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Posted by Andy Adams on March 25, 2014 - 1:36pm
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Hobby Lobby will stand before the Supreme Court today to plead its case on why it should not be forced to offer abortion pills in the health insurance plan it provides for its employees.  You may recall that the Obama Administration has tried to "accommodate" religious institutions, but its "accommodation" is illusory at best.  That is another lawsuit.  In Hobby Lobby's case, no accommodation or reprieve has been offered.  

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 24, 2014 - 4:47pm
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As we near the end of the first open enrollment period for the state and federal exchanges, we are getting some data about just who is signing up and/or enrolling for health insurance coverage.  First, there is a difference between "sign ups" and "enrollments."  Sign ups have not yet paid.   Enrollments have paid.

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 24, 2014 - 4:20pm
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In my inbox this morning was an advertisement from Organizing for Action with this sticker.  This is a play on the Yellow Gadsen Flag that dates from the revolutionary war and has become a favorite at Tea Party rallies and on the bumpers of those less appreciative of government overreach.  The coiled rattlesnake has been replaced by a coiled stethescope.  The message has been altered from "Don't Tread On Me" to "Don't Tread On My Obamacare."  Clever to be sure.

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 14, 2014 - 11:25am
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You should not be wasting time at work on Facebook, but  . . .  if it is a slow day, you might consider joining the search for MH370.  NO, please do not try to pull up Google Maps to search for the plane as apparently people keep doing.  THIS company has actual satelites currently mapping the search areas for the plane and is asking for your help.  It is called "crowdsourcing" and has been used successfully in the past.

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on March 13, 2014 - 1:10pm
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The Department of Health and Human Services quietly rolled out another health care reform change last week.  While Kathleen Sebelius speaks out in the House against the bill that would delay the individual mandate for 5 years, her agency has provided a way out without paying a penalty.  So what's the difference?  

From the Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2014:

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on March 6, 2014 - 2:58pm
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It was on this day in 1836 that the siege of the Alamo came to an end.  A group of just 189 Texians had held off 1,500 Mexican troops for 11 days.  The defenders of the Alamo ranged from 15 to 56 in age, came from 22 different states

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on March 6, 2014 - 11:23am
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Two years ago the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act was passed by Congress, which would allow premiums to rise to reflect the true risk of living in flood-prone areas.   The idea was to keep the national flood insurance program solvent.   

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Posted by Andy Adams on March 6, 2014 - 11:15am
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In UAW, VW, and the Vote, we took a lot at the stakes in the union for at a Tennessee VW auto plant.  The Union was feeling frisky.  VW, due to the influence of its European Union IG Metall was sitting on the sidelines, was unopposed to the union vote.  Workers inside the plant formed their own opposition with a little help from interested parties in Tennessee.

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Posted by Tracy Dacus on February 21, 2014 - 10:39am
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Late night host Jimmy Kimmel did his own survey on Obamacare earlier this week.  Watch what happened...

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