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The information presented hereon New Hampshire hospitals is outdated. Blue Cross Blue Shield was the only insurer offering exchange insurance last year and they had limited access to only 18 of the state's 28 hospitals but this year 4 new insurance companies have joined the exchange and many (perhaps all) of the interdicted hospitals now take one more of the new plans. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Jon Stewart and Me

lee362 Wrote: Feb 19, 2015 8:52 AM
I am a libertarian who has been watching Stewart and Colbert for years. It is affirming that you agree with my views on Stewart. He does sometimes take unfair pot shots but he is always funny. And I have always found him to be intelligent and thoughtful, particularly when interviewing libertarians and conservatives. He is not fair and balanced but none of us are. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
You are correct with regard to US temperatures. The alarmists note that the US was cooler than average but they claim that this coolness was more than offset by much warmer ocean area temperatures. They may or may not be right since they are relying on sampling techniques as there are too few samples to say definitively what is happening. See my post above to take a peek at a reliable technology for the assessment of average global temperature. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Rideshare Risk Requires Regulation

lee362 Wrote: Jan 23, 2015 7:39 PM
Markets may be regulated by either of two mechanisms: government coercion or market competition. If consumers decide their medallion drivers are safer, Uber and Lyft will soon go out of business. I prefer market regulation by competition since it cannot be corrupted by special interests and venal politicians gaming the system. If you prefer govt coercion, please do so but do not force it on me. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Does Europe Have No-go Zones?

lee362 Wrote: Jan 21, 2015 10:01 AM
This report matches my experience in such areas. But I will add that, as a woman, I was always careful to "cover up" and be accompanied by a man. I'm not sure these enclaves are very healthy for westerners -- might I be stoned or flogged if I inadvertently violated one of the rules? Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
This is really old news. I published this story last winter. There are many many worse stories and many many more ironic stories to be found. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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What Racially Biased Policing Looks Like

lee362 Wrote: Nov 28, 2014 12:30 PM
Good column. My son was also intermittently harassed by cops and even I had gotten a dose of it as a college student repeatedly being "patted down" by cops in Cambridge who just wanted to pat my young female body. Complaints to the cops never worked to stop this disgusting and unwanted behavior. At appears that only victims of this sort of police harassment can understand the issue. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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Why China Is Cooperating on Climate Change

lee362 Wrote: Nov 24, 2014 10:09 PM
While China is trying to clean up its awful air pollution problem, there are ways to do it that do not involve switching to more expensive renewables and they are pursuing these. But the Chinese motivation for agreeing to this climate deal is really much more simple. They have 16 years to enjoy watching America lose jobs and economic clout while futilely trying to switch to renewables before they simply can reneg on the deal. In 16 years the leadership will have changed and there will be plenty of intervening events to make a reneg plausible. In short, the Chinese have agreed to do absolutely nothing for the next 16 years while we tie ourselves up in knots. Doesn't sound much like cooperation to me. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
Among the many problems with the line of argument made by Ms, Grossie and President Obama (among others), is that the claim that one's previous plan was junk is a lie. This is simply not true for many people whose policies have been cancelled. Of course, many people properly judged that they did not need psychiatric services or substance abuse services of healthy child visits or maternity care or etc., etc. but now they are forced to buy these things so that medical costs can be socialized. But even worse than this are the cancellations of many, many plans that had offered personalized plans tailored to the needs of the enrollee (New York, in particular, had a lot of them) or pre-existing plans with premium caps which were a godsend for retirees on fixed incomes. Both of these types of plans were actually better for the enrollees than anything that they might find under the ACA and both of these types of plans are illegal under the ACA. These victims of the ACA have all been cancelled now and it is too late to help the folks who have been ousted from their better-than-obamacare plans. The best we can do is to repeal the ACA to stop further damage. Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
The proper point of this column is not to recommend a particular course of action but rather to remind us that government uses emergencies to erode civil liberties. In this particular case, I believe that the "emergency" is at least partially caused by public health officials on-going lying to the public about the nature of Ebola. It may or may not be intentional that this "emergency" is awfully self-serving for politicians. "He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security." Benjamin Franklin Lee Nason New Bedford, Massachusetts
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