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"
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Sen. Ted Cruz defied critics angry that he eulogized Nelson Mandela and left for South Africa today as part of a 23 member congressional delegation going to honor the former South African president and anti-apartheid hero. “He endured decades of imprisonment and steadfastly continued his fight for equality. And, when justice prevailed in his battle against apartheid, and Mandela was elected president of his nation, he nobly chose reconciliation instead of retribution — a legacy for which he will be remembered forever,” Cruz, R-Texas, said. Cruz’s press secretary, Catherine Frazier, also rejected the arguments of those who criticized Cruz for lauding Mandela. “Mr.
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Ed Gillespie, a former top aide to President George W. Bush who chaired both the Republican National Committee and Virginia GOP, said he is considering a bid against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, automatically putting Virginia in play and giving the Republicans their best chance to take back control of the Senate. Gillespie was in Hot Springs, Va., over the weekend talking with state GOP officials who were beginning the planning for the next party convention, where Warner´s opponent will be selected. Two other candidates with ties to the Tea Party are also planning to run. Party officials, seeing that no major Republican
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The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
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A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
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