Despite State fiscal crisis, Illinois lawmakers get ‘Cadillac’ health plan

by Scott Reeder | Illinois News Network

Illinois taxpayers spent $1.23 million last year to provide health insurance to state lawmakers despite the fact that the jobs are part-time and the state is broke.

This perk of office is under fire from a surprising source — a group of state lawmakers.

“This is a part-time job. There is absolutely no reason that it should have health insurance and a pension provided, especially at a time like this when the state is hurting financially,” said State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills.

McSweeney along with 33 other lawmakers — about one-fifth of the General Assembly — are refusing to accept the health insurance benefits.

“If it is more generous than what other people are getting, they should at least scale it back, but I say eliminate it,” he said.

Illinois Needs To End Planned Parenthood Medicaid Subsidies Now

planned-parenthood-taxesEast Dundee, IL – Allen Skillicorn, a Republican preparing to run for State Representative in the 66th District, calls on Illinois Department of Human Services officials to cancel Planned Parenthood Medicaid ties immediately.

Planned Parenthood is currently one of Illinois’ Medicaid providers.

After multiple videos documenting inappropriate and illegal sales of human body parts, Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid services need to be stopped.

Planned Parenthood operations need to be examined to see if similar practices have occurred in Illinois for criminal prosecution.

“Just watch the videos in entirety, the greed and depravity of human life is shocking.”

Skillicorn commented, “When Dr. Mary Gatter shamefully asked to be paid with an Italian Lamborghini super car in exchange for viable human body parts, I was physically nauseated.

“Planned Parenthood leadership does not represent the values and respect for human dignity of an organization worthy of Illinois taxpayer funding.”

Multiple videos of Planned Parenthood illegal and unethical practices are available on the Center of Medical Progress website – www.centerformedicalprogress.org.

Left Right and You Radio: Doug Truax and The IL Governors Race

West Point grad Doug Truax is competing with Jim Oberweis for a chance to challenge long time incumbent Dick Durbin for the US Senate.

Doug took some tough questions and it appears could give State Senator a run for money in the March primary. Listen in to hear his positions on foreign policy, healthcare,  and spending.

We also discussed the Illinois Gubernatorial race and the hypocrisy of the ‘presstitutes‘ in the media.

Listen to the podcast and don’t forget the entire podcast archive is here for your listening pleasure.

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Illinois unions fight to block Medicaid savings

by Paul Kersey | Illinois Review

One of the screwier effects of Illinois labor law was on display last week when an arbitrator ruled that the state would have to terminate its contract with Maximus Health Services.

In September 2012, the state hired Maximus to review Illinois’ Medicaid rolls and remove those who were no longer eligible for benefits. The company’s investigation identified 60,000 ineligible people on the rolls, but the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees objected and filed a grievance, saying that state workers should perform the Medicaid review instead, even though the state said it lacks the resources and its workers lack the knowledge to do the job properly. In the end, the arbitrator determined that the state has to fire Maximus by Dec. 31 and use state workers.

It would be easy to criticize the union for its selfishness — and I don’t necessarily want to discourage any of that – but it should be said that the union’s reaction was exactly what the state’s labor law encourages. Because the law allows for contracts in which all employees must pay either union dues or agency fees as a condition of employment, the union has a direct interest in maximizing the number of employees that the state has on its payroll. And under its own law, the state must reach an agreement not only on wages but on all aspects of employment, including how state workers are assigned. This means the union can wage a protest not just over how its members are employed, but over how they are not employed (“Hey, that’s our job!”).

AMBULANCE BILLING FEES

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By James Carlini

We have all heard about the municipality in California that has paid some of its administrators with six-figure salaries as well as six-figure pensions, but we think that is a very rare occurrence and that our own municipality would never get that bad.

Look closely at your own municipality and its agencies. Are they gouging you on the price of services? Are you paying double compared to the city next door?

I would have never thought that about my small Midwest community, but after needing an ambulance, I was in shock when we got the bill. We already pay for the fire department, East Dundee Fire Protection District (Illinois), and its pension fund on two separate line items on our property tax bill. What are we paying for? Where does all that money go?

Eaton: Hold on, as we ply uncharted waters with Obamacare

From Southtown Star

“If you expect the government to take care of your health from birth to death, expect the distance between the two of them to get shorter.”

Though intended to lighten the heavy topic of government-run health care, the truth of that sarcasm outweighs its humor.

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week that the Obama administration’s crown jewel, the Affordable Care Act, is constitutional, a universal health care system guided and regulated by the federal government appears to be in America’s future, unless something drastic happens in the next few months.

And while the debate over whether that irritating and costly individual health care mandate is a penalty or a tax continues, for many that’s not the real problem.

Illinois already has plunged deeply into the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as critics refer to it. During the closing days of the General Assembly’s spring session, Republicans and Democrats voted to ask the federal government for permission to implement a key provision of the law two years early. If the feds say OK, more than 250,000 unmarried, uninsured young adults will go on the state’s Medicaid rolls.

“It’s not really going to cost us anything more,” one Springfield lawmaker said. “We’re already paying for their health care. Now we’ll get federal funds.”

So easy. Just get on the federal government’s dole and you’re set. Just like the indigent and prisoners. All your physical needs are met, but at what cost?

Sunday, U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8th) convened a town hall meeting to discuss the high court’s ruling.

“Obamacare was the issue of 2010, and with the Supreme Court’s decision last week, it’s now become the issue of 2012,” Walsh told the crowd of nearly 350 in Elk Grove Village.

How ObamaCare Guts Medicare

By PETER FERRARA
AND LARRY HUNTER

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has attacked Senate Republican candidates for wanting “to end Medicare as we know it.” And in Nevada’s hotly contested Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid is attacking Republican Sharron Angle, saying she wants to “gut” Medicare. But Mr. Reid has already gutted it. He and his colleagues did so by passing ObamaCare.

Senior Editorial Writer Joseph Rago explains the increase in insurance premiums. Columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady critiques the President’s plan.

In his analysis accompanying the recently released Annual Report of the Medicare Board of Trustees, Richard Foster, Medicare’s chief actuary, noted that Medicare payment rates for doctors and hospitals serving seniors will be cut by 30% over the next three years. Under the policies of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by 2019 Medicare payment rates will be lower than under Medicaid. Mr. Foster notes that by the end of the 75-year projection period in the Annual Medicare Trustees Report, Medicare payment rates will be one-third of what will be paid by private insurance, and only half of what is paid by Medicaid.

Altogether, ObamaCare cuts $818 billion from Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) from 2014-2023, the first 10 years of its full implementation, and $3.2 trillion over the first 20 years, 2014-2033. Adding in ObamaCare cuts for Medicare Part B (physicians fees and other services) brings the total cut to $1.05 trillion over the first 10 years and $4.95 trillion over the first 20 years.

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