Daily Archives: July 24, 2013

Fatally flawed Obamacare

says former HP CEO Carly Fiorina.

Can Obamacare be fixed before it’s fully implemented?

Oh I think we really have to fix it. And I think you fix it by repealing and then enacting really sensible reform. And in order to get the votes to repeal it you have to give the American people an idea of how it’s going to be reformed.

But this to me is a classic case of a bill getting oversold in very simple terms. If you like what you have you can keep it and all the people who don’t have something are going to get something essentially for free. And then this incredibly complex bill was written to basically manage a sixth of the economy. Of course it’s a trainwreck. (emphasis added)

We have to fix it, we just can’t let this play out because one of the things we know is that once a government program is enacted it’s exceedling difficult to ever get rid of it. We just can’t get to that place.


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Brevard County to cut back hours for some part-time employees

Brevard County to cut back hours for some part-time employees | www.wftv.com.

Hundreds of part-time Brevard County workers have had their hours cut as the county prepares for the implementation of Obamacare.

By 2015, Obamacare will require the county to provide health care for anyone working more than 30 hours per week, which means lots of companies are cutting back the hours of part-time employees.

Brevard County has over 300 part-time workers, many of whom are in the library and parks systems.

While officials don’t necessarily want to reduce hours for those employees, they’ll be forced to unless the county wants to pay for full-time health benefits.

Health benefits for each of Brevard’s part-time employees would cost about $10,000 per employee.

Oh, that would be a $3 million hit to the Brevard County budget!

I spend a lot of time in Brevard County many (many) years ago. Lots of fond memories.


What My Dog Taught Me About Health Insurance

What My Dog Taught Me About Health Insurance – Megan McArdle Bloomberg.


The coverage…

For starters, we didn’t get Fitzgerald comprehensive, soup-to-nuts coverage. As far as I know, no such thing exists for dogs. What we got him was a basic, high-deductible policy that costs $60 a month. The deductible is $1,000 per condition, not per year; after the first $1,000, everything is covered. There is no coverage for basic services like annual vet exams, vaccinations, heartworm, or whatever.

On the other hand, there is coverage for things like chemotherapy and kidney transplants; this isn’t a ripoff. It’s insurance that covers some very expensive health conditions with no lifetime caps; they’ll even give us hydrotherapy if he turns out to have hip dysplasia. We view the insurance as very cheap for the price. Especially when you consider the education it’s given me in how to think about health care.

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