The So-called Affordable Care Act and 911 Calls

There are those unintended consequences. Medically unnecessary ambulance rides soar after ACA expansion.

By 2016, two years into the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 17.6 million previously uninsured people around the U.S. had gained health insurance coverage. But with the expansion, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Kentucky found that ambulance dispatches for minor injuries like abrasions, minor burns and muscle sprains rose by a staggering 37% in New York City.

And why is that? “Ambulances are now cheaper than Uber/”

“Medicaid patients in particular have incredibly low out-of-pocket responsibility for ambulances,” says Friedson. “The most an ambulance ride covered under Medicaid costs the patient three dollars. If there’s a low-cost alternative to Uber to get the hospital, you’re going to take it.”

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A 30-year-old Spoiled Brat

You can find news stories all over the place, but Captain Capitalism nails it. Rich Parents Who Spoil Their Kids Get What They Deserve.

Which includes:

Raising your grandchildren because your children are too busy having fun
Constantly bailing out your children
Your children living at home
Co-signing student loans at the age of 68
Oh, and death when you cut their allowance.

The Father cut his 30-year-old son’s allowance from $1000 a month to $300. In stages, but it hit $300 per month just before he was killed. (All the details at the 2nd link in the quote.)

How Much Do Prosecutors Hate Self-defense?

JusticeApparently enough to withhold evidence until just before closing arguments in the trial Jury acquits Rhode Island mom in 1990 cold-case murder of her ex-boyfriend in Harlem.

Meanwhile, a photo of Rosario taken at the police precinct the night of the murder — which was turned over to the defense only minutes before closing statements — undercut the claim Rosario went on the run for two days before telling police her story about Deleon’s death.

That is just wrong. Not that the lawyers/cops involved will face any negative repercussions. (Hey, they just lost the picture, I’m sure. They would never LIE would they?)

An Epidemic of Antisemitic Hate Crimes in NYC

Reality is what’s true even if you don’t want to believe it. Hate crimes surge in NYC, attacks on Jews almost double.

The New York Police Department recorded 184 hate crimes through June 2 — up from 112 in 2018 — during a period when the city experienced a continued reduction in overall crimes.

Of the 184 incidents, 110 targeted Jews, up from 58 in 2018.

The next highest targeted group was whites, who were victims in 11 hate crimes, up from three in 2018.

Other general crime stats are reported in the article, and they basically look good for NYC. This statistic, not so much.

I ran across this via Frontpage Magazine, which quips: “Reality meet narrative.”

Denial – It Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

Fourth teen surrenders in caught-on-video bloody Brooklyn beatdown, but his mom insists suspects are ‘not bad kids’

Because “not bad kids” always beat the crap out of a stranger for no good reason.

Yanika Williams, 41, spoke at the 75th Precinct stationhouse after her 15-year-old son turned himself in for the ambush that left the victim with a deep head wound requiring 35 stitches and 16 staples. The badly outnumbered Kenneth Wong, 35, also suffered a broken nose in Friday’s caught-on-video attack.

They used his stolen credit card for a trip to McDonald’s.

There is video and it is a little disturbing.

Last word goes to the victim.

“Saying they’re good kids does not exonerate them,” Wong told The News after the fourth youth surrendered Tuesday. “In fact, it’s unfortunate the law doesn’t say parents should also be arrested because of their kid’s actions …. My face is disfigured enough that facial recognition doesn’t recognize (me).”

Massive Increase in Antisemitic Hate Crimes in NYC

And there is NO coverage in the US media. (At least according to a Google search.) Massive 82% spike in antisemitic hate crimes in New York City, NYPD finds.

The New York Police Department has reported an 82% increase in antisemitic hate crimes in the city in the first three months of 2019.

The statistics, released on Thursday, also showed a 67% increase in overall hate crimes in New York City over the same period.

Deep Blue Denial.

Cops Still Haven’t Figured Out There Are Cameras Everywhere

JusticeEspecially in a place like New York City. Cop charged with lying about drug deals, putting innocent people behind bars.

Franco, a 19-year veteran of the force, was assigned to Narcotics Borough Manhattan South when he busted three defendants for dealing drugs in separate incidents, claiming he observed each illicit exchange, prosecutors said.

In each of the cases, investigators obtained video surveillance that directly contradicted Franco’s alleged observations.

Because how are you going to get a jury to believe you over a cop, the 3 people in question took plea deals, and 2 went to prison. But hey, I was always said the key word in “Criminal Justice System” was “Criminal,” and not “Justice.”

And then there is the question of how long has he been doing this kind of thing. I mean 19 years ago, there was much less of a chance that everything you did in NYC would be on camera. So has he been lying and sending innocent people to jail the whole time? Do you think he only started in the past year?