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Defining Terms – Pre-existing Condition

Defining Terms — Pre-existing Condition A pre-existing condition is any current health issue: 1)  for which a person has received treatment in the past or 2) for which a prudent person would have sought treatment. Pre-existing conditions may be anything as minor as a mild allergic reaction […]

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Working Together to Create Sustainable Reform

New regulations were released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on November 22, 2010 regarding the implementation of provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 that require health insurance providers to spend 80-85% of premiums to pay for health care […]

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Supporting Our Veterans

On Veterans Day 2010, we at AKR join Americans across the country and around the world in thanking those who have put their lives on the line for the ideals on which this country is based. Most have given of time in their young lives, often increasing […]

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The Day After – Time to Start Again Together

It’s the day after the mid-term elections. We hear about the great “shellacking” the Democrats got in the election. News sources talk about a hurricane swamping the Democrats. Some folks are feeling doom and gloom. Others are elated. Some think nothing good can possibly come of a divided Congress. Others […]

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Political Capital Well Spent

Rachel Maddow, on her show for November 1, 2010, took some time to review what President Obama and the 111th Congress have accomplished in the past two years. It was a truly impressive list of legislation designed to: correct injustices, reduce taxes, rebuild the economy, rein in […]

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A Voice for Sanity and Moving Away from Fear

The Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear today on the Mall in Washington, D.C. was well worth taking the time to watch. There was a certain amount of clowning around and portraying the arguments of the political right and left in extreme terms, as would be expected […]

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Fix the Economy? Care for the Poor? Somehow Do Both?

As we approach the midterm elections, we continue to face daunting economic realities. The most recent Associated Press Economy Survey predicts continued slow growth through 2011. Suze Orman on CNN today points out that one of every thirty-four people who had earned income in 2008 had none in […]

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Did You Know?

Here’s a quick question that might have an answer you don’t expect. I certainly didn’t. Which government program(s) will add more to the federal deficit over the next ten years according the the Congressional Budget Office and other independent analysts? A) Medicare Part D – the prescription drug […]

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True or False – The 111th Congress Has Been A Gridlocked Failure?

The 111th Congress is coming to an end. This Congress has served from January 3, 2009 to the present. It will end January 3, 2011. Criticism of its work abounds in the media and in conversations across the country. To listen to popular talk shows, the men […]

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9 Months of Jobs Growth in the Public Sector!

Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, presents a picture of the history of private sector job loss and job growth from September 2007 to September 2010 in a video posted today on the White House Blog. For anyone who’s wondering if the investments we […]

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