SURPRISE! Another Obamacare Non-Profit Co-op IS CLOSING FOREVER

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The shuttering of an Obamacare co-op has become an almost monthly ritual at this point. The latest one to fold is in Ohio where claims were coming in at the rate of $3 million per week.

BizJournals has the story:

Ohio shutting down state’s Obamacare nonprofit co-op InHealth – claims paced $3M per week

Ohio is the latest state to lose its nonprofit co-op health insurer created under an Affordable Care Act after a Franklin County judge on Thursday appointed the Ohio Department of Insurance as receiver of InHealth Mutual to take control and liquidate the company.

Policies are still in effect as of now for its 21,800 members, mostly with individual coverage, but the state said they likely have 60 days to choose another plan on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace or risk losing federal subsidies.

The company’s Westerville office is being shuttered and the Insurance Department will administer policies until members switch coverage. The Ohio Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association covers claims of up to $500,000 when an insurer is in liquidation.

Adjusted projections show InHealth Mutual would end the year with negative $20 million in assets if it were to continue to operate, according to the agency’s complaint in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

Medical claims were coming in this year at a pace of $3 million a week, said an InHealth board resolution consenting to liquidation that was attached to the state complaint. Actuaries estimated it would have had to increase premiums by 60 percent in 2017 to catch up.

The insurer had set aside $32 million to cushion this year, but claims outstripped premiums by $28 million in the first quarter alone, according to its financial report filed with the agency. The state complaint said the adjusted projection of full-year losses jumped to $54 million.

If Obama and the Democrats didn’t know Obamacare would implode, they were incompetent. If they designed it to fail and pave the way for single-payer, they’re evil.

Either way, it’s we the American people who have lost.

Liberal Writer Says Bernie Sanders Supporters ARE RACISTS

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The prolonged Democratic primary is really causing the left to eat their own. Keli Goff of the Daily Beast has written a new column in which she accuses Bernie Sanders supporters of racism.

Take a look:

The Racist Side of Bernie Sanders Supporters

Black writers and activists who have had the temerity to challenge Sanders’s record have been targeted by his supporters in ways that go against not just civility but even decency. I should know. I’m one of them. For having the gall to share my perspective, buoyed by polling data, that self-described socialists are pretty much unelectable to the American presidency, his supporters attempted to harass me offline. (Emphasis on “attempted.”)

Let me explain what I mean by “harass.”

While thankfully, I have someone who works for me and wades through much of my mail and social media so I can spend as much time as possible writing (and maintaining my sanity and sense of humor), for more than a week Sanders supporters flooded my accounts with nonstop accusations—one more over the top than the next. I am “a disgrace,” “a liar,” a secret paid Hillary Clinton “mole” or “shill.” Apparently it is beyond the realm of possibility that I, as a free-thinking individual with access to polling data and a fairly vigorous intellect of my own may not consider their chosen candidate a strong one. Simply not possible. After all, as one white Sanders supporter informed me: “You need to be better informed on the needs of Black people.” Thanks for the tip!

But there were a couple of messages that made their way to me that were particularly troubling. One Sanders supporter pleaded on Facebook for others to stop attacking me and try to “inform me” (Again this denotes I couldn’t possibly be educated because I don’t agree with them, but at least he sounded civil). To which another replied, “She chooses to ignore the issues and work for her own personal interest. If that is the case than to me everything is allowed as long as it’s not physical violence.”

Consider that statement for a moment.

It sure looks like Democrats are going to have a hard time with that whole “unity” thing when the primary is over.

Have you ever looked forward to watching a Democratic convention more than this year?

Have You Paid Your GOPHER TAX?

mazama-pocket-gopher-01b-rodgilbertCommissioners in Thurston county, Washington, have invented a new gopher tax, and it could be as high as $42,000 for new home buyers.

We The Governed reports:

The Thurston County Commissioners in collusion with the US Fish and Wildlife Service have created a novel method of extracting additional tax dollars from prospective new homeowners in Washington State.  According to public documents, Thurston County staff has proposed a new gopher tax, up to $42,000 for new homeowners who might consider building a home on or near land that might be inhabited by a rodent called the Mazama Pocket Gopher.  This gopher tax (called “mitigation” in planner-speak) would be in addition to any other fees, permits, taxes, or other costs that might be imposed on the construction of a new home in Thurston County, Washington.  For direct links to the concept files written and presented by Thurston County planning staff go here and here.

The $42,000 gopher tax is likely to become law later this year.   Two of the three Commissioners (Sandra Romero and Cathy Wolfe) have been supportive of the plan and the process for many years now.  In addition, the Thurston County Planning Department has been largely controlled by the US Fish & Wildlife Service for years – many of the county employees are entirely subsidized by USFWS grant money.  This has been a concern of property rights advocates for many years because local county staff won’t question their orders from USFWS when their jobs depend on grant dollars from that federal agency.

Another aspect of the gopher tax that has local observers concerned is the current plan for much of this money to be transferred to an out-of-state nonprofit organization.  Some of these gopher tax monies would stay in Thurston County, but it appears that after insiders get their cut, most of these funds would be sent to an out-of-state organization to manage local taxpayer-purchased land that could be set aside as bonus pocket gopher habitat.

Cliff Moore1Apparently the gopher is now considered an “endangered species”, but only in the Puget Sound area, as the animal is listed as “least concerned” on its wikipedia page.

County Manager Cliff Moore is said to be the brains (or lack there of) behind this, telling property owners to pound sand.

Student Who Threatened Milo Yiannopoulos Is DAUGHTER OF CHICAGO PD OFFICIAL

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Milo Yiannopoulos of Breitbart was supposed to give a talk at DePaul University this week but the event was shut down by Black Lives Matter activists who made a nuisance of themselves and threatened Milo.

One of the activists even put her fist in Milo’s face and come to find out, she’s the daughter of a Chicago Police Department employee.

Breitbart reported:

Meet Kayla Johnson, The DePaul Protester Who Took a Swing At Milo

The second lead protester at last night’s event at DePaul University has been identified as Kayla Johnson, the daughter of Juanita Johnson, who serves as the Chicago Police Department’s Director of Administration.

Johnson rushed onto the stage behind Edward Ward, a political science graduate and minister who led the effort to shut down Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ event. From the stage, Johnson shouted at and taunted attendees. Eventually, she grabbed the microphone from an event organizer and taunted Yiannopoulos with it, taking several swings at his head.

According to Facebook, Johnson is an African and Black Diaspora Studies major at DePaul University. Her mother, Juanita Johnson, serves as the Director of Administration II for the Chicago Police Department.

Here’s a video of the incident:

Her parents must be so proud.

Security forces at the event, which Milo and Breitbart were forced by the school to pay for, did nothing as the mayhem unfolded.

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Investigation In California Leads To Discovery Of DEAD VOTERS (VIDEO)

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The left always insists we don’t need voter ID laws because they’re unnecessary and racist. The truth is that the left relies on voter fraud and ID’s would make that difficult.

CBS News in Los Angeles reported:

CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Votes Being Cast From Grave Year After Year

A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County.

“He took a lot of time choosing his candidates,” said Annette Givans of her father, John Cenkner.

Cenkner died in Palmdale in 2003. Despite this, records show that he somehow voted from the grave in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

But he’s not the only one.

CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters.

Specifically, 265 in Southern California and a vast majority of them, 215, in Los Angeles County alone.

The numbers come from state records that show votes were cast in that person’s name after they died. In some cases, Goldstein discovered that they voted year after year.

Here’s a video report:

Is anyone surprised by any of this?

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Former McDonald’s CEO Warns $15 Min Wage WILL KILL LOTS OF JOBS (VIDEO)

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Minimum wage activists are well on their way to destroying countless jobs for young people and others looking to enter the workforce. Ed Rensi, the former CEO of McDonald’s who’s also a Trump supporter, explained in a recent appearance on the FOX Business Network.

Breitbart has the details:

Ex-CEO of McDonald’s: $15 Minimum Wage ‘To Cause Job Loss … Like You’re Not Going to Believe’

Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi appeared on Fox Business Network and warned progressive groups against $15 per hour minimum-wage hikes.

“I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry — it’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient [while] making $15 an hour bagging French fries,” Rensi said Tuesday.

“It’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe,” Rensi added.

Watch the video:

At some point in the future, the left will find a way to blame Republicans for the loss of these jobs.

Count on it.

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U.S. State Department Sets Single Day Record For APPROVING SYRIAN REFUGEES

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No matter how many times the American people say they don’t want the country flooded with Syrian refugees, Obama refuses to hear it and just does whatever he wants.

The State Department is fast-tracking refugees for approval and even set a new record.

The Washington Times reports:

State Department sets new single-day record for Syrian refugee approvals

The State Department admitted 80 Syrian refugees on Tuesday and 225 on Monday, setting a new single-day record as President Obama surges to try to meet his target of 10,000 approvals this year — sparking renewed fears among security experts who say corners are being cut to meet a political goal.

Officials insisted they’re moving faster because they’re getting better at screening, and say they’re still running all the traps on applicants.

But the new spike in numbers is stunning, with more people accepted on Monday alone than were approved in the entire months of January or February.

“The Obama administration is on full throttle to admit as many people as possible before the time clock runs out on them,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies. “This is the classic scenario when political expediency trumps prudence, and someone slips through who shouldn’t have, and tragedy ensues.”

Powerless to stop the civil war in Syria, Mr. Obama has instead offered the U.S. as a safe haven for those fleeing the conflict, promising to accept 10,000 refugees between Oct. 1 and Sept. 30. As of Tuesday evening, he’d approved 2,540 — an average of about 10 applications a day.

The FBI has gone on record, saying it would be impossible for them to vet all of these refugees and ISIS has sworn to infiltrate their ranks but Obama persists.

At some point, his motives need to be questioned.

Progressive Students At Oberlin College Want To ABOLISH LOW GRADES

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It seems the progressive students at Oberlin College are too tuckered out from all their important political activism to, you know… study.

Now they want low grades abolished, along with tedious things like exams.

Reason reports:

Oberlin Students Want Below-Average Grades Abolished, Midterms Replaced with Conversations

Oberlin College’s activist community is ready to call it quits. Progressive students are dropping out of college, citing academic and emotional difficulties stemming from their mental health problems and overall disgust with the toxic culture on campus.

That’s according to a fascinating piece for The New Yorker by Nathan Heller, who interviewed a number of exhausted activists at Oberlin. They perceive that other students, faculty members, and the administration are completely against them, and have made it impossible for them to live on campus. Some are dropping out.

Of course, some of these students probably feel unsupported because their impractical demands were not realized. Two examples: activist students not only wanted to abolish all grades below a ‘C,’ they also thought faculty members should proactively offer them alternatives to taking a written, in-class midterm exam. Here is the testimony of Megan Bautista, who identifies as an Afro-Latinx student:

Protest surged again in the fall of 2014, after the killing of Tamir Rice. “A lot of us worked alongside community members in Cleveland who were protesting. But we needed to organize on campus as well—it wasn’t sustainable to keep driving forty minutes away. A lot of us started suffering academically.” In 1970, Oberlin had modified its grading standards to accommodate activism around the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings, and Bautista had hoped for something similar. More than thirteen hundred students signed a petition calling for the college to eliminate any grade lower than a C for the semester, but to no avail. “Students felt really unsupported in their endeavors to engage with the world outside Oberlin,” she told me.

The left has effectively convinced many, if not most, college students that the whole point of college is protests and activism rather than studying and scholarship.

Won’t it be great when the higher ed bubble finally bursts?

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Trans Teacher Gets $60,000 Settlement Because CO-WORKERS WON’T CALL HER “THEY”

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We’ve now come quickly to the point where transgender people can extort large sums of money from the public for using the wrong pronouns.

A teacher in Oregon who was born female but now identifies as transmasculine received a $60,000 settlement because other employees wouldn’t call her “they.”

The Daily Caller reports:

Transgender Teacher Gets $60k After Co-Workers Won’t Call Her ‘They’

A “transmasculine” teacher at an Oregon elementary school has been awarded $60,000 by her school district as compensation for harassment she claims to have suffered on the job, including being referred to by the wrong pronoun.

According to The Oregonian, Leo Soell was born a woman, but now prefers to identify as “transmasculine” and “genderqueer,” meaning she does not consider herself to be male or female. After getting breast cancer in late 2014, she had her breasts amputated to create a more masculine appearance and changed her name to Leo. Once she returned from medical school in May, 2015, Soell was fully public with her gender-neutral identity.

Once she returned to work, Soell claims she fell victim to relentless harassment from her co-workers. She says employees persisted in calling her hurtful terms like “Miss Soell,” “lady,” and “she.” If a student asked Soell’s sex, she says she was ordered to reply it was a private matter not suitable for discussion at school.

Some teachers were even worse, Soell said. She claimed one teacher screamed at her in the hallway that her gender choice was offensive to God, and she said teachers conspired to use the school’s only gender-neutral bathroom so Soell would have to wait a half-hour or more to use it.

The school conducted an internal investigation after Soell complained, but found no proof of harassment.

Eventually, Soell was able to cut a deal with the school to have her referred to by her preferred pronoun, “they,” but Soell said the harassment didn’t stop, so she finally hired an attorney and prepared to file an official complaint.

Oregon is a very friendly state for individuals who claim they have suffered discrimination based on gender identity. The state’s labor commissioner, Brad Avakian, forced a bakery to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple they wouldn’t bake a cake for, and he has also compelled a bar owner to pay a whopping $400,000 to a group of transgender customers he tried to ban from his bar.

Eager to avoid meeting a similar fate, district officials agreed to pay Soell $60,000 in compensation for her emotional distress, and they also agreed to adopt a whole battery of new policies to make the district more transgender-friendly.

Calling a single person “they” makes no grammatical sense. You would think a school would teach that.

Expect more expensive settlements like this in the near future as other trans people decide to cash in.

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