Archive | November 2010

ObamaCare Strips 30,000 Children Of Coverage


One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements.

(emphasis mine)

Once again, the Law of Unintended Consequences bites the Left right in the rump… these are the sorts of people that ObamaCare was supposed to help, and it’s having exactly the opposite effect!

The union fund faced a “dramatic shortfall” between what employers contributed to the fund and the premiums charged by its insurance provider, Fidelis Care, according to Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension funds for 1199SEIU. The union fund pools contributions from several home-care agencies and then buys insurance from Fidelis.

“In addition, new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26,” Behroozi wrote in a letter to members Oct. 22. “Our limited resources are already stretched as far as possible, and meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”

Behroozi estimated that the fund faced a $15 million shortfall in 2011 and more in the following years for the coverage of workers’ children.

There it is, laid out in plain English… the new requirement to cover “children” up to age 26 is just too costly.

Of course, the union knows who to ask for more money… the taxpayers!

“We hope the state of New York will do the right thing and provide the funding necessary for this most vulnerable population of direct caregivers,” the union said in a statement.

I gotta better idea. The state and Fedzilla (to borrow Ted Nugent’s term) should quit mandating who and what must be covered and let people shop for the coverage that fits them best, by either removing the tax break for employer funded medical insurance, or (preferably) extending the same tax breaks to individuals purchasing the coverage on their own… level the playing field, in other words.

For those who can’t afford coverage, let charities fill the gap, or, as a very last resort, let each state run its own high-risk pool, without micromanaging from DC.

But, since that reduces the power of politicians, they’ll never go for it. So, the children of some 30,000 hard-working people will lose their medical insurance. Thanks, Democrats.


Remember These Eight Names

  • Thad Cochran (Miss.)
  • Susan Collins (Maine)
  • James Inhofe (Okla.)
  • Dick Lugar (Ind.)
  • Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
  • Richard Shelby (Ala.)
  • George Voinovich (Ohio)
  • Bob Bennett (Utah)

If you have any of these eight on your ballot in 2012 (Voinovich probably won’t be, but Bennett might want to try again for the seat he just lost), and if you care at all about fiscal conservatism, vote against them… because they just voted against a ban on earmarks.

These people have no business spending our tax money.

TSA Scanner Misses Foot-long Razors

Noted MythBuster Adam Savage took on the TSA’s famous full-body scanner… and, well, the results weren’t good for the TSA (language warning regarding some of Savage’s comments in the video at the link… the text is mostly clean).

If the scanner misses those long pieces of sharp metal, then what, pray tell, are they doing there? “Security theatre” seems to be the applicable term… they’re just for show, not to really stop anyone or anything.

Gore Comes Clean

Gotta love it when a lefty is actually honest

“It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank.

“First generation ethanol I think was a mistake. The energy conversion ratios are at best very small.

“It’s hard once such a programme is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going.”

He explained his own support for the original programme on his presidential ambitions.

“One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for president.”

Too bad his honesty comes so late… after a lot of the damage has already been done.

A food-versus-fuel debate erupted in 2008, in the wake of record food prices, where the biofuel industry was criticised for helping stoke food prices.

Gore said a range of factors had contributed to that food price crisis, including drought in Australia, but said there was no doubt biofuels have an effect.

“The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.

“The competition with food prices is real.”

What’s next, Obama admitting that he really has no interest in the hard work of the Presidency, just the trappings of power?

A Rare Democrat That I Can Agree With

A Senator from the left coast state of Oregon has what is actually a pretty good idea:

Oregon’s Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden introduced legislation Thursday that would allow states to implement their own health care plans starting in 2014, when most provisions of the new federal health care law take effect. Current law prevents states from applying for waivers to change aspects of the federal law until 2017.

Wyden isn’t acting out of altruistic motives, or because he opposes ObamaCare (he voted for it), but because he wants to let Oregon keep doing things the way they already are… which is fine by me, because his bill would let other states do things the way they want to… including:

Wyden originally included state waivers in 2006 in his Healthy Americans Act. Later, Wyden attached the waiver measure to the health care law that passed earlier this year. With a waiver, states can opt out of provisions such as:

-The individual mandate requiring everyone to have health insurance.

-The employer penalty for not providing coverage.

-The exact standards for a basic health insurance policy.

-The health insurance exchange.

In short, if Wyden’s proposal passes (which it probably won’t), individual states will have more freedom to decide how to run health care in their states… it’s not clear from the article whether Wyden’s proposal would require states to seek a waiver from HHS before making changes or not, but either way, it’s an improvement… though I’d prefer no waiver being required.

I’d like to see the Republicans in the Senate working with Senator Wyden and any Democrats that agree with him to implement something like this.

Two Newly-Elected GOP Congressmen To Reject Congressional Health Plan

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is:

At least two newly elected House Republicans say they won’t accept the congressional health insurance program, just days after Democrats challenged them to give up the program after campaigning on repealing the health care reform law.

Reps.-elect Bobby Schilling of Illinois and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania both said Thursday that they don’t plan to accept the program.

Schilling told ABC’s “Topline” on Thursday that he’s already decided to turn it down.

“My family and I are bringing our own health care to Washington, D.C.,” he said. “Congress shouldn’t have anything better than the American people.”

Kelly told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Thursday that he won’t be accepting the Congressional health plan, either.

“I don’t need it. I’ve got my own plan,” he said. “There is no reason for anybody to get anything different from anybody else… Why should my health care as a public official be any different than anybody else’s?”

That’s a very good question, Mr. Kelly.

Another very good question… why did the Democrats in Congress decide to exempt Congress from the provisions of the law they themselves enacted?

The word “hypocrisy” leaps to mind.

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