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HOW LONG WILL ARKANSANS BE CONTENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HEAP?

November 5, 2017

During the Arkansas Primary Election, Governor Hutchinson and most of the Republican Legislators endorsed Marco Rubio. Little Marco carried only two counties, Pulaski and Benton.

Almost none of the Legislators endorsed Donald Trump who carried 59 counties. On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders won only one county during what we now know was a rigged election.

During the General Election, also likely heavily rigged, the registered vote was Donald Trump 60.57% to 33.65% for Hillary Clinton. Nobody knows what the actual vote was, likely more than 70% for President Trump.

The largest county with the Capital City of Little Rock and one of the most dangerous cities in America went for Hillary with 56.06%. Little Rock is the Swamp in Arkansas.

The first action Asa Hutchinson took as Arkansas Governor was to embrace socialized medicine. His nephews in the Legislature threw their support to their uncle Asa even though Senator Hendren had warned that the Obamacare Private Option would gobble up the entire Arkansas Budget.

Well, since 2010 the uninsured rate in Arkansas has jumped by almost 10% and next year the Obamacare Silver Plan premiums will jump by 23%.

Governor Hutchinson has fought tooth and nail against the President and for Obamacare against the will of the good people of Arkansas who elected him. I am including a link to a video of Governor Hutchinson’s appearance on MSNBC, yes, MSNBC where Asa Hutchison fits right in with the other Left Wing Liberals. Do you support Governor Hutchinson’s fight against our President and for big insurance companies and the hospital lobby?

Who owns Governor Hutchinson? His major contributions are Uncoded so we can’t know for sure. However, after Uncoded Contributions he received $207,412.58 from Lawyers and Lobbyists. The top sector was Finance, Insurance & Real Estate at $357,731.27. From Health he received $192,398.10 and from Health Professionals he netted $82,196.66. Hospitals and Nursing Homes chipped in $67,483.

So how is Arkansas doing now that so much money is going to politicians instead of healthcare? According to a CBS News report two months ago, Arkansas was ranked the fourth worst state for healthcare behind Louisiana, Mississippi and Alaska. That means Arkansas has a high heart disease rate, cancer rate, low number of dentists, etc. When it comes to life expectancy, quality of life, and overall health coverage, Arkansas is nothing to write home about.

The next time you walk into an Arkansas hospital or clinic and they hand you a clipboard that has been passed around between sick people, think about what kind of germs and diseases that clipboard contains. You won’t be handed a clipboard in Minnesota where the life expectancy is more than five years longer than Arkansas. Minnesota is second to Hawaii with the longest life expectancy, Arkansas is 46th.

Yes, Arkansas has a Health Department but what are they doing? How clean are our hospitals? Do they disinfect rooms or just change sheets? Is it cheaper to ply politicians with big bucks or to put patient healthcare first? Why do we need ten administrators for every Medical Doctor and why do we shackle Doctors with two hours a day of documentation? That’s a rhetorical question! The reason, as we all know, is because Lawyers make a fortune suing Doctors! Governor Hutchinson is a Lawyer and former Lobbyist!

Can Arkansas do better? Probably not with this Lawyer Governor! What could you do if you lived five years longer? What could you do if you had better healthcare at a much lower cost? That is what President Trump wants to give you and what Governor Hutchinson is trying to deny you!

Do you think Apple, Wal-Mart or Amazon could create a nationwide healthcare insurance company that could compete with Blue Cross? In a New York minute! I remember when the Blue Cross CEO in Massachusetts got a multimillion dollar pay raise after losing a huge percentage of customers. Multiply that by 50 states! There is no incentive for insurance companies to cut costs. Bean counters are paid more than Surgeons and CEOs are paid millions. The Wal-Mart World Headquarters in Bentonville would simply not be fancy enough for any major insurance company in America! Those Blue Cross Skyscrapers are not adding one second to your life expectancy but they are picking your pockets.

The aircraft pictured is just one jet owned by Blue Cross. This one belongs to South Carolina Blue Cross. It’s barely 150 miles completely across South Carolina! Do you hear a giant sucking sound? It’s the sound of insurance companies empowered by politicians sucking the money out of your pockets! Can you picture an insurance executive or Governor Asa Hutchinson riding in Sam Walton’s old Ford pickup?

My Fellow Arkansans, if you are content being stuck at the bottom of the heap, KEEP IT UP! Keep voting for slick career politicians who represent Lawyers, Lobbyists and Insurance Companies. We’ll keep the Nation’s highest taxes and lowest wages and keep coughing up money to buy new tires because Arkansas potholes have potholes. Arkansas will keep the 55 mph speed limit, not because it is safer or because it will save gas but because traffic fines are a major additional revenue stream for the Arkansas speed trap. Arkansas will keep its bloated bureaucracies and bureaucrats will keep driving SUVs.

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Insurance Companies are as Efficient as Federal Agencies

July 14, 2017

Insurance Companies own Politicians in DC and your state Legislature!

In addition to TV commercials and political contributions, they can’t count beans unless they have Palatial Offices in Marble Skyscrapers.  The first building to be called the tallest building in the world was an Insurance Company Building shown above.  Then, the third building to earn that title was another Insurance Company Building.

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building in New York City became the fifth building to become the world’s tallest.  It is shown above and had 50 floors.  I visited that building in 1961 during my high school senior trip.  It was amazing watching banks of computers with spools of magnetic tape spinning around.

The MetLife Computer was probably a Univac with the capabilities of my smartphone but with a starting price of $7 million.

When I had Blue Cross I received piles of totally unnecessary mail from them. My cost for Blue Cross Healthcare Insurance was almost nothing when I first worked for the Federal Government in 1978. By the time I retired in 1996, Blue Cross was bloated and inefficient like ANY Agency in Federal or State Government.

This is a Blue Cross Building that was the Pennsylvania State Headquarters.  It only had 45 floors but every state has something similar.  I don’t know if this is still in use or if they needed a taller skyscraper?

The way Insurance Companies have a low Profit Margin is by lavish spending, exorbitant salaries and wasting money. Why have a meeting in the office when you can have a meeting on the French Riviera?

Insurance company bean counters make more than surgeons and state CEOs make millions.

If Walmart efficiency and management was present in the Insurance Industry, the Healthcare Crisis would be solved almost overnight!

In my 2007 book, TOP GUN MANAGEMENT, I wrote about waste and inefficiency. I remember when the Massachusetts Blue Cross CEO got a huge multi million dollar raise after losing a large percentage of customers.

Government Agencies and Insurance Companies have no incentive to be cost efficient. The Government simply raises taxes and Insurance Companies simply raises rates when funds are needed.  Are you able to do that in your household?

My last year with the Government I had a six figure surplus in civilian pay. I could have hired temporary or permanent employees or converted the surplus to another budget category.

I had a surplus because I didn’t hire employees I didn’t need or buy wall paintings and a Louis XIV desk for my office.

I turned the excess funds back to the Government. Do you think they went to pay down the National Debt or to fix broken combat aircraft?

They went to a typical Government Director who easily blew the funds.

Who do you think the Government had more respect for, the Director who blew the money or me?  You guessed it!

The famous government leaders you see on TV all the time, for the most part, never met a payroll or worried about paying bills.  They are either bureaucrats or politicians.  Most could not run a lemonade stand.  Couple the inefficiencies in both the insurance industry and the government with fraud, waste and abuse and you have the recipe for disaster.  Not a disaster for the government or the insurance company but a disaster for the taxpayers and subscribers.

Who polices the government and the insurance industry?  Usually the fox guards the hen house.  The government has a completely fraudulent watchdog system called the Inspector General System.  The IG’s almost never substantiate wrong doing but they come down hard on whistleblowers.  The IG works for the agency or military commander, they are not independent.  They are very careful not to embarrass their boss.

States have Insurance Commissioners who are no match for clever insurance executives.  Especially since too many sorry politicians get elected on the backs of insurance lobbyists who scratch their backs.

I think most of the people reading this fully understand why President Trump calls it the Swamp.  President Reagan said government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.  The same could be said for the insurance industry as it now functions.

If your Politician will get behind President Donald Trump, America has a chance.  It is unlikely that your politician will kill the insurance company that lays the golden egg.

If your Politician sticks with the Insurance and Hospital Lobbies, we are toast.