Friday, November 22, 2013

Stuff that Michael Moore did not tell you about Cuba

(My new American Thinker post)

There is something very bad going on in Cuba. 

First, we hear of health care but:  

"Officers of the Ministry of Education (MINED),   Central Region, at a government meeting on Monday the 11th, suspended the Schools in the Countryside program for November and December, because of the complicated epidemiological situation in the province.   
Guilfredo Martin Betancourt, a MINED official, said the province is experiencing cases of cholera and dengue fever, without giving specifics with regards to numbers, given the environmental and social indiscipline problems."

Second, we hear that 1,000,000 homes in Cuba do not have running water.  This one is a real shock to any Cuban who remembers pre-Castro Cuba.  We had a lot of problems in pre-Castro but running water was not one of them.

Let's file these two under "What Michael Moore missed when he went to Cuba".

We hear of reforms and reforms but the island's ballplayers would rather play under "yankee imperialismo".  It's amazing because these are young men who grew up in Castro's Cuba and learned that "playing ball for money" was a capitalist sin. 

We just learned that more Cuban players have "sinned" and left that workers' paradise that so many of our college professors love so much.

Here is the story:   

"Erisbel Arruebarruena, Cuba's starting shortstop in the WBC, and reliever Raicel Iglesias are said to be training in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, respectively, according to the Spanish daily El Nuevo Herald in Miami.   
Both players are seeking to establish residency in those countries so they can apply for free agency and negotiate with MLB teams.    
In late October, their WBC teammate Jose Dariel Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the Chicago White Sox, the largest contract ever given a Cuban defector.   
Also in October, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero for four years and $28 million.   
Arruebarruena and Iglesias, both 23, are not expected to command those types of figures, but they have drawn interest from big-league clubs."

Some major league team is going to get a nice shortstop and bullpen help.

More importantly, two more Cubans have voted with their feet and told the world what they think of the island's reforms.   

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Preparing the president for the next Obamacare disaster

(My new American Thinker post)

We've heard up to now that President Obama was kept in the dark about ObamaCare's problems.

I hope that Valerie Jarrett changes "the locks to the gate" because there is a lot of very bad news coming, according to news reports:

"A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections.   

The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shakeup in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader." 

In other words, the next round of bad news is going to be really bad. It may happen 30 days before the November election.  It will involve lots and lots of Americans covered by employer provided insurance.

It won't be pretty. Or "Tough as stewed skunk" as they say in Texas.

Is anyone preparing President Obama?  I hope so because his leadership is on the line.   

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“Le ronca el mango” and other things that people are saying about the ObamaCare premiums!

(My new Babalu post)

You don't have to read any polls to figure out that the public is very disappointed.
Just talk to them. Ask adults about a job or young people about looking for one!
Or ask them about paying higher premiums so that ObamaCare can work.
Let me tell you what one of my sons' friends said recently: "That's not what he said during the campaign"!
That's right!
He said a lot of things but paying higher premiums was not one of them,  
""All we ever heard about Obamacare is that it would lower our deductibles and premiums," said Jennifer Slafter, 40 of Mabel, Minn. "That's just not what's happened.
""Slafter and her husband, Steve, are scrambling to find affordable care for themselves and their two children.
The exchange's Blue Cross Blue Shield plan was $1,087 a month with a $6,000 deductible, while a Medica plan was $877 a month with a $12,700 deductible.
Both are steeper than their current plan.
"Everything got higher," said Slafter, who is still waiting to hear whether they qualify for a premium subsidy.
But even if they do, she said she'd still find it very tough to meet the deductibles."
So the Affordable Health Care Act is not affordable.   What a shock!


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