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Aetna ditching 70% of its ObamaCare business

Obamacare: Going as planned.

tried to warn you

Via NY Post: Insurance giant Aetna won’t be offering coverage under ObamaCare next year in 11 of the 15 states it now serves — an announcement that instantly became an issue in the presidential race.

Aetna’s decision led Donald Trump to charge that President Obama’s health care reform was “imploding.” “Aetna’s decision to leave the Affordable Care Act’s public marketplaces is the latest blow to this broken law that is slowly imploding under its regulatory red tape,” said Trump campaign deputy national policy director Dan Kowalski.

Millions of Americans have lost their health coverage under this disastrous policy, eliminating their ability to choose their doctors. Thousands of businesses have been forced to cut employment or shutter their doors in response to Obama’s signature achievement,” he added.

The company had previously warned that it expected to lose more than $300 million this year on the 900,000 patients it covers under the Affordable Care Act. Aetna said it is pulling out of ObamaCare markets in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

Aetna does not currently offer the policies in New York. It does offer other medical insurance to individuals and small businesses as well as large employers in the state, officials said. It will continue to offer policies in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska and Virginia.

ObamaCare is credited with expanding coverage to millions of previously uninsured or under-insured people.

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But insurers have complained they have lost money on the policies. United Health Group and Humana are other insurers exiting ObamaCare plans.

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, in a statement, said there were not enough younger, healthier customers signing up to make ObamaCare policies sustainable. “The vast majority of payers have experienced continued financial stress within their individual public exchange business. Providing affordable, high-quality health care options to consumers is not possible without a balanced risk pool,” Bertolini said.

More than a dozen nonprofit insurance co-ops have shut down in the past couple years. The pullouts could spell trouble because competition is supposed to help control price increases.

Some states like Alaska and Oklahoma will be left with only one insurer selling ObamaCare plans to individuals in 2017. More densely populated states like New York say their ObamaCare markets remain strong.

But rates for customers are skyrocketing to maintain stability.

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Citing increased medical costs, New York recently authorized insurers offering individual ObamaCare plans to increase premiums by an average 16.6 percent — the highest rate hike in the program’s four-year existence. New York’s small businesses will get hit with an average 8.3 percent rate hike.

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Texas McDonald’s worker is fired for refusing to serve an off-duty cop

blue lives matter

From Daily Mail: An off-duty police officer out of uniform in Texas was refused service at a local McDonald’s by an employee simply for being a cop.

The officer who works for the Brenham Police Department went to grab a quick bite to eat with his two children at the fast-food chain, but a female employee would not serve him.

Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman said the shocking incident happened at the 500 Hwy 290 West location in the town that’s located about 80 miles outside of Dallas. ‘We know this was an isolated incident that involved a single employee who is not fond of law enforcement,’ a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page reads.

Goodman told KPRC the employee’s son is currently in custody ‘for a serious offense and she just doesn’t have a pleasant view or a positive view of law enforcement.’ 

Another employee at the McDonald’s stepped in and served the officer and his family. ‘Nobody deserves to be treated like that,’ Goodman told KHOU.  ‘We know that these problems exist everywhere, but we did not expect that here.’

The officer, who has not been publicly named, told his captain what happened and he contacted McDonald’s, who immediately let the employee go.  ‘They, much like a police organization, looked at what took place, and after gathering the information, they came to the right decision and that employee no longer works for their business,’ Goodman said.

He added that the owners of the eatery were ‘disheartened’ when they heard about the incident.  

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Goodman said that the officer who this happened to is one of the best in their department and is also a former Marine. He shared that they aren’t judging McDonald’s for what happened based ‘on the action of this one worker. The actions of that one employee do not reflect the beliefs or opinions of management, the owners, or the McDonald’s company as a whole,’ he said. ‘We would like to thank the owners of McDonald’s for their continued support and for seeing that this issue has been resolved.’

In Virginia, a police officer was denied service at a restaurant because she was in uniform. The officer had been standing in line at the Noodles & Company on Duke Street in Alexandria on Monday when a female cook emerged from the back and said she wouldn’t serve the cop, Fox5 reports.

Gesturing towards the cop, the cook told the restaurant’s cashier: ‘You better pull me off the line, because I’m not serving that.’ The Alexandria police department said both the cashier and cook started laughing – and the officer, who has not been identified, left the restaurant at this point.

‘Well, your first response as a police officer is anger.’ police chief Earl Cook told the local station. These are very difficult times right now with our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily – your first response is anger, then you calm down a bit.’

His outrage at the incident led him to visit the establishment on Tuesday. Managers apologized for it and said they would investigate what had happened. They later told him that it appeared the encounter had occurred just as the officer in question had described. Management said that they would now post signs on their windows to express their support for law enforcement, a representative for the Alexandria police union said, according to Fox.

Noodles & Company released a statement after the incident, saying they expect the ‘highest ethical and personal behavior’ from employees. ‘We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect,’ the company said. ‘We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.’ The company added that they are working with authorities to resolve the matter and have made an effort to reach out to the police officer.

In the wake of the incident, Derrick Perks, an editor for Associations Now, said there had been calls for the public to steal from the restaurant. On Twitter, the police department said they do not support any crime to come as a result of the incident – and added that they do not even support a boycott of the restaurant.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Texas to require burial or cremation of aborted fetuses

Cue the outrage from the pro-aborts in 3, 2, 1…

unborn baby

Via NY Post: Texas intends to require that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated under new rules following the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down two of the state’s most restrictive abortion laws.

A federal judge has blocked similar fetal remain requirements in Indiana as part of a preliminary injunction against a sweeping anti-abortion law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

But Texas is moving forward under orders from GOP Gov. Greg Abbott instead of waiting for lawmakers to pass a bill.

An Abbott spokeswoman said Thursday that talks began months before the proposed rules were quietly released for public comment this week. The new rules are expected to take effect in September.

Abortions in Texas plummeted in the first year under anti-abortion laws that the high court threw out last week.

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Texas man’s life ruined by illegal alien and sex offender who stole his identity

Marcus Calvillo on the right (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez File)

Marcus Calvillo on the right (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez File)

Via Fox News: A decades-long ordeal ruined a Texas man, but his life might start to get better now that the convicted sex offender in Kansas who stole his identity has pleaded guilty to misusing a Social Security number.

After years of fighting, Marcus Calvillo almost gave up on trying to clear his name. Then he read an Associated Press story about a case in 2013 in which a Houston teacher’s entire identity was stolen. Calvillo contacted the federal prosecutor in Wichita who was involved in that case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson, hoping the official might help him as well.

“I don’t know of a case where the theft of an identity had a more devastating impact than this one,” Anderson said of Calvillo’s plight.

The guilty plea Monday from Fernando Neave-Ceniceros, a 41-year-old convicted child sex offender and Mexican national, will help untangle the impostor’s long criminal history and begin to repair the havoc left behind for Calvillo, the man whose identity he assumed.

“Now we have a court on-the-record admission of who he really is,” Anderson said after the hearing.

Neave-Ceniceros admitted in his plea deal in U.S. District Court in Wichita to unlawfully using Calvillo’s Social Security number to hide his own identity and lack of legal status in the United States. He will be sentenced July 25. His attorney, David Freund, declined to comment.

The defendant’s criminal record — including convictions for indecent liberties with a child, bribery, drug offenses and other charges — became wrongly linked to Calvillo when the impostor was first fingerprinted as a teenager using the false identity.

Calvillo, now 46 and living in Grand Prairie, Texas, went public with his ordeal in October, telling the AP at the time that his “whole life has been put on hold because of this person, and it has gotten worse and worse and worse.” He recalled his confusion when he got fired from his job as a cable installer, being told only, “You know what you did.”

He was in his early 20s when he learned his identity had been hijacked. His marriage fell apart. He couldn’t find or keep a job, and fell behind on bills and child support.

Calvillo, who prosecutors say has no criminal record, began rebuilding his life after the government found him an alternative Social Security number. Now self-employed, he has a home services business that power washes houses.

Once Neave-Ceniceros is sentenced, Anderson said he can begin clearing Calvillo’s name in each county where the impostor’s seven felony convictions for past crimes took place.

Under the plea agreement, Neave-Ceniceros would get a year and a day to be served concurrently with a state prison sentence he is already serving. He then will likely be deported.

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Woman in same-sex marriage has trouble getting TX driver’s license

Wilson, far right.

Wilson, far right.

ABC13: A new Houston resident is upset that she was refused a legal Texas driver’s license.

When Connie Wilson, her spouse, and three kids packed up their life and moved halfway across the country to Texas, the last hurdle she expected was getting a Texas driver’s license. She was in for a surprise when she went to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) branch office in Pasadena.

Wilson presented her California marriage license to DPS employee as a secondary form of identification. She and her spouse Aimee were legally married in California, and Connie took Aimee’s last name, Wilson. “The employee asked, ‘Is this a same?’ I knew what she meant, and I knew I would have a problem,” recalled Wilson

Texas doesn’t recognize same sex marriage. The DPS employee told Wilson even though she and her spouse are legally married, the certificate cannot be used to authenticate who she is. She was denied a Texas License.

Reached in Austin, DPS officials sent Eyewitness News the following statement: “To receive a Texas driver license or identification card reflecting a name change from a same-sex marriage, a court order is required.”

Wilson says she doesn’t understand why she needs to spend money on a court order when the license already states her legal name. “I’m not asking for a name change, I’m just asking for a new resident driver’s license,” said Wilson.

In addition, Wilson is worried the closing on her house could have been hampered, and her inability to vote in the upcoming election. “As of right now, I can’t vote in the elections, which may be part of what they’re after, I don’t know,” she said.

Frustrated, the Wilsons reached out to Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), who is looking into the DPS decision. “This is something that deeply concerns us, and we’re looking at this, because we don’t want this to happen to anyone else in Texas,” said the Senator. “This is not the way to treat someone who is relocating to our state, we need to make sure they can buy homes, get jobs, and register to vote.”

Wilson doubts her license issue will be resolved in time for her to vote in a Texas election. If DPS will not relent, her one alternative is to renew her passport. Once she has the federal passport with her name, Connie Wilson, on it, she should not need a secondary identification to get a Texas driver’s license.

“I love Texas and I just want to be a Texan,” says Wilson, who is moving with her spouse and their three children into a new home in the next two weeks.

Maybe if Ms. Wilson had looked into Texas State requirements, she would have had a better understanding of the process. And she can easily renew her passport in time to vote.

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New poll shows statewide Texas GOP candidate enjoy double-digit leads

Abbott in the lead...

Abbott in the lead…

Dallas News: GOP governor nominee Greg Abbott is maintaining a strong lead over Democrat Wendy Davis, as Republican candidates throughout the ballot are in strong positions seven months out from the November election.

A new Public Policy Polling survey of registered voters in Texas shows Abbott leading 51 to 37 percent over Davis. The Fort Worth state senator has seen her negatives increase among voters over the past several months, with now 33 percent having a positive impression of her and 47 percent having a negative view.

While Davis has been fundraising and become more active on the campaign trail in recent weeks, she has yet to place a big TV outlay to introduce herself to voters.

Abbott enjoys a 40 percent positive view with 27 percent having a negative impression.

The survey shows that all Republican candidates are doing well with voters – even Rick Perry, who’s not running for re-election.

For the first time in years, Perry has climbed into the positive stratosphere with 48 percent approving of him, compared to 44 percent who disapprove. That’s up 18 points from two years ago, after his failed presidential bid.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte trails both Republicans in the run-off. Dan Patrick leads her 51 to 35 percent and David Dewhurst leads her by 18 points – 50 to 32 percent.

The margins are similar in the U.S. Senate race, where incumbent John Cornyn leads Democrat David Alameel 49 to 32 percent.

Cornyn’s lead comes even with a low 31 percent approval rate. At best, even Republicans show only tepid support for him, pollsters said.

“There’s one finding in this poll that goes a long way toward explaining all the other ones,” PPP stated.

It’s that only 36 percent of voters in the state approve of the job Barack Obama’s doing to 58 percent who disapprove. “That makes life for Democrats running for office this year a lot more difficult,” pollsters said.

The random telephone poll of 559 registered voters was conducted April 10-13 and has a 4.1 percent margin of error, meaning findings could vary that much in either direction.

UPDATE 2:05 pm: Zac Petkanas, spokesman for Wendy Davis, criticized the methodology of the poll, saying that PPP failed to include voters who exclusively use cell phones instead of land-lines. Cell phones are “important to contacting African-American, Latino and young voters,” Petkanas pointed out. (raaaaacist!)

He also said that Davis is working on energizing qualified people who haven’t voted, which also would knock them out of the poll.

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Funerals, Tutus And Other Assorted Thoughts

Life is a booger.

No, not literally but it has it’s moments when you just wanna blow and start the day over. There are dozens of such moments where you wish your life had a pause and rewind button. I do. My luck though and they would both be broke.

Most of my moments come when certain social faux pas’s come into play. Fashion ones too. Not that I have issues hob-nobbing with the well to do at the Country Club, although my Ford pick-up might stand out in a sea of Lexus’s and Cadillacs.

I even try to remember to wash it before I show up, albeit washing ones truck while wearing a tux does result in a few curious looks.

If I showed up at Bubba’s Feed and Seed Emporium wearing that, I would get more than a few strange looks.

 

I also have to remember other things too. Everyone does not have my weird and warped sense of humor.  One does not mention,talk about or think certain things in certain places. Something’s are just off-limits most of the time and usually I have no problem with such and for the most part can restrain myself.

Usually that is.

However… When you are standing a the back of a funeral home; during a sober and moving service with the director, who happens to be able to tell a joke with a straight face and your sense of humor is as weird as mine is; usually just won’t work. I was crying right along with the other mourners, I’m sad to say. Yet mention the words “Viagra”  and “overdose” and I will still chuckle to this day.

Of course, I give as good as I get. I have a friend who’s funny bone is as almost as warped as mine. I caught her in a so-so mood one time and so I passed along a trick that makes me giggle and smile on occasion. I told her if she ever had to deal with a moody or obnoxious person, to just imagine them wearing nothing but a neon-green tutu and a Pepto Bismol pink bowtie.

That’s it.

I later called her and told her the name of a rather portly person we both know and said to imagine that outfit on that person. She snorted…. Five minutes later I hung up with her still cackling. I knew I had accomplished my mission.

They say Laugh and the world laughs with you…

Yeah, right.

There’s a Deputy Sheriff in Texas that will disagree with that fact.  The man has no sense of humor at all. Even when I told him about seeing his supervisor in a tutu. How was I to know his supervisor was his Daddy?

$556.00 dollars later and two points on my license… but I digress.

Said all that to say this. While it’s true that Life can be rough, it’s also true that it is way to short to be serious all the time. So share a laugh with a friend today. Find something funny to chuckle about. Make a good memory; one that you can cherish forever.