Thursday, 14 November 2013

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You want insurance? Well you can’t have it.

So... Now What?  Dept
The situation, as interpreted by James Nichol (consumer sales manager, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Dakota):
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:02 PM
Subject: The President’s Announcement
Importance: High

These are fun times, don’t you think?

The statement the President made to the press today has put a few thing on hold.

As of right now I would advise we do nothing in terms of advice or enrolling in either a Qualified Health Insurance (metallic) plan or a non-grandfathered plan. That would include AffordaBlue PLUS. Frankly we don’t know the full implications of what the president has said. We are certain the ND Department of Insurance will also have something to add to the conversation. So simply put, I don’t know what to advise anyone seeking health insurance as of this minute.

I will send out an update tomorrow to bring everyone up to speed on BCBSND’s position.

STAY TUNED, more to come tomorrow.


JD (Jim) Nichol
Consumer Sales Manager
Chaos, piled atop incompetence.

(Via: Ace)

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Political Hacks  Dept
The Atlantic:
John McCain Thinks John Kerry Is a ‘Human Wrecking Ball’
(...of course McCain also had time to bash Ted Cruz.)

Hey, maybe they could get married and run away together...  Just think! Then we’d be rid of both of them!

(Via: Insty)

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Excuse me, but you’re assuming they want real answers

Erik offers a suggestion to congress:

Every [IRS scandal] hearing should start out with statements and questions along the following lines:
Now, Mrs. Lerner/Mr. Lew (or whoever is being questioned), you — obviously — realize that the whole background to this scandal is the improper politicization of the Internal Revenue Service, do you not?  Good.  And you realize that what occurred was a blatant display of double standards, do you not?  Very well.  And you recognize that the process was unfair and inappropriate, don’t you, and that there was no reason to keep Such-and-Such-a Tea Party waiting for months, indeed for years?  Good.

So: there do not seem to be any disagreements about that…

And so I have the following question for you:

Why is it that Such-and-Such-a Tea Party has not yet indeed received approval of its tax-exempt status?

Why is it that — six months later after the scandal broke — its members are still waiting to receive approval of their status?
Well, Erik is a Frenchman.  It’s understandable that he might mistake the Republicans for a genuine opposition, and not understand their status as the currently-out-of-power segment of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party.

A real opposition might be after some real answers.  The Permanent Party, not so much.

IOW, fat chance.

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