Yes, Virginia, Medicaid Expansion Will Harm the Poor

Last week, Virginia’s general assembly voted to expand Medicaid under the auspices of Obamacare. The commonwealth’s legislators had wisely resisted doing so for years, but four GOP state senators broke ranks to vote for this bill in exchange for a provision stipulating an anemic work requirement. The “news” media have, of course, touted this betrayal as a victory for the poor. It is however, precisely the reverse. Expansion will consign thousands of truly poor and disabled Virginians to purgatorial Medicaid waiting lists while advancing able-bodied adults with incomes above the federal poverty level (FPL) to the front of the line.

Why would Virginia pursue such an obviously unjust policy? Like all Democratic programs, it’s about power and money. Obamacare incentivizes expansion states to shift Medicaid’s focus to able-bodied adults by paying over 90 percent of their coverage costs, while the federal share of costs for traditional Medicaid patients remains below 60 percent. This does not mean, however, that doctors and hospitals will receive more money. Providers will continue to be paid less by Medicaid than the cost of treatment whether the patients are expansion or traditional enrollees. The extra money will go to political slush funds and insurance companies.

Medicaid expansion doesn’t work like the original program, which was administered by the states as a safety net for poor children, pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly. Management of Obamacare’s corrupted version of the program is farmed out to insurance companies. A typical example is Wellcare, which accrued over $10.6 billion in 2017 from its coverage of able-bodied adults. The company plans to reinvest $2.5 billion of that revenue in the acquisition of Meridian Health Plans of Illinois and Michigan, which will increase its Medicaid portfolio by 37 percent. Meanwhile, truly poor patients die on waiting lists.

This is not conjecture. A recent study, conducted by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), revealed that at least 21,904 Americans have withered away and died on Medicaid waiting lists in the states that expanded the program under Obamacare. Even worse, the 21,904 figure reported in the study almost certainly understates the true death toll. A number of expansion states were somehow “unable” to provide FGA with death totals, while others implausibly claimed that there were none to report. It is nonetheless clear that Medicaid waiting lists in expansion states constitute a kind of death row for the genuinely poor.

The worst carnage has occurred just north of the Beltway. Maryland is easily the deadliest state for traditional Medicaid applicants, chalking up no fewer than 8,495 deaths among individuals languishing on its waiting list. During the same time period, even as these patients were left to die, the bureaucrats of the Old Line State enrolled very nearly 300,000 able-bodied adults under the aegis of Obamacare. Louisiana took second place in killing its traditional Medicaid patients. The Pelican State reported 5,534 deaths among the unfortunates who wound up on its waiting list, while 451,000 able-bodied adults were enrolled under Obamacare’s expansion.

Additional states whose Medicaid waiting lists have killed a thousand or more people include New Mexico, where 2,031 poor and disabled patients died while the state signed up 259,537 enrollees under Obamacare’s expansion scheme. Michigan left 1,970 of its residents to die while enrolling 665,057 in its new and improved Medicaid program. West Virginia allowed 1,093 patients to die on its waiting list while signing up 181,105 able-bodied enrollees. The remaining expansion states are mere also-rans with death tolls ranging from Iowa’s paltry 989 down to Minnesota, which managed to leave only 15 of its poor and disabled citizens for dead.

This is the august company Virginia’s General Assembly chose to join last week. The Old Dominion will become the 33rd state to take Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion bait, demonstrating that the commonwealth’s politicians have learned little or nothing from the deadly experiences of the previous states that were gaffed by their own greed. Those Medicaid expansion states still have nearly 250,000 poor, disabled, and elderly individuals wasting away on waiting lists. Yet Obamacare advocates in Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska — blissfully unaware of the death tolls quoted above — are working to pass expansion in November via referenda.

Maine activists have already tricked the voters of the Pine Tree State into passing a referendum approving expansion, but the program hasn’t been implemented because Governor Paul Lepage has refused to go forward: “My administration will not implement Medicaid expansion until it has been fully funded by the Legislature at the levels DHHS has calculated, and I will not support increasing taxes on Maine families.” This speaks to one of expansion’s most profound ironies. Even if Washington continues footing most of the bill, herding the able-bodied into Medicaid is a budget buster for the states. It nearly broke Maine the last time they tried it.

Medicaid expansion under Obamacare privileges able-bodied adults with incomes above FPL, states can’t pay for it in the long haul, and it causes the genuinely poor to be dumped onto waiting lists where they quietly die in their thousands. Yet the Old Dominion’s newly-minted Governor, Ralph Northam, will gleefully sign an expansion bill into law this week as the leaders of his party and the media beam benevolently from on high. His name may even be uttered by the Great Mentioner as potential presidential material. For any Democrat, that’s certainly well worth a little inequity, the occasional budget deficit, and a few thousand human sacrifices.

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Ben Shapiro: The Suicide of Europe

On Friday, the British police arrested Tommy Robinson, founder and former leader of the English Defence League, a far-right anti-Islam group. Robinson is a controversial character, to be sure, a sort of Milo Yiannopoulos lite. His chief focus is on the threat of radical Islam, which he believes threatens the integrity of the British system.

You don’t have to like Robinson. But whatever you think of him, his arrest is absurd by any measure. You see, Robinson was arrested for standing outside a court building and reporting on a trial involving the alleged grooming of young girls for sexual assault by radical Muslims.

Now, what would be illegal about that, you ask? It turns out that Robinson was given a suspended sentence last year for filming outside another court building, where a trial for alleged gang rape by radical Muslims was taking place. He wasn’t inside the courtroom. Nonetheless, the judge believed he was somehow biasing the jurors. According to the judge, Robinson was sentenced thanks to “pejorative language which prejudges the case, and it is language and reporting … that could have had the effect of substantially derailing the trial.”

This time, Robinson was again arrested for prejudicing a case, only he wasn’t inside the court building. He was outside. And the media were originally banned from reporting on his arrest so that his trial wouldn’t be biased. In other words, Britain has now effectively banned reporting that actually mentions the Islamic nature of criminal defendants for fear of stirring up bigotry — and has banned reporting on reporting on such defendants. It’s an infinite regress of suicidal political correctness.

But at least the Europeans have their priorities straight: While it’s perfectly legal to lock up a provocateur covering a trial involving Muslims, the European Union is now considering a ban on products like cotton buds, straws and other plastics for fear of marine litter. And just as importantly, it’s now perfectly legal to kill unborn children again in Ireland, where voters — with the help of a cheering press — decided to lift the ban on abortions until the 20th week, condemning thousands of children to death.

This is how the West dies: with a tut-tut, not with a bang. The same civilization that sees it as a fundamental right to kill a child in the womb thinks it is utterly out of bounds to film outside a trial involving the abuse of children, so long as the defendants are radical Muslims. The Europeans have elevated the right to not be offended above the right to life; they’ve elevated the right to not be offended above the right to free speech, all in the name of some utopian vision of a society without standards.

Discarding those standards was supposed to make Europeans more free; it was supposed to allow Europeans to feel more comfortable. But the sad truth is that no society exists without certain standards and Europe has a new standard: enforcement of its “tolerance” via jail sentence, combined with tolerance of multiculturalism that sees tolerance itself as a Trojan horse. The notion of individual rights sprang from European soil. Now they’re beginning to die there.

PHOTO: Ben Shapiro speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Virginia Police Chiefs Show Ignorance Of Virginia’s Reciprocity Law

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Virginia Police Chiefs Show Ignorance Of Virginia’s Reciprocity Law

Virginia – -(Ammoland.com)- A group of police chiefs and sheriffs recently signed a letter opposing National Concealed Carry Reciprocity.

These 10 chiefs, 1 lieutenant, and 1 sheriff from Virginia show their complete ignorance of Virginia’s own concealed carry reciprocity law and their disdain for Virginia’s citizens.

Virginia already honors the permits from ALL other states! Virginia Citizens Defense League successfully got that law a few years ago.

National Reciprocity, if passed, would change NOTHING for the police and sheriffs in Virginia. NOTHING.

Their mindless opposition to Americans being able to protect themselves while visiting Virginia is abhorrent. They are also standing in the way of Virginians being able to protect themselves while traveling to places like New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California, and Massachusetts. What business is it of theirs to try to control your actions outside of the Commonwealth?

If you live in the areas covered by any of these departments, contact their chief or the sheriff, respectively, and object lo their signature being on that letter. Better yet, go to the next City Hall meeting and object to City Council about the actions of their Chief of Police (or the Fairfax Board of Supervisors for Sheriff Kincaid). Ignorance of the law is no excuse, including when such ignorance is shown by police leadership.

This is the hall of shame for Virginia:

  • Chief Of Police Anthony Q Ellington Sr, Farmville Police Department, Farmville, VA
  • Chief of Police Gary Benedict, Jr., Town of Middletown Police Dept., Middletown, VA
  • Chief Kenneth A. Miller, Petersburg Bureau of Police, Petersburg, VA
  • Chief of Police Todd Foreman, Bedford Police Department, Bedford, VA
  • Chief Robert D. Plott, Colonial Beach Police Department, Colonial Beach, VA
  • Sheriff Stacey Ann Kincaid, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax, VA
  • Chief of Police Mary Gavin, Falls Church, Falls Church, VA
  • Police Chief Michael Grinstead, Newport News Police Department, Newport News, VA
  • Chief of Police Kenneth A. Miller, Petersburg Bureau of Police, Petersburg, VA
  • Chief of Police Alfred Durham, Richmond Police Department, Richmond, VA
  • Lieutenant Roger D. Knott, Harrisonburg City Police, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Chief Gregory C. Brown, Leesburg Police Department (VA), Leesburg, VA

Here is an article on the letter: http://blog.cheaperthandirt.com/police-chiefs-opposing-concealed-carry-list

 

Virginia Citizens Defense League

About Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL):

 

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

For more information, visit: www.vcdl.org.

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She Refused To Remove Her Mascara For 25 Years, And This Is What Her Eyes Look Like Now

Some women refuse to step outside unless they put on their “face.” Makeup can be an essential part of a person’s routine. And if it makes them feel good about themselves, I say go for it! But when done to the extreme, like Sydney, Australia mom Theresa Lynch did, it can put your health in jeopardy. After she wore mascara for 25 years straight without ever removing the makeup product, she left her eyes with some severe damage that nearly caused her to go blind.

Warning: This post contains graphic images!

Now the 50-year-old mother of two is sharing her story to help other people understand the importance of personal hygiene, especially when it comes to makeup removal. While most people know that leaving makeup on overnight can cause blockages in pores, Lynch wants you to know that it can get so much worse than breakouts.

Because she continued to wear mascara on her face for half her life without ever taking it off, Lynch now has solid black lumps embedded beneath her eyelids. And they put her at risk of blindness.

When the eye irritation got to be too intense, Lynch went to her doctor. She tried eye drops, but they could not ease the intense symptoms. Lynch, who hails from Maryland and now lives in Australia, was horrified when doctors told her about the calcified makeup bumps that were under her eyelids. They are called concretions.

Because the lumps put her at risk of blindness, she needed emergency surgery. She underwent a 90-minute surgery to get them taken away from her eyes.

Dr. Dana Robaei has released the nightmarish images of Lynch’s eyes to scare other people away from decades of mascara use. Don’t leave your makeup on overnight – especially not your mascara.

“(The lumps) were embedded so deep that particles were building up on top of each other,” Lynch explained. “I was so uncomfortable. My eyelids were swollen and heavy because I left it for so long. When Dr. Robaei pulled my eyelid back, she said, ‘Oh my god. In my whole career, I have never seen anything like this.’ She could see the whites of my eyes were glassy and bloodshot.”

When Lynch first learned that she had mascara buildup in her eyelids, she was horrified. Her mind started racing as she contemplated the possibility of permanent damage.

“I had fallen into a bad habit of wearing a lot of makeup and not washing it off. I should never have let it get this far,” Lynch said. “It’s so important to properly take your makeup off every single night. You can’t miss a single day.”

Now she knows the dangers of overnight mascara and wants you to know it too.

Because many people ignore the dangers of not washing off their makeup every night, Dr. Robaei has used Lynch’s case to raise awareness about the dangers. She published a study on the mother’s injuries and indicated that Lynch could have gone blind.

“Every time Theresa was blinking, these a scratch the surface of the eye got infected, there is a risk this could be potentially blinding.”

The lesson: Wash off your makeup every night.

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Michelle Malkin: Crapweasel of the Week: Educrat Arne Duncan

Educrat (ED-yoo-krat) noun, usually pejorative. A government school official or administrator whose primary function is to spend tax dollars telling other parents what to do with their children.

Beltway education bureaucrats abhor families who choose to keep their kids out of public schools — unless it’s to grandstand over gun control.

Behold Arne Duncan, longtime pal of Barack Obama and former U.S. Department of Education secretary, who called last weekend for parents nationwide to withdraw students from classes “until gun laws (are) changed to keep them safe.”

Emotions are still raw after a teen shot 10 classmates and teachers to death in Texas last week. But Duncan has no excuse for his cynical, made-for-cable-TV exploitation of the Santa Fe High School massacre. Existing state laws banning minors under 18 from purchasing or possessing guns didn’t stop the shooter. Neither did laws against possessing sawed-off shotguns or pipe bombs.

And contrary to hysterical early reports, the accused 17-year-old gunman did not use “assault rifles.” So a “common sense” ban on “assault weapons” would not have saved lives, either.

But effective solutions to maximize students’ safety and well-being seemingly aren’t Duncan’s goals. His mission is airtime. Publicity. Entertainment. Provocation for provocation’s sake. Show time — for the children, of course.

School boycotts are a “radical idea,” he admitted to MSNBC. “It’s controversial. It’s intentionally provocative.” Praising teacher walkouts and student protests, Duncan told The Atlantic he supported parent-initiated school shutdowns for gun control because “we are not protecting our kids… And the fact that we’re not doing that — we’re not willing to think radically enough to do it — I can’t stomach that.”

Ah, the royal, unstomachable “we.”

Here’s another thing I find hard to swallow: Education overlord Arne Duncan now championing the radical idea of parents exercising their autonomy to do what’s best for their children.

As Obama’s meddling power-hungry education secretary, Duncan attacked “white suburban moms” and their children who turned to homeschooling in protest of the top-down Common Core “standards”/testing/data-mining program. Duncan sneered that he found it “fascinating” that the grass-roots anti-Common Core revolt came from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”

This elitist control freak revealed his fundamental disdain for rabble-rousing parents who’ve taken educational matters in to their own hands. By characterizing the movement against Common Core as “white” and “suburban,” Duncan also exposed his bigotry against countless parents “of color,” like myself, who’ve long opposed Fed Ed’s sabotage of academic excellence, local control and student privacy in school districts across the country.

Note that newly minted parents’ rights advocate Arne Duncan never once advocated boycotting Chicago public schools, which he ran for eight years, for their abject failure to quell rampant school violence.

Nor has Duncan called for parents to demand their districts withdraw from the disastrous “PROMISE” alternative discipline program that he helped create. (After Duncan’s protege, Broward County school superintendent Robert Runcie, initially denied that Parkland, Fla., shooter Nicholas Cruz had benefited from the program, he sheepishly acknowledged last week that Cruz had in fact been referred to the program and avoided criminal prosecution for school vandalism as a result.)

Nor has Duncan said a peep about systemic coddling of abusers in the classroom by teachers’ union presidents in New Jersey and Ohio, as exposed over the past month by undercover investigative journalists at Project Veritas.

Instead, Duncan has won high praise and more media interviews for his phony boycott proposal. “My family is all in if we can do this at scale,” he nobly tweeted.

But what his slavering fans in the liberal media won’t tell you is that Duncan’s wife works at and his own children attend the exclusive, private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in tony Hyde Park, which a Lab Schools brochure brags is “patrolled by the University of Chicago Police Department and private security.”

Armed, of course, for thine and thee, Arne. But not for we.

PHOTO: Michelle Malkin speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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