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Lack of health insurance forces man to become rich, famous pimp

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OK, that wasn’t the title on an article in the metro section of the April 7 New York Times. But there, buried
in the fine print of a story about Emperor’s Club VIP — the high-priced international prostitution service that serviced ex-NY Governor Elliot Spitzer — was this explanation of the financial distress that first motivated its founder.

"Its boss was Mark Brener, 62. He dealt with a stack of medical bills
for his late wife by starting the escort service, an idea that dawned
on him several years ago as he surveyed sex-related advertisements in
the weekly newspaper The Village Voice, an associate of Mr. Brener’s
said. The venture reinvigorated Mr. Brener. He dyed his hair black, donned a leather jacket and recruited three women to help him."

Brener, the article continued, "a 5-foot-5 tax man with thinning gray hair and crooked teeth, had never fit anyone’s image of a pimp." But after his wife contracted cancer, and eventually died, Brener found himself "broke and facing court judgments for unpaid medical bills." That’s when the ads for the escort services caught his eye.

Who says that private sector entrepreneurs can’t help the uninsured?

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FEDERAL JUDGE SAYS IF THEY DID NOT PROMISE OR SIGN ANYTHING, KICKBACKS ARE OK??? WHICH IS NOT TRUE BY THE WAY. Turning next to relators’ claims based on alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, the court concluded relators failed to allege “that United Health certified compliance with the Anti-Kickback Act, nor did they allege that such compliance was relevant to the Government’s funding decisions.” The court then declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over relators’ state law claims and refused to grant relators leave to amend. MEDICARE FRAUD, MEDICADE FRAUD, AND KICKBACKS AND BRIBES BUSINESS AS USUAL,INSIDER INFORMATION GIVEN. 9B BS… Read more »

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Peter is right about the liar loans, it is Organized Crime corruption on Wall Street. But we didn’t see Eliot Spitzer do anything about the rampant “sub-prime” corruption on Wall Street when he was Attorney General, instead we saw Spitzer carefully pick and chose who to investigate and threaten prosecution. There should be no surprise that Eliot Spitzer did not prosecute any of the prostitution rings he was associated with, and only an idiot would believe that Spitzer was not obliged to protect the business ventures of the organized crime families which held this dirt on him. Could the $500… Read more »

Graham
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At least this is one issue that we in the UK don’t have to worry about. While our health service may be drowning in middle management, at least it’s free.

Peter
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Peter

Well if they did they don’t now as they’re unemployed. I wonder how they feel about now having to get a low wage legal job with no health insurance as opposed to being able to afford health insurance as a prostitute with a 6 figure income? Of course earning a 6 figure income on Wall Street passing off liar loans rated as AAA to investors is legal. It all depends on who’s f’ing who.

Neimon
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Neimon

The question in my mind is whether his employees have health coverage…

Peter
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Peter

“she wishes she’d taught my sister and I to value money above all else.”
Like those pillars of ethical standards on Wall Street? No thanks, that’s why we’re in such a mess now. It’s also the reason you can’t get insured and live in fear of financial ruin because of a condition you were born with. I wonder what condition Republicans were born with that makes them value money above all else?

Bhete
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What I know we must do is start looking at hyvreteing pro-actively. Yeah, Insaine Hussien Obama and his every single democrat want to take over the entire country and completely put the ball in their court. They do want to wipe out, even from debate, any type of opposition. And they are not going to stop trying no mattter what happens,. If it’s not Obama care, it’s o’bama vision”news”,. Our rights are getting trampled on everywhere. So we must organize an agency of some offensive reality. A national legal team or agents, not under the direction of the gov’t but… Read more »

Paul Maurice Martin
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It’s funny, my mom has often said that given my rare disease and no access to relevant health care, she wishes she’d taught my sister and I to value money above all else. She doesn’t quite mean it and I don’t quite agree, but some days, almost.

anonymouse
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gotta love that new category tag!!!

Peter
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Peter

Well I guess the prostituion business is organized just like any other business, but where was the corruption and blackmail? Unless Spitzer used state funds to pay. I think this story is about political hypocrisy. It usually looks better on righteous Republicans though. Especially the gay ones.

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How is it that the New York Times printed the photographs of the assistant managers of the Emperor’s Club, but failed to print the photo of the actual boss…the pimp…the head guy…the money maker…the criminal mastermind, Mark Brener? I guess that would require some actual investigative journalism. Why bother when you can just ride the wanker wave and focus and the chicks.
The media keeps treating this like a sex story – showing us pictures of girls. It’s a story about organized crime, corruption, and blackmail. Wake up.

Peter
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Peter

Who says it’s “Hard Out There For A Pimp”. Sex for a show and dinner – legal, sex for cash – illegal. Now would sex in exchange for healthcare be legal or illegal? Hard ethical questions.

Ganie
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, The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.’ Rights must apply to eevryone in the same sense at the same time. So rights must therefore be limited to claims of freedom to do anything which does not violate the freedoms of others. This requires recognizing, respecting and abiding by anyone else’s wishes to be left alone whenever he wants, and his wishes to be free to do anything which doesn’t violate others. This is why no one can claim a right’ to interfere with your life in any way without your explicit, personally-given consent… Read more »