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A Plague Upon Your House?

As if the Republican convention wasn’t cursed enough, now the health commissioner for the county containing Cleveland is reporting a Norovirus outbreak among some GOP convention staffers. Norovirus triggers “explosive bouts of vomiting and diarrhea” and is “exceedingly contagious”. Symptoms typically last up to three days, which is just long enough to cover the convention. […]

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Why I Won’t Vote for Sanders

I love the fact that Bernie Sanders is running for president. Unlike most Democratic politicians he is not embarrassed to be called a liberal. Heck, he’s not even embarrassed to be called a socialist (even though he technically isn’t one). Like some Republican politicians he speaks his mind and doesn’t mince words, and unlike those […]

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Republicans Piss Everybody Off

Trump pissed off Latinos by promising to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants. But he left open the possibility that those people could apply for a visa to return legally. This week, Ted Cruz decided to get even tougher, and said that not only will he deport all of them, but he will deny them […]

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Staying Alive!

Yet another benefit from Obamacare. One of the lesser known features of the ACA was new guidelines and rules to try to reduce “hospital acquired conditions” – things like patients receiving the wrong medication, or improper sterilization leading to infections. The new law has helped. According to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare […]

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Reality Reasserts

On Saturday, Democrat John Bel Edwards won a runoff election and was elected governor of Louisiana. Why is this newsworthy? Because he is the first Democrat elected to a statewide office there since 2008. His opponent was David Vitter, who has been plagued by scandals. Why wasn’t current governor Bobby Jindal in the race? Because […]

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Obamacare: Good for Jobs

The GOP is still trying to repeal Obamacare. If that isn’t strange enough, arch-conservative Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee are going to vote against this repeal, saying that it doesn’t go far enough. Ignoring the fact that as usual this is a symbolic gesture (Obama would surely veto any repeal), it just […]

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Not Dead Yet!

Amazingly enough, the Republicans have voted again to repeal Obamacare. The vote failed. Isn’t this the definition of insanity?

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The Right’s Right to Deny Rights?

© Jen Sorensen I’m just waiting for them to exercise the right to shut up. My only consolation is that future generations will undoubtably look back at gay bashers the same way we look back at slave owners.

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GOP Silver Linings

© David Horsey Do you ever wonder why so little of the radical conservative agenda ever becomes reality? For example, even when the GOP controlled all three branches of our government, abortion remained legal. Remember when gays were the favorite whipping boys of Republican political candidates? And now, the Supreme Court opinion legalizing same sex […]

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It’s Alive!

Obamacare survives its second court challenge, and it wasn’t even close. By 6-3, the Supreme Court sided with Obama that federal subsidies are legal. Although Republicans spoke angrily about the decision, they would have been in quite a pickle if the case against the ACA had won. Millions of Americans would have lost their health […]

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Health Gouging

I believe in free markets, but to have a free market you have to have transparency in pricing and information about the product. Which brings us to the health industry, which has neither. Can you believe a market where the seller doesn’t tell you how much the product will cost or even what you are […]

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The Low Cost of Obamacare

Forget about “Death Panels” (even though it was PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year). The most pervasive lie about Obamacare is that the ACA costs more than what was estimated. How pervasive? A recent poll shows that a plurality of Americans (42%) believe that Obamacare has cost “more than expected”. Only 10% think it cost “about […]

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Good News from the Republicans

I finally have something good to report about the Republicans. According to the LA Times, the GOP has given up on trying to repeal Obamacare. It only took five years, more than fifty repeal votes, and a few government shutdowns, but occasionally you can teach the Grand Old Party new tricks. According to a prominent […]

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Oh, the Horror!

On March 23, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) posted this image to her Facebook page asking for Obamacare horror stories, saying “Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer has reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it.” What she got back in return was […]

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Regulations!

Ever wonder what would happen if we didn’t have government regulations? You don’t have to wonder any more, because we have a class of products that has enjoyed virtually no regulation: dietary supplements like ginkgo bilboa, echinacea, and ginseng. For a long time there were no regulations on dietary supplements. Companies could manufacture almost anything, […]

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