O's late rally falls short in finale with Red Sox
The Orioles walked off the field on Sunday afternoon knowing this wouldn't be their last time at Camden Yards in 2014. And that was a really good feeling. While the O's regular-season home finale -- a 3-2 loss to last-place Boston -- was pretty forgettable, Baltimore has a chance to create some much more meaningful memories when the calendar flips to October.
Call upheld in Red Sox-Orioles finale
After Caleb Joseph hit a grounder in the seventh inning, the Red Sox thought the inning should have been over. Ryan Flaherty was called out at second, but Joseph was ruled safe at first. After a review of 3 minutes, 35 seconds for John Farrell's challenge, the call was upheld.
As their corporate partners express concern about the Ray Rice case, the Ravens have been reaching out to the sponsors — courting them anew — to try to ensure that dozens of long-held relationships remain intact.
The chief financial officer of Prince George's County public schools and his wife resigned Monday, after the Maryland Insurance Administration found that the couple committed fraud on their personal insurance.
Perhaps the best part of blogging or the internet in general is the occasional discovery of something unexpected.Over on
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Our health-care system suffers from problems of cost, access and quality, and needs major reform. Tax policy drives employment-based insurance; this begets overinsurance and drives costs upward while creating inequities for the unemployed and self-employed. A regulatory morass limits innovation. And deep flaws in Medicare and Medicaid drive spending without optimizing care.
Speeches and news reports can lead you to believe that proposed congressional legislation would tackle the problems of cost, access and quality. But that’s not true. The various bills do deal with access by expanding Medicaid and mandating subsidized insurance at substantial costâ€”and thus addresses an important social goal. However, there are no provisions to substantively control the growth of costs or raise the quality of care. So the overall effort will fail to qualify as reform.
In discussions with dozens of health-care leaders and economists, I find near unanimity of opinion that, whatever its shape, the final legislation that will emerge from Congress will markedly accelerate national health-care spending rather than restrain it. Likewise, nearly all agree that the legislation would do little or nothing to improve quality or change health-careâ€™s dysfunctional delivery system.
Ultimately, our capacity to innovate and develop new therapies would suffer most of all.
Joseph Stubbs, President of the American College of Physicians — the second largest doctors’ group in the country — confirms that “the supply of doctors just won’t be there” for the 30 million new patients Barack Obama wants to cover. Noting that the doctor shortage is “already a catastrophic crisis,” Stubbs said that underserved areas in the U.S. currently need almost 17,000 new primary care physicians even before Obama’s proposals are enacted.
In the meantime, according to Bloomberg News, a 2009 survey by Merritt Hawkins and Associates, a recruiting and research firm in Irving, Texas, found that “the average waiting time to see a family-medicine doctor in Boston … is 63 days, the most among the 15 cities” surveyed. By comparison, in Miami, it was only seven days.
The study noted that Boston’s longer wait was “driven in part by the health-care reform initiative” passed in 2006 in Massachusetts upon which the Obama program is modeled. Bloomberg reported that “as many as half of doctors in the state have closed their practices to new patients, forcing many of the newly insured to turn to emergency rooms for care.”
Alan Goroll, a professor at Harvard Medical School said that “the primary lesson of health-care reform in Massachusetts is that you can’t increase the number of insured unless you have a strong primary-care base in place to receive them. Without that foundation … Massachusetts has ended up with higher costs and people going to emergency rooms when they can’t find a doctor.”
And, a study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, part of the federal government’s Health and Human Services Department, found that expanding insurance coverage to an estimated 32 million people who now lack it would create a demand for medical services that “could be difficult to meet initially … and could lead to price-increases, cost-shifting, and-or changes in providers’ willingness to treat patients with low-reimbursement health coverage.”
Indeed, the report found that the Medicare cuts contained in the House-passed bill are likely to “prove so costly to hospitals and nursing homes that they could stop taking Medicare altogether.”
After the huge election wins for the GOP in Virginia and New Jersey the “news” media did it’s best to deny that the GOP surge had anything to do with Obama. I guess they are going to have to learn the hard way.
Not only did Independent voters desert the candidates in those races who were vigorously supported by Obama, but independents continue to flee from Obama nationwide.
Only on international affairs does Obama get majority support with 57 percent of independents offering approval for the job he is doing.
The rest of Obama’s approval scores among independents on the seven issues tested in the poll range from fair to borderline poor. Forty six percent approve of his handling of “the threat of terrorism” while 45 percent said he has done a good job on the economy.
Obama’s job approval ratings are weaker among independents when it comes to health care (41 percent), Afghanistan (39 percent) and the budget deficit (37 percent).
While Obama maintains a positive job approval among independents (50 percent approve/47 percent disapprove) the broad skepticism toward how he is handling some of the country’s critical priorities could spell trouble down the road for the president.
Ravens owner apologizes for not demanding Ray Rice video (Reuters)
By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens apologized on Monday for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team called to address an ESPN report that alleged the Ravens had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ...
Owner: 'No misinformation' by Ravens on Rice (The Associated Press)
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti refuted a report suggesting he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested in February for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator. Bisciotti, who rarely met with the media before the Rice saga, said Monday he felt it necessary to respond to an ESPN story last week that described he, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome pushing Commissioner Roger Goodell for leniency for Rice. ''Their accusations didn't jibe with what we know is fact,'' said Bisciotti, who, sitting in a raised leather chair square in the middle of a raised stage at his team's training facility, also denied that he contacted the league on Rice's behalf. ''I expected four of six games and I was surprised as everybody else that it was two.'' The two games were Rice's original suspension by the league - the Ravens took no action at the time - for punching Janay Palmer in a casino on Feb. 15.
Miscues cost Browns in 23-21 loss to Ravens (The Associated Press)
Browns coach Mike Pettine stepped behind the microphone Monday, then paused for several seconds and sighed. Without saying a word, he clearly conveyed his emotions one day after Cleveland's 23-21 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. We felt like we let the Ravens off the hook. There are no asterisks where we are.'' The Browns suffered their second last-second loss in three weeks Sunday when Baltimore's Justin Tucker made a 32-yard field goal as time expired.
Ravens deny cover-up bid in Rice case (AFP)
Washington (AFP) - Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti on Monday denied orchestrating a cover-up over the Ray Rice domestic violence case but apologized for the franchise's inadequate response to the scandal.
Ravens owner says demanding Rice video 'never crossed my mind' (Reuters)
By Eric Kelsey (Reuters) - The owner of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens on Monday apologized for not demanding the graphic video of former star running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance, saying it "never crossed my mind" and he was "deeply sorry." Stephen Bisciotti offered the mea culpa at a news conference the team had called in response to address an ESPN investigative story that alleged the team had advocated for lenient punishment for Rice and knew about the contents of the video early on. ...
Kicking game: It is called football, after all (The Associated Press)
In the biggest game of the NFL season so far, the winning coach said the game wasn't decided by superstars Peyton Manning, Marshawn Lynch or Richard Sherman. The MVP, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, was punter Jon Ryan. The unsung heroes of special teams took center stage around the NFL Sunday, with crucial field goals, punts that flipped field position and electrifying returns. In the Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks, Ryan averaged 50.2 yards per kick and had five punts downed inside the Denver 20.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on Rice scandal: 'Better late than never' (Shutdown Corner)
All of the parties involved in the Ray Rice elevator-assault scandal are being called to account for their actions, or inactions, and the Baltimore Ravens, Rice's now-former team, are now in the spotlight. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti held a news conference on Monday breaking down the organization's role in Rice's punishment. Bisciotti acknowledged the organization could have acted sooner in cutting Rice from the team. But he contended that the Ravens were the victim of unfair and inaccurate media reports and had expected the NFL to act before doing so themselves. "It was 'better late than never' when we made the decision to cut Ray," Bisciotti said. "And I stand by that." Rice was initially suspended two games this summer for a February incident in which he struck his then-fiancee Janay Palmer and knocked her unconscious. Videotape of the actual strike surfaced two weeks ago, and the Ravens immediately cut Rice. Soon afterward, the NFL suspended him for an "indefinite" period of time. Rice has appealed that suspension. However, questions persist about why Rice's punishment was initially so lenient, and whether the NFL and the Ravens knew about the existence and contents of the second videotape. On Friday afternoon, shortly after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's press conference, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" dropped a toxic report that indicated the Ravens knew of the full extent of Rice's transgressions . According to that report, at least two high-ranking Ravens officials were told in explicit detail what was on the Rice tape, yet the team still pushed the league for more leniency in punishing Rice. The article also charged that Ravens coach John Harbaugh wanted to cut Rice after the first tape emerged, but was rebuffed on several occasions and forbidden from doing so. Finally, according to the article, Bisciotti reached out to Rice after the team released the running back, thanking Rice for his years of service and pledging a place within the organization for Rice after his playing days were done. Just minutes before Bisciotti spoke to the media, the Ravens released a detailed breakdown answering the ESPN article's charges. (See the end of this article for the full team statement.) "The majority of the sources are people that work for Ray," Bisciotti said. "Almost everything in there is anonymous, but it’s clear from the subject matter that the sources are Ray’s agent, Ray’s attorney, Ray’s friends. They are building a case for reinstatement, and the best way to reinstatement is to say that we were lying." Bisciotti indicated that the Ravens could have done more to obtain the tape, but noted that at the time, the league believed their hands were tied. "I'm sorry that we didn't push harder to get that tape," he said. "It seems to me in hindsight we certainly had the leverage to say to Ray and his lawyer that we can't have him play on our team until we see that evidence." He further contended that the team's hands were tied by then-current NFL procedure as it relates to domestic violence. "I was expecting a minimum of two [games of suspension] and a maximum of four to six because that’s what was relayed to me as the standard at the time." Bisciotti also continued to pile on the league, adding that the NFL "never elevated domestic violence to the level it should have been relative to other issues -- bar fights and marijuana possession, things like that." Bisciotti also noted that while Rice will never play for the Ravens again, he could envision Rice rejoining the team in an advisory capacity. "Rehabilitated people are the best people to talk about what they've been through," Bisciotti said, adding that he does not blame Rice for the actions of his attorneys and his advisers. __________________