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Friday, April 29, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Remember last January when the tea-toting, Ayn-Rand-quoting, neo-Reaganite freshman congressmen stormed Capitol Hill to the rallying cry, “Repeal and replace health care reform!” Well, things haven’t exactly gone their way. While the frothing freshmen were basking in their own star turn on the Capitol steps (“Look! There’s Marco Rubio!”) and engaging in a schoolyard budget scuffle

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Friday, April 22, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Today’s Earth Day celebration takes on a growing urgency in light of the horrible mess our species has made of the planet in the past 12 months between the BP oil spill and the nuclear disaster in Japan. (Feel free to insert your own timely enviro-rant here.) If there’s a silver lining to this radioactive

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I’m as skeptical as the next guy when it comes to free offers, but Massachusetts Mutual’s new LifeBridge program, which puts aside $50,000 in term life insurance absolutely free toward your children’s education in the event of your untimely demise, appears to be the real deal. If you qualify, MassMutual will place $50,000 into a

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Friday, April 15, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Can the zany antics of deadbeat employees who dare to collect workers’ compensation compete with the white-collar humor of “The Office”? We’ll see as production ramps up on “Workers’ Comp,” a new half-hour sitcom now shooting in Florida. I blinked twice at the article about it in Insurance Journal. I mean, what could be funnier

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Friday, April 8, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

For thousands of early retirees, health care reform has already proven invaluable. Without the Affordable Care Act’s provision that has reimbursed their former employers $1.8 billion since last June, they’d be looking – largely in vain – for affordable health insurance in their 50s or early 60s. Though it receives little attention in this highly-politicized debate, the

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

After kicking the tires for several years, Progressive has finally gone nationwide with its Snapshot pay-as-you-drive auto insurance program, offering discounts of up to 30 percent based on optional real-time analysis of your driving habits. You may have heard of Snapshot, a monitoring device that plugs into your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics port and wirelessly feeds

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Monday, April 4, 2011 8:40 am
By ElleMartinez · Bankrate.com

My husband and I are expecting our first child this summer. We’ve been working hard to be as prepared as we can. Our schedules have changed as we now have doctor appointments and ultrasounds. We’ve been reading parenting books and asking family and friends for their experiences and advice. Besides the lifestyle and emotional adjustments,

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Friday, April 1, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Looking for a smartphone application, or app, that can save you time and shore up your homeowners insurance? Check out the new MyHome home inventory app from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or NAIC. The new MyHome Scr.APP.book, available free at the iTunes store, enables you to easily capture images, descriptions and documentation, including original sales

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Friday, March 25, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I have long suspected that there is an inverse relationship between the height of an academic’s ivory tower and the amount of oxygen that reaches their brain. A new study by three Duke University behavioral scientists on health care reform certainly seems to bear this out. I caught a whiff of it from their op-ed

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

  The clue: “Medical consulting and health insurance.” The correct question: What will IBM’s superbrainiac computer Watson do after vanquishing its human opponents on the TV game show “Jeopardy”? Insurance Journal reports that Mr. Smarty-sans-pants has already digitally signed a deal to help those pathetically slow human doctors and nurses pick up the pace when

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