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Money (That’s What I Want)

As the stock market gyrates wildly, the question of where the money goes when the market drops begs for an answer like a poorly disciplined puppy when dinner is served. The figure that was mentioned in news broadcasts when the market dropped 777 points in a day was a trillion dollars. If a trillion dollars went out of the market, Read More


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Only 900-Day Wait for Social Security

In May 2007, Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue announced plans to reduce the backlog of hearing requests. When he made that announcement there were 63,000 disabled individuals who had been waiting for over 1,000 days to get benefits. A further 138,000 had been waiting for over 900 days. That is over 200,000 individuals who had been living on air, Read More


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Socialized Medicine–Gotta Have It

Not a Constitutional Right On the topic of universal health coverage, or, as we diehard liberals like to call it, Socialized Medicine, the Federalist Society crowd and other Neo-Cons make a big production out of trying and failing to find justification for it in the Constitution.  To the extent that we buy into that issue, we are being led astray.  Read More


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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Smacks Down Medicaid Agency

Yours Truly scored a victory for community spouses of Pennsylvania nursing home patients on Tuesday, May 29, 2008. On that day the Pennsylvania Supreme Court sent the Department of Public Welfare packing. It denied DPW’s appeal from the decision of the Commonwealth Court that DPW could not refuse to grant Medicaid based on a proper, Medicaid-compliant, immediate annuity purchased by Read More