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UK’s Fun, Corrupt Secrecy Is Just The Beginning

October 28th, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Herald-Leader hit back at the gross secrecy at the University of Kentucky. Unfortunately, the editorial board didn’t go far enough in placing blame at the feet of Michael Karpf. Heads should have rolled when the corrupt man was hired. We’ve repeatedly written about that reasoning. He should be fired – immediately. Heads really do need to start rolling. [H-L]

Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, a source close to the Kentucky Republican said Friday. Source close to Rand: himself, calling anyone who would listen. [CNBC]

Kentucky Hospital Association director Michael Rust says the KHA appreciates Gov. Steve Beshear’s efforts to resolve issues related to the Medicaid managed care system, but the overwhelming majority of hospitals are still reporting significant dollar amounts owed to them by Kentucky’s MCOs in unpaid claims. [WKMS]

As technical failures bedevil the rollout of President Obama’s health care law, evidence is emerging that one of the program’s loftiest goals — to encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low — is falling short for many rural Americans. [NY Times]

There’s a bounce in the step of some Kentucky Democrats these days that has been missing in recent federal campaigns. At least there was Thursday night among about 400 Democrats at the Marion County Democratic Dinner where Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who wants to unseat incumbent five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell next year, was the keynote speaker. [Ronnie Ellis]

Two months before the troubled October 1 launch of Obamacare exchanges, a key administration official overseeing the program assured a congressional oversight panel that work was on track to roll out a tested website that would make it easy for Americans to enroll in affordable health insurance coverage. [Reuters]

Joe Gerth is the only journalist in Kentucky obsessed with Matt Bevin. You can expect more of that from him because Sam Youngman has started running circles around him. It’s almost as if Gerth has forgotten that the nastiness from McConnell and the Democrats is part of the game. It’s what keeps him in a job. Acting as if it’s the end of the world is borderline hilarious. [C-J/AKN]

Fresh reports in German media based on leaked US intelligence documents are prompting damaging new questions about the extent of US surveillance. [BBC]

PEE ALERT PEE ALERT PEE ALERT! As Kentucky junior Sen. Rand Paul and about 35 Louisa Rotarians bowed their heads before lunch last Thursday, the preacher led the crowd in praying for wisdom and guidance. He was talking about a possible run by Paul for the White House in 2016. [H-L]

Thousands rallied against the National Security Agency’s domestic and international surveillance programs Saturday, marching from Union Station to the Capitol to call for an end to mass surveillance. [HuffPo]

New developments in the federal case against the former mayor of Martin, as her step-son was arrested when officials say he threatened witnesses in the investigation. [WKYT]

The bottom line is that HHS can and should do a better job of making accurate information available to those who window shop. That doesn’t require a major technological investment. [ProPublica]

At 10:00 A.M. this morning, Papaw Beshear, Hal Rogers, Bob Stivers and Greg Stumbo will hold a presser in Hazard to pretend they give some poops about the future of Eastern Kentucky. Spoiler alert: none of them can or will improve life in the mountains. It’ll be other legislators who aren’t hot messes – maybe – decades and decades from now. [Press Release]

Tags: Alison Grimes · Barack Obama · Corruption · Eastern Kentucky · Health Care · Humor · Mitch McConnell · Presidential Race · Rand Paul · Senate · Steve Beshear · UK · Wiretapping

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  • 1 Novena // Oct 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    “A Sick State of Affairs in Lexington”

    UK seems to stand mightily for non-transparency, supreme obfuscation, hiring without foresight or accountability, the non-trustworthy trophy of the year, and the abominable treatment of young children.

  • 2 Jinx // Oct 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

    It’s not just the UK hospital. The UK social work department allows undergraduates to prepare unsigned report in the CATS Assessments. The CATS Assessment then bills medicaid and reported 5 grand a pop per child in foster care. The report, unsigned and not legally to be filed in a court of law; is then being filed in the state courts as reasons to keep kids in foster care and not return them to their parents. All this happens under the cloak of confidentiality of the juvenile courts. Shameful!