The United Conservative Party launched its first television ads of the 2019 provincial election campaign Monday, which have a strong emphasis on female candidates and a slogan borrowed from the provincial motto, Alberta Strong and Free.
This weekend, a few dozen protesters wearing bright, yellow vests will gather at the Alberta legislature. Just like they did last weekend, and every weekend before that for the past month now. But beyond the vests and the signs they wield: who are they?
It's an unusual day in the Fox news sphere when one of their own busts Press Secretary Sarah Sanders for her alternative facts.
Fox host Chris Wallace interviewed Sanders on Sunday, and when she claimed (at 9:46) that "nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists come into our country illegally, and we know that our most vulnerable point of entry is at our southern border..." Wallace abruptly cuts her off to set the facts straight.
"I know the statistic, I didn't know if you were gonna use it but I studied up on this. Do you know where those 4,000 people come from, where they're captured? Airports. The State Department says there hasn't been any terrorist that they've found coming across the southern border," he says.
Although cornered, she soldiers on, but Wallace doesn't let up. The child-caught-in-a-lie look on her face is priceless.
Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG), recently renamed for the Facebook founder after he donated $75 million, is the largest public hospital in San Francisco and the city’s only top-tier trauma center. But it doesn’t participate in the networks of any private health insurers — a surprise patients like Dang learn after assuming their coverage includes a trip to a large public ER.
Most big hospital ERs negotiate prices for care with major health insurance providers and are considered “in-network.” Zuckerberg San Francisco General has not done that bargaining with private plans, making them “out-of-network.” That leaves many insured patients footing big bills.
The problem is especially acute for patients like Dang: those who are brought to the hospital by ambulance, still recovering from a trauma and with little ability to research or choose an in-network facility.
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that ZSFG does not accept any private health insurance, describing this as a normal billing practice. He said the hospital’s focus is on serving those with public health coverage — even if that means offsetting those costs with high bills for the privately-insured.
“It’s a pretty common thing,” said Brent Andrew, the hospital spokesperson. “We’re the trauma center for the whole city. Our mission is to serve people who are underserved because of their financial needs. We have to be attuned to that population.”
But most medical billing experts say it is rare for major emergency rooms to be out-of-network with all private health plans.
“According to what I’ve seen, that’s unusual,” says Christopher Garmon, an economist at the University of Missouri Kansas City who studies surprise medical bills. “I’ve heard anecdotes of some hospitals trying a strategy like this but my impression is that it doesn’t last very long.”