By Steve Eggleston

After the high-profile failures of Oregon’s and Massachusetts’ state-run health-care exchanges, and the near-failures of several other state-run exchanges this time last year, the proponents of ObamaCare were hoping that the blood-letting of the remaining state-run exchanges was at an end. Indeed, there hadn’t been any further failures. According to an editorial in The Orange County Register, that’s about to change, with the biggest domino, Covered California, poised to fail.

Up until this year, Covered California had been using $1.1 billion in federal grant money as its major source of money to finance its operations. There will be no more federal money going into Covered California, or any other state-run exchange, as that spigot was shut off on January 1. Meanwhile, in accordance with ObamaCare dictates that the exchanges be “self-sufficient”, California’s legislature has prohibited the use of general state funds on Covered California.

According to The Register, Covered California currently says it expects to lose $78 million in Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016). It seems people haven’t been signing up as expected. As of the original deadline for 2015 coverage, February 15, Covered California was 300,000 short of its planned goal. Two extensions of that deadline, to April 30, have not, at least so far, appeared to come close to closing that gap. According to a study by Alavare Health, Covered California had the 3rd-worst enrollment growth, at 1%, and the 4th-worst re-enrollment rate, 65%.

After looking over the presentation given to the Covered California board at its March meeting, I’d say that $78 million projected loss looks to be a bit “optimistic”. Under what it termed the “medium” scenario, the expected FY2016 loss is $104 million, which would bring the cash reserves down to $184 million. Supposedly expenditures will drop and revenues increase, but given the combination of the First Rule of Government Expenditures (spending never actually decreases) and the overly-optimistic nature of revenue projections, Covered California isn’t long for this world.

Of course, the Congressional “Republicans” have the “fix” – explicitly allow the federal exchange to offer subsidies if the Supreme Court strikes down the executive-based version. They claim it would be “temporary” and would come with the repeal of the individual and employer mandates regarding health insurance, but given their other hard turns to the left (including approving Loretta Lynch as Attorney General), it will neither be “temporary” nor come with the repeal of any mandates.

It’ s once thing to be a low information voter but when you’re a low/no information activist

‘Voters for Hillary.’  We’re —”

“‘Voters for Hillary.’ Are you kidding me?  Didn’t you read the New York Times today?”

“What’re you talking about?”

Read the whole thing, it’s pretty bad.

Let the record show that this latest scandal was reported in the MSM so this person isn’t just a low information activist, it’s a No information activist.

This is why the culture wars need to be fought because folks like this get all their info and beliefs strictly from the culture and I suspect there are a lot more of them than news junkies like me realize.

Papa Bear:  That is something you must never do so let that be a lesson to you

Stan Berenstain The Bike Jesson 1964

Commander Sela: Come in, gentlemen. Take a seat, please. Excuse me, I’m just finishing up a speech. For you, Mister Spock. I rather enjoy writing. I don’t get to do it often in this job.
Lt. Cmdr Data: Perhaps you would be happier in another job.

Star Trek TNG Unification Part 2 1991

I read with some amusement this story concerning the delicate flowers empowered college women at Oberlin college reacting to Christina Hoff Sommers’ suggestion that if one’s major is not conducive to making a living perhaps one should choose a different one.

Mind you this is the same message she has given at other venues as well:

“A way undergraduate women can change the wage gap is to change their major,” Sommers said. “Of the college majors, naval architecture is 97 percent male. Early childhood education is 98 percent female, social work 88 percent female. There is a big difference in what they major in.”

If more women were to change their majors from lower-paying jobs such as childhood education to higher-paying jobs like petroleum engineering, the wage gap would not be such an issue, Sommers said.

Yet this dose of reality was so traumatic for the some in the student body (even before it was given) that some lashed out at those who invited her as enabling rape while others have answered with love letters to themselves or found the need for “safe spaces”

However while the proper reaction to such people is intense ridicule as the father of two sons one still in college I can’t fight the impulse to couple my ridicule with some practical aid:

Ladies if you will not believe that nasty scary Christina Hoff Sommers perhaps I can provide a witness more to your liking.

Meet Andrea XX

I have no idea why throwing bodyshaming/slutshaming at Miley is being allowed a free pass. It’s the propagation of heteropatriarchal crap.

— andria (@andria_xx) August 26, 2013

Her feminist bonafides are impressive:

“Honors BA in Social Justice and Peace Studies” and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Gender Studies.

Her blog is no longer up but two years ago she was about to defend her Masters Thesis in Gender Studies so we can safely presume that by this time she has acquired said degree and while a Masters in any subject doesn’t impress either Dr. Sheldon Cooper or Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler it should be enough to convince those hiding in Oberlin’s on campus safe rooms that her opinion can be heard without trauma.

So Andrea XX tell us,  just how valuable is an Honors BA in Social Justice & Peace Studies & a Masters in Gender studies?

“I have a honors BA and I’m defending my MA thesis in two weeks. I am also apply for jobs and I can only find stuff in the service industry. I applied for a Hotel Front Desk Clerk job today. My degrees mean NOTHING. I am at the end of my rope.“

In fact it’s even worse that what it sounds:

andreaxx

Now while it is (almost) too late for Andrea XX to change direction if you are an Oberlin student you still have time to abandon majors that make you unemployable and make sure that you are at least in a position to pay off your college debt and have a life once you leave the safe room and enter the real world.

You won’t like the alternative, take andrea_xx’s word on it.

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