Jan
22
2014
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Cauldron of Ghosts ARC e-book FINALLY available at Baen.

Geez, what did they have to do, break the authors’ hands or something in order to get the manuscript?

I kid, I kid, I have me the ARC (Advance Reader Copy). Because Baen figures that I’ll pay Amazon hardcover prices to get my hands on a digital copy three months early.  And they are, in fact, correct.

Jan
10
2014
4

Hi! Are you a representative of the insurance industry? READ THIS. #obamacare

Anyway, this is Ace of Spades HQ’s response to Blue Cross/Blue Shield’s recent bout of fearmongering.  Basically, the insurance industry is anticipating a bailout if they lose too much money over Obamacare, which is what they are on track to do – and the insurers are even now suggesting that if there isn’t a bailout then single-payer is right around the corner.

They’re saying this to spook us so that we will agree to pay them off and make them whole over the corrupt, and now unprofitable, bargain they struck with Obama.

I say we roll the dice.

…that is going to be a very popular sentiment among Republican voters and pundits. Right now a de facto bailout is baked into the Obamacare cake – but it will not be popular when (not ‘if’) it gets invoked, and I for one didn’t sign off on the original shakedown agreement between the Democratic party and the insurance industry.  Besides, the Democratic party will be no more competent at getting single-payer implemented than it has been at any other facet of the Obamacare debacle.

I certainly hope that the above attitude scares insurers and the Left.  It is meant to.  Those people need to start taking this situation seriously.

Moe Lane

Jan
09
2014
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…Sorry: I decided to finish the latest Modesitt.

Rex Regis (The Imager Portfolio): it’s good, but it’s also the Kindle version, which means it was on the iPad, which means that I have to wait until the children are asleep before I can get back to the blessed thing.

Which is why the Christmas referrals are going towards getting a Kindle Fire.  I’m not as young as I used to be, and I’m kind of beat.

Dec
20
2013
8

Healthcare.gov is down again. …UNEXPECTEDLY?

Unexpectedly?

The federal health-insurance exchange suffered an unexpected outage Friday morning just days ahead of a crucial enrollment deadline.

People logging on to the HealthCare.gov website received an error message that said: “The system is down at the moment. We’re currently performing scheduled maintenance. Please try again later.”

You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means*. (more…)

Dec
11
2013
2

“Nations of the World.”

My wife once sat down and learned this one. Just to show that she could.  Also… wow, all of these are expensive.  You’d think that they’d reissue them, or do mp3s, or something.  There a copyright thing, or something?

Dec
08
2013
5

Covered California’s war on privacy. #obamacare

Hey, did you sign up an account in the California Obamacare exchanges?  If you did, guess what: Covered California gave out your personal information to brokers, the better for them to call you up out of the blue and try to sell you an insurance policy!

Isn’t that nice of Covered California?

Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn’t ask to be contacted.

[snip]

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, acknowledged that these consumers did not ask to be contacted by the state or its certified insurance agents. But he said the outreach program still complies with privacy laws and it was reviewed by the exchange’s legal counsel.

Yeah, tell that to both individual consumers AND the insurance industry. The former generally does not like the idea that a website, group, organization, or government entity might feel comfortable at having personal information being given out to private third parties without prior consent.  And it doesn’t really matter whether somebody else might feel differently, or whether they might feel differently if they only had all the facts.  Folks get twitchy automatically when it comes to privacy; a smart government entity takes that into account, and designs the system to be opt-in, rather than opt-out.
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Dec
07
2013
5

…I won the Lovecraft is Missing Contest?

I won the Lovecraft is Missing Contest (entry was here).

Cool.  You know, I probably should finish it.  I had an idea about where that particular story would have gone.

Moe Lane

PS: Many thanks to Constant Reader Luke for pointing it out to me.  Christmas gets pretty hectic around here.

PPS: Lovecraft is Missing was a great webcomic even before it awarded me a prize.  Check it out.

Nov
13
2013
8

Beware @mfcannon. BEWARE! #obamacare.

According to the New Republic, if Michael Cannon* doesn’t like your face he’ll cut you.

Why did so many states that fiercely guard their prerogative to handle their own affairs cede control of their health insurance markets to Washington?

Well, a disproportionate share of the credit or blame—depending on how you’re looking at it—goes to a person you’ve probably never heard of: Michael Cannon.

Cannon is a health care policy expert at the libertarian Cato Institute. He is engaging and sharp-witted. He is also an avowed opponent of the Affordable Care Act, and has for several years now been embarked on a legal crusade that, while a ways from triumphing, may have inadvertently played an outsized role in suppressing the number of states setting up their own exchanges, thereby greatly confounding the law’s implementation.

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Nov
10
2013
3

PSA: #Obamacare drawing con-men like rotten meat draws flies.

Don’t believe me? Then maybe you’ll believe that notorious right-wing Tea Party rag The New York Times:

To the list of problems plaguing President Obama’s health care law, add one more — fraud.

With millions of Americans frustrated and bewildered by the trouble-prone federal website for health insurance, con men and unscrupulous marketers are seizing their chance. State and federal authorities report a rising number of consumer complaints, ranging from deceptive sales practices to identity theft, linked to the Affordable Care Act.

Madeleine Mirzayans was fooled when a man posing as a government official knocked on her door. Barbara Miller and Maevis Ethan were pitched by telemarketers who claimed to work for Medicaid. And Buford Price was almost caught by another trap: websites that look official but are actually bait set by fly-by-night insurance operators.

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Nov
08
2013
1

“This is just to say,” if it had been written by @barackobama about #obamacare.

I have killed off
unasked
your healthcare
insurance

with which
you were probably
happy
enough with

“Forgive me.”
I do not mean that
sorrow
it polls well

Oct
26
2013
2

More details on Terry McAuliffe’s profit off of a dying man’s signature.

I don’t get this.

A dying mechanic wanted a few thousand dollars to leave to his wife, two sons and infant daughter. A politically connected millionaire, now running for Virginia governor, wanted to make some money. And a Rhode Island estate planner wanted to become ambassador to the Vatican.

All three came together on paper in late 2006 in a deal struck just two months before the 44-year-old mechanic died of cancer.

The mechanic got $5,000. The millionaire, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, made at least $47,000. But the estate planning lawyer, Joseph Caramadre, went to prison instead of Rome.

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Oct
24
2013
3

Fallout from #Obamacare hits the Beltway.

Hey, it’s not good news. Most of these people didn’t deserve to have Barack Obama destroy their health insurance.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is being forced to cancel plans that currently cover 76,000 individuals in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., due to changes made by President Obama’s health care law, the company told the Washington Examiner today.

That represents more than 40 percent of the 177,000 individuals covered by CareFirst in those states.

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