Tag Archives: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Would You Kidnappers Please Make Up Your Minds?

Extortion noun  the practice of obtaining something, esp. money, through force or threats. House Republicans, having balked at paying for what Congress previously authorized to be spent and threatening for the first time in two centuries not to stand behind our … Continue reading

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The Chargemaster

One of the several magazines I subscribe to is Time. It’s skinnier than it used to be and it doesn’t provide as extensive a coverage of the nation’s culture as it used to aspire doing, but it does produce writing … Continue reading

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Open Wide and Say, AHA!

Few events in American life are more controversial than healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare”. The prejudice against it from the right has been so intense and prolonged that the mere term became a pejorative on … Continue reading

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Just The Facts, Please

Much controversy and demagoguery has attended the presidency of Barack Obama.  I found it refreshing then to read the last in a series of short biographies of all the presidents, his of course being the most recent.  It is only … Continue reading

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The Medical Contract

I read a George Will column on the Supreme Court’s review of the ACA in this morning’s Joplin Globe that prompted me to submit a letter to the editor. With apologies to those readers who have endured my essays on … Continue reading

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

If you want to tick off an American, any American, young, old, male, female, just try ordering them around. Want to see real anger? Pass a law telling them what they have to buy. mandate noun 1. an official order … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Protection Racket

George Will, that persistently pedantic pundit of politics, now chooses in today’s Joplin Globe (3/14/11) to peruse the constitutionality of mandatory health insurance, i.e., the Affordable healthCare Act, a.k.a., ObamaCare.  I enjoy watching George on television, but his writing, not … Continue reading

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