Two Liberal Decisions From A Conservative Court
Jun27

Two Liberal Decisions From A Conservative Court

It has been a good week for liberal decisions form a conservative court. Yesterday, as I was certain they would, they threw out the absurd case against the Affordable Care Act. I’m not sure that this really changes anything. Conservatives will continue to complain about the law, but lack any effective way to repeal it, and certainly have no alternative. The case made no sense and if Roberts had wanted to destroy Obamacare he...

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Cartoon:  Obamacare
Jun27

Cartoon: Obamacare

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ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)
Jun27

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now (Guest Voice)

ObamaCare Blessed by Supreme Court – What to Expect Now By Rick Lindquist, Co-Author of The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance: Why It’s Good for You, Your Family, and Your Company On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of ObamaCare in King v Burwell. The ruling confirms Health Insurance Marketplaces in all states can provide premium tax credits to individual policyholders. This decision is a huge win for...

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A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’
Jun26

A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’

(Texas reaction at end) An article at the U.S. Supreme Court web site starts in the following manner: “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW”-These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United...

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Cartoon: Obamacare Republican Reaction
Jun26

Cartoon: Obamacare Republican Reaction

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Cartoon: Boehner’s Shiner
Jun26

Cartoon: Boehner’s Shiner

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Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare
Jun25

Analysis: GOP can no longer look to court to repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON — It’s clear now that any overhaul of the Affordable Care Act will have to come through the political system, not the court. And repeal-minded Republicans face trouble generating a mandate for change. Republicans were hoping the court would decide against this key part of the law — and in turn give the party...

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Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship
Jun25

Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship

The U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a major blow to conservatives who have used everything from bare-knuckle politics to legislative sleight-of hand to frivolous litigation in a years-long effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, a flawed but ultimately workable effort to bring affordable health care to all Americans as well as President Obama’s signature achievement. In a momentous 6-3 ruling, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....

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Cartoon: Obamacare safe
Jun25

Cartoon: Obamacare safe

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Obamacare Survives King V. Burwell Challenge [Updated Case Analysis]
Jun25

Obamacare Survives King V. Burwell Challenge [Updated Case Analysis]

The Associated Press is reporting that the United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, has upheld subsidies for health insurance purchased both from state exchanges and the federal exchange. According to AP, Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts joined the Court’s four liberals, Kagan Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Breyer, to make up the six vote majority. This post will be updated after I have reviewed the actual decision....

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No One Smells Exactly Like You
Jun25

No One Smells Exactly Like You

The nose knows: the highest topographical feature within the facial landscape is the nose. Now, a new study from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science makes a close examination of this distinctive, though rather humble feature. The genes for the receptors our noses use to detect scents, the researchers discovered, are about 30 percent different between any… graphic via...

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CDC Reports On Decrease In Uninsured Under Affordable Care Act
Jun24

CDC Reports On Decrease In Uninsured Under Affordable Care Act

The CDC reports the percent of uninsured showed the largest drop since they began reporting data on this, consistent with other measures of the decrease in uninsured under the Affordable Care Act such as the Gallup poll. The share of working-age people without health insurance fell by more than 4 percentage points in 2014, the biggest drop since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began reporting the data in 1997. Last...

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Here’s Why Repealing Obamacare Would be a Financial Disaster
Jun21

Here’s Why Repealing Obamacare Would be a Financial Disaster

This past Friday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation reviewed the main provisions of President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, formally known as the Patient Proection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The CBO found repealing the ACA would increase the federal deficit by at least $137 billion, while leaving 19 millions of… graphic via...

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Chocolate is healthy, prevents diabetes, improves thinking and keeps you skinny, scientists say
Jun17

Chocolate is healthy, prevents diabetes, improves thinking and keeps you skinny, scientists say

Perhaps chocolate shouldn’t be such a guilty pleasure. A study this week shows eating 100 grams a day – two bars – lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. Of course, some were skeptical. “I would not be rushing out to buy chocolate for a treat – rather, if peckish, a piece or two of… graphic via...

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Supreme Court may leave Republicans with some nasty numbers
Jun17

Supreme Court may leave Republicans with some nasty numbers

If the Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell “upends” Obamacare, the Times reports, Republicans face a rough election. They have no viable “plan B.” They dominate in the states that rely on Obamacare and federal subsidies. The numbers: “Doing nothing is not an option,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, who last week introduced a bill that would provide money to help people buy insurance...

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Neurosurgeon to attempt world’s first head transplant
Jun14

Neurosurgeon to attempt world’s first head transplant

An Italian neurosurgeon has unveiled plans to perform the first human head transplant by the end of 2017. Dr Sergio Canavero announced his plan at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons in the US state of Maryland on Friday, saying he believes he has a 90 percent chance of...

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Readers Editorial: Ex Smoker Tells Tobacco’s Toll  — and Asks for a Ban
Jun14

Readers Editorial: Ex Smoker Tells Tobacco’s Toll — and Asks for a Ban

Tobacco’s Toll: Time for a Ban By Robert Gehr EL CAJON, Ca (SDONA) — In response to your article, Smoking hot debate: El Cajon Council votes to support raising age for tobacco use, I ask: Why are tobacco companies seemingly allowed by our government to produce a highly adulterated, toxic product which is very addictive that can maim and kill people? Why do they contribute heavily to political campaigns? Why are they...

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Don’t Believe The Latest Round Of Scare Stories On Health Insurance Premiums
Jun13

Don’t Believe The Latest Round Of Scare Stories On Health Insurance Premiums

There have been a number of scare stories recently predicting huge increases in health insurance premiums for 2016 due to Obamacare. This year premiums went up much less than predicted and most likely the current predictions of doom will not come about. Two recent stories from NPR’s Morning Edition and The Hill provide a more realistic outlook: The average insurance premium under ObamaCare is probably not headed toward a double-digit...

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High Fructose Corn Syrup Makes Mice Fat And Lazy
Jun04

High Fructose Corn Syrup Makes Mice Fat And Lazy

In the past few decades, high fructose corn syrup has reached unprecedented levels in the American diet as it appears more in soft drinks and some baked goods. The highly processed product of converting sugars in corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup now accounts for 10 percent of U.S. citizens’ caloric intake. While many studies...

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Gallup Poll: Americans Choose “Pro-Choice” for First Time in Seven Years
May29

Gallup Poll: Americans Choose “Pro-Choice” for First Time in Seven Years

Here’s yet another sign of how conservative Republicans who have taken over the Republican Party appear to be going against the American public’s trending — and younger voters. For the first time since 2008, Gallup finds, more Americans choose “pro choice” over “pro life.” To sum it up, it’s most likely due to a)losing an argument b)losing an argument by not trying to alter views by...

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