We'll get to the draft below the fold; first we'll cover the correspondence leading up to it. First, our Vermont Correspondent wrote the following letter:
Dear Governor Shumlin:
I urge that Vermont seek an immediate waiver from ObamaCare instead of waiting until 2017.
A strong argument can be made, at this point in the ObamaCare fiasco that continues to play out, that Vermont should make an effort NOW to get out of the exchange and move straight to single payer. Why throw good money after bad and prolong Vermont's losses of life and money if it can possibly be avoided?
As I understand it, Vermont agreed to wait until 2017 to withdraw from the exchange in exchange for getting Federal funding to pay for more and better health insurance coverage for lower income people and to pay for the setting up of the exchange.
As the ObamaCare exchange proves unworkable--that is, Vermont has had to postpone aspects of the implementation and may have to postpone others for as long as a year--Vermont should be able to withdraw from it, without penalty, and devote our precious resources of time and money to implementing single payer ASAP.
Lives would be saved.
If you can point me to any reason(s) why this move cannot be undertaken now, or should not be, I'd appreciate it.
A Concerned Vermonter
And the Governor's office wrote back: Read below the fold...
[And if you have your own experiences to share, and especially screen dumps, please add them in comments or contact me. Either Federal Exchanges, or state exchanges. I'm especially interested in Covered California! Thank you! --lambert]
email@example.com from Maine had a registration #FAIL at step 3. Here's the screen dump:
Optionally specify an alternative URL by which this node can be accessed. For example, type "about" when writing an about page. Use a relative path and don't add a trailing slash or the URL alias won't work. Read below the fold...
Thanks to the generosity of the Corrente community I have a shiny new-to-me DELL Latitude D531 Laptop. Connectivity makes a HUGE difference to me. Otherwise I am rationed to 2 hours a day on the library computers.
So I am sitting here tapping on my laptop in my apartment, so much better.
I have a whole bunch of posts on grassroots politics planned that I hope will be worthy of your support. Read below the fold...
Judge Leon to NSA: "No. It's not legal." And Obama doesn't care about us. Marcy Wheeler interviewed.
Marcy Wheeler was interviewed on The Scott Horton Show on Tuesday. From the program notes:
Blogger Marcy Wheeler discusses Judge Richard Leon’s pushback against the NSA’s mass collection of phone metadata; the big tech companies interested in reining in the NSA’s excesses; and why NSA Director Keith Alexander’s office needs to be split up into smaller and less powerful divisions.
(I get confused but think I learn that tech companies = software companies = internet companies / Google, Yahoo and Microsoft; vs. telecoms = AT&T etc.)
Podcast here, and transcript below fold.
THURSDAY UPDATE: Medical care refused to terminally ill resident
A 28-year-old Paradise resident is fighting for her life after Stanford Medical Center has not come to a financial agreement with California Health and Wellness's insurance to see her for her disease of Achalasia.
When Tiffany St. Cyr was diagnosed with Achalasia in June of this year, she weighed 143 pounds. Since then, she hasn't been able to eat a solid meal since August and currently weighs 105 pounds.
"Achalasia is a rare disorder that makes it difficult for food and liquid to pass into your stomach," according to the Mayo Clinic website.
To treat such a rare disease, St. Cyr's local GI doctor, Dr. Hack, recommended she go to the specialist at Stanford Medical Center to undergo surgery.
"There (are) no doctors up here that can help me since it is such a rare condition, I have to see a specialist," she said.
Prior to being switched over to California Health and Wellness, she was covered by MediCal. If she still had MediCal, she said that she would have been able to receive treatment at Stanford and she wouldn't have to deal with these problems. Read below the fold...
If this policy by the Kansas Board of Regents is allowed to stand, Kansas should lose its accreditation, since it will no longer be a university
This is appalling. Bill Black describes the Regent's new rules:
- The Regents’ rule allows the CEO to terminate tenured faculty upon their arrest for a felony. There is no requirement for a conviction and no provision for reinstatement if not convicted.
- Truth is no defense. The comment that tenured faculty makes can be accurate and the faculty member can still be fired by the university’s CEO.
- Lack of ill intent is no defense. The faculty member can make an accurate statement of fact or well-founded statement of opinion for exemplary purposes and can still be fired.
- There are no meaningful “standards” so the statement by the faculty member could unknowingly subject him/her to dismissal because the faculty member did not know that the CEO was a global climate change denier (or partisan) and believes that those with the opposite view pose a grave threat. The concepts are so vague and subjective (“harmony” and “efficiency”) that a faculty member’s only sure means of safety is to say nothing.
- The rule creates different levels of (not very) protected speech. The same statement by a professor in a traditional physically published journal – if not posted online (recall that most print publishers also make one’s article available on line) — enjoys greater protection that any comment published “online.”
Appalling. Read below the fold...
On Dec. 6, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed a union election petition with the National Labor Relations Board. The union, which also represents tens of thousands of Boeing employees, needed support from at least 30 percent of the 30 workers that it is hoping to represent in contract negotiations with Amazon.
But then there's this: Read below the fold...
I caught some of Lawrence O’Donnell’s show yesterday in which O’Donnell glibly shilled for the Obama administration against the findings of federal Judge Leon. O’Donnell also handily soft-balled questions to one of Obama’s NSA reform panelists in which the two found common cause in lauding the Obama administration for its “lesser evil” spy program. Do they not recall it took Edward Snowden to expose it???? Read below the fold...
"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow [jingle bells]" morphs into "Get Enrolled, Get Enrolled, Get Enrolled [jingle bells]."
And here's the link: http://youtu.be/azoWedQH8zQ
It's really, really hard to make commercial christmas muzak more cloying and annoying than it already is. You might even say it'd be a very heavy lift. Yet, in shocker, Obama's PR Machine succeeds! Read below the fold...
When I was doing Campaign Countdown (which I really really want to revive under the name of American Daily Monitor) I had to categorize all the snippets I aggregated, and one thing I noticed, in story after story, is that it was equally likely that if I could throw a story into the "Charter" bucket, I could also throw it into the "Corruption" bucket. Today's example:
Anchoring news broadcasts at WUSA for more than 40 years, [J.C. Haward] appeared in thousands of living rooms across the region, becoming a face and a name that Washingtonians recognized. She emceed countless charity fundraising galas, built a reputation for caring about the city she covered. Viewers came to trust her, and many came to feel as if they knew her.
And then she was gone.
Shortly before Hayward appeared on air that first day of October – dressed as glamorously as ever in a pale pink suit and a pair of towering slingback heels – the D.C. attorney general filed a lawsuit naming her as one of five people involved in an effort to divert millions of dollars from a city charter school for troubled teens.
No shame. Read below the fold...