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Reed asks local officials to identify ways to reduce waste to save taxpayer dollars

May 9, 2013

Congressman Tom Reed recently announced the creation of a local Medicaid Task Force to advise ways to save tax dollars and root out waste, fraud and abuse within the Medicaid system....

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May-10-13 7:56 AM

"The New York State Department of Health and Department of Insurance contracted with the Urban Institute to compare 4 options for health reform in the state, including single payer (“Public Health Insurance for All”). The results of the two-year study showed that single payer was the only plan that would cover everyone and was the most effective plan at controlling costs."

Single Payer health care for all in our state would SAVE us all money. Hope this group considers this.

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May-09-13 4:50 PM

Today's Washington Post - taxpayers fund more $12/hour jobs than Walmart and McDonald's COMBINED - - nearly 2 million job-equivalents (at $24,000/yr) from government commitments, Medicaid, Medicare, housing vouchers, etc.

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May-09-13 3:45 PM

Make a small co-pay on services that are currently "free" on Medicaid. Not enough to keep people from seeking medical care or prescriptions, but something to make them think twice about possible non-necessary care. We all seem to know of people who treat the ER like their primary doctor. Coughs, colds, aches and pains do not require a trip to the ER, but a call to your primary instead. Given the choice of paying $5, or toughing it out could reduce the ER visits and save quite a bit of money.

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May-09-13 9:19 AM

Dcronig-again you post less than truthful statements. Saying that Rep Reed is "making our situation worse","and picking on the poor" is not what looking for fraud,waste,and abuse within the Medicaid system is about.

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May-09-13 9:03 AM

Dcronig-did you somehow miss the word "magnet"? Calling me ignorant and a freeloader brings to memory your other less than truthful statement about the GM stock the other day! Hmmmmmmmm?

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May-09-13 8:58 AM

Fat Uncle Fester is, yet again, deflecting his pathetic record of delivering for taxpayers in this county on to the backs of the most vulnerable of his constituents, the poor families.

What he should be doing is explaining why he allows that we should only receive 74 cents in spending for every $1 federal tax dollars we pay, while he supports his fellow southern and Midwest GOP congressmen to receive more, much more, in spending than they pay in taxes.

Its only fair that we should receive in spending way we pay and not support other states, when we need the money just as much.

Think how much lower our state and local taxes would be if we received our fair share of our federal tax dollars.

But fat Uncle Fester is doing nothing, making our situation worse and picking on the poor as a miserable excuse for action.

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May-09-13 8:45 AM

Jo-eeeewww: you mean, lazy freeloaders like yourself, for being ignorant and not looking up the facts? 17% of folks in this county, mainly white and rural, are below the poverty line -- and you KNOW there are scant jobs available, let alone jobs that pay enough to support families with young kids.

Its not freeloading, doofus, its the state of the economy in this county and fat Uncle Fester is feeding this poor-people-fraud excrement to folks like you, who obviously lap it up.

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May-09-13 7:20 AM

One way is to not be a magnet for lazy freeloaders.

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