Cleveland: Keeping Christmas at Home
Ramona: The War on Happy Holidays
Richard Day: Cold in Minnesota, and in the Hearts of Men
A for-profit health company bought by Bain -- that Romney profits from -- has exploded in size and tales of neglect.....
SALON - (My note: the top of the Salon page has picture of 6 dead clients from CRC centers, including 14 year old Brendan Blum "already stiff with rigor mortis" when his body was found at Utah's Youth Care, owned by Aspen, owned by CRC Health Group, owned by Bain Capital various offshore entities.)
(on Brendan Blum) "They never telephoned the on-call nurse and waited until nearly 2 a.m. to contact the on-call supervisor, only to leave a voicemail. There was little else they felt they could do — Youth Care’s protocol on emergency services meant they were too low on the totem pole to call 911 themselves."
.....(Romney) has reported at least $300,000 to $1.2 million, if not more, in fluctuating annual earnings from Bain Capital VIII, the convoluted $3.5 billion array of related funds that owns both name-brand companies such as Dunkin’ Donuts and the lesser-known CRC Health Group. Most of these funds were made more attractive to privileged investors by being registered in the Cayman Islands tax haven.....on CRC’s board, two......gave a total of half a million dollars to Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Romney......
...When patients face a medical crisis, ambulances are usually not summoned. Instead, “techs,” whose emergency training, the former employees say, is generally limited to a two-hour CPR course, are ordered by supervisors to use a van lacking medical equipment to drive patients to the emergency room......The tactic, say former employees, helps prevent the facility from being flagged in the 911 system....California’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, for example, has never investigated the deaths of nearly 200 patients over five years at CRC’s 12 outpatient methadone clinics.........“The programs have experienced the reality that there are no consequences if anyone dies”
Meanwhile, Ann Romney has said that she would make helping troubled teens a top priority as first lady...CRC is roaring ahead with an expanded sales force; Eckert, the CEO, told investors in May, “We now have [sales] coverage in every major metropolitan area in the United States.”.....