Category Archives: health care

Medicaid provider lacks oversight, auditor says

A report compiled by the state auditor shows the organization responsible for providing Medicaid services in Jefferson County spent excessive amounts of money on luxury resorts, limousine services and big bonuses over three years. In a 200-page report released earlier today, state Auditor Crit Luallen unveiled 20 different findings of wasteful spending and called for […]

KY Youth Advocates releases 2010 County Data Book

Earlier today, Kentucky Youth Advocates released their 20th annual “Kids Count” County Data Book. This year, the report, which measures and tracks the socioeconomic well-being of children across Kentucky’s 120 counties, factors in the impact of the economic recession. As you can probably imagine, the results aren’t pretty.

Lunchbox: Health Care Reform signed into law

Paul v. Yarmuth?: Though he’s in a race for U.S. Senate, Republican Rand Paul helped organize a small rally slamming U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat, over health care reform. Yarmuth was the only member of Kentucky’s delegation to vote for the historic overhaul. The protests outside the Romano Mazzoli Federal Building in downtown Louisville […]

House passes historic health care bill

The year-long fight over health care reform took a historic step tonight. The divided House of Representatives approved what has been President Barack Obama’s chief domestic issue with a 219-212 vote. Here’s the roll call. As political observers predicted only one member of Kentucky’s delegation supported the bill — U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3, who […]

Yarmuth speaks about need of HCR

The news that Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare is eliminating 500 jobs is a depressing blow in the lingering recession. The layoffs represent about 6 percent of their workforce and the first large-scale job reductions in a Louisville hospital system since the economic downturn, according to the C-J. In Washington, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, […]

Shitting In The Wind

That’s basically the only metaphor I could think of while watching today’s mega-hyped health care summit: You’re walking down the street, somebody yells at you from their window, “Hey, look at this!” and then proceeds to stick their ass into the frame and, from a decent height, defecate onto the sidewalk below. You can’t deny that the […]

2009 in Under 25 Minutes

If you weren’t paying much attention to things in 2009 (say you had a kid, lost your home or (worse) became obsessed with Lady GaGa) here is perhaps the best analysis of where this country — and the White House — is at, minus any real mention of Afghanistan, and distilled into 25 minutes by three […]

“Poor” is the new “Morbidly Obese”

The next time you’re chided by a “friend” or member of your “family” because you smoke “too much” and/or eat “too many” whole rotisserie-cooked game hens, tell them that you’d stand a much greater chance of dying young if you were poor. And while you’re at it, tell ‘em science sent you: The average low-income […]

Left 4 Dead

If you’ve been paying an inordinate amount of attention to our Congress’ attempts to ratify meaningful health care reform legislation lo these past several months, a few things should’ve been clear to you from the beginning — chief among them that average Americans simply cannot be trusted to have nice things. We just wouldn’t know […]

GOP Death Watch: Special Thunderdome Edition

When beloved U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and all-time favorite radio personality Rush Limbaugh get busy together, the music they make isn’t exactly beautiful. In fact, the sounds generated from their lovemaking don’t register in the human aural spectrum, but can be compared to the high-frequency squeaking of two giant shithouse rats circling around the same […]