Michelle Obama to meet families of Si...

Michelle Obama to meet families of Sikh temple shooting victims

There are 32 comments on the Reuters story from Aug 18, 2012, titled Michelle Obama to meet families of Sikh temple shooting victims. In it, Reuters reports that:

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama talks to staff who treated victims of the July 20 Colorado movie theater shooting at the Medical Center of Aurora in Aurora, Colorado August 11, 2012.

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Osama Obama

Greencastle, PA

#1 Aug 18, 2012
Who invited her?

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#2 Aug 18, 2012
Osama Obama wrote:
Who invited her?
lady gag-gag?
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#3 Aug 18, 2012
She should just do a fly-over in a helicopter like Bush did at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Hehe

“HILLARY OR TRUMP”

Since: Mar 09

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

#4 Aug 18, 2012
Moochelle should meet with a plastic surgeon and get her face fixed.

LOL
Dan Salazar

Long Beach, CA

#5 Aug 18, 2012
Gary wrote:
She should just do a fly-over in a helicopter like Bush did at New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Hehe
Have you noticed the Romney Ryan Campaign hasn't said one awful thing about Obama's family. On the other Hand the Obama Hate Squad is slandering Mrs. Romney at every turn.

Are Democrats just far less classy, far less principled, far more poorly parented than Republicans?

I can't come up with any other explanation, can you?
Phil M

United States

#6 Aug 18, 2012
did she visit Ft Hood ?
Curtis Lowe

Montgomery, AL

#7 Aug 18, 2012
That's wondeful. If they weren't totally Sikh before, they soon will be.

Where is Vera Baker?
Curtis Lowe

Montgomery, AL

#8 Aug 18, 2012
Phil M wrote:
did she visit Ft Hood ?
Former President George W. Bush did.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/forthoo...
Natty Bumppo

Kalispell, MT

#9 Aug 18, 2012
Why doesn't she visit the black guy who got shot at the Family Research Center in D.C. by the homo from the gay center?? I guess it's ok if it's a gay just not a white supremacist, then we go ape shit. The lame stream media gave the story about 15 seconds but we get story after story about the white supremacist in Wis. What a bunch of cocksucking hypocrites! Obamas suck big time.
Natty Bumppo

Kalispell, MT

#10 Aug 18, 2012
Dan Salazar wrote:
<quoted text>
Have you noticed the Romney Ryan Campaign hasn't said one awful thing about Obama's family. On the other Hand the Obama Hate Squad is slandering Mrs. Romney at every turn.
Are Democrats just far less classy, far less principled, far more poorly parented than Republicans?
I can't come up with any other explanation, can you?
That's easy. The Dems are just a low class bunch of degenerates. Just figure, the 49% of the population that pay NO federal income tax vote democratic. Why should they be allowed to vote at all?? They have no skin in the game. The dems appeal to all the minority groups; blacks, women, students, illegal immigrants. We'll give you something free, if you just vote for us. Axelrod, Gibbs, and the rest of his degenerates are about as low class as you can get. But it doesn't stop there, they are a bunch of criminal bastards as I've ever seen. They will stop at nothing. Look what they did to Herman Cain. Lying bunch of bastards.
Curtis Lowe

Montgomery, AL

#11 Aug 18, 2012
Natty Bumppo wrote:
Why doesn't she visit the black guy who got shot at the Family Research Center in D.C. by the homo from the gay center?? I guess it's ok if it's a gay just not a white supremacist, then we go ape shit. The lame stream media gave the story about 15 seconds but we get story after story about the white supremacist in Wis. What a bunch of cocksucking hypocrites! Obamas suck big time.
They're gonna make a movie about that incident, "The Fempire Strikes Back!"

“HILLARY OR TRUMP”

Since: Mar 09

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

#12 Aug 18, 2012
Moochelle should meet with a fat counselor and get that junk out of her trunk!

lol
pogue mahone

Hilton Head Island, SC

#13 Aug 19, 2012
Moochelle should meet with a Mayflower Moving Company counselor and get a quote on moving all that nasty jiggycrap out of the White House come next January.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#14 Aug 19, 2012
Phil M wrote:
did she visit Ft Hood ?
she was there for obama's "pep rally"...remember.

Since: Feb 07

Whitman,Ma

#15 Aug 19, 2012
The poolls must really be getting to Obummer that he has to have the Belle go out and try to bring in a f ew votes.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#16 Aug 19, 2012

Why is that Patient Dumping Piece of Sh*t Obama going to meet the families?

Ah! She's going to tell them how a clinic in the slums would have been a better place to take the injured instead of a hospital. That was her plan for people with medicare or no insurance in Chicago.


What Filth!

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#17 Aug 19, 2012
Michelle Obama's UHI Patient Dumping Nets 5X Profits at Taxpayer Expense

By Joe Stephens
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 22, 2008; Page A01

The hospital told state regulators it spent $10 million on charity care for the poor in fiscal 2007 -- 1.3 percent of its total hospital expenses, according to an analysis performed for The Washington Post by the bipartisan, nonprofit Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. That is below the 2.1 percent average for nonprofit hospitals in Cook County.

As a nonprofit, the University of Chicago Medical Center receives annual tax breaks worth nearly five times as much as it spends on charity care, the analysis found.

Quentin Young, the South Side physician, described the medical center's level of charity spending as "ludicrous."

Young, known in Chicago for having been the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal physician, is chairman of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, a Chicago-based nonprofit that advocates health-care reform. Young considered himself an ally of Barack Obama while he was a state legislator.

"That's shameful," Young said of the percentages. "They are arguably, if not defrauding, then at least taking advantage of a public subsidy. We would like to see them give more than the minimum. The need is there."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#18 Aug 19, 2012
Critics describe Michelle Obama's UHI program as attempt to ensure that the hospital retains only affluent patients with insurance

By Joe Stephens
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 22, 2008; Page A01

"If you put enough money into it, you could save a whole bunch of community health centers," Young said. "But to date, they haven't."

Edward Novak, president of Chicago's Sacred Heart Hospital, declined to discuss the center's initiative in particular but dismissed as "bull" attempts to justify such programs as good for patients.

"What they're really saying is,'Don't use our emergency room because it will cost us money, and we don't want the public-aid population,' " Novak said.

Selling the Idea

In December 2006, the medical center hired a public relations firm, ASK Public Strategies, to help sell the Urban Health Initiative. ASK is co-owned by Axelrod, Obama's chief campaign strategist.

The firm delivered its report in May 2007 saying that, while nurses were generally favorable about the Urban Health Initiative, "primary care doctors were more negative, viewing it as a break with UCMC's community commitment."

An April 2007 draft report from the medical center's polling firm, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, said focus groups suggested that "enough latent suspicion toward the hospital and university as elitist exists to ensure that a political attack against the Urban Health Initiative as deceptive and self-serving would find fertile ground."

"More than a few staff members -- particularly medical staff -- express strongly worded concern or disappointment with UCMC in its commitment to the community," the report said.

One survey question asked for reaction to a particular criticism that had been leveled:

"This new health initiative is not really about helping the residents of the South Side of Chicago. It is simply a way for the University of Chicago Medical Center to save money and reduce costs by serving fewer poor people without health insurance."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#19 Aug 19, 2012
Michelle Obama's Patient Dumping: What the Neighbors Say

By Joe Stephens
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 22, 2008; Page A01

Axelrod's ASK's report emphasized the need to be transparent and acknowledge that the hospital was pursuing the initiative in ITS' OWN SELF-INTEREST, as well as that of patients.

It also stressed that in selling the program to the public, "credible validators are critical; public health experts and ministers trump politicians."

The medical center appears to have enacted some of the ASK report's recommendations but not others; the name was not changed.

"I've had some complaints from my constituents," said Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, a former teacher who represents Chicago's 4th Ward and who will be an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention. "It's hard to know whether this is motivated by the interests of the patients or by the financial interests of the medical center."

Asked her personal conclusion, Preckwinkle paused. "They have decided they need to have as many paying patients as possible," she said. "That's all I'm going to say."

Jeffrey Schaider, chairman of emergency medicine at nearby John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, also is skeptical. Schaider said his emergency room welcomes all patients, whether or not their maladies ultimately prove urgent. Lower-income workers also often find it difficult to visit clinics, which have limited hours, he said.

"Often, the patients think it's something serious when it's happening to them," Schaider said. "And a lot of the time, the patients are right."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

This is why Michelle Obama was Wrong to create her Patient Dumping Scheme.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#20 Aug 19, 2012
U. of C. medical practices drawing critical eye

Chicago Tribune,
September 8, 2008. By Bruce Japsen

A University of Chicago Medical Center strategy to steer poor and uninsured patients with less serious injuries to other facilities to focus on treating the most challenging cases is making the South Side hospital more money--and attracting growing criticism.

The initiative has prompted questions from a wide array of skeptics, including a prominent Republican senator, a local alderman an some of the hospital's doctors.

They all strike a similar chord, which Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) summed up this way: The medical center appears to be "culling the least profitable patients from its emergency room."

The issue is politically sensitive because Michelle Obama played a central role in creating the health initiative before taking leave to join her husband's presidential campaign.

Michelle Obama, as vice president of external and community affairs, led a team that worked with some physicians, including some emergency-room doctors, administrators and clinics to link patients with primary-care medical providers elsewhere on the South Side.

The effort, called the South Side Health Collaborative, has evolved into the Urban Health Initiative.

The Urban Health Initiative has sent poor patients to other hospitals and about 20 clinics on the South Side, including the Access Community Health Network.

There are two major financial incentives for patient to be moved from the U. of C. to other places of treatment.

1) Under federal reimbursement rules for facilities that operate in certain neighborhoods, the government pays more money to treat Medicaid and other poor patients than if th U. of C. treated them.

2) Also, the University's costs tend to be about 60 percent higher because, as a teaching institution, its expenses include training doctors and conducting research.

Though the university says the initiative involves transferring patients covered by commercial and higher-paying Medicare plans for the elderly, nearly two in five of the medical center's patients are uninsured or covered by the Medicaid program for the poor, which is notorious for its low payments to hospitals.

The University would not provide a specific number of patients referred to other facilities or how their care is paid for.

Some U. of C. doctors and physicians at places where patients are being referred say they did not want to speak publicly, fearful of being critical of the university as well as of the Obamas.

But Ald. Toni Preckwinkle, who represents the neighboring 4th Ward, said she had heard from some of her constituents who feel short-changed when referred to community hospitals and clinics.

"What about dignity?" asked Preckwinkle, who was an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention but has publicly criticized him, and separately the U. of C., in the past.

"What's the message to people when they say you can't get treatment at a place that is on television [with its ads] every hour?

If you are going to send people who have mundane or chronic illnesses to surrounding institutions for care and treatment, you have to be supportive of those institutions, including financial support," Preckwinkle added.

She wonders whether medical center executives are doing something that makes good business sense or are simply "gaming the system" to make more money.

The program helped the medical center achieve a 5.2 percent operating profit margin through the first 11 months of its fiscal 2008...

http://www.hydepark.org/neighborhood/healthde...

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