Public Invited to Health Coverage Enrollment Event on Saturday, Feb. 22

February 21, 2014 8:00 am · 36 comments

The public is invited to a health coverage enrollment event on Saturday, Feb. 22 in Concord.

The following information is from the Contra Costa County Health Dept.:

NOTE: Open enrollment for Covered California ends March 31. If you are uninsured, please join us to enroll now.

WHAT: Contra Costa Health Services, the Community Clinic Consortium, La Clinica de la Raza and Contra Costa Employment & Human Services are hosting an enrollment event in Concord.

Certified Enrollment Counselors will be on site to enroll attendees in Covered California and Medi-Cal.

Anyone interested in applying for health coverage at this event should bring photo identification, proof of California residency (such as a utility bill), proof of income (paystubs from the past 30 days, or most recent income tax filings), and documents showing the citizenship or immigration status of each person applying.

WHO: Contra Costa County uninsured residents. If you are uninsured, please join us to enroll in Covered California or Medi-Cal.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22

WHERE: Meadow Homes Elementary School, 1371 Detroit Ave., Concord. The event will be held in the multi-service center.

For more information about this event, call 510-233-6230.

For more information about the Affordable Care Act, visit or call La Clinica at 1-855-494-4658. To apply for health coverage through Covered California, call 1-888-975-1142 or visit To apply for Medi-Cal, call 1-800-709-8348 or visit

Boycott Socialism February 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM

It never works.

KJ February 21, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Buying a health insurance policy from a PRIVATE insurance company of your own choosing is hardly socialism!

Personally, I would have preferred a single-payer health care system — Medicare For All — but we are a corporation-owned country so expensive, inefficient, private insurance companies got their way. Medicare For All would have been so much easier to understand and use.

WC February 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

The democrats will be there to register you to vote also!

Anon February 21, 2014 at 8:46 AM

If you are uninsured, please join us to enroll in Covered California or Medi-“Cal.”

Sure– let the taxpayers fund your health care – it does not matter that you have money for alcohol, drugs, smokes & gambeling — we are such suckers..the liberals will be the death of this societty

RunnerDope February 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

@Boycott Socialism,

I admire your idealism. Are you going to refuse your Social Security checks when the time comes?

Anonymous February 21, 2014 at 9:10 AM

KJ good for you. I don’t know many people who can defend the system so well. Fortunately most people are smarter then you. Polls show it.

KJ February 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

WC (@#3) — I suspect you meant that comment as a pejorative (hence, not capitalizing a proper noun, Democrats), but the fact remains, Republicans could be there registering people to vote, too. I don’t know how much luck they would have getting people to join them, however, but they could try.

The Grant February 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

anyone care to stand outside handing out suckers

unknown February 21, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I talked to one person about Obama Care, He says his deductible is $8000. He says why pay premiums.
What is your deductible? Your drugs, your deductible and copayments are all going up.
Obama Care is tax, not health plan. To help 5 people, 95 will pay more for less.

Anon February 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I guess we could get rid of the Corporations, all their jobs, and everyone could sit home and wait for their checks. Would not even need Obamacare then, we would all be on MediCal. Scrap Medicare too, that is the cadillac plan compared to MediCal.

I just can’t wait. Sign me up.

WC February 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

@KJ #3

Not meant to be disparaging at all, I’m not a sheep to either democrats or republicans. I do know their game is to get votes and maintain power as a first priority. Yeah, I know they say stuff like for the children and to create jobs… year right… I do know those they are trying to sign up most likely will consider this a gift from one party will vote that way cause they like free stuff… Sure the same could be said for the other side, give a business tax breaks and they will vote for you.

KJ February 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Anonymous (@#6) — What’s with people using the word “then” when they should use the word “than”? There seem to be an awful lot of people getting it wrong these days. The words “lose” and “loose” also seem to give people a hard time. One letter can make a big difference in whether a person sounds educated or not.

Sid February 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Unknown #9, Health insurance operates like any other type of private insurance. If you choose a policy with a smaller premium, your out of pocket costs, including your deductible, will be higher. If you want a lower deductable, choose a policy with higher premiums. It’s basic economics and basic math.

I know somebody who bought a policy on the federal exchange (not in California). He has a very low deductable and low co-pays. He chose a policy from one of the higher priced tiers because he preferred to pay more on a monthly basis in exchange for not having to worry about having to cover a high deductable if he did get sick. It’s a matter of personal choice.

The deductables and co-pays for my family’s coverage have not gone up at all this year. The monthly cost increased a small amount this year, just as it has every year for as long as I can remember. We have excellent coverage through an employer. I was discussing this with a friend recently. Obamacare has been a non-event for our families and for most people we know. It’s been a Godsend for a few we know. They either had health issues that made buying insurance prohibitively expense or were older and had relatively low paying jobs that didn’t offer coverage. Now they have coverage.

Anon Redux February 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

@Sid #13.

If someone in ANOTHER STATE has low deductibles and low copays, it may mean they are getting subsidies (paid by the rest of us).

In OUR state–California, the middle class have higher incomes to pay for the high cost of living. Fewer working Californians qualify for subsidies.

Don’t forget all the hidden costs in the form of new taxes that are going to kick in. Don’t forget that the IRS will be the ObamaCare enforcers. That alone, should be enough to make anyone with brains oppose Obamacare. Especially given the on-going IRS scandals.

Remember more red tape for all health care providers.

Remember Covered California has published lists of Doctors who are not in their networks. If a business did that, it would be called fraud.

And behind all the soft-sell, remember Obamacare is mandatory. You can be fined if you don’t sign up. The gloved hand hides an iron fist.

KJ February 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Anon Redux @ 14 – “Remember Covered California has published lists of Doctors who are not in their networks. If a business did that, it would be called fraud.” Where have you been the last 30 years?

Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Kaiser, etc., plus all the physician groups have lists of doctors (and pharmacies, and laboratories) they allow their policy holders to use.

I recall the days when a Blue Cross card was all you needed to see any physician, use any laboratory, get prescriptions from any pharmacy. Now doctors belong to physician groups that contract with insurance companies to cover patients enrolled in their group. I can have Aetna insurance but the designated physicians group is ABC Physicians Group, so I can’t go to a doctor belonging to XYZ Physicians Group, even though XYZ also takes Aetna insurance. In addition, I may not be able to get my prescriptions at CVS or Walgreen’s.

Working out all the variables of today’s profit-driven health care is a daunting task; and, it has not been made any easier by the Affordable Care Act.

Sid February 21, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Anon redux, he had lower deductibles and co-pays because he chose a policy with higher premiums. It has nothing to do with subsidies. It works a lot like my property insurance works. I chose a policy with a higher deductible and a lower premium. I could have chosen a policy with a lower deductible and a higher premium. It was my choice.

Yes, I think you are right about the cost of living and salaries being higher in California, so we don’t benefit as much from the subsidies as residents of other states do. Didn’t one of our legislators propose adjusting the subsidy limits to take that into account? It would be fairer that way. But given the stalemate in Congress and the Republicans’ goal of destroying the Affordable Care Act instead of working to make it better, I doubt anything will come of that.

Yes, the IRS will collect the penalty if you don’t buy insurance. How else would you expect the federal government to collect it?

I’m quite puzzled by why you would object to the government requiring people to take responsibility for themselves and their family and buy insurance. If they don’t buy insurance, who do you think ends up paying for them when they go to the hospital? You and me. The rest of us pay higher taxes and higher insurance premiums to cover the costs for those who aren’t responsible enough to buy insurance. Of course I recognize that insurance is expensive and as a society we have to help out those who can’t afford it, but I have no sympathy for those who don’t buy it because they don’t want the government tell them what to do or they’d rather spend the money on a trip to Disneyland. I find that type of personal irresponsibility particularly galling. I’m surprised that so many Republicans support people being irresponsible. Before the debate over healthcare reform, I’d always considered the Republican Party the party of personal responsibility. Sadly, not anymore.

I agree that the problems with the exchanges are terrible. But those will be fixed by next year’s open enrollment. I’ve heard that the first year of Medicare was a real fiasco, too, but now we all count on it being there for us when we get older.

@KJ February 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Maybe if you knew what socialism was, you would recognize it. “PRIVATE” my ass.

@RunnerDope #5 February 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Social Security and Socialism are two very different things. They are both however, great examples of government failures.

The government spent OUR social security money and it’s no longer there. FAIL

Socialism also does not work. History has proven that at every turn. FAIL

Blink February 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Lots of bullies come out on this topic….

@Sid February 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Obama keeps pushing out full implementation because Obamacare is a disaster and its killing his party’s ability to run re-elections. Don’t be stupid. Once it’s got it’s claws into everyone’s life you’re not going to like it.

Death panels will come. That’s not rhetoric, so I don’t want to hear it. Look it up. Government wasn’t designed to do this type of work. Hence they always fail miserably when compared to private enterprise.

Their inability to create a stupid simple website comes to mind.

You will pay the price in due course.

Anon Redux February 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

@Sid #16. Thank you for a thoughtful response. I might be less of a skeptic if Obamacare had bi-partison support. It doesn’t. And I do believe in personal responsibility.

However, the more we have bloated bureaucracies trying to impose their brand of social engineering on the rest of us, the less the concept of accountability enters into the equation. Obamacare is rife with cronyism and bad contracting. Not to mention waivers for unions, and executive orders that push some of the more draconian aspects of the law back until after the 2014 election.

KJ February 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

#17 – Somehow I just can’t get an insurance company (like Aetna, CIGNA, United Healthcare, or Health Net) and socialism into a box together. None of them are owned or managed by the government.

Only the elderly (Medicare), poor (Medicaid), and veterans (VA) have access to government (socialist) health insurance. Everyone else has to choose a policy through a non-governmental insurance company.

Elwood February 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

If you like your plan you can keep it. If you like your doctor you can keep him. Period.–Barry O’bummer

Lying POS!

Mig February 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

KJ @ 22
I can’t speak for the others, but the socialist nature of the ACA stems from it’s coercive nature … you MUST buy a policy or you will be punished, insurers MUST include a certain group of services, even if their customers don’t want them. That certainly does not sound like market forces driven capitalism.

The disingenuous way it was sold – the “end-around” tactics in Congress to get it passed, the “You’ll have to pass it if you want to see what’s in it” mentality, the “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance. Period” BS, the President altering the law dozens of times without Congressional approval – reminds one more of a third world dictatorship than a democracy at work.

The existance of private enterprise does not negate a country’s socialist bent, so, yes, Obamacare can be a socialist program even though it works through private companies – the coercion is the difference.

Jess February 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Elwood, I like my plan and I’m keeping it. I like my doctor and I’m keeping him. That’s true for the vast majority of us. There was churn in the insurance market before Obamacare and there will continue to be churn with Obamacare. Now if we want to get rid of insurance companies altering plans, we could go to a single-payer system…..

Yhe Phantom February 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

By partisan support was never in the cards on ObamaCare or anything else
as has been clearly demonstrated over and over in the last four years.

“Now, I think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail.

– Their number-one priority.

“The one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don’t have health care; and presumably, repealing all those benefits I just mentioned — kids staying on their parents’ plan, seniors getting discounts on their prescription drugs, I guess a return to lifetime limits on insurance, people with pre-existing conditions continuing to be blocked from being able to get health insurance.” – President Barack Hussein Obama.

Yhe Phantom February 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM

“A hundred years from now, our descendants will still have a strong American government, and an Internal Revenue to collect taxes to maintain social programs that we fought for in the 1930’s, the 1960’s, and the 2010’s. They will live with Civil Rights, Social Security, and ObamaCare…though they will not remember us, they will remember the word Obama and no longer realize it was the last name of the first black President of the United States…there will have been others…and it will not matter anymore.” – Yhe фантом

Jess February 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Anon redux, it didn’t have bi-partisan support because the Republican leadership in Congress made a political decision when Obama became president that they could limit him to one term if they denied him any legislative victory, particularly on his signature issue of healthcare reform. It didn’t matter what was in the bill, Republican leadership had already decided to oppose it.

As you are probably aware, this plan was originally proposed years ago by the very conservative Heritage Foundation as the free-market alternative for universal healthcare. Obama and the Democrats essentially adopted the conservative plan, completely giving up on the liberal/progressive plan for single-payer. But even then Republicans refused to go along. There wasn’t anything the Democrats could do to get Republican support because this wasn’t really a disagreement about policy. It was a political calculation by Republicans that denying Obama a healthcare bill would lead to Democratic defeat at the polls in 2012.

I don’t see social engineering here. I see a realization that the US was spending more on healthcare than most other countries while covering a smaller percentage of the citizenry and getting only mediocre results. Costs were spiraling out of control and something had to be done about it. It was bad for the government’s budget. It was bad for the business community. It was bad for a lot of Americans. Something had to be done. This solution may not be perfect, but it’s better than what we had before. I wish the Republicans would stop trying to make it fail and partner with the Democrats to make it better.

Yhe Phantom February 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

When ObamaCare is completely installed, we can be proud we were involved in a great American project and it will continue long after we are gone…and that makes the goodness of our struggle worthwhile. – Yhe фантом

We are watching the Continental Congress produce the Constitution.
We are watching the passing of the 14th and 19th Amendments
We are watching the protections of New Deal form.
We are watching the rights of the Great Society form.
We are watching the basic health care institution of ObamaCare form.

Anno February 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Thank you Jess. It’s refreshing to hear the truth instead of Fox news talking points.

Mig February 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Jess @ 25 – that’s nice that you are able to keep your plan and your doctor, but millions of Amaricans won’t be able to because of the ACA. But you don’t seem to care much about them.

The pre-ACA “churn” was voluntary, caused by people shopping for more suitable plans. The current “churn” is caused by the ACA and represents many people being forced off of plans that they may have liked – more affordable and/or more suited to their needs. And that’s wrong.

Next year’s “churn” will be caused by 60 million Americans who have employer provided health plans being “churned” into the street, forced to seekout ACA approved insurance – but only after the mid-term elections, of course.

Then there’s the “churn” of 2.5 million jobs being lost ….

@elwood 25 February 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

That’s true for me.

Mig February 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Jess @ 28, “I wish the Republicans would stop trying to make it fail and partner with the Democrats to make it better.”

I’m sorry Jess, but you seem to have this in reverse – the Republicans have worked against their own political interests and have offered amendment s to the law all through the process but have been been turned down 100% by the Dems. Right now there are 64 Republican amendments sitting in the Democrat Senate that, per Harry Reid, “Will never see the light of day.”

It’s hard to make it better when the Democrats refuse to even consider changes. You must therefore agree that a Republican take-over of the Senate would “make it better”. Right?

Liberal Math February 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Does Covered California mean new entitlements while we are still struggling with way too much government spending? Is this how the Democrats buy votes? With no regard for who will have to pay the tab (like maybe our grandkids)?

Yhe Phantom February 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Old style churn was being laid off and not getting new insurance because you now have a pre-existing condition. Old churn involved premium increases of more than 20% in a single year.

The House Republicans have voted to repeal ObamaCare 41 times and produced 5 destructive amendments to defund or disable the law.

The Republican Mind Flip Trick doesn’t work here anymore…everybody on knows how to read and write.

“3. Use the Republican Mind Flip Trick where they repeat your statement to gain mental time to turn the meaning backwards by negating the remark, affirming that the flip side is true. Then they tell the lie they invented during the repeat, and smile with confidence that this is the truth.”

The 62 fake Senate amendments are all destructive cunning, simply making political points, and snarling against the government and ObamaCare. – NO CONSTRUCTIVE EFFORT

Yhe Phantom February 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Liberal Math

If the Boomer generation had not absorbed the Social Security surplus and had paid reasonable income taxes, our grandchildren would not have to pay “our ” debts. Welfare is not the source of the debt…the Cold War, and the US economy is. Especially the Iraq War and the Recession.

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