Monday, October 5, 2009

Going Broke: New York Failing Health Care System

Going Broke: New York Failing Health Care System

On June 19, 2008 Esmin Green collapsed and lay face down on the floor of the waiting room at a Brooklyn hospital for an hour before anyone checked on her. By that time, she was dead.

Lenox Hill Hosp bleeding money One of New York's last independent hospitals is on life support and looking for a transfusion *** Health insurer's 'bait & switch' *** More Medicaid Misery for NY Bad as it is, New York's Medicaid mess is about to get worse: A Kaiser Family Foundation report last week shows the $50 billion state program taking on water fast *** Experts: Even With Reform, Health Care Insurers Will Likely Discriminate *** Bellevue tipped-off to 'surprise' inspection *** Lenox Hill Hospital is now ailing, in need of merger *** Gov: Senate health bill a $1B slap at NY *** TWO QUEENS HOSPITALS TO CLOSE *** Sinking fast New York state, providers have lost $2.2 billion in Medicaid revenue since April 2007, said Kenneth Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital *** DiNapoli calls for budget reform The state must add transparency to the way debt is used and managed. The comptroller said his office will continue auditing the state's Medicaid program to ... *** Brain Tumor Victim's Health Care Nightmare Becomes Rallying Cry For Reform Supporters *** Send Your Medical Bills to Max Baucus (Colbert Report) *** Ben Nelson Invents A Super-Super Majority For Health Care

State and MTA Broke $$$ New York MTA 5-year plan has $9.9 billion funding gapMTA needlessly *** spends on projects: DiNapoli *** NY state coffers coming up short (Biz Journal) Media ignores budget problem and puts Happy Face Spin on the agency Fresh from London, incoming MTA chief eyes better times for NY *** Walder Greets Riders on First Day as M.T.A. Chairman

Road to City Hall In Quiet Mayoral Race, a Union Emerges as a Voice Against Bloomberg *** Thompson Expected to Pick Up Two Senatorial Endorsements *** Video: Mark Green emphatic about not running again *** The primaries over, the NYC Democratic “dream team” turns their attentions to Mayor Bloomberg. (DN) *** Bloomberg’s campaign spending is international news *** Thompson "remains a tepid presence on the campaign trail, rarely channeling a sense of populist resentment. So his supporters are starting to do it for him," writes Michael M. Grynbaum *** MoMA Tower Opponents Target Quinn in TV Ads *** Schumer And Gillibrand Dodge On Paterson *** Anti Gun Politician David Yassky Eats It In The Polls

Policy and Campaign Spin Midtown to get new security blanket A high-tech web of surveillance cameras and license-plate readers will feed information to a command center in lower Manhattan as part of the Midtown Security *** Few Results for Reports of Police Misconduct *** Surveillance Will Expand To Midtown, Mayor Says *** Bloomberg: 'We can't just say everybody can go everyplace and do anything they want'...

Gov of La Mancha Cost-wary Ravitch in $lash clash with gov Paterson are clashing behind the scenes over the governor's refusal to propose cuts in the deficit-plagued state budget *** Confusion, lack of space discourage recycling *** Paterson, Cuomo display contrasting styles, messages *** Paterson Attacks His 'Phantom' Opponents *** The Times Union thinks David Paterson should move ahead with a plan for buyouts for state employees *** New York Agency Reform at Standstill *** The Rangel-Paterson Strategy *** Senate Bill Would Eliminate Primary Runoff *** Paterson issues challenge to 2010 candidates called on "phantom" candidates to say publicly why they would make better governors

Traffic Taxi medallions worth weight in gold *** Thou shalt double park Scandal rabbi using 'fire' placards

Pay to Play Shaming Charlie's Pals House Republicans, clearly frustrated by the sloth-like pace at which the Ethics Committee is looking into the tangled financial affairs of Rep. Charles Rangel, have finally decided to take the bull by the horns *** Does Mike Reich, the workhorse of the Queens Democratic committee, live on Long Island? *** Just how political is the state's Court of Appeals?

Washington Obama Mr. Obama’s Promise of Transparency It’s time for President Obama to recall that in winning the White House he spoke vigorously in favor of a shield law that trusts the judiciary to settle disclosure conflicts (NYT Editorial) *** ABCNEWS: Obama confronts waning political capital. *** U.S. Delays Dalai Lama Meeting *** Hurdles Remain on Climate Goal
WATCH: SNL Takes On Obama Failures *** In Geopolitics, Nice Guys Don't Win - Josef Joffe, Commentary *** Lyndon Baines Obama - Jed Babbin, Human Events *** Petraeus Takes Low Profile in Obama Admin - Elizabeth Bumiller, NYT *** Is it OK to Mock Obama Now? - Scott Johnson, Power Line *** The Obama administration will address “don’t ask, don’t tell” at “the right time,” according to an advisor. (AP) ***Obama Was Told Trip Would Win Olympics *** Obama 'Furious' at McChrystal*** Gates: Afghanistan War Advice Should Be Private *** White House Wary of Petraeus?

Congress and Political Parties A Senate Candidate Accustomed to Being Thrown in the Ring *** The Politics of Spite If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America (Krugman NYT) *** The G.O.P. Campaign Message in a Word: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs *** Dems Brace for Hardest Part of Health Reform - Karen Tumulty, Time *** The Conservative Case for Reform - Gov. Bobby Jindal, Washington Post *** The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy is Back - Joe Conason, Salon *** Like Health Care Debate? Wait for Climate Change - Des Moines Register *** FEC Reports Put Pressure on Candidates - The Hill *** The President hasn’t given up on inclusion of a public option in the bill, and Chuck Schumer agrees. (LAT, DN) *** GOP Leaders to Steele: Shut It *** Lawmakers Get One-Two Punch of Money From Health Industry Special Interests (Open *** Health Care Lobbyists (Open

Supreme Court New Court Term Hints at Views on Regulating Business *** Sotomayor's Free-speech Tests - Jonathan Turley, Los Angeles Times *** Roberts and Alito Have New Visibility on the Court - Washington Post *** The Supreme Court’s busy docket for the session ahead. (NPR) *** Companies Seek Turnaround at Supreme Court as Sotomayor Joins *** Supreme Court takes a fresh look at handgun laws

Foreign Policy
Attacks on Remote Posts Highlight Afghan Risks *** Voice of Bush’s Pentagon Becomes Harder to Hear *** Security Adviser Calls Troop Increase McChrystal’s Opinion *** Taliban's Deadly Attack Tests New U.S. Strategy (Washington Post) *** National Security Adviser Pushes Back On McCain: "I Don't Play Politics" *** No Race to Escalate in Afghanistan - E.J. Dionne, Washington Post *** We Are Further From Eliminating Tehran's Threat - John Bolton, WSJ *** On Iran, Americans Expect the Worst - David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics *** Interview with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice - Meet the Press *** What I Saw at the Afghan Election - Peter Galbraith, Washington Post *** An Israeli Strike Won't Stop Iran - Michael Rubin, National Review *** It's Time for a Cold Peace with Iran - Fareed Zakaria, Newsweek

Wall Street and the Economy
Buyout Firms Profited as a Company’s Debt Soared *** Bonds Boom as Investors Flock Back *** Report on Bailouts Says Treasury Misled Public *** Program to Buy Bad Assets Nearly in Place, U.S. Says *** Greenspan Foresees a Rise in Unemployment *** Goldman to be paid $1bn if CIT fails *** FDIC Chief: "Too Big To Fail" Must End For All *** Inside the Crisis With Larry Summers & Co. - Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker *** It's the Unemployment, Stupid - Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post *** The Green Jobs Fantasy - Kevin Hassett, Bloomberg *** A Question the Fed Needs to Answer - Simon Johnson, The Plank *** GOP Minority Candidates Ready for 2010 - Richard Ivory, New Majority *** Ensign Needs Some Good Lawyers - Steve Benen, Political Animal *** Government Averted a Depression - Robert Samuelson, Washington Post *** Why Ayn Rand Is Once Again Popular - Brian Doherty, Washington Times *** The Permanence of Congressional Power - Bill Frezza, RealClearMarkets

Pay to Play Marc Dreier: The Swindler To understand how Bernie Madoff could have done what he did, listen to so-called "mini-Madoff" Ponzi schemer Marc Dreier tell Steve Kroft in his first TV interview how he scammed $400 million (60 Minutes)

National Vegas Casinos Fold on Expansion Plans... *** States Resist Medicaid GrowthGovernors emerge as formidable lobbying force, fearing effect of expanded coverage on budgets (wash Post)

Media and New Tech China Yearns to Form Its Own Media Empires *** Bug by Bug, Google Fixes a New Idea A project at Google to offer more elaborate ads on high-end phones has hit one glitch after another *** Just a Touch Away, the Elusive Tablet PC *** CBS Removes David Letterman’s Mea Culpa From YouTube *** What Do All These Phone Apps Do? Mostly Marketing *** NBC sale rumors raise questions on Zucker *** Dean Baker: The Economy Loses 824,000 Jobs And The WaPo Doesn't Notice *** Got invite? Google Wave goes on preview for select users *** Condé Nast to Close Gourmet Magazine *** Bloodbath at Conde Nast; 4 mags axed *** Google Book: Eric Schmidt Wants To Build "$100 Million Media Company"*** Booker-O'Brien 'Feud' Using New Media To Rewrite Political Rules