High Deductibles

I got this wrong too Mr. Coyote Blog. If the insurance is going to be “better”, then wouldn’t that mean more coverage and lower deductibles?

And wouldn’t you rather pay for your own birth control, as needed, than need to pay the first $4000 for cancer?
But then again – Obama said that preventative birth control would be “free of charge” without copay.

Period. ?

We don’t know what’s going to happen until it’s in force.

By the way, there is a certain schizophrenia here that is entirely political: These new policies have a $10,000 deductible, but they pay 100% for condoms? They may well be creating a combination of catastrophic insurance and pre-paid medical care that has the worst of both approaches.

Politicians lie. But what is it about this administration that lies in ways that are inevitably going to be discovered, in just a few months? Can they really be so focused on getting through each individual news cycle that this kind of behavior makes sense?

All those lines of code and an executive who likes to govern from the Oval Office

500 million lines of code and a president who’s favorite thing to do is “decree” a change.

Good luck with that. This is a big clip, but read the whole thing because he also shares some stories that show he understands how Obama could have “not known” about the whole fiasco October 1.

Going back to the development of IBM’s System/360 operation system, as described in Fred Brooks’ classic book, The Mythical Man-Month, the average programmer on the project wrote six lines of code per day. Of course, every programmer writes a lot more than that on SOME days, but on other days he writes zero lines of code, since he’s doing testing or debugging or rewriting or documenting. So for System/360, it all averaged out to six lines per day per programmer.

So let’s say that the Obamacare programmers were much better than that, and wrote 100 lines of code per day average. Let’s say that there were 1000 programmers. And let’s say that, over the three year period, there were about 660 business days. Then, with those generous assumptions, you get 100*1000*660 = 66,000,000 lines of code. It’s simply impossible to reach 500,000,000.

And yet, the 500 million figure is apparently true. I’ve heard it dozens of times in the last month, and no one is denying it. Healthcare.gov apparently really does have 500 million lines of code. How is that possible?
I get a picture in my mind of 1,000 people sitting a computers typing code, without worrying about whether or not it works. Given the size of the catastrophe, some variation of that must have happened.
More important than that, a code base that size is unsupportable. Health services is a rapidly changing field, and every time there’s some kind of process or rule change, it will take an army of programmers to make all the necessary changes in the code base. And that assumes that all the bugs have been fixed, which is far from true. Healthcare.gov will not be fully functional at any time in the foreseeable future, if ever.

Add to that today’s sympathetic NYTimes story on the debacle where no one in the White House noticed there was a “real” problem until mid October. Apparently they were far too busy not talking with Republicans about postponing the law a year which, in the end, wcould have saved Obama’s keister. [I’m not saying it would have, as I suspect, they would not have used that extra year wisely lest any word leak out that the website was not ready for public consumption earlier.]

I LOVE it when Hearings Accidently get to the Truth

My very own Congressman questioning a Mr. Chao, a CMS Tech officer.

The scuttlebutt and the reason Hot Air has this link is to note that 60-70% of the backend of Obamacare has yet to be built.

My personal favorite part however is at about 4:15 when Congressman Gardner asks Mr. Chao how the systems will be tested, once that backend IS completed.

Answer: “In the same exact manner we tested everything else”

Oh my word!!! ROFL
“In the same exact manner we tested everything else”
Next question – “Do you really think that’s the best idea?”

Obamacare and Hondurus

This post by NeoNeocon is brilliant. Why? Because, agreeing with me, she connect the two subjects of Obamacare and Hondurus.

A lot of people in this country gave Obama the benefit of the doubt, over and over and over. Hondurus did it for me and that was in July of 2009. (I take that back…..that’s when I decided he was no constitutionalist. His bailouts turned me into a TeaPartier earlier that spring) [ps – I have a category for Hondurus if you care to review all the posts on the subject]

Anyway NeoNeocon notes something similar. Starting off over her concern that the debacle of Obamacare will not really cause people to kill liberalism.

Am I being too pessimistic here, or am I just being a realist about people? I honestly don’t know, but I do know we need to remain alert, press any advantages with vigor and intelligence, and not relax and think the fight is anywhere near over. But at least Obamacare has gotten the attention of more people than have the previous acts/omissions of this administration that should have gotten a lot more people incensed but did not.

You know what these acts/omissions are; I probably don’t have to list them. But one of the very first—one that most people don’t even remember—was Honduras, a crisis that occurred in June of 2009, only a few months after Obama took office. I wrote many many posts about Honduras at the time, because it seemed an extremely important indicator of where Obama stood on the issue of tyranny and power-grabs by an executive—and let’s just say it wasn’t on the right (correct) side.

And yet the MSM covered for him and twisted what was happening into something that sounded almost like the opposite, which was an even more alarming indicator of where they stood. From that point on, there wasn’t much question that Obama was intent on the tyranny path himself, and that the media would for the most part give him a free pass, a scout, and several guides along the way.

I was not reading NeoNeocon regularly at the time so I didn’t realize she had so many posts. She copies her first one at the link.

Oprah and Obama

So Oprah believes that Obama (and herself) is treated with contempt because he (and she) are black.

I’m curious what is their excuse for treating me with contempt? i.e. She thinks I’m a racist and he thinks I don’t believe in the rule of law and so would be perfectly happy keeping my own insurance even though the law hasn’t changed simply because he says he won’t prosecute!

I follow the laws I know about. I’m one of them “good citizens” you hear of. So Oprah – why do you and Obama treat me with such contempt? Is it because I’m white? Or “right”? Or middle American? or what?

UPDATE: Insty notes the blurring of lines between “black” and “effed up”

Those Obamacare Numbers Everyone’s talking about

A couple of interesting things.
1) 100,000 people is low, yet that number is very high when you consider that 1/3 of them (in the Federal Exchange) are now at risk for identity theft.

2) What’s that you say? You’re not worried because you don’t have anything anyway? Oh they find ways to use information. Any information. Not just thieves, but the government too.
See what they did with anyone with any tiny little connections to a single book on lie detector tests.

The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. ………Moreover, many of them had only bought books or DVDs from one of the men being investigated and didn’t receive the one-on-one training that investigators had suspected. In one case, a Washington lawyer was listed even though he’d never contacted the instructors. Dozens of others had wanted to pass a polygraph not for a job, but for a personal reason: The test was demanded by spouses who suspected infidelity.

3) The latest things now is that “most users” will be able to use the site soon.

Administration troubleshooter Jeffrey Zients promised the website would be working smoothly for most users by the end of this month.

You can never quantify “most” and how exactly does this work? For user A, he can get into the website, add his personal information, find his subsidy and his insurance, but for user B, he can get into the website, and get stymied at adding information? Why would one user have one experience and the other another other than over loading which we know is but a simple problem in all the problems that are Obamacare.

Sites generally work the same for everyone yet in this case, the site will work differently for “most” people than for others? Ah the lies.

Power Corrupts

Thank you Legal Insurrection

Back in 2010 after a famous Pelosi quote I wrote this concerning Obamacare:

My personal thoughts…..I read all the “early retirement” blogs out there. I look forward to the day the house it paid for and I can …..oh wait – no, I’ll need to keep working my very productive, nicely paid, highly taxed job because I’ll still need health insurance until I can get on the government medicare program. [tangent: I have a great job, wiht a great company, I just love the weekends!] Not anymore! Per Nancy,

“Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.”

That’s the day that lazy bums like me without real ambitions to be rich get to be the slackers we want to be. Spending our time at jobs like “writer” and “part time horse trainer” or “animal communicator”. LOL

In the millions of people in this world, it does crack me up that the media hardly ever interviews a really sympathetic character. For example the woman on SNAP program whole will be down $53 per month and will no longer be able to buy her kids kiwi. ? Seriously? She still getting > $100 a week, her kids probably have their breakfast and lunch paid for at school and she can’t make ends meet on this because she can’t buy kiwi?

Or now we have this item in the NYTimes of a couple making $24000 between them who can now get free health care. This is a picture of them.NYT-Artists-free-Obamacare

My first thought….they have got to be artists living on a bunch of savings from when they made it rich in the NY scene. Yes, I’m a judger based on looks. No sympathy from me. Turns out I was right.

Legal Insurrection has done the leg work.

ht Maggie’s Farm

Elisabeth and Mark Horst, artists in Albuquerque who earn $24,000 a year between them, qualified for a zero-premium plan.

I have nothing against the Horsts. Living and painting in Albuquerque is a dream for many people.

But why should the taxpayers have to subsidize what clearly is a lifestyle choice? The Horsts are not exactly uneducated or without choices in their lives.

Here’s a part of Mark Horst’s bio at his art website:

Mark Horst grew up in small town Minnesota. He studied pottery and printmaking in high school and college, but his encounter with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker led to years of very different work. After earning a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University, he spent time teaching and working toward neighborhood renewal in south Minneapolis. He pursued the craft of painting and drawing at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the New York Studio School. He lives in Albuquerque.

If paint were a means of freezing time and protecting us from the dangerous life of the spirit, I would put down my brushes. But, for me, painting is a way of breaking time’s grip and setting loose something wild and strong.

Elizabeth also is highly educated and closed her psychology practice to paint:

I studied philosophy at Yale, psychology at the University of Minnesota, and in addition have trained in Reiki, yoga instruction, and shiatsu. As for art… I taught myself to knit at the age of seven, designed and made my own clothes in high school, stitched a quilt while writing my senior essay in college. Fiber art has always been what I do when I am not required to be doing something else (and sometimes when I am). I began to sell my handwoven scarves at art fairs and farmers markets in 2002, and in 2003 closed my psychology practice to make art full time.

No sympathy from me. These are exactly the people who should be paying into the system.

Ah Yes…..step 1, complete

So the other day I started a new category called “Mark my words” due to what I will predict is our path towards single payer.

Step one: check, check, and check:

Who’s fault will it be? BIG business. Why? Because they need profffffiittttt. Evil profit. AND they pay their executive big bucks. Who hates insurance companies? We all do. Louder please. When these companies start raising their prices it will be because of their greed, and NOT because of Democrat idiocy.

In other fun news, Charles Krauthammer, via Hot Air gives great video footage on what happens when government decides what is best for you.

Gay Patriot unmasks the true evil behind the idiotic “I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was paying for it” statement. Oh sure, she was fine when YOU paid for it, just not her.

And Ace reminds us of the true plan which is what I am predicting. Single Payer.

Smart people suggest that in this fiasco, government has proven that they can’t run something this big. Wrong. (well, it’s really true, but that is not what’s going to come out of this) Instead it will be that combining private/public is far too complex for even the genius’s of this administration, so let’s do single payer. Everyone knows how to do that. Mark my words.