By Max R. Weller
Only 16 more nights for transients in the emergency overnight dorms at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. The emergency warming centers operated by BOHO return to weather-based criteria for opening after tonight.
Yippee! Get the bums out of our fair city:
Boulder, CO Peace Commission — Wyatt Earp, Chairman
Transients will be gently encouraged to get on the RTD buses heading back to Denver, with fare paid by the Boulder Peace Commission, and each tramp will be given a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bottled water to-go. Dogs belonging to transients will be turned over to the Humane Society.
I’ll be checking out the new NoBo Corner Library either today or tomorrow. Of course, like everyone else who lives in the neighborhood, I would love to have a library within walking distance. But, I’m not optimistic at its chances for success; if BPL knew how to deal with problems created by the worst-behaved transients, they’d do something to make the Main Branch downtown more user-friendly.
‘Made-up good news about Obamacare’ commentary from the Washington Post. Quoting from it below:
The Obama administration is celebrating that it has achieved its (downwardly revised) goal of signing up more than 6 million Americans for Obamacare by 11:59 p.m. March 31. Mission accomplished!
Not quite. The administration has not revealed how many of those 6 million people have paid their premiums. If you have not paid, you have not actually “enrolled.” It’s like putting merchandise in your Amazon cart but never clicking “buy.”
Besides, the number that matters is not how many Americans signed up for Obamacare but rather how many previously uninsured Americans signed up for Obamacare. By that standard, Obamacare may be headed for an epic failure.
Recall that between 5 million and 6 million Americans lost their health plans because of Obamacare last fall. If the administration now succeeds in signing up 5 million to 6 million previously insured Americans, it will have achieved . . . nothing. Breaking even is no great accomplishment.
And let’s not forget: Many of those new Obamacare sign-ups are self-sufficient people who were previously paying their own way and now receive government subsidies for insurance. Creating government dependency is not progress — it’s a step backward.
The stated goal of Obamacare was not to move millions of privately insured Americans into taxpayer-subsidized health coverage. The goal was to cover the uninsured. That was the justification for all the chaos and disruption Americans have experienced — and that is the standard by which the administration should be judged.
The phrase “epic failure” is spot on. Continuing excerpt:
Goldman Sachs is projecting that only 1 million Obamacare sign-ups will come from previously uninsured Americans. Indeed, it estimates that the number of total signups will be just 4 million — not 6 million, as the administration claims — because “HHS figures . . . count all persons who selected an ACA exchange plan regardless of whether or not they have actually completed the enrollment process by paying their premium.” Goldman Sachs also anticipates that fully 75 percent of all the Obamacare sign-ups will be from people who already had insurance.
The administration faces a similar problem with Medicaid enrollments. President Obama recently declared, “We’ve got close to 7 million Americans who have access to health care for the first time because of Medicaid expansion.” That statement is flat untrue.
The president assumes that every single one of those Medicaid enrollees is getting health insurance for the first time because of Obamacare. But according to his own Department of Health and Human Services, that number includes people previously enrolled in Medicaid who are deemed eligible for another year, as well as people who would have been eligible under the law before Obamacare. The fact is, HHS does not know how many of the Medicaid signups are “newly eligible” and how many would have signed up anyway. If HHS doesn’t know, how can the president know? The answer is: He can’t.
(Pinocchio image added by me)
What’s the bottom line? As Mark Thiessen puts it:
The Obama administration is so anxious for some good news about this law that if it doesn’t have any, it just makes some up.
Wheelchair Man was back in my neighborhood yesterday, briefly “flying a sign” on the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 before passing out drunk on the wall in front of the nearby Mexican restaurant. After watching him closely again, I’m now convinced he’s a FAKER; the man walks better than I do, and I get along with only a trekking pole for support.
Tonight at my campsite: tasty food which is probably unhealthy.