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"
There was a time when the Heisman Trophy winner could not get recognized in New York City. Such was the predicament for Roger Staubach 50 years ago when the quarterback became the second player in Navy history to capture college football’s most prestigious individual honor.Then a junior, Staubach was in Manhattan for the award ceremony, and one evening he and teammate Tom Lynch decided they would visit the Playboy Club. The iconic members-only establishment required a special key for entry, but this was Time magazine cover boy Roger Staubach, so Lynch figured it wouldn’t be a problem. Staubach borrowed civilian clothes, including
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I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI
Planned Parenthood’s 2012-2013 annual report is out, and a pro-life group has already found that the pro-abortion group received nearly $1.5 million a day in government funding over the year. “We are the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, with more than 700 health centers across the country that will see nearly three million patients this year,” reads the report’s introductory message from Planned Parenthood chair, Alexis McGIll Johnson and president Cecile Richards. The report looks at Planned Parenthood’s impact, health services and financial situation.
I’m in a tough spot. Paul Ryan is one of the brightest stars in the Republican Party. He is a true fiscal (and social) conservative, and I cheered when Mitt Romney selected him as his running mate (although I wished Ryan rather than Romney were the presidential candidate, and I still hope he will be in the future). Ryan towers, literally and figuratively, over his Democratic opposition-turned-collaborators.(Snip)Some are arguing that no deal would be better than this deal; it is a refrain that you will hear from both the right and the left in coming hours and days. And in a
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In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
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If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal
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Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first obvious sign that he is considering another presidential bid in what is shaping up to be a jammed 2016 GOP primary. He has hosted the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Cumulus Media since April 2012, but said that it takes up to nine hours a day to prepare. “As for the new endeavors, at this time, it would best for me to say, ?Stay tuned!´" he wrote on his Facebook page. Supporters won´t have to wait long. On Friday, he is participating in a “Pastors and
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