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September 10, 2012

New report examines what ACA can mean for corrections and public safety

I often tell my students that all legal and public policy issues always somehow are really sentencing and corrections issues in some way.  (The 2000 election and the fights in Bush v. Gore are my favorite example: if not for broad felon disenfrachisement laws in Florida, it seems unlikely the popular vote in that state would have been so close.)  For that reason (and others), I was pleased today to get this notice from The Sentencing Project about a new publication examining the impact and import of the Affordable Care Act for certain criminal justice matters:

Many people in correctional institutions have faced barriers obtaining needed physical and behavioral health care services.  This is largely due to high rates of unemployment and narrow Medicaid eligibility criteria.  As documented in our new report, The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Public Safety and Corrections Populations, federal heath care reform legislation could change this in three key ways:

Expanded Health Care Coverage — The Affordable Care Act gives states the option of expanding Medicaid eligibility and makes prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental health problems and substance use essential health benefits. In states that opt to expand Medicaid coverage, the Federal government will cover 100% of expenditures for the newly eligible population from 2014 to 2016, with the amount of federal funds decreasing yearly to 90% by 2020 and thereafter.

Reducing Recidivism — Because of the role mental health and substance abuse problems play in behaviors that lead to incarceration and recidivism, the Affordable Care Act could help states reduce the number of people cycling through the criminal justice system.

Addressing Racial Disparities — The new legislation may contribute to reducing racial disparities in incarceration that arise from disparate access to treatment.

The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Public Safety and Corrections Populations, by Dr. Susan Phillips, introduces key provisions of the Affordable Care Act as they relate to correctional populations, and includes links to organizations that are closely following the implementation of the act.

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If I may ask Prof. Berman a personal question. I know you enjoy hearing new stuff. That's why I have not been blocked. I bring you news from Earth to the Twilight Zone world of the lawyer.

Once in a while, as a palate cleanser, why not link to a centrist, neutral or even libertarian report? Try something just a little different from the left wing propaganda swill. Now, I love it because it is so patently stupid and easy to rebut. But try a palate cleanser. Take a break once in a while.

The left has taken over medical care, the biggest sector of the economy, at the point of a gun. Arguing against personal economic interest, here is my advice. Try to not age. Commie Care is cheap care. Why? Because bureaucrats will steal it all, and leave crumbs for patient care. No more expensive care for you.

In the case of the US, the government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the CCE, that is the lawyer profession. If you think voting for Romney will fix anything, forget it. He is a Harvard indoctrinated lawyer, and the ACA was plagiarized from Romney Care. Nightmare in which you run from the axe wielding crazed killer to finally run into your rescuer, until he pulls his axe from behind his back and is also a crazed homicidal maniac. You are all in the waking nightmare that is the lawyer Twilight Zone. There is no escape. There is no legal recourse, because the lawyer controls the three branches of government, and makes 99% of decisions to favor the interest of the CCE.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 10, 2012 11:55:42 PM

The ACA will end racial disparities, alright. It will do so by killing more white people, until their health stats are as bad as those of blacks.

Commie Care and Princess Diana: no EMT, no trauma supervisor at the scene, no telemetry of her EKG, no Jaws of Life ($300 used on EBay, $1200, new), 45 minutes to get her of the crash car, instead of 4.5 minutes. She was talking for half an hour. No helicopter. No trauma center. No trauma team waiting in a ready and well supplied operating room. An hour and a half to travel 4 miles to the hospital, at midnight, with no traffic. Why? They kept taking her out and pumping her chest. If you pump the chest of a trauma victim, you push the little blood she has left out even faster through whatever has been torn inside. CPR is for cardiac arrest victims. That is cheap Commie Care. Heading our way. No black trauma victim would have been assassinated this way, anywhere in the US, in the worst slums, the worst hell hole jail in the US.

What chance do ordinary people have if a Princess gets this treatment?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 11, 2012 12:04:00 AM

SC: Romney may not be inclined to fix much, but here is some perspective concerning how lawyerly he and his opponent actually have been.

1. Romney: "(born March 12, 1947) is an American businessman and politician who is the nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2012 election. He was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts (2003–07)…Beginning in 1966, he spent thirty months in France as a Mormon missionary…In 1971, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and, in 1975, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Romney entered the management consulting industry, and in 1977 secured a position at Bain & Company. Later serving as its chief executive officer, he helped bring the company out of financial crisis. In 1984, he co-founded and led the spin-off Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm…

He ran as the Republican candidate in the 1994 U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, losing to long-time incumbent Ted Kennedy.
In 1999, he was hired as President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics."

Posted by: Adamakis | Sep 11, 2012 11:19:54 AM

2. Obama "… was born on August 4, 1961… Obama entered Harvard Law School in late 1988… In February 1990, his second year at Harvard, he was elected president of the law review, a full-time volunteer position functioning as editor-in-chief and supervising the law review's staff of 80 editors…

While in law school he worked as an associate at the law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989, where he met his wife, Michelle, and where Newton N. Minow was a managing partner. Minow later would introduce Obama to some of Chicago's top business leaders. In the summer of 1990 he worked at Hopkins & Sutter.

Also during his law school years, Obama spent eight days in Los Angeles taking a national training course on Alinsky methods of organizing. He graduated with a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991 and returned to Chicago. The publicity from his election as the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review led to a contract and advance to write a book about race relations.

In an effort to recruit him to their faculty, the University of Chicago Law School provided Obama with a fellowship and an office to work on his book…Dreams from My Father… Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer for four years (1992–1996), and as a Senior Lecturer for eight years (1996–2004). During this time he taught courses in due process and equal protection, voting rights, and racism and law…

In 1993 Obama joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 12-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004…

During the four years Obama worked as a full-time lawyer at the firm, he was involved in 30 cases and accrued 3,723 billable hours… He also served on the board of directors of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law…"~~wikipedia

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