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JFK and CoveredCA.com

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Today’s studio guest will be Uwe Siemon-Netto, a remarkable man with a long and accomplished life in journalism and theology.  Part of the former life was as a correspondent for Springer Foreign News Service which took him around the world, from the UN to Vietnam, and to Dallas in the immediate aftermath of the murder of President Kennedy 50 years ago today.  His most recent book, published this past July, concerns his years as a war correspondent in Vietnam: Duc: A Reporter’s Love For The Wounded People of Vietnam.

In one of those odd twist, Uwe is friends both my my pal Richard Botkin in Sacramento, my pal Justice Barry Anderson of Minnesota’s Supreme Court, and my pal Chuck Manske, founding president of Concordia University in Irvine.  Botkin suggested to me that as opposed to the five thousand authors with books on the assassination of JFK, perhaps it would be good to talk to a reporter who was on the ground in Dallas the day after the murder occurred.  Good idea, that.  He will be with me in hours one and two.
Hour three is the last of my ten-part Hillsdale Dialogue with Dr. Larry Arnn on the life and work of Churchill.  All of the Hillsdale Dialogues –48 thus far– are available here, beginning with the Iliad.  Next week we resume our march through Western civilization with the works of St Augustine.
And before I turn to the dreary news of CoveredCA.com and the ongoing collapse of America’s health care system, let me direct you to The Happiest Life, which can be ordered now for delivery on your doorstep December 31, fresh and ready to assist you in the making of your New Year’s resolution.  Turns out my book tour will take me to New York on the days before, during and after New Year’s Eve –not surprising since the book publishes on 12/31– which means I think a book tour from Hell.  But fun. Preordering it now assures its availability when you see my visage on TV and think “I’d like to read that book…I’d like to be happier in 2014.”  So, preorder it now. 
Now, as for CoveredCA.com.  Yesterday the Board of CoveredCA.com declined the president’s invitation to allow the million-plus Californians who have received cancellation notices to renew their old policies.
The state’s exchange CoveredCA.com released its data yesterday —the New York Times covers it here and NPR covers it here— and the numbers look grim to anyone outside of the non-spinning liberal media.  For the life of me it seems impossible for the million plus Californians who have received cancellation letters to somehow make it on to and through the exchange to a new affordable policy by 1/1/14.  My invitation to Executive Director Peter Lee remains on the table, but the hard-to-find leader of the effort remains elusive.
It is going to be a very grim Christmas and New Year’s indeed for people moving from health insurance security to either no coverage or much more expensive coverage.  That’s the real story in the country’s biggest state exchange, and it is a big or bigger mess than the country’s enormous black hole of HealthCare.gov.

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