Monday, August 02, 2010

The Cost of Obama Care or Just More Taxes

A few weeks ago our accounting department told us that we had received word from our current insurer that our rates were going to to up 40% to 60%, that this was a result of Obama Care and that this cost increase would hit every insurer across the nation.

Just now I received the following e-mail from our accounting department:
Attached: Health Insurance Premium Costs for 2009 and 2010.

Also attached: Current Summary of Insurance Coverage.

[EMPLOYER] has been notified that our health insurance premiums will be increased by 53.8% effective September 1, 2010.

We sent all employees health statements for Premera and ODS on July 22nd. It is imperative that completed statements

be emailed to [insurance broker's e-mail addy] so that we are able to “shop” for a reduced premium.

Employees eligible but insured under our plan must complete forms and submit them to the [Agency Name].

September 1, 2010 is open enrollment for eligible employees not previously enrolled.


That's almost a 54% increase in cost next month for something that won't exist for years.

I work at a small enough company where we know what's going on. I suspect those working for larger employers may not yet be aware this is coming, but it's coming.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Government Health Care

Need I say more?

No, but I will anyway: If the Federal Government can't give decent health care to a small group of people who have earned it, how can we think it'll be any better when it's spread over the whole nation? What government program gets better when it's expanded?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Good Presidenting

I want to be incensed by the hypocrisy of Mexico's immigration laws and what Felipe Calderón asks of the US, but he's only fulfilling his duty as President of Mexico. He's looking out for the best interests of his country. Simple. Easy as that. That's what he's supposed to do. That's good presidenting.

Shame on the President who isn't working for the best interests of his country. Shame on him!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Do Process

I'm guessing The Antenna is half the length of one of my dominant thought wavelengths, cause her latest post seemed to resonate with me. I started what I thought was a short comment and it just spewed out till I got busy.

You can either read it there, or below:

I hear you.

It seems that most people are shocked that the inept NY bomber was able to buy guns while his name was on the terrorist watch list. The ones I've heard seem to be of the opinion that being on that list should have prevented him from buying firearms.

There are over 2 million people on the terrorist watch list. I suspect that the vast majority of them are not a threat and when I say the vast majority, I'm talking greater than 99.95% who are probably not a threat, yet there seems to be a consensus that believes having a name on a list should have deprived them of a Constitutional right.

Now that's a dangerous mindset for America. Have your name put on a secret list and no longer be able to protect yourself. If that becomes policy, how long till there will be lists that prevent you from assembling with who you chose, speaking your opinion, moving, buying a house or car, ect.?

Hearing the progressives talk about 'redistribution of speech' suggests that our freedom of speech may be coming under assaults more restrictive than McCain-Feingold.

I've also seen that certain criminals are looking at indefinite jail time after their sentence. The undesirables in this case are sex offenders and while I think child molesters should have a $5,000 bounty on their head and rapists half that, the idea of keeping people imprisoned indefinately without due process violates the spirit of the Constitution as well as the letter of the Constitution.

I had started this paragraph "A worst case scenario would be..." but it's not really worst case. Oppressive governments in the past and currently around the world arbitrarily imprison people. It's only natural for an entity to remove threats and therein lies the conflict. What is the priority, right of the individual or rights of the state?

It seems that some people get confused at this point, but the way I see it, 'rights of the state' is really 'rights of the ruling class at the expense of everyone else' and is somehow camoflagued as 'equality'. In that light I can only devalue the rights of the state till they are less than the rights of the individual.

The many headed, multi-tentacled beast in my life known as work is awake and hungry. I must go feed it.

Friday, January 29, 2010

You'll Be Glad to Know...

...that the Grim Reaper has been keeping up with technology. I know cause I caught a glimpse of him the other day.

The scythe is gone. He's now got a 12 gauge. It wasn't pointed at me, yet, though the narrow black ellipse of the muzzle was growing circular as it swung towards me, slow enough that I knew I'd have time for my life to flash before my eyes, twice, maybe 3 times.

Yea, that was what turning 46 was like, knowing that 50 is coming.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Poster Boy for Leftist Policies at Work...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Blunk Droggong at it's Best

2 run and cokes, Im not drunk, but I though the title was cool.

I'm playing Eve Online and am harvesting a semi-rare gas in quantities that make me think there is a mistake somewhere. I've got 3 times the amount of this gas that I expected and it's still coming, but as you can expect, it it kinda boring, so the rum & cokes and this posting (after I read all the news and some blogs).

As for the direction this nation is taking, I fully hope and expect a Constitutional Convention (hereafter referred to as 'CC') after the next election cycle will eliminate many undesirable (and unConstitutional) steps the current administration has made. I used to fear a CC since I expected the left to use it to change the country, now I see Mainstream America using it to clarify the Constitution. Just imagine an Amendment clearly stating that a single payer system is illegal

That's about the time I expect the peace protesters to use the methods of the religion of peace and obama, or maybe Rahm, to promise us 7 years of peace.

Go see Avatar!! You'll enjoy the move and be amazed at the 3-D.

This is the season where the celebration of our Lord's birth has united people in worse conditions than we'll ever face.