It was my birthday yesterday.

I got home from the office anticipating my birthday celebration, feeling good about life. And then I saw it: a big envelope from Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

I knew what was NOT in the envelope: birthday greetings.

I knew what WAS in the envelope: my rate increase. With shaking hands, I tore open the envelope to relatively good news in this era of ‘affordable’ health insurance: my premiums are ‘only’ going up by…

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Section 1553 of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) says something amazing:

(a) In General – The Federal Government, and any State or local government or health care provider that receives Federal financial assistance under this Act (or under an amendment made by this Act) or any health plan created under this Act (or under an amendment made by this Act), may not subject an individual or institutional health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the entity does not provide any health care item or service [emphasis mine] furnished for the purpose of causing, or for the purpose of assisting in causing, the death of any individual, such as by assisted suicide, euthanasia, or mercy killing.

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A lie is determined by intention.
If someone makes a claim knowing the claim is false, that is a lie. He intended to deceive, or lie, by intentionally stating an untruth.
If someone makes a claim he sincerely believed to be true, and it later turns out not to be true, that is not a lie. He did not intend to deceive and believed in the veracity of his claim, even if later events prove those claims wrong.
Most politicians speak untruths at some point, simply because they cannot always control legislative outcomes.
George H. W. Bush famously promised, “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

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Obama has crushed the Republicans.
They knew heading into the government shutdown that they will lose the PR wars. Admittedly, they have always rebounded fairly well, as they did during the Gingrich/Clinton shutdowns in the mid 90s.
But times are different today. They are up against the most formidable foe the GOP has faced since the old Soviet Union.
Barack Obama will negotiate with terrorists, anti-semites, and America haters on any corner of the earth. But he has proven his resolve in not only refusing to negotiate with Republicans, but in trying to destroy the Republican brand.
There is one way for the Republicans to regain the momentum …

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Government regulations take time to enforce. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) adds 127 million of hours of new regulation time to federal bureaucrats. Federal law requires agencies to assess how much new paperwork will be created be new laws and regulations. Here are the estimates made by government agencies themselves …

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Joy was a sick little girl. Only 14 weeks old since her conception, she was diagnosed with hydroencephaly. That meant her brain wouldn’t develop properly; that it would fill with fluid; that her chance of surviving to birth was bleak; and that if she actually was born, she had minimal chance for any kind of normal life. Her life and death are immediately relevant as Obamacare begins to impose its will on medical decisions.

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