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Because of the cost of Obamacare, employers are dropping healthcare coverage for spouses.

Finding out what’s in it: Because of the cost of Obamacare, employers are dropping healthcare coverage for spouses.

By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act. This year, companies have to pay $1 or $2 “per life” covered on their plans, a sum that jumps to $65 in 2014. And health law guidelines proposed recently mandate coverage of employees’ dependent children (up to age 26), but husbands and wives are optional.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • JGL

    Another example of where government creates a dis incentive and penalty for the family

    through policy.

    Just like their “good intentions” related to welfare (both in the white and black communities)

    Where the incentive the government has created is for there to NOT be a family unit if a

    father is present in the home. (which is not to say that if there is a father in the home that

    they should be on welfare)

    The road to hell is paved with “good intentions” and in addition what they realize is that that

    now dependent community segment becomes their ticket to staying in power.

    This has now become their defacto agenda, a dark and sick attempt to control and maintain


    The liberal / socialist argues that the solution to a problem is a black or white issue, when the

    actual solution is a shade of gray, and then managing that shade of gray.

  • D. K. Williams

    You couldn’t design a law to create a bigger mess than this turkey if you tried. Wait a minute? Maybe that’s the point. Create a health care disaster so vast that the public will demand a true single-payer system, and voila, British-style national health care.

  • wodun

    Well, that was the stated strategy of many of the Democrat activists who wrote the bill. It sounds like a conspiracy theory but you can go watch their speeches on youtube.

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