Headlines for Monday August 20 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Monday August 20 2012

Aug 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

MEDICARE, OBAMACARE AND A MERGING OF TWO BIG HEALTHCARE INSURERS ARE ALL MAKING NEWS THIS MORNING. SAY WHAT ONE WILL ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, BUT IT WILL HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE BOTTOM LINES OF COMPANIES LIKE AETNA AND COVENTRY HEALTH CARE. AETNA HAS MOVED TO BUY COVENTRY HEALTH CARE FOR A REPORTED 5-POINT-6 (B) BILLION IN A DEAL INVOLVING BOTH CASH AND STOCK. AND IT’S A CHUNK OF BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT CREATED BY THE HEALTHCARE REFORMS SIGNED INTO LAW TWO YEARS AGO BY PRESIDENT OBAMA THAT THE INSURERS WANT A STAKE IN. THE AETNA/COVENTRY COMBINE WILL RESULT IN TOTAL REVENUE GENERATED BY BUSINESS WITH THE GOVERNMENT EXCEEDING 30 PERCENT. THAT DEVELOPMENT COMES AGAINST A BACKDROP OF CONTINUED SPARRING BY BOTH PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS OVER WHAT THEIR PLANS FOR MEDICARE CONSIST OF. BARACK OBAMA DEFENDED HIS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AS HELPING TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE OVER THE COURSE OF HS PRESIDENCY ON THE STUMP IN NEW HAMPSHIRE OVER THE WEEKEND. MITT ROMNEY AND PAUL RYAN WILL ARGUE FOR THEIR MEDICARE BLUEPRINT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE TODAY.

IN THE GRANITE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, MITT ROMNEY AND HIS RUNNING MATE PAUL RYAN PLAN ON KEYING IN ON MEDICARE AS CAMPAIGN 2012 ENTERS ANOTHER WEEK. BOTH ROMNEY AND RYAN ARE TRYING TO CLARIFY THEIR POSITIONS ON A PLAN TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE SYSTEM OFFERING HEALTH CARE FOR THE NATION’S SENIORS AND DISABLED. PRESIDENT OBAMA, SPEAKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE OVER THE WEEKEND OBSERVED THAT ROMNEY AND RYAN’S IDEA TO VOUCHERIZE THE MEDICARE PROGRAM SHOULD BE SOMETHING HIS REPUBLICAN OPPONENTS WOULD AVOID TALKING ABOUT, BUT THE PRESIDENT THEN SAID THEY MUST HAVE FELT THE BEST DEFENSE OF THEIR PLANS FOR MEDICARE WAS TO GO ON OFFENSE. ALONG WITH THEIR OWN PROPOSALS, ROMNEY AND RYAN HAVE TRIED TO ATTACK THE PRESIDENT FOR CHANGES THAT HIS OWN AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL MAKE TO MEDICARE. IN HIS DEFENSE, MR. OBAMA CLAIMS HE HAS STRENGTHENED MEDICARE DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE.

IT’S ARRIVED ERCI FOR UNITED NATIONS MONITORS NOT FROM ROME BUT DAMASCUS AS A DEPARTURE FROM SYRIA THAT’S BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE JUNE IS NOW NEARLY COMPLETE. THE U-N WILL MAINTAIN A VERY MINIMAL PRESENCE WITH A LIAISON OFFICE IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT CONDITIONS FOR A POLITICAL SOLUTION IN THAT MIDDLE EASTERN NATION IMPROVE.THE MONITORS, WHO OPERATED IN SYRIA UNARMED HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION, SHOT AT AND MADE UNWITTING SPECTATORS TO THE BATTLES BETWEEN ASSAD GOVERNMENT TROOPS AND OPPOSITION REBELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.THE LAST MONITORS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY BY FRIDAY.

THE COMMITTEES OF ORANGE COUNTY LAWMAKERS LOOKING INTO THE GOVERNMENT CENTER AND VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME WERE SEEKING FACTS AND INFORMATION THEY SAY HAD NOT BEEN FORTHCOMING ABOUT BOTH ISSUES. AS HEARINGS IN THE VALLEY VIEW PROBE DREW TO A CLOSE LAST WEEK, ONE TIDBIT OF INFORMATION CAME TO LIGHT ABOUT THE CONSIDERABLE COSTS THE COUNTY MUST BEAR EVEN WHEN THE NURSING HOME IS SOLD. THE FIGURE JUST FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR EMPLOYEES OF VALLEY VIEW WHO HAVE YET TO RETIRE THROUGH THE END OF NEXT YEAR AMOUNTS TO 43 (M) MILLION DOLLARS. OTHER COSTS NOT NECESSARILY RELATING TO A TRANSFER OF VALLEY VIEW TO A PRIVATE OWNER INCLUDE 9 (M) MILLION IN DEBT ACCRUED FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS. THESE FINDINGS CAME TO LIGHT IN PART BECAUSE OF THE LEGISLATURE’S HEARINGS AND THE REVELATION THAT THE COUNTY EARLIER THIS YEAR HAD TRIED TO OBTAIN 35 (M) MILLION DOLLARS FROM ALBANY TO HELP DEAL WITH COSTS RELATING TO THE SALE OF THE NURSING HOME AND ITS AFTEREFFECTS. THE COUNTY APPLIED TO THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR THESE GRANT MONIES BACK IN FEBRUARY.

THE CRASH OF A SMALL PLANE SUNDAY ON LONG ISLAND HAS TAKEN THE LIFE OF A GOSHEN WOMAN AND LEFT HER HUSBAND BADLY HURT IN A SUFFOLK COUNTY HOSPITAL. AUTHORITIES REPORT THE SINGLE ENGINE PLANE DEVELOPED PROBLEMS ALMOST FROM THE MOMENT IT TOOK OFF FROM BROOKHAVEN CALABRO AIRPORT AT AROUND NOON YESTERDAY. DEAD ARE THE PILOT, WHOSE IDENTITY HAS YET TO BE RELEASED ALONG WITH 60-YEAR-OLD JANE UNHJEM, A LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR IN ORANGE COUNTY: SHE DIED AFTER BRING TAKEN TO STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. HER HUSBAND, 61-YEAR-OLD ERIK UNHJEM IS LISTED THERE IN SERIOUS CONDITION SUFFERING FROM BURNS AS THE PLANE BURST INTO FLAMES UPON CRASHING IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA OF SHIRLEY IN EASTERN LONG ISLAND.

NO IDENTITIES OF THREE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING INCIDENT SUNDAY NIGHT IN NEWBURGH HAVE BEEN RELEASED, BUT IT IS KNOWN THAT ONE OF THEM IS DEAD AND TWO OTHERS WERE TREATED AT SAINT LUKE’S HOSPITAL. ALL THREE VICTIMS OF LAST NIGHT’S GUNFIRE ARE SAID TO BE MALES IN THEIR THIRTIES. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND NINE P.M. NEAR THE CORNER OF CHAMBERS AND FARRINGTON STREETS IN THE CITY. POLICE IN NEWBURGH HAVE NO OTHER INFORMATION AT THE MOMENT BEYOND THAT AND ARE SOLICITING HELP FROM THE PUBLIC AS THEY TRY AND PIECE TOGETHER THE EVENTS OF LAST NIGHT. EARLIER SUNDAY AT THE ORANGE LAKE MOTEL IN THE TOWN OF NEWBURGH, DAYYAN LEE, A 31-YEAR-OLD MIDDLETOWN MAN WAS FOUND STABBED IN THE BACK WITH A KNIFE BY A WOMAN LATER FOUND WITH BLOOD-STAINED CLOTHING IDENTIFIED AS AUTUMN MOORE, 21 YEARS OF AGE AND ACQUAINTED WITH LEE AS THE TWO APPARENTLY HAD BEEN IN A RELATIONSHIP. LEE IS UNDERGOING TREATMENT FOR HIS WOUNDS AT WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER; MOORE WAS ARRESTED BY TOWN OF NEWBURGH POLICE AND CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL WEAPONS POSSESSION.

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