Shutdown doesn’t deter Affordable Care Act

It’s a crazy time as Americans shop for health care insurance

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance Writer

Scanning the Infosphere after a crazy day on Capitol Hill to seek some health care clarity, I came away with a few thoughts on the first day of shopping for federally subsidized health care plans.

1. It’s smart to start shopping now, but wait awhile to push the “buy” button. There are still details to be worked out and information to be gathered.

2. Residents of states that opted out of the federal health exchange will have a more difficult time gathering information, but if they are persistent they can find it.

3. The devil is in the details. What results in lower health care costs for  one family on the neighborhood cul de sac may result in higher costs for another. Continue reading

Shutdown doesn’t deter Affordable Care Act

It’s a crazy time as Americans shop for health care insurance

By FINN M. BULLERS

Scanning the Infosphere after a crazy day on Capitol Hill to seek some health care clarity, I came away with a few thoughts on the first day of shopping for federally subsidized health care plans.

1. It’s smart to start shopping now, but wait awhile to push the “buy” button. There are still details to be worked out and information to be gathered.

2. Residents of states that opted out of the federal health exchange will have a more difficult time gathering information, but if they are persistent they can find it.

3. The devil is in the details. What results in lower health care costs for  one family on the neighborhood cul de sac may result in higher costs for another.

Let’s scan the Internet for perspective, guidance and maybe even a few gold nuggets of information to make our shopping less painful. Continue reading

Stop the gridlock; working together will benefit the country

The long, hard-fought, ugly presidential election finally has come to an end. Barack Obama won a second term; Democrats remain in control of the Senate after even adding some seats; and the House remains firmly in the grip of Republicans.

While confetti fluttered throughout the Democratic celebration in Chicago Tuesday night, the party atmosphere should be short-lived. There should be no dancing in the streets today. The president narrowly won the popular vote, 50 to 48 percent, meaning his victory is not a mandate but rather is a result of a better campaign strategy than challenger Mitt Romney‘s in the crucial Electoral College battleground states, which Obama nearly swept. Continue reading

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