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He’s Back. James O’Keefe Blows Open Navigators Like He Did Acorn.

January 22, 2014

He’s Back. James O’Keefe Blows Open Navigators Like He Did Acorn..

ACORNholio strikes again? How do we protect Information Security, control UNIONS & provide EVIDENCED BASED OUTCOMES?

If you failed to read HR3200 like our illiterate Congress… if you do not know that it was not designed to solve our health care problems but that it is nothing short of outsourcing our jobs and privacy to the international community…

Why did any contract go to ACORN when we have fully capable people with INFORMATION SECURITY and SYSTEMS DESIGN training at each state?

Is this entrapment by having folks commit fraud on their applications?

If we are hiring felons to encourage felonious activity to ensnare folks into prison that is entrapment.

I saw the C-Span hearings, their focus was on prosecuting applicants who lied on their insurance apps.

Don’t tell me ACORN and ACORN International is running the prison system. That would be way too TWILIGHT ZONE for me!

ACORN was only 35,000 members large pre Kartina. Post Katrina, a whopping 450,000 within the first year. Rathke’s brother was in trouble for absconding funds, but that didn’t help New Orleans. Neither did ACORN when they formed ACORN International. Was their New Orleans on their list of priorities? Not so much!


Sebelius to MISSAPPROPRIATE $200 Million Recovery Act Funds

July 28, 2009

News Release


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Contact: HRSA Press Office

(301) 443-3376

Secretary Sebelius Makes Recovery Act Funding Available to Expand Health
Professions Training

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of $200
million to support grants, loans, loan repayment, and scholarships to expand
the training of health care professionals.  The funds are expected to
train approximately 8,000 students and credentialed health professionals by the
end of fiscal year 2010.

Today’s funds are part of the $500 million allotted to HHS’ Health Resources
and Services Administration (HRSA), to address workforce shortages under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“Health care reform cannot happen without an adequate supply of
well-trained, well-distributed providers,” said Secretary Sebelius.
“These ARRA funds provide targeted investments in primary care, nursing,
faculty development, and equipment purchases that will shore up the workforce
as we prepare for reform.”

“Our health professions programs have been significantly underfunded these
past few years,” said Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the Health
Resources and Services Administration. “These funds will help us begin to
rebuild the infrastructure that is so essential to producing the number of
skilled health professionals the Nation needs.”

The $200 million will be directed to the following program areas:

  • $80.2 million for scholarships, loans, and loan repayment
    awards to students, health professionals, and faculty.  Of those
    funds, $39 million will be targeted to nurses and nurse faculty, $40
    million to disadvantaged students in a wide range of health professions,
    and $1.2 million to health professions faculty from disadvantaged
  • $50 million in grants to health professions training
    programs.  Funds will be used to purchase equipment needed to expand
    programs and improve the quality of training.
  • $47.6 million to support primary care training programs.
    These funds will support the training of residents, medical students,
    physician assistants, dentists and individuals, many of whom will practice
    in underserved areas.
  • $10.5 million to strengthen the public health
    workforce.  Funds will support public health traineeships and
    increase the number of individuals trained through preventive medicine and
    dental public health residencies.
  • $10.2 million to increase the diversity of the health
    professions workforce.
  • And $1.5 million to support the efforts of state
    professional licensing boards in reducing barrier to telemedicine.

HRSA is using a competitive process to award all funds. Some awards will be
made over the next several months. In addition, funding opportunities for some
programs will be announced over the next several months, giving applicants
adequate time to prepare materials.

The remaining $300 million in ARRA workforce funds is being used to expand HRSA’s
National Health Service Corps, which provides scholarships and loan repayment
for primary care providers who serve in health professional shortage
areas.  In addition, HRSA received $2 billion through ARRA to expand
health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals through its health
center program.



AARP CEO Thanks Biden for Health Care Reform!

July 28, 2009

Medical News Today News Article

Medical News Today
AARP Thanks Vice President Biden, Administration, For Working To Improve Health Care For Older Americans
20 Jul 2009

This afternoon, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand delivered the following remarks at the White House Middle Class Task Force Town Hall in Alexandria, Va., during a discussion with Vice President Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle, on how health care reform will lower costs, cut waste, and improve quality for seniors from across the country.

Rand’s remarks as prepared for delivery follow:

“Good afternoon everyone and welcome. I’m happy to be here with so many of our AARP family. Mr. Vice President, I want to thank you for hosting this Middle Class Task Force Town Hall and focusing in on ‘How Health Care Reform Will Help Seniors.’ Because as we all know, older Americans, like everyone else, need health care reform.

“So many of you have shared your stories with AARP and asked that we send them to Congress and to the White House to make sure Washington understands how important health care reform is-to you, to all Americans.

“Today, you have the chance to make your voice heard-the chance to talk about the challenges you are facing, whether it’s falling into the doughnut hole or being denied coverage because you have a pre-existing condition. Your stories are why AARP has made health care reform a top priority.

“Thankfully, Congress is moving forward with legislation that will address many of the concerns of older Americans. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives introduced a health care reform bill, and the Senate is working hard to get a bill out before the August recess.

“Congress is moving forward because they know what we know: our current health care system is not sustainable-not just for individuals, but also for employers and government.

“At AARP, we believe all Americans should have affordable health care choices. But our current system costs too much, wastes too much, makes too many mistakes and gives us back too little value for our money.

“This has to change. For too many people, lack of affordable, quality health care is closing the door on your American Dream-forcing us, forcing you, forcing them to choose between their health and other necessities. We hear this from our members every day, and you will hear some of those personal stories from people here today.

“Affordable health care is critical for financial and retirement security. One of the main reasons people go bankrupt is because they can’t pay their medical bills.

“For families and workers, the loss of jobs has been compounded by pay cuts and reduced insurance coverage. Among the most vulnerable are people 50-64 who lack employer-sponsored insurance. For too many of them, the individual insurance market is often unavailable at any price due to their exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

“As many of you know first hand, people on Medicare face extremely heavy burdens. They spend, on average, six times more of their income on health care than those with coverage through employers. We need health care reform in order to hold down costs and to keep Medicare strong now and strong for future generations.

“I joined President Obama and Congressional leaders when we announced an agreement to cut Medicare’s Part D coverage gap-the doughnut hole-in half. This is an important start. But we must do more to improve Medicare, such as:

— Further close the Part D “doughnut hole” coverage gap and reduce the costs of prescription drugs;
— Protect patients’ access to their doctors;
— Crack down on waste, fraud and abuse that’s driving up the cost of health care and causing medical errors and poor care
— Prevent dangerous, costly and avoidable re-hospitalizations; and
— Improve quality through better care management that coordinates chronic, acute, and long-term care services, and ensures that patients have access to the full range of support they need.

“For people not yet eligible for Medicare, there are a number of steps we must take to make health care more affordable, we must:

— Prevent insurance companies from pricing policies based on pre-existing conditions or age;
— Limit people’s premiums and out-of-pocket costs;
— Provide people with stable coverage that can not be taken away if they lose a job or experience life’s other ups and downs; and finally,
— Lower drug prices.

“These steps will improve health care for everyone. AARP is working hard-with the Administration-including Secretary Sebelius and Nancy-Ann DeParle. And we’re working with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle-to achieve meaningful health care reform that improves quality, improves the way care is delivered, and makes it more affordable.

“We all have a stake in health care reform. And right now, Congress is making important decisions.

“I urge you to be informed.I urge you to be involved, and.I urge you to be engaged in this issue. You can make a difference. Together, we can make sure that every American has access to affordable, quality health care for generations to come.”

For details on AARP’s health reform priorities, visit here.


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Kent Conrad says current health care plans wont save money and may not for well past 10 years

July 8, 2009


Contact: Stu Nagurka (Conrad): 202-224-7436

June 16, 2009 Andrea Wuebker (Gregg): 202-224-8309


“CBO’s letter, which we requested, shows that it will not be enough to simply offset the
cost of health reform over the next ten years. We must also ensure that reform bends the cost curve on health care over the long-term.”

“Most importantly, CBO is telling Congress that, without fundamental changes in the
organization and delivery of health care services, many current proposals to expand coverage would likely worsen our long-term budget outlook, rather than improve it.”

“CBO finds that paying for health reform over the next ten years doesn’t guarantee
long-term savings. Any expansion of insurance coverage under a health reform bill would be
phased in over time, so the 10-year budget window is not the best indicator of its ultimate cost.
Further, any offsetting savings enacted outside of the health care system would likely fail to keep up
with the rising cost of health care. To avoid problems down the road, we should be primarily
focused on finding savings within the health care system, that will grow over the long-term.”

“CBO also identifies two powerful ways that the federal government has to encourage
long-term health care savings: by changing Medicare payment rules to transform the practice of
health care and by changing the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health insurance. Both of
these changes have the potential to improve incentives for more efficient care in the overall health

“Our nation’s fiscal future is on the line. We have a tremendous opportunity to adopt health
care reform that will expand coverage, preserve choice, and improve quality. But we should not
enact any health care reform that does not also reduce federal spending over the long term
compared to our current unsustainable course.”