Monday, October 01, 2012

U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan Hit 2,000

This figure absurdly low, they are not counting the deaths during hospitalization in the U.S., suicides:  That's more blood on Obama/Clinton/Panetta's hands in this illegal war; Obama needs to WITHDRAW ALL U.S. MILITARY FROM AFGHANISTAN IMMEDIATELY

International News
10/01/2012

KABUL: 

The killing of an American serviceman in an exchange of fire with allied Afghan soldiers pushed US military deaths in the war to 2,000, a cold reminder of the perils that remain after an 11-year conflict that now garners little public interest.


Liliana Montenegro cries over the casket of her brother, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Jose Luis Montenegro Jr., after his body arrived Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 at McCreery Aviation in McAllen, Texas. Montenegro was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. and was serving his third tour of duty overseas when his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan's Logar province. Nearly 2,000 American troops have been killed in the conflict since the 2001 invasion.
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The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police supposed allies against American and Nato troops. That has raised troubling questions about whether countries in the US-led coalition in Afghanistan will achieve their aim of helping the government in Kabul and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years.

The tally is modest by the standards of war historically, but every fatality is a tragedy and 11 years is too long, said Michael Hanlon, a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. All that is internalised, however, in an American public that has been watching this campaign for a long time. More newsworthy right now are the insider attacks and the sense of hopelessness they convey to many. 





Attacks by Afghan soldiers or police or insurgents disguised in their uniforms have killed 52 American and other Nato troops so far this year.

We have to get on top of this. It is a very serious threat to the campaign, the U.S. military’s top officer, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, said about the insider threat. The top commander of U.S. and Nato forces in Afghanistan, [Marine Corps] Gen. John Allen, was blunter.





I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you, Allen told CBS 60 Minutes in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday. It reverberates everywhere across the United States. You know, we’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we’re not willing to be murdered for it.

The insider attacks are considered one of the most serious threats to the US exit strategy from the country. In its latest incarnation, that strategy has focused on training Afghan forces to take over security nationwide allowing most foreign troops to go home by the end of 2014.





As part of that drawdown, the first 33,000 US troops withdrew by the end of September, leaving 68,000 still in Afghanistan. A decision on how many US troops will remain next year will be taken after the American presidential elections. Nato currently has 108,000 troops in Afghanistan including US forces down from nearly 150,000 at its peak last year.

The programme to train and equip 350,000 Afghan policemen and soldiers has cost the American taxpayer more than $22 billion in the past three years.





The most recent attack came just days after Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said most US and coalition combat units in Afghanistan returned to their practice of partnering with Afghan forces, nearly two weeks after the top US commander put restrictions on such cooperation.

Like so many other deaths in Afghanistan, the latest were shrouded in confusion and conflicting accounts. On Sunday, US officials confirmed the deaths of two Americans, a service member and a civilian contractor killed late on Saturday.





The fighting started when insurgents attacked a checkpoint set up by US forces in eastern Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman. He said the insurgents apparently used mortars in the attack. The Americans thought they were under attack from their allies at a nearby Afghan army checkpoint and fired on it. The Afghan soldiers returned fire, Shahid said.

The Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman said the shooting broke out as a result of a “misunderstanding” while ISAF forces were on patrol near an Afghan army checkpoint.






Nato’s International Security Assistance Force, commonly referred to as ISAF, gave a different account of the fighting in Sayd Abad district.

“After a short conversation took place between (Afghan army) and ISAF personnel, firing occurred which resulted in the fatal wounding of an ISAF soldier and the death of his civilian colleague,” the coalition said in a statement. It said the three Afghan soldiers died “in an ensuing exchange of fire.” 





Nato did not say whether it considered this an “insider” attack on foreign forces by Afghan allies.

In addition to the 2,000 Americans killed since the Afghan war began on Oct 7, 2001, at least 1,190 more coalition troops from other countries have also died, according to iCasualties.org, an independent organization that tracks the deaths.





According to the Afghanistan index kept by Brookings, about 40 percent of the American deaths were caused by improvised explosive devices. The majority of those were after 2009, when President Barack Obama ordered a surge that sent in 33,000 additional troops to combat heightened Taliban activity. The surge brought the total number of American troops to 101,000, the peak for the entire war.






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Sure Fire Fix for Social Security : STOP OBAMA AND CONGRESS FROM LOOTING IT

Ohlemacher and AP shill for Obama, Romney and their followers who would see Social Security destroyed for their benefit (the final looting); the bottom line is Social Security and Medicare have been consistently looted throughout the years (but you don't see AP writing about that) to finance illegal wars, Satanic Pentagon human medical experimentation, a better grade of prostitutes, dope and multiple luxury homes for Presidents, congressmen and senators and if it were to cease TODAY there would be no "crisis" or "shortage" of any kind; this is but one more assault on the poor, homeless, disabled, Seniors for the benefit of the Satanic rich:  AMERICANS PAID FOR THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND THEY WANT THEIR MONEY BACK!!!!

Associated Press
By Stephen Ohlemacher
10/01/2012

The [bogus, bald-faced lie] issue:


Want to wind up here Americans?  Just let them further loot or change Social Security or Medicare
 

Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of money in 2033, according to the trustees who oversee the retirement and disability program. At that point, Social Security would collect only enough tax revenue each year to pay about 75 percent of benefits. That benefit cut wouldn't sit well with the millions of older Americans who rely on Social Security for most of their income.

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Where they stand:

President Barack Obama hasn't laid out a detailed plan for addressing Social Security. He's called for bipartisan talks on strengthening the program but he didn't embrace the plan produced by a bipartisan deficit reduction panel he created in 2010.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney proposes a gradual increase in the retirement age to account for growing life expectancy. For future generations, Romney would slow the growth of benefits "for those with higher incomes."

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Why it matters:

For millions of retired and disabled workers, Social Security is pretty much all they have to live on, even though monthly benefits are barely enough to keep them out of poverty. Monthly payments average $1,237 for retired workers and $1,111 for disabled workers. Most older Americans rely on Social Security for a majority of their income; many rely on it for 90 percent or more, according to the Social Security Administration.

Social Security is already the largest federal program and it's getting bigger as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. More than 56 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children get Social Security benefits. That number that will grow to 91 million by 2035, according to congressional estimates.

Social Security could handle the growing number of beneficiaries if there were more workers paying payroll taxes. But most baby boomers didn't have as many children as their parents did, leaving relatively fewer workers to pay into the system.

In 1960, there were 4.9 workers for each person getting benefits. Today, there are about 2.8 workers for each beneficiary, and that ratio will drop to 1.9 workers by 2035.

Nevertheless, Social Security is ripe for congressional action in the next year or two, if lawmakers get serious about addressing the nation's long-term financial problems. Why? Because Social Security is fixable.

Despite the program's long-term problems, Social Security could be preserved for generations to come with modest but politically difficult changes to benefits or taxes, or a combination of both.

Some options could affect people quickly, such as increasing payroll taxes or reducing annual cost-of-living adjustments for those who already get benefits. Others options, such as gradually raising the retirement age, wouldn't be felt for years but would affect millions of younger workers.

Fixing Social Security won't be easy. All the options carry political risks because they have the potential to affect nearly every U.S. family while angering powerful interest groups. Liberal advocates and some Democrats oppose all benefit cuts; conservative activists and some Republicans say tax increases are out of the question.

But Social Security is easier to fix than Medicare or Medicaid, the other two big government benefit programs. Unlike Medicare and Medicaid, policymakers don't have to figure out how to tame the rising costs of health care to fix Social Security.

Social Security's problems seem far off. After all, the program has enough money to pay full benefits for 20 more years. But the program's financial problems get harder to fix with each passing year. The sooner Congress acts, the more subtle the changes can be because they can be phased in slowly.


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Medicare Fines Over Hospitals' Readmitted Patients

Rush to create "Death Panels" now in full swing for American Seniors, the poor, homeless, chronically ill and all "useless eaters (Kissinger Quote)"

Associated Press
By Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
10/01/2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -

If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service.


Let's see filthy rich shitbags Obama and Kissinger try this on for a day
As of Monday, Medicare will start fining hospitals that have too many patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge due to complications. The penalties are part of a broader push under President Barack Obama's health care law to improve quality while also trying to save taxpayers money.

About two-thirds of the hospitals serving Medicare patients, or some 2,200 facilities, will be hit with penalties averaging around $125,000 per facility this coming year, according to government estimates.

Data to assess the penalties have been collected and crunched, and Medicare has shared the results with individual hospitals. Medicare plans to post details online later in October, and people can look up how their community hospitals performed by using the agency's "Hospital Compare" website.


Obama, Clinton, Kissinger, Gates, Branson and the rest of the eugenicist crew received their ill-gotten gains off the backs off the very people they now are trying to massacre

It adds up to a new way of doing business for hospitals, and they have scrambled to prepare for well over a year. They are working on ways to improve communication with rehabilitation centers and doctors who follow patients after they're released, as well as connecting individually with patients.


Obama will burn for this apocalypse he has created
"There is a lot of activity at the hospital level to straighten out our internal processes," said Nancy Foster, vice president for quality and safety at the American Hospital Association. "We are also spreading our wings a little and reaching outside the hospital, to the extent that we can, to make sure patients are getting the ongoing treatment they need."

Still, industry officials say they have misgivings about being held liable for circumstances beyond their control. They also complain that facilities serving low-income people, including many major teaching hospitals, are much more likely to be fined, raising questions of fairness.


When the word gets out that they may be murdered for seeking medical treatment - treatment they have paid for through Medicare deductions their entire lives through payroll deductions - the elderly will forgo treatment and die on the streets, handing Obama his reduction in spending.  May Obama and his Satanic White House cult of death burn in hell, along with Americans that support his genocidal death panel programs and may they wind up like this to live out their pathetic lives on the streets in a horrible, lingering death

"Readmissions are partially within the control of the hospital and partially within the control of others," Foster said.

Consumer advocates say Medicare's nudge to hospitals is long overdue and not nearly stiff enough.


May Obama and his family through the generations experience the fear and terror these American Seniors are now, may they be denied food, shelter, medical care and compassion for the evil they have brought

"It's modest, but it's a start," said Dr. John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. "Should we be surprised that industry is objecting? You would expect them to object to anything that changes the status quo."

For the first year, the penalty is capped at 1 percent of a hospital's Medicare payments. The overwhelming majority of penalized facilities will pay less. Also, for now, hospitals are only being measured on three medical conditions: heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia.


May this murdering bastard and his family for all generations forward experience the terror of being denied basic medical treatment and may his sycophantic American robot followers wind up on the very streets they condemn the Elderly Americans to

Under the health care law, the penalties gradually will rise until 3 percent of Medicare payments to hospitals are at risk. Medicare is considering holding hospitals accountable on four more measures: joint replacements, stenting, heart bypass and treatment of stroke.

If General Motors and Toyota issue warranties for their vehicles, hospitals should have some similar obligation when a patient gets a new knee or a stent to relieve a blocked artery, Santa contends. "People go to the hospital to get their problem solved, not to have to come back," he said.


May they and the Satanist rich experience the horror of watching their children starve to death and may they watch them die from preventable diseases for lack of medical care the homeless have already paid for

Excessive rates of readmission are only part of the problem of high costs and uneven quality in the U.S. health care system. While some estimates put readmission rates as high as 20 percent, a congressional agency says the level of preventable readmissions is much lower. About 12 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who are hospitalized are later readmitted for a potentially preventable problem, said the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, known as MedPAC.


May they experience all the hopelessness, all the pain, desperation and disease that the streets of a Godless, Satanic America has to give

Foster, the hospital association official, said medication mix-ups account for a big share of problems. Many Medicare beneficiaries are coping with multiple chronic conditions, and it's not unusual for their medication lists to be changed in the hospital. But their doctors outside sometimes don't get the word; other times, the patients themselves don't understand there's been a change.

Another issue is making sure patients go to their required follow-up appointments.


May they and their spawn forever wind up like THIS
 
Medicare deputy administrator Jonathan Blum said he thinks hospitals have gotten the message.

"Clearly it's captured their attention," said Blum. "It's galvanized the hospital industry on ways to reduce unnecessary readmissions. It's forced more parts of the health care system to work together to ensure that patients have much smoother transitions."


Obama's message to American Seniors, the homeless poor

MedPAC, the congressional advisory group, has produced research findings that back up the industry's assertion that hospitals serving the poor, including major teaching facilities, are more likely to face penalties. But for now, Blum said Medicare is not inclined to grade on the curve.

"We have really tried to address and study this issue," said Blum. "If you look at the data, there are hospitals that serve a low-income patient mix and do very well on these measures. It seems to us that hospitals that serve low-income people can control readmissions very well."


And may the filthy, terrorist, Israeli-trained coward pigs that harass, persecute and torture the Elderly and homeless poor burn in their own, private little hell for eternity; May the Gods of Decency, Compassion and Mercy STRIKE YOU DOWN

Under Obama's health care overhaul, Medicare is pursuing efforts to try to improve quality and lower costs. They include rewarding hospitals for quality results, and encouraging hospitals, nursing homes and medical practice groups to join in "accountable care organizations." Dozens of pilot programs are under way. The jury is still out on the results.


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