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Monday, August 5, 2013

The ObamaCare Shadow

I can't fault Congress from exempting its legislators (America's favorite sons and daughters) from the provisions of ObamaCare. There is nothing about it that is in the least bit desirable. I do find fault with them sticking all of us with this disaster that's about to absorb 20% of the American economy into the Byzantine world of American bureaucracy.
(IBD) The average price for the lowest-cost ObamaCare "bronze" plan in eight states is 122% higher than the cheapest plan currently available in those states, according to an IBD analysis of rate filings and a recent Government Accountability Office report.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pronounced that the legislature had to pass it to see what was in it. America has seen and it doesn't look very promising. In Ohio, for example, the least expensive "bronze" plan for a 25-year-old will cost $1,956 a year. That's almost three times higher than the cheapest plan in that state today, and higher than even the median-priced plan in the state, according to the GAO report.

The Obama Administration tells us not to look at cost -- turn instead to subsidies (free money) that will bring down the price. A young worker making $20,000 in Maryland, for example, would pay about $1,000 for the cheapest ObamaCare plan, after the subsidy. That's still $278 more than the least expensive plan offered in the state today.
Because coverage is guaranteed, people have an incentive to put off buying insurance until they get sick, thereby saving premium costs in the meantime. And the community rating rules reduce premiums for the sick, but raise them for the healthy. 
The combination of the two can create a premium "death spiral." If young, healthy people refuse to buy coverage, the insurance pool gets older and sicker, and premiums climb still higher. (IBD opcit)
Will you get to keep your doctor under ObamaCare? The president sold it as a "yes", but today everyone is saying, "no".  It's just one more lie. One more broken promise.

Remember that the only reason that ObamaCare passed the US Supreme Court is because it's a tax. It's wealth redistribution with a lot of the redistributed money going into the pockets of those same insurance companies that President Obama vilified in order to get his landmark legislation enacted.

Review of the News

A Review of the News for August 5, 2013
Strap this on!

(Fox News) Yves Rossy is making appearances at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Wisconsin. The child in me wishes that his name was George Jetson.

He's able to propel himself through the sky at upward of 190 mph, controlling his jet suit with a throttle in his hand. He can go as high as 12,000 feet.

Rossy plans to fly his jet through the Grand Canyon -- which would be quite some trick when you consider the tricky wind movement through the canyon (which suspended helicopter flights into the canyon). I'm not saying that he couldn't do it. Worst case, he becomes a colorful smear on the wall -- and the smear will be an added tourist attraction, adding the the economy of Northern Arizona.

Government Knows Best

"Progressives" are smarter, and they want you to be smart too. In the latest spasm of "progressive nannyhood", the federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by

Big Brother loves you and wants you to be happy. If only you'd do everything that Barack and his minions say, unicorns and rainbows would paint the sky.
"Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals," reads the government document describing the program, which goes on to call for applicants to apply for positions on the team. 
The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would "experiment" with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs.
Such policies -- which encourage behavior subtly rather than outright require it -- have come to be known as "nudges," after an influential 2008 book titled "Nudge" by former Obama regulatory czar Cass Sunstein and Chicago Booth School of Business professor Richard Thaler popularized the term.

Apparently the British government used this program to "nudge" their citizens to embrace Islam and for the most part, it's been successful. Muslims don't need to be nudged and the odd beheading or honor killing is generally ignored by the sheeplike Brits? What does it matter?

The British 'experiment' that predated their current brainwash program by three centuries, nudged American colonists in the latter quarter of the 1700's to pay the Crown's taxes. They landed soldiers and marched through Lexington (pushing aside unhappy citizens) toward Concord to nudge Americans to give up their arms. And it didn't work out so well in the long run for King George. But it worked out fine for Americans.

Hollywood Report (Where are they now?)

Goldie Hawn must be pushing 70-something, and while she wouldn't pass for a "fossilized hag" in many people's opinion, her lifestyle has definitely been catching up with her. Sometimes there just isn't enough plastic surgery to fix the problem. There's definitely not a portrait of "Dorian Grey" somewhere taking all of the damage.

Hawn, known as the, "most foul mouthed woman in Hollywood," had no comment that is printable for this article.

Even though Hawn hasn't done any acting for over a decade, since 2002 (The Banger Sisters), she still remains a viable speaker at events where she croaks out in her progressive, whiskey voice on behalf of President Obama.

San Francisco (Progressive Paradise Cities Pictoral Series)

The Tenderloin - Rep. Nancy Pelosi's District

The standard for vulgarity in San Francisco exceeds all
The progressive dream is to make the entire country just like San Francisco. That would mean that no more children would be born in America because the only form of acceptable sexual relations would be sodomy, nobody would work and everyone would be receiving welfare, and every day would be an exercise in "radical self expression".


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