John Ransom

The Los Angeles Times details how despite high hopes Obamacare deniers had for welfare-friendly Hawaii, thus far only 4,300 people have enrolled in Obama’s home state.

That’s $27,906 per enrollee. Aloha! Which, fittingly, in can be translated in English to mean "hello" and "goodbye."

And of course, 4,300 is not the number of insured people-- those who have paid for an Obamacare policy-- just the numbers of people who have completed applications. And I suspect I know what SEIU employees have been doing in their free time.

Aaaand… So do you.

I think the same people who filled out fraudulent voter registration forms might be able to handle a few fraudulent Obamacare applications in their spare time.

Just think how many more they’d be able to fill out if we raised the minimum wage.

“Democratic state Sen. Josh Green,” writes the Times, “an emergency room doctor and chairman of the Senate Health Committee, says he has been unable to get clear answers about the agency's operations and viability. He said that with $205 million in grant funds, ‘You could have actually directly paid for people's healthcare ... and begun to approach full care for everybody.’"

Yes, and a new car.

All this comes on news that 11 million lucky people who liked their insurance premiums, don’t get to keep their insurance premiums. That’s because insurers are no longer able to calculate age—the most important factor in insurance costs—into premiums.

As a result, costs are going up for young people, who don’t use the system and down for those who use the system more.

“The new health care law may raise insurance premiums for 11 million small business employees and lower rates for 6 million others,” says the Associated Press. “That's an estimate from a report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. The report says higher rates are partly due to the law's requirement that premiums can no longer be based on a person's age. That has sent premiums higher for younger workers, and lower for older ones.”

It’s a very good thing we didn’t know what was in Obamacare when they passed Obamacare.

Lives might have been lost.

As it is, we see Democrats, even in liberal Hawaii, demanding answers. And solutions.

Hawaii has proposed a take over by the state for the Obamacare Exchange.

From the LA Times:

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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