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Friday, September 16, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Many of the same forces behind the constitutional challenge to President Obama’s historic health care reform are simultaneously waging an unconstitutional war on women’s health. Laura Bassett, writing in Huffington Post, says that 18 states have passed one or more measures to limit the services that Planned Parenthood can offer in what she calls an

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Friday, September 9, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

When terrorists attacked New York’s World Trade Center 10 years ago this weekend, it was the largest single insurance loss in history, resulting in an estimated $33 billion in insured damages and shaking the insurance industry worldwide. Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, witnessed firsthand the attacks on what is now known as

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Shopping for cheap employer-sponsored health insurance? You might want to avoid upscale destinations in Arizona and Florida and instead look into a job in “flyover country” – Texas, Arkansas and the Midwest. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, moving from the nation’s most expensive to the least expensive employer-based health care market could save you

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Friday, September 2, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As predicted, Hurricane Irene developed into the “perfect storm,” an enormous, lumbering continent-sized sponge from hell that seemed to soak up half the Atlantic Ocean and redistribute it with disastrous effect from the Carolinas to the Canadian border. Experts predict that Irene could rank as one of the 10 costliest natural disasters in U.S. history,

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:42 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Virginia and rattled the Eastern Seaboard Tuesday shook more than the floorboards: It also awakened millions of Americans to the fact that their homeowners insurance likely does not cover earthquakes. As homeowners in California and other quake-prone states well know, earthquakes are generally excluded from a standard homeowners insurance policy,

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Will shopping for health insurance one day be as easy as shopping for yogurt? The engineers behind the health care reform rollout are giving it their best shot with their draft of a simplified standard summary form that aims to take the “un” out of unintelligible. The draft summary, published by the Department of Health and

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Friday, August 19, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you want to get something done — or more to the point, undone — in this country, you need a good strawman. Their numbers have been growing lately, especially in the debates over health care reform and state battles over workers’ compensation. A “strawman” is a slang term for a sham argument propped up

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Friday, August 12, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating resulted in a similar slap for 10 U.S. insurance companies that back their life insurance, disability insurance and retirement products with strong holdings in Uncle Sam. The ratings agency lowered from AAA to AA+ the long-term credit and financial strength ratings on five U.S. insurers:

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Remember the classic sales contest scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross”: First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, second prize is a set of steak knives and third prize is you’re fired? That’s the game a group of Allstate agents says the insurance giant is playing with their livelihoods. According to Insurance Journal, the National Association of

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Friday, August 5, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If health care reform hasn’t already sufficiently angered opponents by requiring everyone to purchase health insurance beginning in 2014, it will likely kindle a firestorm by making contraceptives and voluntary sterilization procedures more affordable for American women. On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced new preventive-care guidelines that will require all health

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