Corporations Regulate Themselves and the Government

Many corporations regulate themselves however they wish and then regulate the governmental regulator as well.  Case in point:  BIG PHARMA.  The FDA along with other agencies, many that make grants, subsidizing favorite projects, are hardly more than bureaucratic rubber stamps for the biggest pharmaceutical corporations.  Having steadily taken control of the medicine market as they consolidated to ever larger mergers, these corporations have become to BIG TO REGULATE.  This trend is found in every industry and seems to be the best way for corporate execs and plutocrats to put the government of the People and the Free Market in their places.  This film clip is one example in one industry, BIG PHARMA.  –  –    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jRua3NLg-Z8#!LA_Times_2h

It Costs to Work in America

Wages, benefits, health insurance?  Many jobs in America, especially those “good middle class jobs” that Republicans talk about, could keep a couple or small family below the poverty line. But there are also costs in working – quite a few.  These costs are the major reason that many unemployed and underemployed  workers cannot “just take any job now, but keep looking for a better job.”  By the way, how much does it cost to look for work?  This calculator helps get a better picture of the real costs, but it does not mention taxes, social security or medicare deductions.  Transportation for much of America is tenuous with few public transportation options – and it’s expensive to own and insure an automobile, very necessary for many commutes.  There are also costs in the loss of time, not only for your work but travel time, breaks (mandatory or non-existent), preparation time for dressing and grooming, cosmetics for women.  These costs of time and transportation are particularly trying for workers in jobs with changing schedules, being sent home early, told to stay home or prone to further cuts in part-time daily hours.  And how about those employers who enforce an “on-call” schedule or mandatory overtime or split shifts or rotating shifts?  If you have ever had to work these kinds of jobs you are also probably afraid to join a union, if there is one, even though unions and minimum wage levels have crossed your mind.

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Medicare Fraud Must Be Stopped!

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On behalf of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare – a coalition of home healthcare agencies dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the program integrity, quality, and efficiency of home healthcare for our nation’s seniors – Chairman Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and Senator John Breaux (D-LA) made the following statement:

“Last week’s indictment in Detroit is further evidence that immediate action is needed to increase national efforts to target and catch criminals who are stealing billions of taxpayer dollars and victimizing America’s seniors.  The prosecution of criminals involved in fraudulent activity is critical to protecting the Medicare program, however more must be done to stop Medicare fraud and abuse before it begins.

“Federal data can be used to identify exactly where healthcare fraud is taking place, therefore targeted reforms should be put in place that prevent criminals from entering the Medicare program, billing the government for false claims and taking advantage of vulnerable beneficiaries.

“The home health community has been leading efforts to advance reform proposals that specifically target fraud and abuse by ensuring that Medicare dollars never reach criminal hands.  The ‘Skilled Home Healthcare Integrity and Program Savings’ (SHHIPS) proposal includes provisions that would prevent overpayments before they happen by enforcing stricter entry rules and program safeguards to ensure less wasteful spending and criminal activity in the system.

“The Partnership applauds the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for bringing criminals to justice and looks forward to working with lawmakers to advance policy solutions to stop Medicare fraud before it ever is allowed to occur.

“Through targeted reform, we can secure seniors’ access to clinically advanced, cost effective, patient preferred home healthcare — and stop the bad actors who are preying on current weaknesses in the Medicare program.”

Single Payer Health Good for Businesses!

Should the USA allow single payer medicare for all and relieve employers of the burden of providing health insurance??? Extra policies for insurance supplements, deductibles and copays as well as elective and cosmetic surgeries could still be sold by private corps! – – – http://ehbs.kff.org/

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