The Campaign For DA

2.21.2017

Random Tuesday Morning Thoughts




  • I thought about doing a bullet point about Milo Yiannopoulos, Breitbart, pedophilia, and Trump's support of the guy but you either already know about it or don't care about it. 
  • Is this new Decatur store called Cow Girl Crap? 
  • I had not thought about this regarding solar panels: Hail storms.
  • An overlooked story of the weekend is the young guy who had been arrested for murdering his millionaire older girlfriend, Nicole Blahitka, in Fort Worth was shot and killed by police in Grand Prairie. 
  • If a hospital overbills an indigent person with no insurance knowing it will never get paid, do they get to claim the full amount as an expense against revenues for tax purposes?
  • How many times did the Republican controlled House vote to repeal Obamacare when they knew Obama would veto it? And they've not taken a vote to do since controlling the House, Senate and Presidency?
  • I'm not sure I've ever seen a longer length of time between a federal indictment and trial than that in the John Wiley Price case that starts today. 
  • I've got to research this story of the Dallas surgeon who received life in prison for a surgery which "maimed" someone. Something doesn't make sense. (Unless he was intentionally doing it time and time again.) 
  • Nothing like arriving for work early but forgetting your keys. That leads to an abbreviated Random Thoughts. 



31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wish the "news" agencies would quit using the term "immigrants" and "immigration" when talking about policies concerning illegal aliens. Totally separate issues. They're so obvious it's sickening--constantly connect a term that strikes a sympathetic note with our nation of immigrants, with something that has nothing to do with legal immigration.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I am disappoint. You clearly didn't look into my Solar City link, which discusses insurance for the panels, and impact resistant solar shingles.

I thought after everything I said about Briles came to pass that you'd start to listen to me, but I see it's going to take a little more time.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Well, the Academy Awards will be all Trump, all the time. Yuck! I laughed when an ABC news commentator said (tellingly)--"everyone in their (Hollywood) "Bubble" feels the same (about Trump)"! Someone of THEIR OWN admits they're in a BUBBLE!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Depends if the hospital is a for profit, non profit or not for profit.

Then its still not that simple.......

Anonymous said...

Prayers and thoughts for all those poor Swedish people.

Tommy Boy said...

While the time between John Wiley Price's indictment and trial has been long, it certainly isn't unusual for a complicated federal white collar criminal case. Fort Worth just took a plea on an investment fraud investigation open since 2005. And when you throw in fugitives, the Northern District of Texas has cases indicted over 20 years ago still waiting for trial.

As for JWP, I wonder if you can have such a thing as a "reverse Batson" objection because I'm thinking that there may not be one African American in south Dallas willing to convict Mr. Price. Love him or hate him, he has had their back since day one.

Anonymous said...

If a hospital overbills an indigent person with no insurance knowing it will never get paid, do they get to claim the full amount as an expense against revenues for tax purposes?

Yes.

that guy said...

@0943

there was an interesting piece in hte Dallas Observer a few weeks back, that basically alluded JWP has had the back of the rich white guys of Dallas since day 1

Anonymous said...

Tommy Boy, if you think Batson and its progeny relates only to black people, you need to bone up on the law.

And please don't pick any juries until you do.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Dr. Death: "Plano surgeon Christopher Duntsch left a trail of bodies. The shocking story of a madman with a scalpel."
From D magazine. http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2016/november/christopher-duntsch-dr-death/?ref=mpw

Anonymous said...

Several issues re hospital charge-offs.
While there are a very few privately owned, for-profit hospitals, almost all which are treating indigent persons have some kind of not-for-profit status, 501-C3 or somehow an arm of a municipality, county, or some other local govt. Therefore, they don't pay income tax.
For any business which is for-profit, and therefore pays income tax on the profit they report, it is a common misconception that they receive a tax benefit for noncollectable accounts receivable which are charged off. Many people think "it's not that bad for the business because they get to write it off on their taxes". The owner/s of the business fully eat the loss. They don't pay tax on the amount they charge off because since they didn't receive payment, there was no profit, only loss. There is no reduction of taxes due on the profit the business reports that year because they charged off some amount.

Anonymous said...

Whether John W. Price has had their back in S Dallas or not is debatable, but thta is not the issue at hand. He is charged with having his own back, by illegal means and methods.

Anonymous said...

We have Blue Cross Blue Shield and can't use our local hospital. The don't accept it...Thank God!!

Anonymous said...

Agree with 10:08. The reason they do it is not to play the IRS, it's to play their creditors. Bill the crap out it and show a high AR to the bank or their bond holders. It's all a game.

Anonymous said...

Jwp should protest cowgirl crap.

Anonymous said...

That surgeon in Dallas maimed many people...not just one.

Anonymous said...

We all should.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Oh, Barry! You really want to pick that hospital scab? Okay then:

First on charges: Think of what hospitals charge compared to hotels. Nice (and not so nice) hotels have posted charges, usually on the back of the room door or some other public place. This is the rate that gets charged everyone who walks in the door before discounts get applied. It is call Full Rack Rate. Almost no one pays it though because of discounts (AARP, Military, government, special weekend, vacation, convention, and on and on). It's not an overcharge, it's a full charge. Same thing applies to hospitals. They have a table of charges (the Charge Master) that is their established fees and charges before "discounts" for Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, negotiated cash payments, etc.. It is important to post to indigent accounts, even though they will never see a dime, because it can get them dollars on the back end from Uncompensated Care funds pools (although Fed/TX are moving these around). Also, depending on their structure and licensing, they have to deliver a certain percentage of charity/uncompensated care to meet their mission. IRS looks over their shoulder on this for the non-profits and profits. And this doesn't even scratch the surface.

DF Dr Ben Casey

Anonymous said...

Good thought provoker on Obamacare vote then and now. Like Fido, Congress folk have caught the car after chasing it long and hard and they don't know what to do with it. Not many coming home to visit constituents during the recess because they have no answers.

DF Chickens Coming Home to Roost

Why Guy said...

Her last name has GOT to be "Durante!"

Anonymous said...

Not only declaring a loss but adding to paying patients bill. 12.00 aspirin

Anonymous said...

Barry, keep your eye on the John Wiley Price trial. You got a peek under the tent in previous governmental malfeasance trials (Lipscomb, Fantroy, Hill, etc). This trial could really throw back the flap and expose the collusion between Black South Dallas reps paid under the table to put the interests of rich White North Dallas business folk above the citizens south of Downtown who elected them. A certain family named Perot must be sweating bullets at this point.

DF Courthouse Observer

Anonymous said...

Swedish terrorists? I knew that darn IKEA was a plot. Building that last etagere nearly gave me a heart attack. And don't get me started on the meatballs in their in-store cafe.

DF Olaf

Anonymous said...

I think that RTG is my former niece-in-law. Y'all would like her. She's slutty as all get out. Like her mom. And her aunt. And her grandmother.

DF Former Shotgun Groom

Anonymous said...

RE: Hospital Charges

True live example....

I received a bill today for a stay at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton TX. I checked in on 1/20 and out on 1/24.

Total Charges $27,158.85
Total Insurance Paid $8,835.85
Total Adjustments/Discounts $15,978.56(I had a coupon)
My part $2344.44

Personally, I think all these numbers are just made up.

Anonymous said...

BG, the family dog would sure appreciate it if you went into Cowgirl Crap and bought some of the fresh made dog treats. They have some antiques, unique gifts, and decorating items and other interesting things. Enjoyed my visit.

Anonymous said...

2:56 --

That's BS. Where did you get that information? Out of your vivid imagination? Stir the pot with lies.

You sir, are a lying liberal a**hole with an agenda.

John Wiley Price doesn't need white folks' help to get himself in trouble. He's been doing fine on his own for years.

Anonymous said...

2:10

Barry decided to represent a lovely young lady of Jewish heritage.

Shalooooooooooooooooom.

Anonymous said...

RE: Cow Girl Crap

You've got to love a business that knows their product and market.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, 5:19pm, sorry if I touched a nerve. Not saying Price is angel. Not saying rich white folk are devils. Just saying it appears, under the old "where there is smoke there is fire" evaluative tool, that some folks of both colors may have had moral & ethical economic lapses. Google "Dallas Inland Port investigation" and "John Wiley Price" in the same search. After you have read the many investigative articles by several different reporters doing articles for different publications, get back to me.

DF Courthouse Observer

Anonymous said...

You guys need to remember your bookkeeping 101. The billing was shown as revenue, the write off as expense so there is a net zero effect to the bottom line. Of course the hospital is out the actual hard costs of care (drugs, salaries, etc.) but there is no big tax benefit.