Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman • Virtually Speaking Sundays

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April 13, 2014 – Marcy Wheeler (Emptywheel) and Stuart Zechman consider transparency in gov't., the NSA, CMS and ICE edition. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Culture of Truth satirizes the top-down media.

Jay: "There's a common transparency theme with the NSA and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).  There's the question of what missions are being served--neither seems primarily focused on the general citizenry, and acts in disdain, at best, for democratic processes.  Both topics require explanation--most people haven't heard of CMS or know the role it plays in price fixing. Likewise, while we know the NSA has been collecting exploits and back doors rather than publicizing and fixing them, that's something else most people are unaware of."

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  They set Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates, which are the basis for most insurance reimbursement rates.

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WSJ: Small Slice of Doctors Account for Big Chunk of Medicare Costs

Top 1% of Medical Providers Accounted for 14% of Billing, Federal Data Show

NYT: Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts

NYT: More Deportations Follow Minor Crimes, Records Show

Marcy Wheeler — Investigative journalist, working primarily on national security and civil liberties, Marcy regularly breaks stories – on, The Next Hurrah, Firedoglake and The Guardian – related to use of illegal detention and interrogation by the US Government.  Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy is the definitive work on the Scooter Libby trial.  

Stuart Zechman — Movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; He uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman