In Case You Can't See the Difference Between The Affordable Care Act and Rocket Science

An impenetrable bubble made from a volcanic diamond alloy may just be the innovative health care solution young invincibles have been waiting...


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An impenetrable bubble made from a volcanic diamond alloy may just be the innovative health care solution young invincibles have been waiting for. Why go through the hassle of spending 20 minutes on the Health Insurance Marketplace to find affordable health coverage when the greatest invention has been made to protect you for life. Sounds practical, right? Sure…if you're a rocket scientist.

Truth is, even though our health care system may very well seem overly complicated this isn't rocket science. Yes, we as citizens, professionals, officials, etc., have many issues to tackle to smooth out the health care process and sure, the new revolutionary Health Insurance Marketplace isn't perfect just yet, but we've got to start somewhere.

If you haven't already figured it out by now, it's time to start investing in health care not sick care. That is what prevention is and that is what a responsible patient does. Prevention is needed to reduce the rate of illness, chronic disease and death among Americans. We are spending trillions of dollars on cutting-edge medicine when we should be directing much of our attention on the causes of the diseases and our community conditions.

The Affordable Care Act is doing just that by investing in preventive measures such as making health care plans easier to afford, making preventive care free (i.e., annual check ups, cancer screenings, and immunizations) with your insurance plan and providing funding to community health clinics, school-based health centers, physical activity programs, and healthy school lunches.

So, how can we as individuals invest in prevention? Well, contrary to a rocket scientist's solution, we can start by taking charge of our own health and becoming our own health advocates. Enroll in health care coverage that includes a wellness program and apply for tax benefits. The ROI will surely make our health profitable.

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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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