13th Healthcare Co-Op Goes Down

Here’s another sign Obamacare is entering its death spiral: Ohio’s InHealth Mutual co-op announced that it will shutter ahead of the 2017 open enrollment period. This failure will abandon nearly 22,000 consumers, the majority on individual plans, who will now have 60 days to “re-locate”.

InHealth received $129.2 million dollars in government loans, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Under Obamacare, CMS offers low interest loans to these non-profit groups for set up and maintenance. CO-OP loans are only made to "private, nonprofit entities that demonstrate a high probability of financial viability". Right.

So far, 13 of the 23 co-ops set up under this program, with 739,000 enrollees, have gone broke. They received $1.3 billion in government loans, and leave behind an approximately equal amount in other debt. The total of 23 co-ops received $2.4 billion in government loans.

In Maine and New Hampshire, Maine Community Health Options was awarded $132 million. Early enrollment approached 71,000. As of December, it had lost $17 million in the first 9 months of 2015 and suspended individual enrollment.

Like abortion, universal healthcare has long been the holy grail, the sacred alter of the progressive left. Various versions have been constantly in the works behind the scenes, bubbling up from time to time, e.g. HillaryCare in the ‘90s. The ACA version got passed, shielded by lies (“You can keep your doctor”), celebrated by gloating ("Call it the stupidity of the American voter…”), without one Republican vote.

The failures of the co-ops doesn’t faze the left at all. How come? Chellie Pingree is tickled pink. In press release after press release, she has proclaimed nothing but rosiness. My staff couldn’t find one misgiving or criticism of ACA in her record. Pingree asserts: “[The] bill is paid for in part by cutting out waste, fraud, and abuse from the health care system”. I didn’t know she did stand up comedy.

To understand the situation, understand that the outcome so far is considered a success by the liberals. The ACA, as passed, is only a step toward a full single-payer system. The closing of another co-op is mission accomplished along that road. The people in Ohio are supposed to be frustrated, put out and unnerved. Then, they can blame the private sector. Then they can beg Obama to fix it. 

Posted on 03 Jun 2016, 20:35 - Category: Healthcare



Your Electric Bill Up 30% Now For .03F Temp Saving By 2079?

Kudos to the Texas Public Policy Foundation for their series of infomative videos addressing myths about air pollution and the effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. I've embedded one video below for your convenience. You can see them all here.

Posted on 03 Jun 2016, 10:59 - Category: Global Warming



So sad... Alaskan Bear Tragedy

Mt. McKinley National Park: This is a very sad story about a formerly well-balanced wild bear...   Everybody should heed the warnings not to feed wildlife... because they  become dependent... and don't forage for themselves any longer.   It is such a tragedy to see what has been done  to our country's wildlife. The  U.S. Forest Service photo below captures a disturbing trend  that is beginning to  affect U.S. wildlife. 

Animals that formerly were self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the ultra-liberal wing of the Democrat Party.  They have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their  care and sustenance. This photo is of a black bear in Alaska turned progressive liberal Democrat. He's nicknamed Bearack Obearma.  It is believed that he has become a campground organizer.

Posted on 12 May 2016, 17:31 - Category: State We're In



Suicide Rates Follow The Economy

The Portland Press Herald this morning reported on an increase in suicide rates for Mainers age 45-64 noting a 37% increase since 1999 and a 48% increase nationwide for the same period. As a professional in the field, this is indeed tragic news, but the article points only to the increase in opioid addiction as a “possible contributing factor”. This is unprofessional.

As so often happens, leftwing media fails to point out all the facts. During periods of high unemployment (94 million Americans are out of work) and poor economic indicators (low job growth, near flat GDP) suicide rates rise! It is likely true that the increase in opioid abuse is a risk factor for suicide but it is not causal. The rate increase is more likely secondary to the overall loss of hope and accompanying anxiety and depression that comes with the myriad problems associated with the country’s economic malaise.

Suicide rates have trended with the economy since the Great Depression. Suicides increase when the country’s economic outlook is poor and decline when Americans are employed and filled with optimism. Those are the facts. However, the communications division of the Democrat party does not want to tie the failed fiscal policies of the progressive liberals to these very painful negative outcomes. Progressive liberals and reality, never the two have met.

Posted on 01 May 2016, 15:48 - Category: State We're In



Work can be the cure!

I know this sounds like informing you that letting go of this pencil will be followed by it falling to the floor. But it illustrates a widespread mentality we conservatives are up against. This was one of the elements in my speech at the GOP Convention, April 23. 

A recent offering from the Heritage Foundation's "The Daily Signal" by Rachel Sheffield really frames the matter. Just one more reason we should all be grateful for the efforts of our fine Governor, Paul LePage. "Within the first three months after Maine’s work policy went into effect, its caseload of able-bodied adults receiving food stamps plunged by 80 percent, falling from 13,332 recipients in December 2014 to 2,678 in March 2015."

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"Abraham Lincoln once said, “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.”

Over the past several years, the number of Americans on food stamps has soared. In particular, since 2009, the number of “able-bodied-adults” without dependents receiving food stamps more than doubled nationally. Part of this increase is due to a federal rule that allowed states to waive food stamps’ modest work requirement. However, states such as Kansas and Maine chose to reinstate work requirements. Comparing and contrasting the two approaches provides powerful new evidence about the effectiveness of work.

According to a report from the Foundation for Government Accountability, before Kansas instituted a work requirement, 93 percent of food stamp recipients were in poverty, with 84 percent in severe poverty. Few of the food stamp recipients claimed any income. Only 21 percent were working at all, and two-fifths of those working were working fewer than 20 hours per week.

Once work requirements were established, thousands of food stamp recipients moved into the workforce, promoting income gains and a decrease in poverty. Forty percent of the individuals who left the food stamp ranks found employment within three months, and about 60 percent found employment within a year. They saw an average income increase of 127 percent. Half of those who left the rolls and are working have earnings above the poverty level. Even many of those who stayed on food stamps saw their income increase significantly."

Posted on 26 Apr 2016, 01:02 - Category: Welfare



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