March 2010

Now, What About Immigration Reform?

by Diane Dimond on March 29, 2010

Demands For a Plan

Demands For a Plan

The low rumble has started – can you hear it where you are? It’s the sound of the nation’s next big reform movement.

Immigration reform! Immigration reform! Immigration reform! The movement is gaining momentum.

Now that the massive health care reform bill has been signed into law (never mind for now that its constitutionality is being challenged by several state Attorneys General) the next big agenda item is what to do with the more than 12 million illegal aliens in our country.

Regular readers know why I don’t use the politically correct phrase: “undocumented workers.”  To me it’s like calling a [click to continue…]

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Crime on the Health Care Front

by Diane Dimond on March 22, 2010

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Where There's Money There Are Crooks

Crooks flock to where the money is. So no one should be surprised that as the amount of money being spent on health care in this country rises, so have the number of fraud cases connected to that industry.

There was the scam in which Medicaid and Medicare patients were billed, monthly, for wheelchairs they never got or didn’t need. There was the phony program to provide liquid food, like Ensure, to undernourished elderly – except it turns out most people didn’t get the delivery and many of them were dead. Last summer there was a fraud plot afoot that [click to continue…]

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Keep the Doors Closed!

Keep the Doors Closed!

Well, that didn’t take long.

And, it certainly didn’t take an Einstein to figure out that in our rush to balance budgets by granting early parole or release to thousands of convicts wasn’t such a great idea. And it sure isn’t saving the money proponents predicted.

Several states embraced the theory that they could save millions of dollars every year by paring down their prison population. They’ve quickly come to realize some things just can’t be measured by money. Like public safety – and [click to continue…]

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Death By Train – A Teenage Trend?

by Diane Dimond on March 8, 2010

Gina Gentile (L) Vanessa Dorwart (R)

Gina Gentile (L), Vanessa Dorwart (R)

Two beautiful teenagers died recently and I was there. I’ll never forget what happened.

I needed to get from New York to Washington, D.C. for a business meeting but a massive snow storm was set to slam into the Northeast.  I thought the meeting would be canceled. It wasn’t, so a trip aboard Amtrak’s high speed Acela train seemed the best bet.

As two colleagues and I were strategizing we felt a bump and heard a cracking sound. There were murmurs of, “We must have hit a patch of ice,” and “I think it was a big tree branch on the track.” Then the train stopped dead.

There we sat for two hours in Norwood, Pennsylvania watching the snow fall outside our windows. [click to continue…]

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Committing Adultery? You Could Go To Jail

by Diane Dimond on March 1, 2010

Adultery is Illegal

Adultery is Still Illegal

So, did you notice what I noticed as Tiger Woods delivered his 14 minute nationally televised mea culpa last week? While he was busy admitting, “I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated …” What jumped out at me was what Tiger didn’t mention. He confessed he’d broken the law.

Adultery is a crime.

I know that sounds odd and old fashioned. But the truth is that more than 20 states, including Florida where Wood’s keeps his primary residence, still have laws on the books against cheating on your spouse. [click to continue…]

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