The Roseville Carnegie Library Museum operated by the Roseville Historical Society has become another elitist historical institution. Like other historical repositories of information, the once visitor friendly Roseville Carnegie Museum has placed their small collection of local history books off-limits to the casual reader. Now, if you want to thumb through a 1970’s era Roseville Telephone book, you need to make an appointment.
Thousands of people every week visit my blog posts explaining different aspects of health care reform from enrolling through Covered California, income requirements, and Medi-Cal eligibility questions. Many people leave comments or suggestions to help other readers of the posts. The Obamacare question and answer forum is supported, oddly enough, by my health insurance clients. These health insurance consumers are supporting a website viewed by thousands of people each week with questions about health insurance.
For independent health insurance agents, such as me, who don’t have access to an already established secure network through a large agency, we have to be more diligent in securing all the different parts of the internet communication puzzle.
Because of all the rhetoric from Republican Presidential contenders about repealing Obamacare I’ve fielded many calls from people wondering if Covered California will survive a Republican President. The fear instilled by the shrill comments of conservative politicians that hate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that families who rely on the premium assistance provided by Obamacare through Covered California will suddenly end if a Republican is elected President.
It took me a long time to realize that the old adage of “It’s not what you know, but who you know” with respect to success was a crock of crap. Regardless of what or who you know, if you can’t produce something that people will consume, you will never be successful. The connections help get in you in the door. But if you can’t produce results, service, or products, you will be of little value to your associates.
Our son returned home from Williams College for Christmas break a very happy young man. His first semester at college in Massachusetts was far more challenging than he expected. It was also more fun and exhilarating than he expected. Even after the grueling course load, he was anxious to get back to Williams College and start the winter study program in early January.
As winter rain finally begins to fill Folsom reservoir from its historically low water level brought on by a prolonged drought, local residents will probably be just as quick to flush away their water conservation habits. The water conservation practices that Northern California residents temporarily adopted because of statewide drought reduction targets resulted in minimal disruption and sacrifice to our lives. That so many households easily reduced their water consumption by 25% to 50% over 2013 levels illustrates that suburban household’s waste more water than we thought. Even with Folsom Lake approaching near dead pool level in 2015, we were never pushed to conserve more water and there was never sense of urgency.
I screwed up big time on behalf of a man with a serious illness. The end result is that he will be without health insurance for the month of December. Even though there are other people who failed in this situation, I have to take the ultimate responsibility that he might have to shoulder thousands of dollars in health care expenses that would have been covered by health insurance. I broke the business rule of never following your heart, and always trust your gut.
As parent of a student who received his International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2015, I have to wonder if all his sacrifice to complete the course work was worth it. Given that the college he finally decided to attend will not award him any college credits for the IB exams he passed was all of his work in vein? Perhaps he would have been better off just taking Advanced Placement courses and avoided the stress and late night study sessions that made him such a cranky teenage?
As I had just started my second year as a Placer County Grand Jury member I was surprised at the similarities between Holacracy and the structure of the California county Grand Jury system. I realized that Grand Juries in California have been using the Holacracy concept where people in the organization have multiple roles while working on different teams, without being micromanaged by a supervisor, for over 100 years.