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… Politicians are still politicians (surprise, surprise) and I’m completely disenfranchised about our country’s leaders and the system they’re beholden to.
365 days ago I told the world I’d voted for Barack Obama. I even found a group of like minded people and we all got together election night. We were more hopeful for our country than I remember feeling in a long time. I’ve been reflecting on that and the previous year over the last few days. Here’s what I’ve come up with.
The whole deal reminds me athletics and high school. Picture the quarterback(s) of your high school football team. They were it. Even if the team sucked, even if we lost every game, they still owned the
I’ve talked about Health Care a few other times here on the old blog. Started after running businesses for 8 yrs as an entrepreneur and then attending a breakout roundtable back in 2007 at the Inc 500 conference in Chicago when I said:
The health care system in America (and our culture that is driving massive increases in cost) is screwed six ways from Sunday. It’s going to break. When I look at Doba and the rate increases we’ve seen in the past 5 years, I predict it’s going to break within 5-7 years. We can’t keep absorbing these costs.
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There’s some considerable blowback to the whole Proposition 8 deal in California, which is to be expected over such a controversial and hard fought initiative. But you now have a bunch of people talking about ‘boycotting Utah‘.
62% of the population of Utah is “Mormon”. That means they’re on the records of the church. On the high end, probably 2/3 of that number are active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That’s less than 1/2 the state being active in the Mormon religion. And on top of that, not all Mormons were aligned on Prop 8. For the record, I would have voted against Prop 8 if I were voting; I don’t share the same concerns
So on August 1, Doba is switching from Blue Cross (who we’ve been with since starting the company in 2002) to IHC. Blue Cross wanted to raise our plan costs up 17%. It’s been about that much each year since we started. By switching to IHC, we get some better covereage in Utah County with hospitals for the majority of our employees, and we only increase our rates from last year 7%.
Do you know of any other part of business where your costs can consistently go up by double-digit rates year over year? It’s actually pretty crazy.
I’m sorry, but IMHO I just think that in today’s modern and global economy labor unions are about as worthless as you know what on a boar hog.
The UAW (The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) started a strike against GM yesterday afternoon.
From the release on the UAW website:
UAW workers went on strike against General Motors over job security, economic issues, benefits for active workers and winning investment in future products
Job security? Is it GM’s mandate to guarantee you a job? To guarantee you pensions and medical benefits until you die? Maybe we should do what France does, seems to work well there: no one gets hired because they can’t get fired