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Why Not the Best?

As with so many things, Jimmy Carter said it first and best:

But if California could ever use a governor with the experience and wisdom of Cindy Sheehan (a debatable proposition), that time is now:

Whoops!

I mean:

Which metro area in the U.S. has suffered a greater economic collapse over the last two decades than Detroit? Hint: It’s a common fundraising stop for President Obama. The answer, according to a new UCLA Anderson School of Management study, is Los Angeles.

Th researchers say Los Angeles has lost 3.1% of its employment base since 1990, more than Cleveland (-0.2%) and Detroit (-2.8%). Job growth over the same period has exceeded 50% in Phoenix, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. Los Angeles “displays a tale of two cities in terms of job growth,” the study notes. “From 2005 to 2012, West L.A. had a payroll job growth of 3% while the rest of L.A. took a 5.1% hit in job loss.”

Cindy’s the one who’s running, but it sounds like a job for another once-high-flying liberal heartthrob now fallen on hard times:

Anything to make a buck, right? But seriously, you think Cindy’s going to let this situation stand? Then you don’t know Cindy:

CINDY FOR GOVERNOR!

PS: Just for laughs:

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The UnDeadline [UPDATED]

No, this isn’t a post about zombies—or is it?

Monday marks the final day of Obamacare’s first open enrollment period — sort of — but the health care law’s hasn’t been implemented in its entirety or even close to on time.

Despite all the Obama administration’s talk about Republicans “obstructing” the health care law, federal officials and Obamacare administrators have done far more damage to the health care law by delaying some of its most central provisions. Here’s the Daily Caller News Foundation’s list of the ways the Obama administration has taken apart its own law, piece by piece.

It’s very long, but it’s encyclopedic (make that “but” an “and”). I would also note that Republicans in the House have tried to pass laws (of the land), Constitutional (bitches) laws, to legitimize what Kaiser Obama has rendered wholly illegitimate. Only for those laws to die in the Democrat Senate (under threat of veto by the Kaiser).

Today is a deadline—sort of—because all you have to do is say you tried to sign up but were thwarted by the universally reviled website. It’s an ironclad alibi.

MARCH 25, 2014: The Obama administration extends its enrollment deadline, letting consumers who already began the HealthCare.gov online initiation check a box stating that they were unable to enroll before the deadline. They’ll have until mid-April to sign up. (RELATED: White House extends Obamacare deadline yet again)

So, we are to believe that the Kaiser’s regime (“reich”?) will finally implement the law? I don’t—or rather, I don’t think he’ll implement the law as we think it is written. He will wield the law as he has all along, as a political tool.

To wit:

A couple in La Mesa, California received a voter registration card from California’s Obamacare exchange already pre-marked for the Democratic Party.

The couple did not want their identities revealed but told local station 10 News that they received an envelope addressed from Covered California, the state’s exchange, with a letter and registration card from the health care marketplace. They’ve always been registered to vote Republican.

Covered California is in the midst of sending out voter registration cards to all of its sign-ups, due to pressure from left-wing groups threatening legal action if they don’t comply.

Between private coverage and Medicaid sign ups, nearly four million Californians will receive voter registration cards.

With at least one couple’s Obamacare voter registration card illegally pre-marked as Democratic, worries over tying voter registration to the Democratic health care program could gain momentum.

To be fair to the Kaiser, KaiserCare has been a political Verdun: a long, slow bloodletting. So, if he tries to use it as a tool for community organizing, one should cut him a little slack. Just because four million Californians will be sent voter ID cards pre-marked “Democrat” doesn’t mean that’s how they’ll vote…does it?

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[Bleep] you can’t make up:

People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday’s midnight deadline discovered the website was “currently unavailable.”

Healthcare.gov, the online marketplace bedeviled by bugs since its launch last fall, went down for several hours Monday morning, a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. It was back online later in the morning after a short time when it put customers in a “queue,” meaning they’d be notified by email when they could proceed with enrollment.

“Consumers may also complete their application by calling the call center at 1-800-318-2596. The federal data services hub is working normally,” HHS said.

An administration spokesman said the website is usually offline for maintenance overnight, and was brought down for four extra hours by a technical glitch — not a rush of procrastinators or hackers.

Oh, a glitch! That’s better.

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When Bad Things Happen to Corrupt Democrats

You know the old saying: bad news comes in fours.

Three Democratic lawmakers were either arrested or had their office raided Wednesday by the FBI.

Two of the Democrats, including Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Patrick Cannon, were charged in connection with FBI stings that caught them allegedly taking bribes from undercover agents. Coupled with an FBI raid that led to the resignation of a prominent Democratic lawmaker in Rhode Island this past weekend, four Democrats have recently come under the FBI’s radar.

Add Ray Nagin, mayor of “Chocolate City”, and Kwame Kilpatrick, mayor of C-block (not to mention our local candidate, Willy Lantigua, ousted mayor of Lawrence), and you have a rogue’s gallery in the Party of Stephen A. Douglas.

And someone’s not pleased:

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued Wednesday that if there’s anything that can revive California’s Republican Party, it’s the scandal-ridden Democrats that have taken over the news cycle.

“Out of 40 state senators total, out of 28 Democratic state senators there are now three Democratic state senators with federal criminal indictments against them just this session, resulting already in eight felony convictions,” she said. “And yes, the Republican Party is essentially defunct in most of California and probably beyond reviving, but if anything can bring them back, it’s probably days like this.”

A California Democrat has been arrested or convicted every month so far this year.

To be fair, it’s only March.

Let me point out that many of the above-mentioned corrupt Democrats are ethnic minorities. Not because they are more venal than white Anglo-Saxon Protestants, but because identity politics and safe seats produce politicians who think they are invincible and above the law.

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No Tickee, No Diploma

In yesterday’s blog post about Michelle Obama’s private visit to China on the public’s dime, I noted she said this:

About 800 students attend the Beijing Normal School, and of those, roughly one in four are international students – including some Americans. All the classes are taught in English (one room even has a map of the United States on the ceiling), and the curriculum prepares students to study internationally once they graduate. Many students here hope to one day attend college in America.

To which I retorted:

Which opportunity will be denied to them to make room for affirmative action students. (Am I wrong?)

Looks like I was (and I couldn’t be more proud):

Democrats claim to be a multi-ethnic “coalition of the ascendant,” but identity politics has inherent contradictions. Witness the victory this week by three liberal Asian-American lawmakers in blocking Sacramento’s Democratic supermajority from trying to overturn California’s ban on racial preferences (Prop. 209).

“In the past few weeks, we have heard from thousands of people throughout California voicing their concerns about the potential impacts,” the senators wrote Assembly Speaker John Perez last week, adding that “as lifelong advocates for the Asian-American and other communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children.”

Their concerns are well founded. In 1996, California voters approved Prop. 209 to block public institutions, notably state universities, from discriminating by race. Asian-American freshman enrollment at the University of California’s 10-flagship universities has since climbed to 40.2% from 36.6% and to 47% from 39.7% at Berkeley.

Admissions rates for Asian Americans relative to other minority groups have also soared. In 1996, Asian Americans were about two-thirds as likely to get into Berkeley as blacks or Hispanics, not controlling for other factors. Today Asian Americans stand a 50% better shot of being admitted. Prop. 209′s ban on racial preferences has helped Asian Americans by forcing admissions officers to focus on such academic qualifications as high-school grades and test scores.

What do grades and test score have to do with getting into Berkeley?

Of course, doing good often comes by way of doing well:

Democratic leaders say they are merely delaying the referendum for discussion, but they know that pushing for Prop. 209′s repeal risks alienating the growing block of Asian-American voters in the same way Republicans have alienated Hispanics. Asian Americans were 11% of California voters in 2012 compared to 6% in 2008, and nearly 80% of them voted for President Obama.

Asian-Americans were in danger of becoming the Jews of the 21st Century (the likes of Jonas Salk and Richard Feynman were rejected from Ivy League schools due to strict quotas), and that would be as wrong today as it was then.

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Pro Choice, As Long As It’s Hers

Maybe opposing abortion on the campus of UC Santa Barbara is like shouting fire in a crowded theater:

A department of feminist studies professor has been accused of going berserk after coming across a campus prolife demonstration that used extremely graphic displays, leading a small mob of students to chant “tear down the sign” before grabbing one of the signs, storming off with it, then allegedly engaging in an altercation with a 16-year-old prolife protestor who had followed the educator to retrieve it.

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The professor at the heart of the controversy is Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor whose area of emphasis is black cultural studies, pornography and sex work, according to her faculty webpage. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday by The College Fix.

The confrontation took place at the coastal, public university’s “free speech” area, a heavily traversed part of the quad.

She had me at “pornography and sex work”, so I swung by her webpage (swinging dude that I am).

Imagine my disappointment:

Areas of Study:

Pornography; Sex Work; Black Film, Popular Culture and Art; Feminist & Queer Theory; African American & African Diaspora Studies; Visual Archives; New Media; Ethnography; Oral History

Education:

PhD. New York University (American History and History of the African Dispora
M.A. New York University (American History and History of the African Dispora)
B.A. Emory University (History)

Dissertation: “A Taste for Brown Sugar: The History of Black Women in American Pornography.”

Do all those institutes of higher education demand their degrees back when they see how she spells? Do California taxpayers care that their money pays her salary? And where can I get a copy of her thesis?

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The Wrath of Grapes

My contrived title to the very real phenomenon of reverse-Okies—people leaving the beautiful land of orchards and vineyards for the sagebrush of Texas:

Allied Van Lines conducted 66,862 interstate residential moves last year, most of which weighed around 10,000 pounds. But 10.8% of those clocked in at a hefty 16,000 pounds or more, says Steve McKenna, Allied’s vice president for pricing.

The majority of these moves are due to corporate relocations, where a company initiates the move for an employee.

“You have the vice presidents and senior vice presidents who have accumulated a lot of furniture and stuff in general. That definitely drives luxury moves,” he says, adding that 40% of Allied’s moves overall are corporate moves.

According to the data, Texas saw the largest influx of well-heeled households moving into the state last year, consistent with move trends overall. South Carolina and Florida also posted net gains.

On the flip side, Illinois and Pennsylvania saw more high-value households move out of state than in, according to the data.

California saw the biggest net loss of heavy-weight moves.

Last year, California had a net loss of 49,259 people to other states, according to the U.S. Census.

Texas had the highest net gain in terms of domestic migration—113,528 more people moved into the state than out last year, census data show.

Why do people move to an armpit like Texas from the Eden that is California?

Job opportunities are home-buyers’ top reason for relocating to Texas, according to a Redfin survey last month of 1,909 customers and website users.

Lifestyle factors are the most cited reasons for relocating to areas in California.

A lifestyle fewer and fewer people can afford, evidently. Democrat policies in action: driving the middle class out, leaving only the super-wealthy and impoverished behind. Good luck with that.

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Answered Prayers

Aggie and I don’t need much to get us frothing at our respective mouths—we live in Massachusetts, as the bumper stickers used to say. But there are dead times in the political calendar. Obama hasn’t passed any more signature pieces of legislations that bear his name; no American diplomats have died recently in Arab ass-crack villages; and I can’t remember the last Democrat phallus that was texted to a fetching (though hardly innocent) young thing. Forget Carlos Danger, it’s been Maurice Ennui in the news lately.

Until now:

Cindy Sheehan for California Governor, 2014, is thrilled to announce that despite the attack from the political establishment in California against alternative political parties and voices, the Sheehan campaign has a combination of enough signatures and donations to qualify for the June primary ballot.

HOT DAMN!

I haven’t been this aroused by a woman since Kate Upton went weightless (which was yesterday, mind you).

“This attack on Democracy has seriously hampered our ability to field candidates who are in opposition to the two parties of greed, war, and the wealthy; but we will never give up or go away. We will continue to fight Prop 14 and work to expand the choices of Californians, not contract them.”

Sheehan continues, [...]

Oh, does she ever! Please do!

Sheehan continues, “I want to also take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to those who have volunteered many hours to collect signatures and who have thus far donated money to our campaign. The people who donate are not the wealthy; they are our brothers and sisters who also struggle and for whom this campaign to End Poverty In California would most benefit.

Poverty in California? But some of the richest people in the local cluster of galaxies (Andromeda, Milky Way, Large and Small Magellanic clouds) live in California—and most of them can’t wait to give away our money. Jeffrey Katzenberg, is this true? Barbra Streisand, can this be?

But such quibbling is for another day.

“Then this is a day of independence
For all the Munchkins and their descendants!”

(Not really relevant, but I’ve always loved the line.)

She’s going to close prisons and open universities—for no tuition! And she’s pro-sunflower! Can’t lose!

Who can resist her way with words?

I used to be against ALL wars and the use of violence, but (and I must admit a little confusion on this one, at first) now it seems that I am against wars, acts of war, and violence ONLY if a Republican is president. Now I understand with perfect clarity that it was good to protest Bush—and if the US-UN resolution against Libya was done when Bush was president, it would have been wrong—but now it’s “compassionate.” I must admit, I was a little shocked to find out that the US actually commits compassionate acts and, again, silly me—I thought most acts of war and war were for profit. I realize that only a jerk (or racist) would think that now. I have repented.

Now the skeptical, old and ignorant Cindy Sheehan would have thought that the US was only concerned with the regime in Libya “killing its own citizens” because Libya has large crude oil reserves, but that was before I reflected on the fact that Barack Obama (D) has told us that offshore drilling and nuclear power is safe! Like my new hero, Barack Obama (D) keeps saying, we do need to “reduce” US dependence on “foreign oil,” but not before we kill as many people as we must to get all of that oil. The old me also would have thought that we needed to entirely eliminate our dependence on petroleum and petroleum products all together, but if Barack Obama (D) says it’s safe, that’s good enough for me!

So many other people have faded from the world stage. (Who remembers Hans Blix? Who wants to?) But Cindy has staying power.

In Obama I trust. What a relief! Having a conscience is very isolating.

Let’s Party with a capital D because if I can CHANGE, then there is HOPE for everyone and anyone else who are still lost wandering nearly alone in that wilderness of integrity.

Come home!
War is Peace!
Freedom is Slavery!
Ignorance is Strength.
2 + 2=5

You know those pennies you were saving for UNICEF or those socks you were going to give to the Oxfam thrift shop? Toss ‘em. Burn ‘em. And write a big ol’ fat check (as Michelle Obama would say—she would also say: “Max out”) to Cindy Sheehan.

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Pheasant Over Glass

What wine do you serve with singed squab á la Mojave?


(Who thought this was a good idea?)

Environmentalists have hit out at a giant new solar farm in the Mojave Desert as mounting evidence reveals birds flying through the extremely hot ‘thermal flux’ surrounding the towers are being scorched.

After years of regulatory tangles around the impact on desert wildlife, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened on Thursday but environmental groups say the nearly 350,000 gigantic mirrors are generating 1000 degree Fahrenheit temperatures which are killing and singing birds.

According to compliance documents released by developer BrightSource Energy last year, dozens of birds were found injured at the site during the building stage.

The green fascists told us that global warming would lead to mass die-offs—and they were right! Only they were wrong about the extent of the warming: a thousand degrees is by my reckoning a lot warmer than 1.3C.

President Barack Obama has mounted a second-term drive to combat climate change, proposing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.

His plan aims to help move the U.S. from a coal-dependent past into a future fired by wind and solar power, nuclear energy and natural gas.

President Obama is doing to the avian population what he did to American health care.

Careful birds, if the solar powered inferno doesn’t get you, the abattoir of the wind turbines will:

If you look around for statistics about bird deaths from wind turbines get you wildly different numbers. Some say just 10,000 birds a year meet their end at the hands (blades) of the wind industry. Others ramp that number up to 600,000. Now, a new study tried to actually use science to estimate.

In the end, using 58 mortality estimates that met their criteria, they came up with an estimate. According to the current literature somewhere between 140,000 and 328,000 birds die each year from collisions with wind turbines.

That’s not all, explains the blog Natural Reactions:

In addition, it appears that there is a greater risk of fatal collisions with taller turbines. This is a real problem, as larger wind turbines may provide more efficient energy generation. Consequently, it is expected that new wind farms will contain even bigger turbines, which will result in even more bird deaths. Future developments therefore will have to give very careful consideration to potential wildlife impacts when planning the type of turbine to install.

Okay, solar and wind are utterly destructive to the environment; that leaves nuclear and natural gas. Which is a-ok with me, but I don’t think Obama is serious about nuclear power. That leaves natural gas. Which again is a-ok with me, but it doesn’t make for much of an energy policy.

Not that condor fricassee does either.

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If Elected, She Will Not Serve…

…my dinner:

Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate.

“I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke said late Tuesday night. “I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care, and create the jobs that are desperately needed. While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is a better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community.”

Her entire career? She just graduated from law school a year and a half ago! What career?

In 2003, Fluke graduated from Cornell University with a major in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Studies that required a great deal of field work, no doubt. But don’t let’s go there again.

After graduating from law school, she moved to Los Angeles, passed the California bar exam, has been active in Democratic circles and has spent time working on issues related to the foster-care system and a living wage. Rumors have long circulated that she would eventually run for office.

Note it never says she actually got paid for her legal acumen. If I were in a pickle, I’d still call Joe Pesci over this dingbat any day. “Active in Democrat circles” is code-speak for “campaigned for Obama”.

You know Bill Clinton wouldn’t let the opportunity go to waste. (Though his eyes would be just above—and below—the waist.)

But who would choose to labor in Sacramento over Washington, DC? What gives there?

“I believe that the families and communities of this district — from West Hollywood to West L.A. and from Santa Monica to Torrance and beyond — deserve to have a fresh perspective from a new generation of progressive leadership in Sacramento, and I am eager to get to work fighting for the causes that matter most to our future as a community, state and nation,” Fluke said.

Hollywood, Santa Monica—you bet they need saving. Pity Malibu and Big Sur aren’t in the district. Politics is show business for ugly people, the saying goes. She gets to do politics for beautiful people. That’s the Cornell and Georgetown brain on display.

To be fair:

Fluke co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully advocated for legislation granting access to civil orders of protection for unmarried victims of domestic violence, including teen LGBTQ victims. Fluke was also a member of the Manhattan Borough President’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and numerous other New York City and New York State coalitions that successfully advocated for policy improvements impacting victims of domestic violence. While in New York City, she worked for Sanctuary for Families, which aids victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.

If she’s against battery and slavery, she’s not all bad. I just don’t want to pay for her birth control unless I get a piece of the action. Is that so wrong?

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Merry Christmas, California!

I guess you’ve been naughty—114,000 of you anyway:

Adding to consumer confusion ahead of a major enrollment deadline, California’s health insurance exchange sent flawed eligibility notices to nearly 114,000 households due to a computer error. The Covered California exchange said the letters sent from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7 had blank spaces or missing information on people’s eligibility for insurance or federal premium subsidies. “The letters would say you are eligible for Covered California, but you are ineligible for blank,” said exchange spokeswoman Anne Gonzales. “It seemed to contradict whether the enrollee was eligible. It was confusing to people.” Ben Amante of Costa Mesa received one of the letters last weekend and said he couldn’t understand what it meant for his insurance application for himself and his daughter. ”One short paragraph said you’re qualified and the next one says you’re not qualified,” Amante said. “Insurance companies are looking a lot better now after dealing with Covered California.” … The inaccurate letters triggered increased calls to the state’s three service centers, which are already straining to handle high volume. The average wait time topped 36 minutes at last count.

Meanwhile, back in Joisey.

Another 100,000 people in New Jersey with health plans that do not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act will be shopping for coverage next year. AmeriHealth of New Jersey, which covers more than 100,000 people in individual and small-group health plans, announced Tuesday that it will not renew 2013 health plans that do not comply with the new health care law next year. That brings the total of New Jersey residents with individual and small-group plans that can’t be renewed next year to more than 680,000.

Come on, California. We know you’re a state of slackers, but are you going to let New Jersey school you like this?

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You Can Keep Your Doctor, Period [UPDATED]

But if she doesn’t keep you, how is that my problem, folks?

An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.

“It doesn’t surprise me that there’s a high rate of nonparticipation,” said Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association.

“We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And we can’t do it at a loss. No other business would do that,” he said.

California offers one of the lowest government reimbursement rates in the country — 30 percent lower than federal Medicare payments. And reimbursement rates for some procedures are even lower.

In other states, Medicare pays doctors $76 for return-office visits. But in California, Medi-Cal’s reimbursement is $24, according to Dr. Theodore M. Mazer, a San Diego ear, nose and throat doctor.

In other states, doctors receive between $500 to $700 to perform a tonsillectomy. In California, they get $160, Mazer added.

Only in September did insurance companies disclose that their rates would be pegged to California’s Medicaid plan, called Medi-Cal. That’s driven many doctors to just say no.

They’re also pointing out that Covered California’s website lists many doctors as participants when they aren’t.

Not to worry. The namesake of Obamacare will just issue a decree, an edict, a fiat, and all doctors will have to comply under penalty of a prostate exam from an IRS agent nicknamed Dr. Strangeglove.

You think Obama cares that he’s ruining a first world health care system? That’s not a bug of Obamacare, but its primary feature. Hear him talk about all the bells and whistles his new mandated plans have. Birth control and abortifacients, dental and podiatry—he tears apart the “Cadillac” plans to force these Edsel plans on a stunned populace. Wha’ happen, they cry. You’re welcome, the namesake beams in response.

If that doesn’t sound Soviet enough for you, how about this:

Mazer, a past president of the San Diego County Medical Society, agreed, saying, “I cannot find anybody in my specialty in the area that has signed a contract directly with any of these plans.

For its part, Covered California expects as many as 85 percent of the state’s doctors will join the new exchange.

“The Covered California board says we have plenty of doctors, and they allege they have 85 percent of doctors participating,” notes Mazer. “But they’ve shown no numbers.”

Mazer said that not only are many doctors not participating, but many are also thinking of retiring.

“I just turned 55, and a lot of us are kind of going, ‘Maybe there’s something else we can do in the last 10 years,’ because this is just getting too onerous to keep on going.”

If a large number of doctors either balk at participating in the exchange or retire, the state’s medical system could be overwhelmed.

No one is more aware of this than Alex Briscoe, health director for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, which includes Oakland.

“Enrollment doesn’t mean access, because there aren’t enough doctors to take the low rates of Medicaid,” he said. “There aren’t enough primary care physicians, period.”

“Period.” That’s funny. Are you mocking the namesake of Obamacare?

In Soviet Russia, the old joke went: we pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us. Welcome to the Soviet health care system in America.

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Keep your doctor?

You can’t even keep your privacy!

The California health exchange has admitted it has been divulging contact information for tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.

Covered California said it was handing out consumer information as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by the new year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The consumers in question had gone online to research insurance options, but didn’t ask to be contacted.

Social Security numbers, income and other information were not provided to the agents, but names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were made available, exchange officials said.

Some insurance brokers and consumers were unhappy with the initiative, despite assurances that it met privacy laws.

“I’m shocked and dumbfounded,” said Sam Smith, an Encino insurance broker and president of the California Association of Health Underwriters, an industry group.

“These people would have a legitimate complaint,” said Smith, who added he had been given two consumer names.

A local agent emailed Robert Blatt on Thursday asking him about the application he’d started.

“You can’t do this,” Blatt, a technology consultant in Ventura County, told the newspaper. “For a government agency to release this information to an outside person is a major issue.”

You wanted a Big Government program without big government? How was that supposed to work?

Or, as Aggie says, elections have consequences.

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Today, For the First Time in My Adult Life…

I am proud of young Americans—Californians, anyway:

California’s state exchange, Covered California, has run an aggressive advertising campaign.

Their latest numbers show more than 2,000 people a day have been signing up. Almost 80,000 Californians have now picked a plan.

But that success comes with a potential problem.

Insurance plans depend on creating pools with many more healthy policy holders (the young) than sick ones (older Americans.) That reduces the risk of losses for insurers and keeps prices affordable.

But in California, the young, between 18 and 34, make up only 23 percent of those who’ve signed up. Fifty-six percent are age 45 or older.

Maybe it’s fitting that young people in the state where Hollywood lies quote one of its greatest stars in one of his greatest roles:

And it’s a trend!

Others states show a similar trend of the old signing up in much higher numbers than the young. In Kentucky, 57 percent of those enrolled are over the age of 44 and in Connecticut it’s 62 percent.

Do any young people live in Connecticut? Who aren’t ganged up, that is? (I think the Bloods and the Crips have grandfathered health care plans, like the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, and other favored hoodlums.)

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