Feb 222014
 

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It appears that Robert Weygant is not going to run for re-election to the Placer County  Board of Supervisors.

Today – Democrat Reginald Bronner – who ran for AD06 and failed to make the runoff in  2012 pulled papers along with liberal Republican Spencer Short.

Spencer Short is a Lincoln City Councilmember who was part of the fiscal train-wreck that  nearly bankrupt the city. Short is also socially liberal as during the four years I served  with him on the Placer GOP, he never took a stand on a social issue, ever. He also  studiously avoided endorsement votes – except when it was taking a stand against the  conservatives led by the Placer CRA.

Sources indicated that Short once again was disparaging the Placer GOP Central Committee and used his dissatisfaction with the current leadership of the Placer GOP Cent Com as part of the reason he is taking papers. The Cent Com’s current leadership consist of Socially Liberal Republicans Mike Holmes and Dennis Revell.

Perhaps Spencer Short should reconsider whether he is a republican since he is criticizing the current leadership saying that the current recruiting process by the Placer GOP will net some “Poor Choices”.

The chair of the candidate recruitment committee is Bonnie McAdams, a Placer Tea Party member who is aligned with the moderate leadership of the Placer GOP. (She recently voted against the President of the Placer CRA for a vacancy on the Cent Com as did Spencer Short)

Regular readers of this blog will remember Spencer Short’s arrogant letter resigning from the Central Committee in the last term.

Short will almost certainly draw Paul Joiner as his primary opponent and here’s to Joiner wiping up the floor with him.

Obamacare Discriminates Against Rural America

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Feb 212014
 

An Analysis By The Wall Street Journal Found That Many Americans That Reside In Rural, Poorer Areas Of The Country Face Limited Health Options And High Premiums On The ObamaCare Exchange. “Hundreds of thousands of Americans in poorer counties have few choices of health insurers and face high premiums through the online exchanges created by the health-care law, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of offerings in 36 states.” (Timothy W. Martin and Christopher Weaver, “For Many, Few Health-Plan Choices, High Premiums On Online Exchanges,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/13/14)

  • “Consumers In 515 Counties, Spread Across 15 States, Have Only One Insurer Selling Coverage Through The Online Marketplaces, The Journal Found.” (Timothy W. Martin and Christopher Weaver, “For Many, Few Health-Plan Choices, High Premiums On Online Exchanges,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/13/14)

An Office Manager In Rural Florida, The Cost Of A Midlevel Plan Was About $200 More Expensive That A Similar Plan Offered In Tampa. “Rebecca Stephens, an office manager from Wauchula, Fla., recently discovered there was only one health insurer offering coverage in rural, low-income Hardee County, and the midlevel plan she wanted to buy cost about $200 more a month than a similar plan in nearby Tampa.” (Timothy W. Martin and Christopher Weaver, “For Many, Few Health-Plan Choices, High Premiums On Online Exchanges,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/13/14)

  • Rebecca Stephens: “That It Costs Me More For Health Insurance Than Someone In Tampa Doesn’t Seem Equal To Me.” “‘That it costs me more for health insurance than someone in Tampa doesn’t seem equal to me,’ said Ms. Stephens.” (Timothy W. Martin and Christopher Weaver, “For Many, Few Health-Plan Choices, High Premiums On Online Exchanges,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/13/14)

For A Small Business Owner In Rural Georgia, The Cost Of Coverage On The ObamaCare Exchange Is Unaffordable. If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would pay $1,405. But Mullins, who builds custom swimming pools, lives in southwest Georgia. Here, a similar health plan for his family of four costs $2,654 a month. This largely agrarian pocket of Georgia, where peanuts and pecans are major crops and hunters bag alligators up to 10 feet long, is one of the most expensive places in the nation to buy health insurance through the new online marketplaces created by the federal health law.” (Jordan Rau, “In Rural Georgia, Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Proves Unaffordable To Many,” The Washington Post, 2/1/14)

People That Don’t Qualify For ObamaCare Subsidies Or Receive Small Subsidies, The Cost Of Health Coverage Is “Overwhelming.” “But for those earning too much to qualify for federal financial help, the premiums can be overwhelming. A 60-year-old making $47,000 in Albany would have to pay a quarter of her income for the least expensive mid-level ‘silver’ policy, the level most consumers are buying.” (Jordan Rau, “In Rural Georgia, Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Proves Unaffordable To Many,” The Washington Post, 2/1/14)

  • After Selecting A Plan For Her Son, A Pottery Shop Owner In Rural Georgia Has Decided To Forego Insurance Coverage For Her And Her Husband As Rates On The ObamaCare Exchange Were Unaffordable. “Even some people who qualify for federal assistance, such as Stacie Brown, owner of a pottery shop, are balking. The cheapest ‘bronze’ plan for Brown, her husband and son would cost the family $300 a month but not begin paying medical bills until they exceeded the $6,300 individual deductible. The cheapest silver plan would cost $508 a month but not start paying until a $3,000 individual deductible was met. Her son’s pediatrician was not in any of the networks, and that was the one medical service she felt sure her family would use. Brown ultimately bought a $256-a-month Assurant Health plan for her son, sold outside the marketplace, which covers his pediatrician and unlimited office visits. She and her husband have decided to forgo coverage for themselves, even though they may face a tax penalty of $700. ‘I can’t afford the affordable health care,’ she said. ‘I don’t know anyone in this area who can afford it, and I do pretty well in life.’” (Jordan Rau, “In Rural Georgia, Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Proves Unaffordable To Many,”The Washington Post, 2/1/14)

 

Sometimes Things Happen That Transcend Politics – Baby Francois Dackenson from Haiti

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Feb 192014
 

Recently, Jodie (My Wife) went to Haiti on a trip with Food for the Poor. She is on the air now raising awareness and money for them.

She met Baby Francois in an orphanage, all the little boy could do was scream and sob in pain as the pressure in his head was unbearable.

Francois was to have had life-saving surgery on 2/21, when the surgeon that volunteers for Food for the Poor was to be in the area.

Francois did not survive long enough. He died on 2/17. Here is a little kid that will never grow up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodie does these trips and fundraisers because she cares about these causes. Life is not fair. People try to make life fair – that is not the point of Food for the Poor. They come in and transform villages and teach people how to survive and sustain a community. This is quite different from the corruption of government or an opressive social welfare system.

Food For the Poor is one of the most ethical and most efficient charities you could ever support.

The Truth Behind the Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

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Feb 182014
 

As The Obama Administration “Touted” The Number Of ObamaCare Enrollees, Many See “Warning Signs Amid The Statistics.” “The Obama administration’s most recent tally of enrollees under the Affordable Care Act highlights the wildly divergent views of the program’s success status. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) touted figures released Wednesday as reason for optimism, while others see only warning signs amid the statistics.” (Sharyl Attkisson, “On ObamaCare Enrollment, Insurers Don’t Share Government’s Optimism,” CBS News, 2/13/14)

The Lack Of Young, Healthy Enrollees Will Increase Premiums For Everyone

The Number Of Young Adults Enrolling In ObamaCare “Is Well Below The 38 Percent” Projected By The Obama Administration To Achieve A Health Risk Pool. “U.S. government data released this week show the demographic of adults aged 18-34 rose only slightly by the end of January to 25 percent of total enrollment in private ObamaCare plans. That is well below the 38 percent that administration officials have talked about achieving to give insurers a strong mix of healthier members, whose premium payments help offset the cost of older, sicker policyholders.” (David Morgan, “ObamaCare Enrollment Push for The Young Enters 11th Hour,” Reuters, 2/14/14)

  • Only 25 Percent Of ObamaCare Signups Are Young Adults. “But only 25 percent of those enrolled were between the ages of 18-34, well below the 40 percent benchmark the administration set for the age group. Younger, healthier enrollees are necessary to subsidize coverage for older enrollees.” (Zeke Miller, “ObamaCare Enrollment Still Lagging With Young People,” Time, 2/12/14)

Insurance Industry Representative Robert Laszewski: “There Is No Way You Can Get A Good Spread Of Risk With Such A Small Percentage Of The Total Eligible Signing Up.” “But the rosy portrait shatters under an alternate interpretation by insurance industry representative Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. ‘They made a big deal about the age results,’ said Laszewski after reviewing the HHS numbers. ‘But the greater challenge for them is the low number of people enrolling. There is no way you can get a good spread of risk with such a small percentage of the total eligible signing up.’” (Sharyl Attkisson, “On ObamaCare Enrollment, Insurers Don’t Share Government’s Optimism,” CBS News, 2/13/14)

  • Laszewski Said The Enrollment Number Don’t Look Great As Only A Fraction Of The Previously Uninsured Have Enrolled. “‘Looking at the total of 3.3 million, netting out the non-pays, and listening to the anecdotal carrier reports, it doesn’t look like we have more than a fraction—certainly something less than 10%— of the previously uninsured,’ said Laszewski. (Sharyl Attkisson, “On ObamaCare Enrollment, Insurers Don’t Share Government’s Optimism,” CBS News, 2/13/14)

“The Concern Is That The Fewer Young Adults Sign Up, The Higher Insurance Costs May Have To Rise For 2015.” (David Morgan, “ObamaCare Enrollment Push for The Young Enters 11th Hour,” Reuters, 2/14/14)

  • If The Trend Of Young Adults Enrolling Continues, The Nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation Said Premiums Would Rise 2.4 Percent In 2015. “Analysts at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation maintain that even if youth enrollment remains unchanged at 25 percent, it would add only 2.4 percent to 2015 premiums because the law compensates insurers for unexpected losses.” (David Morgan, “ObamaCare Enrollment Push for The Young Enters 11th Hour,” Reuters, 2/14/14)

A Source Involved With ObamaCare Implementation Called The Number Of Young Adults Enrolling In ObamaCare As “Progress” But “Roughly 40 Percent Of Enrollments Are Needed “To Help Achieve A Balanced Risk Pool.” “CBS News also received a guarded analysis from a source involved in implementation of the Affordable Care Act who supports ObamaCare. The source said the bump of young invincibles to 27 percent of January enrollees was ‘progress,’ but added ‘they neglect to point out that they need roughly 40 percent to help achieve a balanced risk pool’ necessary under a successful business model.” (Sharyl Attkisson, “On ObamaCare Enrollment, Insurers Don’t Share Government’s Optimism,” CBS News, 2/13/14)

And People Aren’t Paying Their Premiums On Time, Possibly Skewing White House Enrollment Figures

“One In Five People Who Signed Up For Health Insurance Under The New Health Care Law Failed To Pay Their Premiums On Time And Therefore Did Not Receive Coverage In January.” “One in five people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January, insurance companies and industry experts say. Paying the first month’s premium is the final step in completing an enrollment. Under federal rules, people must pay the initial premium to have coverage take effect. In view of the chaotic debut of the federal marketplace and many state exchanges, the White House urged insurers to give people more time, and many agreed to do so. But, insurers said, some people missed even the extended deadlines.” (Robert Pear, “One-Fifth Of New Enrollees Under Health Care Law Fail To Pay First Premium,” The New York Times, 2/14/14)

The Obama Administration Defines An ObamaCare Enrollee As Someone That Has Selected A Health Plan – Not Someone Who Has Paid Their First Month’s Premium. “The administration has been criticized for releasing enrollment figures that include people who have selected a plan, but have not completed the process by making their first premium payment. Critics have warned that the administration’s numbers are inflated because not everyone who selects a plan will complete the final step needed to obtain coverage. … HHS has said it is not breaking down enrollees by who has made a payment because they only have access to information about those selecting plans on the HealthCare.gov website, as consumers are expected to pay the insurers directly after enrolling.” (Jonathan Easley, “Report: 20 Percent Failed To Pay ObamaCare Premiums,” The Hill’s Health Watch, 2/14/14)

  • Insurers Only Count Enrollees That Have Already Submitted A Payment. “Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submited a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card and begins paying doctor bills.” (Sarah Kliff, “Who Counts As An ObamaCare Enrollee? The Obama Administration Settles On A Definition,” The Washington Post’s Wonk Blog, 11/11/13)

 

Salud Con Nada: #ACA Missing the Mark Badly With Latino Community

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Feb 172014
 

Enrollment Of Latinos In ObamaCare “Has Fallen Strikingly Below The Hopes Of The Law’s Proponents.” “But so far, enrollment of Latinos has fallen strikingly below the hopes of the law’s proponents, accounting for 20 percent or fewer of those who had signed up on the state-run health insurance exchange by the end of December. Now, state officials are rushing to expand marketing efforts and hire additional Spanish-speaking staff, hoping to sharply increase that number by March 31, when open enrollment in the new insurance plans ends.” (Jennifer Medina and Abby Goodnough, “States Struggle To Add Latinos To Health Rolls,” The New York Times, 2/14/14)

  • In States With Large Hispanic Populations Such As California, Arizona, And Texas, Latino Enrollments Have Been Underwhelming. “Enrollment problems are playing out in other states with large Hispanic populations as well, including Arizona and Texas, counselors who work with immigrants said. But California stands out as the most troubling case, proponents of the law say, because it has the most Latinos of any state and has worked hard to enroll them.” (Jennifer Medina and Abby Goodnough, “States Struggle To Add Latinos To Health Rolls,” The New York Times, 2/14/14)

The Bungled Rollout Of ObamaCare’s Spanish Website And The Lack Of Spanish Applications Contributed To Low Latino Enrollment. “Many critics blame language for the slow start among Latinos —Covered California did not offer applications in Spanish until the end of December, and the Spanish-language website was littered with translation errors for weeks after its start. Others say there are not enough counselors to provide the kind of personal attention needed by many people who have never had health insurance.” (Jennifer Medina and Abby Goodnough, “States Struggle To Add Latinos To Health Rolls,” The New York Times, 2/14/14)

For Latino’s That Shopped For Coverage On The Exchange, The Premiums Were Too High To Enroll According To The President Of Yuma, Arizona’s Regional Center For Border Health. “Amanda Aguirre, the president of the Regional Center for Border Health in Yuma, Ariz., said many Latinos there felt the private plans available through the exchange were too expensive, even if they qualified for federal subsidies. ‘They still feel it’s a very high premium, like it’s another car payment or another mortgage payment, and they will not accept it,’ Ms. Aguirre said. ‘They go uncovered.’” (Jennifer Medina and Abby Goodnough, “States Struggle To Add Latinos To Health Rolls,” The New York Times, 2/14/14)

FLASHBACK: The Obama Administration Is Counting On Latinos Being “Key To The Success” Of ObamaCare And “The Administration Is Doing Everything It Can To Make Sure That Latinos [Enroll].” “Just as Latinos were crucial to President Barack Obama’s re-election success in 2012, they are now key to the success of his health law. And the administration is doing everything it can to make sure that Latinos, like the Velandias, enroll. The administration announced this week that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be making the rounds on Spanish-language media outlets to discuss the health law and unveiled the newly revamped CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the Spanish version of HealthCare.gov.” (Jenny Gold, “Latino Enrollment Key To Success Of Health Law Marketplaces,” Kaiser Health News, 6/25/13)

  • The Administration’s Plan To Sign Up 7 Million Americans Online, “Hinges On Latinos Signing Up For Coverage — Especially The Young And Healthy, According To Senior Administration Officials.” “In remarks to the news media, slated to be given in San Jose, the president will lay out his strategy for enrolling at least 7 million Americans in the new online health insurance marketplaces in 2014. That plan hinges on Latinos signing up for coverage — especially the young and healthy, according to senior administration officials.” (Jenny Gold, “Latinos Key To Obama’s Health Law Strategy,” Kaiser Health News, 6/7/13)
  • In June, President Obama Delivered Remarks Directed At The Latino Community On The Importance They Played In Signing Up For ObamaCare. OBAMA: “The 13 insurance companies that were chosen by Covered California have unveiled premiums that were lower than anybody expected.  And those who can’t afford to buy private insurance will get help reducing their out-of-pocket premiums even further with the largest health care tax cut for working families and small businesses in our history.  So about 2.6 million Californians — nearly half of whom are Latinos — will qualify for tax credits that will, in some cases, lower their premiums a significant amount. Now, none of this is a surprise.  This is the way that the law was designed to work.  But since everybody has been saying how it’s not going to happen, I think it’s important for us to recognize and acknowledge this is working the way it’s supposed to.  We’ve seen similar good news, by the way, not just here in California but in Oregon and Washington.  In states that are working hard to implement this law properly, we’re seeing it work for people — for middle-class families, for consumers.” (President Obama, Statement, San Jose, CA, 6/7/13)

 

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