The Healthcare Website
I know that I am not a techie and I understand that I would be “Monday Morning Quarterbacking“, but I was manager who solved problems during my business career, so if I complained about the fiasco but made suggestions on how the problems the website SHOULD HAVE been attacked, would I be off base?
But I am say this….
- In those States that have chosen to “opt” out, set up a separate Exchange so that if they changed their minds, all the Feds would have to do is turn it over the State.
- In each state where the Feds set up the Exchange, apportion dates when an individual or head or household should log in to apply; such as (in each State, if your birth date from the 1st to the 7th of the month, you log in. the first week of the month, if your birthday is the 8th to the 15th, log in the second week, 16th to 24th, the third week, and 25th to the 31st, the fourth week. Those days, not in the first through the fourth full weeks would be days to check for errors or problems and fix them.
- Operate in this fashion, for the first three months, then, allow stragglers to use the same system up to the deadline. If there was a problem with a signup, the individual could be given a pass code to call in on Saturday to resolve issues.
- Normal telephone sign up would work the same way.
- If people desire to sign up in person, they can go to any center to do so.
This system would have made certain that a major jams would not occur, that the problems would not be centralized and that, problems in one state could be foreseen in other Federal/ State Exchanges. Plus they could learn from the successful state Exchanges.
What do you think of my approach, let me know. Granted I do not know how my approach would impact their budget, perhaps they could tax the state of the overages, repayable upon accepting the Health Care Plan.
The 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg address will be celebrated, with all pomp and circumstance, next week. As we all remember (smile) er…know, the area near Gettysburg, PA was the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and possibly the turning point of the war, because it was General R.E. Lee’s purpose was to invade and conquer the North, to take over North or to break its will to wage war. He lost.
Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with at least 46,000 and possibly as many as 51,000 casualties in the two armies. The term “casualties” means not just people who were killed, but also includes men who were wounded (and who may or may not have died of their wounds), soldiers who were captured, and even people who ran away. Here is a breakdown from one of the best studies, Busey and Martin’s Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg: (Stone Sentinels)
Oddly, it began on July 1st and ended on July3rd; just in time to celebrate the Independence. President Lincoln traveled to the site and delivered the address to commemorate those from both sides, who died there.
But I will choose to commemorate a different important date in 1863, the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1. 1863, to wit:
“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom……..And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages………And I further declare and make known, that such persons of suitable condition, will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.”
The Emancipation Proclamation was actually signed on September 22, 1862.
So, I’ll celebrate my freedom, rather than those deaths caused by blindly ruthless and evil people who wanted to maintain their perceived superiority over other human beings through gross mental and bodily harm and murder.
It amazes me all the time how grossly blind we can sometimes be, when it comes to politics. My admonition at the bottom of my web page says, “Pay attention to politics or you may not get the representation you want”. I would guess that the people in Houston, TX found thar to be true, as a white guy named Dave Wilson, placed “minority” ads on TV and radio, implying he was a black guy looking out for the best interests of the “minority community” and won a seat on the Houston Community College Board of Trustee. Granted, I do not know how important the position is, but the implication is, the black community was duped. Now, maybe they intended to vote for Mr. Wilson. But given what I’ve seen, it could be the opposite. But the very fact that he had to resort to subterfuge to get elected, smacks of gross dishonesty.
Further, he stated that he was the cousin a popular black state representative, Ron Wilson, who endorsed him. Where was he while his fame was being used wrongly? Where was the NAACP, where was the Urban League, finally where was the man who was running against him. Gee, folks….what just happened?!!! I need answer!
Let me close by remembering JFK. He died this month, fifty years ago in Dallas. His death has never been convincingly been resolved, to my mind. Too many shots on target for one man White supremists or Fidel, I don’t know. He was a Catholic, a liberal who protected minority rights and the laws of this nation, stopped the Russians from placing missiles in Cuba and inspired us to “go to the moon”!