Ouch! Massive Obamacare Premium Increases Will Dominate 2016

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Oregon Commissioner of Insurance Laura N. Cali has approved premium rate increases of 25 percent for the Moda Health Plan and 33 percent for LifeWise in 2016. Due to Obamacare’s radical plan design and high utilization costs, skyrocketing American healthcare costs are becoming the norm–and will be a top issue in 2016 elections.

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‘San Francisco: It’s the New Rome.’

“San Francisco: It’s the New Rome.” That’s the anonymous comment overheard by Politico’s Mike Allen–or one of his sources–at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the summer gathering of the nation’s intellectual elite (and the people with enough money to be seen with them). It is an acknowledgment of the city’s new power–and its decadence.

Injecton (Emilio Labrador / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Ouch! Massive Obamacare Premium Increases Will Dominate 2016

Oregon Commissioner of Insurance Laura N. Cali has approved premium rate increases of 25 percent for the Moda Health Plan and 33 percent for LifeWise in 2016. Due to Obamacare’s radical plan design and high utilization costs, skyrocketing American healthcare costs are becoming the norm–and will be a top issue in 2016 elections.

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Newsom’s Base: LGBT Donors, Voters

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Kevin Johnson Wants Restraining Order to Prevent E-mail Release

Johnson filed a restraining order request against the city of Sacramento to prevent the Sacramento News and Review from gaining access to e-mails he sent as mayor. Johnson claims that the release would harm him and the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), of which he was once vice president and president. He named the NCBM as a co-plaintiff.

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Elk Grove Gun Store Defiantly Flies Confederate Flag

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