The CMS has a Request for Proposal out [emphasis added]:
Solicitation Number: RFP-CMS-RMADA-2014
Notice Type: Modification/Amendment
Synopsis: Added: Nov 20, 2013 1:17 pm
The purpose is to develop a Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design, and Analysis (RMADA) IDIQ [Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contracting/procurement type] to respond to expanded needs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT (ACA) and Health Care reform ACT (HCERA). The work awarded under the RMADA will involve the design, implementation and evaluation of a broad range of research and/or payment and service delivery models to test their potential for reducing expenditures for Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and uninsured beneficiaries while maintaining or improving quality of care.
HealthCare.gov thinks it’s made an improvement: now we can browse—sort of—some notional health “insurance” plans and their notional premiums. The images below (because the technology is smarter than I am, so I can’t meld them into the single image that exists at HealthCare.gov/how-much-will-marketplace-insurance-cost/) show just how meaningless this “improvement” is.
As you can see, the ObamaMart still is withholding any sort of idea of actual costs—explicitly, you don’t get to see deductibles and copays, and you only get to see “premiums” for two age groups—which lump together too many characteristics for these made-up numbers to be taken seriously.
We have the Obama administration’s decision not to bother with serious background checks on its…navigators…who will be collecting all of our personal financial and medical data as they “help” us choose an Obamacare “insurance” policy.
Now we have another outcome of that administration decision. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s home was trespassed against by one of these attackers and a crowd of her cronies.
Veronica Miranda…appeared with “four busloads of her friends” at [Kobach's] home near Kansas City in June.
“She was more than trespassing,” [Kobach] said. “She was attempting to intimidate a public official.”
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A Failure from Not Bothering with Checking Backgrounds
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Eric Boehm, in a recent Watchdog.org post, noted some concerns about Obamacare.
Thanks to new regulations that are part of the federal Affordable Care Act, patients will be asked to disclose more personal information to their doctors—including how often they have sex and how with how many sexual partners.
And once they do, it won’t really be personal information any more.
Similar questions exist for drug use history, and the questions are required of all doctors, from your dermatologist or osteopath to your GP—regardless of the questions’ relevance to the health problem that brought you to the doctor.
…whether this might be doable in the US. An English gentleman has a solution to those annoying cold calls from someone, or some robot, wanting to pitch you this or collect your personal information for that.
A man annoyed by cold callers has turned the tables by setting up his own premium rate number which earns him money.
Lee Beaumont said he paid £10 plus VAT to set up his personal 0871 line in November 2011 and has made £300 from calls he has received since.
It certainly has had a useful effect from my perspective:
Justice James Clark McReynolds wrote 75 years ago, in a dissent from a Commerce Clause-impacting labor case, this in part:
We are told that Congress may protect the “stream of commerce….” Therefore it is said he may be prevented from doing anything which may interfere with its flow.
May a mill owner be prohibited from closing his factory or discontinuing his business because so to do would stop the flow of products to and from his plant in interstate commerce?
Apparently he can, when the stream of commerce’s products include government’s ability to spy on its citizen employers.
Deer Trail, CO, is looking at passing an ordinance allowing its residents to shoot down drones. It seems those good folks have a proper disdain for government fishing expeditions masquerading as “surveillance.”
But it’s not just the government that’s intruding objectionably.
When Tina Turner got married at her estate in Switzerland over the weekend, she wanted to keep paparazzi away. But photographers used drones and other aircraft to get the exclusives they [wanted].
And [emphasis added]
Drones are gradually becoming established in Germany as a tool of photographers and television crews…. Drones are cheaper and quieter than helicopters and can be navigated unnoticed over gardens or in front of windows.
In an article about police’s increasingly routine use of automatic scanners,
which can be affixed to police cars, bridges, or building to amass millions of digital records on the location and movement of vehicles…includ[ing] such details as location and license plate numbers[,]
comes this little tidbit.
The Mesquite Police Department, in Texas, has vehicle records stretching back to 2008, though the city plans to begin deleting files older than two years.
“There’s no expectation of privacy” for a vehicle driving on a public road or parked in a public place, said Lt Bill Hedgpeth, a police spokesman. It’s just a vehicle. It’s just a license plate.”
Courtesy of Senator Max Baucus (D, MT)—President Barack Obama isn’t the only politician appreciating the joys of greater flexibility after a last election—we get the following concerning Obamacare’s ability to pry into the private affairs of American citizens.
Baucus had asked HHS to provide “a complete list of agencies that will interact with the Federal Data Services Hub,” the agency of Obamacare that is responsible for determining eligibility, exemptions, grant sizes, and so on related to the delivery of Obamacare…services.