Because gun control activists cannot protect their own. State Sen. Evie Hudak has decided to resign rather than risk facing a recall election that, should she lose, would flip control of the senate to Republicans, FOX31 Denver is first to report Wednesday. Hudak is expected to make the official announcement with a press release sometime Wednesday morning. Hudak, D-Westminster, could have been the third Democratic | Read More
I give fact checkers five Pinocchios. They invariably prove more dishonest than the worst political Joe Isuzus that they skewer. In their feigned, above-it-all objectivity, they lie every time they investigate whether the “facts” are factual. PolitiFact initially rated Barack Obama’s “if you’ve got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it” campaign promise as a solid “true.” They’ve subsequently “fact checked” five additional iterations of that pledge, never judging it anything worse than “half true.” One would have to judge that a half truth—at least the half about the promise being untrue passes muster.
The American Psychiatric Association issued a press release yesterday to correct a DSM-5 text error relating to “pedophilic disorder”: In the case of pedophilic disorder, the diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR. Only the disorder name was changed from “pedophilia” to “pedophilic disorder” to maintain consistency with the chapter’s other disorder listings. “Sexual orientation” is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read “sexual interest.” In fact, APA considers pedophilic disorder a “paraphilia,” not a “sexual orientation.” This error will be corrected in the electronic version of DSM-5 and the next printing of the manual. I wrote about the issues with describing pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” on Tuesday. I’m glad to see the APA clarifying the disorder as a “paraphilia,” or a condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires. The APA also announced its firm support for efforts “to criminally prosecute those who sexually abuse and exploit children and adolescents” and to “develop treatments for those with pedophilic disorder.”
In questioning HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) noted that in several states the vast majority of the newly “insured” are actually signing up for Medicaid, not going into private health care plans. We’ll write more about this effect later, and it’s already getting a little attention. But one story that will get very little press, even within the state of Illinois, is that the private contractor hired to examine eligibility for the state’s Medicaid recipients, through a program called the Illinois Medicaid Redetermination Project , has found that more than half of Medicaid recipients reviewed to date are not eligible for Medicaid and that another 11 percent should have their benefits changed (which means reduced, or to be removed from Medicaid and re-enrolled in another less generous program.) The state is responding to the results better than one might expect in a state utterly dominated by Democrats: 69 percent of those whom the contractor recommended be removed from Medicaid have in fact been removed, and 54 percent of those for whom a change was recommended have had their benefits changed. As the Illinois Policy Institute notes, “Overall, the review has yielded an eligibility error rate of a whopping 63 percent.” Illinois had little choice. According to a press release from the governor’s office last year: llinois’ Medicaid program is on the brink of collapse. The program, which provides health care to 2.7 million Illinois residents in need, will end this current fiscal year (though June 30) with $1.9 billion in unpaid bills. Unless we take action to fundamentally restructure Medicaid this session, the Civic Federation estimates $21 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills by 2017. Combine the temptation of “free” money from government (such as we’re also seeing with federal disability insurance) with government-standard (which is to say far below what any private sector enterprise would accept) anti-fraud measures, and you can easily imagine that the rollout of Obamacare is really little more than a massively expensive, fraud-filled expansion of a government health insurance system which some studies show actually leads to worse health outcomes than having no insurance at all.
Obamacare, Medicaid, and Fraud
Attacks in the New York mayoral race are underway in earnest. Observe the ideological mud-slinging between Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota. De Blasio has faced criticism in the last few weeks for his connection to the Sandinista movement. Initially he was abashed, but now he is less apologetic. He defended his work in Nicaragua, praising the movement and waxing poetically about the time he spent in that region. “I am a progressive who believes in an activist approach to government. You can call it whatever the heck you want,” de Blasio said. Bill de Blasio is still the favorite in the mayoral race. Yesterday he was feted at a fundraiser with a bunch of Wall Street types, who are quixotically and perhaps suicidally supporting the candidate who has promised to raise their taxes. De Blasio is also way up in the polls. Frontrunner status means that de Blasio’s words and deeds are being watched closely for any sign of weakness—and he exhibited one such sign when he outlined some of his ideas on how to spend New York’s Hurricane Sandy funds. The federal government transferred a large amount of money to the municipality to help with the rehabilitation of neighborhoods affected by the 2012 hurricane. De Blasio suggested that the dollars be used “not just to right the wrongs of Sandy but start righting some greater wrongs,” with greater wrongs being economic inequality. “As mayor,” writes the New York Times , “[de Blasio] might require that federal relief money be used to create jobs that pay a so-called living wage of at least $10 an hour, well above minimum wage[.]” He would focus on using the resources to “create affordable housing and community health care sites in areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.” De Blasio’s proposal to take money from Sandy relief to turn Rockaway and other storm-stricken regions into socialist liberal democratic paradises did not go over well with his Republican opponent. “The people of the Rockaways won’t be fooled by this blatant political maneuvering in pursuit of a promotion,” said a Lhota spokesperson. Rep. Michael Grimm was particularly perturbed, calling the plan asinine and stating that such an initiative would amount to a slush fund. Presumably in an effort to draw some attention off his back, de Blasio’s campaign launched an attack salvo of their own. The de Blasio team highlighted a New York Times profile of Lhota which discussed Lhota’s admiration for former Republican senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. “Government is to point you in the right direction, and not to do everything for you,” said Lhota to the Times. In New York, this can easily be construed as a negative amongst the large voting base of liberal Democrats. The de Blasio campaign shot out a press release on Monday offering ten facts about Goldwater, including his quote, “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” and some of Goldwater’s more libertarian policy stances, particularly regarding the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Lhota, due to his admiration for Goldwater, adheres to the “discredited, favor-the-wealthy