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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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After a year Obamacare still stinks

Link here. The quote below illustrates nicely the madness of asking the government to run healthcare, or any other complicated aspect of life:

With the state-run exchanges coming down the pike I realized that, at least in the first year, I would be able to purchase health insurance at a reasonable price. So I left my employer in July 2013 and launched my consulting firm. In November 2013, I duly filled out my application to purchase insurance on the D.C. health exchange. After that, nothing happened: The only further communication I received from the exchange was a flurry of letters and emails informing me I had the right to have my communications from the D.C. exchange sent to me in any of 20 different languages, including Irish and Navajo.

After a number of ignored emails and phone calls, I contacted a health insurance “facilitator” to see if she could help me. No dice. She did manage to make the D.C. government verify that the information I had sent them—copies of passports, utility bills, and tax statements—showed that my family did exist and resided in the District, but we still weren’t able to buy insurance going into 2014.

The D.C. exchange assured me that they would straighten things out by mid-January and allow me to buy insurance retroactive to January 1. But it wasn’t until mid-March that we managed to buy insurance. And actually paying for insurance did not end our travails: The exchange mistakenly applied my payments for March and April to January and February instead, which led to our insurance being canceled on April 1, necessitating another flurry of calls and letters. A few months later we received a letter again threatening us with immediate cancellation unless I delivered copies of our passports. Resolving this one was trickier because, upon calling the exchange, the people there denied such a notice was sent until I forwarded a copy to them.

One statistic from my enrollment efforts: In four consecutive months, I spent over 500 minutes on the phone with either the D.C. health exchange or the health insurance company we selected.

Recently, with premium increases for 2015 presumably about to be announced, I thought it might make sense to go on the exchange’s website and see if they had updated prices for competing plans. After 20 minutes of trying to log in without success, I gave up, vowing never to get on the site again.

Even if he could have logged on, he would have had problems finding out the prices for the 2015 plans. Obama did not want those prices revealed prior to the election. While a private business’s only concern would be providing service to its customers so they were willing to buy its product, a government-run operation always has to deal with the political concerns of politicians, which warps its ability to serve its customers.

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2 comments

  • Edward

    This is a thought that is not part of the article but is related to the general topic of Obamacare:

    Isn’t it strange that the ACA is supposed to require that every American has health insurance, yet the government’s big concern is not that there are as many uninsured Americans this year as last year but that the exchanges need more victims — er — signups in order to remain solvent? They only care that they get a minimum number (somewhere around 11 – 13 million) signed up through the exchanges. They don’t care about our health, they only care about the health of their own, new empire.

    The entire rationale for mandating that we all have healthcare insurance — determining how we are to spend our own money, a directive that no other tyranny has ever had the audacity to impose upon its populace — is so that *everyone* would be covered by health insurance. The claim was that the system — requiring insurance companies to insure those with pre-existing conditions — would break down unless we all had health insurance to ensure that we all contributed to the healthcare of those with pre-existing conditions. That is why the law does not allow us to be “self-insured,” meaning that we don’t buy insurance but pay for our own healthcare as we need it.

    Starting at the beginning of this year, anyone who did not have health insurance paid for by their employer, parent, guardian, or other benefactor is required by law to purchase their own insurance, even if that is subsidized through the exchanges or through Medicare. That there are so many people still not insured is yet another failure of the system.

    So, why is the government *not* concerned that there are so many people choosing to be insurance-free?

    And if it isn’t a concern, then why introduce or keep the tyrannical mandate?

  • D.K. Williams

    Shortly, a lot of people working multiple, part-time jobs without benefits will discover their tax refund confiscated by the IRS to pay the Obamacare fine because they didn’t purchase health insurance they couldn’t afford and they don’t qualify for a subsidy. A sick joke, no pun intended, played on the working poor by Mr. Gruber and his pals in the Democrat party.

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