Getting sick can make you feel better

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

A lifetime of luxury could be a legal defense for serious crimes committed by the spoiled rich who claim they didn’t know better.

At least that’s the argument now advanced by attorneys for Texas teen Ethan Couch who was driving drunk when he caused a crash that left four people dead in June.

Simply put, the defense calls Couch’s condition “affluenza,” a condition stemming from having wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for him. Continue reading

Justice Department may probe profit over quality care

KanCare draws ‘deep concern’ from National Council on Disability

Freelance writer/editor

TOPEKA, Kan. — Big news on the Kansas managed care front could reshape the health care landscape and growing national debate on the merits of privatized, for-profit care.

In a Dec. 13 letter from the National Council on Disability, several significant and non-binding recommendations to improve the state’s for-profit Medicaid plan — also known as KanCare — were made to the President and Congress.

“It’s clear to NCD that many unresolved issues remain for people with disabilities” in Kansas, the report said. “The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should conduct an oversight review of the current administration of KanCare.” Continue reading

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