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Bill Horn's Basic Faith

It has been obvious all these years that Bill Horn is a self-righteous, incompetent charlatan — not a rarity in politics. Now this excellent piece of journalism by Brad Racino makes it clear that Horn, by his own admission, has been flaunting the law to shelter his personal real estate proceeds from taxation. He should immediately resign from the Board of Supervisors and then be held accountable for his numerous transgressions.

May 24, 2014 at 3:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Second Opinion: What If I Get Sick Before My Obamacare Coverage Starts?

A moment ago I watched with chagrin as Megan Burks misleadingly responded to the question posed by Diane Matsumoto with the following: “The Affordable Care Act doesn't offer special gap coverage unless you're low-income. . . . The health reform law doesn't have provisions to protect people from emergency costs in the interim. . . . the new protections for people with pre-existing conditions also don't go into effect until next year.”

California’s Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP), is a state-funded program that provides medical coverage to Californians — not just low-income people — with pre-existing health conditions who cannot obtain health insurance or affordable coverage options in the individual commercial market. Californians qualifying for the program participate in the cost of their coverage by paying premiums. The State of California supplements those premiums to cover the cost of care in MRMIP. Tobacco tax funds currently subsidize the MRMIP.

To qualify for MRMIP, one must be a California resident unable to secure adequate coverage, cannot be eligible for Medicare (unless eligible solely because of end-stage renal disease), and cannot be eligible to purchase any health insurance for continuation of benefits under Cobra or CalCobra.

Information about this program can be found at the following website.

In the public interest, KPBS should forthwith post an erratum notice online and announce a correction on its broadcasts at its earlier opportunity so that people who need health insurance between now and January 1, 2014 are not misled and discouraged by this broadcast from exploring this opportunity — possibly suffering negative effects on their health.

Note — The Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) — enacted into law as part of the Affordable Care Act and currently covering people with pre-existing conditions since October 2010 — unfortunately is no longer taking applications.

October 21, 2013 at 7:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Sikh Community Reaches Out After Mass Shooting In Wisconsin

Why are spokespersons for the Sikh community asked to distinguish themselves from Muslims so reluctant to point out that their religion is actually a reform outgrowth from and modernization movement of Hinduism? Although this historical fact would help those unfamiliar with Sikhism to understand they are not Muslims, they hardly ever mention it.

August 7, 2012 at 6:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )