Republicans: Always on the wrong side of history – until…

Cancer patient Kathy Watson voted Republican in 2008 and believes the government has no right telling Americans to get health insurance. Nonetheless, she says she’d be dead if it weren’t for President Barack Obama’s health care law .

Under the law, Watson and nearly 62,000 other “uninsurable” patients are getting coverage through a little-known program for people who have been turned away by insurance companies because of pre-existing medical conditions.

“Without it, I would have been dead on March 2,” Watson said of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, known as PCIP. That’s when she was hospitalized for a life threatening respiratory infection.

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Indiana college not playing the national anthem sparks debate


Visiting fans who attend a basketball game, or any sporting event, at Goshen College this season may be surprised by the patriotic song they hear over the loudspeakers minutes before tipoff. The Northern Indiana school has decided to play “America the Beautiful” prior to sporting events instead of the “Star-Spangled Banner” because the lyrics better fit the pacifist ideals of a Mennonite campus whose motto is “Healing the World, Peace by Peace.”

What bothered many at Goshen College about the “Star-Spangled Banner” was imagery from the War of 1812 that Francis Scott Key included. Goshen spokesman Richard R. Aguirre told the Chicago Tribune that lyrics such as “the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air” were “inconsistent to the entire message we were trying to send.”

Doug: Worth a conversation, don’t ya’ think? And by that I mean.. an intelligent conversation.

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