With ObamaCare scheduled to launch on October 1, Democrats seem more than a little anxious about their ability to execute. That´s the only fathomable explanation for their nervous breakdown over a routine House inquiry. The Affordable Care Act is paying for "navigators," or non-government groups that received federal dollars in August to help people figure out and enroll for subsidies. That such a program even exists explains a lot about the complexity of the new entitlement. The navigators were supposed to cost $54 million, but the Health and Human Services Department dipped into a "wellness" slush fund to bump that
Let´s put this all into perspective. USPS is the only other government agency that deals with 100% of the American public.
The regulations of most interest to the public are contained in about 500 pages (I wrote a lot of them BTW ~ really good stuff actually)
Out of the 550,000 or so postal employees probably 3,000 of them are sufficiently well versed in the rules that they can look up the details fast enough to be of service to a customer with a simple but otherwise unusual question.
Of them, I once determined that there were 387 who were very well versed in the rules and would be the sort of folks to allow to interpret them to most customers, even the field operating reps of the largest multibillion dollar a year type mailers.
Then, there are the 30+ super specialists who could address the rules for the benefit of otherwise naïve postal managers!
ALL of these people had many years experience with those rules. The super specialists had DECADES on the job.
This Navigator Idea carries with it the seeds of its own destruction. The rules are too big. The rules are too complex. Too much in the way of personal information is asked of the members of the public affected (in contrast USPS need know only your address and where´s your money eh).
Worse, there are NO superspecialists at all and won´t be for decades.
This ObamaKKKare system has, at most another 6 months of life so no one will ever develop a meaningful level of knowledge comparable to that required to answer the most common question ever asked of government employees which is "how much is a First Class stamp"?
roughly 2/3 of the American public, if I recall the poll numbers, was strongly to VERY strongly opposed to Obamacare when the matter was in the Congress. And a majority of Americans remain opposed to it. Yet those who consider themselves to be our Betters, the "Ruling Class" as a book on the subject was titled, rammed it through anyway, as egregious an example of Liberal Fascism as the nation has seen since FDR (spit,spit). And now we hear fears that it´s a train wreck, a catastrophe, a disaster. Is anyone outside the Beltway surprised, really? The entire matter is an unconstitutional federal intrusion into an area for which there is ZERO Constitutional grant of federal involvement, no matter what the dolts on SCOTUS say. Repeal (NOT merely defund, *repeal*) the mess, fire and deport every single person involved (including John Roberts), and recognize that most things are a ´nunya´ to the federal government. Let Taxachusetts be stupid if they wish, not Wyoming´s problem.
Obama promised certain population groups that he would get them "free" health care and that´s what this is all about. Obama could care less if valuable personal information is stolen or fraudulently misused as the result of "community" navigators having access to databases containing most people´s personal records, as the vast majority of the population groups that really matter to him have little or nothing worth stealing in those records. It´s those "uncaring" Republicans and Tea Party people who need to worry.
How unfortunate that someone did not have the insight to start a Ocare clock much like the national debt clock when this bill passed (without reading it).
To recap, navigators were suppose to be union workers, community organizers, and healthcare professionals, earning $20 to $48 an hour. They have now changed from 30 hours of training to 20 hours. Insurance agents need not apply. Agents with years of experience, fingerprinted, with a state license and continuing education.
As of October 1, along with an ad blitz, you can expect:
"Hi. I am a navigator with all of your personal information, like your tax return, here to help you make a decision about your mandated healthcare"
Let’s start with the crossbow, because the crossbow is huge. I’m sitting in the passenger seat of a camo-painted ATV, rumbling through the northern Louisiana backwoods with Phil Robertson, founder of the Duck Commander company, patriarch at the heart of A&E’s smash reality hit Duck Dynasty, and my tour guide for the afternoon. There are seat belts in this ATV, but it doesn’t look like they’ve ever been used. Phil is not wearing one. I am not wearing one, because I don’t want Phil to think I’m a pussy. (Too late!) The crossbow—a Barnett model equipped with a steel-tipped four-blade
My life’s work is devoted to cutting the federal government in half.(Snip)In fact, I’m probably the only person in Washington who thinks the legislation that would have that effect over the long run can and quite possibly will be enacted within the next 10 years (politics operates in cycles, like a pendulum, thank you Barack Obama). And I have worked directly on that project with Paul Ryan — he is one of the few people in America who understands that if these reforms are done right, the poor, seniors, those in need of health care, working people, America, and the
London — Saudi Arabia has been friends with our Western partners for decades; for some, like the United Kingdom where I serve as ambassador, for almost a century. These are strategic alliances that benefit us both. Recently, these relationships have been tested — principally because of differences over Iran and Syria. We believe that many of the West’s policies on both Iran and Syria risk the stability and security of the Middle East. This is a dangerous gamble, about which we cannot remain silent, and will not stand idly by. The crisis in Syria continues unabated. There have been over 100,000
I was invited to speak at a law school symposium in November at the University of Connecticut. I was there to speak about the connection between mental illness and mass murder. (If curious, my presentation starts at about 2:20:00 in this video stream.) It was an interesting experience, and a reminder of how much trouble the gun control movement is in, and of how dishonest their arguments really are. Richard Aborn, formerly chairman of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), spoke at the symposium. Aborn claimed that he supported reasonable gun control laws. Aborn even argued that the U.S. Supreme
Under ObamaCare, smoking, obesity and other health conditions sometimes penalized by wellness programs can force even those with employer-provided insurance to pay more, an officer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers said Tuesday. "I run five miles a day, I don´t drink, I don´t smoke. And by the Kaiser wellness program that a number of employees we represent are covered by, I´m two pounds from being overweight," said John Borsos. Kaiser said in a statement late Tuesday that its program is voluntary and does not penalize those who don´t meet the program´s goals, although that is not true for other programs. Borsos
Nirvana, KISS and Peter Gabriel are among the music artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Also on the list, which was released today, are pop singer Linda Ronstadt, blue-eyed soul duo Hall and Oates and British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. The latter three might come as a surprise to some hard rock fans, but the Rock Hall, which has drawn controversy since it began inducting performers in 1986, includes not just the legends of rock, but soul and R&B artists, like Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight & the Pips, rap artists like Public Enemy
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan´s Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher. The store´s Christian missionary owners offer their well-heeled customers a heart-warming story: Part of the proceeds pay for the group´s orphanage in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. What they don´t say is that even though they claim in IRS filings to be spending around $2.5 million annually, the home for boys and girls was
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
Reportage of last week´s Nelson Mandela funeral reveals clearly enough that President Obama has reached the point in his tenure where everything ceases to go right -- when even the most serious and determined efforts deteriorate into a hash, or worse, a joke. This happens to everyone in public life eventually, politicians above all. The original attraction wears thin, flaws appear more prominently, styles and opinions change. There is little the individual can do to avoid this.(snip)The Mandela funeral shows that Obama is deep into this phase of his career, and has landed on his head.
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White
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