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Friday, October 31, 2014

Former Bush #41 Official: 'This Is By Far The Most Dysfunctional Relationship' Of Any U.S. POTUS/Israeli PM Ever

David Aaron Miller appeared on Andrea Mitchell's program on MSNBC Thursday to comment on the latest flare up of Middle East tensions arising from the anonymous statement by a senior Obama Administration official calling Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a "chickenshit." Miller, who has been involved in U.S.- Israel relations since the Carter Administration. said, "This is by far the most dysfunctional relationship," of any U.S. President/Israeli Prime Minister ever.

Miller should know; when he was a key player in the Bush #41 Administration the relationship got so bad that his boss, Secretary of State James Baker declared he didn't care about how the Jewish vote would punish the President for his Middle East policy. Baker said, "F**k the Jews, they won't vote for us anyway!" As bad as the relationship was during the Bush #41 administration, Miller told Mitchell that this administration's relationship is worse:
The reality is, and I made this point to you before Andrea, is that unlike Lehman Brothers, the U.S.-Israeli relationship driven as it is by common values, even though there are interests that are not mutually held on everything, also driven by common interests and a region that is melting down, unlike Lehman Brothers, it’s too big to fail. That said, let’s be clear, and I’ve watched quite a few American presidents and Israeli Prime Ministers deal with one another. This is by far the most dysfunctional relationship.

There've been tensions before, Shamir and Bush 41, Carter and Began, even Clinton and Netanyahu and his first incarnation and I am not able to use the Clinton line although I quoted in my last book after he had his first meeting with Netanyahu ["Who's the f---- superpower here"]. But the reality is this is tension without purpose and without production. There are purposeful fights and tensions with the Israelis and there are unproductive ones. This is frankly more soap opera than serious policy.

U.S. Govt. Paid Almost $300,000 In Drugs Benefits To Dead People (Study Examined Only 0.5% of All Part D Drugs)

A study of Medicare Part D disbursements for 2012 HIV patients revealed that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paid nearly $292,381 for drugs for dead people, according to a new inspector general report. Since HIV patients account for only 0.5% of all Medicare Part D drugs finding a way to fix that problem would result in significant cost savings for the for taxpayers.

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that like most of the rest of the federal government, drugs purchased through Medicare Part D are subject to waste, fraud, and abuse since CMS allows for a 32-day window for purchases of prescription drugs after a person’s death. Drugs for HIV patients were chosen for study because of their very high costs. For example, one common HIV drug costs about $1,700 for a month’s supply. Although the report focuses on HIV drugs, the issues raised are relevant to all Part D drugs because controls to prevent payments after death are not specific to HIV drugs.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has had ongoing concerns about Medicare paying for drugs and services after a beneficiary has died" according to the IG study which is embedded below. Medicare paid for HIV drugs for 158  deceased beneficiaries. CMS’s current practices allowed most of these payments to occur. Specifically, CMS has edits (i.e., systems processes) in place that reject PDE records for drugs with dates of service more than 32 days after death. CMS’s practices allow payment for drugs that do not meet Medicare Part D coverage requirements. Most of these drugs were dispensed by retail pharmacies.
A similar report done for FY 2011, showed CMS issued $21 million in Medicare Part C and D payments for dead people. An even earlier OIG report found that CMS paid $3.6 million for deceased beneficiaries in 2006 and 2007.

Another OIG report of HIV drug recipients found that there may be other forms of over or mis- payments. The report found that..
..nearly 1,600 Part D beneficiaries had questionable utilization patterns for HIV drugs in 2012.18 In total, Medicare paid $32 million for HIV drugs for these beneficiaries. These beneficiaries had no indication of HIV in their Medicare histories, received an excessive dose or supply of HIV drugs, received HIV drugs from a high number of pharmacies or prescribers, or received contraindicated drugs. These questionable patterns indicate that beneficiaries may be receiving inappropriate or unnecessary drugs. It may also indicate that a pharmacy is billing for drugs that a beneficiary never received, or that a beneficiary’s identification number has been stolen.
As a result of the study, the OIG recommended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services change its practice of paying for drugs that have a date of service within 32 days after the beneficiary’s death.
CMS should eliminate or—if necessary for administrative processing issues—shorten the window in which it accepts PDE records after a beneficiary’s death. Having no window or a short window would prevent inappropriate payments for drugs for deceased beneficiaries and lead to cost savings for the program and for taxpayers.
Granted, today is Halloween but that doesn't mean our government should be paying money to real ghosts.

The full study is embedded below:

'War on Women' The GOP Fights Back (Video)

A big part or the Democratic Party's closing argument is that the GOP hates women. Even worse even the GOP women like Joni Ernst hates women.  To fight back against this ridiculous charge the RNC released the web video below which presents some of the misogynistic statements made this campaign season by Democratic Party candidates, such as the SC Democrat who called his opponent, Governor Nikki Haley a whore, or the NY Congressional Candidate who said his Republican opponent Elise Stefanik wasn't qualified for office because she never did manual labor, and others.

Abbas' 'Day of Rage' A Dud- Kerry: No Jewish Prayer Atop The Temple Mount

Maybe PA TV heard President Abbas wrong, perhaps he didn't call for a day of rage but a day of rain because the "day of rage called for by the Abbas-led Fatah Party thankfully turned out to be a dud.
During prayers, young Arabs rioted and set off fireworks on Old City rooftops close to the entrance to the Temple Mount, but no out-of-control clashes were reported. A group of Palestinian youths had tried unsuccessfully to break through a police cordon blocking entrance to the Mount in the same area earlier Friday.

Israel opened the Temple Mount site for Muslim prayers amid tight security Friday morning, bracing for violent riots after clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city.
But thankfully most of the predicted violence never happened. But in related news U.S. Secretary of State Kerry released a statement which reiterated his demand that Jews should not be allowed to pray at their holiest site:
I am extremely concerned by escalating tensions across Jerusalem and particularly surrounding the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. It is absolutely critical that all sides exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric, and preserve the historic status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount – in word and in practice. The continued commitment by Israelis, Palestinians, and Jordanians to preserve the historic status quo at this holy site is critical; any decisions or actions to change it would be both provocative and dangerous. The Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount must be re-opened to Muslim worshipers and I support the long-standing practices regarding non-Muslim visitors to the site, consistent with respect for the status quo arrangements governing religious observance there.

Newsbusted: TSA Chief Resigns, Wants To Spend More Time Groping His Family's Junk

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief John Pistole announced last week that he will resign at the end of the year, ending his run as the longest-serving administrator of the government agency entrusted with keeping terrorists off planes, trains and other means of transport. Pistole, 58, gave an exclusive interview to Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller (see video below) and told Miller the reason for his resignation was he wanted to spend more time groping his family's junk.

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the twice- weekly faux news feature from (embedded below) include;the Hunter Biden cocaine scandal; Al Franken's campaign strategy; falling gas prices; and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. Last week DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Shultz forgot to press play and it looks like her party is going to be a big loser in the Midterms. So if you do not want want to be a loser like DWS, you better press play.

Oh and if you cannot see the video player below please click here