Saturday, 28 December 2013

OBAMACARNAGE: THE BRONZE BAMBOOZLE

Ken Berwitz

With great fanfare, President Obama, last week, announced that he and his family had taken a "bronze" ObamaCare plan, which costs only about $400 a month.  (Of course, he and his family have superlative health care without it, and he didn't actually sign up himself but had one of his acolytes do it for him.  Remember, this is the honesty level of Barack Obama we're talking about.)

Well, what about the people who really, truly, do sign up for a bronze (lowest-cost) plan?  What do they get?

Here's a little insight, via the first three paragraphs of Julie Appleby's article for Kaiser Health News:

If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the new health law's marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise: Some plans wont pay for doctor visits before you meet your annual deductible, which could be thousands of dollars.

"This could be the next shoe to drop, as people don't realize that if they're buying a bronze plan, they may have to pay $5,000 out of pocket before it contributes a penny," said Carl McDonald, senior analyst with Citi Investment Research, speaking at a conference last month in Washington.

Experts are worrying that some new enrollees will be discouraged from seeing doctors if they have to pay the full charge, rather than simply a copayment. In Miami, for example, 40 percent of bronze plans require consumers to pay the full deductible before coverage kicks in, according to an analysis by online broker eHealthinsurance.com, a private online marketplace, for Kaiser Health News. The average deductible among the examined bronze plans in Miami is $5,735.

Do yourself a favor and read the rest of Ms. Appleby's article as well. I assure you, it gets worse, not better - i.e. you will find that these so-called "bronze" plans are fool's gold for anyone of limited means who thinks he/she saves money by taking one. 

Remember when New Jersey congressperson and major-league ObamaCare flak, Rep. Frank Pallone, was demeaning the millions of insurance plans cancelled for not meeting ObamaCare requirements as "junk" and "scams"?  I would love to hear his explanation for why ObamaCare bronze makes more sense than the plans he demeaned - plans freely considered and accepted by the people who chose them.  Maybe he could also explain how multi-thousand dollar deductibles affect are just fine for families with modest incomes.

ObamaCare is an unworkable monstrosity.  And the bronze bamboozle - the selling of supposedly "low cost" plans that require major medical expenses before paying one red cent - is a prime example of why.


A SIGN OF THE TIMES Ken Berwitz


We are in midtown Manhattan today.  We passed a restaurant, the Istanbul Kebab House on 9th Ave,
 which had this sign in the window:

DELIVERY BOY WANTED
MUST SPEAK ENGLISH

Sort of makes you wonder what the primary language is these days, doesn't it?


REAL RACISM (CONT.): THE "EDUCATOR"

Ken Berwitz

Here's a disgusting little new entry in the "Real Racism" series.

gil voigt is a high school teacher in the Fairfield, Ohio school system.  During a class, one of his Black students mentioned that he aspired to become the President of the United States.  voigt's answer?  "We don't need another Black President".

This is from an educator?

voigt says he was misquoted.  But given that he had already been warned about inappropriate racial comments years earlier, I have trouble believing him.

Anyone who reads this blog knows I have major problems with Barack Obama's presidency.  But my attitude is based entirely on the actions of the man himself, not his skin color.  If the current Black President is a failure, it has no relevance whatsoever to any other Black presidential aspirant - certainly not for a high school freshman who dreams of rising to that office.

gil voigt has been suspended, apparently as a first step to his termination.  If this is what goes on in his classroom, that termination can't come fast enough.

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a high school teacher with a chip on his shoulder about Black people.


THE AGONY OF JAHI MCMATH'S FAMILY

Ken Berwitz

Toward the end of Ronald Reagan's life, when Alzheimers disease had taken a heavy toll, Nancy Reagan was asked how he was.

Her answer:  "He's doing fine".  Mr. Reagan, of course, was at that point unaware of his condition.  The terrible toll his illness was taking fell on his family and friends instead.

This brings us to a parallel situation occurring today - as terrible a situation as you can imagine.

Jahi McMath is a 13 year old girl who lives in Oakland, California.  On December 9th she went into Children's Hospital & Research Center to have her tonsils removed.  But things went horribly wrong. 

After the procedure she started bleeding profusely - possibly for hours before the hospital treated it as anything more than routine (details are unclear, and I don't know that to be a fact).  Jahi went into cardiac arrest.  Three days later, she was declared brain dead.  She has been on life support ever since.

Since then, Jahi McMath's family has been in a battle with the hospital, which feels that she should be taken off life support.  They fight against it, and hope for a miracle. 

In other words, a terrible tragedy followed by a huge mess.

As futile as I suspect they are, I won't judge the family's actions here.  I'll just thank God 1,00,000 times over that no one in my family has had to go through such an unspeakable horror.

My heart - and, I'm sure yours as well - goes out to Jahi McMath and the people who love her. 



OBAMACARE SIGN-UPS: A FEW QUESTIONS

Ken Berwitz

The last day for people to sign up for ObamaCare and still have coverage next month was December 24th.  It didn't start as December 24th, but the Obama regime, which is making up the rules as it goes along, kept extending the deadline until that is what it wound up.

Well, it is now December 28th.  Four days afterwards. 

How many people have signed up for ObamaCare?  By that I mean how many people have paid their premiums - which is the difference between them being browsers who just did some clicking on the web site and actual sign-ups who will be getting ObamaCare?

Has the administration released those numbers?  I haven't seen them?

And are our wonderful "neutral" media demanding them?  Making a point of advising the public that they are being withheld?  I haven't seen that either.

Do we still have an Accomplice Media, happy to run cover for Barack Obama?  You tell me.


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