Hawaii Health Connector Website; Same Vendor, Same Results as Healthcare.Gov

November 23, 2013

I don’t know if it’s the Abercrombie-Obama affinity or what (Abercrombie claims to have been there when Obama was born) but Abercrombie hired the same, non-bid web builder, CGI as the Obama administration did to design and set up our healthcare exchange, the Hawaii Health Connector and the results have been just as calamitous.

Hat-tip Senator Sam Slom, Hawaii’s lone Republican State Senator of Small Business Hawaii. From Slom:

Oh-Bummer-care:  Taxpayers have spent $200 million to establish the network for the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii – $53 million on just the Hawaii Health Connector web site development and management alone. However, so far, just 257 individuals have secured healthcare through the exchange. Some 113 employers submitted applications though the exchange, but have not yet selected plan.”

And Honolulu Civil Beat reports today that the executive director in charge of implementing the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii, announced Friday that she will be resigning Dec. 6. Can’t take the heat apparently. And they have no one qualified to take the position. Imagine that and welcome to government-run health care.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

New Milestone For Hawaii! How Does Your State Measure Up?

August 22, 2013

Hat-tip Sam Slom of Smart Business Hawaii:

Hawaii now spends more on welfare & subsidies than it does on public education!

Hawaii is number one nationally in providing generous welfare benefits by a wide margin. As predicted years ago, Hawaii now spends more on welfare ($2.75 BILLION annually) and subsidies than it does on public education. That’s not right. A mother of two children, ages 1 and 4, in Hawaii receives nearly $49,000 in welfare benefits, and it is tax free. The rest of us would need to have a job that paid $60,000 a year to get the equivalent salary.

According to the Cato Institute the federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted towards low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. Of course not, no individual or family gets benefits from all 72 programs, but many do get aid from a number of them at any point in time. And the federal government goes out of its way to make sure anyone on any federal program knows what other programs are available to them.

Looking at benefits paid to a family of 3 (single mother, 2 children) receiving benefits in New York including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, public housing, utility assistance and free commodities (like milk and cheese) would have a package of benefits worth $38,004, the seventh-highest in the nation. Okay, doesn’t sound so excessive, but remember this income is tax-free. A wage-earner in New York would need to earn $21/hour to be better off than they would be on welfare.

The Cato study found that the wage-equivalent value of benefits for a mother and two children ranged from a high of $60,590 in Hawaii to a low of $11,150 in Idaho. In 33 states and the District of Columbia, welfare pays more than an $8-an-hour job. In 12 states and DC, the welfare package is more generous than a $15-an-hour job.

There are certainly people who need and deserve a hand up. I met one at the airport yesterday -a single father who had been hit by a drunk driver over 2 months ago, wiping out half of his foot. He can’t work and still faces multiple surgeries. Our veterans could be treated better and quicker if the federal government did not squander funds on keeping able-bodied people dependent on government hand-outs. If you pay people more not to work than they can earn by working, many will choose not to work.

obama rodeo clown

But oh, I forgot Obama promises not to stop working on job creation from now till the end of his term -killing them through regulations, taxes, Obamacare subsidies to Congress, waivers to the IRS, union buddies and big donors. Just ask the Missouri State rodeo clown.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

Word Of The Day: Ineptocracy

April 25, 2012

I take no credit for this, it’s from today’s edition of Smart Business Hawaii (authored by the lone ranger, Sam Slom, Hawaii’s only Republican State Senator) and it’s great:

“Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing; and, where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.”

Does this sound familiar to you? Sadly, it does to me and here’s a good example.

The Obama administration (job creators that they are) wants to put an end to kids working on family farms -their own family’s farms! You can’t make this stuff up. It’s true (hat-tip, The Daily Caller). Maybe Barry and Michelle aren’t talking because they seem to be at odds here.

She wants kids to get off their butts and be active and he wants to turn them to fat, lazy couch-spuds dependent of government hand-outs, no doubt. Drive what little work ethic there is out of today’s youth. Get ’em busy and engaged in more worthy things like Occupy Wall Street maybe. Who knows?

Aloha, Mikie

~REMEMBER THIS:  The government has NO resources. They produce NOTHING. They can only take from one group and give to others they feel more worthy of their largess (and votes). Push for tax reform.

The Canoe Could Capsize

March 7, 2011

Hawaii’s new governor likes to talk about shared sacrifice and working together to solve our fiscal problems, saying

“The truth is that the canoe, which is our beloved Hawaii could capsize.”

You got that right, the canoe could capsize but it’s from the overload of bull-crap he continues to shovel at us. But you voted for him. At least enough of you did to get him elected (he won 58% of the vote). But we know to watch what politicians do, rather than what they promise -or we should.

Yep, he campaigned on not raising taxes and then did so as soon as he could by passing an increase on liquor. And with a huge budget shortfall and a grossly underfunded Employee Retirement System he now proposes a soda tax, more alcohol tax, increase in timeshare tax and doing away with the deduct-ability of state income tax (among the nation’s highest peaking at 11%). In this film clip you see him jump all over Rep. Barbara Marumoto for her honest concern for those on fixed income whose pensions he will tax, at the same time saying taxpayers will now cover 60% of state workers health care premiums (up from 40%).

He will increase in the State GE Tax despite saying he would not during the election. According to Hawaii’s lone Republican Senator, in Hawaii Reporter, Sam Slom believes other tax proposals will come up as the legislature gets down to the wire and that the governor didn’t go nearly far enough to reduce government spending and government debt.

Maybe Abercrombie as a U.S. Congressional retiree (now enjoying the generous federal government pension plan-based on 1.5% of his highest paid salary year times nearly 20 years of service with full medical coverage) would like to contribute his salary as Governor to help keep our canoe afloat.

Aloha, Mikie


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