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Georgia’s War On The Poor

It’s almost as if Georgia Republicans have decided to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty by declaring war on poor people.  First by making it near impossible for future expansions of Medicaid: House Bill 990 moves the authority to expand Medicaid out of the Governor’s office and over to lawmakers. In a [...]

At a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippine​s on Monday, Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry asked President Obama to explain what actions he is taking with regard to the report of 40 U.S. military veterans who died while waiting for care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health [...]

It’s actually quite easy to explain. The reason why 19 states have refused to expand Medicaid has nothing to do with the cost — the federal government would cover the full cost of the expansion for the next two years, then 95 percent of the cost thereafter. It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with [...]

The true death panel consists of Republican governors and legislators. Charlene Dill, a 32-year-old mother of three, collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor at the end of March. She was at an appointment to try to sell a vacuum cleaner, one of the three part-time jobs that she worked to try to make ends [...]

A contentious email exchange between a Virginia state lawmaker and an elderly woman became quite ugly. “How intellectually lazy are you?” state Delegate Tag Greason (R) [pictured above, at left] wrote Susan Merk as part of a series of emails between the two. “You are the problem. Good luck to you. You can not insult [...]

The Bronx pharmacists then charged Medicaid for the full amount and pocketed the money. When arrested, pharmacist Mohamed Hasan Ahmed buried his face in officers’ clothes. Pharmacy owner Ahmed Hamed was calm as he was led away in handcuffs. A third owner of the 184th Street Pharmacy in the Bronx’s University Heights, Tarek Elsayed, was [...]

Florida has been limiting Medicaid visits to six times a year per patient, which is not legal, as caps are not permitted. As a result, the federal government intends to penalize the state by withholding a portion of Medicaid funding. “We hope the state will realign their Medicaid program with federal standards to avoid this [...]

The Arkansas House voted not to fund a continuation of Medicaid expansion, meaning 96,000 people who depended on Medicaid are left without coverage. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) (pictured) worked out a compromise with the Republican-controlled legislature last year to pass an alternative to Medicaid expansion that uses federal money to help people earning up [...]

Republicans in South Dakota don’t want voters to have a say in whether Medicaid should be expended to provide more people with health care. They know if it’s up to the legislature, it will never pass. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 against the resolution. Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently asked the federal government to [...]

Last year, Arkansas was one of the states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This year, they look to be the first one to take away Medicaid benefits from people who have gotten used to receiving them. The revanchist Republicans are setting up their state, one of 25 to expand Medicaid this year [...]

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