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Posted on November 15 at 5:06 a.m.

So just for the heck of it I googled this person, Christine Doudna, and discovered she lives in NYC and married a managing director of the investment bank, Salomon Brothers, in the 1980's. In case you may not have remembered, Salomon Brothers almost imploded as a result of a bond trading scandal in the early 1990's.

Yes, Ms. Doudna is still a starry-eyed country Kansas girl. I'm sure those Midwestern values are serving her well at the Park Ave parties she regularly attends with her Wall Street friends. She bleeds Kansas about as much as I have in common with aliens from Mars.

On A Red Tide of Money

Posted on November 5 at 6:14 p.m.

“It’s going to be hard, but I have a track record of working across the aisle.”

Can someone tell me when she has ever worked across the aisle? It really doesn't matter if she was reelected, as she will be in no position to get anything from an overwhelming Republican majority in the House. She is for all intents and purposes a nonentity, a figurehead who will be spending her time going to ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies.

On Capps Survives; Measures P and S Flame Out

Posted on October 31 at 8:41 p.m.

Nick Welsh is not the only one who is concerned about the impact of Measure S on the community.

The Daily Nexus, the student newspaper at UCSB, announced its opposition to Measure S. They were able to cut through the propaganda and state clearly and logically why this bond referendum needs a lot more work before it deserves the support of the students.

On Sleep with Dogs, Wake with Fishes

Posted on October 31 at 8:24 p.m.

In case anyone is wondering how the students at UCSB may vote on Measure S, please check out the Daily Nexus, USCB's student newspaper, recommendation to vote no on Measure S.

On Getting Out the Student Vote

Posted on October 29 at 2:40 p.m.

I completely agree with howgreenwasmyvalley. My health plan was terminated last year due to Obamacare. The Obamacare plan they offered me was 70% more expensive with a very narrow network of providers and a much more restricted drug formularly.

This law has ruined the individual marketplace in Ca, as you cannot find a plan that includes most of the specialist physicians in SB or elsewhere in Ca. Also, if you don't qualify for subsidies, these plans are exorbitantly expensive with very high deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

What really irks me about her is this statement she made on Sept 9, 2009 and many other times: "If you like the plan you have now, you can keep it even though the new plans will lower your costs". If this isn't a boldface lie, I don't know what is.

If this wasn't enough, in Oct of 2010 she spoke before an audience of doctors at Cottage Hospital and admitted that Obamacare is a big gamble. She asked rhetorically whether this new law would work. Her answer: "time will tell".

Well, now we know how this high stakes gamble worked out. If there is any justice in the world, Ms. Capps will lose her job on Nov 4 and have to get an unsubsidized Obamacare plan, just like many of her constituents.

On Mitchum’s Biggest Role Yet?

Posted on October 12 at 8:03 p.m.

Proposition 45 does not address the real problems with the healthcare system in Ca. The fact of the matter is the implementation of Obamacare is a cancer on the entire medical care system and will continue to plague us in Ca., regardless if this referendum is approved.

People in the individual market who had their policies cancelled last year were forced to enroll in Obamacare policies with much higher premiums, higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. More importantly, their healthcare provider network was slashed in some cases by 2/3 of the number of doctors and hospitals that were available to them under their old policies.

If you are forced to buy an Obamacare policy and you don't qualify for the subsidies, you will pay much higher premiums (prop 45 or no prop 45) and will most likely be denied medical care by the provider of your choosing.

Everyone who is insured in the employer group market should not feel complacent about this trend to make all insurance policies look like HMO's. Your turn is coming. Many employers, particularly smaller ones, will inevitably cease to provide insurance to their employees and will tell them to seek insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, where the coverage is far less generous.

On Stop Health Insurance Rip-Offs

Posted on September 3 at 12:45 p.m.

I wonder how much it costs to take private lessons from Steve Clarkson? I bet we are talking 4 digits at least.

On High School Fall Football

Posted on June 7 at 11:15 p.m.

Did anyone predict that Lebron would not be able to finish game 1 because of cramping?

On Hoop Heroes

Posted on April 5 at 7:18 p.m.

Unlike some of the posters who think Obamacare plans are better than the individual plans that were sold in Ca, based on very biased articles from Mother Jones and Huffington Post, I actually had my policy cancelled so I think I know what I am talking about.

I use to have an individual policy with Blue Shield for my wife and me. It had a $5,200 deductible per person and a similar out of pocket maximum. It had a very robust network of providers, essentially covering every doctor and hospital in Ca, as well as most providers out of state. It had no lifetime or annual limits and all preventative care was free. It also covered non-formulary drugs. It cost me $679 a month

The Obamacare policy has a $5,000 deductible and $6,350 out of pocket maximum. The network of doctors and hospitals is pitifully small compared to what I had. None of my doctors take it. Sansum won't take it and UCLA or Cedar Sinai in LA won't take it. What good is the policy if I can't find a decent doctor or specialist to treat me if I get sick. If I need specialized care outside of Santa Barbara, I am screwed. The drug formulary is about 2/3 the size of the old one and it doesn't cover non-formulary drugs. So If i need an expensive drug for a serious condition, I am probably out of luck. This super duper Obamacare policy costs $1,110 a month, far more than my pre-Obamacare policy.

Now I know I wasn't the only one in the individual market who got screwed. Most people who didn't qualify for subsidies were shocked when their plans were cancelled and they were told the new sticker price. Yes, people who have employer health plans were unaffected but their time is coming when they have to face the same issues I dealt with in the last few months.

So please don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. You can read your Mother Jones and other nonsense, but that doesn't mean you have any more than a superficial understanding of the subject. If you're going to defend this law at least educate yourselves as to what is really happening instead of repeating the political talking points of the partisan supporters.

On Covered California Deadlines Bumped Two Weeks

Posted on April 4 at 10:58 p.m.

"The reason why "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was not true in about 3-?% of cases, was because those people had signed up for junk insurance plans. Under ACA they could not keep them, because they were junk - ACA sets the standard higher than junk."

As someone who had his plan cancelled and offered an Obamacare plan, I can promise you the above statement is totally false. The plan I had was far from junk; in fact, it was much better than any of the plans on the state exchange. The premium for the Obamacare plan was $500 per month more than my existing plan; and it had a higher out of pocket maximum and most importantly the network of doctors and hospitals were about half of what I previously had access to. In addition, I use to have coverage for out of state providers and non-formulary drugs, both of which I lost when my plan was cancelled.

Most people (like the above poster) have no idea what is included in the Obamacare plans and end up saying ridiculous nonsense, demonstrating their ignorance of the subject.

On Covered California Deadlines Bumped Two Weeks

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