June 22 2013
Vicki E. Alger
Los Angeles families will be in for a real treat this upcoming school year compliments of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange. The exchange describes itself this way:
California was the first state to create a health benefit exchange following the passage of federal health care reform. Covered California is charged with creating a new insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to health insurance. (p. 4)
Last month Covered California published a notice of planned grants to 48 agencies statewide that will promote ObamaCare, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, which received a $990,000 grant.
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second largest school district in the nation with enrollment of over 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, with more than 900 schools, and 187 public charter schools. Boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California. (p. 28)
Its outreach plan includes “calls to families with students in district,” and “teens trained to be messengers to family members.” As the Heartland Institute’s Loren Heal reports:
LAUSD will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees eligible for ObamaCare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare… One in three Los Angeles students never graduates high school.