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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Oct 21, 2008 Official Portraits Draw Skeptical Gaze--Cost to Taxpayers Vaires but Can Reach Nearly $50,000
QUOTE: investing taxpayer money in the time-honored art of official portraiture has become increasingly controversial. In a throwback to the Jimmy Carter era, some fiscal watchdogs and government scholars suggest that high-quality photographs would be a more cost-efficient way to honor departing dignitaries, especially because most portraits are largely inaccessible to the public.
Washington Post Jul 18, 2008 Congressman Seeks Ethics Probe of Fundraising: Money to Be Used for Center in His Name
QUOTE: Some ethics experts have called the entreaties troubling because some of the corporations and individuals the New York Democrat has approached, including insurance giant American International Group, have business interests before his committee. The panel has broad jurisdiction over tax and trade matters.
Washington Post Jul 09, 2008 Billings Used Dead Doctors' Names
QUOTE: Medicare has paid as much as $92 million since 2000 to medical suppliers who billed the government for wheelchairs and other home equipment purportedly prescribed by physicians who, according to records, were dead at the time, congressional investigators said yesterday.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2008 Collectors Cost IRS More Than They Raise
QUOTE: The Internal Revenue Service expects to lose more than $37 million by using private debt collectors to pursue tax scofflaws through a program that has outraged consumers and led to charges on Capitol Hill that the agency is wasting money for work that IRS agents could do more effectively.
Washington Post Feb 21, 2008 Army Blocks Public's Access to Documents in Web-Based Library
QUOTE: The Army has shut down public access to the largest online collection of its doctrinal publications, a move criticized by open-government advocates as unnecessary secrecy by a runaway bureaucracy.
Washington Post Jan 30, 2008 Study Finds Government Ethics Lapses
QUOTE: The Enron scandal of 2001 set off a tidal wave of concern about corruption and unethical behavior across corporate America, but a new survey shows that government agencies are not free of such behavior.
Washington Post Dec 04, 2007 Study Finds Gaps Between Doctors' Standards and Actions: Physicians Think They Should Report Errors and Incompetence -- but Say They Often Do Not
QUOTE: The first-of-its-kind survey of more than 1,600 physicians, published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that 45 percent said they did not always report an incompetent or impaired colleague to the appropriate authorities -- even though 96 percent agreed that doctors should turn in such people.
Washington Post Oct 02, 2007 N.J. Wants Rules for Health Plan Blocked: Lawsuit Says Children Would Suffer
QUOTE: Seven other states, including Maryland, promised to do the same if President Bush vetoes legislation that would renew and extend the State Children's Health Insurance Program. The program, known as SCHIP, targets children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to buy insurance.
Washington Post Aug 21, 2007 New Bush Policies Limit Reach of Child Insurance Plan
QUOTE: New administrative hurdles... are aimed at preventing parents with private insurance for their children from availing of the government-subsidized State Children's Health Insurance Program. But Democrats and children's advocates said that the announcement will jeopardize coverage for children whose parents work at jobs that do not provide employer-paid insurance.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2007 Bush Aide Blocked Report: Global Health Draft In 2006 Rejected for Not Being Political
QUOTE: A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy accomplishments...
Washington Post Jul 17, 2007 Medicare Hire Gone Before He Even Started
QUOTE: [Although] surgeon Brian W. Amy appeared to have engineered an improbable move... overseeing efforts to improve quality of care in the federal Medicare program...the prognosis for the doctor's federal career took a decided turn for the worse, after press inquiries about his troubled tenure in Mississippi.
Washington Post Jul 15, 2007 Child Health Insurance Stalls in Congress: Plans to Renew Program Bog Down as Lawmakers Debate Funding, Philosophy
QUOTE: the future of the $5 billion-a-year [decade-old State Children's Health Insurance Program], which serves 6.6 million children and has long enjoyed bipartisan support, has become mired in an ideological fight over the proper role of government in health care...
Washington Post Jul 11, 2007 Ex-Surgeon General Says White House Hushed Him
QUOTE: Former surgeon general Richard H. Carmona yesterday accused the Bush administration of muzzling him on sensitive public health issues...
Washington Post Jun 27, 2007 Conflict Alleged in Drug Firms' Education Role
QUOTE: Drug companies have become the biggest sponsors of continuing medical education courses in recent years, even at the nation's top medical schools, a development that critics say raises health-care costs, skews doctors' treatment decisions and allows the industry to skirt laws against advertising "off-label" uses for its products.
Washington Post Jun 13, 2007 High-Deductible Plans Cost More For Maternity Care: Study Compares Out-of-Pocket Expense
QUOTE: The first study of its kind has found that families typically pay much more out of pocket for maternity care under the new high-deductible health insurance plans paired with health savings accounts that have been heavily touted by President Bush and others. The cost difference compared to traditional employer-based health insurance is especially stark, in most cases, for women who have complicated pregnancies.
Washington Post May 22, 2007 Doctors, Legislators Resist Drugmakers' Prying Eyes
QUOTE: Many doctors object to drugmakers' common practice of contracting with data-mining companies to track exactly which medicines physicians prescribe and in what quantities -- information marketers and salespeople use to fine-tune their efforts.
Washington Post May 16, 2007 Abuses in Enrollment Tactics Found for Private Medicare
QUOTE: Insurance agents in at least 39 states used illegal or unethical tactics to sell private Medicare plans, in some cases enrolling the dead and mentally incompetent, impersonating Medicare representatives, and using personal information stolen from federal records, according to interviews and documents released to Congress.
Washington Post Jan 26, 2007 Bush Touts Health-Care Plan as Cost Control
QUOTE: "With his new health-care proposals receiving a frosty reception from Democrats on Capitol Hill, President Bush ventured here Thursday to make the case that his ideas offer the best remedy for the nation's health insurance crisis."
Washington Post Jan 13, 2007 House Passes Medicare Drug Bill
QUOTE: "The House voted yesterday to require the government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries. But the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate, a veto threat from President Bush, and considerable doubts from experts about whether it would save elderly and disabled Americans much money."
Washington Post Jan 09, 2007 Schwarzenegger Proposes Universal Health Coverage: California Plan Could Cost State $12 Billion
QUOTE: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Monday proposed a system of universal health insurance for Californians that would make the nation's most populous state the third to guarantee medical coverage for all its residents....Much of the opposition to Schwarzenegger's program, which requires legislative approval, is expected to come from his fellow Republicans, who object that the plan will be costly for small businesses.
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