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Posts tagged with ‘Obamacare’

  • The Government Don’t Do Nothin’ for Me

    By Donald Knebel on July 22, 2014
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    Last week, I attended the reunion of my graduating class from a rural high school in northwest Indiana. Nearly half the 30 members of the class of 1964 attended, many having lived most of the intervening years within a few miles of the long abandoned school. I spent much of the afternoon talking to my classmates about what they have […]
  • ‘Scuse me, while I duck the sky…

    By Beth Cate on July 18, 2014
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    Don Knebel wrote last week that the sky was not falling by virtue of the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling. Not all at once, certainly, but some pieces have been raining down over the last couple of weeks that suggest we might want to keep our helmets handy. Don concluded, and I agree, that “[t]he key to the [Hobby […]
  • The Hobby Lobby Decision: The Sky is Not (Yet) Falling

    By Donald Knebel on July 7, 2014
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    On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. By a vote of 5 to 4, the Court held that regulations issued under the Affordable Care Act cannot require a for-profit corporation to provide health insurance covering contraceptives violating the religious beliefs of the corporation’s owners. The response has been […]
  • Accountability

    By John Guy on June 7, 2014
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    Are you “accountable?”  I doubt it.  Me?   Probably not.  Yet others should be accountable.  Right? “Accountable” appears in letters to the editor, newspaper columns and opinions, and coffee pot conversations.  What does it mean?   Here is one definition:  “adjective, (pertaining to a person, organization, or institution) required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.” In public discourse about civic […]
  • In a Democracy

    By John Guy on February 25, 2014
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    In a Democracy, a common criticism of legislators and elected administrators is “they only want to be elected,” articulated by an individual or group that disagrees with policies and decisions. “They only want to be elected” at once declares both a truth and a misunderstanding.  The civically literate observer must understand both. The truth is that a candidate for office, […]
  • Can the Government Prevent Lying in Political Ads?

    By Ed Brayton on January 17, 2014
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    The Supreme Court last week granted cert in a case that involves the question of whether the government can prevent allegedly false speech in political ads or whether this is a violation of the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Some details about the case: The case, involving an anti-abortion group’s claim that Ohio’s False Statement Law violates free […]
  • A Catastrophic Civic Effect

    By admin on October 24, 2013
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    I am extremely disappointed with the many glitches in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Obamacare. I support the new Health Care Law though. As someone who is 28 years old and has already spent many months without insurance or with catastrophic insurance (that covers shockingly few catastrophic things), I am grateful that there is a well-intended policy attempt to […]
  • Thoughts from the Waiting Room

    By Greg Kueterman on October 21, 2013
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    Now that the dust is settling from the unnecessary and self-induced drama in our nation’s capital, it’s important to step back and absorb what this was all about. Most people understand the government shutdown and near collapse of our financial foundation were about health care (more specifically, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare ). Of course, some far right conservatives […]