Sunday, April 26, 2015

California's Health Exchange Death Spiraling?

There has been concern for some time that Obamacare was going to death spiral, because young people, who overwhelmingly votede in this fraud, were not n=buying into the very expensive health insurance plans, leaving older and sicker people to do so.  The consequence is plans that are not self-sustaining.  California's plan looks like it is starting to swirl.  From the April 22, 2015 Orange Couty Register:
After two previous extensions, the open enrollment period for Covered California ends April 30. That deadline just might prove to be the tipping point for the state’s two-year-old health insurance exchange.

That’s because this is the year Covered California is supposed to become completely self-sustaining.
Indeed, there’s no more money coming from Washington after the state exhausts the $1.1 billion it received from the federal government to get the Obamacare exchange up and running. And state law prohibits Sacramento from spending any money to keep the exchange afloat.

That presents an existential crisis for Covered California, which is facing a nearly $80 budget deficit for its 2015-16 fiscal year. Although the exchange is setting aside $200 million to cover its near-term deficit, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee acknowledged in December that there are questions about the “long-term sustainability of the organization.”

Mr. Lee’s disquieting assessment actually jibed with a 2013 report by the state auditor, which stated that, until the state’s health insurance exchange actually started enrolling Californians in health plans, its “future solvency” was ”uncertain.” Thus, Covered California was listed as a “high-risk” issue for the state.

The state auditor’s warning appeared prescient as of Feb. 15, which was supposed to be the close of open enrollment for 2015: Covered California had fallen 300,000 enrollees short of the goal set by Mr. Lee and the agency’s board of directors.
I can't claim to be surprised.  A scheme originally intended to enrich big insurers, while helping liberals feel morally superior is going to splatter.

Do Lions Purr?

My cat was sitting on my lap, purring up a storm and I found that I needed to know if lions purr?  Through the wonders of Google and a group called Big Cat Rescue:

This led to even more interesting videos: and: and:

Rascal Flatts Song

I am not really a country & western fan, but Rascal Flatts makes songs that still get my attention, like this very touching song "Skin":

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I Haven't Been Following the Incident in Maryland...

From Yahoo News:
Baltimore (AFP) - Protesters targeted businesses and smashed police cars in downtown Baltimore as the biggest demonstration yet over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent.

More than 1,000 people had joined an orderly 90-minute rally at Baltimore city hall on Saturday, demanding justice for Freddie Gray, 25, who died last Sunday from spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in the city's impoverished west side.

But the mood shifted dramatically when scores of protesters moved to the vicinity of the Camden Yards baseball stadium, scene of a twilight Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox game.
While I generally take a skeptical view of those whining about this, I find it somewhat entertaining that a  solid leftist state like Maryland is having to confront this issue.  Racism has always been a Democrat thing.

Straight Pride Posters Not Okay

From WKBN:
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Leaders with the Student Government Association at Youngstown State University said they decided to act quickly this week when posters showed up on campus promoting “Straight Pride” week next month.

The posters contained profanity, which our station has blurred for viewers. The posters promote the event as a way of not showing the differences between students.

Campus leaders said while they believe the posters were meant more as satire, especially since no names were associated with them, they determined the flyers went too far with their message.
“When you are talking about minority activism, it is very easy that if you are in the majority to say ‘well, this sort of activism is not necessary. This sort of zeal in your activism is over the top.’ For minorities who experience discrimination, that is not the case,” Student Government Vice President Jacob Schriner-Biggs said.
Free speech that goes "too far."  Is that like public nudity in a gay pride parade?  Progressives at work!

I Received A Curious Email

from the Family Research Council:

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Sue Chef: Court Fines Bakers $135,000

If you thought it was expensive to buy a wedding cake, try not baking one! Aaron and Melissa Klein found out just how expensive today, when -- after two long years -- an Oregon judge finally told the young parents of five exactly how much living by their beliefs would cost them: $135,000. Their dream of owning a dessert shop near Portland, Oregon turned into a nightmare when two lesbians refused to take "no" for an answer on their request for a same-sex "wedding" cake.
Sued, harassed, vandalized, and threatened to the point that the couple had to close their doors, the Kleins still didn't budge. Found guilty by an administrative court earlier this year, the Kleins spent four sleepless weeks wondering what the government -- the same one that guarantees them the freedom of religion -- would charge them. Now that they've been ordered to pay up to $135,000 in fines, Aaron and Melissa have made it clear that they are willing to pay a far steeper price to stand up for Christ.
"To be told they're going to force me to convey a message other than what I want to convey -- it flies in the face of the Constitution," Aaron explained. "It's a violation of my conscience. It's a violation of my religious freedom. It's horrible to see your own government doing this to you."
Anna Harmon, one of the Kleins' attorneys, said the sentencing was tough to swallow. "Americans should not have to choose between adhering to their faith or closing their business, but that is what this decision means... The [judge] ruled wrongly that the Kleins' right not to design and create a work of art celebrating an event which violates the tenets of their religion is not protected by the Oregon or Federal Constitutions. This is a dangerous result for religious liberty and rights of conscience in Oregon..."
Unfortunately, the Kleins are just one of the families hanging in the balance of the Supreme Court's scales. When the justices go to work next Tuesday, they'll be deciding a lot more issues than the definition of marriage. For the sake of the First Amendment, let's hope that our right not to be forced to violate our faith is one of them.
In the meantime, if you'd like to help the Kleins raise the money they need to exercise their religious liberty, please visit this webpage for more information. Then, click over to later tonight to hear our interview with this courageous couple!
When I clicked over to the GoFundMe web site, it claimed to have no know3ledge of such a funding campaign.  Did homosexuals use their enormous but poorly understood power to make GoFundMe drop the Kleins.

Even if you like the government running around telling businesses who to have as customers, I think you can agree that $130,000 is a bit much for saying NO.  Sure enough, GoFundMe made up a rule to cancel this effort.  Wouldn't it be an interesting world if Christians had as much power as homosexuals?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Proof that adults are not running the New York Court system reports on a habeas corpus suit filed in New York courts on behalf of monkeys held by a university.  An unborn child has less rights than a monkey.  Revolution is coming.