Fiscal, Health Care

Medicaid patients to be the
surprise victims of margin tax

Nursing-home owner explains how passage
of tax would hurt Nevada’s neediest residents

LAS VEGAS — If the margin tax passes, it will claim a group of unlikely victims: Medicaid patients.

That’s according to the owner of a large, Southern Nevada nursing home who says, if voters approve the new tax November 4, he will be forced to stop accepting new Medicaid patients, leaving them with fewer health care options, extending their treatment wait times and worsening their outcomes.

And he expects other health care providers to do the same.

“In order to protect my employees and keep my business open, I’m going to have to cut the number of unprofitable Medicaid patients I accept,” said the nursing-home owner, who asked not to be identified so as to not send his employees and patients into a panic.

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Harry Reid’s gifts to ‘greedy’
insurance companies were hidden
behind populist, anti-insurer rants

His ‘ACA’ law forces all Americans to buy industry products,
channels billions into company coffers, sets up taxpayer bailouts

LAS VEGAS — As Harry Reid in 2009 was assembling the liberal wish-list that would eventually be passed into law as Obamacare, he rarely missed any opportunity on the floor of the U.S. Senate to lambaste "greedy insurance companies."

Behind the scenes, however, the Senate majority leader, his committee chairmen and his aides were diligently stuffing into that legislation lucrative favors for that very same insurance industry.

Chief among those favors was the bill’s unconstitutional decree that every individual American — like it or not — must henceforth become customers of those very same insurance companies.

A second big favor in the bill for the industry was a provision requiring over $1 trillion in subsidies for such insurance purchases over the next decade alone.

And there were more such favors, some of which just now are getting full media attention.

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Transparency

CCSD police dispatcher transferred
from post as new details emerge in
Angela Peterson death case

Jail-house phone call: “My mom’s going to go to jail now.”

LAS VEGAS — A Clark County School District police dispatcher who’s been named a defendant in the Angela Peterson wrongful death lawsuit was transferred out of her police department post Friday.

According to multiple sources, employees of the department received an email notice — "effective immediately" — stating Tina Zuniga is "no longer an active employee of the Clark County School District Police Department," and "should be afforded the same access and courtesy to CCSDPD facilities as would be extended to a visitor."

While Zuniga will "continue to be an active member of the Clark County School District," sources say, employees were asked not to communicate with Zuniga in the future regarding any official matter considered confidential by the district's police department.

Zuniga's transfer comes after what appears to be a recording of a 2011 jail-house phone call was submitted to school police internal affairs.

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Mom-and-pop business worries
about indirect impacts of margin tax

Small business owner sees costs increasing if margin tax passes,
even through his business doesn’t meet $1 million threshold

Forest chief: Fed water policy a mess

Proposed USFS directive is latest fed effort to grab Western waters, say states

Utah hotel settles immigration case with feds

Elko County to message feds
cross-country by horseback

Cowboy Express theme: 'Regulation without representation is tyranny'

Work starts on $1 billion Nevada solar plant

Administrator on CCSD payroll working
for another state government?

District investigation underway

Once a prominent union member,
now he's a union target

Local sues former department PIO over health-benefit payments

Justice Scalia hails Idaho water adjudication

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