The fourth Georgia hospital in two years is closing its doors due to severe financial difficulties caused by Obamacare’s payment cuts for emergency services.
The Lower Oconee Community Hospital is, for now, a critical access hospital in southeastern Georgia that holds 25 beds. The hospital is suffering from serious cash-flow problems, largely due to the area’s 23 percent uninsured population, and hopes to reopen as “some kind of urgent care center,” CEO Karen O’Neal said.
Many hospitals in the 25 states that rejected the Medicaid expansion are facing similar financial problems. Liberal administration ally Think Progress has already faulted Georgia for not expanding Medicaid as Obamacare envisioned. Read The Full Story
A number of confirmations have come in from readers that Washington is fueling the violent protests in Ukraine with our taxpayer dollars. Washington has no money for food stamps or to prevent home foreclosures, but it has plenty of money with which to subvert Ukraine.
One reader wrote: “My wife, who is of Ukrainian nationality, has weekly contact to her parents and friends in Zhytomyr [NW Ukraine]. According to them, most protesters get an average payment of 200-300 grivna, corresponding to about 15-25 euro. As I additionally heard, one of the most active agencies and ‘payment outlets’ on EU side is the German ‘Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’, being closely connected to the CDU, i.e. Mrs. Merkel’s party.” Read The Full Story
Alternative political party activists gathered in Nashville, as the Tennessee Senate took up the important issue of ballot access. Currently the Tennessee Legislature is considering three bills that deal with the topic of alternative party ballot access. The bill under consideration during this hearing was SB1091. SB1091 lowers the signature requirements for individual candidates to get on the ballot representing their party. It does not deal with the issue of lowering the standards for general party ballot access. During the hearing Daniel Lewis from the Libertarian Party of Tennessee and Jerry Pangle of the Constitution Party of Tennessee were allowed to testify before the committee and answer questions for committee members. Senator Janice Bowling, an advocate of reforming ballot access restrictions, wants to make a friendly amendment to the bill. Since this amendment has not yet been seen by committee members it was decided to roll the bill for one week. Another bill looking at the issue of ballot access reform is headed to the full Tennessee Senate later this week.
Alternative Political Party Members Lobby for Ballot Access Reform in Tennessee
The Department of Homeland Security is set to activate a national license plate tracking system that will be shared with law enforcement, allowing DHS officers to take photos of any license plate using their smartphone and upload it to a database which will include a “hot list” of “target vehicles”.