Mr. Romney has said that he will pay for his across-the-board cuts in income taxes and other taxes by eliminating deductions, but he has never specified which ones. The analysis, by the Tax Policy Center, concluded that making up all the revenue lost by Mr. Romney’s tax cuts would require eliminating tax breaks, as Mr. Romney has said he would do, but not just for high earners. Households earning below $200,000 would lose 58 percent of their tax deductions – like the one for mortgage interest – the Tax Policy Center said. That would lead to higher total taxes for such households.
Video: Paul Ryan Talking Medicare in Florida
Daily Kos: Medicare plan tanks Romney’s campaign in critical swing states
But that’s a shrinking percentage of those that are tuning in to this election cycle. Somehow, they are not dominating the narrative this time around. Enough to make you wonder if Murderdoch has some kind of problem with Rmoney (or is trying to stall off Obama’s DoJ). I don’t know if it’s just because Rmoney is such an unsympathetic personality, running so badly, or if Obama’s team have really mastered working a mostly hostile media machine, but this time around Conventional Wisdom of the past several cycles is right out the window. Corporate Media is not able to make the Republicans look good, HUGE money is not selling their product, especially the Top-o’th’Ticket. High unemployment and a still uncomfortable economy are not seeming to work against the Incumbent this time and of course, the GOP strategy of obstruction and blame the gridlock on Obama, none of that is working as they envisioned.
Whistleblower Alleges Overbilling Of Medicare By Florida Hospice
Douglas Stone was an executive at the Hospice of the Comforter, based in Altamonte Springs, when he learned that the company was overbilling Medicare for patient stays. He filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicaid/Medicare fraud against the Florida nursing home a year ago; the U.S. Department of Justice recently intervened and will now be pursuing the Medicare fraud claims.
Ryan Vows to Protect Medicare at Florida Retirement Community
Betty Ryan Douglas was on stage with her congressman son Saturday at the world’s largest retirement community as the Republican campaign tried to blunt withering criticism from President Barack Obama and his allies. The Democratic team charges that presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Ryan would gut programs for older people.
Right to Appeal Medicare Decisions for Hospice Patients
The entire case is detailed in a recent post in The New Old Age a blog through the New York Times, titled “Court: You Can Appeal Medicare Decisions About Hospice Services.” As this blog post notes, Emily was denied coverage for a pain medication while in hospice and in the last stages of life. Consequently, Howard paid for them out of pocket and later (after Emily’s passing) appealed to Medicare to cover the expenses for doctor-ordered medication. While initially told there was no such Medicare appeals process and was turned away, Howard learned otherwise.
Florida psychiatrist convicted in $50 million Medicare fraud scheme
Antonio Macli, the owner of Biscayne Milieu Health Center Inc., a mental health care corporation, his son Jorge Macli, Biscayne Milieu’s CEO, and Antonio Macli’s daughter Sandra Huarte, an executive at the company, were each found guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and one or more substantive counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to commit a health care kickback scheme and conspiracy to commit money laundering and substantive counts of money laundering. Antonio Macli and Jorge Macli were also convicted of substantive kickback counts. Dr. Gary Kushner, the medical director at Biscayne Milieu, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and a substantive count of health care fraud. Rafael Alalu, a therapist, and Jacqueline Moran, who handled Medicare billing for Biscayne Milieu, were each found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and substantive counts of health care fraud. Anthony Roberts and Derek Alexander, two patient recruiters, were each found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit a health care kickback scheme, and each was convicted of one health care kickback count.
Obama Ad Attacks Romney’s Medicare Plan In Florida
The Obama campaign is attacking Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for wanting to turn Medicare into a voucher system in a new ad running in Florida, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The ad also defends actions taken by the Obama administration to strengthen Medicare and lower premiums, including cracking down on fraud and cutting payments to providers.
In Florida, Obama Talks Medicare
CNN: Medicare Takes Center Stage For Obama Campaign In Florida In the senior-heavy coastal city of Melbourne on Sunday, President Barack Obama, armed with a new study, continued to hammer the Republican plan to reform Medicare. He highlighted a Harvard analysis, conducted by a former Obama adviser, that found seniors would pay more under the “Romney-Ryan plan,” compared to his plan, which he said will strengthen the entitlement program. Obama said GOP nominee Mitt Romney wants to “give money back to insurance companies and put them in charge of Medicare.” “Their voucher plan for Medicare would bankrupt Medicare. Our plan strengthens Medicare,” Obama told a crowd of 3,050 gathered at a sports and recreation center. “No American should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.” The focus on Medicare on Sunday was the latest effort by the president and his campaign to turn up the noise around the program and throw Romney off his message on jobs and the economy, especially important as the president continues to make a play for the senior vote ahead of the November election (9/9).
Ryan's Medicare Plan: How Big a Factor in Florida?
As Obama for America’s Florida press secretary, Eric Jotkoff, put it: “If the headlines don’t tell the story, then certainly Floridians can say that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are simply out of touch and have no idea what’s important to the people of Florida. Whether it’s a budget that could end Medicare as we know it forcing Florida seniors to pay $6,350 a year out of their pockets or a tax hike which would burden hard-working middle-class families, Romney and Ryan’s campaign is toxic in the Sunshine State, and they will have a hard time convincing voters to choose them in November.”