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Saturday, October 24, 2015

How Alan Greenspan Turned To The Darkside (Paul Ryan too?!)

The Alex Jones Channel

Published on Mar 8, 2015 
When wheelbarrows are filled with useless paper. Commodities historically become the accepted medium of exchange. A stalwart of this basic reality, Alan Greenspan was a full blown laissez faire capitalist. A direct disciple of Ayn Rand’s objectivist fundamental philosophy. He was very close with Rand. Even inviting her to his swearing in to Gerald Ford’s Council of Economic Advisors before eventually becoming The Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. His oversight on tax cuts and Social Security privatization were largely blamed as the catalyst that created the subprime mortgage crisis. ...

What does #PaulRyan think about #AynRand?

#Immoral  WI 1848 Forward: How Alan #Greenspan Turned To The Darkside (Paul #Ryan too?!) -- #AynRand

#Immoral  WI 1848 Forward: How Alan #Greenspan Turned To The Darkside (Paul #Ryan too?!) -- #AynRand  #Moral ?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

"Political Interference" in Health Coverage and Rate Setting for State Employees and Retirees

Perhaps designed to let lobbyists know more directly which politicians they need to BUY!

February 17, 2016 ... 

State to seek bids on self-insurance for state workers

A consultant has said Wisconsin could save $42 million a year through self-insurance, in which the state would pay medical benefits for nearly 250,000 state workers and family members directly instead of buying insurance from 17 HMOs.  ...
But another consultant said the move might cost $100 million a year. Some legislators and the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, which represents 12 of the 17 HMOs, said the change could threaten the stability of the state’s regional health care system. Many of the HMOs are owned by providers around the state.

@#$%^&* -> October 15/2015 ... Legislature note ... evidently considering dramatically changing the structure of the Wisconsin Group Insurance Board to allow more direct "political interference" in coverage and rate setting for state employees and retirees ... need to find out more!!!???  There was a quick brief note on WPR this morning.

This seems to be the latest ....

Oct 15, 4:32 PM EDT Budget committee to consider bill giving panel oversight of state health insurance decisions BY TODD RICHMOND Associated Press

.... "We're concerned about costs, quality and access," Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, a committee co-chair and one of the chief authors of the bill said during a brief hearing on the proposal. "That's why we want an oversight role."
The Group Health Insurance Program covers tens of thousands of state and local public employees, their spouses and retired public employees. It makes up 14 percent of the entire commercial health insurance market, according to the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, which represents 12 plans available through the program. A board within the Department of Employee Trust Funds made up of appointees chosen by the governor and attorney general and members of the governor's cabinet run the program.
DETF contracted with Segal Consulting to examine potential changes to the program, including moving to a self-insurance model, in which the state would pay benefits and assume the risk of cost overruns directly rather than the HMOs participating in the program. Segal reported to the board in March that the move could lower administrative expenses, eliminate some fees under the Affordable Care Act and eliminate most of the premium tax, resulting in potential savings of $50 million to $70 million annually.
The agency's previous actuary reported in 2012 that shifting to self-insurance could result in annual savings of $20 million or increased costs of around $100 million or more each year. ...

WRS ... this is where/how #HiddenAgenda Walker will strike next ? WI Retirees be alert!

Market Economy versus Market Society: Inequality and Civic Decisions - TED - Michael Sandel

Here's a question we need to rethink together:
 What should be the role of money and markets in our societies?

Michael Sandel: Why we shouldn't trust markets with our civic life

He makes the very important distinctions between Market Economy and Market Society!

Over the past three decades, we have lived through a quiet revolution. We've drifted almost without realizing it from having a market economy to becoming market societies. The difference is this: A market economy is a tool, a valuable and effective tool, for organizing productive activity, but a market society is a place where almost everything is up for saleIt's a way of life, in which market thinking and market values begin to dominate every aspect of life: personal relations, family life, health, education, politics, law, civic life. (bolding added)

Sandel gives two reasons for being worried about letting a Market Society come about.  I agree with him that we have been letting this happen.  One reason has to do with "inequality", e.g., a small group of people have a lot more money or wealth than most, by far the majority, of the people. ...

Step #1 - Privatize HealthCare #2 Eliminate Heath Coverage as too expensive # 3 Everyone loses

Step #1 - Privatize HealthCare #2 Eliminate Heath Coverage as too expensive # 3 Everyone loses  & #Inequality rises

WI 1848 Forward" #Political Interference" in #Health Coverage & Rate Setting for State Employees & #WRS #Retirees

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#GOP #Walker - New ways to tilt #elections - Give themselves majority oversight

2/2017 ... The next State Budget may cut up to six positions from the "Elections Board" ... more darkness.


A bill signed into law last week by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could make it much harder for the poor and minorities to register to vote in the pivotal swing state just as the 2016 election approaches.
The Republican-backed measure allows Wisconsinites to register to vote online. But voting rights advocates say that step forward is massively outweighed by a provision in the bill whose effect will be to make it nearly impossible to conduct the kind of community voter registration drives that disproportionately help low-income and non-white Wisconsinites to register.
In 2006 with a Democrat as Governor many of these same Republicans (Vos, Fitzwalker) wanted the GAB.  Now with the GOP in total control of the governorship and legislature they don't like it.

GOP insists on dismantling the GAB, what many consider a positive national model to keep politics clean(er).

Assembly Republicans Ready To Pass Elections Board, Finance Bills

Governor Has Indicated He Will Sign Both Pieces Of Legislation
Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:30pm
By The Associated Press

Wheeler Report 

GAB Chair Nichol. Letter to legislative leaders regarding proposed GAB legislation.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. GAB head asks lawmakers to delay overhaul of elections agency.

Fox 11. Board chair warns GOP changes could disrupt 2016 elections.

Republican proposal would split GAB, include partisan appointments10/2/2015 

Pre-look ... Commissioner would wield a lot of partisan power on partisan boards - stalemates would be the rule otherwise. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ More Voter Id Tricks 2/8/2016 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bill cuts voter registration program

Some Wisconsin legislators are fast-tracking an effort to eliminate the Special Registration Deputy program as part of a voter reform proposal.
Currently, Wisconsin law allows help for voters who have moved, changed names or are new to voting by authorizing special registration deputies (SRDs). While voters may register on Election Day or at their clerk’s office, SRDs provide convenience to the voter via community voter registration drives. SRDs are trained by a municipal clerk to assist voters and to submit their registration forms for inclusion in the state’s voter database.

#Immoral #PayToPlay WI 1848 Forward: #NoFingerPrintsWalker did it #GOP -dismantles the #GAB - Give themselves majority oversight - more dark money