California Governor’s Race: Neel Kashkari is (marching into) History

 Neel Kashkari, Tim Donnelly  Comments Off on California Governor’s Race: Neel Kashkari is (marching into) History
Feb 122014

Occasionally in CAGOP Politics, I am reminded of the ideological divide and sometimes with an exclamation point.

Long before Charles Munger and his billion dollar checkbook existed to literally will moderate Republicans to victory in Conservative Districts, there was a faction in the GOP that had convinced themselves that Conservatives were the real problem within the GOP.

I have observed over the 17 years I have been involved in the GOP that many Moderate activists have deep-seeded disdain for Conservatives that is so bad that they refuse to aggressively campaign against democrats. We saw this with Romney’s Presidential Campaign when the squishes he had for consultants refused to kill Obama off when Obama was on the ropes in 2012. Instead, they chose cruise control after demolishing several more conservative primary opponents just months prior.

Enter: Reed Galen is a political consultant in Southern California. Galen worked on both the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney campaigns and spent 2002 in the White House. He also served at the departments of Treasury and Homeland Security. Galen was deputy campaign manager for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 reelection and worked for John McCain’s campaign until July 2007.

Reed Galen decided to enter the fray with an op-ed attacking Tim Donnelly and extolling the virtues of the TARP program. It is unclear if Galen’s poorly reasoned piece was part of a retainer for Kashkari.

Galen writes the following as a thesis:

He (Kashkari) represents not only the best ideals of what we hope for in a candidate – solid middle class and middle-American roots, but also someone who understands the economy and (whether you agree or not) likely helped to save ours in 2008 while at the Treasury Department during the financial crisis.

Galen is extolling the virtue of taxpayer-funded bailouts as a Republican value. This worship at the altar of big government is a precise reason for the serious drop-off in votes for McCain in 2008 and a bleed-off of people re-registering out of the GOP.

Obama engineered his own bailout modeled after the Bush-Kashkari TARP as well? I suppose then that Kashkari and Galen agree that was good as well? You can’t split that baby… and it is precisely this sort of ideological quagmire that dooms Neel Kashkari to failure.

Jerry Brown would have supported TARP, both of them.

When the cornerstone of a Republican candidate’s resume is on an issue that is ideologically aligned with the opposition, it is impossible for the voters to see a contrast. This was manifest in the $150 million epic failure of Meg Whitman.

If Kashkari’s big government pedigree wasn’t bad enough, he voted for Barack Obama in 2008 while running said big government program!

These are the values that Reed Galen is extolling.

Reed Galen finishes his screed with a graphic display of his arrogance:

Tim Donnelly serving as the GOP standard-bearer in November will likely spell the end of, for most of my life anyway, any recognizable Republican party in California. Without the ability, and apparently the desire, to reach out to anyone but white Republicans over 55, Donnelly will tilt at windmills in Palm Springs as his candidacy is crushed under the weight of old ideas and outdated thinking.

What’s more concerning, though, is how some tea party or very conservative Republicans are already approaching Kashkari’s candidacy. Combing through some early Facebook comments, I already found at least one example of blatant racism. I won’t dignify its utterance by repeating it here.

This is absolutely unacceptable and Tim Donnelly’s campaign should immediately foreswear any such language or beliefs. They are fundamentally un-American.

When Californians – and California Republicans go to the polls in June, they have a simple but important choice to make when they vote for governor. They can vote Kashkari, and march into the future for California, or they can vote Donnelly and march into the past, and likely into political oblivion.

Got all that?

Because some of Donnelly’s supporters ripped on Kashkari’s heritage, Donnelly is a racist. Some of Kashkari’s homosexual supporters have called the CRA bigoted and homophobic… so I guess that means Kashkari hates Christians? This kind of cheap shot is sophomoric and an example of the vacuous arrogance I have dealt with from many on the left of the GOP for years. It needs to stop.

The rest of Galen’s conclusions are a string of unsubstantiated ad-hominems aimed at disparaging the base of the GOP. I am sure that if Kashkari is paying this guy he might want to reconsider quickly…

… maybe not. I called Kashkari on behalf of the CRA and have yet to get a return call (UPDATE 2/13/2014 – Kashkari has reached out to CRA President John W. Briscoe, good job Neel!). Then I did a bit more research and realized that Kashkari has hired the brains behind Arnold. Arnold was good for claiming about 1.5 million registrations from the CAGOP.

We’ve had a never-ending stream of moderate nominees, Arnold, Whitman, McCain and they keep getting hammered in California.

Now I understand the encore. History is repeating itself and the condescending arrogance toward conservatives is the same, and even 2/3 of the names doing it are the same… and Reed Galen wants us to believe that more of the same moderation will get us a different result.

Democrats Ignored The Middle Class As They Enacted ObamaCare

 Barack Obama, Health Care Reform  Comments Off on Democrats Ignored The Middle Class As They Enacted ObamaCare
Feb 122014

For Democrats That Drafted ObamaCare, “The Primary Goal Was To Get The Bill Passed, Not Figure Out What Struggling Middle-Class Families Thought They Could Afford.” “The law’s drafters set the 9.5 percent benchmark during final negotiations over the health law, mainly to meet a directive from the White House and congressional leadership that the law cost less than $1 trillion over 10 years and contain provisions to pay for that, which included new taxes and fees on drug makers, insurers and high-income Americans. The primary goal was to get the bill passed, not figure out what struggling middle-class families thought they could afford.  An earlier version would have required some families to pay even more.” (Julie Appleby, “Some Middle-Class Families Find Price Of Subsidized Health Coverage ‘Awfully High,’” Kaiser Health News, 2/10/14)

For The Middle-Class, ObamaCare Has Forced Families To Choose Between Paying High Insurance Premiums Or Going Without Coverage

Millions Of People That Earn Three To Four Times The Federal Poverty Rate May Now Have To Spend 9.5 Percent Of Their Income On Health Care Premiums Before Receiving An ObamaCare Subsidy. “The lure used to get uninsured Americans to sign up for health law coverage was the promise of generous premium subsidies. But the promise comes with a catch for almost 3 million people earning between three and four times the federal poverty rate: They may have to pay up to 9.5 percent of their income toward that premium before the subsidy kicks in.” (Julie Appleby, “Some Middle-Class Families Find Price Of Subsidized Health Coverage ‘Awfully High,’” Kaiser Health News, 2/10/14)

  • “For A Family Of Three Earning Between $58,590 And $78,120,” The Monthly Cost Of A Midlevel Plan Could Exceed $600. “That could take a substantial bite from their budgets — potentially as much as $600 a month for mid-priced plan for a family of three earning between $58,590 and $78,120.” (Julie Appleby, “Some Middle-Class Families Find Price Of Subsidized Health Coverage ‘Awfully High,’” Kaiser Health News, 2/10/14)

As Middle-Class Families Prepare To Shell Out Hundreds Of Dollars In Monthly Health Care Premiums, Some Families Will Forgo Coverage Which Could Cause Trouble For ObamaCare.“As a result, some middle-class families may decide health insurance is beyond their reach, and pay a penalty rather than buy coverage.  While consumers in that income range account for a relatively small share of the 17.2 million eligible for subsidies to buy private insurance, that could still spell political trouble for the law.” (Julie Appleby, “Some Middle-Class Families Find Price Of Subsidized Health Coverage ‘Awfully High,’” Kaiser Health News, 2/10/14)

  • An Indiana Man Who Is Eligible For ObamaCare Subsidies Has Called The Cost Of Plans On The ObamaCare Exchange “Awfully High” And Plans To Skip Purchasing Coverage For His Family. “‘Awfully high,’ is the verdict of Tim Ross of Madison, Ind., the owner of a light commercial construction firm who canceled coverage for his family of five several years ago during the depths of the recession. Under the health law, Ross’ income qualifies his family for a subsidy that would cover about half the cost of a mid-level ‘silver’ plan, according to online calculators. There are five silver plans he could choose from, with his share of the cost ranging from $494 to $590 a month. … But he said he is likely to forego buying a policy, hoping that if a family member needs expensive care, he can negotiate lower prices with doctors and hospitals as he has done in the past.” (Julie Appleby, “Some Middle-Class Families Find Price Of Subsidized Health Coverage ‘Awfully High,’” Kaiser Health News, 2/10/14)


#Obamacare Trainwreck: Keep Your Doctor? Busting the Federal Budget Already!

 Barack Obama, Health Care Reform  Comments Off on #Obamacare Trainwreck: Keep Your Doctor? Busting the Federal Budget Already!
Feb 112014

The next lie coming home to everyone – “You can keep your Doctor”. Ummm, nope. Note the media sources quoted, Time, New York Times and the AP. None are friendly to conservatives.

Under ObamaCare, “Many Insurers Are Significantly Limiting The Choices Of Doctors And Hospitals Available To Consumers.” “Federal officials often say that health insurance will cost consumers less than expected under President Obama’s health care law. But they rarely mention one big reason: many insurers are significantly limiting the choices of doctors and hospitals available to consumers.” (Robert Pear, “Lower Health Insurance Premiums To Come At Cost Of Fewer Choices,” The New York Times, 9/23/13)

Faced With The Need To Cut Down Costs, Insurers Are “Shrinking” The Network Of Doctors Available To Patients. “It’s not that simple. In order to participate in health-insurance exchanges, insurers needed to find a way to tamp down the high costs of premiums. As a result, many will narrow their networks, shrinking the range of doctors that are available to patients under their plan, experts say.” (Alex Altman, “‘You Can Keep Your Doctor’: ObamaCare’s Next Broken Promise?” Time, 11/19/13)

  • ObamaCare’s Mandates Are Leading To “Limited Choices And Significant Out-Of-Pocket Costs.” “Exchange plans are required to take all applicants, cover broad benefits and provide robust financial protection against catastrophic illness. In return for that, something else has to give. The result: limited choices and significant out-of-pocket costs through deductibles and copayments.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Holly Ramer, “Limited Patient Choice Next Overhaul Issue,” The Associated Press, 11/20/13)

And, Obamacare is already busting the federal budget. The CBO upped the estimated cost $12 Billion a year in just two months! (between May and July of 2013)

$1.8 Trillion: Gross Cost Of ObamaCare’s Coverage Provisions From 2013 To 2023. (Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director Of Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Chairman Paul Ryan, 7/30/13)

  • The May 2013 Baseline Estimated That The Net Cost Of Coverage Provisions Was $1,363 Billion – Now $1,375 Billion. (Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director Of Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Chairman Paul Ryan, 7/30/13)

CBO: “The Net Costs Is Now Estimated To Be … $12 Billion More Than Previously Estimated.” “As a result of the Administration’s announcement and recently issued final rules, the net cost is now estimated to be $1,375 billion—$12 billion more than previously estimated.” (Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director Of Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Chairman Paul Ryan, 7/30/13)


More Disturbing News on #Obamacare Massive Fines and Millions More Plan Cancellations Coming

 Barack Obama, Health Care Reform  Comments Off on More Disturbing News on #Obamacare Massive Fines and Millions More Plan Cancellations Coming
Feb 092014

Thank you – Heritage Foundation for the Following:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook. Here are some of the most important health care numbers to know from today’s report:

  • Millions more projected to lose their coverage. As the CBO writes, “CBO and JCT project that, as a result of the ACA, between 6 million and 7 million fewer people will have employment-based insurance coverage each year from 2016 through 2024 than would be the case in the absence of the ACA. That change is the net result of projected increases and decreases in offers of health insurance from employers and changes in enrollment by workers and their families.”
  • 1.5 million enrolled in non-compliant plans in 2014. As a result of the Administration’s unilateral and last minute decision to allow plans that are not compliant with Obamacare’s many new rules to continue into 2014, a “fix” to offset the nearly 5 million reported plan cancellations, the CBO estimates that 1.5 million non-compliant plans will exist in the individual and small group markets in 2014, with .5 million continuing on into 2015.
  • Mandate penalties total $203 billion from 2015-2024. Penalties paid by employers of 50 or more full-time workers who do not offer their employees health coverage are projected to total $151 billion from 2015-2024. The individual mandate tax that will be levied on individuals who do not purchase health coverage is expected to cost Americans $51 billion over this period.
  • 31 million uninsured. After spending nearly $2 trillion to expand insurance coverage, Obamacare is still projected to leave 31 million people uninsured in 2024.
  • Exchange enrollment adjusted for 2014. “In light of technical problems that impeded many people’s enrollment in exchanges,” the CBO has downwardly adjusted its exchange enrollment projections for 2014 by 1 million people, now projecting only 6 million people will gain exchange coverage this year.
  • Gross cost of Obamacare’s major coverage provisions from 2015-2024 is nearly $2 trillion. Spending of $899 billion and a reduction in revenues of $137 billion for premium assistance tax credits, in addition to spending $167 billion for cost-sharing subsidies (page 107) for a total exchange subsidy cost of $1.203 trillion. Medicaid expansion and CHIP spending from Obamacare is projected to cost $792 billion from 2015-2024. A gross total cost of these provisions amounting to $1.995 trillion over this period.

Nancy Pelosi, not to be outdone recently said that Obamacare would help employees “escape” employment.


Oops! Covered California is Messing People Over! #obamacare #aca

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Feb 092014

ObamaCare Exchange Enrollees Continue To Suffer Roadblocks As They Attempt To Access Care. “After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get ObamaCare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor’s office. A month into the most sweeping changes to health care in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

After Being Reassured That Her Oncologist Was Covered In A Plan She Chose On California’s ObamaCare Exchange, A California Woman Found Out Her Doctor Didn’t Accept The Plan She Chose. “Aliso Viejo resident Danielle Nelson said Anthem Blue Cross promised half a dozen times that her oncologists would be covered under her new policy. She was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and discovered a suspicious lump near her jaw in early January. But when she went to her oncologist’s office, she promptly encountered a bright orange sign saying that Covered California plans are not accepted.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

After Signing Up For Coverage, A Woman Had Trouble Finding A Specialist After Four  Specialists Refused To Accept Her Plan Purchased On The California Exchange. “Maria Berumen, a tax preparer in Downey, was uninsured for years because of preexisting conditions. The 53-year-old was thrilled to find coverage for herself and her husband for $148 a month after qualifying for a big government subsidy. She jumped at the chance in early January to visit a primary-care doctor for long-running numbness in her arm and shoulder as a result of bone spurs on her spine. The doctor referred her to a specialist, and problems ensued. At least four doctors wouldn’t accept her health plan — even though the state exchange website and her insurer, Health Net Inc., list them as part of her HMO network.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

  • The Woman Called Her Health Plan’s Provider Network “A Phantom Network.” “‘It’s a phantom network,’ Berumen said.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

After Enrolling In A Covered California Plan That Offered A Large Provider Network, A Man Found Out That He Could No Longer Access His Family’s Orthopedic Surgeon. “Scott Marshutz of Dana Point said he picked a Blue Shield PPO plan in the exchange so he and his wife would have greater choice of doctors But when he booked an appointment recently with his orthopedic surgeon, the doctor’s office said it wasn’t taking Covered California plans.” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)

  • On Losing His Family’s Surgeon: The Issue Could “Backfire On The Whole System.” “‘I’m wondering how many other people have experienced this,’ he said, ‘and if it will backfire on the whole system.’” (Chad Terhune, “ObamaCare Enrollees Hit Snags At Doctor’s Officies,” Los Angeles Times, 2/4/14)