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Conservative Provocateur James O’Keefe Targets Ohio Medicaid Office

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Investigators in Ohio are looking into allegations that some county Medicaid workers advised men posing as Russian drug dealers how to get government health care benefits.

Conservative activist James O’Keefe posted a video on his Project Veritas website Monday that shows two men presenting themselves at the offices of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as Russian drug dealers.

A Franklin County case worker appears to advise the men to describe their occupation as "babysitting" and tells them their homes will not be searched as part of their Medicaid application.  The woman also tells the men she "just wouldn't mention" the sports car they imported for $800,000 when they fill out their application, adding "You didn’t hear it from me."

When the two men state they need an abortion for an underage sister who performs sexual favors for their drug clients, the state worker refers them to Planned Parenthood.  The video also features footage from meetings with a second case worker and audio from a phone conversation with a third. reports Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, called the video "extremely troubling" and said the matter was under investigation.

Johnson further stated that the conversations were not part of a formal benefits process, which requires proof of U.S. citizenship, and that some of the issues the video raises "would have eventually come to light in the application process."

Johnson also stated the staffers involved were all county employees, not state workers, but added, "Should the video turn out to be accurate, we would hope the counties would at the very least discipline these workers."

O’Keefe has previously targeted organizations including Planned Parenthood, ACORN, and NPR by using hidden cameras to record conversations. In the past, he exposed Planned Parenthood workers who advised O'Keefe and his associates how they could legally be provided abortion and birth control services to underaged prostitutes. The ACORN sting featured some employees advising O'Keefe -- dressed like a pimp, accompanied by a scantily-dressed associate "playing" a hooker -- on how he could dodge taxes for a fictitious prostitution ring. In NPR's case, former executive Ron Schiller was caught on tape blasting Republicans and the Tea Party as unintelligent racists.

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Weekly Address: Obama Touts Benefits of Tax Cut Compromise

Photo Courtesy - The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama uses his weekly radio address to highlight how in the New Year Americans will benefit from the tax cut package signed during the lame-duck session of Congress last year.
“We’re seeing more optimistic economic forecasts for the year ahead, in part due to the package of tax cuts I signed last month,”  President Obama says in his weekly address, “I fought for that package because, while we are recovering, we plainly still have a lot of work to do.”
Mentioning his stop Friday at the Thompson Creek Window Company in Maryland, the president says that businesses like this one, will be able to benefit from the compromised deal, and encouraged all businesses to do the same.
“For one year, any business, large or small, can write off the full cost of most of their capital investments,” Obama said, “So, if you’re a business owner, I’d encourage you to take advantage of this temporary provision. It will save you money today and help you grow your business tomorrow. “
Also included in the tax cut package was a payroll tax holiday, which the president in his weekly address touts that a typical family will see $1,000 more in their paycheck this year.
“In fact, 155 million workers will see larger paychecks this month as a result of this tax cut.”
Taken as a whole, the president says the tax cuts package will accelerate the pace of the economy, spurring additional jobs and growth.
“That is our mission.  That should be the focus, day in and day out, of our work in Washington in the coming months, as we wrestle with a challenging budget and long-term deficits. “
The president said that the tax cut bill, along with other passed legislation in December in the waning days of the last session of Congress were a “much-needed departure” from the pattern of politics where “symbolic battles” consumed Washington, “while the rest of America waits for us to solve problems.”

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