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Today, Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street which organized the Rolling Jubilee to raise money for debt relief, announced it's first major purchase of and elimination of said debt.  Approximately $50,000 of the money they've raised was used to retire $1,000,000 in medical debt in their first major purchase on the 'open debt' market. (In December, 2012, they commenced to do a 'trial buy' of medical debt, using $5,000 to purchase $100,000 of unpaid medical debt.)

We are very happy to announce that we have completed our second purchase of medical debt. This time, we bought and abolished over $1 million in debt from emergency rooms in Kentucky and Indiana. The average debtor owed around $900 and we will be abolishing the debt of over 1,000 people! We are sending the letters to the debtors as we type this. We are very concerned with the privacy of debtors, but if any of them come forward and want to share their stories, we will make them public...
The Rolling Jubilee started, well, rolling, back in November, 2012, and went viral. Hoping to raise $50,000 to buy medical debt at pennies on the dollar, by the time they stopped asking for donations in January, 2013 they had raised more than $500,000, enough to buy up more than $11,000,000 in medical debt and burn it.

But the effort was not so much about any individual's debt which might be eradicated, rather to call attention to the whole, evil idea.

From the beginning of the project over six months ago we have been very clear about three things we want from this project: (1) to provide some real relief for those around the country who are struggling under the crushing burden of debt; (2) to change the conversation around debt and austerity; and (3) to help advance debt resistance as part of a larger movement capable of bringing about a profound transformation of our economic system...

When starting Rolling Jubilee we committed to buying medical debt first and foremost, wanting to call attention to the profound inhumanity and inequity of our for-profit healthcare system. We have spent a great deal of time learning about the medical debt market, and the healthcare industry at large. It is an industry designed to confuse, overwhelm, and exploit. Though one in three people have medical debt, very few know that their debts are for sale on the secondary market, nor do they realize that old medical bills can negatively impact their credit scores, often with disastrous consequences for their financial well being.

Medical debt. A concept that barely exists in civilized countries. Yet here in the United States we continue the barbarous practice of kicking people when they are most down and out. Can you imagine trying to recover from a major illness while worrying all the time about how you will ever pay for your treatment and being hounded by debt collectors to boot?
People are made to suffer twice, first from injury or illness and then financial extortion. We are all forced into debt while private insurance companies, banks and real estate moguls profit off of our misery. We refuse to accept this. We want to use the attention these buys will generate to have an impact on the struggle for real, free, accessible healthcare for the 99%. There are real solutions being proposed as alternatives to Obama's Affordable Care Act: a single-payer healthcare system would save the U.S. $400 billion dollars every year; even just expanding Medicare to all would save $68 billion by 2020. Creating a public alternative or single-payer system are some of the many ways to strike debt.
It's time to 'Just Say No!' to medical debt and our system of health care for profit.

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Previous Rolling Jubilee Diaries:

'Tis the Season to StrikeDebt: Done! $100,000 in Medical Debt Goes Up in Smoke. Much More to Follow.

What Would You Do If You Owned (Not Owed!) $10,000,000 In Debt? Rolling Jubilee Will Burn It.

Rolling Jubilee Hits $8,000,000 in Medical Debt to be Retired Uncollected. MORE UPDATES!

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Other Strike Debt Chapters:

Strike Debt Chicago

Strike Debt Bay Area

Strike Debt Boston

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Single Payer in New York State

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NYS Senator Bill Perkins and Assembly Health Chair Richard N. Gottfried introduce a bill today calling for a single payer system called New York Health.

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February 11 is a Single Payer action day in California, Lobby Day

I have been to Sacramento for Lobby Day a couple of times.

So if you can make it to Sacramento to support Single Payer, by all means go there and help the California Health Professional Students Alliance make a difference.

But if you live in Greater Los Angeles and you can make it to Pershing Square at 11AM on Monday February 11, join me and many others in support of Lobby Day for an hour of fun.

Lobby Day

There will be 3 speakers, an eulogy by a pastor for those who died because of lack of health insurance, a band, and a very interesting street theater in front of Anthem HQ on 8th and Figueroa.

For your amusement it turns that I will MC the whole thing.  Done this sort of thing before.  Here is me MC the April Ghouls day downtown LA last year;

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And if you live in LA don't miss the next LA Kossacks meeting on Feb 16.

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Folks, it's pretty sad that there are 115,074 signatures for Texas to secede at the White House, but only 1,404 for single payer:

Single-payer healthcare systems ensure coverage for 100% of citizens. This reduces the total cost through administrative savings and cost containment, as well as through access to preventative medicine.

Hospitals would no longer have unpaid bills, collection departments, or highly involved billing systems, all of which would add dramatically to savings.

Small businesses and start-ups would be able to offer the exact same coverage as large corporations thus leveling the playing field for small businesses.

Large, frugal corporations like Walmart would no longer be a drain on the tax base, as they'd be covered just like everyone else.

Single payer means Papa can focus on his pizzas, it means seniors will have zero health care costs in their old age, and it means our 'job creators' can focus on creating jobs and not deciding if their female employees deserve birth control pills or not.

Please sign this petition and then share it on Facebook, Twitter, reddit and by email or text.

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Reposted from mooremusings by Shockwave Editor's Note: We need Single Payer supporters in the Democratic party state convention. -- Shockwave

As a progressive activist in Los Angeles, I always encounter other progressives who are frustrated by the glacial pace of change, but are unaware of how they can become influential above and beyond voting for or giving money to a particular candidate. Years ago, I was one of those people who knew nothing about the inner workings of the Democratic Party. Today, I am 2nd Vice President of the Culver City Democratic Club, a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, and a delegate to the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC). My membership in these organizations allows me to vote on endorsements for Democratic candidates running in local and state elections - a powerful position to have, which I will explain below.

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This is Alyssa.


Alyssa May Day

If you read my diaries you might remember Alyssa from this account.

Alyssa also used to write Haiti diaries here on Daily Kos as allie123. She's had multiple sclerosis for many years now, and eventually it got bad enough that she couldn't write them any more. But she can still tweet! Now she is Occupy Oakland's unofficial official tweeter.

Alyssa needs medication that costs $30,000 a year to allow her to keep going strong. Her insurance company, PacificCare, is supposed to handle that.

This is PacificCare.


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This is how PacificCare operates.

California regulators are seeking fines of up to $9.9 billion from health insurer PacifiCare over allegations that it repeatedly mismanaged medical claims, lost thousands of patient documents, failed to pay doctors what they were owed and ignored calls to fix the problems.

In court filings and other documents, the California Department of Insurance says PacifiCare violated state law nearly 1 million times from 2006 to 2008

This is PacificCare's profit for the year: $5,000,000,000 (that's right, billion).

Despite (or because of) this, PacificCare has multiple assholes in it. They play the same game with Alyssa every three months, denying her a prescription refill, hoping she'll give up in frustration. After days of persistence on Alyssa's part, calling and holding, calling and holding, they ultimately give her what she is entitled to by law -- her medicine. And they've been playing this cruel game for years.

Below is Alyssa's latest story. It took place over the span of about four hours two days ago, and like all of Alyssa's stories nowdays, it is a tale told in tweets.

Woven through it, though, is a much bigger lesson than simply one of persistence. It a lesson of why health insurance companies like those that exist in America are a plague on society, a horrible cancer on the economy, a pyschological nightmare to millions of Americans, and the real death panel to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of others.  And why they need to go away.

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Can we make this go viral? It's a White House petition for single payer health care (i.e. Medicare for all), and it's in desperate need of some tender loving care from progressives who truly care about social justice and equity.

Here's the text:

Single-payer healthcare systems ensure coverage for 100% of citizens. This reduces the total cost through administrative savings and cost containment, as well as through access to preventative medicine.

Hospitals would no longer have unpaid bills, collection departments, or highly involved billing systems, all of which would add dramatically to savings.

Small businesses and start-ups would be able to offer the exact same coverage as large corporations thus leveling the playing field for small businesses.

Large, frugal corporations like Walmart would no longer be a drain on the tax base, as they'd be covered just like everyone else.

Let's do it: everybody in, nobody out. Please sign the petition here.
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One of my two daughters was born with a complex, highly variable genetic disorder capable of affecting virtually every organ system and associated with a high risk of cancer. Now approaching 40, she was diagnosed in infancy but fortunately escaped the dreaded childhood manifestations: severe cognitive impairment, skeletal deformities, malignant tumors of the eye and central nervous system. She was the dearest, sweetest little girl, bright as a button. Problems, including depression, issues with planning/organizing/multi-tasking, and mild cosmetic disfigurement, began with the onset of puberty. She required her first surgery, to remove a large tumor in her thigh that made it painful to sit, as a junior in college. Long story short, she would have gone blind in both eyes at 26 and died a quadriplegic at 28 and again at 32 without expert surgical intervention. Along the way she sensibly decided she would never have children.

Two years ago during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, after getting the run-around from an inexperienced doctor who didn't think the tender lump in her breast could be malignant, my daughter began the triple whammy of mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation for early breast cancer, boosting her odds of surviving five years to about 95%. Recently she has developed osteoporosis. (Her underlying disease predisposes her to both early-onset breast cancer and early-onset osteoporosis, which isn't common knowledge in the medical profession.) The University-affiliated physicians currently treating her or supervising her care include specialists in family medicine, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and medical genetics.

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During a recent interview on “60 Minutes,” correspondent Scott Pelley asked Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney  whether the government has a responsibility to provide care to the 50 million uninsured. Romney replied:

   

“Well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance…If someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and – and die. We – we pick them up in an ambulance and take them to the hospital and give them care. And different states have different ways of providing for that care.”
Sunday night in Santa Monica, I saw the excellent documentary The Waiting Room, after which, director Peter Nicks held a Q&A session. Upon seeing the film, Romney’s comments immediately come to mind. Everyone should see this film, especially anyone who thinks, like Romney, that the hospital emergency room is an adequate place for providing health care.

The Waiting Room, which is playing in Santa Monica through Oct. 4 and in the Bay Area Oct. 19-25, follows 24 hours in the lives of staff and patients at Oakland’s Highland Hospital. Most of the people who come to Highland Hospital are uninsured. Some have lost their jobs. Others are just barely getting by. And because they don’t have insurance, conditions that could have been treated under the care of a regular physician, instead become full-blown problems later on.

Fortunately, federal law mandates hospitals treat people in severe emergencies regardless of whether they are insured. But, as the film shows, most uninsured use the emergency room as their only source of primary care. The ER becomes their only option for treating chronic illnesses. What Romney and others who think like he does don’t recognize is that the ER isn’t designed or equipped to effectively manage people’s health care. The ER is designed to treat traumas. Yet emergency rooms all over the country are being flooded every day with people seeking treatment for minor illnesses and chronic diseases. The wait to be seen can take hours. And when trauma patients are wheeled in, those with less severe ailments are immediately bumped down the list, prolonging their agony and frustration. This is no way to do health care. But in the United States, we have put up with this intolerable situation for decades.

Nicks said that his film is deliberately apolitical. He said he wanted to show the human stories behind the health reform debate. I believe he was effective in doing that. The film has very little commentary. The viewer isn’t emotionally manipulated in one direction or another. The stories of the characters are simply presented as they unfold. Just showing how people navigate through the maddening bureaucracy of our broken healthcare system is enough.

After The Waiting Room‘s theatrical run, it will be shown on PBS (check your local listings). I think the film will open a lot of eyes into a world that is largely invisible to those Americans who have always had the privilege of continuous health coverage. But with the loss of a job, any of us could end up in the ER as the provider of last resort. Once the new federal healthcare law fully kicks in in 2014, the number of people inundating emergency rooms will ease somewhat, as more people become insured through the health exchanges. Yet, the ER will then mainly serve undocumented immigrants, who were shut out of federal health reform. And despite reform, some American citizens will still be unable to access insurance, because their income is too high to qualify for Medicaid or subsidies. The only way to completely ease the burden on our emergency rooms is to establish a national healthcare system, so all people in the U.S. can be treated for their illnesses in a controlled and timely manner.

Sylvia@californiaonecare.org

Cross-posted at California OneCare blog.

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Yes, Governor Romney disapproved of funding a Bill for Multiple Schlerosis.  Unbelievable.  

I spent a few hours today compiling the lists of laws newly elected Governor Romney disapproved of and tried to cut funding for during his first year ON THE RECORD as recorded by the Massachusetts State Senate Journals.  

The lists are SHOCKING!  Read through the lists to see if your pet project(s) was disapproved.

Try to pass this information along to the media, if you have a moment.

These lists broke my heart. I am almost too stunned to be able to put this together for you.  

Nothing I have read has made me feel more disgusted about Romney's record, including ALL I have read about Bain Capital, or disheartened at the prospect of Mitt Romney becoming President.  

Following the lists, I will share the research journey I took to find this information.  It's a dark journey beginning with a search of the Department of Justice's website for "Mitt Romney."  Yes, there were some DOJ search results for "Mitt Romney" and for "Bain Capital."

Here are the lists of items "His Excellency the Governor" disapproved of and/or tried to cut funding for presented in the Massachusetts Journal of the Senate seven months after he took office.  Only two days are presented:  July 17, 2003 and July 14, 2003.

Massachusetts Journal of the Senate, July 17, 2003. (this link includes the MS funding disapproval); and

Journal of the Senate, July 14, 2003.

Let's reiterate the most shocking item Governor Mitt disapproved of, funding for Multiple Sclerosis, from the July 14, 2003 Journal of the Senate:  Section 620, 10:

(10) $162,368 for the MS PASS program, so-called, as previously established at the department of public health.  Said funds shall be expended to maximize matching dollars to be used for services provided by the program as managed by the Central New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
[The Governor disapproved this item.]
Here's the rest of the list in no particular order.  I have highlighted some items to help those looking for specific interests:

ITEMS GOVERNOR ROMNEY IS ON RECORD OF DISAPPROVING:

For the Massachusetts correctional legal services committee $500,000

Cervical/breast cancer benefits

Prostate cancer education, prevention and treatment program

Universal newborn hearing screening program

New Turning 22 clients, $97,000 - Funding for Adult Mentally Retarded (Massachusetts language)

MRC - For employment assistance services; provided, that vocational evaluation and employment services for Severely disabled adults may, subject to approbation, be provided; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended on special projects in Charlestown for people with disabilities; and provided further, that not less than $305,000 shall be expended for the Charlestown Navy Yard Special Project for disabled adults 7,780,098”.

School breakfast pilot program

Youth build programs Item 7061-9626

For the talking book library at the Worcester public library

Board of Higher Education - The council shall not close a college without the authorization of the general court

Community college workforce training

For the operation of the toxics use reduction institute program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell

Bilingual education I - V - helping non-English speaking children

For the operation of the mental health legal advisors committee and for certain programs for the indigent mentally ill

For the expenses of the social law library located in Suffolk county

For an education and community outreach pilot program to be administered in the Suffolk superior criminal court

Riverways protection, restoration and public access promotion

Library telecommunications, technology and automated resource sharing networks  

For the expenses of a service coordinators program established by the department to assist tenants residing in housing developed pursuant to sections 39 and 40 of chapter 121B of the General Laws to meet tenancy requirements in order to maintain and enhance the quality of life in said housing.

DOS item pricing enforcement inspectors, support of the division of standard’s municipal inspection efforts

Education reform funding reserve pothole account

tem 4130-0002 Child abuse prevention programs trust fund

Environmental technology education partnership

Workforce Development

Reemployment assistance program to provide counseling, placement, training, and any other services deemed necessary, to employees terminated in plant closings and partial closings which will lead to the reemployment of said employees.”  Section 587

Section 439 Boston convention fund — off budget V

Section 609 Shattuck Hospital - medical services provided to inmates

Sheriffs, civil process fee reporting

Greater Lawrence sewage grant payments

2000-0500  Administrative law judges - and provided further, that said office’s administrative law judges shall be initially the persons who, on October 1, 2000, were serving as administrative law judges and chief administrative law judge in the office of administrative appeals in the department of environmental protection 404,226”.

For certain payments for the maintenance and use of the trailside museum and the Chickatawbut Hill center

2800-0200 Commonwealth Zoological Corporation

Suicide prevention

Section 528 TANF work requirement - Recipients may meet said work requirement through education and training programs

Section 218 (North Shore Community College rental costs - that the assets of the institute that are associated with the program shall be available at no cost to the college.”

Turnpike Authority tourism cap

Metropolitan parkways control - Notwithstanding section 20 of chapter 21A, the division and department shall preserve and protect the scenic and historic integrity of its roadways and boulevards.

Section 604 (Chapter 70 Alternatives to Property Tax Commission - alternatives to using the property tax to fund public education.

DOR Commonwealth sewer rate relief fund

SECTION 627. The secretary of the executive office of environmental affairs shall coordinate the delivery of services of the departments and divisions under his control to ensure the protection of the air, water, natural resources and land of the commonwealth and to provide support for the provision of recreational activities for the citizens of the commonwealth.

“SECTION 605. The division of urban parks and recreation is authorized and directed to prepare an application to place the metropolitan parks system on the National Register of Historic Sites.”

MassHealth behavioral health program savings

Suffolk Probate Court community access - targeted at low income persons who experience educational and language barriers to court access

Retirement benefits for certain MWRA employees - who, in the course of his state employment was exposed to asbestos or other hazardous materials; and who has been diagnosed with an extraneously cancer related illness as well as an extraneously cardio-vascular cardiac related illness

Local aid formulas study - how best to allocate state funds equitably to cities, towns, and regional school districts.

Certified nurses aide training scholarships

Long term care and home fusionist pharmacies reclassification -  best interests of the public health, welfare or safety, but no such registration shall be made or permit issued in the case of a corporation, as defined in section 30 of chapter 63 unless it shall appear to the satisfaction of the board that the management of such entity is controlled solely by a registered pharmacist

Child Abuse Prevention Board

Section 449 B.M.C., number of justices
Section 234 (B.M.C., motor vehicle offenses
Section 454 (B.M.C., — criminal jurisdiction over waters and islands
Section 455 B.M.C., justices assigned to court divisions I - III

“SECTION 458. Section 8 of said chapter 218, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in the place thereof the following sentence:— Each district court and each division of the Boston municipal court department shall have a clerk, except that the central division of the Boston municipal court department shall have two clerks as provided in section 53.”

Section 479 (B.M.C., administrative head) was considered
Section 485 (B.M.C., juvenile courts locations
Section 490 (B.M.C., salaries of secretary and assistant secretary
Section 695 (B.M.C., reorganization protections)

NURSING HOME, PHARMACY & HEALTH CARE ITEMS:

Section 620 (Nursing homes and pharmacy user fees) was considered, as follows:—

“SECTION 620. Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, the following payments shall be made from the Health Care Quality Improvement Trust Fund in fiscal year 2004 utilizing monies accumulated in said fund during fiscal year 2003 as a result of the prohibition of retroactive application of rate increases to nursing homes approved by section 180 of chapter 184 of the Acts of 2002:

(1) $6,500,000 for grants to community health centers for one-time grants for costs incurred by the development of the staff and infrastructure necessary to accommodate the MassHealth disabled population pilot project as mandated by this act and to mitigate the effect of changes made to clause (g) of section 9A of chapter 118E of the General Laws by chapter 184 of the Acts of 2002;

(2) $5,000,000 for the purpose awarding one-time grants to community health centers for capital, equipment, and other costs for the purpose of increasing access to health care for medically underserved populations or areas of the commonwealth through extended hours and innovative urgent care strategies including but not limited to diverting non-emergency visits from hospitals emergency departments. The criteria for awarding such grants shall include, but not be limited to, the lack of sufficient access to cost-effective outpatient services in the geographic area of the applicant to financially sustain the program in future years, the long-term viability of the applicant, and any other criteria the commissioners of the division of medical assistance and the division of health care finance and policy deem appropriate. An advisory group consisting of the secretary of health and human services, who shall chair the group, the commissioner of the division of medical assistance, the commissioner of the department of public health, the executive director of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, or their designees, shall recommend to the commissioner of health care finance and policy not later than 45 days after the effective date of this act the most efficacious means of awarding said grants consistent with the provisions of this section. The grants shall be awarded not later than six months after the effective date of this act. The commissioner of health care finance and policy shall submit a report to the house and senate committees on ways and means when said grants are awarded, specifying which community health centers will receive funds from this item and the amounts and uses of the awards;

(3) $1,500,000 to the city of Haverhill over a period of two years for the severe financial hardship resulting from maintaining critical health services through the operation of the former municipally-owned Hale Hospital. Said funds may be utilized for the expenses relative to health insurance and pension costs attributable to retirees of Hale Hospital during fiscal years 2004 and 2005;

(4) $2,500,000 for a contract with an independent auditor for the purpose of examining the costs and services being billed to the Uncompensated Care Pool, pursuant to section 641 of this act;

(5) $4,100,000 for the career ladder grant program in long-term care established pursuant to section 410 of chapter 159 of the acts of 2000, provided; that grants shall be available for certified nurses’ aides, home health aides, homemakers and other entry-level workers in long term care; provided further, that the length of such grants shall not exceed a period of 3 years; provided further, that the Commonwealth Corporation shall submit quarterly reports to the house and senate committee on ways and means on said grant program including, but not limited to, the number of grants awarded, the amount of each grant, a description of the career ladder programs, changes in care giving and workplace practices that have occurred and their impact on quality of care and worker retention and the certificates, degrees or professional status attained by each participating employee; provided further, that the administrative and program management costs for the implementation of the grant program shall not exceed 4 per cent of the amount provided for in this item; and provided further, that grants may also include funding for technical assistance and evaluation;

(6) $3,000,000 to fund expenses at the division of health care quality within the department of public health to enforce and improve nursing home quality standards partially funded in item 4510-0710; provided, that $1,000,000 shall be expended to support boards of registration being transferred to or serving in the department of public health;

(7) $2,000,000 for administrative expenditures at the division of medical assistance, partially funded in item 4000-0300, related to the establishment of a program of care management for Medicaid recipients with high-utilization of medical services; provided, that the division shall use the funds to identify health care costs and pricing patterns in the Medicaid program that are not cost effective or medically appropriate using best practices and identify alternatives which provide for an integrated approach to managing health care needs of recipients at risk of or diagnosed with specific ailments, including, but not limited to, asthma, congestive heart failure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke; provided further, that the program shall be designed to improve health care and health outcomes, reduce unnecessary or avoidable inpatient hospitalization, and reduce the number of emergency room visits by such recipients; provided further, that the program shall require the provision of clinically appropriate care management based on best practices, clinical studies and health outcome research; provided further, that the division shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means by March 1, 2004, the number of individuals participating in the program and any reduction in utilization or spending resulting from the program, provided further, that administrative expenditures may include contracts with disease management organizations;

(8) $1,500,000 for non-recurring payments to financially distressed visiting nurse association that are operated by a corporation organized pursuant to chapter 190 of the General Laws, are located in an urban area, have experienced an operating deficit during the last two fiscal years and whose Medicaid and other governmental revenues comprise at least 75% of total revenues;

(9) $300,000 for a statewide stroke education and public awareness program at the department of public health to educate the public and providers, including emergency medical systems personnel, medical dispatchers and fire and police department personnel, about the warning signs of stroke, the recognition of stroke symptoms, and the importance of timely and appropriate acute care treatment. The department shall coordinate such program with any ongoing federally-funded statewide efforts, including any programs funded by federal cardiovascular health initiative grants and shall seek to maximize other available sources of funding to accomplish the goals of the program;

(10) $162,368 for the MS PASS program, so-called, as previously established at the department of public health. Said funds shall be expended to maximize matching dollars to be used for services provided by the program as managed by the Central New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

[The Governor disapproved this item.]

Apparently, Governor Romney was against health care before he was for health care until he decided he is now really against health care.

Governor Romney also reduced funding for a lot of programs for the needy.

If you search this Journal for the Senate version for "Governor reduced" you will find 51 matches.  Some items Romney wanted to reduce funding for are:

Veterans cemeteries Agawam/Winchendon administration
George Fingold Library
Environmental Compliance
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Division of Marine Fisheries
Urban Parks and Recreation
MassHealth long-term care services for the elderly
Community Services for the blind
Turning 22 residential and day community services
Independent living, individuals with severe disabilities
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
AIDS Program
Early breast cancer detection and research
HELP program for black males health
Smoking prevention, cessation and tobacco control
Department of Mental Retardation  
Adult day and work programs
Early intervention services
Clean environment program, recycling intiatives
Regional public libraries state aid
Workforce training
Housing services contracts, housing consumer education
Regional economic development projects
Tourism grants
Chapter 70 School aid
Special education school placement reimbursement
State Police
Criminal Justice Training Council
Congregate and shared housing services for the elderly
Home care for the elderly administration
Department of Corrections
Veteran's outreach, centers
Neonatal/postnatal home parenting education
Division of Occupational Safety
Council on Aging
Chelsea Soldiers' Home maintenance
And lots of $ for courts was reduced by the Governor

This one is important, too:

Item 0910-0200 (Inspector General administration) was considered, as follows:—
“0910-0200 For the operation of the office of the inspector general 2,201,150”.
[The Governor reduced this item to 725,658.]

If you search this Journal for the Senate version, you will find 14 matches.  These may or may not be duplicates of the prior list.   They are:
Adult family support - respite services and intensive family supports
University of Massachusetts
Home care for the elderly
Appeals Court justices
Medical assistance for the blind
Ferguson Industries for the Blind
Vocational rehabilitation
Residential and day community services, including Special Olympics Massachusetts
Environmental and community health hazards programs (long list of protections)
Office of Commissioner of Probation
State psychiatric hospitals and community mental health center
Boston Municipal Court administration
Bridgewater State College
I can't hope but notice some trends in Governor Romney's choices for either disapproving or reducing funding.  I'll be interested in your observations.

I think these lists will help voters, who may have special needs and/or concerns, learn Romney's positions in a clear and concise manner.

Also, the Massachusetts State Senate didn't allow Governor Romney to block many of these items, to their credit.  I'll let legislative scholars and those expert in legalese read the details in the two Senate reports to pick them appart.  I am admittedly neither.  I have just compiled the topic lists as they appeared in the Journals to the best of my ability.  I may have made mistakes.  If so, my apologies to Governor Romney.

Please share this information to help voters you know.

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Back in September, 2009 I read and provided an Analysis of The House Bill called:  “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009”

You will find that analysis, and the attached comments which add a great deal of information here:

Detailed Analysis of Affordable Care Act Below:  To BeFunded by $2Billion of "Otherwise Not Used" Treasury Funds

Here's an excellant resource that lists improvements for women:

It’s in the law: Breaking Down What’s In It For You in the New Health Care Law

Washington Post link with interactive questionaire to see

What does the Supreme Court's health-care ruling mean for me?

However, going forward will require Congress to do two things:

Provide HHS with $2,000,000,000 out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated; and

Approval of Obama's appointees to run the programs.

You will find the details in the Analysis cited above.

Will the Congress of NO do so?

Based on SCOTUS ruling, it might be a good idea to brush up on what we can expect.

Most of America's uninsured are low-income people that, because they might own a car or home, don't qualify for Medicaid.  This is one of the primary reasons for the Health Care Bill:  To find a way to insure them, which might actually provide a road for these people to get health care that won't further impoverish them.

An analysis of what it will cost these individuals and families is provided below.

SCOTUS shot down the expanded Medicaid enrollment, even though most would/could have been funded by Federal funds which, in my interpretation, will require low income people to join their state's Health Exchange program.  If the analysis is correct, there will be a sliding scale premium requirement limited to a percent of income.

We know that states are cutting back on Medicaid because of deficit issues.

So, what will poor people pay for premiums?

And, will the Affordable Care Act solve this problem?

Health care related bankruptcy is on the rise, study says

And this

Health costs fuel rise in bankruptcy among elderly

Medicare is fairly comprehensive, but it doesn’t cover everything — and the basic coverage doesn’t cap out-of-pocket expense if you become seriously ill or need nursing care. In fact, healthcare expenses can wreck retirement security – a fact underscored by a recent study that found medical expenses are a major contributor to bankruptcy among older Americans.
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NOTE:  This was written before the Public Option was taken off the table.  Much of analysis covers the Exchanges still in place as of June, 2012.

The comments are as important and add to the analysis.  Please add updated information you may have to the new diary.  Because of an html glitch, I am not able to copy/paste into new diary.  Again, the comments below add info, so the glitch is a good thing.

Learn about the ACA  here..  

An Analysis of The House Bill called:  “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009”

Is below.  I thought, if we are fighting for the Public Option, we could read it.  It's not that long.  It's a short read.  However, the Public Option is so dependent on another Section, I was bummed to learn I had to read that, too.

So the PART I of the diary is an overview of The Health Insurance Exchange (HIE), which will probably be what each State offers, in my opinion.  Will the HIE and non-HIE premiums cost the same if the Bill passes?

In PART II the Public Option has been copied and pasted and commented on.  It's a short read folks.  I hope you will take this chance, this weekend to learn in greater detail what we are fighting for and to raise important questions for our Congress.

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