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Posted on November 13 at 11:09 a.m.
To pre-empt the trolls… this has absolutely nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.
This is mainly an internal UC issue, where the UC brass in Oakland just overlooked UCSB. They've been doing that for years in many different ways… funding passed out on a per-student basis from Oakland has been way, way low for UCSB compared to other UC campuses, since 1944 or so.
Of course life is complicated, and so rumors are that now that Sansum/Cottage have angry UCSB employees on their side, they are maneuvering to grab a little more from UC. Nevertheless, the root cause was a blind spot in Oakland. And maybe the highest levels of the UCSB administration spend a bit more time globetrotting than the should lately too.
On UCSB Health Care Woes Continue
Posted on October 18 at 7:32 a.m.
Wow, what a bunch of through-the-looking-glass comments. So many people wearing tin hats, checking for commies under their bed, and taking out the binocs to look for the black helicopters.
The UCSB health situation has absolutely nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. Most of the UC system does not face the price increases that UCSB is facing. If it were ACA, the whole system would feel it. ACA is a federal law after all.
ACA might well be expensive because it originates in the Republican-leaning Heritage Foundation. If we wanted a fair, affordable health care system we'd do what, say, Germany, France, or Canada does... Canada has way, way, lower overhead (about 1%) than the US system (31%). And the denial of care by bureaucrats is far more frequent in the US system than those systems. And the US has worse health outcomes... infant mortality, life expectancy, etc than those countries.
The US healthcare system is very expensive for really crappy performance.
Who knows why UCSB is getting the shaft in the current UC health care revisions. Could be bad performance on either UC Office of the President or on the part of Cottage or Sansum. It is not ACA, period.
On UC (Doesn't) Care
Posted on October 10 at 12:30 p.m.
Well, now we know some numbers... from Chris Newfield...
UC brass say Sansum wants an extra $10,000/year per employee. Current cost is about $14,000/year.
So UC brass say Sansum is raising the yearly price from $14,000/year to $24,000/year.
Nothing at all to do with Obamacare... no such increases at the other 10 UC Campuses.
But rumor is... Sansum has not gotten much effort from UC Oakland brass to work the issue through. This is in contraction to the statement of UC Finance VP Peter Taylor here:
where he says "Cottage has drawn a line in the sand and said they simply won't take less than what they want to get paid."
On UCSB Employees Cry Foul over Health Plan Changes
Posted on October 9 at 5 p.m.
As shocking as an electricity, water, railroad, or road provider jacking prices up to what the market would bear, as was done in pre 1910 California. Where are the Hiram Johnson Republicans when we need them?
Posted on October 8 at 9:51 p.m.
Every other UC location... Davis, Merced, Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, Riverside, Irvine, San Diego... does not have the tripling of monthly rates that Sansum/Cottage is asking for. And most of those locales have *way better* care than Sansum/Cottage provides.
Obamacare applies to all those other locales.
So the idea that this Santa Barbara problem is Obamacare is in contradiction to the facts.
Much more likely is... Sansum/Cottage now has a monopoly, and is raising there prices for more profit. No concern whatsoever for the health of there customers.
I hope people who donate time and $ to Sansum/Cottage think twice about what is going on.
Posted on October 4 at 11:31 a.m.
QED. Sansum and Cottage are dropping UCSB from the preferred plan. My statement is entirely accurate.
If you are a UCSB employee and show up at Sansum or Cottage and offer to pay cash upon admission, or pay a similar amount (after the very complex rate calculations... don't pretend those are comprehensible) through a second or third rate plan, Sansum & Cottage will take you.
On The Cornered Canine
Posted on October 4 at 9:23 a.m.
Sorry, Nockamixon, several hundred UCSB employees attended a town hall meeting yesterday at UCSB (the audio is linked) to learn from UC system administrators who came down from Oakland about the details of Cottage & Sansum's dropping of UCSB.
Posted on October 3 at 9:22 p.m.
Sansum and Cottage are also dropping UCSB...
Posted on September 13 at 5:55 a.m.
Well, it is very easy to shut down the Chumash: all we have to do is collectively stop gambling.
Until that happens, karma is a b**ch. Hope Ranch was once the (coastal) Chumash reservation, Hope himself, sent by the BIA to set it up, ended up with the title.
That the Chumash grow rich off of the Euro-american's weakness for gambling is a scream. Also rich that our locals howl about all the tricks that the Chumash attorneys, hired fair and square with greenbacks lost by dim-minded gamblers at the casino, pull.
Legalistic swindling was supposed to be reserved for the white man. Or the railroads. Or the indian agents sent out from Washington.
Hard for me to get excited now that the red man has learned from us how to win with the fountain pen.
On Supervisors to Appeal Chumash Expansion
Posted on September 13 at 5:45 a.m.
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