The Affordable Care Act stumbled out of the gate with their website, Healthcare.gov. It was a bust. Face it, there's nothing but bad news involved with the rollout except the number of people who tried to log on initially. That was very encouraging news. But if you can't buy what you're advertising for sale, you're bust. And so went the site and so went the President's credibility.
Fortunately, the fix is in. Oh, not like in a horse race, but as in a fully working site replacement. There's only one catch. It's not the government's site. It's a free site that three computer jockeys designed themselves over a few days and nights. It's healthcare.gov only it works. The site is called HealthSherpa.com and all you have to do is put in your zip code and all the rates and plans come up for you. Since it's inception, they've added on a feature that calculates your tax subsidies as well. So this site is good to go.
It's up and running right now.
And it's simple too. All the federal government needs to do now is take it over. And the three 20 year olds, Ning Liang, George Kalogeropoulos and Michael Wasser who built it are willing to give it up -- to the government -- for free. They did it as a public service. Of course they should be paid for this, but look at what we can do here as a country with education, advanced technology and some collective brainstorming. MailOnline reports:
The website claims: 'The Health Sherpa is a free guide that makes it easier to find and sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We only use carefully vetted, publicly available data.'
The programmers are also adding features to the site, such as a section on tax subsidies. But the three 20-year-olds say they worked on the project as a service rather than to make money.
CBS News made this report:
To most people, there is little doubt that the effects of global warming on our planet. The biggest nay-sayers are the GOP morons in congress. To them we're all Chicken-Little and we're yelling that the sky is falling. Sadly, it is. The are already concrete signs - in the last century the average temperature has risen around 1 degree Fahrenheit and sea level has increased nearly 2 inches. The greatest single danger, scientists warn, is that global warming will cause a dramatic rise in sea levels, flooding the world's most powerful cities under a catastrophic deluge.
How devastating will it be? The great folks over at Environmental Graffiti have generated some visual images, forecasting the not-too-distant future.
A global deluge threatens to engulf large sections of the world as a result of unchecked climate change. These effects will be to drown some of the world's most recognizable landmarks:
The Statue of Liberty in New York,
Tower Bridge in London
How about San Francisco:
And our very own capital, Washington D.C.
The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has steadily increased over the last century, largely due to large scale consumption of fossil fuels and other pollutants, increasing the amount of heat that is being retained in the atmosphere. This issue is set to dominate the opening sessions of the international climate change conference in Copenhagen this week. The meeting has been organised to set the agenda for this December's international climate talks which will draw up a treaty to replace the current Kyoto protocol for limiting carbon dioxide emissions.
You know, it wouldn't kill you to let your congressmen/women know how you feel about this issue-- though it might kill you if you don't!
And the talented and lovely Cat tells me that this weekend is the Pride Parade. Gonna be a doozy.
Those sly gun companies. They know exactly how to get around California gun legislation... until they get caught.
San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as gun magazine repair kits in violation of California law.
The gun magazines are like the ones that were used to massacre people in Connecticut and Colorado. The disassembled versions were sold online.
How reassuring to know they were looking out for our Second Amendment right to more efficiently mass murder children.
I'm proud to say that home state of California bans the sale of new high-capacity magazines, so this was a big no-no.
The companies being sued are 44Mag Distributing in Oregon, Exile Machine in Texas, and Copes Distributing in Ohio. Gun show promoter B & L Productions in Utah is also named in the suit.
Today's Los Angeles Times had this headline: San Francisco OKs quake retrofitting for at-risk buildings. It caught my eye because we've done a lot of retrofitting here in the Los Angeles area, plus on a personal level, my family and I are huge San Francisco fans and travel there often. We're even thinking of moving there one day, and it would be reassuring to know it will be made safer.
And after having lived through countless L.A. quakes, I can attest that that kind of added security is more than welcome.
According to the article, property owners would be required to reinforce wood-frame soft-story buildings with parking garages or storefronts on the ground floor built before 1978.
Sounds reasonable. It's always a good thing to make every effort to be prepared, improve the structural integrity of buildings that people work and live in, and, you know, keep people alive.
Added benefit: More employment.
So as I'm reading this encouraging news, this caught my eye. Before you read the next part, grab some Pepto and a Valium:
Some landlords in Los Angeles remain firmly opposed to the type of retrofitting now required in San Francisco. Dan Faller, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles-based Apartment Owners Assn. of California, said he does not believe the government should force property owners to make upgrades.
"They're telling businesses how to run their business — after the city has already given approval to the building the way it is and after the owner has purchased the building the way it is. If they want to make a requirement like that, make the city pay for it," Faller said. "Don't pass a law that forces me to spend $100,000 on my building."
Damn that Big Government doing what it's supposed to do!
Why, if I didn't know better, I'd think that Los Angeles is... concerned! About safety! And lifesaving measures! And planning ahead! And even saving some of the money and effort that would be required to clean up after a disaster! In an earthquake-prone area!
What could they be thinking?
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