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The technical flaw in Hobby Lobby’s case.

There is one technical flaw in Hobby Lobby’s argument, it is a corporation. If the owners wanted to apply their “religious views” upon their business, that is that the business truly reflects their views, then they should have remained a sole proprietorship or partnership. When you’re an SP, there is legally no difference between the business and the owner. When you incorporate, you are officially telling your state that X is a separate legal entity to you, which affords certain legal protections. The owner could hold any faith or religious views it wants, but your firm, if incorporated, is a separate legal body. The only time this is not the case is if you incorporate as a type of non-profit organization akin to say the Salvation Army for example.

Of course all of this could have been easily avoided by simply de-linking healthcare and employment. We all know how employers came to be offering health insurance plans. But that was a different era. Those benefits should have been terminated decades ago allowing the market to develop an alternative forcing employees to come up with their own plan or some sort of alternate public system.

Another thinking that is striking here is the composition of the health plans in the Exchanges. Why can’t there have been plans tailored to males and females? Prior to the “Obamacare” passage, we had that. Now everyone is mandated to buy the same plan with a ton of stuff they would never need, for example why would men need pregnancy coverage?

Another move step closer in me losing love of Obamacare

Accenture replaces CGI for troubled Obamacare site

Thursday, January 16, 2014

CGI Federal has been replaced as the lead contractor for the Obamacare enrollment website by Accenture after a series of setbacks.

The Accenture contract which will replace CGI Federal’s contract after it is scheduled to end on the28th February, has been valued at £58 million.

The HealthCare.gov portal which failed to function after becoming overloaded by visitors, provides enrolment services to the public, as part of the U.S. government’s nation healthcare reform plans.

Accenture Federal Services chief executive David Moskovitz, said: “Accenture will bring deep healthcare industry insight as well as proven experience in building large-scale, public-facing websites to continue improving HealthCare.gov.”

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which supervised the launch, said: ““As CMS moves forward in our efforts to help consumers access quality and affordable health coverage, we have selected Accenture to become the lead contractor for the HealthCare.gov portal, and to prepare for next year’s open enrolment period”.

via Accenture replaces CGI for troubled Obamacare site – News – outsourcing – sourcingfocus.com.

In the past few months I helped 4 people get plans. I dealt with their crap website. So far, only 1 person even was contacted by the insurance providers. When the Affordable Care Act passed, I approved the concept, having dealt with private insurers who have screwed me and family and friends in the past. I grudgingly approved of the mandate, which goes against my civil libertarian ideals  because I’ve seen a lot of people either unable to get insurance get financially burned using the ER or simply decided to not get insurance even if they could afford it and pass on the cost to others. As a disabled person, I approved of pre-existing conditions portion of the law. The law was based on Nixoncare, Romneycare and Swisscare and what the Heritage Foundation proposed; the Swiss had it for almost 20 years and from what I can tell is highly successful (it is still slightly different than Obamacare and Romneycare).

Saying all that, the legislation has a lot of problems. While I personally would have preferred a single payer system or a “public option” or at least some kind of system that had univesal coverage. But we didn’t get that, we got what conservatives proposed in the past. It is what it is. But, then I see here something like this, that our tax dollars are being used for firm who will outsource the labor overseas. The website may have been done this way as well. Look, if a private firm wants to outsource to an offshore location, hey it is their money. But when it comes to utilizing OUR tax dollars, I want the work kept inside our borders! Between the half ass follow through by insurers/system after signing up to now this, I most likely will have to re-think my support for Obamacare. It probably doesn’t matter what I think, not like it has any impact. But still man, it ain’t right that our tax dollars be sent overseas for work that could have been done here. And don’t even get me started on how even when it is done here, a lot of software firms are utilizing H1-B visas to bring in workers from India. How many coders here are looking for work? There are Americans who are easily as qualified who could have coded for that damn website. But no, American tax dollars for foreign workers. Madness..I tell you..pure madness.

Hospitals are the greediest bastards out there!

While I read a lot of articles that make me angry, I haven’t been as upset as I was reading this piece from Time (link below). My God did it dredge up old memories prior to me going on Medicare and of course how my parents got wiped out when my mother had a heart attack. You can tell me all you want about the free market and healthcare, the fact is as the article noted medicine will ALWAYS BE a “sellers market.” You can, in theory, shop if it isn’t an emergency AND you can actually see the prices and find a competitor with a better deal. But that isn’t the case outside of some elective stuff like lasik or plastic surgery. This isn’t like shopping for a car or groceries.

And I find it hard to believe that such margins are because of malpractice lawsuits. Texas and a few others capped that and they have the fattest hospital costs. This is greed, pure and simple. You want to know why Medicare/Medicaid and most likely the private insurers are gonna go bust? When a hospital charges 40X for a tylenol pill or hell they don’t even have a God damn clue by their own revelations, this gets out of control and fast. It really says something when the medical industry spends 3 times as much lobbying Congress versus the war industry. And don’t tell me that if we bothered to stand up to this that services would be cut, you can still be a hospital and make money charging $5k for cancer medication as you would $17k when even they admit they could….especially if you’re a GOD DAMN NON-PROFIT (the WORST of the bunch!)!!!

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us | TIME.com.

 

 

What’s good for the goose may be good for the gander.

There is always the fear, I keep hearing from some, of the state imposing some sort of hardship upon the rights of the individual. But what about outside the government? Why should an organized private body, be it say an organized religion or an incorporated business or non-state political group have such a privilege to do such upon you? If you have qualms about the state mandating private health insurance upon you, then should you have such hostility towards an employer mandating their personal religious views upon you when it has nothing to do with the job??