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Technical challenges of the healthcare enrollment website...

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As any systems engineer can tell you, there are a number of major technical challenges in implementing a system as large as the federal healthcare enrollment website. They include (1) defining healthcare benefits data standards for the purpose of information interchange, (2) defining plan enrollment rules to define the operation of the website, (3) defining plan implementation rules and standards to qualify participating companies, (4) defining customer plan qualification rules to determine eligibility standards for customers with a given medical history, income, etc.

Our historical trajectory

It's been said that the problem with America is we have socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. That's not quite accurate. It would be more accurate to state that we have rich socialism for the rich, poor socialism for the poor, and "what middle class?" Oh, yeah, that middle class. Well I suppose we have a sifter, known as crony capitalism that sorts the middle class into two categories: rich and poor.

The Party of Lincoln or the party of Lincolns (Continentals)?

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Republican bigwigs have been attacking the upstarts as if they were an invading foreign organism. (See, for example, "WashPost Front-page Lecture: GOP Must Save Itself from 'Self-Destructive Impulses of the Tea Party'.") How did the Republican Party come to regard Constitutional government as a foreign concept? Why?

A prayer for the protection of religious liberty

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From the U.S. Bishops' website (see "Fortnight for Freedom - Prayer Resources"):

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

The canary in the civilization mine shaft?

Religious freedom in the U.S. is increasingly under attack, and most people are anesthetized against the danger. According to Keith Fournier, "In other words, the Catholic Church was just fined by a civil jury for insisting that an employee at a Catholic School abide by the moral teaching of the Church. In the wake of the growing hostility toward the Church and the increasing violations against the Free Exercise of Religion in the United States, this verdict is a metaphorical warning shot across the bow."

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