REVEALED: ObamaCare Secret Slush Fund
Investigations Finds $2 billion Obama Care fund goes to lobbying for higher taxes, kickboxing classes, Zumba
(WASHINGTON, DC) – A $2-billion per year slush fund called the “Prevention and Public Health Fund”, one part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, has drawn bipartisan outrage.
An in-depth investigation by the American Media Institute, a new investigative journalism nonprofit, reveals startling new information about waste and abuse hidden in the massive Obama Care law. AMI’s report was written by Stuart Taylor, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and published at FORBES.com
Taxes are flowing into a slush fund that goes to groups that lobby for more new taxes.
Slush fund, every year, in perpetuity
HHS Secretary Sebelius solely decided where the money goes, NOT elected members of Congress
This Prevention and Public Health Fund, intended for the use of “improving health and helping restrain the rate of growth” of health care costs, has instead been diverting funds to questionable and unaccountable projects including:
· Zumba (dance fitness program), kayaking and kickboxing classes in Waco, TX
· Promoting higher taxes on sugar-sweetened begerages (SSB), tobacco taxes and expanding bans on outdoor smoking
· Lobbying municipalities on policies to prevent fast food outlets from operating close to schools
· $2 million for the use of a high-priced global PR firm, Fleischmann-Hillard, to urge the strengthening of an anti-smoking ordinance in St. Louis County, MO
To schedule an interview with Mr. Taylor or Richard Miniter, Chief Executive Officer of American Media Institute, contact Jenny Kefauver at (703) 842-7405.
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STUART TAYLOR, JR. – BIO
Stuart Taylor, Jr. is an author and freelance journalist focusing on legal and policy issues, a Brookings Institution nonresident senior fellow, and a National Journal contributing editor. He has coauthored two critically acclaimed books: In October 2012, Richard Sander and Taylor published Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It. In 2007, Taylor coauthored with KC Johnson Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Fraud.
Taylor has covered the Supreme Court and other matters for National Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, The American Lawyer, Legal Times, and other publications, winning various journalism awards, and has appeared on all major television and radio networks. He has taught “Law and the News Media” at Stanford Law School and practices law on occasion.
Taylor graduated from Princeton University in 1970 with an A.B. in History. After working as a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and Sun from 1971-1974, he moved to Harvard Law School, serving as a note editor for the Harvard Law Review and graduating in 1977 with high honors. He also won a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, which he used to travel around the world in 1977-1978 while studying freedom of the press in the United Kingdom and Kenya.
Among those who have praised Mismatch are Judge Richard Posner (“the best researched and most convincing analysis ever done of affirmative action in higher education”) and columnists Clarence Page (this book has “caused me to think again” about the affirmative action mismatch problem) and George Will (“This book probably will make constitutional history”).
Taylor practiced law with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1978-1980. He joined the New York Times Washington Bureau in 1980, covering legal affairs from 1980-1985 and the Supreme Court from 1985-1988. Since then he has written commentary and in-depth magazine articles from 1989-1997 for The American Lawyer, Legal Times and their affiliates; and a regular opinion column for National Journal and numerous articles for Newsweek from 1998 through 2010. He has also written for The Atlantic, Slate, The New Republic, Harper’s, Reader’s Digest, and other magazines as well as occasional commentaries for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times.
Taylor’s journalism honors include the 2009 Northern California Innocence Project Media Award for his work on the Duke lacrosse rape fraud; a 2002 National Headliner Award for best special magazine column on one subject; a 1988 New York Times nomination for a Pulitzer Prize for Supreme Court coverage; a share of The American Lawyer’s National Magazine Award for a March 1990 special issue on the drug war. He was a National Magazine Award finalist in 1993 and 1997 and won the 1991 Golden Quill Award for Excellence in Editorial Writing.
From The Dragon’s Mouth
Ten True Stories of Everyday Chinese People That Dispel Myths, Shatter Stereotypes and Unveil What It Is Like To Live In China
By Journalist Ana Fuentes
Discussion Topics Include:
· Her four years living in China during this time of explosive growth, health scares and dangerous pollution
· Ana’s coverage of violent uprisings most media don’t report, and her time at the Olympics in Beijing
· How everyday Chinese people deal with censorship, an epic real estate boom, a capitalistic form of Communism, and more
· Her interview with the Chinese dissident who continues to rebel even after being tortured by police
· The woman who married her gay friend to escape social pressure; just like an estimated 16 million women in China alone
What: FROM THE DRAGON’S MOUTH: Ten True Stories That Unveil China (Penguin, April 2013)
Who: International Journalist Ana Fuentes
When: May, EST
China is set to become the America of the 21st century…soon, all paths will lead to China. Most people have no idea what it is like to live in that country though, and all we hear about are distorted media reports about health scares, pollution, and rampant corruption. What it is it really like to live as one of the 1.3 billion people who make their home in ancient China?
International Journalist Ana Fuentes reveals the real China in her new book, FROM THE DRAGON’S MOUTH, which shares ten true stories of everyday Chinese people and their daily lives. From the young millionaire absolutely dedicated to nationalism, to the respected kung fu master who can’t train outdoors due to pollution, Fuentes offers a cross section of the Chinese people in a way you have never seen them before. The movies don’t do them justice, and Fuentes shows us their everyday struggles, remarkable triumphs, and more.
During interviews, Ana Fuentes would discuss:
· Her discoveries into the world and people of China
· Her time covering violent uprisings, the Beijing Olympics, elderly citizens demanding justice for destroyed homes, and more
· The dissident she spoke to who continues to rebel even after being tortured by police
· The kung fu master who can’t train outdoors due to pollution
· The young millionaire dedicated to furthering his country’s aims
· The young peasant woman who was convinced to become a prostitute – so she can pay for her son’s education
· The daughter of two Communist Party officials – who get rich by coaching Chinese entrepreneurs in the ways of capitalism
The Chinese are often perceived as self-sacrificing, tireless, capable of overcoming any adversity, but also lacking empathy. Ana uncovers the people who don’t fit these molds, and are rich in their own unique character and motivations, to give us a true look at the everyday experience of China.
About The Author:
Ana Fuentes is a journalist whose reports have been broadcast on three continents by Radio France Internationale, France Presse, CNN en español and Radio Netherlands Latin America, among others. Ana holds a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University in Madrid and the Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Master’s in Journalism from El País and the University Autonoma in Madrid.
Fuentes lived in Beijing from 2007 until 2011, where she worked as a correspondent for Cadena SER, Spain’s premier radio network, and produced her own segments on Chinese society for the French BFM radio network. She currently lives in New York, where she reports for several international media outlets. http://anafuentesf.wordpress.com/