Thursday, November 30, 2017

This Trump Decision Is A MAJOR BLOW To The Administrative State

You probably already know that we're no fan of the very Concept of Administrative Law Judges, but if not, . . . . this one case could toss an entire Universe of Government Over Reach right into the dumpster.

Kevin Daley

 Supreme Court Reporter
3:12 PM 11/30/2017

The Trump administration switched sides Wednesday in a case pending before the Supreme Court that could retroactively nullify tens of thousands of agency decisions.

The case, Lucia v. SEC, has major implications for the process by which federal agencies try or punish those in violation of laws or regulations.

The litigation concerns an agency’s decision to allow career bureaucrats to preside as the functional equivalent of judges during enforcement proceedings. These officials, called administrative law judges (ALJs), are hired by career bureaucrats. They are not appointed by the president, a court or an agency head, but they exercise significant authority on behalf of the U.S. government in official proceedings.

ALJs can, among other things, issue subpoenas, make decisions about the credibility of witnesses or the admissibility of evidence, and issues provisional rulings that are generally upheld on final review — if a final review occurs at all.

The Constitution requires that the president, the courts, or the head of an executive department appoint all “inferior officers” of the United States.

A group of investment managers challenged the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) use of ALJs in an enforcement proceeding convened against them for alleged violations of securities law. The managers argue these proceedings are unlawful, because the ALJs are exactly the sort of “inferior officer” who must be appointed by the president, the court, or the head of an agency, since they exercise meaningful discretion on behalf of the federal government.

A lower federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, found in favor of the SEC. A three-judge panel found for the SEC, and the full court affirmed that decision on a five to five vote. The investment managers then appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Obama Justice Department sided with the SEC in the dispute, but Trump’s new solicitor general, Noel Francisco, changed positions Wednesday, and backed the money managers.

“Upon further consideration, and in light of the implications for the exercise of executive power under Article II, the government is now of the view that such ALJs are officers because they exercise ‘significant authority pursuant to the laws of the United States,'” Francisco wrote in a new brief at the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court ruling against the SEC could have important implications for similarly-situated officials in other agencies. ALJs often preside in actions brought by a whole host of federal agencies. A finding against the SEC would potentially jeopardize, and perhaps invalidate, the legal status of thousands of other agency proceedings.

The Justice Department generally represents federal agencies before the high court. Accordingly, the solicitor general asked the justices to appoint another lawyer to represent the SEC as the litigation continues.

The high court could decide to take the case as soon as January.

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Thank You Mr Daily, Mr Francisco, and President Trump.

Globull Worming: Polar Bears Refuse To Die Off As Threatened: Junk Science Alarmist Propheseerers Respond By, (Aww Come On, Guess)

Polar Bear Science blog
Susan J. Crockford

Yes, there really is a blog titled Polar Bear Science, and it's written by a woman who really does know what she's talking about. 

This is one to share with your 'We're All Gonna Die if we don't go buy a Prius to Stop Global Warming' friends. 

Thank You Ms Crockford and your blog 'Polar Bear Science'.

Ms Crockford deserves all the SEO visibility she can get, so please go to her page and read her send up of these fraudsters. 

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German Jews Stop Wearing Kippot Due To Muslim Attacks

Jerusalem Post
> What does today’s German election mean for Israel?

> Outrage over German Green Party partnership with Hamas event


By Benjamin Weinthal
November 29, 2017 01:57 

"Germans more than any other people in Europe should understand what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews." 

Members of the small Jewish community in the West German city of Bochum announced that they will no longer wear kippot because of attacks on them by Muslim youths.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, “Germans, more than any other people in Europe, should understand what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. When I raised the issue brought to Germany by many Arab and Muslim immigrants with the German justice minister, I was told this issue would be dealt with in the context of the German authorities’ efforts to integrate newcomers into German life and values.”
He added, “The German authorities, Church leadership and NGOs have a moral obligation to ensure 21st century German Jews will never have to hide their Jewish identities on the streets of Germany.”
Cooper said that he has not heard of any government efforts to rope in antisemitism among Muslim communities in the Federal Republic since his 2014 meeting with the justice minister.

The news outlet Radio Bochum first reported that a representative of the community said members will stop wearing kippot in public because they are routinely faced with insults on public streets when they are recognized as Jews.

“Muslim youths attacked people of the Jewish faith,” the segment said.

Bochum is an industrial city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with a population of nearly 365,000. Bochum’s Jewish community, which includes the towns of Herne and Hattingen, numbers over 1,000.

Esther Schapira, a German journalist and expert in the field of modern antisemitism, tweeted on Tuesday, “It is often the small [news] items, in which the scandal is hidden, which for most people is not a scandal: Antisemitism in everyday life.”

Schapira along with the journalist Georg M. Hafner wrote one of the authoritative books on contemporary antisemitism in Germany, titled Israel is Blamed for Everything: Why the Jewish state is so hated.

Commenting on the Radio Bochum story, Ali Utlu, a Turkish ex-Muslim activist in Germany, sent a tweet to his over 19,000 followers, stating: “What a disgrace 72 years after the Shoah.”

Bochum has been a hotspot for anti-Israel hatred. In 2014, some 120 activists marched to Bochum’s city hall chanting “Israel, child murderers” and “Allahu Akbar.” The anti-Israel demonstrators protested Israel’s war to stop the Islamic organization Hamas’s rocket attacks on Israeli territory.

Starting in 1941, most of Bochum’s Jews were murdered by the Nazis in Theresienstadt and Auschwitz. 

Thank You Mr Weinthal and Jerusalem Post. 

Understand, with perfect clarity, that NAZISM is Not in any way exclusive to being German. There are no German Genes or genetic traits causing people to behave like NAZIs on the one hand or Mother Theresa on the other.


And yet, we keep funding behavioral genetic junk research, NAZI pseudo-science, with money we don't have.

"The NIH does not expressly budget by category. The annual estimates reflect amounts that change as a result of science, actual research projects funded, and the NIH budget. The research categories are not mutually exclusive. Individual research projects can be included in multiple categories so amounts depicted within each column of this table do not add up to 100 percent of NIH-funded research." 

The NIH does not expressly budget by category. 

Well then it's time they Did expressly 'Budget By Category' so we can demand that This particular corner of The Govt. Swamp actually Gets Drained.

Prof Calls For Black Xmas To Disrupt White Capitalism

Nikita Vladimirov Investigative Reporter @nikvofficial on Nov 29, 2017 at 4:09 PM EDT

A California State University-Los Angeles professor is urging Americans to participate in “Black Xmas” by boycotting “white corporations” and fighting “White Capitalism.”

Arguing that "White-supremacist capitalism" is responsible for "state-sanctioned violence against Black people," the Black Xmas website urges people to patronize black businesses "rather than lining the pockets of Trump."

A California State University-Los Angeles professor is urging Americans to participate in a “Black Xmas” by divesting from “white corporations” and fighting “White Capitalism.”

In her op-ed for The Los Angeles Sentinel, Melina Abdullah, a Black Lives Matter activist and the chair of the school’s Department of Pan-African Studies, explains that “Black Xmas” is “an economic divestment from White corporations and an investment in building Black community through support for Black community organizations and businesses.”

"“Black Lives Matter is dreaming of and building for a #BlackXMas, where we divest from White corporations and invest in building Black community."

[RELATED: BLM protesters shut down ACLU free speech event]

“This call is fundamentally tied to Black Lives Matter’s mission to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people,” the professor continues. “We know that state-sanctioned violence is rooted in White-supremacist capitalism.”

The official website of the initiative provides additional instructions to participants, asking Americans to stop “spending with White corporations” between November 24, 2016 and January 1, 2018.

“Donald Trump embodies White capitalism,” the website states. “If you are anti-Trump, you should hold back your resources from him and the like.”

Alongside general information, the organization also touts a list of “black businesses” around the country, and urges Americans to donate to a list of “black organizations,” including Black Lives Matter.

“Black Lives Matter is dreaming of and building for a #BlackXMas, where we divest from White corporations and invest in building Black community,” Abdullah writes in her op-ed. “Rather than lining the pockets of Trump and other White-supremacist capitalists, donate to Black-led organizations that are building new, liberatory structures in our communities.”

[RELATED: Panelists look to 'decenter whiteness' in university archives]

According to The Blaze, Abdullah also recently explained her stance on “white capitalism” during an appearance on KPFK-FM radio’s “Beautiful Struggle,” where she noted a connection between race and economics.

“We say ‘white capitalism’ because it’s important that we understand that the economic system and the racial structures are connected,” she argued on the program. “We have to not only disrupt the systems of policing that literally kill our people, but we have to disrupt the white supremacist, capitalistic, patriarchal, heteronormative system that is really the root cause of these police killings.”

Neither California State University nor Professor Abdullah responded to Campus Reform’s requests for comment.

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Thank You Mr Vladimirov and Campus Reform.

Another brain fart from the tanning beds/manure pits of Academia, where theories of mental illness incubate, get Govt Funding to propagandize their faux-legitimacy as science, and do a bang up job of leading us all proudly, hand in hand with Research Funding from the worlds largest drug cartels, Forward into the Glorious World of Next Tuesday. 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This Is Govt Healthcare: Discounted Medicines For Hospitals But Not For You. Enough!

fox news
By Steve Forbes | Fox News 

It is no secret that federal health programs are growing at an unwieldy and ultimately cataclysmic rate. ObamaCare, Medicaid expansion, growing entitlements and new mandates are all contributing to the unchecked expansion of government controlled health care and the increasing liability for taxpayers.

In simple terms, the solution is to institute policies that will allow free-market principles to foster an environment where the individual patient is empowered just as customers are in virtually every other market. Such a market would allow consumers to choose medical care and insurance based on value and cost, rather than allow market participants and providers to rig the system to reap windfall profits due to government patronage.
This consolidation of medical services at the expense of patients shockingly underscores what government intrusion ultimately means for health care – less access, fewer choices and increased costs for patients, and taxpayers.

Read more 

Thank You Mr Forbes and Fox.

Taken For A Ride? Ambulances Stick Patients With Surprise Bills

Kaiser Health News

By Melissa Bailey Photos by Heidi de Marco November 27, 2017

One patient got a $3,660 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one hospital that could not handle his case to another that could. Still another found herself marooned at an out-of-network hospital, where she’d been taken by ambulance without her consent.

These patients all took ambulances in emergencies and got slammed with unexpected bills. Public outrage has erupted over surprise medical bills — generally out-of-network charges that a patient did not expect or could not control — prompting 21 states to pass laws protecting consumers in some situations. But these laws largely ignore ground ambulance rides, which can leave patients stuck with hundreds or even thousands of dollars in bills, with few options for recourse, finds a Kaiser Health News review of 350 consumer complaints in 32 states.

Patients usually choose to go to the doctor, but they are vulnerable when they call 911 — or get into an ambulance. The dispatcher picks the ambulance crew, which, in turn, often picks the hospital. Moreover, many ambulances are not summoned by patients. Instead, the crew arrives at the scene having heard about an accident on a scanner, or because police or a bystander called 911.

Betsy Imholz, special projects director at the Consumers Union, which has collected over 700 patient stories about surprise medical bills, said at least a quarter concern ambulances.

“It’s a huge problem,” she said. SURPRISE AMBULANCE BILLS: A Consumer’s Guide

Here are ways to steer clear of exorbitant ambulance bills.

Forty years ago, most ambulances were free for patients, provided by volunteers or town fire departments using taxpayer money, said Jay Fitch, president of Fitch & Associates, an emergency services consulting firm. Today, ambulances are increasingly run by private companies and venture capital firms. Ambulance providers now often charge by the mile and sometimes for each “service,” like providing oxygen. If the ambulance is staffed by paramedics rather than emergency medical technicians, that will result in a higher charge — even if the patient didn’t need paramedic-level services. Charges range widely from zero to thousands of dollars, depending on billing practices.

The core of the problem is that ambulance and private insurance companies often can’t agree on a fair price, so the ambulance service doesn’t join the insurance network. That leaves patients stuck in the middle with out-of-network charges that are not negotiated, Imholz said.

This happens to patients frequently, according to one recent study of over half a million ambulance trips taken by patients with private insurance in 2014. The study found that 26 percent of these trips were billed on an out-of-network basis.

That figure is “quite jarring,” said Loren Adler, associate director for the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative and co-author of recent research on surprise billing.

The KHN review of complaints revealed two common scenarios leaving patients in debt: First, patients get in an ambulance after a 911 call. Second, an ambulance transfers them between hospitals. In both scenarios, patients later learn the fee is much higher because the ambulance was out-of-network, and after their insurer pays what it deems fair, they get a surprise bill for the balance, also known as a “balance bill.”

Continue reading.

Thank You KHN.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sutter Health News Headline Links

All this collection took was a google alert in gmail.

Sutter Health Accused Of Overcharging, Destroying Evidence
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX ) — Sutter Health has been accused of widespread overcharging on people's bills. Now the company is under fire for destroying large amounts of evidence. Attorneys suing the company claim it manipulated prices, forcing Northern California patients to pay more for health ...
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Central Valley Sutter Health affiliates participate in emergency drills
That was a phrase repeated quite often last week, as Sutter Health hospitals in the Central Valley region dealt with bomb threats, mass casualty events, active shooters, floods and power outages during the latest statewide emergency preparedness exercises. The 2017 Statewide Medical and Health ...
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5 things to know about the Sutter Health lawsuit
The claim at the center of the lawsuit alleges Sutter Health's practices violate antitrust and unfair competition laws. The suit claims Sutter is monopolizing hospitals and inflating prices. Sutter's non-profit network is based in Sacramento and has 24 hospitals, 35 surgery centers and more than 5,000 ...
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192 Boxes Of Documents Destroyed Ahead Of Sutter Health Lawsuit
Attorneys suing the company claim it manipulated prices, forcing Northern California patients to pay more for health services. Now, even the judge in the case is taking the company to task. Categories: News Local News KOVRTV ...
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Sutter Solano Medical Center of Vallejo wins a Healthiest Companies Award
At Sutter Solano Medical Center (SSMC), part of the Sutter Health system, the center's new food services manager recently updated the café menu to ...
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Another View: 'What more can I do to help?'
Finding lodging was impossible due to the number of evacuated residents and influx of emergency responders and health professionals. I planned to drive back and forth to my home, but instead was told by a Sutter Health employee that they would make sure I had a place to stay. I was simply to focus ...
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Hospitals are rationing saline solution. Patients are starting to worry
The medical team at Dignity Health is conserving as much of its saline solution supply as possible. Sutter Health said representatives from its pharmacy and clinical teams have worked together with inventory managers to find distributors that can supply what they need and to seek alternatives. Hill, who ...
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Roche To Acquire Viewics For Laboratory Analytics
... previously a consultant on information systems strategy with Sutter Health. ... The main drivers for this expected growth include the desire by medical ...
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Placer County jobless rate down again
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Sonoma State University wins a Healthiest Companies Award
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Sutter Health Reports Patient Information Incident
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health notified 1,303 Sutter Medical Foundation patients that some of their personal information was obtained in a theft that occurred on Oct. 23, 2017. An unknown person broke into an employee's locked car and stole paper documents containing patient information.
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A Message from President & CEO Sarah Krevans to Sutter Health Employees, Physicians and ...
Many of you may have seen the local media coverage related to old boxes of data that were discarded from one of our offsite storage locations.
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Food Service Aide (per diem)
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Inpatient Coding Team Member - Sutter Shared Services/Remote
Description. Assigns codes and modifiers into the hospital encoder system within established Health Information Management standards. Abstracts ...
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Sutter Health Donates $12500 to Eden Area Food Pantry
Today Sutter Health continued its 9 year tradition of donating to the Davis Street Family Resource Center Food Pantry – a local resource that provides ...
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RN - Trauma Neuro ICU (Full time-Nights)
The Registered Nurse role focuses primarily on the clinical direction and coordination of a patient-care team in collaboration with the medical staff to provide a full range of patient services. The Registered Nurse will function within the full scope of licensure to provide patient care; assess patient and ...
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RN - Medical Acute (LIMITED-TERM, Full-Time, Day Shift)
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Staff Nurse II-Acute Rehab-Davies-Benefitted
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Nurse-Transfer Coord Regnl Ctr, .6fte
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Call Center Representative - Call Center (Fairfield) (Full Time - Days)
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