RN TC . Position Status PT (Part Time) Shift 3-11 Job Overview: An extraordinary opportunity to be a part of a culture you can be proud of by joining one of the nations’ top Long Term Care, Skilled Nursing health care providers in our dyn
          Social Services Assistant - Melbourne, Consulate Health Care of   
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          Unit Clerk / Health Care Aide - Southern Health-Santé Sud - Morris, MB   
The Unit Clerk is a member of the nursing staff who works under the direct supervision of the Client Service Manager in performing clerical, receptionist and...
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          Republicans stagger away from Washington in disarray after health care bill collapses. With helpful 'My god, what have I done' picture of Senator Mitch McConnell [Followup]   
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          Why Massage and Men's Health are Meant to be   

Men's health week father's day dad self care

 

Men, now it’s your turn.  May was heavy with flowery Mother’s Day brunches, celebratory graduations, and emotional end-of-school-year events.  This month is all about you.  Not only is this Sunday Father’s Day, but right now we’re in the middle of National Men’s Health week.  It’s a great opportunity to take stock of how well you’re doing paying attention to your health and wellness.  What – you’re not used to doing this?  Well it turns out you’re not alone.  In fact, in a Cleveland Clinic study found that the men surveyed would rather talk about almost anything than their health. Favorite conversation topics included current events (36%), sports (32%), and their career (32%).  Way down on the list of tolerable talk topics was their own health, weighing in at 7%. 

 

Many experts believe that this phenomenon, and the fact that a full third of American men refuse to get regular medical checkups, is because many men feel that they are invincible, or are too proud to seek medical attention, therefore avoiding the need to seek out wellness.  These are rather ridiculous philosophies, of course, as taking care of oneself is equally important for both genders for treatment of current issues, and the prevention and detection of future ones. 

 

If you are a man, or know a man, who fits into the “I’m too cool to think about my health” mold, we’d like to suggest that an Elements massage is the perfect “health care without seeming like health care” practice. If you are a man, or know a man, who is uncomfortable talking or thinking about their health, an Elements massage is the perfect way to take care of your body. Not only can massage soothe tired muscles strained by your job, hobbies, or weekend activities, but it can help prevent a number of health-related concerns.

 

For one, massage can lower blood pressure, which is significant considering that 1 in 3 adults are affected with this.  In fact, until age 65, high blood pressure affects way more men than women.  If left unchecked, high blood pressure is linked to heart attacks, stroke, and kidney disease.

 

Also, massage can be an effective stress reducer.  A full 9% of men report experiencing daily depression, a wellness practice that can help fight this phenomenon is valuable indeed.  Of course, depressive symptoms should always be reported to, and monitored by, a doctor.  However, massage can be an important accompanying tool that can be used to help manage feelings of depression. 

 

Lastly, if your back is aching, massage may be just what’s needed.  If your doctor supports it, then we suggest letting an Elements Massage therapist in on any back (or neck, or leg) pain.  Massage therapists can often fix not only the hurting areas of the body, but also tackle and release the source of the pain.  Through lengthening muscles and breaking up knotted areas and improving circulation to the sore spots, the Elements Massage therapist can gradually help even chronic pain to become more manageable.  Try scheduling a few sessions, 2-3 weeks apart at first, to tackle the painful trouble spots. 

 

For Father’s Day, don’t you, or the men who are close to you, deserve a gift that is truly healing, truly helpful, and one that will make them feel appreciated?  Stop by for an Elements Massage gift card, or two, for a gift of wellness that they’ll be happy to use.

 

 

 

 

 

[sources]

 

http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/health-answers/why-men-dont-go-to-the-doctor/

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/49794785/ns/health-mens_health/t/too-tough-get-sick-why-men-wont-go-doctor/#.WT2gfIWcFrQ

https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2015/12/numbers.aspx

 

 


          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
A minimum of one year of nursing experience as a Registered Nurse - RN or Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN. 1 year nursing experience, CPR certification....
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
A Registered Nurse/RN position with Consulate Health Care means more than just a paycheck. The Registered Nurse/RN should have the ability to demonstrate...
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          Home Health Case Manager (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
Needs to be Registered Nurse. We are currently hiring a Home Health Case Manager (RN) for our North Miami Beach office....
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          Registered Nurse (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
Registered Nurse (RN). REGISTERED NURSE in DADE county (NORTH MIAMI BEACH, NORTH MIAMI, AVENTURA, SUNNY ISLES, MIAMI GARDENS, BAL HARBOUR, SURFSIDE area)...
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          On Health Care, a Promise, Not a Threat   
McConnell warns GOP senators they may end up having to work with the Democrats. They should.
          Patient Registration Rep. - PinnacleHealth - Wormleysburg, PA   
Facilitates patient registration and movement into, through and out of the health care experience. Creates positive first impression, obtains accurate
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          NURSE PRACTITIONER A - Centra Health - Virginia   
You'll also have the satisfaction of providing a full range of care to a varied patient panel, backed by a top-rated health care system with fully implemented...
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          Set the Stage for Aging Gracefully   

Aging gracefully is not just a lifestyle – it’s a mind-set that focuses on connecting your mind, body and spirit for overall health and wellness. In order to embrace the golden years as a healthy and active senior citizen, it is important to take care of yourself today by adopting consistent massage, nutrition and exercise habits so you can live tomorrow and the years to come feeling restored, vibrant and pain-free.

Industry trends show that senior citizens are taking a more holistic approach to their health and well-being needs as they age. According to a recent study from the AARP and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Americans aged 50 and older are discussing the use of complementary and alternative products and practices such as herbal or dietary supplements, meditation, massage therapy, chiropractic care and acupuncture with their health care providers.

The survey found that just over half (53 percent) of people 50 and older reported using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) at some point in their lives, and nearly as many (47 percent) reported using it in the past 12 months. Herbal products or dietary supplements were the type of CAM most commonly used, with just over a third (37 percent) of respondents reporting their use, followed by massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation, and other bodywork, used by around a fifth (22 percent) of respondents. Nine percent of respondents reported using mind/body practices, while 5 percent reported use of naturopathy, acupuncture and homeopathy.1

Revive and Reinvigorate Your Body and Soul

As today’s baby boomers jump into the next stage of their lives as retirees, golfers, travelers and pool loungers, they are turning to massage therapy for a deeper sense of mind and body relaxation, restoration and circulation. Therapeutic massage is a medically proven method for supporting overall health and wellness. The benefits of massage for senior citizens can include:

  • Improved range of motion and decreased low-back pain.
  • Increased circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  • Exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles.
  • Reduced swelling and scar tissue.
  • Reduced recovery time from injury/surgery.
  • Reduced stress, the cause of nearly 90 percent of today’s diseases.
  • Released endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, thereby reducing the need for medications.
  • Stimulated lymph flow and support for the body’s natural process of detoxification.
  • Enhanced production of T-Cells to boost your immune system. 2

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Protect Your Skin

If it’s not properly protected from nature’s elements, your skin can be the first body part to show signs of aging. Experts agree that consistently using sunscreen throughout the year (even during the winter months when the sun may be hiding behind clouds, but skin damaging rays can still be present) is one of the most important steps you can take to help your skin look as young as you feel. There are many make ups and daily moisturizers available that include SPFs of 15 or more to provide constant skin protection throughout the day.

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Massage also can help promote healthy skin and immune systems by stimulating and activating a body’s circulation. This mind and body relaxation technique can directly benefit skin by enhancing tissue elasticity, improving circulation and joint flexibility, as well as boost a body’s immune function, alleviate life-shortening stress and create a greater sense of self.3

Fuel Your Body

Fueling your body with adequate amounts of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables is important for healthy bodies at any age. According to the National Institute on Aging, to eat well, it’s best to incorporate foods that are high in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats), but low in calories. When determining how much to eat, it’s important to take into account age, gender and activity level. The National Institutes of Health advises that women over age 50 should consume 1,600-2,200 calories per day depending on activity level, while men should consume 2,000-2,800 calories per day.4

Additionally, an often forgotten fuel for our body that is important to maintaining healthy skin and bodies as we age is drinking an appropriate amount of water each day. A recent study has found that people who drink 17-34 ounces of water daily are 36 percent less likely to develop high blood sugar or diabetes. The study suggests that when you’re dehydrated, your brain pumps out more hormones that tell the liver to produce glucose.5

So, how much is 17-34 ounces of water? Many water bottles have liquid measurements on the side and large ones will hold approximately 32 ounces of water. Fill up your water bottle at the beginning of the day and make sure it’s empty before going to bed. This will help you keep track of consuming the appropriate amount of water for a healthy and hydrated body.

Get Your Move On

Staying active as you age is an integral component to looking and feeling good throughout your golden years. Physical activity not only keeps your body fit and strong, but it also can help maintain mental strength and sharpness as you age. To get started, most cities or local organizations have senior citizen-specific fitness courses and/or activities that you can enroll in. Some popular senior citizen exercise activities include yoga and pilates to strengthen muscles, personal training to achieve specific total body goals or swimming for low impact cardio and full body workout.

In addition to participating in common exercise regimens, incorporating therapeutic massage into your activity plan can help keep you more mobile and pain-free. Massage not only tones muscle tissue, but it also supports joint lubrication to promote ease in movement.

To age gracefully, it’s important to approach your overall health and well-being in a holistic manner that connects your mind, body and spirit. By taking an active approach to regularly scheduled massage, nutrition, skin care and exercise routines, you are preparing for the next stage of your life as a happy, healthy and active senior citizen. Call Elements Therapeutic Massage today to start your journey of aging gracefully.

 

Sources: 1 AARP, NCCAM. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What People Aged 50 and Older Discuss With Their Health Care Providers. Consumer Survey Report; April 2010. 2 Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Healthy Aging, Body Sense, Spring/Summer 2009. 3 Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Healthy Aging, Body Sense, Spring/Summer 2009. 4 National Institute on Aging, NIH Senior Health, Eating Well As You Get Older; May 2008. 5 Men’s Health Magazine, November 2011.


          Therapeutic Massage is for Men Too   

It’s a proven statistic. More women than men enjoy the benefits of regular therapeutic massage. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), statistics from their 2009 national studies reveal 40 percent of women and only 29 percent of men reported seeing a massage therapist in the past five years.

Therapeutic massage is clinically proven to provide a wide-number of important health benefits including stress reduction, pain relief, lower blood pressure and improvements to the immune system. As a result, healthcare providers are increasingly promoting the benefits of massage to their patients.

In AMTA’s 2009 survey, thirty-nine million American adults discussed massage therapy with their healthcare providers. While physicians led the way in recommending massage, chiropractors and physical therapists also recommended massage therapy when their patients discussed it with them. Additionally, more than three-quarters of massage therapist (76%) indicate they receive referrals from health care professionals.

So to the 71 percent of men out there not experiencing massage, what’s the problem?

According to many experts, including licensed massage therapists, here are some of the questions about massage that men always want to ask, but are too embarrassed to ask….

  1. Do I have to undress and if so, will the therapist be there when I undress?
    Nudity is indeed the number one concern for everyone getting a massage. But don’t worry; you should always undress to your level of comfort. It’s perfectly acceptable to leave on your undergarments and sometimes more, depending on the areas that need attention. If you do disrobe (totally or partially) all clients are discretely draped under a sheet with only one body part uncovered at a time. Additionally, the massage therapist always leaves the room so you’re alone to remove clothing and get under the top sheet/blanket. Don’t rush, they will knock and ask if you’re ready before coming in – just like at a doctor’s office.
  2. What if I have a certain body part that I’m self-conscious about?
    People are indeed concerned about their bodies for a variety of reasons; overweight, scars, excessive body hair, etc. Don’t worry, massage therapists are used to seeing all shapes, sizes and condition of the body and they have an entirely clinical perspective, no different than any other health-care provider. However, if there’s a certain part of your body you really are subconscious about, just ask the therapist to avoid it.
  3. I always chat when I get my hair cut, should I talk during the massage?
    If you want to talk, feel free, but don’t feel compelled to do so. This is your time to recuperate and relax. The therapist should check in with you during the massage to make sure the pressure level is correct and that they’re addressing your concerns. Of course, always speak up if anything is uncomfortable or you if forgot to mention something during the pre-massage consultation.
  4. What if I’m uncomfortable with a male (or female) therapist giving me a massage?
    Don’t ever hesitate to specify that you would prefer a female or a male therapist. In fact, most massage studios will be upfront and ask you for your preference, before you have to ask.
  5. If it’s a therapeutic massage, am I supposed to tip? I don’t at the doctor’s office.
    Whenever you’re pleased with the massage services, a 15 to 20% tip is standard. However, if you’re in a clinical/medical setting there really aren’t any ground rules. When unsure, don’t be afraid to ask if tipping is customary – either when you arrive or call ahead.

So your basic questions are answered and you’re ready for a massage. What type of massage do you want to experience?

Most massage studios offer a wide range of massage options, which can also be confusing. For many men, a good place to start is with a therapeutic sports massage. This is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches and pains associated with recreational activities.

You don’t have to be an Olympian to benefit from sports massage. Whether you are a regularly sports enthusiast or an occasional athlete (even just a “walker”), a sports massage is the perfect way to relax tight, overworked muscles with a mix of techniques and stretches. The areas may include the hamstrings, quads, calf muscles and glutes. It also helps reduce adhesions (knots in the muscles) relieving the stress they can place on tendons, ligaments and joints. Sports massage is also good for those with injuries, chronic pain or a restricted range of motion.

For all the men who are hesitant about massage therapy, now’s the time to experience a massage! There are an increasing number of credible massage studios that always welcome women and men with convenient locations, plus evening and weekend hours. Whether you choose a therapeutic sports massage or any one of the many other massage techniques available, you’ll soon learn the value of regular massage therapy.


          Lucky at Losing   

Michele Merhib believes it's the failures in her life that have pushed her to entrepreneurial success.

By: Michele Merhib 
Source: http://www.womenentrepreneur.com/2010/11/lucky-at-losing.html

When I was asked to write a guest column and share the secrets of my business success, I immediately became excited about the opportunity to tell my story about being a great loser. I'm the founder of Elements Therapeutic Massage. It's one of the fastest-growing franchises in America, with 75 studios across the United States. I consider myself a winner because I have become one of the luckiest and most determined losers along the way.

I come from a long line of losers. My father's side of the family escaped a famine in Lebanon during World War I that wiped out almost a third of the country's population. My mother's side fled Germany after their home was bombed during World War II. My ancestors on both sides lost their homes and almost lost their lives. Yet they persevered. They had a determination not only to survive but thrive.

When I was growing up, both my parents owned businesses. But their entrepreneurial dreams were tested. My mother ruptured a disc in her back, wound up in the hospital and lost her business in the process, because it couldn't run without her. My father lost his business during the Oklahoma oil bust in the 1980s. I like to say that my ancestors and parents walked so I could run. The fact that my relatives were able to keep going in spite of adversity set an incredible example for me to follow. In fact, I followed along almost too well. The losing part, that is.

In the late 1990s I was a practicing occupational therapist and director of a rehabilitation department. I was in corporate America with a steady paycheck and predictable hours. HMOs and PPOs were changing the face of health care. But behind the scenes, I was changing, too. I decided to leave the health-care industry to pursue a certificate in massage therapy. I made this choice so I would have a more flexible schedule and more time with my teenage son and daughter. People thought I was crazy, and sometimes I thought they might be right, but I felt driven to become a massage therapist.

When I finished school, I went into business for myself. I rented a massage room at a local country club. I had officially arrived. I had my dream job. No more corporate pressure, red tape, unhappy employees and low morale. It was just me and a steady stream of clients.

Then, about a year into my bliss, my family's losing streak struck me when the country club was sold. The new owners did not want massage therapy, and I lost my first business location.

The cliché is true. Losing that location was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It did not feel like it at the time. In fact, I left kicking and screaming. I was comfortable, happy, and everything seemed to be clicking. But once I quit fighting my fate, I took a step forward. I secured a retail space and opened a retail massage studio. I was no longer a room renter. I was involved in the construction process, developing business systems and hiring employees. This was the first of many experiences that taught me a great life lesson: What may seem frustrating at the time is an opportunity to grow. Being pushed out of the country club opened a new door for me, and I ran through it.

My idea was to open a general wellness center. Therapeutic massage would be just one of many services. I could see it all so clearly in my mind. The clients, however, saw something different. Demand dictated supply, and therapeutic massage became my core business. Being a rookie business owner, I had to lose my vision of the business I thought it should be in order to grow the successful business it needed to be. I let go of some employees so I could hire more massage therapists. That's where the demand was, and I had to lose in order to win. And, boy, did I win.

Business grew. Demand grew. I opened a second location. And within a year, I signed a contract with Fitness Together Holdings Inc. to franchise the concept. Some might think I was giving it all away. But I knew I had to lose my tight hold on things in order for a good business to become a great national chain. I could only do so much by myself.

Our agreement was simple. As founder of the newly created Elements Therapeutic Massage franchise, I would share the business systems I had created with future franchisees. I would help with training and real-world knowledge.

I also remained an active franchise owner with two renamed Elements Therapeutic Massage studios during the network's growth. That earned me great credibility as the chain expanded. I got to share what I experienced at the store level -- the same experiences that franchisees experience in their markets. I might have a corporate title, but I've spent my time behind the front counter. And that has been invaluable to my peers in an ever-growing system.

In return for all that, Fitness Together has embraced a sister brand that has grown into a national chain. Despite the challenging economy, we continue to add studios, and studios continue to add clients. Not that it's been easy. In a tight economy, even I, the founder of a national chain, had to tighten my belt. These days, I have a great business partner and co-owner, and we now have three Elements Therapeutic Massage studios. We also oversee a great team of 45 employees. Our most important obligation as business owners is to make payroll for our businesses.

But when client bookings grew lean because of the depressed economy in 2008-09, I was faced with a tough decision. I could pay my studio managers, or I could pay myself. My partner and I agreed that we had to lose the studio managers and re-enter the daily operations of the business. I felt like I had lost again. Why did I have to go back and manage a studio again?

Once again, I learned that a loss can be a blessing in disguise. It had been a while since I actively managed a studio on a day-to-day basis. In the previous months and years, I had spent as much time traveling to association meetings for the massage industry and visiting with franchisees at their studios as I spent in my own studios in Colorado. Here was a chance to revisit the nitty-gritty. What I learned from this new challenge is that the systems work if we work them. I like to say that losing my studio managers was a way for me to gain back my confidence in the business and in our systems. They're as good today as they were when I created them. In fact, they're better due to the contributions of our amazing franchise owners.

We've weathered the economic storm nicely, and we're stronger today because of it. Now I'm back to planning my regular travel to franchise studios across the U.S. network for 2011. And I will share not only best practices from when I first created the business, but also best practices of today. We are all in this together, which is a lot better than trying to figure everything out on your own.

So for me, losing turned out to be a pretty great thing. Sure, I could have kept a successful business all to myself, stayed in my first location, kept a watchful eye on every aspect of my little domain, and never ventured outside that comfort zone. And I would have a small therapeutic massage studio with a limited number of people I could touch in positive ways. I would be owner and operator of an independent business. And everyone else would be my competitor.

But I decided to be a loser. I let go of some of that control in order to share the wealth with others. And today there are 75 other studios in my same business, with the same name, who are not my competitors. That makes me the luckiest loser in the world.

Michele Merhib is the founder of Elements Therapeutic Massage, based in Highlands Ranch, Colo. She owns three Colorado studios and has been franchising the concept since 2006. There are now 75 franchise locations in the U.S. 


          What You Should Know About The Senate Health Care Bill   
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          Trump jumps into health debate - repeal now, replace later   

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump has barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations with a suggestion bound to muddle things: If you can't cut a deal on repealing the Obama-era law, then repeal it right away and then replace it later.

Trump is trying to revive an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself considered but dismissed months ago as impractical and politically unwise.


          Integrative Medicine's Role in Health Care   

  Integrative Medicine combines conventional Western medicine with complementary treatments, such as, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques, in order to treat the whole person, not just the disease. Joining us to explain and explore integrative medicine are Dr.

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          The Bully’s Pulpit   

  On Wednesday, June 28, at 9 a.m., Future Ex-President Donald Trump was watching TV when he should have paid attention to – take your pick: the environment, jobs, health care, Putin and the upcoming  G20 summit, the Middle East, North Korea, to name a few top-shelf issues. Instead, he washed down his breakfast with [...]

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          Party of the Poor?   
In the past, I have not been pleased with either party, but have voted Republican only for their pro-life stance, which has not always been as strong as it might have been. Sadly, we have watched the Democratic party go from being the party of the working class to the party of abortion and sodomy. From Crisis:
For decades liberals have claimed that Democrats care for the poor and Republicans don’t. And they really believe it. A meme that circulated widely over left-leaning blogs a few years back had a depiction of Jesus with a child on his lap, reading,

It’s ironic because the biggest enemy of the Republicans isn’t Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, it’s THIS MAN… He said heal the sick, feed the hungry care for the weakest among us, and always pray in private.

The real irony for the Party of Pro-choice and its apologists is the child in Jesus’ arms. More recently, religious progressive Jack Jenkins wrote a piece, bluntly titled, “The Strange Origins of the GOP Ideology that Rejects Caring for the Poor” in reaction to comments made by GOP Congressman Roger Marshall on health care. In an attempt to explain why government-run programs don’t work, the Kansas Representative remarked, “Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us. There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.” Although Marshall clarified that he was speaking “in the context of supporting the obligation we have to always take care of people (emphasis added),” progressives, imagining themselves tapped into the divine mind-set, took to the media with their own hermeneutics.

There was MSNBC host Joe Scarborough who disparaged the lawmaker’s comments as a “complete twisting of everything that the Gospel is about. Everything! Read the Gospel. Read the Sermon on the Mount. … I mean, Jesus was pretty clear.” Yes, he was, and Scarborough would do well to read those texts himself—or, perhaps, a little more closely.

There was also Matthew Loftus in America: The Jesuit Review who traced Marshall’s biblical quote to Deuteronomy 15:11 where the Israelites were commended “[to] always be generous and open-handed with their neighbors.” Jack Jenkins included a link to the same verse in his critique. Such biblical expositors should note that unless we are living under a theocratic government, as was ancient Israel, the state has no biblical duty to the poor. As James Madison put it, “Charity is no part of the legislative duty of government.” Our nation’s Founders understood that, biblically, the role of the state is limited to protecting the citizenry, preserving civil order, and executing justice, and that care of the needy is the responsibility of those closest to their need—neighbors and de-centralized civic and faith-based organizations.

Contrary to the “clobber” verses marshaled to argue otherwise (e.g., Matthew 5 and Matthew 25), when Jesus taught about duty to the poor, he was not speaking to government officials or their political bodies, he was speaking to his disciples—sometimes privately—indicating that the care of the needy is their responsibility as Christians.

For nineteen hundred years, their followers did just that, individually, and through the collective of the Church, caring for each other and their neighbors by establishing hospitals, orphanages, food distribution systems, and houses for the poor and aged. Although exceptions can be found on both sides of the political aisle, Republicans do not care any less about the poor than Democrats. They just differ on how and by whom it should be given. In short, they believe that care is best handled at the local level by individuals and “mediating” institutions like churches, faith-based charities, civic groups, and other volunteer associations. They reject programs that encourage a culture of idleness and dependence, in favor of those that help the able-bodied poor become employable and self-reliant so that they can have the dignity of earning a living and providing for their families. (Read more.)

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          Sasse, Paul And Trump Call For Obamacare Repeal Instead Of Reform   

In statements echoed by President Trump on Twitter, two prominent Republican senators have called for the GOP to skip the health care overhaul and focus on simple repeal of Obamacare if Republican Senate leadership cannot find 50 votes to move the current health care reform bill forward. Earlier this week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

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          Did the Democrats ever *want* single payer healthcare?   
Yoda: https://theintercept.com/2017/07/01/dick-gephardt-single-payer-health-insurance-lobbyists/

"Gephardt, who serves as a Democratic “superdelegate” responsible for choosing the party’s presidential nominee, was asked about the possibility of single payer at the Centene Corporation annual investor day conference at The Pierre, a ritzy five-star hotel in New York City."

"“There is no way you could pass single payer in any intermediate future,” Gephardt declared. America, he added, has the “greatest health care system in the world, bar none.” And while single payer would provide universal coverage, there would be less quality and innovation without the “involvement of the private sector.”

Haley Barbour, the former Republican National Committee chair, another speaker at the event, chimed in to agree. “Hear, hear. Put me down as agreeing with Leader Gephardt as usual,” Barbour chuckled."
          What's really ailing health care   

The Senate health care bill, which was scuttled Tuesday until after July 4, was doomed by two narratives: Republicans are mean, and poor people would be dropping like flies. Assisting the opposition was none other than President Trump, who called the earlier version passed by the House "mean."


          Vigil for the Affordable Care Act in Harrisonburg   
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          President Trump: Wise up and learn what national government “meanness” really means   
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          Health Care Reform: Workplace Wellness Program Incentives   

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          What The Mainstream Media Won't Tell You About The Senate's Health Care Bill   

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          Morning News Brief: GOP Continues Work On Health Care Bill, JAY-Z Releases New Album   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: And, Steve, did a presidential tweet just bring unity to Washington, D.C.? STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Well, not on health care, not on taxes, not on any item of substance. But surveys show that even many of President Trump supporters dislike his Twitter outbursts, and the latest drew bipartisan criticism from lawmakers. The president, as you may have heard, referred to a pair of MSNBC hosts as low-IQ, crazy, psycho, and then claimed one of them, quote, "had been bleeding badly from a face-lift." Why? Well, the president was angry that they had criticized him on a show that he claimed not to be watching. White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the remark. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: Look, everybody wants to make this an attack on a woman and equality - what about the constant attacks that he receives or the rest of us? GREENE: All right, NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro is in the
          With The Senate's Health Care Vote Delayed, What's Next For Democrats?   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: To health care now - both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are complaining that they aren't working together. Here's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking on the Senate floor yesterday. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MITCH MCCONNELL: It's unfortunate that our Democratic colleagues refuse to work with us in a serious way to comprehensively address Obamacare's failures in the seven years since they passed it. MARTIN: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had this response. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) CHUCK SCHUMER: We Democrats are genuinely interested in finding a place where our two parties can come together on health care. MARTIN: So what is the next move for the Democrats? Tom Perez is the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He's with us in the studio. Thanks for coming in this morning. TOM PEREZ: Always a pleasure. MARTIN: Do congressional Democrats really want to work with Republicans to try to
          Pharmaceutical Packers   
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          Board Members, serving Older Adults - Walker Methodist - Minneapolis, MN   
Walker Methodist is a non-profit, Minnesota-owned provider of senior living and health care communities in the metropolitan Twin Cities....
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           Chalet for sale in Jefaira North coast in km 200 with installments up to 7 years    
[tag]Jefaira[/tag] is a project on 1300 Feddan and the Beach Front is 3.6 Kilos. It consists of 10 neighborhoods or phases. Phase 1 is on 130 Feddan and the Beach Front is 1.2 Kilos. Phase 1 is naturally levelled which makes 65% of the units viewing the Sea. There is a promenade below the sea front villas 105 m for people to enjoy walking on the sea. The project also consists of a Marina Retail Area with Cafes and Restaurants. There is also a terraced Club House with a different and special concept. The concept of the project is to present facilities for all year long not only a small part of the year. Location: • 100 Kilos form Marssa Matrouh • 300 Kilos from Cairo • 200 Kilos from Alex. • 65 Kilos from Marsassi • Before Mountain View, Caesar and Swan lake Facilities: • Educational Facilities • Health Care Facilities • Hotels • Water Sports Facilities • Marina Retail Area (Cafes, Restaurants) • Terraced Club House (Swimming Pools, Gym & Spa) • 6 Parks • Lakes (Not Swimmable)
          Trump suggests just repeal Obamacare, then try to replace it   
U.S. President Donald Trump barged into Senate Republicans’ delicate health care negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can’t reach a deal they should simply repeal ...
          Nurse Manager - RPN/LPN - Revera Inc. - Lindsay, NB   
Manage – Effectively manage a team of people, health care records, resident care and monitoring department financials....
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          Network Account Manager - UnitedHealth Group - Fargo, ND   
This is where bold people with big ideas are writing the next chapter in health care. UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action...
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          Senior Network Account Manager - UnitedHealth Group - Fargo, ND   
This is where bold people with big ideas are writing the next chapter in health care. UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action...
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          CNA Certified Nursing Assistant for Pediatric Clients - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
We are in immediate need of compassionate, excellent, and reliable Home Health Aides (HHAs) or Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). CPR Certification Required....
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          LPN / Home Care in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
1 year nursing experience, We have an immediate need for an LPN to work from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am. BAYADA Home Health Care is one of the nation's fastest growing...
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          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
1 year nursing experience, CPR certification. A valid North Carolina nursing license in good standing....
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          LPN / Licensed Practical Nurse Pediatrics Days / Nights - BAYADA Home Health Care - West Jefferson, NC   
Acute level nursing skills (adults or pediatrics). Enhance your acute level nursing skills with hands-on training and simulation lab learning....
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
24-hour skilled nursing care. The primary purpose of the Registered Nurse/RN is to provide direct nursing care to the residents, and to supervise the day-to-day...
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          LPN Licensed Practical Nurse - Pediatric - BAYADA Home Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
A valid North Carolina nursing license in good standing. Licensed Practical Nurse license, One year of nursing experience, CPR certification....
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          Registered Nurse - Staff Relief Health Care Services - Ontario   
Staff Relief Health Care Services is an equal opportunity employer. To uphold and promote the company’s values and philosophy relating particularly to ethics...
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          Personal Support Worker - Staff Relief Health Care Services - Ontario   
Staff Relief Health Care Services is an equal opportunity employer. To uphold and promote the company’s values and philosophy relating particularly to ethics...
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          Registered Practical Nurse - Staff Relief Health Care Services - Ontario   
Staff Relief Health Care Services is an equal opportunity employer. To uphold and promote the company’s values and philosophy relating particularly to ethics...
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          Murphy: Is health care in the U.S. a right or a privilege?   

The Declaration of Independence is a shade under 1,500 words in length. That’s a little over twice the length of this article. By comparison, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare), signed into law in 2010, is a whopping 381,000 words long — and the myriad regulations that grew out of it constitute 11.6 million words, or about 20,000 pages of the Federal Register.

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          Health Care   
Group Reading There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase ‘to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy’. One- The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. All- The need to […]
          Call Centers Got Big Deals Under Health Law, But How Big?    
Before the Affordable Care Act was even open for enrollment, Viviana Alvarado was already taking calls from people who wanted to know more. She and about 40 of her colleagues are staffing the phones for Maximus , the company Connecticut has contracted to run its call center. The government contractors running the troubled HealthCare.gov website have been under intense scrutiny in the past month, but those businesses aren't the only ones being paid to rollout Obamacare. In the states that are running their own health care exchanges, practices vary. Oregon, for instance, set up its own call centers; other states, like Connecticut, farm that business out to companies like Maximus. "It's a huge opportunity, and it remains so," says Rick Howard , an analyst at Gartner, a technology research firm. "There are millions of millions of folks coming in for insurance coverage. That represents a great opportunity for both commercial carriers and for those contractors who are servicing health care."
          Connecticut's Insurance Website Struggles At Opening   
Today is the day the uninsured can sign up for insurance on Connecticut's new health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act. But technical glitches have hampered the rollout. Kevin Counihan is pretty good at managing expectations. He's the head of Access Health CT, the agency that runs the state's new health insurance marketplace. He's got his eyes on 2016 and beyond. By then, he says, we'll be able to judge whether the health care overhaul has succeeded. So, for him, Oct. 1 may be exciting, but it's not all that telling. "I consider this Day One in a three-year enrollment period," Counihan said. "So I think it's sort of a nice metaphor for launching a major social program. But, frankly, in the big picture, it doesn't have a lot of value." And it might be a good idea for him to focus on the long term. Because, in the short term, the agency's website for enrolling — accesshealthct.com — has been glitchy at best, and offline at worst. Shortly after 9:00 a.m., Counihan said the
          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Consulate Health Care is one of the nation's leading providers of Senior healthcare services, specializing in post-acute care....
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          Outpatient Therapist- Fee for Service - Riveredge Hospital - United States   
Riveredge Hospital is a 210-bed acute care facility. As one of the nation's largest health care....
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          Behavioral Health Care Advocate - UnitedHealth Group - Atlanta, GA   
You're looking for something bigger for your career. How about inventing the future of health care? UnitedHealthcare is offering an innovative new standard
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          Community Liasion - Riveredge Hospital - Forest Park, IL   
Riveredge Hospital is a 210-bed acute care facility. As one of the nation's largest health care management....
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
$5,000 SIGN ON BONUS An extraordinary opportunity to be a part of a culture you can be proud of by joining one of the nations’ top Long Term Care, Skilled
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          Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
HCSF specializes in post-transplant care, advanced wound care, trauma rehabilitation, post CVA rehabilitation and infusion/chemo therapy....
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          Home Health Case Manager (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
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          Home Health Intake/Staffing Coordinator - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
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          Building Recruitment Company Ltd: Quantity Surveyor/Contract Administrator   
£38000 - £45000 per hour: Building Recruitment Company Ltd: BRC are working on behalf of an established, multi-disciplined construction consultancy, to find a Quantity Surveyor/Contract Administrator to join their team. The role will be specialising in the private health care sector. You will be responsible for ru Cardiff
          Market Access Strategy Consultant - UnitedHealth Group - Basking Ridge, NJ   
We built an entire organization around one giant objective; We're changing the way health care works for the better....
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          Business Analyst / Product Consultant - UnitedHealth Group - Basking Ridge, NJ   
We built an entire organization around one giant objective; No industry is moving faster than health care....
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          Is Plastic Killing Us? The True Cost of Convenience   

Plastic is really hard to avoid. In fact, it's everywhere. Clothing, mattresses, furniture, carpet - plastic is used to prevent fires as well as food stains.

And now, plastic is in an even more exciting place! Your bloodstream. Can Teflon-coated arteries be far behind?

The recent stories about the return of serious metastisized cancers in public political figures Elizabeth Edwards and Tony Snow tripped my anxiety switch a bit. Less so than with the impending recession, but enough to get me worried. Almost everyone knows someone who is living with, or has died from, cancer. My own grandfather had colon cancer. Half of my mother's friends appear to be recovering from breast cancer.

It all started with Eve

Recent studies are placing some of the cancer blame on female hormones. Man, women get blamed for everything. But seriously, estrogen just doesn't seem to do anything right. First, we were using it to ease symptoms of menopause in women, then it was found to increase cancer rates. Estrogen released by sewage systems is causing problems with fish populations. And now, it seems, estrogen, or chemicals that mimic estrogen's properties, are causing cancer left and right.

In lab rodents, anyway.

As reported in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, scientists are just now discovering the link between plastics and estrogen. And it's kind of scary.

In studies with mice, researchers have found that adult females exposed to bisphenol A in the womb have irregular estrus cycles and stop cycling earlier than unexposed females. The animals exposed to the chemical had changes in a part of the brain that controls ovulation and cycling, Soto said. Female rats exposed to bisphenol A in the womb developed carcinoma in situ and pre-cancerous changes in their mammary tissue as adults, she said.

Bisphenol A is a compound that was studied in the 1930s for purposed of birth control, so its link to estrogen-like behavior is clear (estrogen is used in birth control pills to prevent pregnancy). The fact that bisphenol A molecules can link together to form a type of plastic is what makes it fascinating. Its potential for industrial use is why it was never actually used for birth control.

Well, just because you're not popping it in your mouth everyday at the same time in the form of a pill, that doesn't mean that you don't have bisphenol floating around in your body.

The chemical is ubiquitous and almost unavoidable.... Most people carry the chemical around in their bodies at low levels — about 1 part per billion in blood, urine and tissues. "That seems like a staggeringly small number until you realize that the natural hormone it's acting like works at levels 10,000 times lower than that...."

Is there a frugal angle here?

Some of you Frugal Freaks are now saying, "Um, Andrea? That is your name, right? Well, I like my Wise Bread posts to be about money and how I can save it. Not about dumb things like health care and cancer and how cancer affects me and the public... and the uninsured... and job performance, and as an extension, taxes and healthcare costs as they apply to the insured... and... OK, Andrea, I get the damn point. Cancer is affecting us, and trickle down economics means that, even if I don't get cancer, it the rates are skyrocketing, it will affect my bottom line somehow."

Excellent, I'm glad you understand. If you like, we can put aside the emotional impact of living and dealing with cancer. If you get really cold and calculating about it, cancer is expensive, in terms of time and money and productivity. Cancer costs. And as baby boomers age, it's going to cost all of us more and more.

What can we do?

San Francisco, my favorite bastion of forward-thinking, politically active and highly paranoid citizens, was thinking of banning the chemical in children's products back in 2005. I'm having trouble finding out if the ban actually occurred, but the plastics industry went completely insane. You can read a great rebuttal from a Plastics Council hack here, or enjoy a "consumers" group that is completely dedicated to keeping bisphenol A in our products.

I wonder if there was a similar consumers group that was pushing to keep saccharine in our diet drinks?

Industry reps, of course, deny that there is any problem with bisphenol A, using this brilliant logic:

"This isn't a basketball game. You don't just count up studies and see what the score is," said Steven G. Hentges, executive director of the Polycarbonate Bisphenol A Global Group of the American Chemistry Council.

Actually, you CAN add up the studies and see what the score is. That's the whole point of studies. I mean, yes, many scientific studies are flawed, and other factors must always be taken into consideration. For instance, what if it turned out that every person tested in the bisphenol studies was a pack-a-day smoker. We'd expect to see elevated levels of cancer in smokers. But in this case, we're talking about 140 government-sponsored studies, not a few rogue studies by whacky environmentalists.

The Great Divide

As usual, this controversy seems to be divided along political lines. People who really love bisphenol A are either industry reps or Fox News contributors who run web sites that mock the hell out of Al Gore. Many sites that seem to take the concerns about BPA seriously are run by environmentalists.

But the Nation Institutes of Health is looking into this matter, so for now, the best we can do is really push for further studies to see if the amounts of BPA that we have in our bloodstream are really dangerous to us.

OK, fine, but really, how do I avoid this stuff?

Well, I wish that I could simply give you a list of things to avoid, but unless you are going to get Lasik surgery (since bisphenol A is found in glasses and contact lenses) and throw away your Nalgene bottle (and a host of other products), then really this is one of those issues where you have to get politically involved.

OK, fine. Here's a list of products that may contain bisphenol A, and some possible alternatives:

  • Hard, clear plastic baby bottles - EVERYONE knows that breast is best! Or use glass bottles like my parents did.
  • Hard, clear, sometimes tinted, plastic water bottles - I never liked those Nalgene bottles anyway.
  • Hard, clear plastic bowls, tableware, storage containers - Use glass and ceramic.
  • Liners inside food and drink cans - You shouldn't be drinking stuff from cans, anyway.
  • Dental sealant to prevent cavities - Brush your teeth! Don't let them seal your teeth with plastic!
  • Electronic equipment - Read a book. I can't think of anything else, because I love electronics equipment, and that's a broad category.
  • Sports safety equipment - I'm not going to suggest that you don't wear a helmet. WEAR A HELMET.
  • Medical devices - Too darn bad. Can't do without those.
  • Pet carriers - Would it be uncouth to suggest just bounding and gagging the little critters?
  • Spray-on flame retardants - Nope. Can't avoid these. Unless you shop for natural furniture and floors.
  • CD/DVDs - iTunes, baby.

Pretty tough to avoid all that stuff, isn't it?

Unfortunately, I'm not sure that there is a great answer out there as to how to deal with something as ubiquitous as this chemical. Plastics are an undeniably amazing product. But I'm starting to question just how many bits of Tupperware I need.

Also, I'm feeling bad about mocking the New York lady for taking her food to work in a mason jar. Maybe she has the right idea.





          A Healthy Police State? | Healthy Mind | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast | Podcast #231   
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Are you free?

Health freedom champion and civil rights defender Maryanne Godboldo was victimized by an armed attack led by Child Protective Services. CPS officials conspired with local law enforcement to threaten Maryanne with deadly force and kidnap her daughter. And what did Maryanne do to deserve this treatment? She refused to medicate her daughter with psychiatric drugs and, instead, chose to treat her daughter holistically.

Welcome to the new health care police state in America, where if you refuse to inject your child with dangerous vaccines or refuse to medicate your child with mind-altering psychotropic drugs, you are considered en enemy of the state.

http://www.naturalnews.com/032501_Maryanne_Godboldo_Child_Protective_Services.html

• Why psychiatric doctors pushed dangerous psychiatric medications onto Maryanne's daughter against her will.

• How Child Protective Services engaged in "bait and switch" tactics to lure parents into their centers where their children are taken away.

• The true story of a mysterious woman who showed up at Maryanne's front door and began interrogating her about her daughter.

• How the police refused to produce any legal documentation justifying their attempt to take away Maryanne's daughter.

• Maryanne's experience in the Civil Rights movement and what she has seen happen with the abuse of power.

• The truth about the horrifying stories Maryanne is hearing from other moms from all over the country who are also having their children kidnapped right off the street by Child Protective Services.

Watch her interview on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JiPzYJZdN4

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          Calcium and Water | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast - Podcast #102   
Alkalize or Die by Theodore A. Baroody By following the guidelines in this book you can evaluate your alkaline/acid situation, determine a course of correction, and achieve a high level of vitality and strength. This powerful title carries an important message that can benefit everyone. It may revolutionize health care of the future with one simple principle: Alkalize Yourself! Dr. Baroody's comprehensive research and clinical findings indicate that illness and disease are directly linked to over-acidity in the system. The polluted air we breathe, the nutrient poor food and water we ingest are just part of the problem. Stress on all levels - physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual cause the body to overproduce acid wastes, upsetting our delicate alkaline/acid balance. More: Alkaliznig Water Information Twilight America Precious Prills Special Superior Hydration with Prills and Laminar Crystal Combination * Truly pure H2O, without chlorine, fluoride, chemical pollution and mechanical disturbances * Tastes better than any commercial water * Enhances Nutrient Absorption and Toxin Elimination Precious Prills Each week Martin Pytela and Scott Paton discuss Holistic principles for healthy living. Life Enthusiast Co-op is built on over 25 years in study, health consultations and market research in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. We deliver solid time tested expertise. We are in this business not for the money, but for the passion, we have for sharing with others what we had to learn the hard way, through experience. We focus on high quality, innovative holistic solutions. Length: 32:00 Go to iTunes and review our podcast: iTunes Life Enthusiast Reviews and 5 star ratings <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
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          Personal Support Worker (Evenings) - Saint Elizabeth Health Care - Belle River, PE   
Recognized as Canada’s largest social enterprise, we employ 8,000 people and visit 18,000 clients every day. Saint Elizabeth is a national health care provider...
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          REGISTERED NURSE - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
Maternal Child Course or relevant clinical experience for exemption. NORTH WELLINGTON HEALTH CARE....
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          Did the Democrats ever *want* single payer healthcare?   
Yoda: https://theintercept.com/2017/07/01/dick-gephardt-single-payer-health-insurance-lobbyists/

"Gephardt, who serves as a Democratic “superdelegate” responsible for choosing the party’s presidential nominee, was asked about the possibility of single payer at the Centene Corporation annual investor day conference at The Pierre, a ritzy five-star hotel in New York City."

"“There is no way you could pass single payer in any intermediate future,” Gephardt declared. America, he added, has the “greatest health care system in the world, bar none.” And while single payer would provide universal coverage, there would be less quality and innovation without the “involvement of the private sector.”

Haley Barbour, the former Republican National Committee chair, another speaker at the event, chimed in to agree. “Hear, hear. Put me down as agreeing with Leader Gephardt as usual,” Barbour chuckled."
          Insomnia best treated without medication — Expert   
A consultant physician with the Carolina Health Care System, Lincolnton, North Carolina, US, who is also the Medical Director, Sleep Medix, Nigeria Limited, Lagos, Dr. Don Ogu, discusses insomnia and the way out of it with ARUKAINO UMUKORO What is insomnia? By definition, insomnia is the difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep. In general, insomnia […]
          Health Care Aide - Saint Elizabeth Health Care - Duncan, BC   
As an award-winning not-for-profit and charitable organization, Saint Elizabeth is known for its track record of social innovation, applied research and...
From Saint Elizabeth Health Care - Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:13:52 GMT - View all Duncan, BC jobs
          Personal Support Worker (Evenings) - Saint Elizabeth Health Care - Belle River, PE   
Through the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre, Health Career Colleges, the Saint Elizabeth Foundation and our leadership in person and family centered care, we...
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          Network Account Manager - UnitedHealth Group - Fargo, ND   
This is where bold people with big ideas are writing the next chapter in health care. UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action...
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          Senior Network Account Manager - UnitedHealth Group - Fargo, ND   
This is where bold people with big ideas are writing the next chapter in health care. UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action...
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          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
A minimum of one year of nursing experience as a Registered Nurse - RN or Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN. 1 year nursing experience, CPR certification....
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
A Registered Nurse/RN position with Consulate Health Care means more than just a paycheck. The Registered Nurse/RN should have the ability to demonstrate...
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          Home Health Case Manager (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
Needs to be Registered Nurse. We are currently hiring a Home Health Case Manager (RN) for our North Miami Beach office....
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          Registered Nurse (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
Registered Nurse (RN). REGISTERED NURSE in DADE county (NORTH MIAMI BEACH, NORTH MIAMI, AVENTURA, SUNNY ISLES, MIAMI GARDENS, BAL HARBOUR, SURFSIDE area)...
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          What You Should Know About The Senate Health Care Bill   
Kaiser Health News Chief Washington Correspondent Julie Rovner gives the latest news on the Senate health care bill.
          Gov. Kasich Moves to Bypass Ohio Legislature for Obamacare Money   

Governor John Kasich’s administration last week requested the Ohio Controlling Board appropriate Obamacare funds for Medicaid expansion, an attempt to circumvent the General Assembly for billions in new entitlement funding from DC.

Despite the partial shutdown of the federal government, a plan amendment submitted to DC by Ohio Department of Medicaid Director John McCarthy to expand eligibility was approved on October 10.

As Statehouse insiders have speculated for weeks, the Kasich Administration will go to the Controlling Board on October 21 to make its case — although without an executive order from the governor, as was widely predicted.

Unfortunately for Gov. Kasich, the Controlling Board “shall take no action which does not carry out the legislative intent of the general assembly,” according to the Ohio Revised Code.

There is no indication the Obamacare expansion meets the “legislative intent” requirement of state law, and in fact the legislature expressly forbade Ohio from adopting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion with a provision of the biennial budget approved by both the House and Senate.

In June, Kasich used a line-item veto to override the General Assembly’s clear intent.

His attempted end run around the legislature is the starkest evidence to date that John Kasich, who was elected in 2010 as a limited government conservative, is less interested in freedom than in “free” money. By 2020, the Obamacare expansion is expected to increase Ohio’s annual Medicaid spending by nearly half a billion dollars.

Kasich has simultaneously expressed his confidence the state should expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans — almost all able-bodied childless adults — and his confidence that Ohio will roll back the expansion if the federal government fails to keep its impossible funding promises.

The U.S. government is currently $16.7 trillion in debt not including unfunded entitlement liabilities; the best-case scenario from the State of Ohio’s perspective is that Kasich’s decision saddles the nation with billions per year in new bills it cannot pay.

Gov. Kasich first announced his support for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as part of his budget plan released February 4. The policy is backed by a broad coalition of groups who found common ground in their desire for more taxpayer money.

After House conservatives stripped the Obamacare expansion from Kasich’s budget, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA), labor unions, socialized medicine lobbyists, and a number of major chambers of commerce across the state redoubled their pleas for the new federal spending Medicaid expansion would bring.

Advocates for Ohio’s Future, a partnership of health care providers, unions, and leftist groups, has worked since February to pressure legislators into backing Gov. Kasich on Medicaid expansion, and sister organization “Healthy Ohioans Work” has begun gathering signatures to send the issue to the ballot.

Despite the efforts of an army of lobbyists and Ohio’s legacy media, who have made serious debate impossible by bashing opponents of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as cruel ideologues, the Obamacare expansion has not received a floor vote in either the Ohio House or Ohio Senate.

Proponents of the Obamacare expansion insist Ohio’s hospitals desperately need more tax dollars, and have used veterans, drug addicts, and the mentally ill as props whose health and happiness supposedly require more federal entitlement spending.

Gov. Kasich, for his part, has abandoned all but the flimsiest pretense of fiscal responsibility, adopting the left’s talking points and even warning God will punish opponents of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

The Kasich Administration falsely insists Medicaid expansion in Ohio will be paid for entirely with “Ohio’s tax dollars,” which would go to other states as a result of Ohio refusing to enact the Obamacare expansion.

This story was originally published at Media Trackers.


          Gov. Kasich Pretends Obamacare is Not Obamacare   

Ohio Governor John Kasich is now insisting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion “is not about Obamacare,” in an attempt to message his fight for new deficit spending around conservative opposition and months of bad news about President Obama’s unpopular 2010 health law.

Expanding Medicaid – an ineffective entitlement program that already consumes nearly half of Ohio’s budget – to able-bodied childless adults under the age of 65 is a key component of Obamacare, or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

“Medicaid expansion is no different than the current Medicaid program, and to try to tie Medicaid to Obamacare, I don’t see the connection,” Gov. Kasich told reporter Joe Vardon last week.

The connection could not be stronger: the estimated $13 billion in new federal spending Kasich claims Medicaid expansion would “return” to Ohio over the next 7 years would come entirely from Obamacare.

Newspaper editors have joined health care industry lobbyists and progressive activists in cheering Kasich’s attempt to secure billions in “free” Obamacare funding, but Kasich must also contend with the voters and volunteers who made the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment possible in 2011.

Even before the Obama Administration began arbitrarily choosing which parts of PPACA it would enforce, Ohioans voted overwhelmingly to block the law’s implementation in the Buckeye State.

“I mean it may have been provided in there, but it was John Roberts, the Republican chief justice appointed by President (George W.) Bush, who said states can have the option to extend their Medicaid coverage,” Gov. Kasich added in his interview with Vardon.

This statement was so misleading that even Vardon, writing for the staunchly pro-expansion Columbus Dispatch, noted that Roberts actually said “states could not be compelled to expand their Medicaid programs but could opt to expand if they so choose.”

With few other exceptions, Ohio’s press has parroted Kasich Administration talking points and hospital lobby rhetoric while framing opposition to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as a thoughtless reaction to the word “Obamacare.”

The Republican governor seems to be taking the media’s assessment to heart.

“This is not about Obamacare,” Kasich told Robert Higgs of the Cleveland Plain Dealer while discussing his speech at a July 9 socialized medicine rally. “This is not about some bureaucracy. This is not about the federal debt.”

Gov. Kasich has been making similarly ridiculous statements for months. In a February 6 RedState post, he wrote that expanding Medicaid as called for in Obamacare would “limit further damage from Obamacare.”

Kasich was far more concerned about entitlement spending, bureaucracy, and the national debt before bigger government meant reelection support from the Ohio Hospital Association and other lobbyists looking for more taxpayer money.

Responding to Obamacare’s passage, on March 22, 2010 Kasich wrote, “In the end, the federal government will just rack up higher deficits and go deeper in debt, leaving future generations to pick up the tab.”

“Ohio government spending will go up also, adding to an already bleak budget picture,” candidate Kasich warned. “Instead of letting states develop innovative solutions to their respective challenges, new federal mandates will require more Medicaid spending and stick states with large and unsustainable costs.”

“Government shouldn’t be making promises it can’t keep – especially when it’s more than $14.5 trillion in the hole,” Governor Kasich said on August 20, 2011, when the federal government was in a pit of debt $2.2 trillion shallower than it is today.

This story originally appeared at Media Trackers Ohio.


          Top 10 Ways ObamaCare Sticks It to Young Adults   

Top 10 Ways ObamaCare Sticks It to Young Adults

Top Ten Ways ObamaCare Sticks It to Young Adults

    By Dean Clancy

[Note: a .pdf version of this post can be found at the bottom of this page]

ObamaCare should really be called the Unaffordable Care Act, especially when it comes to adults in their twenties and thirties. ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which takes full effect on January 1, 2014, requires all Americans to purchase expensive government-controlled health insurance, even if they don’t want or need it. (1)  The defenders of this mandate, and especially the health insurance lobby, claim a mandate on all of us is necessary to “help the uninsured.”

In fact, the mandate’s real purpose is to prevent the system’s new government-run “health exchanges” from collapsing. Young adults are being singled out as the group who will have to bear the brunt of preventing this collapse. They’re being asked to sacrifice their dollars and their freedom.

Eighty percent of 20-somethings who earn more than about $18,500 a year will see their health insurance costs go up as a result of ObamaCare. In California, the cost of a basic plan for a 25-year-old male will jump as much as 92 percent, in Ohio as much as 700 percent! Meanwhile, the Administration is enforcing ObamaCare selectively, having granted more than 1,200 waivers to politically connected labor unions and corporations over the past three years, and more recently exempting all large businesses.

In short, ObamaCare is unfair, unnecessary, and harmful to our health. No wonder it’s so unpopular, even before it has been fully implemented. We call on all Americans, and especially millennials, to “burn their ObamaCare card,” join the “health care draft resistance” movement, and help us hasten the replacement of government-centered care with patient-centered care.

Here are the top ten ways ObamaCare sticks it to young adults:

1.    Raises insurance costs for adults under 40 (on purpose)
2.    Reduces access to workplace health insurance
3.    Shrinks workplace health benefits
4.    Reduces work-hours
5.    Kills jobs
6.    Increases debt
7.    Raises taxes
8.    Is unfair
9.    Is unnecessary
10.  Is insulting

1.    Raises insurance costs for adults under 40 (on purpose)

ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by driving up their health insurance costs. On purpose. That’s right, the law is designed to drive up costs for people in their twenties and thirties, in order to keep the new ObamaCare exchanges from collapsing.

Unless a lot of young, healthy people sign up to pay for insurance through the government exchange,  premiums will spiral upward as too many old and sick people sign up, which will cause the system to collapse. Thanks to ObamaCare’s numerous mandates, the health insurance in most cases will cost more than it’s actually worth, especially for young adults. Hence the need for a mandate requiring people to pay into the system. The young are, in effect, being drafted into compulsory national service.

How does ObamaCare drive up rates? Primarily by forcing insurance companies to accept all applicants, regardless of age or health status (“guaranteed issue”) and by forcing them to charge all applicants roughly the same price (“community rating”). These mandates make insurance more expensive, especially for healthier folks, some of whom naturally respond to the higher expense by becoming uninsured -- the opposite of the law’s alleged goal. Younger people tend to be healthier. That’s why they also tend to be uninsured -- the high cost isn’t worth it for them, relative to the benefit. The largest negative effects of guaranteed issue and community thus fall on younger people.

ObamaCare imposes a host of other mandates. One is to make insurers cover adults up to age 26 on their parents’ policy. That sounds nice, until we realize that it costs each of us an additional $100 to $400 a year on our health insurance premiums. (And by the way, since when it a 26-year-old a child?) Another mandate requires insurance companies to cover all services deemed by the government to be “preventative,” including “reproductive health services,” “free of charge.” That too sounds great, until we remember that there’s no free lunch. Mandates raise prices. Period.

How much will premiums rise for folks under 40? (2)

  • Almost 80 percent of those aged 21 to 29 with incomes greater than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $18,560 a year, can expect to pay more out of pocket for coverage than they pay today. Younger, healthier individuals can expect premiums to increase by more than 40 percent. (3)  
  • In Ohio the cost of a basic plan for a healthy 25-year-old male will jump by nearly 700 percent, from $355.44 a year ($29.62 a month) in 2013 to $2,383.68 a year ($198.64 a month) in 2014. (4)
  • In California the cost of a basic plan for a healthy 25-year-old male will jump by 92 percent, from $1,212 a year ($101 a month) in 2013 to $2,196 a year ($183 a month) in 2014. (5)

The uninsured (two out of three of whom are under 40) have average annual health care expenditures of around $800 to $1,200. Since health insurance will cost a good deal more than that, they have an incentive to be uninsured. They need low-cost, economical coverage. ObamaCare gives them the opposite. (6)

By the way, premiums will only go down for older folks if young adults voluntarily swallow ObamaCare’s big rate hikes. If young adults opt instead to take a pass on the insurance and just pay the law’s $95 tax penalty “user fee,” rates will go up for older folks. (7)

You can’t defy the laws of economics. If we want to get more Americans insured, we have to enable insurance to cost less. ObamaCare makes it cost more, for the majority of Americans, and especially for young adults

2.   Reduces access to workplace health insurance

ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by incentivizing many employers to stop offering health benefits. When an employer stops offering health benefits, workers must either: a) rely on a relative’s health insurance; b) go into the ObamaCare “health exchange,” b) enroll in Medicaid or other government program for which they may be eligible, or c) join the ranks of the uninsured. Younger workers will often find themselves in the last category: uninsured.

About 156 million Americans (roughly half the U.S. population) get their health insurance through the workplace. Credible experts predict ObamaCare will cause anywhere from 7 million to 35 million Americans to lose their workplace health benefits over the next few years.

  • The official Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate projects that between 2014 and 2019 anywhere from 7 million to 20 million Americans will be “dumped” by their employers from their workplace health plan. (8)
  • A former head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is more pessimistic, estimating that Obamacare “provides strong incentives for employers—with the agreement of their employees—to drop employer-sponsored health insurance for as many as 35 million Americans.” (9)

Wait. Would employers really do that? Would they really drop coverage? Yes, it seems, they would:

  • Thirty percent of employers tell surveyors they’ll “definitely” or “probably” stop offering employer-sponsored insurance in the years after 2014. (10)
  • One recent survey found 9 percent of employers “expect” to stop offering health benefits in the next few years (which would affect about 3 percent of the workforce, or about 5 million workers). (11)


Most of this “employer dumping” will occur among small businesses. That will disproportionately affect adults under 40. (12)

3.    Shrinks workplace health benefits
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by incentivizing employers to offer stingier workplace benefits. Those employers who choose to offer health benefits will be under pressure to try to save money by making the benefits “thinner.” We already have reports of some employers switching to “skinny” plans, which are plans that don’t cover certain items, such as hospital stays. (13)  Yes, “skinny” plans are allowed under the statute. (14)

4.    Reduces work-hours
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by causing employers to cut back on workers’ hours. (15)  The law’s “employer mandate” requires all employers with 50 or more full-time employees, beginning January 1, 2014, to offer expensive, government-regulated health insurance. (16) “Full time” is defined under the law as 30 or more hours a week. (The average American works about 32 hours a week.) So unsurprisingly, many firms are reducing workers’ hours to 29 hours or below, in order to avoid the expense. According to the Los Angeles Times:

[B]ig restaurant chains, retailers and movie theaters are starting to trim employee hours. Even colleges are reducing courses for part-time professors to keep     their hours down and avoid paying for their health premiums. Overall, an estimated 2.3 million workers nationwide, including 240,000 in California, are at risk of losing hours as employers adjust to the new math of workplace benefits. (17)

5.    Kills jobs
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by causing employers to eliminate jobs, especially low-end, minimum wage positions. ObamaCare is causing a hiring slowdown. Part of the problem is uncertainty: employers are afraid to hire because they still don’t know how exactly the extremely complicated law will be enforced. But the bulk of the problem is the employer mandate itself: firms are avoiding new hires to avoid hiring that incredibly costly 50th employee. A health insurance plan can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 a year. The law says that if you offer coverage, it must be “affordable,” as defined by the government. That means you, the employer, must pay for roughly 92 percent of the plan’s cost. Many small firms simply can’t afford that. Right now, unemployment among Americans under 24 is a staggering 16.2 percent, and thanks to our economy’s anemic 2 percent a year growth rate, these Americans’ employment prospects are dismal. The ObamaCare-induced hiring slowdown only makes this problem worse, disproportionately affecting entry- and lower-level positions and thus younger adults trying to get their start in life.

6.    Increases debt
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by driving up the national debt. The national debt has recently soared above $16,000,000,000,000 (sixteen trillion dollars), an historic high. Uncle Sam has additionally racked up nearly $100,000,000,000,000 (one hundred trillion dollars) in future, unfunded promises. That mountain of debt must be paid back by current and future generations. The cost of the law’s coverage provisions alone, over the first ten years of full implementation (2014 to 2023), is around $2,400,000,000,000 (two trillion four hundred billion dollars). The law will likely drive the deficit up by more than $700,000,000,000 (seven hundred billion dollars). (18) The problem boils down to basic math. As one analyst has summed up the problem:

Health spending now averages about 21 percent of households' personal income ... [but the] health care legislation presumes that those in an exchange shouldn't have to pay more than 10 percent of their income for a health insurance policy. (19)

That means someone is going to have to subsidize people who get their coverage through an exchange. Who is going to be on the hook for that subsidy? Current and future taxpayers, of course. How will it be paid for? Mostly through borrowing. (Uncle Sam currently borrows more than one-third of every dollar he spends.) So now young adults, who already carry historically high levels of student-loan debt, will have to help pay for the massive ObamaCare debt as well. (20)  How thoughtful.

7.    Raises taxes
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by increasing taxes. ObamaCare imposes eighteen new taxes, including an expensive tax on medical devices and the first-ever tax on workplace health benefits -- even a new tax on the sale of your home. Those new taxes are projected to bring in a total of $514,000,000,000 (five hundred fourteen billion dollars) in additional federal revenues over ten years.
    ObamaCare’s 18 New Taxes

  1. Individual mandate tax on individuals who do not purchase health insurance.
  2. Employer mandate tax on employers who do not offer “acceptable” health coverage to their employees.
  3. Annual fee on health insurance providers based on each company’s share of the total market.
  4. Medical expense deduction is limited to those with expenses above 10% of adjusted gross income, up from previous 7.5%.
  5. 2.3% excise tax on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices.
  6. 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services.
  7. Fee on manufacturers and importers of branded drugs, based on each individual company’s share of the total market.
  8. Increased Medicare portion of FICA payroll tax, rising to 3.8% from previous 2.9%, on couples earning more than $250,000 a year ($200,000 for     single filers); increased tax is also applied to investment income for the first time.
  9. Increased penalty for purchasing over-the-counter products with HSAs to 20%.
  10. Reduction in the number of medical products taxpayers can purchase using funds they put aside in HSAs and FSAs.
  11. Limit on the amount taxpayers can deposit in flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to $2,500 a year.
  12. Fee on insured and self-insured health plans to fund PCORI agency.
  13. Elimination of the corporate deduction for prescription expenses for retirees.
  14. Increase in taxes on health insurance companies, by limiting the amount of compensation paid to certain employees they can deduct from their taxes.
  15. End of special deduction for Blue Cross / Blue Shield organizations.
  16. 40% excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans costing more than $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families (begins in 2018).
  17. Exclusion of unprocessed fuels from the existing cellulosic biofuel producer credit.
  18. Increase in corporate taxes by making it more difficult for businesses to engage in activities that reduce their tax liability.

8.    Is unfair
ObamaCare institutes basic intergenerational unfairness. Sixty-four-year-olds typically spend six times as much on health care as 18-year-olds. Logically, their health insurance rate should be six times higher. But ObamaCare says insurers can charge older folks no more than three times what it charges a young person. This 3:1 community rating forces millennials to pay about 75 percent too much for insurance, so folks in their early 60s can underpay by about 13 percent. Nice! (21)

9.    Is unnecessary
The tragedy of ObamaCare is that it isn’t even necessary. There are less coercive, less expensive ways to help the uninsured. Here are some simple ways to reduce health care costs and thus increase the number of insured people, without costly government mandates or price controls:

  1. Promote competition by passing a federal “health care freedom act” that makes participation in all federal health care programs completely voluntary for individuals.
  2. Permit individuals to deduct 100 percent of their medical expenses from their taxes.
  3. Allow people to buy health insurance across state lines.
  4. Allow everyone, including folks on Medicare and Medicaid, to have a Health Savings Account (HSA) (a pre-tax savings account for medical expenses coupled with a high-deductible health insurance plan).
  5. Provide targeted assistance, via the states, for the one percent of Americans who can’t afford good private health insurance because of a preexisting medical condition.
  6. Encourage states to reform their medical malpractice tort laws to reduce costs. (22) 

This robust agenda would benefit young adults and indeed all Americans by promoting patient power in the health care marketplace. It would help lower the excessive cost of health care, which is the real problem, by reducing meddlesome government mandates, which are the real culprit.

10.     Is insulting
ObamaCare insults young people’s intelligence by trying to make them believe they are benefiting from a policy that actually targets them for the biggest pain.

P.S. There’s an eleventh reason ObamaCare sticks it to young adults: its inevitable negative effects on the quality and availability of medical care. With the new system’s top-down, centralized approach, there will be higher costs, longer wait times, and incentives for doctors and hospitals to scrimp on care.

Conclusion: Burn Your ObamaCare Card!

ObamaCare was rammed through Congress in the name of “helping the uninsured.” What it really does is hurt the young. Two-thirds of the uninsured today are in their twenties and thirties. Most of the uninsured make a rational choice to go without insurance because government policies have made it too expensive, relative to its value for them.

The individual mandate, ObamaCare’s linchpin, will hit young adults the hardest. Eighty percent of 20-somethings who earn more than about $18,500 a year will see their health insurance costs go up as a result of ObamaCare. In California, the cost of a basic plan for a 25-year-old male will jump as much as 92 percent, in Ohio as much as 700 percent! The individual mandate, ObamaCare’s linchpin, is unjust, unnecessary and harmful to our health.

Millennials would be better off “burning their ObamaCare card” and resisting the “health care draft.” We call on Americans who can do so to “opt out” of the ObamaCare mandate and instead pay the small penalty tax “user fee” for being uninsured (or for not having ObamaCare-compliant coverage). (23)  If enough Americans join the resistance movement, we can hasten the collapse of the exchanges, reverse the Washington takeover, and pave the way for a health care system that works for, rather than against, patients. (24)

End Notes
1. Tens of millions of Americans are statutorily exempted from the individual mandate, including prisoners, illegal immigrants, certain religious sects, Native Americans, Americans living overseas, Americans who don't have to file a tax return, Americans whose employer offers them coverage that would cost them more than 8 percent of their income, and any American granted "hardship" status at the discretion of the Health and Human Services secretary. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, section 1501.
https://www.bcbsri.com/BCBSRIWeb/pdf/Individual_Mandate_Fact_Sheet.pdf

2. The following estimates are for insurance in the individual or nongroup market. That is, not for coverage received through the workplace or the government.

3. http://www.contingenciesonline.com/contingenciesonline/20130102#pg33

4.Louise Radnofsky, “Ohio Complains of Higher Health-Insurance Premiums,” Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2013, http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/06/06/ohio-complains-of-higher-health...

5. Avik Roy, “The War On Bros: Exchange Subsidies Won't Protect Young People From Obamacare's Higher Insurance Premiums,” Forbes, June 7, 2013,  http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/06/07/the-war-on-bros-exc...

6.   ObamaCare supporters try to downplay “rate shock” figures like these, by noting that costs will go down for some older folks. True. But how much comfort is it for a millennial faced with a 92 percent premium increase to know that his 64-year-old neighbor will enjoy a 10 percent decrease? Supporters of the law also say that folks earning up to about $45,000 a year will get a relatively generous subsidy, on a sliding scale, to help them afford the premiums (courtesy of the taxpayer), if they buy coverage in the government exchange. Also true. But that taxpayer subsidy is only available to people whose employer doesn’t offer “affordable” coverage, as defined by the government (and whose state doesn’t offer Medicaid to people earning more than 100 percent of poverty). It’s hard for anyone to know for sure whether he qualifies for the subsidy and will remain qualified for it, since third parties (employers, state policy makers) are the ones making the critical decisions affecting his eligibility.

7. Here is now the individual mandate penalty works. The IRS will levy penalties on individuals who don’t buy government-approved insurance. The annual fines will equal the greater of $95 per adult or 1 percent of income (in 2014); $325 or 2 percent (in 2015), $695 or 2.5 percent (in 2016); and then will rise with inflation. The fine for uninsured children equals one-half the adult fine. Additionally, many people are exempted from the mandate, such as those for whom premiums exceed 8 percent of household income. Hence, as premiums increase, more and more people will be exempted from the mandate.

8.  Seven million figure comes from: CBO, Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage—February 2013 Baseline,” February 5, 2013, http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/43900_ACAIns.... Twenty million figure from: CBO, “The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Employment-Based Health Insurance,” March 15, 2012, http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43090. See also: CBO, “How Has CBO’s Estimate of the Net Budgetary Impact of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Coverage Provisions Changed Over Time?” March 20, 2013, http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44008. CBO does think it possible that the number of people in employer-based coverage could go up, by 3 million; but the agency designates as its “best estimate” a 7 million person drop in workplace coverage

9. Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Cameron Smith (American Action Forum), “Labor Markets and Health Care Reform: New Results,” May 2010,  http://americanactionforum.org/files/AAF_Labor%20Markets%20and%20Health%....

10. McKinsey & Company, “How US health care reform will affect employee benefits,” June 2011, http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/health_systems/how_us_health_care_refor...

11. Deloitte, “2012 Deloitte Survey of U.S. Employers: Opinions about the U.S. Health Care System and Plans for Employee Health Benefits,” July 2012,  http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/Insights/centers/center-for-health....

12. Some workers will lose what the law deems to be “affordable” benefits, as their employers offer “unaffordable” plans intentionally, knowing that doing so will drive their lower-income workers to look outside the firm for health coverage, which will save the employer money (because paying a $3,000 federal penalty fine is cheaper than paying for a $8,000 to $20,000 insurance policy). Some economists predict that we may see a lot of firms restructure themselves into two “sister firms”: one for higher-wage workers who will continue to enjoy company health benefits, and one for lower-wage workers who will be “dumped” into the government exchange. In other words, lower-income workers will get the short end. And guess which age group will be hardest hit by that? Yep, young adults.

13.  Brett Norman, “ACA Penalties Spawn ‘Skinny’ Plans,” PoliticoPro, July 16, 2013, http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/some-workplace-health-plans-will-b....

14. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/05/21/employers-can-minim...

15.  The employer mandate will take effect on January 1, 2014. In July 2013, the Obama Administration surprised everyone by announcing it was unilaterally cancelling the mandate for a year, pushing the effective date back to January 1, 2015. While this cancellation is illegal, so long as the mandate is only delayed temporarily the incentives for employers to cut back on hours and hiring will remain essentially unchanged. The one-year delay will probably cause more employers to “dump” their workers into government health exchanges in 2014 than would otherwise have been the case. This, we suspect, is exactly what the Administration intends.

16. Here is now the employer mandate penalty works. The IRS will level a tax penalty on businesses with more than 50 full-time employees who fail to offer health coverage. The fine is $2,000 per employee after the first 30 employees. Employers will also be fined for failing to offer “affordable” coverage, as defined by the law. The fine is $3,000 per employee if coverage costs more than 8.5 percent of that worker’s income.

17. Chad Terhune, “Part-timers to lose pay amid health act's new math,” Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2013, http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/02/business/la-fi-part-time-healthc....

18. Estimate by Senate Budget Committee Republicans, based on CBO projections, for the years 2014-2023.

19. C. Eugene Steuerle (Urban Institute), "Fixing the Nation's Four-Tranche Universal Health System: Next Steps for Both Republicans and Democrats," October 28, 2010, http://www.urban.org/publications/901386.html

20. ObamaCare supporters protest that the law “doesn’t add a dime to the deficit,” citing the official CBO cost estimates for the legislation. But that claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The law only appears “deficit neutral” on paper, because of massive budget gimmicks like these. In reality, ObamaCare will cost taxpayers dearly, with younger taxpayers getting hit the hardest. The law includes $700 billion in ten-year Medicare reductions (to help pay for the new entitlement) that the Chief Actuary of the Medicare program assumes are unlikely to take effect, because they would cause 15 percent of hospitals to go out of business by 2019. (Source: CMS Chief Actuary Richard S. Foster, Memorandum on Estimated Financial Effects of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” as Amended,  April 22, 2010, http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Research/Actuari....) Members of Congress will never voluntarily allow large numbers of hospitals in their districts to go out of business. They will move to provide federal relief. And the relief will most likely come in the form of reversing the Medicare payment reductions. The Chief Actuary also points out that the law assumes a series of deep, automatic, annual reductions in Medicare payments to doctors that Congress has historically never allowed to take place.

21. Avik Roy, “Putting the ‘Insurance’ Back in Health Insurance, Forbes, May 21, 2012, http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2012/05/21/putting-the-insuran...

22. Dean Clancy, What Should Replace ObamaCare, July 17, 2012,
http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/dean-clancy/what-should-replace-obamacare.
See also: Avik Roy, “The Tea Party’s Plan for Replacing ObamaCare,” Forbes, April 7, 2012,
http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/dean-clancy/forbes-the-tea-party-plan-f...

23. For many people, especially younger citizens, it will be more financially sensible to just pay the fine than to buy overpriced health coverage. The fine is small (only $95, or 1 percent of one’s income, whichever is higher, in 2014). If you refuse or neglect to pay the fine on your yearly tax return, the statute prevents the IRS from punishing you, other than by withholding any tax refund you are owed. So you could theoretically sidestep any penalty whatsoever by adjusting your income tax withholdings to avoid being owed a refund.

24. Jacqueline Bodnar, “FreedomWorks Announces “Burn Your ObamaCare Card” Campaign to Resist the Compulsory Health Care Law” (press release), July 11, 2013,  http://www.freedomworks.org/press-releases/freedomworks-announces-%E2%80.... See also: Dean Clancy, “Burn Your ObamaCare Card,” Washington Times, July 10, 2013, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/10/burn-your-obamacare-card/


          All Things (ObamaCare) Fall Apart   

The hits just keep coming for President Obama’s beleaguered health care reform law. If you’ve had trouble keeping up with all of the bad news surrounding ObamaCare, I don’t blame you. For the sake of convenience, let’s take a look at some of this news and then consider the “big picture” for the floundering Affordable Care Act.

Health Insurance “Exchanges”

We’ll begin with the health insurance “exchanges,” which are the primary mechanism by which ObamaCare distributes massive government subsidies to private health insurance companies. These “exchanges” feature only government regulated and approved insurance plans, from which consumers are allowed to choose. When writing the law, Congressional Democrats and the White House left the dirty work of setting up these expensive, complicated “exchanges” to the states.

After a majority of states flatly refused to comply with this unfunded mandate, the Obama administration started scrambling to set up dozens of “exchanges” by itself. At the same time, the federal government is also burdened with the cost of conducting a massive public relations outreach campaign for ObamaCare, which remains unpopular with more than half of Americans. Compliant states are also struggling to implement their “exchanges,” with Idaho official Stephen Weeg acknowledging that the state bureaucracy will need to “beg, borrow, and steal” in order to get its “exchange” operational by the October 1st start date for enrollment.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services even broke ObamaCare’s own rules by approving Utah’s unique “dual exchange” system. It is clear that the Obama administration is becoming desperate to salvage its crumbling law by any means necessary. By the way, even if these “exchanges” are actually set up according to design, some of the nation’s largest insurance companies are still expressing reluctance to provide coverage plans for them in the first place. Perhaps private insurers do not find the idea of entering such government dominated “exchanges” an attractive prospect, after all?

Lawsuits

Lawsuits continue to plague ObamaCare, as well. Earlier this month, a group of small business owners sued the federal government on the grounds that the text of the ObamaCare law does not authorize the government to issue subsidies to private insurance companies in those states with federally-run health insurance “exchanges.”

The Pacific Legal Foundation filed a separate lawsuit that uses Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ flimsy defense of ObamaCare’s individual mandate as a “tax” against the law. Revenue-raising bills, such as taxes, must originate in the House of Representatives in order to be constitutional, but the final version of ObamaCare began in the Senate. This is just a small sampling of the growing number of lawsuits brought against ObamaCare so far.

Medicaid Expansion

ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion isn’t exactly going to plan, either. The law offers full funding for the first few years for those states that expand their Medicaid programs, and then promises 90% of the funding for future years. However, there is no guarantee behind that money, and truthfully, the federal government cannot afford to hold up its end of that bargain for very long.

Once that happens, state legislatures across the country will get stuck with the tab for Medicaid expansion, which will crowd out other state budgetary priorities such as education and infrastructure. As a result, many governors are refusing to take such a risky deal. Even Missouri, which has Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, is turning down Medicaid expansion due to resistance from the state legislature.

A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine casts doubt on the belief that Medicaid expansion is even a good idea. After Oregon expanded its Medicaid program in 2008, researchers found that, “…Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes” in the first two years following the expansion. To be fair, the study did discern some positive secondary effects from the expansion, but the primary purpose of Medicaid is to improve health care outcomes for low-income Americans. If the program is not accomplishing that end, then something is seriously wrong with the program, and further expansion through ObamaCare isn’t the solution.

Implementation

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is charged with leading the ObamaCare implementation effort, but it is clear that she is not up to the (potentially impossible) task. As POLITICO’s David Nather put it, “Obamacare fires are flaring up all over.” Unpopular policy and muddled messaging are hampering outreach efforts by the Obama administration, which leads Reuters’ David Morgan to question how many people will even sign up for insurance coverage under the law. After all, the law assumes that many uninsured but healthy Americans will enroll for coverage, and that these citizens will provide the necessary revenue to allow private insurance companies to comply with ObamaCare’s many costly mandates. If that assumption proves false, then the law is in serious danger of systemic failure. 

The need to boost awareness for enrollment efforts is leading President Obama and Secretary Sebelius to take extreme measures. Speaking to Planned Parenthood, President Obama pleaded with the controversial organization to spread the word about enrollment on his behalf. Secretary Sebelius is personally begging health care industry leaders to donate funds for the implementation efforts. Of course, HHS denies that there is anything improper with such solicitation attempts. Fearing the impact that a complete ObamaCare meltdown would have on their industry, some private insurers are reluctantly stepping into the breach to help with the outreach efforts.

The "Big Picture"

So, what’s the “big picture?” Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), one of the law’s chief architects, recently admitted that ObamaCare is starting to resemble a “huge train wreck.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) fully agreed and asked for additional funding to implement the unpopular law. Remember, this is the same law that the Government Accountability Office recently stated would add $6.2 trillion to the long-term deficit, assuming that some unpopular cost-containing measures are phased out after 2019. According to Senator Reid, this law apparently needs even more money in order to function even somewhat adequately.

Why would Senators Baucus and Reid feel so pessimistic for ObamaCare? If you ask progressive Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein, he’ll tell you that the problem is (of course) Republicans. In summary, he argues that if only Republicans would keep shoveling money into the admittedly “unwieldy” law, then it wouldn’t have all of these problems! Mr. Klein, why would conservatives who oppose deficit spending and ObamaCare agree to increase the size of both? Was this really the Democratic plan all along? Why would you ever think that that would work?

By the way, Senators Baucus and Reid aren’t the only Democrats worried now that they’re seeing ObamaCare in action. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) recently acknowledged during a House subcommittee hearing that the Affordable Care Act “does not address [cost containment].” Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) criticized the Obama administration for “raiding the Public Health and Prevention Fund” in order to advertise for ObamaCare. For his part, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is worried that the law is causing insurance companies to hike premiums, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) fears that businesses still do not know how to comply with the complex law and that some will cut employees’ hours to reduce compliance costs. Failed South Carolina Democratic candidate, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, summed up all of these complains when she labeled the law “extremely problematic.”

In 2010, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanded that Congress pass ObamaCare despite intense opposition. She infamously argued that, “…We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” More than three years later, we now know all too well what is in ObamaCare: disaster. Unfortunately, that is the “big picture” for ObamaCare.


          Republican Representative Barbara Sears Blocks Effort Against Obamacare   

In early March, Ohio State Representative Ron Young and Rep. Andy Thompson introduced a bill known as, “The Health Care Freedom Act,” (HCFA) that proposed a new line of defense against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, Obamacare.  The bill, when passed, will prohibit health insurance companies in Ohio from accepting any federal funding that would trigger penalties for employers or individuals who aren’t compliant with Obamacare.  Wednesday, when the bill was brought up in committee, opposition arose; but not only from the expected side of the aisle.  While the Democrats did balk at the bill, Republican Majority Floor Leader Barbara Sears also took issue with HCFA.  One needn’t look too deep to understand why Sears wouldn’t want the HCFA to pass in Ohio.  Not only has she received a substantial amount of financial contributions from the health care industry, she currently works at a health insurance provider and recently passed her own bill which helps implement Obamacare.

Representative Sears is currently serving her third term in Ohio and over the years has amassed nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from various members of the health care industry.  In fact, her list of donors is a veritable who’s who of health care heavy hitters including: Humana, Merck & Co, Aetna, United Health Care, Johnson and Johnson and many more national players.  When she’s not representing the people of Ohio (or the health care industry) in the House, she works as the Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits at Roemer Insurance, who's website refers to her as a “resource,” as well as an employee.  Perhaps it was in the spirit of being a “resource” that led Sears to introduce HB 3, a bill that regulates the “navigators” established in Obamacare.

Navigators will be individuals tasked with helping citizens through the maze of Obamacare before they actually purchase insurance.  According to the federal law, their duties consist of:

 (A) conduct public education activities to raise awareness of the availability of qualified health plans;

(B) distribute fair and impartial information concerning enrollment in qualified health plans, and the availability of premium tax credits under section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and cost-sharing reductions under section 1402;

(C) facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans;

(D) provide referrals to any applicable office of health insurance consumer assistance or health insurance ombudsman established under section 2793 of the Public Health Service Act, or any other appropriate State agency or agencies, for any enrollee with a grievance, complaint, or question regarding their health plan, coverage, or a determination under such plan or coverage; and

(E) provide information in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate to the needs of the population being served by the Exchange or Exchanges.

The law, which mandates navigators, specifically bars them from issuing health insurance and directs that funding for the new jobs must come from the state exchanges.  The issue of navigators has been surprisingly absent from the news, considering the large amount of money states will have to come up with to comply with this aspect of Obamacare.  California, notorious for their problems with debt, is slated to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to hire 21,000 navigators.

So why would a Republican propose a bill that seeks to further regulate a government created job that will cost the states untold amounts of money?  It would appear that insurance brokers across the country are getting nervous about the prospect of competition from navigators and have been lobbying for stricter standards on them.  One such group, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America, has been lobbying nationwide and their Ohio affiliate has contributed financially to Rep. Sears’ campaigns since 2010.  The passage of Sears’ bill restraining the navigators follows similar bills in Maine and Iowa. In Sears’ case, however, even setting aside the steep amount of money she has received from the health care industry, the fact that she works at an insurance agency that will benefit from her bill seems a conflict of interest.  

Her motives become even more suspect when considering her follow-up of speaking out against the HCFA, a bill that will protect consumers against federal penalties for noncompliance with Obamacare.  According to Sears, the HCFA violates the state constitution by preventing health insurance providers from selling a product.  “If I pass a law that tells my carriers that if they accept any funding under (Obamacare)... if I comply in that area, my penalty is suspension of my ability to accept new enrollees in the plan,” she stated.  Yet, as Rep. Young explained, the HCFA doesn’t limit insurance providers any more than the refusal by the state to enact its own exchange.  Why would a member of the health insurance industry resist an effort to combat the broad-sweeping mandates of Obamacare?  Does Sears really believe insurance companies won’t be able to sell their products without federal funding?  Perhaps it is the case that she believes insurance companies care more about receiving federal money then the consumers they are supposed to be protecting.  Considering her close ties to the industry, Sears may be, as she did in regulating navigators, representing the concerns of insurance providers instead of Ohioans.

The HCFA needs Rep. Sears support to continue to passage.  If she is truly representing the people of Ohio and not the health insurance industry and herself, to back a law protecting her constituents makes logical sense.  As the country counts down to Obamacare taking effect, all eyes will be on Ohio to lead the way out of the coming disaster.

Ask Representative Sears about her motives.


          Ohio Finds New Hope Against ObamaCare   

 

Rep. Ron Young (OH)State Representative Ron Young and Rep. Andy Thompson have introduced a bill in the Ohio House known as, “The Health Care Freedom Act,” that could offer new hope in the fight against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.  The bill focuses on the Obamacare provision that seeks to fine citizens for failing to purchase health care.  As the Health Care Freedom Act claims that it doesn’t conflict with the current federal law, it can be seen as a great step forward for Ohio’s health care freedom. According to the PPACA, employers and individuals must purchase health insurance or they will be subject to tax penalties.  In seven months time, despite the sequester, citizens may be fined anywhere from $695 per person to $4,700 per person; with those amounts set to increase at the rate of inflation.  To help Americans secure health insurance, Obamacare allows for many people to receive subsidies and/or tax credits to offset the cost of insurance.  On the insurance provider side, companies also receive subsidies to help with the added costs associated with covering a larger amount of people at lower rates to consumers.  However, the price for the insurance companies accepting the federal subsidies is the tax penalty for citizens who don’t purchase insurance.  As long as the insurance companies do not accept federal subsidies, consumers will not be subject to penalty taxes.  That is where Ohio’s Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA) has potentially located a weakness. Once passed, HCFA prohibits health insurance companies operating in Ohio from accepting any funding from the federal government that would result in potential penalties for employers or individuals.  If a company chooses to receive federal subsidies, their license would be suspended in the state.  While they would still be able to conduct business previously secured, the company would be barred from writing any new business until the funding is returned to the federal government.  Further, due to the rules set up within PPACA, the subsidized insurance company would be prohibited from participating in any exchange nationwide.  As explained by Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute:
“... since they would no longer be licensed and in good standing with the state, they would no longer qualify under the PPACA as an issuer of “qualified health plans.” The PPACA itself would therefore preclude them from writing new business or receiving subsidies through any Exchanges for as long as the suspension remained in place. Without the (illegal) subsidies, consumers and carriers would have no reason to participate in a federal Exchange.”
 In 2011, voters in Ohio overwhelming supported the adding of language concerning their health care freedoms to the state Constitution.  It now reads:
"No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system." 
The HCFA may be just what the doctor ordered in helping protect the citizens of Ohio against the federal government’s attempted intrusion into their state health care and, as evidenced by the support of the additional language to their state constitution, should be passed without objection.

          Kasich Pitches Obamacare Surrender as Pragmatism   

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced his surrender to Washington spending gimmicks on February 4, calling for the expansion of Medicaid eligibility as part of his biennial budget proposal. Kasich, a Republican elected in 2010 and known as a fiscal hawk from his time in Congress, seeks to sell a key component of Obamacare as the pragmatic choice for Ohio.

In a February 6 RedState post defending his embrace of a law he has long spoken against, Kasich wrote, "Now I’ve proposed extending Medicaid health coverage to low-income and working poor Ohioans, in part, to limit further damage from Obamacare."

Obamacare was designed to push millions of Americans into one of the nation's most expensive and least effective entitlement programs, coercing states into compliance by making all federal Medicaid funding contingent on expanded eligibility. The Supreme Court's June 2012 ruling on the bill forbade Washington from cutting off existing funding to states that refuse to expand Medicaid, but Governor Kasich now aims to grow the program anyway.

"Without this move Obamacare is likely to increase health insurance premiums even higher in Ohio," Kasich continued. "Worse, it takes $13 billion of Ohioans’ federal tax dollars out of our state and gives it to other states—where it will go to work helping to rev up some other state’s economy instead of Ohio’s."

In short, Governor Kasich is promoting Medicaid expansion using the language and logic of socialized medicine advocates, treating bureaucratic cost-shifting as actual savings. Kasich even suggested Ohio must claim its "fair share" of Obamacare spending, demonstrating no regard for the fact that DC has run annual deficits exceeding $1 trillion each year since President Obama took office.

Prior to Kasich's February 4th announcement, conservative think tanks Opportunity Ohio and The Buckeye Institute both published critiques of a joint Health Policy Institute of Ohio / Urban Institute study which framed federal spending as free money. Kasich and his staff have cited the study as proof Ohio would come out ahead by expanding Medicaid eligibility.

Not only has the governor failed to address any of conservatives' substantive concerns - instead waving off disagreement as unreasonable ideology - he actually worked with the far-left Universal Health Care Action Network to develop talking points for Medicaid expansion.

In no way does Kasich's current rhetoric square with his past protestations against deficit spending.

"Instead of letting states develop innovative solutions to their respective challenges, new federal mandates will require more Medicaid spending and stick states with large and unsustainable costs," Governor Kasich wrote on March 22, 2010.

"Government shouldn’t be making promises it can’t keep – especially when it’s more than $14.5 trillion in the hole," Kasich said in his August 20, 2011 Weekly Republican Address.

Nearly $2 trillion in national debt later, Ohio's governor has allied himself with lobbyists for socialized medicine, the ultimate promise the government cannot keep. Kasich's abdication of his former fiscal hawk role will make it more difficult for conservative leaders to make a consistent case against entitlement spending and for market-based reforms.

Should the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly choose to support Kasich's Medicaid proposal, the state would "save" money by taking billions in federal funds to cover 100 percent of the expansion for several years. Though federal funding would quickly drop to 90 percent of Ohio's new costs even assuming Congress can borrow forever, care providers are pushing for the change because of numerous perverse incentives built into Obamacare.

Governor Kasich is widely expected to run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but first faces reelection in 2014 in a state that went for President Obama last fall. However politically expedient it may be in the near term to help expand the entitlement state, history tells us how difficult it is to unring that bell.

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          Yet Again, HHS Secretary Sebelius Extends ObamaCare State "Exchanges" Deadline   

The more forgiving amongst us may feel some genuine pity for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. On one hand, President Barack Obama loaded her department with the mammoth task of writing up the thousands of rules and regulations that will constitute the real weight of ObamaCare. On the other, he charged Secretary Sebelius with the even more onerous duty of convincing a (rightfully) skeptical American public that the new 2,801 page health care reform law represented a landmark achievement that would benefit all citizens. So far, this hasn't gone so well.

The law remains unpopular to this day due to failure in the realms of principle, policy, constitutionality, and public relations. This lingering unpopularity has led to serious real-world consequences for the law itself. As Joshua Withrow noted before, a stunning majority of states have refused to set up their own state "exchanges," which are the basic machinery through which ObamaCare is meant to operate.

Unless these states undergo an inexplicable change of heart, this means that Secretary Sebelius's department will now take on the added responsibility of creating a majority of the state health insurance "exchanges." In fact, her department has so far only granted "conditional approval" to seventeen proposed state "exchanges," so the number may end up even higher than twenty-seven. It goes without saying that creating just one of these exchanges is not a cheap, simple, easy, or quick process.

Remember, the clock is ticking on ObamaCare's implementation. On October 1st of this year, citizens will supposedly be able to purchase health insurance through these "exchanges," with their coverage beginning on January 1st, 2014. Secretary Sebelius, in fear of this fast-approaching implementation deadline, has graciously (read: desperately) decided to extend or even outright waive the deadline for states to set up their own "exchanges."

This isn't the first time that Secretary Sebelius has postponed this particular deadline. Originally, states were meant to submit their proposals to her department on November 16th of last year. However, well aware that a large majority of states would not meet that deadline (or had any intentions of trying), she delayed it on November 9th to December 14th while demanding that those states that did intend to create an "exchange" must submit a brief "letter of intent" along those lines by the original deadline of November 16th.

This new deadline didn't work out so well, either. On November 15th, when Secretary Sebelius finally realized that those "letters of intent" probably weren't in the mail, she ditched that idea and admitted that the letters could be sent on December 14th, as well. However, she insisted that she would make a final decision on January 1st of this year regarding which states would be allowed to create their own "exchanges." Surely, this would be the final deadline.

As you might suspect, it didn't turn out to be the final deadline. On January 14th, Secretary Sebelius admitted that she would still accept proposals from states that desired to create their own "exchanges." In fact, she will now "waive or extend the deadline" for those states. Perhaps to preserve a shred of dignity, her department claims that proposals for "partnership exchanges" between states and the federal government must still be submitted by February 15th.

It's fair to ask whether Secretary Sebelius is "kicking the can down the road" on the issue of ObamaCare implementation. Well aware that her department is ill-prepared (if not completely incapable) of taking on the gargantuan burden of creating dozens of state "exchanges" by itself, she has continually pushed back this key deadline. Now, there is no true deadline, other than the planned starting date of October 1st.

Is there still time for her department to create these "exchanges?" Not if you were to ask Dan Mendelson, president of consulting firm Avalere Health. 

The Washington Post quoted Mendelson as saying that, "It would be very hard at this point to start from scratch. I’m not going to say it’s impossible, but it would be unlikely." To be fair, he was discussing recalcitrant states and not the Department of Health and Human Services, but that only makes it worse. A state only needs to construct a single exchange. Secretary Sebelius will have to build dozens. Also, keep in mind that Mr. Mendelson provided this opinion months ago on November 9th. The situation has only grown more dire for Secretary Sebelius since then, as so much precious time has elapsed.

Secretary Sebelius has a hard job. However, she is engaging in pure self-delusion if she believes that repeatedly pushing back these deadlines will cause the states resisting ObamaCare to flock under its banner in these final months. The longer she holds out baseless hope along these lines, the less time her department will have to slap together a pile of last-minute "exchanges."

As FreedomWorks’ Vice President of Health Care Policy Dean Clancy put it, "The wheels are coming off the bus, and the Administration is getting desperate." It's time for Secretary Sebelius to admit the obvious: a majority of states in the Union do not support ObamaCare and do not want to participate in it.

It's that simple.


          Nurse Tech Progressive Care Unit Full Time - Florida Hospital Tampa - United States   
Because of our high standards and clinical accolades, The Walt Disney Company chose Florida Hospital to create a one-of-a-kind, full-service health care...
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          Therapist/Counselor - KVC Behavioral Health Care - Hiawatha, KS   
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          Home Health Care Technician - Fisher's Home Health Care - Red Deer, AB   
Please send resume to Ian Fisher. We are looking for a home health care technician for our new store in Red Deer....
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          RN - Hospice Supervisor - Sonora Regional Medical Center - Ontario   
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          Trump tweets for full repeal of health law    
The dispute within the Republican Party over health care widened further Friday as President Donald Trump joined with two conservative senators in calling for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act if the party fails to agree on an alternative plan by the end of the July recess.
          CNA Certified Nursing Assistant for Pediatric Clients - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
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          Full Time Home Health Occupational Therapist Assistant - Kindred At Home - King, NC   
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          Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
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          Director of Customer Success - Caredove - Ontario   
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          Health care disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth: a literature review - Hafeez H, Zeshan M, Tahir MA, Jahan N, Naveed S.    
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          What You Should Know About The Senate Health Care Bill   
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          Is the Right’s Lack of Empathy a Pre-Existing Condition?   
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          Democracy in Crisis: A queer dance party descends on McConnell’s house following anger over health care bill   

A swanky stretch of C Street near the Capitol in Washington D.C. is blocked by a raucous crowd dancing in front of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s house on an unseasonably cool summer evening. As music blasts from loudspeakers, the scene resembles a Pride block party as about 50 members of the LGBTQ community and their allies attempt to dance away their fears and anger over McConnell’s so-called health care bill, which was negotiated in secret.

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          Reunion Weekend highlights: Alumni recognized for doing great work   

Reunion Weekend is always a time for alums of any class year to return to campus, catch up with old friends, connect with professors, and celebrate their Gettysburg spirit.

This year’s Reunion Weekend was no different. With the annual Sara Lee/Butter Krust Baking Gettysburg College Golf Classic celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Alumni College providing attendees an opportunity to return to the classroom, and an all-class reception and fireworks show on Saturday evening, there was plenty for our alumni to do.

The weekend—along with Commencement two weekends before—also served as an opportunity to elevate select alumni for accomplishments in particular categories: Distinguished Alumni, Meritorious Service, and Young Alumni Achievement in the areas of Career Development and Service to the College.

“These alumni are shining examples of what we mean when we say that a Gettysburg education sets you up to do great work and lead great lives,” explained Susan Pyron ’83, Associate Vice President for Annual GivingAlumni and Parent Relations. “These awards are the highest ones given by the Alumni Association, and we are proud to recognize these alumni for their accomplishments and service.”

The alums recognized this year join the ranks of other distinguished alumni like Three-Star General and Judge Advocate General Flora Darpino ’83, Executive Director of UNICEF Carol Bellamy ’63, former NAACP president and CEO Bruce Gordon ’68, and founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Conservation Fund Patrick Noonan ’65.

Check out photos from Reunion Weekend—and of the alumni award recipients— on Flickr.

Dr. Inga Musselman ’82, President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77, and Dr. John Hohneker ’81.

Dr. Inga Musselman ’82, President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77, and Dr. John Hohneker ’81.

Dr. John Hohneker ’81, Distinguished Alumni

John Hohneker ’81 is President of Research and Development at FORMA Therapeutics Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on finding new medicines for people with cancer and other serious diseases.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Dimension Therapeutics Inc, a publicly traded gene therapy company.

Over the past 25 years, he has been committed to drug discovery and development, including 14 years at Novartis – where he was most recently responsible for the global development of the immunology, rheumatology, and dermatology product pipelines.  He has played a key role in the development, approval, and/or commercialization of 14 new drugs.

Hohneker, a medical oncologist, has served on the research committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as the Institute of Medicine’s Cancer Policy Forum. Today, his contributions to the scientific community appear in numerous publications.

A member of Skeptical Chymists and Phi Beta Kappa at Gettysburg, Hohneker graduated with a BA in Chemistry. He received his MD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers Medical School (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), in 1985.

Dr. Inga Holl Musselman ’82, Distinguished Alumni

Inga Holl Musselman ’82 is the Interim Provost and Professor of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Dallas. She has received numerous research grants and has contributed to a host of scientific publications, all while handling a progressively larger administrative workload. She also has six patents/patent applications for her exceptional work in the lab.

Following her graduation from Gettysburg, Musselman earned her PhD in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988, and completed her postdoctoral research in Materials Science from North Carolina State University in 1991.

Musselman was a member of the College’s field hockey team and Skeptical Chymists. She graduated in 1982 with a BA in Chemistry and received departmental honors for her academic achievements.

President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77, Fred Reimer ’07, MacGregor Jones ’67, Sarah Hitch Burdi ’87, and Marsha Comegno ’94.

President Janet Morgan Riggs ’77, Fred Reimer ’07, MacGregor Jones ’67, Sarah Hitch Burdi ’87, and President of the Alumni Board of Directors and College Trustee Marsha Comegno ’94.

Sarah Hitch Burdi ’87, Meritorious Service Award

Sarah Hitch Burdi ’87 graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in English, and served as an Orientation Leader, a member of PanHellenic Council and Alpha Delta Pi, was active with the campus radio station, WZBT, and was part of the American Marketing Association.

As a devoted alumna, she served on the Alumni Board of Directors from 2004 to 2013, including four years as the vice president of the Outreach Committee, and was also a key player in the birth of the Board’s new Development Committee. Her volunteer service began immediately after she graduated as an Admissions Volunteer for the College’s Key Alumni Resource Effort, and also includes service on several Reunion Committees—including co-chair for her 20th—as an active member of the Baltimore and Chicago Alumni Clubs, as a Class Agent, and as a Gettysburg Career Connections volunteer, through which she’s hosted student externs, among other efforts.

She currently serves as Director at the Baylor Health Care System Foundation in Texas.

MacGregor Jones ’67, Meritorious Service Award

MacGregor Jones ’67 graduated with a BA in Business Administration and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the golf team.

Despite a demanding career in the computer field and as a business owner, he has made service to Gettysburg a priority. The pinnacle of that commitment came as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2006, and he was conferred Trustee Emeritus status in 2010. Prior to that, he served on the Commission on the Future’s Economics & Management task force, the Life Safety Task Force, the Sophomore Rush Advisory Committee, the Board of Fellows, the Alumni Executive Board, as a Class Officer, the Athletics and Recreation Facilities Committee, and as a frequent Reunion Committee volunteer.

He has been retired for the last 18 years, while still engaging in a variety of energy projects aimed at improving fuel and engine efficiency, as well as reducing harmful emissions.

 D. Alan P.J. Manning ’02, Young Alumni Achievement Award for Career Development

Alan Manning ’02 is the Executive Vice President at Planetree, Inc., a mission-based non-profit dedicated to pioneering methods for personalizing, humanizing, and demystifying the healthcare experience. Also, he is Co-Founder and Vice President of Kisses from Katie, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing resources to critically ill children, their families, and the people who are dedicated to caring for them. His inspiration for both of these endeavors was the loss of his daughter, Katie, at six months of age due to a congenital heart defect.

As a student, Manning was heavily involved at Gettysburg College, serving as Residence Coordinator; President of Campus Activities Board; Service Intern for the Center for Public Service; Program Coordinator for Sandtown Projects and Literacy Programs; and a Student Representative to the Board of Trustees.

He received a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Gettysburg College in 2002. He later received his MA in Public Administration from Fairfield University in 2016.

Kimberly Wojcik ’02, Young Alumni Achievement Award for Career Development

Kim Wojcik ’02 has served as a Special Agent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2007 and is currently assigned to the Counterterrorism Division in Newark, New Jersey. She has worked investigations for both violent crimes against children and counterterrorism. Her efforts have earned her the designation of a Subject Matter Expert in Domestic Terrorism.

Wojcik operated as both a Uniformed Division Officer and Special Agent in the United States Secret Service from 2002-2007. She was entrusted the critical responsibility of providing protection to the President, Vice President, foreign heads of state and their families.

She graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Psychology and minor in Religious Studies in 2002. While at Gettysburg, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta, a Project Manager for the Center for Public Service (CPS), an Orientation Leader, and she participated in the Semester at Sea in 2000.

Troy Cassel ’02, Young Alumni Achievement Award for Service

Troy Cassel ’02 graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Political Science and was a fully engaged student. He was a leader in Student Senate, the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and Allies, as well as a recipient of the Linnaean Award in 2001.

That engagement has continued as an alumnus. He has participated in the Garthwait Leadership Center Alumni Mentor Retreat, the Allies 25th Anniversary Panel, and the National Campaign Steering Committee for Gettysburg’s Unfinished Work Campaign. Cassel served on his 15th Reunion Committee and currently serves as an Admissions Volunteer for the College’s Key Alumni Resource Effort.

Professionally, he is the Director of Special Projects at Mobile Health, an employee screening and occupational health provider for more than 300 New York businesses.

Fred Reimer ’07, Young Alumni Achievement Award for Service

Fred Reimer ’07 was an incredibly active campus leader as a student, and that has continued to be his mantra as an alumnus.

He graduated with a BA in Economics and a minor in Mathematics and was a member of the varsity lacrosse team, President of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and Student Senate Treasurer.

Reimer has been a key link in strengthening the nationally recognized Gettysburg Network by hiring 10 Gettysburg graduates, and has also served as the Phi Delta Theta Alumni House Corporation President. He’s also involved with Phi Delt nationally, serving as a regional representative and resource for other chapters. With Gettysburg, he has also been an active and frequent participant in the Garthwait Leadership Center Alumni Mentor Retreat, served on the BOLD Council for five years, co-chaired his 5th and 10th Reunion Committees, and promoted Gettysburg to prospective students as an Admissions Volunteer for the College’s Key Alumni Resource Effort.

Professionally, he is the Managing Director of KWA Analytics US, an energy and commodity trading consulting and software firm.


          Senate Republicans Ask for Two CBO Scores   
Caitlin Owens: “Senate Republicans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to analyze Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal for further health insurance deregulation, and they’ve asked for one estimate of a health care bill that includes his changes and one that doesn’t.” [...]
          Schneiderman again threatens to sue over federal health care bill   
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is again threatening to sue the federal government if the health care legislation being considered in the U.S. Senate becomes law, warning of unconstituti ... - Source: blog.timesunion.com
          American Dignity on Fourth of July   
SUBHEAD: Frederick Douglass’s 1852 Independence Day address may provide some perspective on today.

By David Remnick on 1 July 2017 for the New Yorker -
(http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/10/american-dignity-on-the-fourth-of-july)


Image above: Derived from a painting of Frederick Douglass in 1852 when he was a young man. From (https://www.pinterest.com/explore/frederick-douglass-autobiography/).

Frederick Douglass’s Independence Day address from 1852 may provide some perspective on today.

More than three-quarters of a century after the delegates of the Second Continental Congress voted to quit the Kingdom of Great Britain and declared that “all men are created equal,” Frederick Douglass stepped up to the lectern at Corinthian Hall, in Rochester, New York, and, in an Independence Day address to the Ladies of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, made manifest the darkest ironies embedded in American history and in the national self-regard. “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Douglass asked:
I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.
The dissection of American reality, in all its complexity, is essential to political progress, and yet it rarely goes unpunished. One reason that the Republican right and its attendant media loathed Barack Obama is that his public rhetoric, while far more buoyant with post-civil-rights-era uplift than Douglass’s, was also an affront to reactionary pieties.

Even as Obama tried to win votes, he did not paper over the duality of the American condition: its idealism and its injustices; its heroism in the fight against Fascism and its bloody misadventures before and after.

His idea of a patriotic song was “America the Beautiful”—not in its sentimental ballpark versions but the way that Ray Charles sang it, as a blues, capturing the “fullness of the American experience, the view from the bottom as well as the top.”

Donald Trump, who, in fairness, has noted that “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job,” represents an entirely different tradition. He has no interest in the wholeness of reality.

He descends from the lineage of the Know-Nothings, the doomsayers and the fabulists, the nativists and the hucksters. The thematic shift from Obama to Trump has been from “lifting as we climb” to “raising the drawbridge and bolting the door.”

Trump may operate a twenty-first-century Twitter machine, but he is still a frontier-era drummer peddling snake oil, juniper tar, and Dr. Tabler’s Buckeye Pile Cure for profit from the back of a dusty wagon.

As a candidate, Trump told his followers that he would fulfill “every dream you ever dreamed for your country.” But he is a plutocrat. His loyalty is to the interests of the plutocracy.

Trump’s vows of solidarity with the struggling working class, with the victims of globalization and deindustrialization, are a fraud. He made coal miners a symbol of his campaign, but he has always held them in contempt.

To him, they are luckless schmoes who fail to possess his ineffable talents. “The coal miner gets black-lung disease, his son gets it, then his son,” Trump once told Playboy. “If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines. But most people don’t have the imagination—or whatever—to leave their mine. They don’t have ‘it.’ ”

Trump is hardly the first bad President in American history—he has not had adequate time to eclipse, in deed, the very worst—but when has any politician done so much, so quickly, to demean his office, his country, and even the language in which he attempts to speak?

Every day, Trump wakes up and erodes the dignity of the Presidency a little more. He tells a lie. He tells another. He trolls Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He trolls the press, bellowing “enemy of the people” and “fake news!” He shoves aside a Balkan head of state. He summons his Cabinet members to have them swear fealty to his awesomeness. He leers at an Irish journalist.

Last Thursday, he tweeted at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, of MSNBC:
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came . . . to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
The President’s misogyny and his indecency are well established. When is it time to question his mental stability?

The atmosphere of debasement and indignity in the White House, it appears, is contagious. Trump’s family and the aides who hastened to serve him have learned to imitate his grossest reflexes, and to hell with the contradictions.

Melania Trump, whose “cause” is cyber-bullying, defends the poisoned tweet at Brzezinski. His righteously feminist daughter Ivanka stays mum. After the recent special election in Georgia, Kellyanne Conway, the counsellor to the President, tweeted, “Laughing my #Ossoff.” The wit! The valor! Verily, the return of Camelot!

Trump began his national ascendancy by hoisting the racist banner of birtherism. Since then, as candidate and as President, he has found countless ways to pollute the national atmosphere. If someone suggests a lie that is useful to him, he will happily pass it along or endorse it. This habit is not without purpose or cumulative effect.

Even if Trump fails in his most ambitious policy initiatives, whether it is liberating the wealthy from their tax obligations or liberating the poor from their health care, he has already begun to foster a public sphere in which, as Hannah Arendt put it in her treatise on totalitarian states, millions come to believe that “everything was possible and that nothing was true.”

Frederick Douglass ended his Independence Day jeremiad in Rochester with steadfast optimism (“I do not despair of this country”). Read his closing lines, and what despair you might feel when listening to a President who abets ignorance, isolation, and cynicism is eased, at least somewhat.

The “mental darkness” of earlier times is done, Douglass reminded his audience. “Intelligence is penetrating the darkest corners of the globe.”

There is yet hope for the “great principles” of the Declaration of Independence and “the genius of American Institutions.” There was reason for optimism then, as there is now. Donald Trump is not forever. Sometimes it just seems that way.

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: The American Unraveling 7/29/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Birthday Card 7/4/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Happy Independence Day! 7/4/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Halfway There 7/1/11
Ea O Ka Aina: Rocket's Red Glare? 7/1/09
Island Breath: American patriotism's failure 7/4/08
Island Breath: July 4th Plantation Days 7/4/08
Island Breath: Thinking about July Fourth 7/4/07

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          Illinois drops into the gaping maw   
SUBHEAD: Court ruling forces state to pay the $2 billion toward its past obligations within a year from today.

By Tyler Durden on 1 July 2017 for Zero Hedge -
(http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-07-01/horrific-catastrophic-court-ruling-send-illinois-financial-abyss)


Image above: Looking down the throat of a hungry steer. From (http://pixdaus.com/cow-yawning-cow-gaping-maw-yawning/items/view/81009/).

First Maine, then Connecticut, and finally late on Friday, confirming the worst case outcome many had expected, Illinois entered its third straight fiscal year without a budget as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers failed to agree on how to compromise over the government’s chronic deficits, pushing it closer toward becoming the first junk-rated U.S. state.

By the end of Friday - the last day of the fiscal year - Illinois legislators failed to enact a budget, and while negotiations continued amid some glimmers of hope and lawmakers planned to meet over the weekend, the failure marked a continuation of the historic impasse that’s left Illinois without a full-year budget since mid-2015, and which, recall, S&P warned one month ago will likely result in a humiliating and unprecedented downgrade of the 5th most populous US state to junk status.

Then came the begging.

According to Bloomberg, on Friday Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat who controls much of the legislative agenda, pleaded with rating companies to "temporarily withhold judgment” as lawmakers negotiate. “Much work remains to be done,” the Democrat said on the floor of the House Friday, before the chamber adjourned for the day. “We’ll get the job done.”

Meanwhile, the state remains without a spending plan, its tax receipts and outlays mostly on "autopilot", leaving it with a record $15 billion of unpaid bills as it spent over $6 billion more than it brought in over the past year, and with $800 million in interest on the unpaid bills alone.

The impasse has devastated social-service providers, shuttering services for the homeless, disabled and poor. The lack of state aid has wrecked havoc on universities, putting their accreditation at risk.

However, in a "shocking" development, just hours remaining before the midnight deadline to pass the Illinois budget, and Illinois' imminent loss of its investment grade rating, federal judge Joan Lefkow in Chicago ordered Illinois to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars it owes in Medicaid payments that state officials say the government doesn’t have, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Judge Lefkow ordered the state to make $586 million in monthly payments (from the current $160 million) as well as another $2 billion toward a $3 billion backlog of payments - a $167 million increase in monthly outlays - the state owes to managed care organizations that process payments to providers.

While it is no secret that as part of its collapse into the financial abyss, Illinois has accumulated $15 billion in unpaid bills, the state's Medicaid recipients had had enough, and went to court asking a judge to order the state to speed up its payments.

On Friday, the court ruled in their favor. The problem, of course, is that Illinois can no more afford to pay the outstanding Medicaid bills, than it can to pay any of its $14,711,351,943.90 in overdue bills as of June 30.

The backlog of unpaid claims the state owes to managed-care companies directly, as well as to the doctors, hospitals, clinics and other organizations “is crippling these providers and thereby dramatically reducing the Medicaid recipients’ access to health care,” Lefkow said in her ruling.





The case is Memisovski v. Wright, 92-cv-01982, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. To see full court ruling see original article here.

Friday’s court ruling, which meant that the near-insolvent state must pay an additional $593 million per month, may have been the straw that finally broke the Illinois camel's back.

“Friday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court takes the state’s finances from horrific to catastrophic,” Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat, said in an emailed statement after the ruling.

As a result of the court decision, “payments to the state’s pension funds; state payroll including legislator pay; General State Aid to schools and payments to local governments -- in some combination -- will likely have to be cut.”

"As if the governor and legislators needed any more reason to compromise and settle on a comprehensive budget plan immediately, Friday's ruling by the U.S. District Court takes the state's finances from horrific to catastrophic," Mendoza said in a statement. "A comprehensive budget plan must be passed immediately." Realizing where all this is headed, she said that payments to bond holders won't be interrupted (more below).

Friday night's legal decision followed a previously discussed ruling, when on June 7, Judge Lefkow ordered lawyers for the state to negotiate with Medicaid recipients to come up with more money, but she stopped short of dictating how much more the state should pay each month, or when. That decision sent Illinois General Obligation bond soaring.

Earlier this week, the parties again went before the judge to say they were at an impasse, with lawyers for Medicaid recipients asking for more than $1 billion a month to cover past and ongoing costs.

While the state was livid over the decision, plaintiffs were delighted. Tom Yates, one of the lawyers who represented the Medicaid recipients. said the judge’s ruling is a “fair result” that will help them have access to care.

“Medicaid is an incredibly important program for 25 percent of the state’s population,” Yates said. It remains unclear, however, where Illinois would find the required funds.

In her ruling, Lefkow said the state must pay the $2 billion toward its past obligations beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2018. She ordered the state to file monthly reports showing that it’s making the payments consistent with the ruling.

The Judge said she considered submissions by managed care organizations, including The Meridian MCO and Aetna Better Health Inc., in reaching her decision. Meridian is owed $540 million and Aetna is owed $700 million, the judge said. In addition, she considered submissions from doctors and clinics.

Adding insult to crippling financial injury, the judge also ordered the state to file monthly reports showing that they are making the payments consistent with the ruling.

Lawyers for Illinois countered that they could only come up with approximately $75 million more a month, which would translate to $150 million with federal matching dollars.

Although the state is way behind, state officials said in court filings that they have been making more than $1 billion in Medicaid related payments each month in 2017, “including payments to safety net hospitals, MCOs, and other providers.”

While the state was livid over the decision, plaintiffs were delighted. Tom Yates, one of the lawyers who represented the Medicaid recipients said the judge’s ruling is a “fair result” that will help them have access to care.


In her ruling, Lefkow said the state must pay the $2 billion toward its past obligations beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2018. She ordered the state to file monthly reports showing that it’s making the payments consistent with the ruling.

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: When the Deal goes Down 6/30/17
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          Opinion: The Republicans’ uncertainty strategy for health care   
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          Vietnam-era Marine helps veterans with health care, housing   

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - When Jim Manley joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1958 just prior to the large-scale involvement of the U.S. military in the Vietnam War he saw military service as an opportunity to give back to his country.

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          CNA Certified Nursing Assistant for Pediatric Clients - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
If you are a compassionate CNA or HHA and you like working with children, then this is the position for you!...
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Valid license as an RN in the state of practice. We provide competitive pay, and a multitude of opportunities for career advancement, and personal growth....
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          Director of Customer Success - Caredove - Ontario   
Provide vital input into product development. We want to bring a consumer-oriented approach to providing health care software, where our users love using what...
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          APRN (Part Time) - Functional Unit #3 - UCONN Health Center - Uncasville, CT   
Correctional Managed Health Care. In the Correctional Managed Health Care Program, this class is accountable for providing advanced nursing and consultation... $88,634 a year
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          Principal Psychiatrist (50% Part Time) - Functional Unit #3 - UCONN Health Center - Uncasville, CT   
Correctional Managed Health Care. In the Correctional Managed Health Care Program, this class is accountable for providing clinical administrative/supervisory... $179,078 a year
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          PRN Licensed Practical Nurse - Advanced Correctional Healthcare - Mexico, MO   
Advanced Correctional Healthcare, the industry leader in providing quality medical care, mental health care and business services to correctional facilities,...
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          PRN Licensed Practical Nurse - Advanced Correctional Healthcare - Manchester, KY   
Advanced Correctional Healthcare, the industry leader in providing quality medical care, mental health care and business services to correctional facilities,...
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          3rd Shift RN - IG Cares - London, OH   
Must be okay with working in a correctional setting. In a corrections medical facility, the RN is responsible for all health care of 20-60 bedridden inmates (i... $35.83 an hour
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          Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan - Washington Post   

Washington Post

Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan
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The dispute within the Republican Party over health care widened further Friday as President Trump joined with two conservative senators in calling for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act if the party fails to agree on an alternative plan by ...
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          Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan - Washington Post   

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Republicans grow increasingly anxious about heading home without a health plan
Washington Post
The dispute within the Republican Party over health care widened further Friday as President Trump joined with two conservative senators in calling for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act if the party fails to agree on an alternative plan by ...
Trump Warms to Old Idea: Kill Health Law Now, and Replace It LaterNew York Times
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          Night-time Pediatric RN / LPN in Elkin, NC - BAYADA Home Health Care - Elkin, NC   
A minimum of one year of nursing experience as a Registered Nurse - RN or Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN. 1 year nursing experience, CPR certification....
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          LPN / Licensed Practical Nurse Pediatrics Days / Nights - BAYADA Home Health Care - West Jefferson, NC   
QUALIFICATIONS for Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN:. THE POSITION – Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN:. Excellent paid training for adult nurses interested in...
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Supervises Nurse Techs. As Clinical Nurse I-RN/Registered Nurse, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility, and accountability necessary...
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          LPN Licensed Practical Nurse - Pediatric - BAYADA Home Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
Licensed Practical Nurse license, One year of nursing experience, CPR certification. BAYADA Home Health Care is looking for a Licensed Practical Nurse that has...
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          Memory Care Manager - Rose Tara Plantation - King, NC   
Current active North Carolina Personal Care Aide Certification or Nurse Aide Certification in good standing with the NC Nurse Aide Registry or Health Care...
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          Physical Therapist - Medicomp Physical Therapy - King, NC   
Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers and other health care workers; _REQUEST THE BEST!!...
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          Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
HOME HEALTH NURSE NEEDED (LPN). LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE in DADE (North Miami Beach, North Miami, Miami Gardens area)....
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          Home Health Case Manager (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
Needs to be Registered Nurse. Experience communicating with doctors and nurses taking orders and referrals. We are currently hiring a Home Health Case Manager ...
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          Home Health Intake/Staffing Coordinator - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
Experience communicating with doctors and nurses taking orders and referrals. We are currently hiring a Home Health Intake/Satffing Coordinator for our Dade...
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          Home Health Aide (HHA) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
EXPERIENCED HOME HEALTH AIDE / CERTIFIED NURSE ASSISTANT. HHA / CNA for Broward county (Margate, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Ft....
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          Registered Nurse (RN) - Health Care of South Florida - North Miami Beach, FL   
Registered Nurse (RN). HOME HEALTH NURSE NEEDED (RN). REGISTERED NURSE in DADE county (NORTH MIAMI BEACH, NORTH MIAMI, AVENTURA, SUNNY ISLES, MIAMI GARDENS, BAL...
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          Project Manager (3 year contract) - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
5 Years’ experience in a lead project management role in the construction of a complex institutional building with a minimum value of $20 million in Canada...
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          Comment on Nina Turner: It Is Not Our Job to Fit Into the Democratic Establishment by Curtis Carpenter   
I certainly agree with your assessment Mr. Anderson. Well stated. Sanders and Our Revolution are playing an important role, but it&apos;s time to focus on the dirty reality of regaining power for a progressive view that counters the "every man for himself" ideology of the American right. No time Toulouse, or precious little before irreparable damage is done by our self-styled "conservatives." Many that object to the "democratic establishment" do so on the grounds that it has been co-opted by the corporate state under the neoliberal banner. That&apos;s understandable, but is a serious person like Ms. Turner thinking about what it would take to _align_ those corporate/neoliberal interests with a progressive agenda? Such an alignment is certainly possible. Take the health care issue. Most corporations I follow would prefer NOT to be in the health insurance business. Some -- I think a majority -- could be persuaded that it is in their own best interest to see a truly national health insurance program. They recognize that at 17% of GDP, the costs of the present health care system are making them non-competitive in a (not-going-away-like-it-or-not) economy.
          Comment on The Health-Care Debacle Has Exposed Republicans for Who They Are by Curtis Carpenter   
Agree -- and well stated. I think Obama realized that the health care crisis was going to have to be addressed step-by-step over a long period of time, and that the ACA was a necessary, albeit highly imperfect, first step in that journey. I believe we should thank him (and those "corporate democrats" perhaps inadvertently) for setting the public view of the current debate about health care in motion. I see free market mythology as just one face -- but a very important face -- of the philosophical problem that divides us between the "every man for himself" and "we&apos;re all in this together" approaches to our communal lives. The "every man for himself" school is very much in ascendance right now, but the survivors will change that eventually.
          Trump Officials Overseeing Health Care Overhaul Previously Lobbied for Health Insurance Firms   
Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Trumpcare, repeal and replace, Republican healthcare plan, healthcare lobbyists, insurance lobby, Tom Price

Senior Health and Human Services Administration appointees previously worked for insurers seeking to influence the consumer regulations mandated by the ACA.


          Health Care Aide - Points West Living - Slave Lake, AB   
Required for a 52 suite Supportive Living community in Slave Lake. Flexibility and a willingness to modify role duties for the overall good of the Community and... $19.82 an hour
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          Software Engineer (Charleston) - Verge Health - Charleston, SC   
The Software Engineer position at Verge Solutions fulfills a critical role in the development of best of class SaaS software used in support of the health care...
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          Comment on Lynchings and Witch-Trials, Technology-Enhanced by Ginny   
David, thanks for the John Prine. It is probably another sign of the times that I went to Amazon to order them my husband and kids (the whole family likes him a lot - and a lot more than I do) when I realized they all use a variety of systems - and my husband seldom listens except in the car (when he and his friend had a radio show on the local pbs and did old time music, every session included one John Prine and one in Czech - it's been a long time). But then Prine (and <a href="https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-befrugal-002&hsimp=yhs-002&hspart=befrugal&p=iris+dement+northern+exposure#id=1&vid=0fde93069f30cf5aec058bfa546b674c&action=click" rel="nofollow">Iris Dement </a> for a different take) can be wise. Because we are all a mixture of responses, it is hard not to want the approval of others. In fact, I don't think that instinct is a bad thing - generally, in a virtuous society people are respected because they are worthy of respect. We threw off in the 60's a lot of quite reasonable traditions and worked at being neither virtuous nor respectable. I don't think that was wise - I don't think it is useful to spend too much regretting my youth but at least its a cautionary tale. Of course, sometimes we rebelled because we wanted the approval of a stoned petty Marxist. Oh, well. But it takes a lot of toughness to not care what the entire press corps thinks of you - and that is the kind of president we need. The press has proven to us that they are not virtuous in their perspectives and values. Their attitude toward the Tea Party, toward both the Clintons, toward Sarah Palin, toward Bush and Romney, toward Obama and Holder showed they had no idea what the virtuous life was. To be able to distinguish between compromising important values for popularity and acting in a way that is praised rightfully takes a strong character and a very clear inner compass. I like the idea that Trump is the guy with the red laser that keeps all the kittens distracted and running around - is that Steyn's analogy? The big question is, would the health care bill be getting through if the press were less distracted? Or would they be tearing it apart, declaring 93 billion or whatever would die, and this way Congress can more quietly work? Does this mean that the changes in Interior, Education, Energy, etc. aren't going to be appreciated, or does it mean that they can be enacted without crowds of protesters because, somehow, no one told them what was going on? I'd like to know - but I guess it will only be the results a decade from now that can make us sure.
          In tweet blitz, Trump defends his use of social media   
In tweet blitz, Trump defends his use of social media

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - President Donald Trump escalated an intensely personal feud with two high-profile talk show hosts Saturday, suggesting without evidence that their network is biased against him.

The president's stream of insults has pained politicians from both parties who have appealed to him, without apparent success, to stop the 140-character bursts of character attacks and focus on running the country. &nbsp;Saturday evening, Trump was at it again.

Trump lashed out at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," on Twitter earlier Saturday. From his New Jersey golf club, he said: "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses."

Trump also said that Greta Van Susteren lost her nightly show on MSNBC because she "refused to go along w/ 'Trump hate!'" MSNBC confirmed this week that Van Susteren, previously a longtime anchor at Fox News, was being replaced.

NBC declined comment on all the tweets Saturday from the president. "Morning Joe" just finished the highest-rated quarter in the show's history. MSNBC never officially gave a reason for replacing Van Susteren's show; it did, however, lag in the ratings compared with the network's other shows.

Later in the day, Trump renewed his screed against the media.

"The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media - but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!" Trump said on Twitter.

And he said he was thinking about "changing the name of #FakeNewsCNN to #FraudNewsCNN."

Trump drew broad condemnation for his tweets on Thursday calling Brzezinski "crazy" and saying she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he saw them at his Florida estate. The comment was decried as sexist and vulgar by many Democrats and Republicans.

The MSNBC personalities said Friday that Trump was lying about their December encounter and they questioned his "unhealthy obsession" with their program. The hosts, who are a couple onscreen and off, also said the White House told them a damaging National Enquirer story about their relationship would "go away" if they called the president and apologized for harsh commentary. Trump quickly disputed the claim on Twitter.

Trump's continued focus on cable television comes as Republicans are struggling to find agreement on a health care overhaul, a key promise from the president and GOP lawmakers. And Trump is heading to the annual Group of 20 meeting this week, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a high-stakes encounter that could put Trump's "America First" policy to the test.

Trump also tweeted angrily at CNN on Saturday, saying the network, which he has long pilloried, "has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism."

CNN recently accepted the resignations of three employees involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund. The network had no comment on Saturday's tweet.


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          Internet Cop   

Robert McDowell becomes effusive when talking about the World Wide Web. “The beauty of the Internet is that it has been somewhat lawless,” says the Republican, one of five appointees who run the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The lack of government mandates, McDowell says, has made the Net “the greatest deregulatory success story of all time,” a “sort of libertarian heaven.”

Is that heaven about to crash down to earth? Julius Genachowski, the man hand-picked by President Barack Obama to chair the FCC, insists not. “I’ve been clear repeatedly that we’re not going to regulate the Internet,” he told The Wall Street Journal in February 2010. But his actions suggest otherwise. Since taking office in June 2009, Genachowski, a tech entrepreneur and former FCC counsel, has led the commission on an unprecedented quest for power over the Web’s network infrastructure, sparking a thunderous, confusing lobbying battle over who gets to control the Net. 

“If the government starts to get involved with regulation of Internet network management,” McDowell warns, “you’ll start to see the politicization of decisions in that realm.” At this point, there’s no if about it: From his first major speech to a hurried and secretive rulemaking procedure in the final weeks of 2010, Genachowski has made it his mission to plant the seeds of government control within the core of the Internet—all under the guise of “preserving Internet freedom.”

They Call It Net Neutrality

Like so many political slogans, Internet freedom sounds great. But what does it mean in practice? For Genachowski and the rest of the Obama administration, “Internet freedom” is a feel-good euphemism for the techie idea known as “net neutrality.”

At its most basic, net neutrality is the belief that all bits and bytes that travel over the Internet should be treated equally: no discrimination, no paid prioritization, just first-come-first-served access for everyone all the time. As an egalitarian approach to the Web, it is more a pre-technical philosophy than a clear guide to managing network infrastructure. The applied theory of net neutrality is that routers—the traffic management devices that send packets of information from one computer or server to the next—should treat each piece of information like every other piece, be it an email message, a video, a game, or 3D porn. This is not a bad idea; indeed, it is largely how the Internet works already. But net neutrality advocates warn that without federal intervention, corporate giants won’t leave it this way for long; they will begin setting up pricey, priority-traffic toll roads across the Web.

The neutrality concept is a direct descendant of “common carrier” regulation of phone companies. When wire-based phone networks ruled the earth, they were treated as public utilities. The feds forced them to share their infrastructure with their competitors at regulated rates, a restriction on their property rights that was enforced under the pleasant-sounding banner of “equal access.”

It didn’t take long for politicians to start fretting about equal access on the Web. In a 1994 speech, Vice President Al Gore pondered this loaded question: “How can government ensure that the [emerging Internet] will permit everyone to be able to compete with everyone else for the opportunity to provide any service to all willing customers? Next, how can we ensure that this new marketplace reaches the entire nation?” Access, opportunity, competition—how would these goals ever be achieved without the government’s involvement?

Answer: easily. Internet access exploded throughout the late 1990s and the following decade—no federal broadband regulation required. By 1999 more than 30 million people could dial in from their homes. The Net’s success in the absence of regulation was so apparent that even Democratic bureaucrats preached the gospel of nonintervention: In 1999 FCC Chairman William Kennard declared in a speech that “if we’ve learned anything about the Internet in government over the last 15 years, it’s that it thrived quite nicely without the intervention of government.” In the same speech, Kennard made the case for what he called a “high-tech Hippocratic Oath” for regulators: First, do no harm.

It worked. During the following decade, online activity exploded. Between 2001 and 2008, online commercial activity—which for all practical purposes did not exist the decade before—became big business, rising from about $8 billion a year to about $42 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Simultaneously, broadband Internet access rapidly blazed a path from high-tech luxury service to mass-market must-have. In 2000 just 3 percent of homes had broadband access. By 2010 the figure had climbed to 66 percent, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

But the net’s success only made activists more vehement that it must be “preserved” through regulation. That’s where net neutrality came in. In 2005, under the leadership of Republican Chairman Kevin Martin, the FCC adopted four “policy statements” outlining the principles that should govern Internet use and operation. Users, the commission asserted, are entitled to access their choice of lawful content, to use applications and services as they wish, to connect legal devices to the network provided they do no harm, and to enjoy the effects of competition among providers and networks. But these statements of principle were not regulations, and thus of dubious enforceability.  

At first, the push for net neutrality was targeted at wire-line carriers—cable companies, DSL providers, and others who delivered Internet connections to fixed locations using expensive-to-install conduits. But by 2007, calls for net neutrality expanded to the growing wireless Internet, bringing mobile data networks like those operated by AT&T and Verizon into the crosshairs. Net neutrality gave online Democratic activists—the “netroots”—an issue in which “equality” was on one side and discriminatory corporations on the other. The sin of these corporate villains? Denying network access to those unwilling to pay for it.

“Network giants believe they should be able to charge Web site operators, application providers and device manufacturers for the right to use the network,” the progressive media activists at Free Press warned in their online guide to the issue. “Those who don’t make a deal and pay up will experience discrimination: Their sites won’t load as quickly, and their applications and devices won’t work as well.”

The issue never really caught on with the broader public, but it did become a partisan rallying cry. In 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama made net neutrality a campaign promise, vowing to achieve it through the FCC. The promise was politically smart. Although regulating Internet traffic was barely raising eyebrows among average voters—most of whom were busy enjoying easy access to the Internet—the idea was much loved by two groups important to Obama: the digitally savvy army of online activists whose fund raising and organizing helped put the president in office, and a collection of high-flying, Democrat-supporting Silicon Valley companies. Netroots powerhouses such as Moveon.org got an issue to motivate and deliver their progressive base, while content-delivery behemoths such as Google (whose CEO, Eric Schmidt, took a week off to campaign for Obama) got a policy wedge against the Net’s infrastructure gatekeepers. Both camps expected a payoff in exchange for their support.

Obama’s Basketball Buddy

After Obama was elected, it fell to Julius Genachowski to make good on the campaign promise. The president didn’t just assure supporters that his administration would pursue net neutrality through the FCC; he named a close personal friend and a net neutrality true believer as the commission’s chairman to get the job done right. (Genachowski’s office declined a request for an interview.)

Genachowski has been friends with Obama for decades. The two were classmates at Harvard Law School, where they worked together on the Harvard Law Review and, according to The New York Times, were “basketball buddies.” Genachowski, who has spent much of his professional career zig-zagging through Silicon Valley, served Obama’s campaign as chairman of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Policy Working Group.

The two men have remained tight since Obama took office: Between January 31 and August 31, 2009, official records show that Genachowski visited the White House 47 times, more than any other agency head. (Sixteen of those visits came before Genachowski had even assumed office.) The next most frequent visitor among agency chiefs was Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who dropped by just five times during the same period.

The FCC chairman’s private-sector background includes stints at the sort of content companies that tend to favor neutrality rules. Genachowski helped launch Rock Creek Ventures, which funds and consults for “digital media and commerce companies,” and he has served as a director for a number of large Web portals, including Web.com and Beliefnet. According to his fellow FCC commissioner, Meredith Baker, “The chairman’s starting point is at the edge, application side of the [Internet] ecosystem. I don’t think that’s to the exclusion of the networks and their important role, but he starts in Silicon Valley.”

The outline of Genachowski’s ideas for neutrality regulation was unveiled at his first major address as the nation’s top communication regulator, a September 2009 speech at the center-left Brookings Institution. Genachowski reiterated at nine separate points the Obama administration’s promise to ensure that the Web would remain “free and open.” The phrase even appeared in the title of his talk: “Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, Prosperity.”

The chairman’s speech didn’t answer the obvious question that has long nagged net neutrality skeptics: preserving it from what? But his remarks did address the question of how: The FCC, Genachowski said, must be “a smart cop on the [Internet] beat.” To fulfill that role, the commission would both beef up its authority and grant itself wide discretion in how to use it. “I will propose that the FCC evaluate alleged violations of the non-discrimination principle as they arise, on a case-by-case basis,” the chairman promised. Clear and straightforward rules were out. Regulators’ whims were in.

Genachowski proposed taking his predecessor Kevin Martin’s four principles—access to legal content, unrestricted use of services, device interoperability, and provider competition—and codifying them into law. He also wanted to add two more.

The first, and more controversial, of his additions would prohibit broadband providers from discriminating against “particular Internet content or applications.” In theory, the nondiscrimination provision would mean that the FCC could prohibit service providers from, say, blocking access to certain websites, or prioritizing the traffic to a particular company’s service (for instance, giving priority to videos from corporate partners over those from competing services). But the case-by-case standard would provide the agency with considerable leeway to decide when to step in.

The second new principle would require ISPs to be “transparent about their network management practices.” Basically, if service providers selectively slowed traffic for a particular application—say, the peer-to-peer service BitTorrent, which is frequently used to share movies, TV shows, and other large files—or capped a user’s total bandwidth for a given pay period, they’d have to notify consumers in plain English. Genachowski also hoped to extend the rules to wireless data networks such as those used by iPhones and Blackberries.

Genachowski’s speech was couched in the rhetoric of choice, innovation, and openness. But in framing his proposal as an attempt to preserve the Internet’s existing virtues, he masked the fact that it would represent an unprecedented expansion of federal control over the nation’s information infrastructure. And although no one knew it at the time, his plan presaged a sweeping attempt to subject broadband providers to an entirely different, and far more restrictive, regulatory classification.

A Solution in Search of a Problem

Genachowski’s speech targeted discriminatory practices by ISPs. But it did not cite any specific examples of such behavior, perhaps because neither Genachowski nor any other net neutrality supporter has ever identified more than a handful of instances in which the Internet’s openness has actually been violated. Indeed, it is hard to get a handle on what, exactly, strict neutrality rules are intended to prevent.

In October 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a list of 10 alleged net neutrality violations. But as horror shows go, it wasn’t very scary. For starters, the list included two actions taken by ISPs in Canada, which suggests how far advocates have had to stretch to find real-world examples. It also included AT&T’s 2007 decision to excise Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder’s attacks on President George W. Bush during a live stream of a concert. But that decision wasn’t made by AT&T in its role as a network provider; it was made at the broadcast level by the team in charge of running the show, in the same way that an MTV video crew might bleep a curse word from a live awards ceremony. Also on the list: an allegation that BellSouth censored MySpace by denying access to some users—despite the fact BellSouth says the event was merely a glitch, an explanation no evidence has yet contradicted.

The ACLU also listed Verizon’s 2007 refusal to send a mass text message from the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America. Verizon maintained that it had the right to block “controversial” content of any kind—essentially, that it needed to be sensitive to bulk messages that it agreed to send over its network. Julian Sanchez, a research fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute (and former reason staffer), describes it as “a case where the company is partnering with the provider in a way that goes beyond carriage, because they’re also effectively acting as a payment processor. That means they’ll have an interest in vetting partners in a way you wouldn’t expect a mere carrier to vet every content provider on the network.” Regardless, after a loud public outcry, Verizon reversed the decision within one day.

Consumer agitation also played a role in resolving the most notorious net neutrality violation. In 2007, the press began to report that Comcast was secretly slowing some users’ access to BitTorrent. The company said it was merely attempting to prevent network congestion—and thus keep overall access and user speeds up—by slowing applications that were suspected of hogging bandwidth. By spring 2008, Comcast, under intense customer pressure, adjusted its network management practices so that specific applications such as BitTorrent would not be targeted. Consumer agitation had solved the problem, but the Bush FCC later censured the company anyway.

The punishment was largely symbolic, but was intended to send the message that the FCC would take official action to ensure net neutrality. “We are saying that network operators can’t block people from getting access to any content and any applications,” then-chairman Kevin Martin told The New York Times in August 2008. Comcast challenged the decision in court.

This lack of clearly defined violations has never stopped net neutrality advocates from using Comcast and other big broadband providers as convenient corporate villains. On the campaign trail, Barack Obama warned that without net neutrality, “mom and pop sites” could suffer at the hands of greedy network behemoths.

But the net neutrality debate doesn’t really pit the Goliaths against the Davids. It’s a battle between the edge of the Internet and the center, with application and content providers (the edge) fighting for control against infrastructure owners (the center). Large business interests dominate both sides of the debate. Google, for example, has long favored some form of net neutrality, as have Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and a smattering of other big content providers, who prefer a Web in which the network acts essentially as a “dumb pipe” to carry their content. Mom-and-pop sites aren’t the issue.

Google makes its support sound as simple and earnest as its corporate motto of “don’t be evil.” Much like Genachowski, it defines net neutrality as “the concept that the Internet should remain free and open to all comers.” But the freedom and openness that Google claims to prize bear a distinct resemblance to regulatory protection. An Internet in which ISPs can freely discriminate between services, prioritizing some data in order to offer enhanced services to more customers, is an Internet in which content providers may have to pay more to reach their customers. Under Google and Genachowski’s net neutrality regime, ISPs may own the network, but the FCC will have a say in how those networks are run, with a bias toward restrictions that favor content providers.

Battle Lines

Yet for many of net neutrality’s most vocal supporters, Genachowski’s proposal didn’t go far enough. In November 2009, Columbia law professor Timothy Wu, who popularized the term net neutrality in a 2002 paper, co-signed a letter with other left-leaning academics warning that an early draft of the FCC plan was too vague and might not sufficiently restrict ISP behavior. Building on that letter, the “media reform” group Free Press warned that the ambiguity “would undermine the future of Internet freedom.”

Free Press serves as the nexus for the netroots’ net neutrality efforts. Founded by Josh Silver, who’d previously helped run a state-based campaign for publicly funded elections, and the leftist media theorist Robert McChesney, the group touts a radical, anti-corporate vision of government control over the media. In 2002, the year Free Press was founded, McChesney co-wrote a book, Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle Against Corporate Media, which declared “the need to promote an understanding of the urgency to assert public control over the media.” 

Despite its relative newness and its radical ideas, Free Press has had an outsized influence on the net neutrality debate. It has a former staffer in the FCC chairman’s office: In June 2009, Jen Howard left her job as press director for Free Press to become Genachowski’s press secretary. The group also benefited from its longstanding alliance with MoveOn.org, a netroots giant with massive influence on progressive politics.

Free Press has used its influence to push the FCC toward the strictest regulations possible. By opposing Genachowski’s initial rule proposal as too lax, the coalition made it clear that only the heaviest regulatory burden would do. And Free Press hasn’t been afraid to turn its fire on the chairman. In July the group created a mocked-up “Wanted” poster using a photo of Genachowski’s face and encouraged activists to post it “all over Chicago” during an FCC meeting there. FCC insiders say the group’s influence is strongly felt. According to Commissioner Baker, the chairman “is under tremendous pressure from the netroots base not to compromise on net neutrality.”

While Free Press was busy trying to save the Internet from vaguely defined ISP threats, opposition to Internet interference began to coalesce. In September 2009, the free market telecommunication scholars Adam Thierer and Berin Szoka, then employed by the Progress & Freedom Foundation, wrote in Forbes that “the presumption of online liberty is giving way to a presumption of regulation.” They warned that despite efforts to make the net neutrality proposal seem harmless, it would inevitably lead to a massive increase in federal regulation of the nation’s information infrastructure. “Real Internet Freedom,” they wrote, “is about to start dying a death by a thousand regulatory cuts.”

Broadband providers, naturally, worried too. “In the ’90s,” says Hank Hultquist, a vice president in AT&T’s federal regulatory division, “the FCC decided that it was not going to regulate the Internet in the way that we regulate phone service.” But despite an initial bipartisan consensus against regulating the Net, there was always dissent. As the Web matured, that dissent grew, and when the Obama administration took power, it gave dissenters the keys to the regulatory command post.

Following Genachowski’s Brookings Institution speech, Commissioners Baker and McDowell went public with their skepticism about the regulatory push. Nevertheless, in the months immediately afterward, Genachowski began the lengthy process of writing and reviewing his rule proposal. The plan that emerged closely resembled the structure that Genachowski had proposed in his speech. At the end of October, when the commission voted on the proposal and published it, both Baker and McDowell dissented from the “factual and legal predicates” underlying the report. But they were in the minority.

‘An Unbridled, Roving Commission’

Yet the FCC still did not have clearly enforceable rules governing net neutrality. Martin’s principles were the only clear statements on the books. And even as the bureaucratic process rolled forward, the agency’s authority to oversee broadband traffic—and thus to regulate net neutrality—was being challenged in federal court as a result of the 2008 BitTorrent decision.

Comcast owned up to slowing some users’ connections when they were using BitTorrent. But it maintained that the agency’s philosophical statements about Internet openness, which the FCC had relied on for its censure, were merely guidelines and therefore legally unenforceable. The FCC responded that it could enforce them under the doctrine of “ancillary jurisdiction,” a legal concept under which an agency claims the authority to issue regulations necessary to meet its statutory responsibilities. To uphold its net neutrality policy statements, the FCC argued, it needed to oversee broadband traffic management practices such as Comcast’s treatment of BitTorrent.

Because the policy statements weren’t codified, the FCC had a tough time convincing D.C. Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph that it had a statutory responsibility to uphold them. In January 2010, Randolph signaled during oral arguments that he might take Comcast’s side. “You have yet to identify a specific statute” that gives the FCC clear authority to regulate, he told the agency’s lawyers. He seemed exasperated, saying vague statements of principle are no replacement for concrete rules. “You can’t get an unbridled, roving commission to go about doing good,” he said.

In April, Randolph laid down the law: “Policy statements are just that—statements of policy,” he wrote. “They are not delegations of regulatory authority.” The decision wreaked havoc with the net neutrality rulemaking process. Codifying the policy statements into new rules would do little to ensure the FCC’s authority to regulate because those rules would still lack a statutory basis. Congress had never given the agency a clear directive to enforce neutrality. Without statutory authority to regulate broadband data management, what could the FCC do?

A few options quickly became apparent. First, the agency could drop its pursuit of net neutrality. But given the fact that the policy was an explicit campaign promise, and given the political pressure from groups like Free Press, that seemed unlikely. Second, the FCC could wait for Congress to give it explicit statutory authority. But with the health care battle recently ended, and with Democrats headed for what promised to be a sizable loss in the November elections, there was little appetite for a controversial new regulatory initiative—especially one that would make congressional supporters vulnerable to accusations that they wanted to control the Internet. 

The Trouble With Title II

And then there was the most extreme option. Instead of pursuing net neutrality through ancillary jurisdiction, as it had already attempted, the commission could move broadband service into the same regulatory category as telephone lines. Rather than regulating broadband providers under Title I of the Communications Act, as information services, it could regulate them under Title II, as telecommunication services. After Randolph’s decision, Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps immediately signaled that he favored this route.

It sounds like a small change, but in fact it would be enormous. Title II was designed for legacy phone networks and was written before broadband existed. If the FCC could pull off this shift, it would have far greater power than before. The Net’s core would effectively be transformed into a public utility subject to the whims of regulators.

But this approach was sure to provoke a drawn-out legal battle. As an executive branch agency, the FCC does not have the power to define its own governing statutes. That’s Congress’ job. And nowhere in the commission’s governing statutes did Congress bestow upon it the power to reclassify broadband providers as telecommunication services. If the FCC pursued the Title II strategy, several ISPs warned in a joint statement in February 2010, the industry would be wracked by “years of litigation and regulatory chaos.” That wasn’t just a prediction; it was a threat. 

The legal complexities of reclassifying broadband service were only part of the problem. Broadband providers warned repeatedly that strict net neutrality rules would derail capital investment, an argument seconded by telecommunication labor unions. In July the Communications Workers of America released a statement declaring that “the ‘reclassification path’ will lead to years of litigation and regulatory uncertainty that will reduce broadband investment and jobs.” That promised to put the policy in conflict with one of the agency’s other top priorities. 

At the same time the FCC has been pursuing net neutrality, it has been putting together a National Broadband Plan meant to spark broadband investment and deployment in underserved regions, a plan the Obama administration has persisted with despite surveys showing that most Americans don’t want the government involved in promoting broadband. The FCC’s own estimates put the cost of this plan at $350 billion, the bulk of which is presumed to come from investment within the industry. Rules that make such investment less lucrative make the broadband plan tougher to implement.

It was enough to make even the most determined regulator anxious. Which may be why, in May 2010, Genachowski announced that the FCC would take a step toward reclassifying broadband—but only a tentative one. Rather than release rules, the agency would issue a notice of inquiry asking for input about the possibility of switching broadband to Title II—the bureaucratic equivalent of winking at your friend and asking, “Hypothetically, what if we were to do this?” In a further sign of Genachowski’s anxiety, the FCC’s notice did not propose applying the full regulatory power of Title II to broadband providers. Instead, it suggested what Genachowski called the “Third Way,” under which the agency would give up some of its potential Title II authority in the hope of erecting “meaningful boundaries to guard against regulatory overreach.”

But the few boundaries to regulation the FCC proposed were not very meaningful. Larry Downes, a fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet & Society, argues that regulating broadband providers like old-style telephone services could have a host of unintended effects, such as adding new consumer fees, giving local governments greater authority to impose a patchwork of confusing and contradictory regulations, and even giving the federal government greater leeway to wiretap electronic communications. 

The difference, Downes says, is plain to see when you compare the evolution of Title I broadband service to the evolution of Title II phone carriers. “Under Title I, we’ve had the Internet revolution,” he wrote on his eponymous website in March. By contrast, under Title II, “we’ve had the decline and fall of basic wireline phone service…and the continued corruption of local licensing authorities.”

Even advocates of the switch seemed to admit that the move would open up the regulatory floodgates: According to a January 2010 FCC filing by Public Knowledge, one of the most active pro-neutrality groups, “Reclassification would…expand the range of opportunities for more aggressive regulatory steps.”

The idea also faced opposition from Congress, particularly in the House, where a majority of members—including 72 Democrats—expressed disapproval of the plan in letters sent last May. And behind the scenes, sources say, the White House economic team expressed concern that the FCC’s pursuit of strict, investment-killing net neutrality rules was a distraction that would be bad for growth in the telecommunications sector.

Fear of Compromise

Free Press was having none of it. The group mounted a months-long campaign pushing Genachowski to formally declare his intention to proceed with a Title II reclassification. In November Free Press urged its members to sign and email the chairman a prewritten letter urging him to reclassify broadband so that the FCC “can keep the Internet open and free of corporate gatekeepers.” By the end of November, Genachowski looked stuck.

Free Press has declared that only the strictest approach to Internet regulation is acceptable. Yet the voting public appears unmoved by the neutrality agenda. Every single one of the 95 congressional candidates who signed a petition pledging to support neutrality lost in the 2010 elections. Meanwhile, Congress wasn’t being supportive, and industry players on both sides of the issue were increasingly seeking compromise. In August, for example, Google and Verizon proposed a joint policy framework—essentially a loosely defined model regulatory structure—that would impose some restrictions on wire-line providers but would leave wireless data networks, widely believed to be the future of the Net, largely untouched.

A similar proposal made its way into legislative form at the end of September, when Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a short proposal subjecting wire-line providers to basic nondiscrimination rules but strictly forbidding the FCC from pursuing any form of Title II reclassification. The legislation appeared right before Congress was scheduled to end its session, and Republicans, citing the short time frame, declined to support it. But AT&T, which has long opposed any sort of neutrality regulations, was enthusiastic, and conservative activist groups quietly urged their members and contacts to push Republicans to vote for the proposal. Republicans clearly wanted to wait until after the November elections to act, but the interest from both industry and conservative activists suggests that something like the Waxman bill could eventually garner bipartisan support.

As 2010 progressed, Genachowski faced the unpleasant choice of either risking the wrath of MoveOn.org or giving in to Free Press’ demands, despite their mounting unpopularity and the years-long legal battle that would result from trying to satisfy them. Initially, he opted to wait. 

In September, Genachowski decided the FCC would delay any Title II decision until after the elections, implicitly acknowledging the messy politics of the situation. The day after the elections, he announced that neutrality would not be on the agenda for the commission’s November 30 meeting, buying him time to take the temperature of the new Congress and see what might be done during the upcoming lame-duck session.

At the beginning of December, Genachowski finally made his move, announcing that the FCC would vote on a net neutrality proposal within a few weeks. The proposal would be based roughly on the Waxman bill and anchored firmly under Title I, broadband’s current regulatory category. Never mind that a court had already declared the FCC’s previous justifications for Internet regulation insufficient, making a legal challenge inevitable. When the lawsuit arrived, the FCC would come up with a new justification, ancillary to some currently untapped statutory provision. Conveniently, says Larry Downes, “the D.C. Circuit opinion left some wiggle room, suggesting that even though the commission had failed to find a provision in the law that its adjudication was ‘ancillary’ to, there might be some that weren’t advanced.”

Meanwhile, the time for comments on the neutrality proposal was limited to less than three weeks—far shorter than the comment period granted for the initial rule and the Notice of Inquiry. Normally the short comment period would have been the biggest cause of commotion surrounding the proceedings. But in this case, there was very little of substance for anyone to get excited about. In a highly unusual move, Genachowski decided to keep the text of the proposal secret until after it passed. The gist, though, was made plain enough by Genachowski’s remarks at vote: The FCC would finally have a rule prohibiting “unreasonable discrimination” on the major wired networks.  And who would be in charge of determining what sort of network management practices were “unreasonable?” Why, none other than the FCC. 

 The remnants of a once firmly held bipartisan consensus that the Internet operates best when the government leaves it alone were strong enough to block the most radical elements of the Left’s net neutrality wish list, at least temporarily. And the rules will be challenged in court as well as Congress, where congressional Republicans were already threatening to use their new found oversight powers to make Genachowski’s life difficult.

But Genachowski has finally managed to plant regulatory roots within the Net. On December 21, 2010, the agency voted 3-2 to pass a major regulatory order that no one outside the FCC had been allowed to see. Genachowski’s power grab had been accomplished in haste and secrecy as a lame-duck Congress prepared for Christmas, but he had successfully fulfilled the president’s promise and asserted federal control over the sprawling core of the Net. Commissioner McDowell’s “greatest deregulatory success story of all time” has given way to empowered regulators. The Internet, after luxuriating in lawless freedom, finally has its own cop. 

Peter Suderman is an associate editor at reason. This column first appeared at Reason.com.


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          In tweet blitz, Trump defends his use of social media   

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump escalated an intensely personal feud with two high-profile talk show hosts Saturday, suggesting without evidence that their network is biased against him.

The president's stream of insults has pained politicians from both parties who have appealed to him, without apparent success, to stop the 140-character bursts of character attacks and focus on running the country. Saturday evening, Trump was at it again.

Trump lashed out at Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, co-hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," on Twitter earlier Saturday. From his New Jersey golf club, he said: "Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses."

Trump also said that Greta Van Susteren lost her nightly show on MSNBC because she "refused to go along w/ 'Trump hate!'" MSNBC confirmed this week that Van Susteren, previously a longtime anchor at Fox News, was being replaced.

NBC declined comment on all the tweets Saturday from the president. "Morning Joe" just finished the highest-rated quarter in the show's history. MSNBC never officially gave a reason for replacing Van Susteren's show; it did, however, lag in the ratings compared with the network's other shows.

Later in the day, Trump renewed his screed against the media.

"The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media - but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!" Trump said on Twitter.

And he said he was thinking about "changing the name of #FakeNewsCNN to #FraudNewsCNN."

Trump drew broad condemnation for his tweets on Thursday calling Brzezinski "crazy" and saying she was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" when he saw them at his Florida estate. The comment was decried as sexist and vulgar by many Democrats and Republicans.

The MSNBC personalities said Friday that Trump was lying about their December encounter and they questioned his "unhealthy obsession" with their program. The hosts, who are a couple onscreen and off, also said the White House told them a damaging National Enquirer story about their relationship would "go away" if they called the president and apologized for harsh commentary. Trump quickly disputed the claim on Twitter.

Trump's continued focus on cable television comes as Republicans are struggling to find agreement on a health care overhaul, a key promise from the president and GOP lawmakers. And Trump is heading to the annual Group of 20 meeting this week, where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a high-stakes encounter that could put Trump's "America First" policy to the test.

Trump also tweeted angrily at CNN on Saturday, saying the network, which he has long pilloried, "has finally been exposed as #FakeNews and garbage journalism."

CNN recently accepted the resignations of three employees involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund. The network had no comment on Saturday's tweet.

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AP Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this story from New York.

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          Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul-The Latest story   

WASHINGTON — In a story June 30 about health care, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted what Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at an event Friday night in Kentucky. He said, "It's not easy making America great again, is it?" and not, "It's not easy making American great again."

A corrected version of the story is below:

The Latest: McConnell says he'll stick with his health bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected President Donald Trump's advice to first repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and then replace it later with something else

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate GOP health care bill (all times EDT):

8:20 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has rejected President Donald Trump's advice to first repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and then replace it later with something else.

McConnell says the current health care bill remains challenging but "we are going to stick with that path."

Trump tweeted earlier Friday that if Republicans could not reach a consensus on the current bill, they "should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!" Several Republican senators signed on to Trump's plan.

But McConnell is showing no interest in that strategy. He told a gathering of Republicans in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, that "failure has to be possible or you can't have success."

McConnell says, "It's not easy making America great again, is it?"

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3:15 p.m.

The White House says it remains "fully committed" to pushing through a health care plan in the Senate but is "looking at every possible option" to repeal and replace the Obamacare law.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Donald Trump "hasn't changed his thinking at all" about the struggling health care bill.

Trump tweeted earlier Friday that if Republican senators are unable to pass the Senate bill, "they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"

Republican senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ben Sasse of Nebraska have called for that approach.

Sanders says the White House is focused on the "end product" which she says is repealing and replacing the health care law.

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10:40 a.m.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declining to comment on the president's suggestion that the Senate vote now to repeal the Obama health care law, and vote later to replace it. But that idea was rejected months ago by GOP leaders in the House and Senate.

They considered it politically unwise, since it could draw accusations that Republicans are simply tossing people off coverage without helping them get medical care.

President Donald Trump's suggestion came in an early-morning tweet, which said, "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"

The idea isn't without supporters in the Senate. They include Republicans Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Kentucky's Rand Paul.

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6:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted about the sputtering Senate health care bill.

Trump says: "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"

That's an approach advocated by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who's said he opposes the bill, which would do both at once. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed a vote on the bill Tuesday because of opposition from conservatives and moderates. He's trying to nail down changes by this weekend to assure the bill's passage after the July 4 recess.

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3:35 p.m.

Top Senate Republicans hoping to rescue their push to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul may try doing it by preserving one of his tax boosts on the rich.

It's a break from dogma by a party that has long reviled tax boosts, and most things achieved by Obama. But it could help attract votes from moderate Republican senators.

And it underscores Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's feverish effort to yank one of his and President Donald Trump's foremost priorities from the brink of defeat.

The money would instead be used to bolster their proposed health care subsidies for lower-income people.

In a bid for conservative support, Senate leaders are also considering an amendment to let insurers offer plans with low premiums and scant benefits.

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Protesters block a street during a protest against the Republican bill in the U.S. Senate to replace President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Demonstrators with Utah's Disabled Rights Action Committee chanted and carried signs while blocking State Street Tuesday afternoon. Utah protesters criticized Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch for supporting the bill and say it will cut life-saving Medicaid services and other health protections. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks amid a crush of reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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          Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul story   

WASHINGTON — In a story June 30 about health care, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted what Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at an event Friday night in Kentucky. He said, "It's not easy making America great again, is it?" and not, "It's not easy making American great again."

A corrected version of the story is below:

Trump suggests just repeal Obamacare, then try to replace it

President Donald Trump says that if Senate Republicans can't make a deal on legislation to repeal and replace 'Obamacare,' they should go ahead and repeal the whole law immediately and replace it later on

By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump barged into Senate Republicans' delicate health care negotiations Friday, declaring that if lawmakers can't reach a deal they should simply repeal "Obamacare" right away and then replace it later on.

Trump's tweet revives an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself considered but dismissed months ago as impractical and politically unwise. And it's likely to further complicate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's task as he struggles to bridge the divide between GOP moderates and conservatives as senators leave Washington for the Fourth of July break without having voted on a health care bill as planned.

"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!" Trump wrote.

The president sent his early-morning tweet shortly after Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse appeared on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" to talk about a letter he had sent to Trump making that exact suggestion: a vote on repealing former President Barack Obama's health law followed by a new effort at a working out a replacement.

Trump is a known "Fox & Friends" viewer, but Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky also claimed credit for recommending the tactic to the president in a conversation earlier in the week.

"Senator Rand Paul suggested this very idea to the president," said Paul spokesman Sergio Gor. "The senator fully agrees that we must immediately repeal Obamacare and then work on replacing it right away."

Either way, Trump's suggestion has the potential to harden divisions within the GOP as conservatives like Paul and Sasse complain that McConnell's bill does not go far enough in repealing Obama's health care law while moderates criticize it as overly harsh in kicking people off insurance roles, shrinking the Medicaid safety net and increasing premiums for older Americans.

McConnell told reporters after an event Friday in his home state of Kentucky that the health care bill remains challenging but "we are going to stick with that path."

"It's not easy making America great again, is it?" McConnell said.

McConnell, R-Ky., has been trying to strike deals with members of both factions in order to finalize a rewritten bill lawmakers can vote on when they return to the Capitol the second week of July. Even before Trump weighed in, though, it wasn't clear how far he was getting, and Trump's tweet did not appear to suggest a lot of White House confidence in the outcome.

"McConnell's trying to achieve a 50-vote Venn diagram between some very competing factions," said Rodney Whitlock, a veteran health policy expert who worked as a Senate GOP aide during passage of the Democrats' Affordable Care Act. "So what the president tweeted takes one side of that Venn diagram and pushes it further away, and actually puts on the table an option that will probably drive that group away from seeking compromise with the other side of the Venn diagram."

Even before Trump was inaugurated in January, Republicans had debated and ultimately discarded the idea of repealing Obamacare before replacing it, concluding that both must happen simultaneously. Doing otherwise would invite accusations that Republicans were simply tossing people off coverage and would roil insurance markets by raising the question of whether, when and how Congress might replace Obama's law once it was gone.

The idea also would leave unresolved the quandary lawmakers are struggling with now, about how to replace Obama's system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that could get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. House Republicans barely passed their version of an Obamacare replacement bill in May, and the task is proving even tougher in the Senate, where McConnell has almost no margin for error.

Moderates were spooked as the week began with a Congressional Budget Office finding that McConnell's draft bill would result in 22 million people losing insurance over the next decade, only 1 million fewer than under the House-passed legislation which Trump privately told senators was "mean." But conservatives continue to insist that the bill must go further than just repealing some of the mandates and taxes in Obama's law.

"It's distressing to see so many Republicans who've lied about their commitment to repeal," Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said in a conference call on Friday.

Underscoring the fissures within the GOP, conservative group leaders on the conference call welcomed Trump's suggestion but said it didn't go far enough because it could open the door to a subsequent bipartisan compromise to replace Obama's law. At the same time, a key House Republican, Rep. Kevin Brady who chairs the Ways and Means Committee, rejected Trump's suggestion, contending that it "doesn't achieve what President Trump set out to do."

"I really think the Senate's approach — certainly in the House — of not simply repealing but to start to put into place the elements that can make health care affordable, that's what the president set out to do," Brady said in an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program.

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President Donald Trump, center, speaks as he meets with Republican senators on health care in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, listen (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Amelie Hahn of Jackson, waves a message sign on behalf of her daughter. noting the importance of Medicaid for her continued health care, as she and other social service activists, Medicaid recipients and their supporters stage a protest outside the building that houses the offices of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. About 35 participants began the morning with a protest at Cochran's office, while sending some representatives to meet with his staff. By mid afternoon, the same group continued their outdoor protest at the federal courthouse where U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., maintains offices. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas speak with the media after they and other Senate Republicans had a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine speaks amid a crush of reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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          Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul-The Latest story   
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story June 30 about health care, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted what Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said at an event Friday night in Kentucky. He said, "It's not easy making America great again, is it?" and not, "It's not easy making American great again.
          AP FACT CHECK: When a swoopy line on a chart misleads   
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oh, those charts. President Donald Trump passed one around on Twitter in recent days, and it showing spending on Medicaid rising for years in the future under the stalled Republican health care bill.
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          Computer Spying Programs - For When Suspicion Just Isn't Enough   
Computer spying programs are for the protection of ourselves, our businesses and our children. What do I mean? Let's imagine you are running a business, and you have many employees. Most of your employees are working away, but maybe one or two are actually not working, but instead are spending long hours of your paid time playing roulette or poker in some online casino. This can be a dangerous addiction enough off the clock, but even more so for an employee with access to business account and financial information. Now, you obviously can't fire someone and replace them based on mere hearsay or suspicion, you need raw proof of the act. What about the protection of children? Or can such programs be used to find a cheating spouse guilty?

Yes, these are good reasons as well. You cannot rightfully punish a child for engaging in adult activities merely on suspicion alone. Also, if you try to confront a partner with a straying heart, suspicion isn't enough for a proper confrontation. In both of these cases, one would require proof of questionable deeds, and that's where computer spying programs fit in. But in order for such a software tool to do the job correctly, it must be covertly run without anyone coming to the realization that anything they do on the computer would be under surveillance. After all, do you think a spouse would engage in any kind of infidelity online knowing that whatever they do on the computer is being watched?

Some computer spying programs of a lesser quality often leave telltale signs that they're being used. Just having a program icon on the desktop is bad enough, but some also have glowing symbols in the task bar of the system tray on the screen to indicate that it is running at that particular moment. For any kind of software tool that would do this kind of a job, it should do so without leaving any tracks or signs that it is in use, or indeed, even that said program exists on the computer at all. The best types run invisibly and with stealth, so see to it that whenever you use this type of software, that you use a type that can run unseen. Health and FitnessComputers and TechnologyAdventure TravelMusic and EntertainmentLeadership ImprovementFinancial stabilityForex ForumNews and Social LifestyleHealth Care info/rmationHealth Insurance PlanHome Loan Learning CenterPersonal Care ProductReal Estate sites21st Century Home improvementContractors HousePayday LoanMedical Health InsuranceReviews of Car Insurance Companies
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          Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? when My Lab Tests Are Normal: a Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism   
Author Dr. Datis Kharrazian ISBN-10 0985690402 ISBN-13 9780985690403 Year 2010-02-02 Pages 342 Language English Publisher Elephant Press Download Link Click Here Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms was written to address the true causes of hypothyroidism in this country and how to manage them The vast majority of hypothyroid cases are being treated inappropriately or misdiagnosed by the standard health care model Through exhaustive research and clinical experience Dr Kharrazian has discovered what really causes hypothyroidism and how to manage it
          Students to pursue health careers with help of scholarship   

Students to pursue health careers with help of scholarship

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Avalon Health Care is seeking a Regional Business Office Manager to join their team! Job Summary: Provide direction and training to the facility in the
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          Trump kicks off Fourth of July weekend by bashing "dumb as a rock Mika" Brzezinski - CBS News   

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          Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization   
The past week provided important support for the “peak monetary stimulus” thesis. There is mounting evidence that global central bankers are monitoring inflating asset prices with heightened concern. The intense focus on CPI is beginning to blur. They would prefer to be on a cautious path toward policy normalization.

June 25 – Financial Times (Claire Jones): “Global financial stability will be in jeopardy if low inflation lulls central banks into not raising interest rates when needed, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. The message about the dangers of sticking too closely to inflation targets comes as central banks in some of the world’s largest economies are considering how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy after the global financial crisis… ‘Keeping interest rates too low for long could raise financial stability and macroeconomic risks further down the road, as debt continues to pile up and risk-taking in financial markets gathers steam,’ the bank said in its annual report. The BIS acknowledged that raising rates too quickly could cause a panic in markets that have grown used to cheap central bank cash. However, delaying action would mean rates would need to rise further and faster to prevent the next crisis. ‘The most fundamental question for central banks in the next few years is going to be what to do if the economy is chugging along well, but inflation is not going up,’ said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS’s monetary and economics department… ‘Central banks may have to tolerate longer periods when inflation is below target, and tighten monetary policy if demand is strong — even if inflation is weak — so as not to fall behind the curve with respect to the financial cycle.’ …Mr Borio said many of the factors influencing wage growth were global and would be long-lasting. ‘If, as we think, the forces of globalisation and technology are relevant [in keeping wages low] and have not fully run their course, this will continue to put downward pressure on inflation,’ he said.”

While global markets easily ignored ramifications from the BIS’s (the central bank to central banks) annual report, the same could not be said for less than super dovish comments from Mario Draghi, my nominee for “the world’s most important central banker.”

June 27 – Financial Times (Katie Martin): “What’s that, you say? The ‘R-word’? Judging from the markets, Mario Draghi’s emphasis on reflation changes everything, and highlights the communications challenge lying ahead of the president of the European Central Bank. The ECB’s crisis-fighter-in-chief threw investors into a fit of the vapours on Tuesday when he said he was growing increasingly confident in the currency bloc’s economic recovery, and that ‘deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones’.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “Mario Draghi hinted at how he may sell a gradual unwinding of European Central Bank stimulus. The ECB president repeated his mantra that the Governing Council needs to be patient in letting inflation pressures build in the euro area and prudent in withdrawing support. At the same time, there’s room to tweak existing measures. ‘As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments -- not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged.’ The comments echo an argument first made by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann… With his nod to a frequent critic of quantitative easing who has been calling for an end of the 2.3 trillion-euro ($2.6 trillion) program, Draghi may have set the stage for a discussion in the coming months on phasing out asset purchases.”

When the ECB chose not to offer any policy clarification coming out of its June 8th meeting, wishful markets had Draghi holding out until September. The timeline was moved up, with the ECB president using the bank’s annual meeting, held this year in Sintra Portugal, to offer initial thoughts on how the ECB might remove accommodation. Market reaction was swift.

German 10-year bund yields surged 13 bps Tuesday and almost doubled this week to 47bps. French yield jumped 14 bps Tuesday – and 21 bps for the week - to 82 bps. European periphery bonds were under pressure. Italian 10-year yields rose 16 bps Tuesday and 24 bps for the week to 2.16%. Portuguese yields rose 14 bps Tuesday, ending the week at 3.03%. Draghi’s comments rattled bond markets around the globe. Ten-year Treasury yields rose seven bps to 2.21% (up 16 bps for the week), Canadian bonds 11 bps to 1.57% and Australian bonds 10 bps to 2.46%. Emerging market bonds also came under heavy selling pressure, with Eastern European bonds taking a pounding.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Robert Brand): “This is what it sounds like when doves screech. Less than 24 hours Mario Draghi jolted financial markets by saying ‘deflationary forces’ have been replaced by reflationary ones, European Central Bank officials reversed the script, saying markets had misinterpreted the central banker’s comments. What was perceived as hawkish was really meant to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, three Eurosystem officials familiar with policymakers’ thinking said. Their dovish interpretation sparked a rapid unwinding of moves in assets from the euro to stocks and sovereign bonds.”

I don’t see it as the markets misinterpreting Draghi. Understandably, inflated Bubble markets have turned hyper-sensitive to the course of ECB policymaking. The ECB’s massive purchase program inflated a historic Bubble throughout European debt markets, a speculative Bubble that I believe unleashed a surge of global liquidity that has underpinned increasingly speculative securities markets.

If not for massive QE operations from the ECB and BOJ, I believe the 2016 global reversal in bond yields would have likely ushered in a major de-risking/deleveraging episode throughout global markets. Instead, powerful liquidity injections sustained speculative Bubbles throughout global fixed income, in the process spurring blow-off excess throughout global equities and risk assets more generally. Recalling the summer of 2007, everyone is determined to see the dance party rave indefinitely.

First-half QE has been estimated (by Bank of America) at (an incredible) $1.5 TN. Bubbling markets should come as no stunning surprise. At May highs, most European equities indices were sporting double-digit year-to-date gains. The S&P500 returned (price + dividends) almost 10% for the first half, with the more speculative areas of U.S. equities outperforming. The Nasdaq Composite gained 14.1% in the first-half, with the large company Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rising 16.1%. Despite this week’s declines, the Morgan Stanley High Tech index rose 20.3%, and the Semiconductors (SOX) jumped 14.2% y-t-d. The Biotechs (BTK) surged 9.7% during Q2, boosting y-t-d gains to 25.6%. The NYSE Healthcare Index gained 7.7% for the quarter and 15.3% y-t-d. The Nasdaq Transports jumped 9.7% during Q2, with the DJ Transports up 5.3%. The Nasdaq Other Financials rose 7.9% in the quarter.

Central banks have closely collaborated since the financial crisis. While always justifying policy stimulus on domestic grounds, it’s now been almost a decade of central bankers coordinating stimulus measures to address global system fragilities. I doubt the Fed would have further ballooned its balance sheet starting in late-2012 if not for the “European” financial crisis. In early-2016, the ECB and BOJ would not have so aggressively expanded QE programs – and the Fed not postponed “normalization” – if not for global ramifications of a faltering Chinese Bubble. All the talk of downside inflation risk was convenient cover for global crisis worries.

As Mario Draghi stated, the European economy is now on a reflationary footing. At least for now, Beijing has somewhat stabilized the Chinese Bubble. Powered by booming securities markets, global Credit continues to expand briskly. Even in Europe, the employment backdrop has improved markedly. It’s just become difficult for central bankers to fixate on tame consumer price indices with asset prices running wild.

Global market liquidity has become fully fungible, a product of multinational financial institutions, securities lending/finance and derivatives markets. The ECB and BOJ’s ultra-loose policy stances have worked to counteract the Fed’s cautious normalization strategy. Determined to delay the inevitable, Draghi now faces the scheduled year-end expiration of the ECB’s latest QE program, along with an impending shortage of German bunds available for purchase. Behind the scenes and otherwise, Germany is surely losing patience with open-ended “money” printing. This week’s annual ECB gathering provided an opportunity for Draghi to finally get the so-called normalization ball rolling. Despite his cautious approach, markets immediately feared being run over.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Alessandro Speciale): “Mario Draghi just got evidence that his call for ‘prudence’ in withdrawing European Central Bank stimulus applies to his words too. The euro and bond yields surged on Tuesday after the ECB president said the reflation of the euro-area economy creates room to pull back unconventional measures without tightening the stance. Policy makers noted the jolt that showed how hypersensitive investors are to statements that can be read as even mildly hawkish… Draghi’s speech at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal, was intended to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, said the officials…”

June 28 – Bloomberg (James Hertling, Alessandro Speciale, and Piotr Skolimowski): “Global central bankers are coalescing around the message that the cost of money is headed higher -- and markets had better get used to it. Just a week after signaling near-zero interest rates were appropriate, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suggested on Wednesday that the time is nearing for an increase. His U.S. counterpart, Janet Yellen, said her policy tightening is on track and Canada’s Stephen Poloz reiterated he may be considering a rate hike. The challenge of following though after a decade of easy money was highlighted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s attempt to thread the needle. Financial markets whipsawed as Eurosystem officials walked back comments Draghi made Tuesday that investors had interpreted as signaling an imminent change in monetary policy. ‘The market is very sensitive to the idea that a number of central banks are appropriately and belatedly reassessing the need for emergency policy accommodation,’ said Alan Ruskin, co-head of foreign exchange research at Deutsche Bank AG.”

Draghi and the ECB are hoping to duplicate the Fed blueprint – quite gingerly removing accommodation while exerting minimal impact on bond yields and risk markets more generally: Normalization without a meaningful tightening of financial conditions. This is unrealistic.

Current complacency notwithstanding, turning down the ECB QE spigot will dramatically effect global liquidity dynamics. Keep in mind that the removal of Fed accommodation has so far coincided with enormous counteracting market liquidity injections courtesy of the other major central banks. The ECB will not enjoy a similar luxury. Moreover, global asset prices have inflated significantly over the past 18 months, fueled at least in part by a major increase in speculative leverage.

There are three primary facets to QE dynamics worth pondering as central banks initiate normalization. The first is the size and scope of previous QE operations. The second is the primary target of liquidity-induced market flows. And third, to what extent have central bank measures and associated market flows spurred self-reinforcing speculative leveraging and market distortions. Inarguably, ECB and BOJ-induced flows over recent quarters have been massive. It is also reasonably clear that market flows gravitated primarily to equities and corporate Credit, asset classes demonstrating the most enticing inflationary biases. And there are as well ample anecdotes supporting the view that major speculative leveraging has been integral to myriad Bubbles throughout global risk markets. The now deeply ingrained view that the cadre of global central banks will not tolerate market declines is one of history’s most consequential market distortions.

And while the timing of the removal of ECB and BOJ liquidity stimulus remains uncertain, markets must now at least contemplate an approaching backdrop with less accommodation from the ECB and central banks more generally. With this in mind, Draghi’s comments this week could mark an important juncture for speculative leveraging. Increasingly unstable currency markets are consistent with this thesis. The days of shorting yen and euros and using proceeds for easy profits in higher-yielding currencies appear to have run their course. I suspect de-leveraging dynamics have commenced, though market impact has thus far been muted by ongoing ECB and BOJ liquidity operations.

June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.


For the Week:

The S&P500 dipped 0.6% (up 8.2% y-t-d), and the Dow slipped 0.2% (up 8.0%). The Utilities fell 2.5% (up 6.2%). The Banks surged 4.4% (up 4.2%), and the Broker/Dealers jumped 2.6% (up 9.8%). The Transports rose 1.9% (up 5.7%). The S&P 400 Midcaps added 0.2% (up 5.2%), while the small cap Russell 2000 was unchanged (up 4.3%). The Nasdaq100 dropped 2.7% (up 16.1%), and the Morgan Stanley High Tech index sank 3.0% (up 20.3%). The Semiconductors were hit 4.9% (up 14.2%). The Biotechs dropped 3.9% (up 25.5%). With bullion dropping $15, the HUI gold index sank 4.5% (up 1.9%).

Three-month Treasury bill rates ended the week at 100 bps. Two-year government yields gained four bps to 1.38% (up 19bps y-t-d). Five-year T-note yields rose 13 bps to 1.89% (down 4bps). Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 16 bps to 2.30% (down 14bps). Long bond yields increased 12 bps to 2.84% (down 23bps).

Greek 10-year yields were little changed at 5.36% (down 166bps y-t-d). Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 10 bps to 3.03% (down 72bps). Italian 10-year yields surged 24 bps to 2.16% (up 35bps). Spain's 10-year yields jumped 16 bps to 1.54% (up 16bps). German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.47% (up 26bps). French yields rose 21 bps to 0.82% (up 14bps). The French to German 10-year bond spread was unchanged at 35 bps. U.K. 10-year gilt yields jumped 23 bps to 1.26% (up 2bps). U.K.'s FTSE equities index fell 1.5% (up 11.2%).

Japan's Nikkei 225 equities index declined 0.5% (up 4.8% y-t-d). Japanese 10-year "JGB" yields gained three bps to 0.09% (up 5bps). France's CAC40 sank 2.8% (up 5.3%). The German DAX equities index was hit 3.2% (up 7.4%). Spain's IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.8% (up 11.7%). Italy's FTSE MIB index declined 1.2% (up 7.0%). EM equities were mostly higher. Brazil's Bovespa index rallied 3.0% (up 4.4%), and Mexico's Bolsa gained 1.8% (up 9.2%). South Korea's Kospi increased 0.6% (up 18%). India’s Sensex equities index declined 0.7% (up 16.1%). China’s Shanghai Exchange rose 1.1% (up 2.9%). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 0.8% (up 28.5%). Russia's MICEX equities index gained 0.6% (down 15.8%).

Junk bond mutual funds saw outflows of $1.735 billion (from Lipper).

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped two bps to 3.88% (up 40bps y-o-y). Fifteen-year rates were unchanged at 3.17% (up 39bps). The five-year hybrid ARM rate gained three bps to 3.17% (up 47bps). Bankrate's survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-yr fixed rates up a basis point to 4.01% (up 34bps).

Federal Reserve Credit last week added $0.8bn to $4.431 TN. Over the past year, Fed Credit declined $5.0bn. Fed Credit inflated $1.620 TN, or 58%, over the past 242 weeks. Elsewhere, Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt jumped another $17.9bn last week to $3.310 TN. "Custody holdings" were up $83bn y-o-y, 2.6%.

M2 (narrow) "money" supply last week slipped $4.3bn to $13.510 TN. "Narrow money" expanded $686bn, or 5.4%, over the past year. For the week, Currency increased $2.7bn. Total Checkable Deposits fell $12.7bn, while Savings Deposits gained $6.9bn. Small Time Deposits were little changed. Retail Money Funds fell $4.1bn.

Total money market fund assets added $4.2bn to $2.621 TN. Money Funds fell $96bn y-o-y (3.5%).

Total Commercial Paper declined $5.4bn to $973.6bn. CP declined $77bn y-o-y, or 7.4%.

Currency Watch:

The U.S. dollar index fell 1.7% to 95.628 (down 6.6% y-t-d). For the week on the upside, the Swedish krona increased 3.4%, the British pound 2.4%, the Canadian dollar 2.3%, the euro 2.1%, the Australian dollar 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.3%, the Swiss franc 1.2%, the Brazilian real 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.8% and the New Zealand dollar 0.7%. For the week on the downside, the South African rand declined 1.6%, the Japanese yen 1.0%, the Mexican peso 0.6% and the South Korean won 0.4%. The Chinese renminbi gained 0.82% versus the dollar this week (up 2.42% y-t-d).

Commodities Watch:

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index surged 5.3% (down 6.5% y-t-d). Spot Gold declined 1.2% to $1,242 (up 7.7%). Silver slipped 0.5% to $16.627 (up 4.0%). Crude rallied $3.03 to $46.04 (down 15%). Gasoline jumped 5.6% (down 9%), and Natural Gas rose 3.6% (down 19%). Copper gained 2.9% (up 8%). Wheat surged 11.1% (up 29%). Corn jumped 4.2% (up 8%).

Trump Administration Watch:

June 27 – Bloomberg (Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan): “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans went to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump, who also promised his political supporters he would do away with Obamacare. ‘We’re going to solve the problem,’ the president told senators. But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn’t pass. ‘If we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,’ he said… ‘And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.’”

June 29 – Reuters: “Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by ‘early to mid-October,’ the Congressional Budget Office said in a report… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.”

June 30 – CNBC (Fred Imbert): “President Donald Trump's White House is ‘hell-bent’ on imposing tariffs on steel and other imports, Axios reported Friday. The plan — which was pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and was supported by National Trade Council Peter Navarro, and policy adviser Stephen Miller — would potentially impose tariffs in the 20% range… During a ‘tense’ meeting Monday, the president made it clear he favors tariffs, yet the plan was met with heavy opposition by most officials in the room, with one telling Axios about 22 were against it and only three in favor, including Trump.”

June 29 – Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl): “Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump as Germany’s chancellor pledged to fight at next week’s G20 summit for free trade, international co-operation and the Paris climate change accord. In a combative speech on Thursday in the German parliament, Ms Merkel also promised to focus on reinforcing the EU, in close co-operation with France, despite the pressing issue of Brexit. But in a sign that it may be difficult to maintain European unity around a tough approach to Mr Trump, Ms Merkel later softened her tone, as she prepares to host G20 leaders in Hamburg next Friday.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Joe Light): “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market… Corker and Warner’s push to develop a plan marks Congress’ latest attempt to figure out what to do with Fannie and Freddie, an issue that has vexed lawmakers ever since the government took control of the companies in 2008 as the housing market cratered. The lawmakers’ plan is still being developed, and a Senate aide who asked not to be named cautioned that no decisions had been made on any issues.”

China Bubble Watch:

June 25 – Financial Times (Minxin Pei): “The Chinese government has just launched an apparent crackdown on a small number of large conglomerates known in the west chiefly for their aggressive dealmaking. The list includes Dalian Wanda, Anbang, Fosun and HNA Group. The news that Chinese banking regulators have asked lenders to examine their exposure to these companies has sent the stocks of groups wholly or partly owned by these conglomerates tumbling in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously, the market was caught by surprise. But it should not be… The immediate trigger is Beijing’s growing alarm over the risks in China’s financial sector and attempt to cut capital outflows. In late April, President Xi Jinping convened a politburo meeting specifically focused on stability in the financial system. Foreshadowing the crackdown, he ordered that those ‘financial crocodiles’ that destabilise China’s financial system must be punished.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Anjani Trivedi): “As Beijing looks to rein in companies that have splurged on overseas deals, it is talking up the systemic risks to its financial system. But just how serious is the problem? After all, for years Beijing has urged leading companies to ‘go global,’ and encouraged banks to support them with lending. Its words were taken to heart: Companies like sprawling conglomerate HNA Group and insurer Anbang pushed the country’s outbound acquisitions to more than $200 billion last year… Now… regulators are investigating leverage and risks at banks associated with China Inc.’s bulging overseas deals. It’s clear that Chinese banks are already heavily exposed to China’s big deal makers through basic lending. Chinese lenders had extended more than 500 billion yuan ($73.14bn) of loans to HNA alone as of last year…”

June 26 – Bloomberg: “China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818bn) to bondholders and are seen by some as the poster children for China’s post-financial crisis debt woes. Signs the authorities may be taking a less sympathetic view of the sector has ratings companies flagging the possibility that 2017 could see the first ever default by a local financing vehicle.”

June 29 – Reuters (Yawen Chen and Thomas Peter): “The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers. The companies - which account for over 60% of China's $11 trillion gross domestic product - have entered the most challenging funding environment in years as Beijing cracks down on easy credit to contain a dangerous debt build-up. Many of the firms - mostly in the industrial, transport, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation sectors - are already grappling with soaring costs, fierce competition and thinning profits. The strains faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow more visible as Beijing deflates a real estate bubble and eases infrastructure spending to dial back its fiscal stimulus.”

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “One of Chinese banks’ favorite tools for increasing leverage has staged a remarkable but worrisome comeback just two months after a regulatory crackdown on leveraged investment… Chinese banks’ issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit in June nearly hit the high recorded in March… NCDs, a type of short-term loan, have become extremely popular in recent years with Chinese banks, especially smaller lenders due to their weaker ability to attract deposits. During a clampdown on runaway debt in April, Chinese regulators warned banks against abusing the tool for speculative, leveraged bets in capital markets. But after a deep but brief drop, NCD issuance has risen again as regulatory attention appeared to ease in recent weeks, hitting 1.96 trillion yuan ($287.73bn) this month, up sharply from 1.23 trillion yuan in May and just a touch below March’s record 2.02 trillion yuan."

June 28 – Financial Times (Gabriel Wildau): “Capital flight disguised as overseas tourism spending has artificially cut China’s reported trade surplus while masking the extent of investment outflows, according to research by the US Federal Reserve. A significant share of overseas spending classified in official data as travel-related shopping, entertainment and hospitality may over a 12-month period have instead been used for investment in financial assets and real estate, the Fed paper argued… Disguised capital outflows in the year to September may have amounted to $190bn, or 1.7% of gross domestic product… Chinese households have in recent years looked at ways to skirt government-imposed limitations on foreign investment as its economy slowed and the renminbi depreciated.”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Joe Ryan): “As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report… by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year… By comparison, when completed in 2018, Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory will crank out up to 35 gigawatt-hours of battery cells annually.”

June 28 – CNBC (Geoff Cutmore): “China's economic growth will accelerate because the country will finally get leaders who aren't scared, a former advisor to China's central bank said Wednesday. ‘The most important reason is that there is a new group of officials being appointed ... (who will emerge) around the 19th Party Congress which will be in mid to late October,’ said Li Daokui, who is now Dean of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. …Li said the Chinese economy will grow 6.9 to 7 percent by 2018 from 6.7 percent in 2017. China posted 6.7% GDP growth in 2016, the slowest in 26 years. ‘These (new) officials have been carefully, carefully scrutinized before they are appointed so they are clean. They are not worried about becoming targets of anti-corruption investigations,’ he added.”

Europe Watch:

June 26 – Bloomberg (Sonia Sirletti and Alexander Weber): Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as 17 billion euros ($19bn) to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations. The intervention at Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA includes state support for Intesa Sanpaolo SpA to acquire their good assets for a token amount… Milan-based Intesa can initially tap about 5.2 billion euros to take on some assets without hurting capital ratios, Padoan said. The European Commission approved the plan.”

June 28 – Reuters (Gernot Heller and Joseph Nasr): “Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble… underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers. Schaeuble told reporters that Europe should abide by rules enacted after the 2008 collapse of U.S. financial services firm Lehman Brothers that were meant to protect taxpayers. Existing European Union guidelines for restructuring banks aimed to ensure ‘what all political groups wanted: that taxpayers will never again carry the risks of banks,’ he said. Italy is transferring the good assets of the two Veneto lenders to the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), as part of a transaction that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion).”

June 25 – Reuters (Balazs Koranyi and Erik Kirschbaum): “The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's rate-setting Governing Council, also said that the bank should not make any further changes to the key parameters of its bond purchase scheme, comments that signal opposition to an extension of asset buys since the ECB will soon hit its German bond purchase limits. Hoping to revive growth and inflation, the ECB is buying 2.3 trillion euros worth of bonds…, a scheme known as quantitative easing and long opposed by Germany… The purchases are set to run until December and the ECB will decide this fall whether to extend it… ‘As far as a possible extension of the bonds-buying program goes, this hasn't yet been discussed in the ECB Council,’ Weidmann told the newspaper…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Carolynn Look): “It seems the sky is the limit for Germany’s economy. Business confidence -- logging its fifth consecutive increase -- jumped to the highest since 1991 this month, underpinning optimism by the Bundesbank that the upswing in Europe’s largest economy is set to continue. With domestic demand supported by a buoyant labor market, risks to growth stem almost exclusively from global forces. ‘Sentiment among German businesses is jubilant,’ Ifo President Clemens Fuest said… ‘Germany’s economy is performing very strongly.’”

June 29 – Reuters (Pete Schroeder and David Henry): “German inflation probably accelerated in June, regional data suggested on Thursday, suggesting a solid upswing in the economy is pushing up price pressures as euro zone inflation moves closer to the European Central Bank's target. The data comes only days after ECB head Mario Draghi hinted that the bank's asset-purchase program would become less accommodative going into 2018 as regional growth gains pace and inflation trends return following a period of falling prices. In another sign of rising price pressures in the 19-member single currency bloc, Spanish consumer prices rose more than expected in June… In the German state of Hesse, annual inflation rose to 1.9% in June from 1.7% in May…”

June 28 – Reuters (Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer): “He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Mayoral elections on Sunday showed four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party remains a force to be reckoned with... ‘Berlusconi sees this as the last challenge of his career,’ said Renato Brunetta, a close ally for over 20 years and Forza Italia's lower house leader. ‘He feels he has suffered many injustices and deserves one last shot. Who can deny him that?’ Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza Italia to a distant third or fourth in the polls. Yet in the mayoral ballots, Forza Italia and its anti-immigrant Northern League allies trounced the PD and 5-Star in cities all over the country, suggesting they have momentum behind them just as the national vote comes into view.”

Central Bank Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Tom Fairless): “The euro soared to its biggest one-day gain against the dollar in a year and eurozone bond prices slumped after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the ECB might start winding down its stimulus in response to accelerating growth in Europe. Any move by the ECB toward reducing bond purchases would put it on a similar policy path as the Federal Reserve, which first signaled an intent to taper its own stimulus program in 2013. But the ECB is likely to remain far behind: The Fed has been raising interest rates gradually since December 2015, while the ECB’s key rate has been negative since June 2014. Mr. Draghi’s comments, made Tuesday at the ECB’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, were laced with caution and caveats. But investors interpreted them as a cue to buy euros and sell eurozone bonds, a reversal of a long-term trade that has benefited from the central bank’s €60 billion ($67.15bn) of bond purchases each month. ‘All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area,’ Mr. Draghi said.”

June 28 – Financial Times (Dan McCrum and Chris Giles in London and Claire Jones): “Bond and currency markets whipsawed on Wednesday as Europe’s two most influential central bankers struggled to communicate to investors how they would exit from years of crisis-era economic stimulus policies. The euro surged to a 52-week high against the dollar after investors characterised remarks by Mario Draghi as a signal he was preparing to taper the European Central Bank’s bond-buying scheme — only to drop almost a full cent after senior ECB figures made clear he had been misinterpreted. Similarly, the British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2972 after Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, said he was prepared to raise interest rates if UK business activity increased — just a week after saying ‘now is not yet the time’ for an increase. The sharp moves and sudden reversals over two days of heavy trading highlight the acute sensitivity of financial markets to any suggestion of a withdrawal of stimulus measures after a prolonged period of monetary accommodation.”

June 25 – Reuters (Marc Jones): “Major central banks should press ahead with interest rate increases, the Bank for International Settlements said…, while recognizing that some turbulence in financial markets will have to be negotiated along the way. The BIS, an umbrella body for leading central banks, said in one of its most upbeat annual reports for years that global growth could soon be back at long-term average levels after a sharp improvement in sentiment over the past year. Though pockets of risk remain because of high debt levels, low productivity growth and dwindling policy firepower, the BIS said policymakers should take advantage of the improving economic outlook and its surprisingly negligible effect on inflation to accelerate the ‘great unwinding’ of quantitative easing programs and record low interest rates.”

Brexit Watch:

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government by agreeing to at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3bn) in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for the support of the province's biggest Protestant party. After over two weeks of talks and turmoil sparked by May's failure to win a majority in a June 8 snap election, she now has the parliamentary numbers to pass a budget and a better chance of passing laws to take Britain out of the European Union.”

Global Bubble Watch:

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Richard Barley): “Sometimes financial markets are surprisingly bad at connecting the dots—until they can’t ignore the picture forming before their eyes. The screeching U-turn in bond markets is a good example. The world’s central banks are sending out a message that loose monetary policy can’t last forever. The shift is mainly rhetorical, and action may yet be some way off. But expectations matter, as they did when the Federal Reserve indicated in 2013 that its quantitative-easing program could be wound down. That caused global bond yields to surge, led by the U.S., and sparked extended turmoil in emerging markets. This time, the bond reversal has been centered on Europe. Ten-year German bund yields started Tuesday just below 0.25%, but by Wednesday afternoon stood at 0.37%. That helped lift bond yields elsewhere, since low German yields have been acting as an anchor. The selloff in the bund Tuesday was the worst in 22 months…”

June 28 – Reuters (Sujata Rao): “Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies. World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash. This week, U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has warned of expensive asset price valuations, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has tightened controls on bank credit and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has opened the door to cutting back stimulus, possibly as soon as September. Years of cheap central bank cash has delivered a sugar rush to world equity markets, pushing them to successive record highs. But another side effect has been explosive credit growth as households, companies and governments rushed to take advantage of rock-bottom borrowing costs. Global debt, as a result, now amounts to 327% of the world's annual economic output, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Garfield Clinton Reynolds and Adam Haigh): “Greed seems to be running the show in global markets. Fear has fled, and that may be the biggest risk of all. Currency volatility just hit a 20-month low, Treasury yields are in their narrowest half-year trading range since the 1970s and the U.S. equities fear gauge, the VIX, is stuck near a two-decade nadir. While markets have signaled complacency in the face of Middle East tensions, the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus and President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms, the Bank for International Settlements flagged on Sunday that low volatility can spur risk-taking with the potential to unwind quickly.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “The growing market for exchange-traded funds hasn’t been fully put to the test, according to one of the top U.S. speed trading firms. Ari Rubenstein, chief executive officer and co-founder of Global Trading Systems LLC, told lawmakers… that while investment dollars have flooded the U.S. ETF market, the new order has not endured an extreme period of stress. Volatility, a measure of market uncertainty, has remained low. ‘In some ways the markets are a bit untested,’ Rubenstein said… ‘It’s definitely something we should talk about to make sure industry participants are prepared in those instruments.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Javier Espinoza): “Private equity buyouts have enjoyed the strongest start to a year since before the financial crisis as fund managers have come under intense pressure from investors to deploy some of the record amount of capital they hold. The volume of deals involving private equity firms climbed 29% to $143.7bn in the first half of the year, the highest level since 2007, according to… Thomson Reuters.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Enda Curran and Stephen Engle): “Investors aren’t sufficiently pricing in a growing threat to economic and financial market stability from geopolitical risks, and the latest global cyberattack is an example of the damage that can be wreaked on trade, Cornell University Professor Eswar Prasad said. His remarks came as a virus similar to WannaCry reached Asia after spreading from Europe to the U.S. overnight, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems.”

Fixed Income Bubble Watch:

June 27 – CNBC (Ann Saphir): “Bond investors may soon pay a hefty price for being too pessimistic about the economy, according to portfolio manager Joe Zidle. Zidle, who is with Richard Bernstein Advisors, believes the vast amount of money flowing into long-duration bonds is signaling a costly mistake. ‘Last week alone, there is a 20-year plus treasury bond ETF that in one week got more inflows than all domestic equity mutual funds, and all domestic equity ETFs combined year-to-date,’ he said… He added: ‘I think investors are going to be in a real painful trade.’”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Mary Williams Walsh): “The United States Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has already engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto Rico, which effectively declared bankruptcy in May. But so is its population, and therefore its ability to pay. This tropical territory of roughly 100,000 people owes some $6.5 billion to pensioners and creditors.”

Federal Reserve Watch:

June 28 – Bloomberg (Jill Ward, Lucy Meakin, and Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave no indication her plans for continued monetary policy tightening had shifted while acknowledging that some asset prices had become ‘somewhat rich.’ ‘We’ve made very clear that we think it will be appropriate to the attainment of our goals to raise interest rates very gradually,’ she said… In her first public remarks since the U.S. central bank hiked rates on June 14, Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ ‘Asset valuations are somewhat rich if you use some traditional metrics like price earnings ratios, but I wouldn’t try to comment on appropriate valuations, and those ratios ought to depend on long-term interest rates,” she said.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer pointed to higher asset prices as well as increased vulnerabilities for both household and corporate borrowers in warning against complacency when gauging the safety of the global financial system. ‘There is no doubt the soundness and resilience of our financial system has improved since the 2007-09 crisis,’ Fischer said… ‘However, it would be foolish to think we have eliminated all risks.’”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Luke Kawa): “When a trio of Federal Reserve officials delivered remarks on Tuesday, the state of U.S. financial markets came in for a little bit of criticism. When all was said and done, U.S. equities sank the most in six weeks, yields on 10-year Treasuries rose and the dollar weakened to the lowest level versus the euro in 10 months. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ Earlier, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said the stock market ‘seems to be running very much on fumes’ and that he was ‘somewhat concerned about the complacency in the market.’ Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer suggested that there had been a ‘notable uptick’ in risk appetite that propelled valuation ratios to very elevated levels.”

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “With the U.S. economy at full employment and inflation set to hit the Federal Reserve's 2% target next year, the U.S. central bank needs to keep raising rates gradually to keep the economy on an even keel, a Fed policymaker said… ‘If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem,’ San Francisco Fed President John Williams said… ‘Gradually raising interest rates to bring monetary policy back to normal helps us keep the economy growing at a rate that can be sustained for a longer time.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Alistair Gray and Barney Jopson): “Regulators have given US banks the go-ahead to pay out almost all their earnings to shareholders this year in a signal of their confidence in the health of the financial system. The Federal Reserve has given the green light to a record level of post-crisis distributions, including an estimated total of almost $100bn from the six largest banks. All 34 institutions passed the second part of its annual stress test, although the Fed did call out weaknesses in capital planning at Capital One… The big six US banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — are set to return to shareholders between $95bn and $97bn over the next four quarters, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Gerard Cassidy. That is about 50% more than they were able to hand out after last year’s exam.”

U.S. Bubble Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Shibani Mahtani and Douglas Belkin): “This is what happens when a major American state lets its bills stack up for two years. Hospitals, doctors and dentists don’t get paid for hundreds of millions of dollars of patient care. Social-service agencies help fewer people. Public universities and the towns that surround them suffer. The state’s bond rating falls to near junk status. People move out. A standoff in Illinois between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan over spending and term limits has left Illinois without a budget for two years. State workers and some others are still getting paid because of court orders and other stopgap measures, but bills for many others are piling up. The unpaid backlog is now $14.6 billion and growing.”

June 28 – Bloomberg Business Week (Elizabeth Campbell and John McCormick): “Two years ago, Illinois’s budget impasse meant that the state’s lottery winners had to wait for months to get their winnings. Now, with $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois is on the brink of being unable to even sell Powerball tickets. For the third year in a row, the state is poised to begin its fiscal year on July 1 with no state budget and billions of dollars in the red. If that happens, S&P Global Ratings says Illinois will probably lose its ­investment-grade status and become the first U.S. state on record to have its general obligation debt rated as junk. Illinois is already the worst-rated state at BBB-, S&P’s lowest investment-grade rating. The state owes at least $800 million in interest and late fees on its unpaid bills.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Lev Borodovsky): “Commercial real estate prices are starting to roll over after reaching record highs, capping a long postcrisis rally. While there is no sign that a decline would mean imminent danger for the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren recently warned that valuations represent a risk he ‘will continue to watch carefully.’ So far, prices have proven resilient, reflecting in part the unexpected 2017 decline of interest rates and the rising capital flows from diverse sources such as U.S. pensions and overseas investors.”

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Chris Dieterich): “Booming demand for passive investments is making exchange-traded funds an increasingly crucial driver of share prices, helping to extend the long U.S. stock rally even as valuations become richer and other big buyers pare back. ETFs bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of this year, on pace to surpass their total purchases for 2015 and 2016 combined… These funds owned nearly 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter—their highest level on record—according to an analysis of Fed data by Goldman Sachs… Surging demand for ETFs this year has to an unprecedented extent helped fuel the latest leg higher for the eight-year stock-market rally.”

June 27 – Reuters (Kimberly Chin): “U.S. single-family home prices rose in April due to tight inventory of houses on the market and low mortgage rates… and economists see no imminent change in the trend. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of 20metropolitan areas rose 5.7% in April on a year-over-year basis after a 5.9% gain in March, which matched the fastest pace in nearly three years.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Andrew Mayeda): “The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending to spur growth. The IMF reduced its forecast for U.S. growth this year to 2.1%, from 2.3% in the fund’s April update to its world economic outlook. The… fund also cut its projection for U.S. growth next year to 2.1%, from 2.5% in April.”

Japan Watch:

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “Japan's industrial output fell faster in May than at any time since the devastating earthquake of March 2011 while inventories hit their highest in almost a year, suggesting a nascent economic recovery may stall before it gets properly started. Household spending also fell in May, leaving the Bank of Japan's 2% target seemingly out of reach.”

EM Watch:

June 28 – Reuters (Brad Brooks and Silvio Cascione): “President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a ‘fiction’ on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year. Temer, who was charged Monday night with arranging to receive millions of dollars in bribes, said the move would hurt Brazil's economic recovery and possibly paralyze efforts at reform. The conservative leader said executives of the world's biggest meatpacker, JBS SA , who accused him in plea-bargain testimony of arranging to take 38 million reais ($11.47 million) in bribes in the coming months, did so only to escape jail for their own crimes.”

Geopolitical Watch:

June 29 – New York Times (Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger): “Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States — Britain and Ukraine. The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons. White House officials have deflected many questions, and responded to others by arguing that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the manufacturer of their weapons. But the silence is wearing thin for victims of the assaults, as a series of escalating attacks using N.S.A. cyberweapons have hit hospitals, a nuclear site and American businesses. Now there is growing concern that United States intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands.”

June 28 – New York Times (Sheera Frenkel, Mark Scott and Paul Mozur): “As governments and organizations around the world grappled… with the impact of a cyberattack that froze computers and demanded a ransom for their release, victims received a clear warning from security experts not to pay a dime in the hopes of getting back their data. The hackers’ email address was shut down and they had lost the ability to communicate with their victims, and by extension, to restore access to computers. If the hackers had wanted to collect ransom money, said cybersecurity experts, their attack was an utter failure. That is, if that was actually their goal. Increasingly sophisticated ransomware assaults now have cybersecurity experts questioning what the attackers are truly after. Is it money? Mayhem? Delivering a political message?”

June 25 – Reuters: “Qatar is reviewing a list of demands presented by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, but said on Saturday the list was not reasonable or actionable. ‘We are reviewing these demands out of respect for ... regional security and there will be an official response from our ministry of foreign affairs,’ Sheikh Saif al-Thani, the director of Qatar's government communications office, said… Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed a boycott on Qatar, issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish military base and pay reparations among other demands.”

June 27 – Reuters (Foo Yun Chee): “EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7bn) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009. The European Commission said the world's most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5% of Alphabet's average daily global turnover.”
          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          Re: Tennessee AG Adds Signature to Letter Demanding End of DACA   
Bruce Van Wyngaden You Sir are a Traitor against the United States and just an all around P.O.S. Why do you want to protect these Illegal Invaders ? Could it be because You are one Yourself I am tired of supporting these illegal Scum with My Tax Dollars I am 70 and still work and do not mind Helping Poor U.S. Citizens with my tax dollars but no more free Education Health Care Housing Medical and Welfare Payments for Illegal Invading Scum .Let them go back home now that we have Educiated themselves on Our Tax Dollars and make their Country a better place to live they will not do this because they do not want to give up their free ride well I am dam tired of supporting them Deport everyone one of them I do not care if they are two days old Deport them NOW .
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          The Office of the National Coordinator Releases Guidance on Recent International Ransomware Campaign   
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          Congress comes up short on major action so far this year   
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          On ObamaCare, Republicans still chant repeal, replace; but question is when, how   
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          RN / Registered Nurse - Walnut Cove Health and Rehabilitation Center - Consulate Health Care - Walnut Cove, NC   
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          (USA-MS-Jackson) Staff Registered Nurse (Primary Care Clinics)   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1970857 **OUR MISSION**: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? The G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS provides primary, secondary and tertiary medical, neurological and mental health inpatient care. Services include hemodialysis, sleep studies, substance abuse treatment, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hematology/oncology and rehabilitation programs. Both primary and specialized outpatient services are available including such specialized programs as; ambulatory surgery, spinal cord injury, neurology, infectious disease, substance abuse, PTSD, readjustment counseling, mental health diagnostic and treatment programs. In addition, the facility provides comprehensive health care services for female veterans patients and offers an 86-bed Community Living Center which includes Palliative Care. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. ****The applicant(s) selected for this position may be eligible to receive an award through the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) upon meeting established criteria. The EDRP award is subject to availability of funding. Please contact Human Resources to speak with the EDRP Coordinator for additional information.** ### Duties The Registered Nurse assigned to the Primary Care Clinics at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VAMC will perform clinical duties as directed by the Associate Director for Patient Care Services through the Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Acute Care, Deputy Associate Director for Patienet Care Services/Long Term Care, designated Associate Chief of Nursing Service and Head Nurse (or designee). Duties include providing safe, basic care to include but is not limited to the following : * Adheres to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. * Demonstrates leadership when providing nursing care. * Serves as a role model when assigned as team leader or charge nurse under the supervision of the Head Nurse or designee. * Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care. * Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care. * Supports and enhances clients and self-determination. * Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues. * Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action. * Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain xpertise in area of practice. * Uses group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems. * Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in improved outcomes. * Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group pratice. **Work Schedule:** Primarily Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm with some variability based on the needs of the service. **Functional Statement Title/#:** STAFF REGISTERED NURSE/00000 ### Travel Required * Not Required ### Relocation Authorized * No Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * Must pass pre-employment examination. * Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. * Background and/or Security Investigation required. * Must be proficient in written and spoken English. * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. ### Qualifications **BASIC REQUIREMENTS:** * U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. * Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. * The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6) * Current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia. **Grade Determinations: **The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: * Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required. * Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; **OR** an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; **OR** a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience. * Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR** an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR** a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR**a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience. * Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; **OR** ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; **OR** a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; **OR**a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required. * Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; **OR** a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. **Preferred Experience:** * Primary Care, Emergency Department and/or Ambulatory Clinic experience Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. **Note:** Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. **Education/Experience Requirements:** Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice; Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: **Practice:** Practice, Ethics and Resource Utilization **Professional Development:**Performance and Education/Career Development **Collaboration:**Collaboration and Collegiality **Scientific Inquiry:**Quality of Care and Research **Physical Requirements: **This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated material and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. ### Security Clearance Other Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center. #### BENEFITS VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. ### Other Information It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472666100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Salary Range:* $46,974.00 to $93,213.00 / Per Year *Series & Grade:* VN-0610-00/00 *Supervisory Status:* No *Who May Apply:* United States Citizens *Control Number:* 472666100 *Job Announcement Number:* VA-17-GDF-1970857-T38-BU
          HOUSEKEEPING AIDE - North Wellington Health Care - Ontario   
A cross-site casual part time Housekeeping Aide position is available within the Support Services Department. NORTH WELLINGTON HEALTH CARE.... $20.72 - $21.18 an hour
From North Wellington Health Care - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:01:41 GMT - View all Ontario jobs
          Personal Support Worker - PSW - Advanta Health Care Services Inc. - Toronto, ON   
We are a Home Care agency, looking for flexible, organized care providers, who are warm and caring, throughout Ontario (Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Oshawa...
From Indeed - Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:35:52 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Personal Support Worker - PSW - Advanta Health Care Services Inc. - Oakville, ON   
We are a Home Care agency, looking for flexible, organized care providers, who are warm and caring, throughout Ontario (Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Oshawa...
From Indeed - Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:08:18 GMT - View all Oakville, ON jobs
          Personal Support Worker - PSW - Advanta Health Care Services Inc. - Mississauga, ON   
We are a Home Care agency, looking for flexible, organized care providers, who are warm and caring, throughout Ontario (Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Oshawa...
From Indeed - Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:44:57 GMT - View all Mississauga, ON jobs
          Personal Support Worker - PSW - Advanta Health Care Services Inc. - Pickering, ON   
Advanta Health Care Services are currently seeking Home Support Workers for full time, part time and casual positions.We are a Home Care agency, looking for...
From Indeed - Tue, 02 May 2017 21:28:42 GMT - View all Pickering, ON jobs
          Personal Support Worker - PSW - Advanta Health Care Services Inc. - Oshawa, ON   
Advanta Health Care Services are currently seeking Home Support Workers for full time, part time and casual positions.We are a Home Care agency, looking for...
From Indeed - Tue, 02 May 2017 21:27:09 GMT - View all Oshawa, ON jobs
          Personal Support Worker - PSW - Advanta Health Care Services Inc. - Whitby, ON   
Advanta Health Care Services are currently seeking Home Support Workers for full time, part time and casual positions.We are a Home Care agency, looking for...
From Indeed - Tue, 02 May 2017 21:27:43 GMT - View all Whitby, ON jobs
          (USA-MS-JACKSON) Revenue Integrity Coding - Billing Specialist - Navigant Cymetrix - Remote Location   
Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the Firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at navigant.com. Navigant Cymetrix unites the strengths of four category-leading companies to address the complexities of today’s healthcare system. We design, develop and implement integrated, patient-centered solutions for sustained improvements in performance and profitability, working collaboratively across a spectrum of customers that encompasses hospitals, health systems, physician practice groups and payers. As a member of the Navigant Cymetrix Comprehensive Revenue Cycle Management (CRCM) team, the Revenue Integrity Specialist combines subject matter expertise with Navigant Cymetrix technology solutions to investigate, track and resolve health care claim billing errors and denials. This position contributes to the mission of the Revenue Integrity Program to help improve compliance with government, managed care and other third party payer billing and reporting requirements. Through collaboration between the CRCM project team and client stakeholders, the Revenue Integrity Specialist contributes to continuous process improvements to meet and/or exceed established Revenue Integrity Key Performance Indicators (KPI). **Essential Job Functions** + Demonstrates the ability to make sound, productive, and ethical decisions in the performance of assigned duties. + Demonstrates a commitment to quality and excellence. + Contributes to team effort by remaining flexible and open minded, maintaining cooperative working relationships, sharing resources and information, and assisting co-workers in time of need. + Complies with Navigant Cymetrix and CRCM client policies and procedures. + Promotes client customer service through active communication, understanding their needs and concerns, and providing resolution with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity. **Duties and Responsibilities** Under the direction of the Director of Revenue Integrity, the Revenue Integrity Coding/Billing Specialist is responsible for providing coding support to hospital patient accounts' billing, collections, and follow up areas as needed to ensure all entitled revenue for the organization. Daily duties for this position include: + The efficient and timely review of Medicare and third party payer accounts for pre-bill, bill hold edits and denials for charge generation issues that contribute to timely filing delays and third party payer denials of health system services. + Working through specific Revenue Integrity Hold Codes in the hospital billing scrubber as directed by the Director, Revenue Integrity. + As needed, reviewing clinical documentation and diagnostic results as appropriate to extract and apply applicable ICD-10, CPT, HCPCS codes and associated coding modifiers. + Ensures coding practices are in compliance with Federal/State guidelines by utilizing various types of authoritative information. + Accurately works the hospital billing scrubber for billing edits and other assigned functions in the METRIX? Revenue Integrity Desk. + Maintaining documentation of pre-bill, bill hold and denial errors for root cause analyses with recommendations for areas of improvement. + Maintains current knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and other third party payer billing compliance guidelines and requirements. + Other duties commensurate with skills and experience as determined by the Director of Revenue Integrity. + Associate's degree or equivalent of 5 years job related experience. AAPC or AHIMA coding certification. + Experience in ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS Level II Coding. + Expertise in determining medical necessity of services provided and charged based on provider/clinical documentation. + Knowledge, understanding and proper application of Medicare, Medicaid and third-party payer UB-04 billing and reporting requirements including resolution of CCI, MUE and Medical Necessity edits applied to claims. + Hospital medical auditing/review experience preferred. + Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. + Word/Excel proficient. + Ability to produce accurate, assigned work product within specified time frames. **Work Environment** + Minimal exposure to the risk of contagious and blood borne diseases. + Occasional varying and unpredictable situations. + Minimal exposure to accidents, injuries, illness. + 40 hours per week. + Strong conceptual, as well as quantitative and qualitative analytical skills + Work as a member of a team as well as be a self-motivator with ability to work independently + Constantly operates a computer and other office equipment to coordinate work + Frequently travels by airplane, train or car as necessary to perform work at another location + Regularly uses close visual acuity and operates computer equipment to prepare and analyze and transmit data + Generally works in an office environment The company offers competitive compensation packages including an incentive compensation plan, comprehensive medical/dental/life insurance, 401(k) and employee stock purchase plans. **_Navigant does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Navigant and Navigant will not be obligated to pay a placement fee._** **Navigant** is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation. Navigant will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law or ordinance including the Fair Chance Ordinance of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
          (USA-MS-JACKSON) Revenue Integrity Specialist - Navigant Cymetrix - Remote Location   
Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the Firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at navigant.com. Navigant Cymetrix unites the strengths of four category-leading companies to address the complexities of today’s healthcare system. We design, develop and implement integrated, patient-centered solutions for sustained improvements in performance and profitability, working collaboratively across a spectrum of customers that encompasses hospitals, health systems, physician practice groups and payers. As a member of the Navigant Cymetrix Comprehensive Revenue Cycle Management (CRCM) team, the Revenue Integrity Specialist combines subject matter expertise with Navigant Cymetrix technology solutions to investigate, track and resolve health care claim billing errors and denials. This position contributes to the mission of the Revenue Integrity Program to help improve compliance with government, managed care and other third party payer billing and reporting requirements. Through collaboration between the CRCM project team and client stakeholders, the Revenue Integrity Specialist contributes to continuous process improvements to meet and/or exceed established Revenue Integrity Key Performance Indicators (KPI). **Essential Job Functions** + Demonstrates the ability to make sound, productive, and ethical decisions in the performance of assigned duties. + Demonstrates a commitment to quality and excellence. + Contributes to team effort by remaining flexible and open minded, maintaining cooperative working relationships, sharing resources and information, and assisting co-workers in time of need. + Complies with Navigant Cymetrix and CRCM client policies and procedures. + Promotes client customer service through active communication, understanding their needs and concerns, and providing resolution with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity. **Duties and Responsibilities** The Revenue Integrity Specialist is responsible for: + The efficient and timely review of Medicare and third party payer accounts for pre-bill, bill hold edits and denials for charge generation issues that contribute to timely filing delays and third party payer denials of health system services. + Working through specific Revenue Integrity Hold Codes in the billing scrubber as directed by the Director, Revenue Integrity. + Accurately works the hospital billing scrubber for billing edits and assigned functions in the METRIX? Revenue Integrity Denial Desk. + Maintaining documentation of pre-bill, bill hold and denial errors for root cause analyses with recommendations for areas of improvement. + Providing education and training to PFS staff as needed on root cause issues noted from the pre-bill edits, bill hold edits and denials. + Working with the Utilization Management department to obtain documentation for retro authorizations for patients for treatment authorizations and/or appeals through the billing scrubber or METRIX? work queue list. + Maintains current knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and other third party payer billing compliance guidelines and requirements. + Other duties commensurate with skills and experience as determined by the Director of Revenue Integrity. + High School Diploma and a minimum of five (5) years related work experience required. Associate or bachelor degree in healthcare from an accredited college or university and two (2) years related work experience preferred. + Knowledge, understanding and proper application of Medicare, Medicaid and third-party payer billing and reporting requirements; + Appeals/denials experience preferred. + Hospital medical auditing/review experience preferred. + Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. + Word/Excel proficient. + Ability to produce accurate, assigned work product within specified time frames. **Work Environment** + Minimal exposure to the risk of contagious and blood borne diseases. + Occasional varying and unpredictable situations. + Minimal exposure to accidents, injuries, illness. + 40 hours per week. + Strong conceptual, as well as quantitative and qualitative analytical skills + Work as a member of a team as well as be a self-motivator with ability to work independently + Constantly operates a computer and other office equipment to coordinate work + Frequently travels by airplane, train or car as necessary to perform work at another location + Regularly uses close visual acuity and operates computer equipment to prepare and analyze and transmit data + Generally works in an office environment The company offers competitive compensation packages including an incentive compensation plan, comprehensive medical/dental/life insurance, 401(k) and employee stock purchase plans. **_Navigant does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Navigant and Navigant will not be obligated to pay a placement fee._** **Navigant** is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation. Navigant will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law or ordinance including the Fair Chance Ordinance of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Commercial Segment Specialist - Healthcare Analytics   
**About Us:** GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry. GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www.ge.com/sites/default/files/15-000845%20EEO%20combined.pdf . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. **Role Summary:** The Commercial Segment Specialist, Healthcare Analytics, is a leadership role that supports the team across the Central Zone for strategic projects and solutions in the GE Healthcare product portfolio across Healthcare Analytics. This role reports into the Global Commercial Segment Specialist for GE Healthcare Analytics and is designed to provide strategic product and workflow expertise to the product sales specialists and strategic account managers, including deal support and training. **Essential Responsibilities:** + Coach and train product sales specialists (PSSs) in the sale of Healthcare Analytics solutions as well as ensuring that the overall Healthcare Analytics operating plan is met. + Provide analytics sales expertise, coaching, and deal structuring across the entire GEHC commercial organization for a set geography – measured by pooled OP + Coaches and mentors sales organization on deal strategy and product compatibility at customer site – participate in in high-visibility customer meetings + Liaison to commercial product organization (inside sales, demo teams, technical sales specialists) providing domain expertise and visibility across designated product for designation zone + Work closely with Product Management, Product Marketing and Field Marketing to develop, execute and maintain programs and initiatives specifically designed to drive Orders, Revenue and Customer Experience. + Develop Analytics expertise in 1 of 3 care areas (1: HCD ICA, DI, DI Equipment Service 2: HCD VBC, GEHC Partners, Custom Services 3: CCS – LCS and Ultrasound, Life Sciences) to serve as a SME in sales opportunities, while advancing deals to closure. + Drive Healthcare Analytics product sales strategy, funnel development and management, territory development, while closing deals or assisting in closing deals within assigned geography. + Enable field teams to meet and exceed quarterly and annual quotas by providing product strategy, demo expertise, and deal support as necessary. + Actively monitor funnel analytics for national products, while conducting longer term gap analysis and funnel-build plans to coordinate with Field and Product teams + Act as liaison between field sales & P&L – insuring sales training, strategic approach, technical support of all field sales activities + Responsible for onboarding and training of new PSSs across designated geography + Serve as Sales leader liasion for commercial org. Coordinate issues, problem solve, and recommend suggestions for implementation to ensure product strategy is aligned with business goals – organize calls as needed across designation territory + Responsible for coaching and mentoring of PSSs in the sale of designated products, this may include jointly developing sales strategies, field ride-alongs and visits or creating training plans and opportunities. + Develop and maintain a high level of product knowledge of designated product portfolio, GE Healthcare and competitive products + Develop quota attainment business plan and/or account penetration strategies for key target accounts and provide management with a quarterly report of progress + Develop and maintain consultative sales relationships as needed with key-buying influences in key accounts, including multiple levels within the customer's organization including IT, department administrators, physicians, and the C suite to include - CFO, CIO, CEO and CMO, as well as be able to coach sales executives in these relationships. **Qualifications/Requirements:** Basic Qualifications: + Minimum 5 years experience working with IT analytics and business intelligence applications, preferably in health care + Minimum 5 years experience in the healthcare business segment and consultative sales/marketing experience including strategic selling and negotiationEligibility Requirements: + In-depth knowledge of and Experience in the Healthcare Technologies, IT, Analytics, Software markets and GE HCIT software solutions + Strong track record of successful sales quota attainment + Knowledge of GE Analytics solutions and GE competitors + Experience interfacing with both internal team members and external customers as a part of a solution-based sales process + Located within designated geography of position + Willingness to travel 50-70% + Unrestricted work authorization in the US, without sponsorship + Willingness to submit to and pass a drug test and educational, employment and criminal background checks. + To the extent you are applying for a position that requires you to operate a GE owned/leased, privately owned/leased or rental vehicle for company business, you must be willing to submit to a check of your driving record + Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job. **Desired Characteristics:** + 2 years of indirect or direct management experience + Minimum 8 years of consultative sales/marketing experience including strategic selling and negotiation + 5+ years specified product sales experience successfully selling GE Centricity solutions + Demonstrated strong strategic planning skills and performance track record + Strong communication skills to synthesize complex issues and communicate into simple messages + Demonstrated ability to energize, develop, and build rapport at all levels within an organization + Inclusive leadership style with a focus on personal involvement, trust and flexibility + Demonstrated aptitude and success in fostering solid, value-based executive customer relationships + Intellectual capacity to interpret trends and data, translating the information into actions and improvements + Able to present in front of large groups, deal with ambiguity and demonstrate composure in stressful situations where competing priorities must be managed + Solid process orientation, demonstrated resource management and allocation experience, and the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously\#DTR **Locations:** United States; Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin; ChicagoGE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer at http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion​ of a background investigation and drug screen.
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Social Worker (Addictive Disorders Treatment Program)   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary **Social Worker (Addictive Disorders Treatment Program); GS-0185-12; 1 vacancy; Jackson, MS** **Announcement Number: VA-17-BG-1980289-HT38-BU** Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1980289 **OUR MISSION**: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? "As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/" ****VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Current VA employees should apply under Announcement Number: VA-17-BG-1980224-HT38-BU ### Duties The Addictive Disorders Treatment Program (ADTP) Social Worker works with an interdisciplinary team to provide treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues in the outpatient and inpatient area at G.V. Sonny Montgomery VAMC in Jackson, MS. The incumbent will serve as a mental health treatment coordinator and will serve as primary coordinator for assigned Veterans. Incumbent duties will also include but not limited to: evidence base therapy, crisis management, case management duties, group therapy, individual therapy and psycho-educational classes related to recovery from chemical addictions. Further, the senior incumbent will provide ongoing social work services support to residential addictions program and psychiatric inpatient ward, work alternative hours as needed for mental health clinics, and provide case management to the homeless population served. Incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups. Incumbent must have, obtain, and maintain certifications in Substance Use Disorders specific evidence base therapies. The incumbent develops treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. The incumbent is able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. The individual independently identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services. The ADTP Social Worker has working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. Additional duties include, but are not limited to: Conduct psychosocial assessments and making psychosocial diagnoses. * Conduct mental health assessments and me DSM-V diagnoses. * Develop psychosocial treatment plans with attention to age specific needs/concerns. * Provide psychosocial interventions for individuals, groups and families. * Utilize standardized instruments in the assessment of mental health conditions. * Provide individual and group counseling and/or psychotherapy. * Develop information and referral resources and services. * Develop community links and coordinates the clinical application of community services. * **Preferred Experience:** 1. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. 2. Basic skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking. Ability to learn and utilize software programs in use by VHA. 3. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. 4. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team. 5. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture. 6. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology. 7. Knowledge and experience in the use of evidence base therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder, mood disorders, and/ or anxiety disorders. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience**.** **Work Schedule:** Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm; May be required to work off tours and provide weekend coverage **Functional Statement Title/#:** Social Worker; GS-0185-12; Addictive Disorders Treatment Program (ADTP) ### Travel Required * Not Required ### Relocation Authorized * No Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * Must pass pre-employment examination * Must be proficient in written and spoken English * Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required * Background and-or Security Investigation required * Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959. ### Qualifications **BASIC REQUIREMENTS.** The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must: a. **Citizenship.** Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part.) b. **Education.** Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may notbe substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work. c. **Licensure.** Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website. d. **Physical Requirements.** See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. e. **English Language Proficiency.** Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. **GS-12 Senior Social Worker** (a) **Experience, Education and Licensure.** Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty (see paragraph 3a(c)). In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs in subparagraph (b) below. (b) **Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities** *1*. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services. *2*. Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. *3*. Advanced knowledge and expert skill in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings. *4*. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. *5*. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program. (c) **Assignments.** Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior Social Workers typically practice in a major specialty treatment program area, such as a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site; a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope and complexity. The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. They are also assigned in settings where they have no access to social work supervision, such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. They may be assigned to work with special patient populations with highly-complex health or mental health problems requiring expert level psychosocial interventions, such as VA/DOD liaisons assigned to Military Treatment Facilities as part of seamless transition or social worker case managers in Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) programs. **References:** VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. **Note:** Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. **Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting 50 pounds and over; Heavy carrying 50 pounds and over; straight pulling (1-2 hours); pushing (1-2 hours); walking (2-4 hours); standing (2-6 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable; far vision correctable; depth perception; hearing (aid permitted); work closely with others; use stretchers to transfer patients and use of patient lifts (if applicable); emotional and mental stability** ### Security Clearance Other Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center. #### BENEFITS VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp. **Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave**: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. ### Other Information It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473192000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Salary Range:* $72,168.00 to $93,821.00 / Per Year *Series & Grade:* GS-0185-12/12 *Supervisory Status:* No *Who May Apply:* U.S. Citizens. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. *Control Number:* 473192000 *Job Announcement Number:* VA-17-BG-1980289-HT38-BU
          (USA-MS-Jackson) Social Worker (Addictive Disorders Treatment Program)   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary **Social Worker (Addictive Disorders Treatment Program); GS-0185-12; 1 vacancy; Jackson, MS** **Announcement Number: VA-17-BG-1980224-HT38-BU** Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1980224 **OUR MISSION**: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? “As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/” ****VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. ###