Immigrants with the following statuses qualify to use the Marketplace:
Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR/Green Card holder)
Paroled into the U.S. I have NO idea what this is.
Conditional Entrant Granted before 1980
Battered Spouse, Child and Parent – can’t get health care? Claim you husband hits you.
Victim of Trafficking and his/her Spouse, Child, Sibling or Parent
Granted Withholding of Deportation or Withholding of Removal, under the immigration laws or under the Convention against Torture (CAT)
Individual with Non-immigrant Status, includes worker visas (such as H1, H-2A, H-2B), student visas, U-visa, T-visa, and other visas, and citizens of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)
Deferred Action Status (Exception: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is not an eligible immigration status for applying for health insurance)
Lawful Temporary Resident
Administrative order staying removal issued by the Department of Homeland Security
Member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe or American Indian Born in Canada – so, why can’t they use the WONDERFUL Single-Payer system of Canada?
Resident of American Samoa
Applicants for any of these statuses qualify to use the Marketplace:
Temporary Protected Status with Employment Authorization
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – sounds like many of the latest invaders would qualify
Victim of Trafficking Visa
Adjustment to LPR Status
Asylum (see note below)
Withholding of Deportation, or Withholding of Removal, under the immigration laws or under the Convention against Torture (CAT) (see note below)
Applicants for asylum are eligible for Marketplace coverage only if they’ve been granted employment authorization or are under the age of 14 and have had an application pending for at least 180 days.
People with the following statuses and who have employment authorization qualify for the Marketplace:
Order of Supervision
Applicant for Cancellation of Removal or Suspension of Deportation
Applicant for Legalization under Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
Legalization under the LIFE Act
Did you see that part about DACA recipients NOT being eligible for Obamacare?
Well, that’s technically correct. What that page DOESN’T tell you is that some of the states allow DACA recipients to get Medicaid – which is a program funded by the Federal Government to assist states in paying for poor citizens.
Other access to care available to undocumented immigrants and to DACA grantees include limited emergency services paid for by Medicaid, including labor and delivery for childbirth. Safety net programs that are available to all regardless of immigration status include immunizations, treatment at Community Health Centers and other Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Migrant Health Centers, financial assistance or charity care at hospitals, insurance at full cost offered outside the Marketplaces, and employer-sponsored health insurance, if offered. Over 50 percent of DACA grantees became employed at a job that provided health insurance or other benefits; despite DACA termination, their health insurance should remain in effect as long as the employment lasts, after which they can continue insurance through COBRA. Finally, a number of local jurisdictions provide health services for their residents regardless of immigration status, including some places where many DACA grantees live, e.g.: Los Angeles County, CA; Cook County, IL (includes Chicago); New York City, NY; and Washington, DC.
So, the next time you are self-righteously informed that DACA “kids” are ineligible or ACA (Obamacare), you’ll know the FACTS – that, thanks to OTHER programs, this is more of a pebble in the road. Of course, the Left will worm around the system to find some way to qualify their precious Undocumented Voters for the full scope of freebies that the taxpayers will be forced to provide.
Long ago, I spent a year and change working retail. The economy was in a downturn at the time, and I took whatever work I could score. It’s not something I’ve thought about often, except that the other day it popped into my head how similar the “customer is always right” philosophy is to a feature of Leftist politics.
You see, Leftists see racism/sexism/bigotry/whatever in everything, even where it does not exist, even in cases like Jussie Smollett where it is blatantly made up out of whole cloth. There is a functional similarity to angry retail customers.
Consider the following example: I worked in the shoe area of a department store. The store had a policy where shoes would not be accepted for return if they were clearly worn, unless the shoes were defective in some manner (which was handled via a different procedure than regular returns). The sign stating this policy was clearly posted on the register, and workers were instructed to remind the customer of this policy upon sale.
It happened often enough that someone would try to return shoes that were clearly worn (they’d have dirt on the soles, or stains, etc…), and demand a refund. Some would still be dripping mud, when the customer made the absurd claim that they hadn’t been worn. Invariably, they would get angry upon being denied the return. Such customers would claim that I wasn’t doing my job, or I was a bad person (and please, could they complain about me to a manager), or offer increasingly improbable stories – and variations of the same story – explaining how the signs of wear weren’t really evidence of the shoe being worn.
Some would threaten to have me fired, others would yell at the assistant manager, and then the store manager, and insinuate claims of discrimination (oh, you won’t take the shoes back because I’m black, is that it?). This isn’t unique to the shoe department at an old department store, though. Anyone who has worked retail will have long lists of situations like these.
Another example was when the store management tried to push store credit card applications. Cashiers were required to ask the customer if they wished to save 10% on their purchase by opening a credit card with the store. Now, this was one area where I disagreed with store policy. I hated trying to push credit, and some customers would get hostile if either denied the credit account (and thus the promised 10% discount), or when I asked for their Social Security number. I fully understand that. I wouldn’t want to give out my social to some random person at a department store either. BUT this was how it worked. I had no choice in the matter. I had to ask, or I would lose my job.
Angry customers would then say that they wanted to get me fired, especially if the system sent back a denial.
The latter example is similar to how many Leftists claim that a system of oppression is in place that discriminates against X people, and that if you’re white and you aren’t actively trying to dismantle this system, you’re a bad person. Well, even if it exists, what do you want me to do about it? Am I supposed to, as in the credit example, lose my job because you’re pissed about something someone else did? I have no control here.
In the nasty return example, I was often unsure if the customer really believed their bullshit stories – that they had convinced themselves they hadn’t actually worn the shoes, or believed their child when he swore he never wore them – or if they were actively trying to screw the store over for free shoes. It is often that way with angry Leftists. Do they really believe a white guy wearing dreadlocks is racial discrimination? Or are they just exceptionally gullible? Did they convince themselves of this belief?
The saying “the customer is always right” is a load of crap. Leftist claims of oppression are likewise. Look, we all see the dirt on the soles here. We see the Jussies of the world oppressing themselves. We see the people irrationally freaking out over some white girl wearing a kimono to an art exhibit. None of this is real. It’s all either an act, or some kind of very special stupidity.
The only question is, are the Leftists just weapons-grade morons, or are they actively trying to screw us? At some point, it no longer matters. No, you moron, if you went trudging through the mud in your shoes, you can’t just bring them back. How did you ever think this was going to work?
The tactics are the same. They’ll call your manager and complain about you and try to get you fired for having the wrong opinions. Leftists have this vindictive mentality that mirrors those of spurned, angry customers. Oh, you didn’t risk your livelihood to please their whims? You bigot, you! They’ll scream and yell at you, and make a nuisance of themselves in public. They’ll rant and rave about getting you fired. They will gleefully see you ruined over something you didn’t do, and don’t have any control over in the first place. Even if you submit to them, they’ll still hate you and see you as the enemy. It’s very bizarre seeing entitled people whining about your entitlement.
And then you get incidents like the GameStop transgender, where we have a literal merger of an Angry Customer and the Entitled Leftist into some kind of Uber-Asshole, created in a laboratory and assembled from the parts of lesser assholes:
The Gamestop employee no doubt had a difficult decision to make when addressing this person: is he really a would-be she, or a he merely dressing slightly feminine? Who the Hell knows anymore? But woe be to the cashier who guesses wrong.
This, of course, becomes moral ammunition in whatever transaction is going on here. “Give me my fucking money back.” Is the he-she genuinely angry because of a pronoun, or is this all some kind of scam to get some kind of treatment?
Or, worse, did he-she get up on the wrong side of the bed and just want to get somebody fired from his job?
Angry customers are fascinating in how fast they go from not even noticing you exist – you’re just a wage-earner, after all, and entirely beneath notice – to having a personal desire to ruin your life over the most trivial of things, most often things you don’t even have control over. I can’t go back in time and change the policy of early America on slavery in the South. What the Hell does that have to do with me, personally? And what do you want me to do now? Do you want me to quit my job and give it to a “person of color?” Do you want my house, my car, my money? What?
It’s like when you say to an angry customer that you’re sorry, and while you didn’t come up with the policy, you work here and have to abide by it. The angry customer might say ‘well if you don’t like the policy, why do you work here?’ Because I need to eat, jackass.
There is this bizarre notion that corporations and employees must have some kind of singular political belief – a Leftist one, naturally. Companies owned by admitted Rightists have to deal with this bullshit all the time. Chick-fil-a had those protests some time back because one of the owners wasn’t a big fan of gay marriage. So what? For one, what does that have to do with serving chicken? And secondly, there was no evidence the owner’s personal beliefs had anything to do with store policies. Chick-fil-a did not ask if you were gay during a job interview.
But, it’s the end of the world if a Rightist might actually own a business. Worse, I suppose, would be to be a Rightist employee. If you make the wrong joke at the wrong time, in the wrong social media space, you could have an angry mob calling your employer and getting you fired for a bad tweet.
The hostility is so much like the angry customer it’s hard to not see the connection. Except to say in this case, companies are firing people upon the demand of people are are not even customers. What is this, the theoretically possible future customer is always right?
When the economy picked back up again, I was glad to get out of that retail job. I do have a level of sympathy for people who deal with that attitude on a daily basis. But with the expansion of Leftist politics into every aspect of life, including your personal life, your job, and your business, pretty soon everybody will be dealing with something like the angry customer, screaming at you and blaming you for things that are objectively not your doing.
Soon, everybody will learn what working retail is like. And I tell you, it will suck.
As with the bumper sticker “Don’t criticise farmers with your mouth full,” we might say “Don’t criticise Christianity with your rights on.” In Western Civilisation, women have rights. We have some individual protection from despots. We can choose where we live, what we shall work at, how we shall spend our money. That we even have prosperity is tied in. Whether one credits technology more or institutions more, both grew up in the West.
Many today focus on the wrongs committed by the colonizers, although much of those wrongs were in response to acts committed by the colonized – and equally atrocious, by modern-day standards.
Too many people focus on the past as a way of holding onto a grudge:
So many kids think of themselves as descended from former royalty. And, SOME of them might have been.
But, like all people over the Earth, MOST of them were slaves, serfs, peasants. That’s not a bad thing – those people who are ruled, rather than rulers, still have value, and not only in God’s eyes. They possess the human dignity and potential of every person on the planet.
To be royal is not to be Better than the rest of us – you only have to look at the British Royal Family to see that. They are not more intelligent, morally upright, possessed of common sense, or other estimable characteristics.
It says that they have Royal Privilege – that, due to an accident of birth, they are uniquely granted rights and power over the rest of their subjects.
Is that what those Black people claiming royal heritage are suggesting?
America has had experience with kingly rule. We didn’t like it. We’re unlikely to want to grant one group of people license to rule over the rest of us.
The part of that poem that explains Today’s Woman (not that dissimilar from Yesterday’s Woman):
She is wedded to convictions—in default of grosser ties;
Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies!—
He will meet no suave discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild,
Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.
Unprovoked and awful charges—even so the she-bear fights,
Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons—even so the cobra bites,
Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw
And the victim writhes in anguish
I leave out that non-PC part that follows.
Look at the behavior of Woke Women, who will actively work to DESTROY their opponents – there is NO mercy. Don’t apologize or beg (as VoxDay would say in his insightful SJWs Always Lie).
If you are not prepared to fight to the death, walk away.
Trump is, despite his tendency to seemingly spontaneously shoot his mouth off, a guy who feels his way through processes. His moves are designed to make the OTHER guy reveal his strategy, and to reveal his hand (forgive me, my dad was a serious poker player – I work from that context).
I believe Trump senses if he pushes too hard, too fast, he’ll lose the guys that are on the fence (on the Supreme Court). I think that it will take some time to solidify the relationships/alliances, and without that, some decisions may go the wrong way.
That could be fatal to legal reform. A bad decision often has to outlive the people who wrote it – look at how Roe v. Wade has hung on. Better to move more slowly, than to spur a decision that will reverberate over the decades.
UPDATE: A commenter, Fifty Cal, had linked to this editorial from VDare, re: the role of Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security), in acting contrary to Trump’s plans for dealing with illegal aliens. VDare is a controversial site, so – feel free to check it out, but Caveat Emptor.
I’ve been following the immigration issues for some time. Many are disappointed that Trump has not built the wall, nor managed to stop the invasion, so far.
It’s clear that he has the support of ICE, and most of the law enforcement near the border. However, thanks to the unyielding refusal to cooperate by his opponents – both the Dems, and the NeverTrumps – every move forward has been stymied by the Deep State and the courts.
One thing that has happened is that the elements under his control – overturning the Executive Decisions, changing personnel, and educating the public – he has, and is, delivering.
An additional action Trump has taken is to get rid of close to 1/2 million new H-1Bs that Obama awarded “with a pen”.
I think this is in line with his experience with large projects. Getting them done is not just a matter of designing the Grand Plan. It’s a matter of tweaking small fixes that allow the workers to get back on task, once roadblocks surface. Ideologues cannot do this. They have to work according to their principles. Rand Paul is a principled man, but I suspect that he could not bring himself to sidestep his principles to get his goals accomplished. Nor could most True Conservatives.
I’m OK with this progress, for now. Small changes, put in place, snowball.
It’s been a lengthy process to get through Marcuse’s writings. “Repressive Tolerance” was bad enough. I still have to make my way through “Eros and Civilization”. I’m not expecting a fun time reading it.
Other than that, I’ve been:
Getting the taxes ready for our accountant to file.
Cleaning/organizing at home – it’s cathartic to sweep away clutter and restore some physical order to my life.
Nailing the insurance agent exam! Now I just have to prod the people in charge of background checks to finish and get me that OK, so I can get that license.
Nursing a sick husband back to health – he’s on the mend with his circulation problem, but, now, he has a cold.
Working on a short story – about 1/2 way complete. Originally, I wanted to write one a month. Who am I kidding? I’ll be happy with 4 a YEAR!
Simultaneously writing the Leftism for Beginners book, and planning the content of unwritten chapters. Also, researching – Lord, those Leftists are tedious, wordy, and decidedly Germanic in their writing – lots of complex sentences with terms having specific meaning different from normal usage. Ponderous.
Working on losing weight. It is NOT easy. It IS important, and my diet needs to be supplemented with more exercise. I have a free week coming up, and I think that’s an excellent time to plan, and execute, a fitness schedule.
I’m in awe of my Declination co-bloggers who have created posts that are lengthy, thoughtful, and deep. That’s not me. I write shorter and more superficially. I wish I had the kind of mind that can dig deep into a topic, and draw out the meaning in well-crafted prose.
But, that I cannot, is one excellent argument for my Leftism book. I think, and write, closer to the way average people think. They really don’t need a well-referenced, lengthy, and complete description of how The Left has screwed up America, and The West. There are people who have already written those books.
The trouble is, they are not being read by those who need it most – the innocents who have gone along with what “Everyone Knows” to be true – pure Leftist propaganda. It’s what they were taught in school, it’s what the “cool kids” were talking about in college (it’s what that really cute girl/guy was so enthused about, that was mostly slogans and buzzwords). It’s the point of view that will allow them to be accepted into mainstream middle-class society.
To NOT follow along will get them labeled as Haters, Nazis, and Evil. They will be isolated at work, at school, and in their social circles. It’s easier to go along, particularly as they don’t know just how skewed that philosophy is.
Leftism for Beginners is designed to be the first step of a very long journey. One that can provide them with the tools to see how they have been manipulated by The Left, for most of their life.
Some will close the book, and largely forget it. Some will not even finish it.
And, some will read, begin to see, and take the next step. Those are the ones I’m writing for.
“War to the Knife” – mortal combat; a conflict carried to the last extremity. (Webster, 1913 edition.)
The origins of the above phrase are rather obscure. Yet anyone genuinely familiar with the history of the 20th century – especially those who have lived all or much of their lives in the period – understand the meaning of the maxim instinctively. And, of course, there are people from places such as Yugoslavia in the 1990’s, Lebanon for much of the 1970’s and 1980’s, or any remaining European, Chinese or Filipino survivors of the 2nd World War who have actually lived it.
It would be a mistake, however, to dismiss the idiom as merely a melodramatic description of a major war. Even some of the greatest large scale conflicts – the Napoleonic wars, the War of the Roses, as well as most of the campaigns of the Romans, the Mongols or Alexander of Macedon – were curbed to a significant extent by their participants. Such struggles were usually resolved without national or civilizational scale civilian massacres and/or deliberate, widespread destruction of the civil infrastructure of a participant’s territory, as they were ended when some rational or otherwise relatively bounded objective was achieved – a wealth-producing region was captured, a ‘debt of honor’ was paid, a strategically advantageous position was established and so forth.
When one considers the phrase “War to the Knife” more carefully, it becomes apparent that such an event doesn’t necessarily involve the mass deployment of formally organized, trained and equipped armies to a battlefield or military front. The sanguinary and unconstrained ruthlessness implied by the expression can on occasion be an accurate description of the civil discord arising within a civilization in a period of existential crisis.
Whether the clash is one between empires, nations and tribes or an internal societal/cultural contest, there are certain commonalities to such events:
1. The battle is between opposing belief systems. One or both can be a theology. It could also involve one or both having an ideology that is so intensely believed as to become a de facto religious creed.
2. At least one of the combatants is completely and totally unconstrained by any moral, ethical or legal principles, pursuing victory as a zero sum game. This ‘end justifies the means’ approach can be either apparent at the outset of hostilities or evolve as the conflict endures over time.
One of the 20th century events which perfectly captures the meaning of “War to the Knife” is this one:
Mao’s Cultural Revolution endured over a 10-12 year period, ending with his death in 1976. Millions died; many more millions were socially and professionally ruined; hundreds of millions were incessantly terrorized. But though it might seem at first glance that China’s society had descended into madness, there was very clearly a method to that madness. What were some of the defining characteristics of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, and how did these characteristics manifest themselves?
The revolution was conducted against the entire collection of established institutions in Chinese society. Particular focus was placed on eradicating religious symbols, monuments and organizations, as well as any institution that had roots in the past, as China’s pre-Communist history was treated as an endless litany of evil acts whose legacy could only have a malign influence in the future unless completely stamped out.
2. The ranks of the civilian revolutionary cadres were composed mostly of university students (though K-12 students were heavily recruited as well in secondary roles.) Between their youthful vigor, the thoroughness of their indoctrination and the typical eagerness of a young generation to assert themselves and exercise their energies in effecting change, they proved to be a shrewd choice to coerce Chinese society and its institutions.
3. Assembled into large gangs, the university-based Red Guards intimidated establishment figures in the educational and political spheres by publicly shaming and berating them, coercing confessions from them for imaginary crimes against the principles of social, political and economic justice of the Revolution, and with increasing frequency physically assaulting and/or killing them. These purges included Party members who had previously been considered to be staunch supporters of the Revolution but had been deemed to be lacking in sufficient revolutionary fervor.
A more complete but nevertheless concise summary is available here:
America’s situation today is obviously different from that of 1960’s China. Theirs was a factional struggle amongst Marxists who already exercised absolute control over every aspect of China’s society. As the occasions and opportunities presented themselves and appropriate facets of the state apparatus were maneuvered into position by one faction or another, the contestants could exercise their will over various institutions and the citizenry. Furthermore, the party could legitimately point to the past century and a half of imperial and, later, militarist authoritarianism for many examples of the cruelty, injustice, inefficiency and corruption of the previous regimes. China’s pre-communist history had indeed been unhappy and even ugly for a good 150 years. Only the deeply brainwashed or venemously spiteful could say the same about America.
Nonetheless, we can see every day in the news how America’s progressives/neo-maoists are emerging from social justice oriented university departments and programs with the goal of attacking and destroying American culture and history. These new Red Guards are having an internal struggle of their own within the Democratic party – a fight which they have been very clearly winning over the past 15-20 years. But they are also fighting on two other fronts: the battle to wrest control of the remaining 50% or so of political and legal structures from their ideological/theological nemesis in the form of the Republicans, and the campaign against all economic, cultural and social institutions which they do not yet completely dominate.
Along the way, the neo-maoists are leaving no stone unturned to accomplish their mission. As an example of how dedicated they are to infiltrating and undermining every facet of American society, take a good look at this:
I’m part of a very early stage software startup where a very advanced AI is a central component of what we are developing. We’re well beyond the mundane image/pattern recognition bricabrac that is so breathlessly hyped nowadays. Seeing the intent of some of those course titles on offer from Google made my stomach sour and flip over. The cult-like obsessive mania of SJWs is glaringly evident.
There are those who have gone so far as to characterize the current state of affairs as a cold civil war, poised to potentially turn warmer:
In previous posts, I had speculated that any success by the neomaoists stemming from the 2018 midterms would fuel the neo-maoists and drive them to greater extremes of action – and my musing have unfortunately proven to be providential. The signs of what the neo-maoists would do with any level of success in the midterms were obvious beforehand. Now, they’re acting them out.
As party apparatchiks did in 1960’s China, many establishment figures in the Democratic party, either out of cynicism, previously hidden affinity or simple fear, are publicly and enthusiastically aligning themselves with the American Red Guards and their media facilitators. Some examples: Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer proclaiming that the president had been taught a lesson in the last budget and shutdown impasse; House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi proclaiming that Roger Stone’s ridiculously overblown arrest somehow proves President Trump was helped by Russia to win in 2016; the doubling and tripling down of members of the MSM on the Covington kids false flag despite the clear and incontrovertible refutation of their charges; and the ringing endorsements of all the current Democratic presidential candidates of AOC’s laughably retarded Green New Deal.
And what of the American Red Guards themselves? Antifa is clearly preparing to ramp up their actions to the next level of violence. The ex-leader of the Eugene, Oregon chapter who is featured in the link below was himself ex military, and his followers seemingly consider him an example to emulate:
I’d like to be clear about something, folks – I don’t want this. I dread the idea that things are moving in this direction.
But the Progressive Left won’t stop, because they DO want this. Remember: they’re playing this as a zero sum game. And since, in their theology, we are not only stupid but EVIL, it stands to reason that their success can be achieved only by our utter abasement or, failing that, our extinction.
They have already taken steps to ‘shape’ the battle and publicly justify their actions, as they are positioning this to be all on us:
One can see that these developments are being recognized in a growing circle for what they are, and a reaction seems to be building at the ‘grass roots’ level. However, it appears that those on the far Left either don’t care or are blinded by their delusions of the inevitability of history:
So where does that leave us – the Normals of Kurt Schlichter’s books and essays?
I honestly don’t know. It’s clear to me that we can’t rely on the Republican party to fight back effectively. Most of their officeholders appear to be reacting to all of this passively and would be quite content to serve as a permanent minority party, pretending to take an oppositional stance while holding what positions of power and influence-peddling they could, coasting along behind the scenes while the Neo-Maoists do all the heavy lifting of actually governing.
I voted for Trump as a counterweight to all of the above and am still enthusiastic about my choice. He is the Grey Champion of our Time of Troubles. But it’s not clear to me yet that he’ll be enough.