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Friday, November 19, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Let’s talk turkey, shall we? Specifically, this unspeakable, artery-clogging, make-Julia Child-roll-over-in-her-grave practice of subjecting a perfectly toned Tom to the ignominy of a deep-fat fryer. It’s just wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. On so many levels, not least of which is what this culinary crime might do to your homeowners insurance. As a public service, allow

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

They’ve cut your pay, slashed your hours and doubled your workload. What else can your boss possibly do to make your life more miserable? How about cut your health insurance? According to a new survey of U.S. Chief Financial Officers and senior comptrollers by Grant Thornton LLP, 30 percent of U.S. employers are looking to

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Friday, November 12, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

True story: A musician friend of mine once had a beautiful Rickenbacker electric guitar stolen from his home. When he called his agent to make a home insurance claim, the agent took down the details, then added, “And you lost a TV, too.” “A TV?” my friend asked. “Yes,” the agent said. “That $250 TV.”

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Friday, November 5, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

America pivoted hard right in Tuesday’s midterm elections as angry voters joined the Republican-Tea Party crusade against perceived federal socialism by the Obama administration. Health care reform rivaled unemployment as a hot-button issue with many voters. So how will Republican control of the House affect the fate of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA? According to

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Dr. McDreamy to the OR, stat: There’s a strange new virus infecting the medical staff at Seattle Grace that could have broad ramifications for health insurance and health care reform. The virus spreads quickly, has few precedents in modern medicine, and continues to baffle our best and brightest physicians. Its street name? Social media. At the

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Friday, October 29, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As Robert Frost once famously observed, “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.” But where home insurance is concerned, your home is 10 times more likely to suffer damage from water than by fire, according to a recent study by Travelers Insurance of its home insurance claims in North Carolina. Travelers

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Friday, October 22, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Every Halloween, I’m amazed at the wild characters that turn up at my door in search of bites for frights. I’m not talking about the ‘tweeners in their bloody zombie garb or the “Twilight” neck-biters moussed to kill. I’m talking about their drunken parents. Let’s face it, the adult louts among us have co-opted the

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

There’s a high likelihood, pun intended, that California will legalize marijuana in less than two weeks when voters decide the fate of controversial Proposition 19. While the dawning of Age of Aquarius 2 catches all the buzz these days, workers’ compensation and human resources directors have been wrestling the broader implications of legalized pot for

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Friday, October 15, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

In the first court test of the mandatory insurance provision of the health care reform package, a U.S. District judge upheld the right of Congress to require Americans to purchase minimum health insurance coverage. The ruling came last week in response to a lawsuit filed in Michigan by the Thomas More Law Center, which sought

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As health reform continues to dodge and weave its way toward the 2014 goal line, footwork has become increasingly important. The latest obstacle, and a delicate one for the Obama administration to sidestep, is the issue of “mini-med” health insurance plans. Mini-med plans are the inexpensive, limited health insurance plans typically offered to employees in

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