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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 does not provide patients or doctors or hospitals any way of finding out who is in or out of network.

Not finding out what’s in it: Obamacare does not provide patients or doctors or hospitals any way of finding out who is in or out of network.

“In many cases, consumers are shopping blind when it comes to what doctors and hospitals are included in their Obamacare exchange plans,” said Josh Archambault, senior fellow with the think tank Foundation for Government Accountability. “These patients will be in for a rude awakening once they need care, and get stuck with a big bill for going out-of-network without realizing it.”

All of this represents a larger problem with the Affordable Care Act, said Archambault, who has extensively studied the law. “It reflects deeper issues in implementation,” he said. “Some hospitals and doctors don’t even know if they are in the network.”

In addition, this story indicates that many major hospitals are opting out of Obamacare, with no way for patients to find out beforehand.

Aren’t you glad the Democrats and President Obama shut down the federal government earlier this month to make sure Obamacare went into effect?


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  • Pzatchok

    I know I am asking a stupid question around here.

    But why in the world did the administration take such a drastic plan when trying to solve the simple problem of insuring the uninsured?

    All they really had to do was find a small start up company to provide a “market place” for insurance like they now have for airline tickets and hotels?

    They could have just passed a law ordering insurance companies to fully provide information about their policies to the new service company.
    Information like who is in and or out of its network, covered services, pricing quotes, and any other thing you can think of that’s legal.

    They could have raised the Medicare/Medicaid to help cover the uninsured.

    They could have offered tax rebates to help cover those who have a hard time affording insurance normally.

    They could have done a thousand things better and less intrusive.

  • The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask.

    Some theorize that Obamacare was always intended to fail, that the real goal of the people who wrote it was for it to fail and thus force the implementation of the plan they really wanted: full nationalization of the U.S. heathcare industry.

    This might be so, but I don’t really buy it. What I think happened here is what always happens when you try to do complex things by legislative and governmental degree. The process and the ideology overrides reality, and you get a mess that isn’t focused on the problem itself.

    The less the government is involved in this, the better. Which is why I don’t want Obamacare revised or fixed, I want it repealed, in toto.

  • John M. Egan

    You’ve got that right, Robert!

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