By Arizona Slim
Summertime in Tucson means one thing: Heat. And lots of it.
Last Friday’s high was 101 degrees, but that didn’t stop nine intrepid souls from finding their way to the second Naked Capitalism meetup.
Although most were from Tucson, we had visitors from Phoenix and Tubac, which is just 22 miles away from the international border.
Among the topics discussed:
The lousy Obamacare insurance options for Arizonans. Here in Pima County, we have one, ironically named Ambetter. Same situation up in Maricopa County, according to our visitor from Phoenix.
This company is so bad, its parent company is being sued for perpetrating a massive healthcare fraud, selling junk plans on state exchanges, and misleading enrollees about the plan benefits. Details here: http://klafterolsen.com/news/kol-sues-largest-health-insurer-for-massive-healthcare-fraud/
I’ve had my own issues with Ambetter, and I shared my story with the Klafter Olsen law firm. They never responded. However, I’ve found Congressman Raúl Grijalva’s office to be quite helpful. Link: https://grijalva.house.gov/
Our lack of excitement over the current slate of candidates for statewide and federal offices. May have something to do with the fact that Arizona is a majority independent state. In second place behind the indies are the Republicans, with the Democrats in third. With so many indies, it’s hard to get Arizonans motivated to support the duopoly parties.
A BBC documentary called “The Trap.” Details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trap_(TV_series)
The Tucson meetup is going on summer hiatus, and we’ll be back in the fall.