Planes Trains and Automobiles

Jeffrey Toobin from CNN nailed it when he told his audience yesterday was a train wreck for the Obama Administration.  Today he said it was more like a plane wreck.   I amuse myself sometimes, and I could not resist thinking of the classic comedy Planes Trains and Automobiles starring John Candy and Steve Martin.  My…

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Happy SCOTUS Week!

Photo from Washington Post This post comes live from the Heartland where we are currently experiencing paradise like weather.  Too bad the same could not be said, metaphorically, for the health reform legislation.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to commonly as Obamacare, finds itself in national headlines this week as the Supreme Court…

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The Big Picture

This website has tried to put various aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into easy to understand and concise language.  The complexity of the 2700 page  legislative language as well as the over 10,000 pages of regulations that fill in the framework of the legislation, make smaller bites more practical to address, the reason…

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An Icy Spring Inside the Beltway?

The Gross Reservoir in Boulder where the melted ice represents provisions in the ACA that have been implemented.  This column is long overdue with good reason since this writer has been mobile meeting with a diverse group of friends, colleagues and new acquaintances over the past several weeks.   My travels took me from my hometown,…

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The Tortoise and the Hare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is in the third year of implementation and it is approaching crunch time for state governments. This year, one of the biggest challenges looming over 50 capital cities will be what to do about health insurance exchanges.  A health insurance exchange is like an online shopping mall where…

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day was earlier this month, but some days the news out of Washington, D.C., seems more like the plot of the cult classic starring Bill Murray.  If you have not seen this movie, rent it.  It is a wise choice for snowy days like today in the Heartland, and provides a practical example of…

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Peeling Back the Onion

The health reform legislation jumped back to the forefront this week as a controversial regulation created a political firestorm between the Roman Catholic Church and other religious organizations, and the Obama Administration concerning just one aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.  I used “one” in the previous sentence because this…

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Monday Morning Quarterback

The Giants and Patriots provided America with yet another entertaining Super Bowl last night. With another game coming down to the last play, this reflected an important facet about American football, which of course is the importance of momentum, often resulting in victory for the last team with the ball.  Still, I was puzzled last…

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The State of Health Reform

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress last night about the State of the Union.  For those who ever wondered what this means in common terms, the President provides the country an annual update of the United States federal government.  Despite numerous references to his Republican friends, he failed to address the true elephant…

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