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Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

Will The Costs Of ObamaCare Be Sustainable?

U.S., Taxes, Politics, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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More ACA Details Becoming Available & They're Troubling

U.S., Quality of Life, Politics, Healthcare

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The Costly Difference Between 'Observation' and 'Treatment'

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life

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A Long Season of Ugly...

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy, Employment

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"Mad as h_ll"?

Quality of Life, Politics, Healthcare, U.S.

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Health Plan Reference Pricing

U.S., Quality of Life, Politics, Healthcare

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Narrow Network ACA Health Plans

Quality of Life, Politics, Healthcare, People Making A Difference

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The Impact of the ACA is Behind Us; Right?

Politics, Quality of Life, U.S., Taxes, Healthcare, Economy

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Could There Have Been Another Reason for the ACA?

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life, Politics, Taxes

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Pandering For Votes

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life, Politics, Economy

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Farewell Ms. Lightning Rod

U.S., Politics, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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Looking For a Health Insurance Policy?

U.S., Quality of Life, Politics, Healthcare, People Making A Difference, Economy

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Washington County Ranked 8th...

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Healthcare, Education

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7.1 Million People Enrolled...

U.S., Healthcare, Politics, Taxes, Quality of Life, Economy

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ACA Versus Medicare Advantage?

U.S., Quality of Life, Politics, Healthcare

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Quick Hits: March 27, 2014

Politics, People Making A Difference, U.S., Healthcare, Education, Employment

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They're kidding. Right? Another Extension?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare

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A Man With a Pen and a Phone...

U.S., Politics, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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Closer & Closer To Real Numbers...

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy

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President Obama Makes Another ACA Change

Healthcare, Economy, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Wisconsin Obesity Climbs Annually

Quality of Life, Healthcare, People Making A Difference, Taxes

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Kicking The Can...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Healthcare, Economy

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The Politicization of Health Care

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy, People Making A Difference

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Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Worse...

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy

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Intentional or Coincidental Market Disruption?

Healthcare, U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Economy

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Continuing Saga of ObamaCare...

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy

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More Unintended Consequences (or at least I hope they're unintended)

Political, Employment, Quality of Life, U.S., Healthcare

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The 'Real World' of the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a ObamaCare)

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Healthcare

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It Is That Time of Year...

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Healthcare

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ObamaCare Is A Greater Concern Every Week.

Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political, Economy

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Gross Ineptitude or Intentional All Along?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, People Making A Difference, Economy

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Will It Never End?

U.S., Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Healthcare, Economy

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The Realities of ObamaCare

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Economy, People Making A Difference

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ObamaCare Site Issues

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy

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Peggy Noonan's "Low-Information Leadership"

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare

Peggy Noonan has penned a blog that makes for an excellent read, in my opinion at least.  She deals with ObamaCare and President Obama.

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ObamaCare Website Functional?

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare, Political, Taxes, Economy

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The Massachusetts Connector & ObamaCare

Healthcare, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Everything You Need to Know About ObamaCare

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy

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The Slippery Slope of Wealth Redistribution

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare, Political, Taxes, Economy

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Health Plan Cancellation Received?

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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What Do We Do Now?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy, Employment

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Blatant Usurpation of Power

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Economy, Employment, Quality of Life

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Will The President Lead? If Not, Getting Out Of The Way Will Help!

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy, Employment

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Ruminations for a Saturday Morning...

Potpourri, Quality of Life, Political, Germantown, Economy, Healthcare

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It Seems Like Forever...

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Taxes, Economy, Employment

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In a Hole? Stop Digging!

Political, U.S., People Making A Difference, Economy, Healthcare

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Bad Apple Insurers?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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Is This Mess The Insurance Companies' Fault?

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy

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Naive, Disingenuous or Liar?

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Healthcare, Economy

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Washington, We Have a Problem 2

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy

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ObamaCare In The Full Light Of Day

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy, Employment

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Is ObamaCare A Train Wreck?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy

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Krauthammer Hit The Nail On The Head...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Economy, Healthcare

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HHS System Worse Than Thought...

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Economy

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ObamaCare and Nationalized Health...

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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Washington, We Have A Problem!

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Economy, Healthcare

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ObamaCare Marketplace

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political

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Game Day Is Almost Here...

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political

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Not a Good Week For Unions...

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Education, Healthcare, People Making A Difference

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ACA & The Young Invincibles

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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Right Track or Wrong Track?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Economy, Employment, Healthcare

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What? Me Worry About PPACA?

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy, Employment

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What, Me Worry?

Healthcare, U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Wisconsin

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A YouTube Piece That Says A Lot...

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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More Unintended Consequences Courtesy of ObamaCare

Healthcare, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Health Care Providers Weigh In on the PPACA

Healthcare, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Should the Goose and the Gander Fare Equally?

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Muddy Waters of ObamaCare

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life

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Attack By a Turkey?

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare

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A 'Cadillac' Health Plan?

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare, Political

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Parts of ObamaCare (ACA) Delayed

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy, Employment

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Got an Extra $2.9 Billion You Can Spare?

Wisconsin, Healthcare, Employment, Quality of Life, Taxes

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Dangerous Confluence of Events

U.S., Healthcare, Employment, Taxes, Quality of Life, Economy

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If It Quacks Like a Duck...

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference, Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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What Congress Has Wrought Bites Back

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy, Employment

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Budget All Nighters?

Wisconsin, Taxes, Political, Quality of Life, Education, Healthcare, Economy

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Is It My Imagination?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, People Making A Difference

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Is the IRS a Political Arm of Government?

U.S., Taxes, Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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I Am Confused; Not An Uncommon State

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare

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Connecting Job Report Dots...

Employment, Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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Yet Another ObamaCare Hiccup...

Healthcare, U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life

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ObamaCare Concerns Congressional Staffers

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Employment

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Exemption From ObamaCare? Why Not...

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference

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Cyber Security

U.S., Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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ACA So Far Bans Health Insurance Agents

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life

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Will "Affordable Care" be Affordable?

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Economy, Quality of Life

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Obesity in Wisconsin

Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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Medicare Advantage Targeted

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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Trojan Horse?

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life

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So There!

U.S., Political, Economy, Healthcare, Employment, Taxes

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ObamaCare Revisited

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life

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My Dusty Crystal Ball...

U.S., Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Political, People Making A Difference, Economy, Healthcare

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Hobby Lobby & The Morning After Pill

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political

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Loopholes?

Healthcare, Economy, Political, Taxes, Quality of Life, U.S.

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3D Printers

Quality of Life, Potpourri, People Making A Difference, Healthcare, Education

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Must You As An Employer Provide Health Coverage?

U.S., Healthcare

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Must You Have Health Insurance Coverage Under the Law?

U.S., Healthcare

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State Insurance Exchanges

Wisconsin, U.S., Taxes, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Economy, Employment

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Getting Serious About PPACA/ObamaCare

U.S., Wisconsin, Taxes, Healthcare, Employment, Political, Quality of Life

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Walker Chooses Federal Exchange Approach

Wisconsin, U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare, Employment, Taxes

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The Second Term Has Begun

U.S., Political, Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Taxes

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Politics and Religion

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Healthcare

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Is There An Accountable Care Organization In Your Future?

U.S., Wisconsin, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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Altitude or Attitude?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Economy, Employment, Healthcare

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The Nanny State & Brick Walls

U.S., Wisconsin, School Board, Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Education

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Oh! Its not that time again, is it?

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Healthcare

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Ryan is the Choice

U.S., Political, Wisconsin, Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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Ryan or Rubio or ?

U.S., Political, People Making A Difference, Economy, Healthcare

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Physicians Reassessing Their Futures

U.S., Wisconsin, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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PPACA - The More Things Change...

Wisconsin, U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Healthcare, Economy

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Two Battles Settled

U.S., Wisconsin, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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An EPIC Story

Healthcare, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

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Too Short or Too Heavy?

Quality of Life, Healthcare, People Making A Difference

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Sobering Thoughts

U.S., Quality of Life, Political, Economy, Education, Healthcare

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PPACA...The Morning After

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes

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PPACA Outcome Totally Unexpected

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare

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ObamaCare/PPACA Winners & Losers

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Economy, Quality of Life, Taxes

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ObamaCare (PPACA) Decision Critical

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Economy, Taxes, Quality of Life

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Does the Emperor Have Clothes?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

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When Will They Decide?

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life

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Instead of Writing a Blog...

Healthcare, Quality of Life, People Making A Difference, Potpourri

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ObamaCare...The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, Economy, U.S.

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A Bit 'Inside Baseball', But...

U.S., Healthcare, Economy, Political, Quality of Life

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Great News or What?

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political

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The Donald's View of ObamaCare...

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Economy, Quality of Life

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Courts Supreme

U.S., Wisconsin, Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life

Our two Supreme Courts, one in Madison and one in Washington,D.C., are showing how important this third branch of government truly can be.

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The Health Care Debate

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life

The U.S. Supreme Court enters its second day of hearings concerning PPACA (a/k/a ObamaCare) and will decide the various questions that have been raised.  There are, as is usual in matters of this nature, many nuances that are often difficult to fathom.  Among the issues is whether or not we can be compelled to take an action, buy health insurance coverage, and whether or not the fine for not doing so would be a tax or a penalty, and so on.  Underlying much of this is the fact that the government intentionally eliminated the "severability clause" which is present in most contracts.  That clause basically says that even if part of the contract is struck down, the rest survives.

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Justice's Recusal?

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare

We hear much about the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the prospect of one Justice or another recusing himself or herself...BUT...

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The Cost of Uncertainty

U.S., Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political

Uncertainty is at the root of much of the disruption we face today in the various markets that exist in our economy.  When that is coupled with energy costs, we have the makings of a tough summer and fall right when we will elect or re-elect a president.

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The White House, Health Care & Old Folks

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

There is little secret that this White House wants to control virtually everything about our lives.  Health care, of course, has been the big target since PPACA (a/k/a ObamaCare) was passed in the dead of night.

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Hospice Care Pioneer

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Potpourri, Healthcare

I know it is probably a strange thing to do, but I read the obituaries every morning.  In today's morning Journal Sentinel, I saw the obituary for William Lamers, Jr. who died at the age of 80 in his home in Malibu.  The obituary stated that he was surrounded by family and friends.

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Typical Government Program

U.S., Political, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy

The Federal agencies involved have just released the final regulations that govern how the simplified Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for PPACA must be written and displayed.  This is a small part of the PPACA  bill (aka ObamaCare) that covered some 2,100 pages without really saying anything in detail about that program.  All the detail is now being formulated by the agencies, all of which are unelected and therefore beyond the public's reach so far as expressing displeasure.

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Obama & Birth Control Point To Bigger Issue

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare, Political

President Obama announced this morning that he is backing away from the controversial birth control mandate for Catholic organizations.  He is trying to make this go away and claims this isn't an accommodation.  The practice of insurance companies eliminating contraception coverage for Catholic entities has been here for a long time.  This isn't a new directive from the President much as he'd like us to think that is the case.

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Bits & Pieces - January 30th

Potpourri, Healthcare, Quality of Life, Germantown

Concealed Carry Classes

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Random Political Thoughts

Political, U.S., Wisconsin, Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Quality of Life

As I read the morning Journal Sentinel today, I was struck by the political inferences across the main section even though this publication claims to be unbiased.  (1) Dan Bice continues on the 'expose Walker' bent that he has made standard fare of late.  His "sources say" that charges will be issued in the coming days and that they likely will involve Walker operatives.  He mentions that "at least eight" of Walker's "former aides and associates have hired criminal defense lawyers".  "Insiders" have told Bice that the "next phase is focusing on the role of some of Walker's closest associates". (2) There is now an 'issue' over whether or not Wisconsin is in a deficit or not in a deficit.  The gap of some $3.6 Billion that Walker encountered when he took office was closed by the Walker government but that was on a cash basis.  So now we are exposed to the fact that under GAAP accounting there is still a deficit and that this fact was used recently in a petition to the federal government to gain its permission to cut some 50,000+ people from a state health plan if necessary.  I don't recall the continuing series of articles during the former government's time in office that traced the ever-increasing budget deficit or that condemned the use of various 'funds' (transportation and patient compensation, for example) to make possible increased state spending.  (3) A story on the national 'health care overhaul' from the Associated Press states that Wisconsin is among the states "lagging" in implementation of the wonderful new PPACA legislation that has yet to withstand U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny.  This story mentions some 500,000 Wisconsinites who have no health insurance but does not indicate that this state is among those with the lowest uninsured population in the nation.  Nor does it bother to mention that each of these 500,000 people have access to health care under federal laws that have been in force for years.  Maybe this was simply accidental story selection.  Maybe not. 

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Republican Field Smaller

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Economy, Healthcare, Taxes

Rick Perry left the field of Republican candidates this morning.  He asked his supporters to back Newt Gingrich.  Given Perry's showing, his tossing his support to Gingrich will do very little to help Gingrich.  One of Newt's former wives, Marianne, will speak tonight on national television, and that won't help Newt either. 

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More Drug Shortages Ahead

Quality of Life, U.S., Healthcare

You may've read or heard reports of a shortage of drugs that has gotten worse this past year.  This has largely been created through unintended consequences, I hope, of government's actions.

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A Battle of Giants

U.S., Wisconsin, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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Do You Use Lipitor?

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare

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More Generic Drugs Coming Soon

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare

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PSA Tests After 50?

U.S., Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life

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A Bump in the Road for ObamaCare

U.S., Wisconsin, Healthcare, Economy, Quality of Life

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It Ain't Workin'

U.S., Wisconsin, Quality of Life, Healthcare

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Health Care Crystal Ball

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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A Forward Look at ObamaCare

U.S., Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political

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If ObamaCare Is So Great...

U.S., Political, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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Have You Ever Dreaded Seeing a Dentist?

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Healthcare

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ObamaCare Takes a Hit

U.S., Quality of Life, Healthcare, Economy, Taxes, Political

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The Tobacco Conundrum

Political, Taxes, Wisconsin, U.S., Healthcare

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Don't Forget...

Healthcare, Quality of Life, Political, U.S.

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November is Fast-Approaching

Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin, Taxes, Economy, Healthcare

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The Cost Of Lifestyle Decisions

Economy, Healthcare, Quality of Life, U.S.

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A White Stair Step...

Healthcare, Quality of Life

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The "Political Class"...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S., Wisconsin

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Welcome to Obama Care

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life

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Berwick's Recess Appointment Differs From Most

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Another Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight?

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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Bits and Pieces - June 17th

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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My Letter From Kathleen...

Healthcare, Economy, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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What Did We Learn Yesterday?

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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How Far Does It Go?

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Another Major Health Care Merger?

Germantown, Healthcare, Quality of Life

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The Power of No

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Income Redistribution

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Federal Usurpation

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S., Wisconsin

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An Inconvenient Truth

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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The Post Office & Health Care

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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They Win!

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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Physicians Say Will Leave Profession

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Health Care Reform Antics Are Sickening

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Healthcare Juggernaut

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Mission Impossible?

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Intended Consequences...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life

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Health Care Prices

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

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Snake Oil

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Will She or Won't She?

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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The Good Old Days

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Winners & Losers - February 26th

Germantown, Healthcare, Police, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Wisconsin

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Health Care Summit

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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Thursday Massacre?

Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S.

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Health Summit Set-Up

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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This & That - February 8th...

Germantown, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, U.S., Village Board

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They Still Don't Get It...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

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Post-Election Take-Aways...

Economy, Healthcare, Political, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.