Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday called on “able-bodied” poor people to be removed from Medicaid. CNN host Jake Tapper noted during an interview on State of the Union that Republican governors had criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to repeal Obamacare because it would reduce funds for Medicaid, leaving millions without medical coverage.
Cotton declared that many people on Medicaid should be purchasing their own insurance instead. “Medicaid is a welfare program,” he said. “It’s primarily designed for the indigent, elderly, the disabled, the blind and children.” “It’s not designed for able-bodied adults,” Cotton continued. “We want to get those people off of Medicaid, into a job and into market-based insurance.”
Able-bodied congressman don’t deserve marked down health insurance either, they earn enough money in their grossly inflated salaries to pay for it themselves.
A pharmacist and three others of MOMS Pharmacy, a nationwide HIV drug marketing business have been arrested in Long Island, New York for reselling life saving HIV medications which had been paid for by Medicaid
A pharmacist at the high-volume national HIV drug marketing business, which has sites in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and on Long Island, is charged along with three outside conspirators of running a $274 million black market venture. By relabeling prescription drugs of uncertain quality and origin, the defendants allegedly preyed on patients with HIV and cost the Medicaid program $155 million in New York. MOMS, whose parent is listed as Allion Healthcare, a Melville, L.I.-based company, billed New York State Medicaid for at least $155 million for these unusable drugs, according to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The AG’s office says Allion cooperated in the investigation.
Charged with taking bribes is Glenn Schabel of Melville, the supervising pharmacist and compliance officer for MOMS, a company that puts together daily-dose packages of HIV drugs. The company advertises itself as offering “The best HIV/AIDS pharmacy care available” and will deliver drugs directly to patients’ homes.
Another licensed pharmacist, Babylon, L.I.-based Ira Gross is said to have brokered the sale of these drugs, which may have been stolen, expired, or improperly reused after being obtained from the patients for whom they were prescribed.
A Florida resident, Stephen Manuel Costa, is said to have created four separate entities to masquerade as wholesale distributors to sell the illegally obtained drugs.
The fourth defendant, Texas-based Harry Abolafia, is charged with creating false invoices to legitimize the transactions with the bogus wholesalers.