“Good Christian” Hospital Sues Its Own Employees When They Can’t Pay Medical Bills

Paid crap wages and, BTW, they have no choice in medical insurance. They can only sign up for the plan run by the hospital chain.


Andrea Morales for MLK50

❝ From 2014 through 2018, the hospital system, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, has filed more than 8,300 lawsuits against patients, including some of its own workers. After winning judgments, it has sought to garnish the wages of more than 160 Methodist workers and has actually done so in more than 70 instances over that time…

❝ It’s not uncommon for hospitals to sue patients over unpaid debts. In fact, as NPR reported Tuesday, recent research shows that more than a third of hospitals in Virginia do so. And earlier reporting from NPR and ProPublica found the practice in several other states.

But what is striking at Methodist, the largest hospital system in the Memphis region, is how many of the patients being sued are the hospital’s own employees. Hardly a week goes by in which Methodist workers aren’t on the court docket fighting debt lawsuits filed by their employer.

❝ On a single January day, there were 10 defendants on the docket whose place of employment was listed in court records as Methodist.

Employees in scrubs sat just feet away from the attorneys in dress suits — attorneys their employer had hired to sue them. The hospital’s role as a tax-exempt organization that both employs the defendants and is suing them went unremarked upon by judges, attorneys and the defendants themselves.

I don’t really think this is the vision of folks who started churches like this one. In truth, how does it continue to qualify as legitimate – and get juicy tax exemptions?

Fracking “Revolution” continues to be a disaster for investors and more

❝ Steve Schlotterbeck, who led drilling company EQT as it expanded to become the nation’s largest producer of natural gas in 2017, arrived at a petrochemical industry conference in Pittsburgh…with a blunt message about shale gas drilling and fracking.

“The shale gas revolution has frankly been an unmitigated disaster for any buy-and-hold investor in the shale gas industry with very few limited exceptions,” Schlotterbeck, who left the helm of EQT last year, continued. “In fact, I’m not aware of another case of a disruptive technological change that has done so much harm to the industry that created the change.”

“While hundreds of billions of dollars of benefits have accrued to hundreds of millions of people, the amount of shareholder value destruction registers in the hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said. “The industry is self-destructive.” [emphasis added]…

❝ “The technological advancements developed by the industry have been the weapon of its own suicide,” Schlotterbeck added, referring to the financial impacts of shale gas drilling on shale gas drillers. “And unfortunately, the industry still has not fully realized how it’s killing itself. Since 2015, there’s been 172 E&P company bankruptcies involving nearly a hundred billion dollars of debt.”

❝ “In a little more than a decade, most of these companies just destroyed a very large percentage of their companies’ value that they had at the beginning of the shale revolution,” he said. “It’s frankly hard to imagine the scope of the value destruction that has occurred. And it continues.”

Our fake president wants to make it easier for this clown show to borrow even more money. When this paper edifice crashes and burns – what do you think will be the effect on the nation’s economy?

“Blowing smoke up your ass” used to be acceptable healthcare

❝ …Where did the idea to use tobacco as a form of medicine come from? Indigenous Americans, who used the plant to treat various ailments, invented what we refer to as the tobacco enema. English Botanist, physician, and astrologer Nicholas Culpeper borrowed from these practices to treat pain in his native England with methods including enemas to treat inflammation as a result of colic or a hernia…

❝ By the late 1700s, the blowing smoke had become a regularly applied medical procedure, mostly used to revive people thought to be nearly deceased, usually drowning victims. The process was so common, in fact, that several major waterways kept the instrument, consisting of a bellows and flexible tube, nearby in case of such emergencies.

❝ Blowing smoke, of course, is no longer in use today. However, the tobacco enema had a good run during the 18th century, and its usage even spread to treat additional ailments such as typhoid, headache, and stomach cramping.

But with the 1811 discovery that tobacco is actually toxic to the cardiac system, however, the popularity of the practice of tobacco smoke enemas dwindled quickly from there.

I hesitated to post this historic tale for fear that contemporary nutballs might try to revive the practice. But, hey, no doubt someone out there in Cloud Cuckooland is already advocating the method. For a fee, of course.

Border Patrol loses thousands of license plate photos at Canadian border

Hackers have stolen thousands of photos of travelers and their license plates from a subcontractor of Customs and Border Protection, the agency announced on Monday. A source told the Washington Post that the data was collected at a particular port of entry on the Canadian border…

❝ CBP says it learned of the breach on May 31, and the organization stated that its own network was not compromised. The agency says that the subcontractor violated agency policies when it copied the photos to its own network, making them more vulnerable to hacking.

“CBP takes its privacy and cybersecurity responsibilities very seriously and demands all contractors to do the same,” the agency said.

It just does a crap job of checking to see if “responsible” standards are implemented and maintained.

Sanctuary is an old human right – still confronting evil policies today

❝ A stressful two-year chapter of Kadhim Albumohammed’s life is coming to a close.

Since July 2017, Albumohammed lived, along with his wife and daughter, in the basement of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Albuquerque. On Wednesday afternoon, he addressed a crowd of about two hundred supporters after he learned that he can finally leave and go home without the fear of being detained by federal agents…

❝ Two years ago he showed up for an appointment with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, fully expecting to be detained. But, because of demonstrations by supporters, ICE cancelled Albumohammed’s appointment. But at his next scheduled appointment, Albumohammed’s lawyer showed up with a letter stating that her client decided to seek sanctuary instead. Albumohammed immigrated to the U.S. from Iraq out of fear of retaliation after supporting the U.S. during the first Gulf War. Then, in the mid-1990s, he was convicted and served his sentence for two misdemeanor domestic violence charges related to his then-girlfriend. For years, the U.S. did not deport Iraqi immigrants. But after President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban from a list of majority Muslim countries, Iraq agreed to take deported Iraqis in exchange for not being included in the travel ban. That meant Albumohammed and many others who had been placed on removal status were at risk of being sent back to countries where they are less-than-welcome. Albumohammed, for example, not only assisted U.S. soldiers in Iraq, but also received a security clearance to work as a linguist for the U.S. government. That, Albumohammed and his attorney said, would likely mark him as a traitor to some in the country.

❝ Now, his lawyer Rebecca Kitson said, his case is being reopened and he gets to go home.

We have a criminal administration that doesn’t even honor treaties previous governments. Who would expect swine like Trump to respect someone foreign-born who ONLY risked their lives to aid our military.

Cocaine in Spain arrives on Presidential plane

❝ Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted Wednesday he’s launched an investigation after an officer traveling in a presidential plane to the G20 summit in Japan was found with 86 pounds of cocaine when he stopped off in Spain…

❝ El Pais first reported a Brazilian Air Force officer traveling with Bolsonaro’s G20 contingent was arrested at Spain’s Seville airport. Authorities said they found the packages in his hand luggage…

Har! Bolsonaro says he’s tough on crime. Including his staff members?