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August 30, 2014

 

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We have always had an EDITOR'S page with an explanation of how and why this site was begun. But now, in addition, we will produce a special EDITOR'S "DAILY" COMMENT. On that page you may find timely information on anything from a threat to Social Security or Medicare, to how our editor is feeling today, or how the weather is developing around our headquarters, or why we support a critical upcoming vote in Congress.

We hope you will make the page a part of your daily online activity. We will change the comment every 2 to 3 days. There will be important links to information on your health, Medicare, Social Security, money, and much more. A special email address will be provided for your important feedback. And we encourage your feedback. Plug in and become an empowered Senior!

 

 

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DID YOU KNOW?

 

U.S. Budget Gap Narrows to Smallest Since 2007, CBO Says

Bloomberg - August 27, 2014

The U.S. budget deficit will narrow less than forecast this year even as it falls to the lowest level since 2007 as a share of the economy, according to the Congressional Budget Office. In 2015 itís projected to shrink for a sixth straight year, to $469 billion, capping the longest stretch of fiscal improvement since 2000, near the end of an era of surpluses.

 

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Over 400 Seniors are killed by guns in America - - EVERY MONTH!

 

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10-options-to-consider-besides-a-nursing-home

There may come a time when a nursing home is the only option. If that day hasnít come, however, there are other options you can consider that will help ease medical and financial burdens while allowing you or your aging loved one to retain independence by living at home or near family members. There is support in your community and adjustments you can make at home. Here are some examples: (click blue link above)

 

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* SENIOR ALERT - SENIOR ALERT *

 

This Spring the Supreme Court has made it easier for the wealthy to lavish money on candidates and political parties. This money is never given without expectation of a return from those to whom it was given. Much of this money will be spent to promote an end to Medicare as we know it, eliminating Social Security as a government program, the reduction of middle-class income, giveaways to the oil and gas industries, elimination of clean air and water standards, and a reduction in the tax rate for the wealthiest.

It is critical that Seniors and near-Seniors pay close attention to what big money, and the candidates it has bought, are saying this year. And do not be lulled into thinking the midterm election in November doesn't matter. It is critical. Remember, the wealthy, like that shadowy gambling character, can give a hundred million $$s to buy influence with candidates, but when he goes into the voting booth, his vote counts only as much as yours.

 

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Robert Fassbach, editor SeniorArk - Last Spring (in 2013) in the U.S. Senate we witnessed PROFILES IN COWARDICE, as 46 Senators turned their backs on 90% of America, and bowed in fear before the National Rifle Association. By a vote of 54 to 46, the Senate refused to pass expanded background checks for the purchase of firearms. Most Senators voted for the background checks, but 60 votes were needed to pass it. What a bunch of WUSSIES. Is it any wonder that Congress is respected below the lowest of the low in this country?

This means that criminals, terrorists, and the severely mentally ill, can continue to walk into a gun show, or go online, to purchase immense firepower with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. It means that a buyer can go to a gun show or online, and purchase multiple weapons, drive into a high crime area, and sell them out of a trunk or a van to anyone with the cash. It means that the wild-west mentality that has killed over 25,440 Americans SINCE NEWTOWN (December 14, 2012) will only intensify. 87 Americans die at the end of a gun EVERY DAY, about 15 of them senior citizens. EVERY DAY we have acts of TERRORISM with 87 victims in AMERICA. Daily, the NRA tries to scare the hell out of Americans so we will rush out and buy the biggest, most expensive, most killing gun possible. And don't forget the 2,000 bullets you may need in case there is an intruder. PROFITS TRUMP LIFE. The terrorist organization responsible for thousands of these deaths every year in America is the NRA, and the chief terrorist is Wayne LaPierre. They must be stopped, and SeniorArk.com encourages you to continue to contact your Representatives and Senators to express your outrage at their actions, or should we say - - their inaction.

We believe that the outrageous  cowardice that we witnessed in the Senate  will rally a huge outpouring of support for the tightening of gun laws. Please be a part of it. We will.

In the white space below, we have published the names, the roster of shame, the 46 cowards whose jobs were more important than American lives.

SENATORS: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm  For email and phone.

CONGRESSMAN: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/  To get email and phone.

LIST OF THE COWARDLY SENATORS WHO TURNED THEIR BACKS ON 90% OF THE AMERICAN  PEOPLE, AND VOTED EITHER TO SAVE THEIR PITIFUL JOBS, AND/OR IN FEAR OF THE NRA.   

THEIR NAMES ARE FOLLOWED BY THEIR TWITTER HANDLES. TWEET THEM EVERY DAY AND TELL THEM YOU ARE ASHAMED OF THEM. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO LET UP. "GEAR UP" INSTEAD. THEN VOTE THEM OUT IN THEIR NEXT ELECTION.

SENIORARK TWEETED EVERY ONE OF THEM (TOOK 6 MINUTES) WITH THIS MESSAGE:

"You have blood on your hands. Your shameful vote on background checks is aiding and abetting murderers and terrorists." I typed the message once, then copied and pasted it into the other Senators' space. You need to have a twitter account, sign in, then click on each blue tag after the Senator's name below. We will tweet them with a message tomorrow, and tomorrow, and... We will also tweet the Senators who voted yes, and thank them. If you are confused, email talkbacktobob@aol.com

Update: Please join me. As of August 27, 2014, I'm still sending different, "challenging", near-daily tweets to every one of these Senators below. ARE YOU STILL WITH ME?  ARE YOU TWEETING THEM? Read today's tweet at: https://twitter.com/R_F_F/with_replies . We have tweeted these Senators on hundreds of days, and they are hearing us!

         PLEASE JOIN ME IN TWEETING.   CAUSE LIFE-SAVING CHANGE. 

 

 

* YOU CAN HELP TO ROOT OUT MEDICARE FRAUD

Medicare recipients asked to fight fraud

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that Medicare, the health care program for seniors, and Medicaid could be losing as much as $70 billion to criminal fraud, waste and abuse each year. That amount is unacceptable for Harold ...
Seniors can be of great help in saving money for our health system by reporting FRAUD.

WHAT IS MEDICARE FRAUD? Fraud occurs when someone intentionally falsifies information or deceives Medicare. Abuse occurs when doctors or suppliers donít follow good medical practices, resulting in unnecessary costs to Medicare, improper payment, or services that arenít medically necessary. A complaint about the quality of care you got from a doctor, hospital, or other provider or facility is not considered fraud or abuse. If you have a complaint about your quality of care, please click here.

Examples of possible Medicare fraud are:

  • A healthcare provider bills Medicare for services you never got.

  • A supplier bills Medicare for equipment you never got.

  • Someone uses another personís Medicare card to get medical care or equipment.

  • Someone bills Medicare for home medical equipment after it has been returned.

  • A company offers a Medicare drug plan that hasnít been approved by Medicare.

  • A company uses false information to mislead you into joining a Medicare plan.

Read complete Medicare article on Preventing Medicare Fraud and Abuse

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August 27, 2014 - A team of technicians work on one of the faces of Londonís Great Clock atop the landmark Elizabeth Tower that houses the famous Big Ben bell on Tuesday. The specialists descend the famous landmark by rope to clean and inspect the four clock faces.

The clock was last serviced in 2010 and besides cleaning up any dirt that has accumulated since then, the experts will conduct a photographic survey to check the dials for damage.

 

It's the kind of maneuver you're more likely to expect of a skateboard: A car skidded up the concrete retaining wall after losing control and ended up precariously balanced on the top of an embankment on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on Sunday. The driver and his passenger escaped injury. In skateboarding this is called a "grind."

 

Gold has not had a good second half of August, as minutes of the Federal Reserveís last meeting signaled that policy makers may increase borrowing costs earlier than expected. Speculation that the Fed would reduce stimulus as the U.S. economy recovered spurred a 28 percent decline in gold prices last year.

 

 

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TODAY'S IMPORTANT NUMBERS  -   Friday August 29, 2014 *********************************************

* 40% - Americans throw away 40% of food every year, worth $165 Billion. Could feed at least 75,000,000 humans.

* 3 - Most abundant elements in known universe: hydrogen, helium, oxygen. (BBC News, Science and Environment)

* 3,000 Approximate number of people killed by terrorists on 9/11/2001

* 440,000 -  Approximate number of Americans killed BY GUNS, BY EACH OTHER, AT HOME, since 9-11-01 

* 37 Days - Time it takes for 3,000 Americans to be killed by guns.

* 1 - There is only one way to say RE-COG-NIZE. Reconize does not exist.

* 1 - There is only one way to say NU-CLE-AR. Nucular does not exist.

*  #1 offender - Wal-Mart is #1 with employees receiving state-funded health care in every state that released the data.

* 70% - Of all products sold at Wal-Mart are imported from China, the largest Communist country in the world.

* 17.4 million. American homes that have difficulty putting food on the table every day.

* 46 million - Americans living in poverty.

* 40 - American billionaires who have agreed to donate half their fortunes to charity

* 12,000 - Number of boomers who begin collecting Social Security every day

* All but 4 - Number of Republican Representatives who voted to replace Medicare with a voucher instead in 2011.

* 0 - Number of Democrats who voted to replace Medicare with a voucher instead.

* 3,000,000 - Soft drink vending machines in the U.S. One for every 100 people.

* 237 - Miles the average European walks per year

* 87 - Miles the average American walks per year

* 87 - Number of Americans who die from a gun EVERY DAY.

* 27% - Gift cards never redeemed in the U.S.. Over $8 Billion worth of gift cards were never used from 2006.

* $800 - $1000 per MONTH. Amount Medicare Advantage insurers are paid by Medicare for your care.

* $772,000,000 - Amount AARP was paid by health insurance companies in 2008. Beware their opinions on this subject.

2.1 - USA spends $2.1 trillion/year on health care. Double per person spent in any other country.

50 million - # of Americans on government-run health insurance - It's called Medicare! It works...very well!

49 - years Medicare has served the needs of America's Seniors - July 30, 2014 > 49th birthday

* 43rd - U.S. life expectancy - 42 nations are higher. We wonder why this is so if we have best  healthcare system.

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ARE YOU FALLING INTO THE DOUGHNUT HOLE?

**15 ways to survive a fall into that dreaded abyss**

August 29, 2014 

Yes,  Part  "D" is a bizarre system, crafted by a slight-of-hand Congress,  mostly  written by the  drug  and  insurance companies.  It can be overwhelming to the Senior who needs more than a minimal amount of medication each year. But do not despair. There are specific things you can do today to survive this convoluted program, and the doughnut hole at its center. Read Complete Article

Also, what you do today can slow, or prevent, a fall into the doughnut (donut) hole. See: Surviving Medicare Part "D". 

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 MANY ELIGIBLE LOW-INCOME SENIORS NOT APPLYING FOR PART D SUBSIDY

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Congressional Budget Office have estimated, respectively, that about 2.6 million to over 4 million individuals who may qualify for the Medicare prescription drug low-income subsidy are not receiving it. Various barriers, such as reluctance to disclose personal financial information or lack of knowledge of the subsidy, may prevent potentially eligible Medicare beneficiaries from applying for the subsidy. To view the highlights of the report, go to: http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d08812thigh.pdf.

To see if you qualify, or to apply, go to: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp/

     Also see: Latest Health News , Latest Medicare News , Latest Social Security News 

 

 

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Whatta Face

 

We humans could learn something here

"You keep a look-out, and I'll grab the fat one."

SeniorArk editor's daughter's dogs.

They both seem content, don't you think?

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