The Future of (Obama) Healthcare: Enrollment Numbers and Penalties

Obamacare and taxes

The final hours of tax day are upon us. And, last week, the final days of the open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close. Enrollment exceeded the 7 million figure the government hoped for, but various surveys suggest that information about healthcare coverage, costs, and enrollment still isn’t as clear to the public as most people would like.… [Read more]

How Your Business Can Combat Climate Change

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From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to imagine that humanity’s collective treatment of the environment could substantially change overnight. After all, even if we in America got our acts together, could we really offset the damage that China is doing to the environment on a daily basis?

Whatever the case may be, my mantra remains: You can’t control anything but yourself and your actions.… [Read more]

Doomsday Drought: Is the World Running Out of Water?

Global Drought

It’s a difficult prospect to think about, but all environmental signs point toward an ever-decreasing water supply. With drought-like conditions extending from coast to coast and water shortages plaguing the entire globe, the world has to practice water responsibility or else the thought of a doomsday drought will become a reality. With H2O consciousness in mind, here are some causes of water shortages as well as a few ways Americans can address the planet’s water problem. [Read more]

Tips To Protect Patients From Medical Identity Theft

Identity Theft

A high-profile medical identity theft case in Florida finally came to a close on January 24. Michael Ali Bryant pleaded guilty to selling an FBI informant stolen medical records which were supposed to be used to file fraudulent tax returns. The stolen data resulted in over $775,000 in false claims being filed with the IRS, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel.… [Read more]

How the Irish Take Over the World On St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day

The 17th of March is the annual celebration of St. Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint. For a small island with less than 5 million inhabitants, the day certainly leaves its mark with St. Patrick’s Day being celebrated by the Irish diaspora and Irish Communities across the world.

There are 34.5 million Americans who list their heritage as being primarily or partially Irish and the Irish American population is 7 times larger than the actual population of Ireland.… [Read more]

Obamacare and Drug Costs

ACA and Drug Costs

Despite a ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick, insurers continue to charge higher rates for treatments required for the management of chronic diseases. The goal here is for insurance companies to offset the cost of such clients, so that they can offer lower monthly premiums to healthy people who will yield a profit and help share the burden of those expensive treatments.… [Read more]

Ten Ways That Social Media Changes Politics

social media

With Facebook and Twitter boasting hundreds of millions of users, social media reaches a wider audience than could our earlier sources of political information, and has become a dominant force in molding public opinion and winning elections. Here’s a look at some of the things that have happened along the way.

1)    Journalists face extinction.

Readers “of a certain age” will recall that not too long ago, we got our news from such trusted sources as Walter Cronkite, our local news anchors, and the esteemed columnists in daily papers and monthly news magazines.… [Read more]

Environmentally friendly windows for your home

Green World

The U.S. Department of Energy recently revealed that energy-efficient products can reduce your household energy bills by up to a third. Not only does this drastically improve your finances, but it also significantly heightens the environmental efficiency of your home; reducing your carbon emissions due to unnecessary energy expenditures. One of the most environmentally friendly modifications you can make to your home is replacing old windows with new energy-efficient ones.… [Read more]

The Clean Air Act Explained

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The Clean Air Act (CAA) is a comprehensive federal law which regulates air emissions from industrial and mobile sources. This law authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in order to safeguard the health and welfare of the US public, and regulate the emission of hazardous air pollutants.… [Read more]

Cost of Drugs

Generic Drugs

Americans have come to face the harsh reality that health care isn’t cheap. Prescription medications are no exception. On average, Americans pay $983 per year for their prescriptions. In fact, Americans pay up to 100 percent more on medications than any other country in the world. How can that be? The answer lies in the overwhelmingly high costs of research and development.… [Read more]

Top 7 tips to reduce your carbon footprint

Green Footprint

With a growing public awareness to the dangers of global warming (climate change), it is becoming increasingly important to remain informed about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Listed below are seven ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint and safeguard the environment for future generations.

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1-Green electricity

Renewable energy is the future of energy resources, due to its significant environmental benefits as well as providing a solution to the depleting reserves of fossil fuels.… [Read more]

The Woes of Discrimination in the Workplace

No Workplace Discrimination

Often, employees feel powerless when faced with what they believe to be discrimination in the workplace. Out of fear of losing their jobs in the current economic climate, many people feel that they have no choice but to tolerate certain behaviors, including harassment, jokes, and coworker favoritism, among other sometimes difficult to prove forms of discrimination.… [Read more]

How corporations protect the rich

Pay your taxesThere are a multitude of tax breaks and subsidies provided by federal, state and local governments which protect the financial interests of rich corporations. These include direct federal subsidies to corporations which allegedly cost taxpayers over $100 billion each year. (Image Source) In addition to federal subsidies, many corporations also receive state and local subsidies. Louise Story calculated that state and local governments provide at least $80 billion in subsidies to corporations, with over 48 major corporations receiving over $100 million each.This is mainly due to the fact that state and local governments fear these major corporations will move their jobs overseas if they do not receive subsidies from the US.… [Read more]

Top 10 environmental gadgets

Ecocans

Want to help the environment but not sure how? Looking to reduce your energy and other household bills? Or are you simply interested in the newest gadgets aimed to improve your day-to-day life? Then check out these top ten environmental gadgets which can help to enlighten and improve not just your life, but also that of the planet.… [Read more]

Invest in your child’s education with a personal tutor

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Throughout your child’s education, they will face a multitude of standardised tests. These tests are pivotal with regards to your child’s future as many employers hold these academic qualifications in high esteem. In order to protect your child’s academic and subsequent working future, it is advisable to invest in a personal tutor.

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By granting your child access to a personal tutor, you are providing them with the advantage of being taught by a highly qualified professional with a wealth of experience, personal knowledge and history.… [Read more]

My Wish for 2014

Wishes for 2014

As I look back at 2013, the posts I’ve written in the Marketplace, the articles we’ve shared on our Facebook page, and our Twitter messages, I’ve come to appreciate the power of social media. I am convinced now more than ever that our vision of leveraging social media to effect change is one worthy of continuing, one we must push forward.… [Read more]

Who Owns Your Congressman?

Congress Influence

While many people know that politics can be tricky, the financing behind it prove that politics is all but a dollar game. Take a look at the “Who Owns Your Congressman?”infographic below; it unveils the monetary goals behind political funding.

In this most recent election cycle alone, more than $441 million dollars was raised for candidates.… [Read more]

Poverty: An American Epidemic

Poverty

It seems hardly a day goes by without another news story about the 1%, the healthcare crisis or picketing laborers. The truth is that a shocking number of Americans are living at or below the poverty line.

By the Numbers

According to U.S. Census data from 2012

  • Nearly 46.5 million people are living in poverty, up from 46.2 million in 2011;
  • 18.9 million are white non-Hispanic, 13.6 million are Hispanic, 10.9 million are Black/African-American, and 1.9 million are Asian;
  • More than 16 million children (under age 18) live in poverty.
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Green Your Holiday Season with a New Take on Father Christmas

green santa

Father Christmas switched his wardrobe from green to red because an American soft drinks company decided that Santa, or Father Christmas, should be wearing red instead of green, according to the BBC. This year, a renewable energy company called Abundance Generation seeks to return Father Christmas to his green roots with The Green Father Christmas campaign.… [Read more]

Healthcare at The End of 2013

US Healthcare 2013

Listening to the rants of those outraged with Obamacare, you’d think our current healthcare system is something to be proud of, and probably difficult to improve upon. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.

This article reviews some of the problems with our current healthcare system, and how some of the changes ushered in by Obamacare (more officially known as the Affordable Care Act, [the “ACA”]) might help.… [Read more]