Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion May Lower Prison Costs: Study

Talk about taking the cost emphasis out of prison reform. Makes ya wonder just how many hands were in the pie that wrote the Affordable Care Act.

I talked to one congressman in office at the time and he said there was no way to know what was in the act they were voting on.  Nancy Pelosi when asked if she knew what was in the act said no but we will vote to pass it and find out what is in it.

‘…The report examined four ways that states respond to increasing costs. The methods include telehealth, which uses video conferencing between an off-site doctor and a prisoner; outsourcing care; granting elderly or infirm inmates early parole; and expanding Medicaid coverage….’

and then there is this:

“By definition, those state prisoners in state facilities are the obligation of the state and that obligation should not be transferred to the federal government … I think most people would come down on the side that Medicaid was never intended to pay for the medical care of people in state custody,” Smith said. “It’s a very significant issue for the federal budget and Congress better close that loophole quickly.”

Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion May Lower Prison Costs: Study

 

 

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Curbing antibiotics on farms taking too long

This is good case in point on the cold hearted bottom line taking precedent.

Routine use of antibiotics makes some bacteria stronger and resistant to treatment. When those hardier bugs infect a person, antibiotics might no longer work. Last month, federal officials quantified that danger: At least 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which said that’s a conservative figure. That’s why smart doctors resist prescribing antibiotics for every minor ailment.

then there is the dollars

The agriculture industry maintains that the connection is murky between antibiotic use in animals and drug resistance in people. On the other side of the debate is a long list of scientists, public health officials and veterinarians whose views carry more sense and less self-interest. In 2011 alone, 1.9 million pounds of penicillins and 12.3 million pounds of tetracyclines were sold for use in food animals. It’s hard to believe that wouldn’t have an effect.

and this the power of excessive profits in a democratic society

But neither Congress nor the FDA has acted to curtail the broad dangers. The well-financed agriculture industry has won most rounds. And regulators have dragged their feet.

Curbing antibiotics on farms taking too long

Now we have some numbers to hand our hat on”

‘..FEW BLESSINGS of modern science are entirely unmixed, and so it is with the development of powerful synthetic or semi-synthetic opioid analgesics — painkillers such as fentanyl and hydrocodone. Prescribed by the tens of millions in recent years for their power to relieve otherwise crippling pain in the victims of disease and injury, these pills have turned into a $7.3 billion-per-year business. Yet they also pose a major public health risk because of their ready availability and addictiveness to many patients…’

FDA seeks to curb abuse of prescription painkillers

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FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

You have to ask yourself just who makes money off of the most extensively prescribed pain killer in the nation. The when you look at the profit margin from this drug as a class III drug and the easy access to it, you will have the reason why it is so available.

Now you see who wants it: ‘… The move comes more than a decade after the Drug Enforcement Administration first asked the FDA to reclassify hydrocodone so that it would be subject to the same restrictions as other addictive painkilling drugs. The FDA did not issue a formal announcement about its decision, which has long been sought by many patient advocates, doctors and state and federal lawmakers…’

and in the same article

“The FDA’s reported decision will likely pose significant hardships for many patients and delay relief for vulnerable patients with legitimate chronic pain, especially those in nursing home and long-term care,” said Kevin Schweers, a spokesman for the National Community Pharmacists Association.’

 

 

 

FDA wants restrictions on hydrocodone painkillers

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Harsh Sentences Are Killing the Jury Trial

My question to any one out there is: Have you ever seen a politician go to jail for a mandatory drug sentence. To the best of my memory, they plead a ‘oh so sorry and its off to rehab.

‘…This week’s release of the Human Rights Watch Report, “An Offer You Can’t Refuse,” confirms that harsh sentencing laws have undermined the American jury system. On average, 97 percent of defendants plead guilty in federal court. For crimes that carry a minimum mandatory sentence, going to trial has simply become too risky. As Human Rights Watch reports: “Defendants convicted of drug offenses with mandatory minimum sentences who went to trial received sentences on average 11 years longer than those who pled guilty.”…’

Harsh Sentences Are Killing the Jury Trial

Are US prosecutors forcing guilty pleas on drug defendants?

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Meggs: Winston could come “in very near future”

organized crimeI grew up in a world where law enforcement was depicted by Dragnet and the Defense was characterized by Perry Mason and in a sense that remained by vision till I was about 45 when I moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida. Then I discovered the reality of police and conduct of the Criminal Justice Industrial complex.  Now my vision of law enforcement is that if you do not have a natural advocacy group behind you there is no law or protection of the law.

nolesNo where is this clearer than in Tallahassee where there is a rape case pending against the quarterback of an undefeated football team of Florida State University. I have provided a quote from the newspaper for Tallahassee as well as links to a rather complete picture of the case. You can come to your own conclusions.

“The family of the woman who identified Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the man who sexually battered her criticized the Tallahassee Police Department Wednesday, saying a detective warned against proceeding with the case because Tallahassee is “a big football town” and she would be “raked over the coals.”

A statement from the family says that on Dec. 7, 2012, the woman was raped by an unknown person. The woman immediately reported it to law enforcement and cooperated with all requests from officers, the letter says.

In early January, the woman identified Winston as the attacker, the letter says. The family became concerned that she “would be targeted on campus” and requested help from an attorney friend. The attorney contacted TPD Detective Scott Angulo.

“When the attorney contacted Detective Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable,” the letter said”

Family says TPD warned woman about Winston case

Meggs: Winston could come “in very near future”

‘This was a rape,’ contends complainant’s attorney in Winston case

Experts: Sexual-battery cases often difficult to prove

Meggs:  Decision in case not likely before Thanksgiving

City Commission wants answers on controversies

‘Noles fans witness perfect ending to regular season

Florida State fans not only got a commanding 37-7 victory over cross-state rival Florida on Saturday, they also saw the Seminoles do something they’ve only done three other times in history: Finish the regular season undefeated.

The last time that happened was 1999, when FSU won its second national championship.

http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20131201/NEWS01/312010021?source=nletter-top5

Witness interviews shed more light on rape allegation against Winston

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Woman in controversial Stand Your Ground case out on bond

Woman in controversial Stand Your Ground case out on bond

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Should a split jury be able to recommend death penalty?

UntitledWelcome to the stone ages. “…Florida law requires only a simple majority, meaning a 7-5 vote could send Morris to Death Row.

Florida and Alabama are the only two states in the country that don’t require a unanimous jury to recommend or decide the sentencing phase in a death penalty case…’Should a split jury be able to recommend death penalty?

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