Bernie Sanders failed to act in deadly VA scandal, whistleblower says

By   /  February 1, 2016  /  Health Care, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Sanders’ committee “knew what was happening at Tomah,” the Army veteran told Wisconsin Watchdog during an interview Friday

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Liberal billionaire, public-sector unions push for higher taxes on tobacco, E-cigarettes

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  California, Health Care, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A liberal billionaire and high-profile Democratic donor is promising to spend millions to change Californians’ minds about taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes

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Lawmakers mixed on Gov. Shumlin’s spending priorities

By   /  January 22, 2016  /  Health Care, News, State Budgets, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Lawmakers who heard Gov. Peter Shumlin outline his spending priorities in Thursday’s budget address had mixed reactions on how money should be spent.

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Shumlin wants physicians and dentists to pay Medicaid expansion costs

By   /  January 21, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday revealed a plan to fix Vermont’s $68 million deficit by raising $30 million in new revenue — mostly from independent physicians and dentists — and reducing spending increases by $38 million.

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Panel approves nearly $10 million boost for Transitional Medicaid

By   /  January 21, 2016  /  Health Care, Idaho, News  /  No Comments

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The Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee approved a plan this week to provide Medicaid coverage for up to 12 months to working adults who no longer qualify for the program. The proposal, which still needs a Senate hearing and approval to take effect, will add more than $9.7 million to Medicaid’s ever-growing budget. The […]

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Christmas, Oprah and Butch Otter’s spending binge

By   /  January 19, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Health Care, Idaho, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A former Idaho Press Tribune political reporter offered some witty analysis of Gov. Butch Otter’s State of the State address, delivered last week in the Idaho Capitol. Kelcie Moseley, the former reporter, tweeted: Feel like Otter’s speech was very Oprah style this year. You get $10 million, and you get $10 million, and everybody gets […]

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