Obamacare’s Patient-Dumping, Privacy-Meddling Scheme

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The University of Chicago Medical Center grant walks and talks like just such a political payoff.

The program guaranteed “free” shuttle rides to and from the outside clinics. In truth, it was old-fashioned cost-cutting and favor-trading repackaged by a nonprofit, tax-exempt hospital as minority aid. Clearing out the poor freed up room for insured (i.e., more lucrative) patients.I have reported extensively on how Mrs. Obama helped engineer the Urban Health Initiative’s plan to offload low-income patients with non-urgent health needs. With consulting help from Obama senior adviser David Axelrod’s Chicago-based PR firm and the blessing of fellow Chicago pal Valerie Jarrett (who chaired the hospital’s board of trustees), Mrs. Obama sold the scheme to outsource low-income care to other facilities as a way to “dramatically improve health care for thousands of South Side residents.”

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) blasted MichelleObamacare, expressing “grave concerns that the University of Chicago’s policy toward emergency patients is dangerously close to ‘patient dumping.'” The group concluded that the Urban Health Initiative “reflected an effort to ‘cherry pick’ wealthy patients over poor.” That practice was made illegal by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) signed by President Ronald Reagan.

Bipartisan complaints about impoverished South Side Chicago patients getting the shaft led GOP Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago to challenge the crony hospital’s abuse of its nonprofit status and lucrative tax breaks. But the probe went nowhere.

And now, Whitaker will have $6 million more to play with when he’s not vacationing with Obama or grappling with subpoenas over possible kickback and pay-for-play schemes while he served as a top health official under now-jailed Illinois. Gov. Blagojevich. One of the probes involves Whitaker’s oversight of medical facilities construction projects exploited by now-convicted real-estate shark Tony Rezko.

Anyone who isn’t concerned about the privacy implications of this government-funded records-sharing network hasn’t been paying attention to how Team Obama and its surrogates are digging for dirt on private citizens who donate to GOP campaigns. But I digress.

Nothing to see or smell here? Discerning eyes and nostrils beg to differ.

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  • oldtimer

    We can't wait…..Circumventing Congress….. This must stop! It's time for our elected officials to stand up and the job they are being paid for and were elected to do

  • davarino

    Bye bye Obamacare. Lets see, with that gone what will O's legacy be? What will he have to show for 4 years of vacationing and hob knobing with foreign dignitaries? Oh ya, he slowed down the slide that could have been a depression. No, he is a snake oil salesman who even hoodwinked his own race for political gain and the ones he USED dont even know it.

    Cant wait for this nightmare to be over.

  • Zinnia2

    the idea of these two getting a pension and security for life makes me sick…

  • StephenD

    Michelle Malkin just keeps the fire to their feet! You gotta love her! I hope the Romney camp gets this one out there for all to see. Rip us off so he can take care of his friends. Typical Chicago politician tactic.

  • marios

    M. Obama had $150,000 working for Chicago University but after BHO became a IL Senator she had "merit" and earned $300,000. Is not it good to be democrat and talk about poor and how much they care about them, and that they are know what it is to be poor… Moreover when BHO was elected Pres. her position was closed.
    For her that position cost us, tax payers $300,000 but it was such "serious and important position" that it was closed. those democrats are alike to unarmed robbers.

  • H&R_ Barack

    My patient dumping solution:

    Dump illegal aliens & fifth-generation welfare queens on Obama's White House front lawn!

  • truebearing

    Obama is a political criminal, as are all people on the far Left. The Left is a criminal organization that happens to be political. What they are doing violates our laws, but they simply do not respect laws, therefore should be treated accordingly.

    Of course Holder is a criminal too, so who will enforce the law? It comes down to the people who care about things like justice, integrity, honesty, ie morality. We have to continue to ratchet up the pressure and demand action from congress and the courts. This is a civil war between those who see value only in power and those who want to live under the rule of moral law. The good vs the evil. It is that simple.

  • wctaqiyya

    Small potatoes. With your name and talent you should be hammering home the big points Ms Malkin.