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Nursing homes that harm seniors face fewer fines under Trump

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Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News

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The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury.

The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry’s main trade group, has complained that under Obama inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve.

“It is critical that we have relief,” Mark Parkinson, the group’s president, wrote in a letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump in December 2016.

Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes — 4 of every 10 — have been cited at least once for a serious violation, federal records show. Medicare has fined two-thirds of those homes. Common citations include failing to protect residents from avoidable accidents, neglect, mistreatment and bedsores.

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The new guidelines discourage regulators from levying fines in some situations, even when they have resulted in a resident’s death. The guidelines will also probably result in lower fines for many facilities.

The change in policy aligns with Trump’s promise to reduce bureaucracy, regulation and government intervention in business. READ MORE

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Trump Good And Bad

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by James Hufferd, Ph.D., Coordinator

911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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There are famously two all-too-human superpowers in this world at this point: 1) the universally-recognized mighty United States, become the military and influence tool of the self-serving, grasping organized global elite, and 2) world public opinion, the potential basis for a much stronger power if it can ever be harnessed, jelled, and exerted in its own behalf.

Most people assume that world individual self-interest can’t be mobilized and directed into an all-conquering force to set the elite on its fat and technologically-super-enhanced ear. But, the other day, the UN delegates of the 95%+ of the world not directly controlled by the U.S. deep state or its powerful mascot, Israel, made it seem possible for the “deplorable” fully-human rest of the world to gloriously triumph by overwhelmingly rejecting the elite’s sanctification of Israel grinding the pre-established in the land Palestinians into the ground. More

Suppose Trump had Hillary’s incredible Russian connection?

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Jon Rappoport’s Blog

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If Trump had Hillary’s Russian connection…

Trump would be curled up in a ball in a bunker a few hundred feet under the White House. And that’s on his best day.

The newspapers and television news would be citing nothing less than treason as the cause for his impeachment. They would claim he was, in fact, helping Putin win World War 3 against the US. A nuclear war.

Forget “Putin influenced the election on behalf of Trump.” Instead, mainstream attack dogs would be claiming Trump was a conscious agent who had been turned, years ago, against his home country. The dogs would be making up stories about how this happened.

“It was on a business trip that the world changed for a desperate real estate mogul named Donald Trump. Mr. Trump was on his way to Moscow, ostensibly to meet with several Russian oligarchs about a casino project he was hoping to launch. Instead, he huddled with a representative and close friend of Vladimir Putin at the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel, and that friend offered Mr. Trump a different kind of deal, one that would change his life forever and alter the future of America…”

This is what we would be seeing and hearing if Donald Trump had been involved in the 2013 Clinton business deal with Russia that everyone knows about—but no one is willing to prosecute or even cover (anymore) in the mainstream press.

I have written about the Clinton deal before, but it’s worth reviewing again, given the kind of heat Trump is dealing with for Phone Conversations. Conversations several of his people have had with Russians; even business deals that could have been consummated during those discussions.

So…here it is again. Imagine Hillary and Bill Clinton were not the wheelers and dealers. Imagine Trump was. Try to conceive what would be happening to him now vs. what is happening to Bill and Hillary: i.e., nothing.

I’ll go one step further. Wherever Bill or Hillary’s name, or the name of their Foundation, appears in the NY Times story I’m about to quote, I’ll substitute a Trump name (in CAPS), so you get the full effect:

Consider this plot line. Follow the bouncing ball.

Putin wants 20% of uranium on US soil. That 20% is owned by a Canadian mining company.

The Canadian executives want to sell it to Putin.

But because uranium is a US “national security” product, various US federal agencies have to OK the deal. One of those agencies is the US State Department.

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How about a free, functional government?

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by James Hufferd, Ph.D.

Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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Donald Trump was supposed to be the first president since JFK to be free of obligations to the high cabal usual funders and owners of American presidents. That’s how he was self-billed and that was his major selling point – that he had very largely funded his own campaign and, with a very successful businessman’s approach, would be more-knowledgeable and success-capable than his politician predecessors. So that he could get things Total Earth Science Skepticdone for and at the bidding of the people, rather than the multi-billionaire plutocrats who were accustomed to bribing and ruling.

And, perhaps strangely, if you google it, you can find purported background information both ways – that he paid for most of his rather sketchy campaign himself, or alternatively, that his elevation was heavily-financed by mega-rich interests primarily on Wall Street.

But, regardless, he is now, as a sudden recruit to the bomb-bomb, waw-waw persuasion, coming over from the presumed militarism-minimization philosophy of regime-change wars being too costly and unavailing. The neocons have got him now, apparently, however they did it, and here we go again – except more than ever.

One current theory, voiced in an online article apparently without an author a couple of days ago, entitled “Is Trump Really In Control?”, conjectures that the other members of the administration, mostly ex-generals, because they, not so much the president, have been mouthing threats in every direction lately, must, thus, be in control. While the president enjoys his golf and holds endless meetings and pep rallies – leaving war “to the generals”, mostly faceless. Whoever they are, all too casually assumed to be human or approximately so. More

Another Government Shutdown Shakedown? (Yawn!)

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Marti Oakley

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It made absolutely no difference who won the 2016 presidential election. We can vote all we want, but the flight plan doesn’t change. We are being steered to a predetermined end with the only difference being which road we take to get there. This translates into …who will be allowed to profit most from the journey? We already know who will pay the bill.

Trump’s biggest problem was and is that he thought he was actually going to be running things…he’d be the “boss”. He’s obviously had his butt handed to him and now has back peddled on EVERY campaign promise he made. And we are just verging in the end of the first 100 days of his administration.

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Here we go again. The threat of a so-called “government shutdown”. IF only that would happen on a level beneficial to the country. But it won’t. Nothing that affects the daily grinding of federal agencies as they mismanage employees, programs and massive amounts of money will be affected. Both houses of congress will continue to gather and to collect their pay checks, their golden fleece insurance perks and, bribery from special interests hand delivered by lobbyists. Of course, we don’t dare call it bribery; we call it “campaign donations”, “political contributions” and other euphemisms meant to disguise the pay-to-play business of government.

https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2013/10/01/whats-affected-government-shutdown

Checking a list of government agencies affected in 2013 and 2015, it is apparent that the only people and agencies affected to any degree, are low-level staffers and even lower level employees of agencies.

A sample from that list:

  • Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
  • Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits will close to the public.
  • And, veterans’ compensation, pension, education and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown.
  • Every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, will be immediately closed.
  • New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be immediately halted.
  • Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
  • Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, will cease. The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
  • Permits and reviews for planned energy and transportations projects will stop, preventing companies from working on these projects.
  • Loans to rural communities will be halted.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees including many charged with protecting us from terrorist threats, defending our borders, inspecting our food, and keeping our skies safe will work without pay until the shutdown ends.
  • Hundreds of thousands of additional Federal workers will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay.

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What I Think Is Happening

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new-logo25by James Hufferd, Ph.D.                                                                                    

Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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“……Achilles-heel of international control in the US, which he recognized to be an enormous pedophilia ring, binding effectively the obedience of a crucial percentage of the government, including Congress members, recruited and run clandestinely out of inventive necessity by the Israeli Mossad (secret service)”

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1920541_10152099827078863_1820056404_n1     How about a lollapalooza of a conspiracy theory – fueled by a little bit of evidence and more than a little bit of fairly-well-educated paranoia? With that all-too-rare admission gotten out of the way, here’s basically what I think is going on.

The world’s power elite – the really big banks, the Bilderberg, New World Order, the leading purveyors and masters of the Deep State – are more psychopathic, arrogant, and totally self-centered and unstoppably determined than anybody you would ever meet in a thousand years. More

President Trump: My Basic Scoresheet

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new-logo251_002by James Hufferd, Ph.D.

Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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     Maybe like some of you, I have gotten to know myself better over the past several months. I have always considered myself anything but conservative. “Beyond liberal,” I have said when describing my basic orientation:  meaning liberal, only more so compared to the range of holes provided on a standard belt. Sort of a lone sentinel, out there when it came to equality, fairness, generosity, universal enablement, foolhardiness or moxie.

But then, people (the media, mostly) started referring to arch-globalist and militarist, mealy-mouthed, wicked old grandmotherly chiseler Hillary Clinton and her wacko, selectively-hateful, spoiled followers as “liberals”, and my idealist vocabulary started to curdle, fast. Because, all these schmucks the media calls “liberals” and even “leftists” are about as liberal as a toad. Liberalism is not boneheaded borderless-ness. Nor is it defamation and shrieking “treason” through your tears and trashing the Constitution’s election ground rules agreed on by all at the start because you didn’t win the race. More

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