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10 former NFL players have been charged with defrauding a healthcare program set up to reimburse out-of-pocket medical expenses.

The ten NFL players, including ex-Redskins star Clinton Portis, face 20 years in prison if they are convicted of defrauding the league's healthcare program.

U.S. Justice Department prosecutors allege the players defrauded the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. The healthcare plan was established in 2006 to provide tax-free reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses.

$3.4 million was paid out in 2017 and 2018 to former players, their wives and dependents for a total of $10 million. Some of the former players claimed they suffered from CTE-type brain injuries during their playing days.

Other players submitted claims to be reimbursed for expensive medical equipment like oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines, and electromagnetic therapy devices costing up to $50,000 each.

The alleged ringleaders accepted $10,000 in kickbacks from players involved in the scheme.

The Justice Department announced the indictments during a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Other former players charged in the scheme include Carlos Rogers, Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris "C.C." Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett and Etrick Pruitt.

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A deadly meningitis outbreak in Los Angeles has claimed the lives of 3 men in the gay community, the LA Times reports.

The LA County health department announced earlier this week that eight cases of invasive meningococcal disease have been diagnosed in the county so far this year

Officials said 4 of the cases were men who have sex with men. 3 of them died. The county will provide free vaccinations to those without health insurance.

A similar meningitis outbreak spread rapidly among promiscuous men who practice unsafe sex with men in NY in 2013.

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Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama has been tasked with pressuring President Obama's loyal base to support his lame duck health care reform by purchasing insurance through their state exchanges.

At the end of a new ad featuring the mothers of superstars Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, and Adam Levine, Michelle says, "We nag you because we love you."

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First Lady Michelle Obama and her entourage arrive to hotel in Miami

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The streets surrounding the hotel were blocked off by motorcycle cops until the First Lady and her massive entourage entered the hotel. Mrs. Obama was escorted by at least 50 motorcade police officers, her usual Secret Service detail and additional Miami PD patrol units. Cops would not allow anyone to walk or ride their bikes on Collins Avenue until the first lady had arrived into the hotel. Cars that were forced to wait for her majesty's arrival beeped their horns in disgust and expressed their displeasure in very vocal terms at cops.

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President Obama

The Obama Administration failed to meet the deadline they set for millions of Americans to sign up for ObamaCare health insurance. The deadline to sign up for insurance through the government's insurance exchanges ran out on midnight Monday. Those who missed the deadline will not be eligible for Obamacare coverage that begins January 1.

But in yet another revision to the Affordable Care Act law -- which usually takes an act of Congress to implement -- the Obama Administration extended the deadline another 24 hours -- through Christmas.

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Obamacare

If your health insurance plan was canceled thanks to President Obama's problematic ObamaCare law, you may qualify for a "catastrophic" insurance plan available through the insurance exchanges in your state.

The White House announced the new changes on its blog on Thursday. Some critics called the announcement "legislation by blog."

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Obamacare creator

Zeke Emanuel, the mastermind behind the disastrous Obamacare health insurance legislation (Affordable Care Act) appeared as a guest on FOX News Sunday. The host, Chris Wallace, asked Emanuel bluntly if President Obama lied when he told millions of Americans they could keep their doctor.

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Zeke Emanuel: "The president never said you were going to have unlimited choice of any doctor in the country you want to go to."

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Judy Smith

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Russell Simmons

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"Yes, we initially wanted single payer, and we had to compromise back in 2009 for the Affordable Care Act," Simmons wrote. "But, [Obamacare] is a damn good piece of legislation that has already saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. So, let us not give up now."

Simmons did not provide any statistics or evidence to back up his claims.

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President Obama

President Barack Obama ate crow during a speech today when he announced an "administrative fix" for the disastrous Obamacare roll out.

Obama acknowledged that his administration should have drafted rules prohibiting insurance companies from canceling millions of insurance policies that were already in place before Obamacare launched last month.

Obama asked health insurance companies to allow individuals to keep, or extend, their policies into 2014 -- even though the insurance companies have already cleared those old policies off their books.

The insurance companies reacted with anger to Obama's speech today.

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