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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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Obamacare causes health insurance deductibles to skyrocket

Finding out what’s in it: Health insurance deductibles have gone up seven times faster than the rate of inflation since Obamacare became law.

According to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust, the increase brings the average deductible that workers must pay for their health insurance plans to $1,077; more than triple what it was a decade ago. As reported in the L.A. Times, “That is seven times faster than wages have risen in the same period.”

Kaiser Family Foundation president Drew Altman said, “It’s a quiet revolution. When deductibles are rising seven times faster than wages … it means that people can’t pay their rent. … They can’t buy their gas. They can’t eat.” As a comparison, “workers’ wages increased 1.9% between April 2014 and April 2015, according to federal data analyzed by the report’s authors.” The news is also bad for family plans as, the “average family plan cost workers $4,955, up 3% from last year.”.

Obviously this is the fault of the Republicans campaigning for president. Their opposition to Obama and the Democrats is certainly the reason why Obamacare continues to be such a unmitigated disaster for Americans.


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  • Cotour

    This justifies it all:

    The Pope pointed it out today in his speech to Congress today.

  • Wodun

    We won’t see stories like this forever, deductibles are capped. The first year of Obamacare, my deductible went up 222% to the cap. Now, I have to spend over $10k before health insurance picks up the tab for anything.

  • Cotour

    Mine is $6000.00 now, if I remember correctly it was $1200.00 previously, before Obamacare.

  • Edward

    These high deductibles, the high premiums that go along with them, and the 50% co-pay for anything that exceeds my deductible (up to a fairly high limit) are why I am now a scofflaw. I figured out that I break even in just about a dozen years for a $100,000 disease (if I got such a bill, the cost of the insurance and the out of pocket expenses would have come to the same amount). That calculation was last year when the Bronze Turd Plan premiums were only $7,000 (actually, a couple of hundred or so dollars more than that), before the premiums increased for this year. As premiums increase, the break even point gets shorter and shorter. It just isn’t worth it for a still-healthy person like me to start paying the high premiums.

    From the article: “If you couldn’t afford insurance before ObamaCare, this likely isn’t affordable either. At least before ObamaCare, high deductible policies had low monthly costs, and a wise consumer could save the money they weren’t spending on high premiums. But those plans aren’t ACA compliant and are no longer available.”

    It was worth it back when I could get high deductibles for low monthly costs — the money I saved on premiums went into a savings account to cover the high deductible. Now the deductibles are high, the monthly payment is high, and there is now a high co-pay even after the deductible is reached.


  • wodun

    Ya, that is about what happened to mine only its $6350 or whatever the cap is. So yours can still inch up a bit :(

  • wodun

    A responsible person who saved their premiums rather than giver them to an insurer would be better off in most cases but the key is you still have to save. I think more people would have been in favor of a HSA type of thing that mandated saving rather than the current plan that mandates spending.

    It feels like a rip off to pay in and get nothing back while you read about people whose plans are subsidized through your premiums getting massage therapy and knee reconstructions.

  • Cotour

    All of these examples demonstrate that the people of America have been captured by, well we have to now admit the leadership of both party’s in concert with activist judges on the Supreme Court. What is worse than this conspiracy in our country?

    This is what would be called “social justice” and it is quite literally a mechanism to redistribute individual American’s money and their freedom. This must not remain and or accepted.

  • jburn

    There is an obvious relationship between the “Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust” and Kaiser Permanente.

    Kaiser Permanente boasted of it’s part in crafting the AHA. In other words, huge healthcare/health insurance companies wrote the legislation which the our representatives didn’t have time to read.

    Is it any wonder our insurance costs have grown much higher.

  • Edward

    *Sigh* If only HSAs were like IRAs instead of having to go through an employer. My IRA is currently my “HSA.”

    But then, HSAs such as this would defeat the incentive to the insurance companies — the tyrannical, mandated purchase of policies. Talk about crony capitalism, this is the ultimate, creating a tyranny just to make one industry happy.

    [I had to delete the rest of this reply, because it quickly degraded into cursing — both the words and placing curses and poxes on government and certain officials within or formerly within government.]

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