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zulius     
I always figured that place was shady...

22 Feb 2013 04:07 PM
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Nabb1    [TotalFark]  
bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com

22 Feb 2013 04:09 PM
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propasaurus    [TotalFark]  
The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.

22 Feb 2013 04:22 PM
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naughtyrev    [TotalFark]  
Seriously, I didn't even give that Chapo Guzman killed in a firefight story a Newflash tag.

22 Feb 2013 04:24 PM
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dj_bigbird    [TotalFark]  

propasaurus: The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.


That'll teach them to oppose The Anointed One

22 Feb 2013 04:27 PM
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propasaurus    [TotalFark]  

dj_bigbird: propasaurus: The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.

That'll teach them to oppose The Anointed One


What's this got to do with Palin?

22 Feb 2013 04:28 PM
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King Something    [TotalFark]  

propasaurus: dj_bigbird: propasaurus: The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.

That'll teach them to oppose The Anointed One

What's this got to do with Palin?


Well, most of The Scooter Store's customers are tired of walking long distances, which is why they buy scooters. As for Palin...

...don't you think she looks tired?

22 Feb 2013 04:39 PM
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vpb    [TotalFark]  

zulius: I always figured that place was shady...


Well, it's a company that makes it's money by billing Medicare that's owned by a right wing Republican?  What about that makes "shady" come to mind?

22 Feb 2013 04:45 PM
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Vodka Zombie     

vpb: zulius: I always figured that place was shady...

Well, it's a company that makes it's money by billing Medicare that's owned by a right wing Republican?  What about that makes "shady" come to mind?


True. It's not like Florida's governor was involved. I'm sure the place is legit.

22 Feb 2013 07:15 PM
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Ed Finnerty     
You mean the Tea Party's HQ was raided?

22 Feb 2013 08:11 PM
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FirstNationalBastard    [TotalFark]  
littleguurrl.files.wordpress.com

Hoveround guy sings about how Scooter Store can go fark itself.

22 Feb 2013 08:15 PM
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Nina_Hartley's_Ass     
They advertise the hell out of these and hoverounds on over-the-air tv and have for some time. The biggest selling point seems to be the fact the government will pay for it.

22 Feb 2013 08:42 PM
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robsul82    [TotalFark]  
cache.gawker.com


Now my Hoveround business will completely dominate the scooter market for the obese and elderly, mwahahaha!

22 Feb 2013 08:45 PM
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Nina_Hartley's_Ass     
Hope this guy is next:

1.bp.blogspot.com

22 Feb 2013 08:52 PM
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TommyymmoT    [TotalFark]  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: They advertise the hell out of these and hoverounds on over-the-air tv and have for some time. The biggest selling point seems to be the fact the government will pay for it.


I wonder how many people got them just to sell?
There are over 1000 of them for sale on Ebay at any given time.

22 Feb 2013 09:14 PM
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L.D. Ablo    [TotalFark]  
Republicans, eh?

www.evrider.com

22 Feb 2013 09:24 PM
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The Irresponsible Captain    [TotalFark]  
No explanation for why Wal*Mart stock plummets.

22 Feb 2013 09:33 PM
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denbroc     
farm4.static.flickr.com

22 Feb 2013 09:33 PM
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Walker    [TotalFark]  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: They advertise the hell out of these and hoverounds on over-the-air tv and have for some time. The biggest selling point seems to be the fact the government will pay for it.


It's like an Obama Phone but bigger. And you can ride it!

img.photobucket.com

22 Feb 2013 09:34 PM
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Dahnkster     
And yet the government still won't pay for my manatee aqua scooter.
abcnews.go.com
Thanks Obama!

22 Feb 2013 09:36 PM
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detritus     
i.imgur.com

22 Feb 2013 09:36 PM
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tacos813     

TommyymmoT: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: They advertise the hell out of these and hoverounds on over-the-air tv and have for some time. The biggest selling point seems to be the fact the government will pay for it.

I wonder how many people got them just to sell?
There are over 1000 of them for sale on Ebay at any given time.


I work for a company that provides power wheelchairs and have literally never seen that. Usually the person that received it will die and a relative will try to sell it. Medicare has a mandatory 13 month rental period now so if the patient becomes ineligible they can not keep the chair.
I am glad the scooter store is going down. They are well known fraudsters.

22 Feb 2013 09:36 PM
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Lawnchair     

propasaurus: The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.


And, yet, predictably, despite this being broken up by Obama-era FBI and far from the first instance of Medicare fraud conducted by Republican movers-and-shakers, both my right-wing family members on Facebook are on a rampage about how this proves liberal corruption.

22 Feb 2013 09:39 PM
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KrispyKritter    [TotalFark]  
TFA stated people using these machines in airports to cut in line then running off after they get first dibs in line. i doubt they are bringing their own chairs. these sound like public use chairs in the airport for handicapped to use.

this is not a reason to examine the chair manufacturer/seller. this is a scumbag at the airport problem. scumbags who take chairs away from those in need to jump the line should be held by airport security. let them miss their flight, maybe they won't pull such tomfoolery again.

and if Uncle Sam has a problem with too many doctors writing paper for the chairs they should take it up with the doctors. the supplier just sells them.

22 Feb 2013 09:40 PM
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A10Mechanic     
Subby is going straight to hell at no more than 6 MPH

22 Feb 2013 09:41 PM
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liltingbanshee     
For no apparent reason, I've gotten lots of spam from them (or one of their "affiliates"). So I figured they were shady.

22 Feb 2013 09:42 PM
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JohnAnnArbor    [TotalFark]  

KrispyKritter: TFA stated people using these machines in airports to cut in line then running off after they get first dibs in line. i doubt they are bringing their own chairs. these sound like public use chairs in the airport for handicapped to use.

this is not a reason to examine the chair manufacturer/seller. this is a scumbag at the airport problem. scumbags who take chairs away from those in need to jump the line should be held by airport security. let them miss their flight, maybe they won't pull such tomfoolery again.

and if Uncle Sam has a problem with too many doctors writing paper for the chairs they should take it up with the doctors. the supplier just sells them.


Two separate stories, one article.

22 Feb 2013 09:43 PM
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Nina_Hartley's_Ass     

KrispyKritter: TFA stated people using these machines in airports to cut in line then running off after they get first dibs in line. i doubt they are bringing their own chairs. these sound like public use chairs in the airport for handicapped to use.

this is not a reason to examine the chair manufacturer/seller. this is a scumbag at the airport problem. scumbags who take chairs away from those in need to jump the line should be held by airport security. let them miss their flight, maybe they won't pull such tomfoolery again.

and if Uncle Sam has a problem with too many doctors writing paper for the chairs they should take it up with the doctors. the supplier just sells them.


Read it again.

22 Feb 2013 09:45 PM
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TinyFist    [TotalFark]  
hmmmmn,.... what to post....?
"no new fix old?"
"keep govment out of our medicare?"
that handy long-armed reachy-grabby thing so people in wheelchairs can grab the peanut butter off of the top shelf?
Wilford Brimley Diabeetus?
"Hooveraround taaaakes meee where I waaanaa go?"

Screw it, I'll just go with the obvious paraphrasing of Daniel Tosh "does anyone else ever daydream abour being on the price is right?"

I'm gonna pass on the redneck starter package.

22 Feb 2013 09:45 PM
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somemoron     
FTFA: <I>[Former salesman Brian] Setzer told CBS This Morning that the company's strategy was to 'bulldoze' doctors into writing prescriptions, so people would get the chairs, whether they needed them or not. 'They were just pushing harder and harder to get chairs sold,' Setzer said." </i>

I guess he was just mad that the old folks couldn't Stray Cat Strut in their powerchairs.

\That was the best I got.  Weak, but hey.  +.25 for trying?

22 Feb 2013 09:49 PM
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LordOfThePings     
www.silverscreentest.com

22 Feb 2013 09:50 PM
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trippdogg     
PSA:  products that treat actual medical conditions and require a doctor's prescription don't need to advertise on TV - your doctor will prescribe it if you need it.

22 Feb 2013 09:51 PM
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Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
The tea baggers all ride scooters and hoverounds. And now Obama's coming for their scotters.

It all makes sense.

22 Feb 2013 09:54 PM
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usernameguy    [TotalFark]  

propasaurus: The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.


Ladies and gentlemen, you next governor of Florida.

22 Feb 2013 09:55 PM
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tacos813     

trippdogg: PSA:  products that treat actual medical conditions and require a doctor's prescription don't need to advertise on TV - your doctor will prescribe it if you need it.


They are actually advertising a place to FILL prescriptions. (For power wheel chairs) just like Walgreens does on the radio here.
/Still crooks
//just sayin'

22 Feb 2013 09:56 PM
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netringer    [TotalFark]  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: They advertise the hell out of these and hoverounds on over-the-air tv and have for some time. The biggest selling point seems to be the fact the government will pay for it.


"And it didn't cost me one red cent"

Color me surprised that there was fraud going on.

22 Feb 2013 09:56 PM
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Stone Meadow     
My SiL just got her Scooter in December, so I'm getting kicks...

/she needs it...she's in advanced MS
//she's a fox, too
///did I mention she's hawt?

22 Feb 2013 09:59 PM
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Loueloui     
It's about farking time. That place always struck me as crooked. When someone advertises 'Well get Medicare to pay for your scooter or we'll give it to you for free!' something isn't right. At least these people got something for them, unlike in Miami where the products don't even exist.

Next order of business needs to be all of the 'SSI Lawyers'. My wife is a nurse, and she tells me the stories of how an entire family will come in with identical symptoms of how they're hearing voices and seeing things. You would think half of Florida was haunted to hear these idiots talk about it. So if it doesn't work? Just work on your act and find another doctor! Didn't fool him either? Well, just keep on going.

Remember you only need 3 refusals before you can hire your SSI Lawyer! No money, no problem, they work on contingency!

22 Feb 2013 10:04 PM
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cptjeff    [TotalFark]  
I'm guessing the only reason it took so long was the backlog of work for the lawyers- the Federal Government doesn't have the manpower to do everything it wants these days. Once they got the preliminary case built against them, well, send in the FBI.

22 Feb 2013 10:10 PM
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semiotix    [TotalFark]  
Matt Taibbi's now-infamous Rolling Stone article is relevant here.

Scanning the thousands of hopped-up faces in the crowd, I am immediately struck by two things. One is that there isn't a single black person here. The other is the truly awesome quantity of medical hardware: Seemingly every third person in the place is sucking oxygen from a tank or propping their giant atrophied glutes on motorized wheelchair-scooters. As Palin launches into her Ronald Reagan impression - "Government's not the solution! Government's the problem!" - the person sitting next to me leans over and explains.

"The scooters are because of Medicare," he whispers helpfully. "They have these commercials down here: 'You won't even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!' Practically everyone in Kentucky has one."

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can't imagine it.

After Palin wraps up, I race to the parking lot in search of departing Medicare-motor-scooter conservatives. I come upon an elderly couple, Janice and David Wheelock, who are fairly itching to share their views.

"I'm anti-spending and anti-government," crows David, as scooter-bound Janice looks on. "The welfare state is out of control."

"OK," I say. "And what do you do for a living?"

"Me?" he says proudly. "Oh, I'm a property appraiser. Have been my whole life."

I frown. "Are either of you on Medicare?"

Silence: Then Janice, a nice enough woman, it seems, slowly raises her hand, offering a faint smile, as if to say, You got me!

"Let me get this straight," I say to David. "You've been picking up a check from the government for decades, as a tax assessor, and your wife is on Medicare. How can you complain about the welfare state?"

"Well," he says, "there's a lot of people on welfare who don't deserve it. Too many people are living off the government."

"But," I protest, "you live off the government. And have been your whole life!"

"Yeah," he says, "but I don't make very much."

22 Feb 2013 10:13 PM
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BMFPitt     

propasaurus: The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.


Without him, maybe it would only be 46%.

22 Feb 2013 10:14 PM
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Silverstaff     

liltingbanshee: For no apparent reason, I've gotten lots of spam from them (or one of their "affiliates"). So I figured they were shady.


This.  Every time I check my spam filter, there are always a few ads from the Scooter Store saying they can get me a free scooter if I have medicare.  It's right there with ads for Viagra, 419 scam letters, pitches for questionable diet drugs, and ads for Christianminge.com.

I have a little policy, if I get spam from any company, I presume them to be a scam.

22 Feb 2013 10:22 PM
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Ehh     

vpb: zulius: I always figured that place was shady...

Well, it's a company that makes it's money by billing Medicare that's owned by a right wing Republican?  What about that makes "shady" come to mind?


I snerked.

22 Feb 2013 10:23 PM
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hoyt clagwell     
Subby, do you mean "The Shcooter Shtore"?  That's what the ads say!

22 Feb 2013 10:26 PM
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Catsaregreen     
I've always said their commercials should say "and we'll double-bill ... I mean, bill ... Medicare directly."

22 Feb 2013 10:27 PM
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al's hat     

trippdogg: PSA:  products that treat actual medical conditions and require a doctor's prescription don't need to advertise on TV - your doctor will prescribe it if you need it.


There are some pharmaceutical companies who would most likely disagree with you.  It seems like the whole world must be suffering from diabetes and asthma...

22 Feb 2013 10:35 PM
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BarkingUnicorn    [TotalFark]  
I'd like to know how they "bulldoze" doctors into prescribing scooters.

22 Feb 2013 10:36 PM
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Silverstaff     

BarkingUnicorn: I'd like to know how they "bulldoze" doctors into prescribing scooters.


I've got an old college classmate who's a medical student now.  He tells me that apparently it's a well-known pattern of harassment in the medical community, even to the point of getting people to ambush docs in parking lots with papers and trying to pressure them into signing prescriptions.  They'll call and clog up phone lines at offices with sales pitches, basically stalk physicians and pester them into signing prescriptions for their product.

They basically use the most weaselly of hard-sell cold-call tactics on doctors to try to pressure them to approve dubious prescriptions for medical devices that the doctors didn't think the patients needed.  Y'know kinda sounds illegal.  The FBI seemed to think so.

22 Feb 2013 10:41 PM
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BronyMedic     
Imagine that. A company which advertises that it commits medicare fraud and violates the anti-kickback regulations in it's commercials gets raided by the FBI for committing medicare fraud and violating the anti-kickback regulations.

22 Feb 2013 10:42 PM
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propasaurus    [TotalFark]  

Lawnchair: propasaurus: The Scooter Store is owned by Sun Capital, the investment firm owned by Marc Leder, the guy who hosted the fundraiser where Mitt Romney made his "47%" comment.

And, yet, predictably, despite this being broken up by Obama-era FBI and far from the first instance of Medicare fraud conducted by Republican movers-and-shakers, both my right-wing family members on Facebook are on a rampage about how this proves liberal corruption.


LOLWUT

22 Feb 2013 10:46 PM
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