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President Trump and Paul Ryan tried to improve Obamacare. They failed.

by John Stossel

Trump then tweeted, "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!"

But I do worry.

Trump is right when he says that Obamacare will explode.

The law mandates benefits and offers subsidies to more people. Insurers must cover things like:
    --Birth control.
    --Alcohol counseling.
    --Depression screening.
    --Diet counseling.
    --Tobacco use screening.
    --Breastfeeding counseling.

Some people want those things, but mandating them for everyone drives up costs. It was folly to pretend it wouldn't.

Insisting that lots of things be paid for by someone else is a recipe for financial explosion.

Medicare works that way, too.

When I first qualified for it, I was amazed to find that no one even mentioned cost. It was just, "Have this test!" "See this doctor!"

I liked it. It's great not to think about costs. But that's why Medicare will explode, too. There's no way that, in its current form, it will be around to fund younger people's care.

Someone else paying changes our behavior. We don't shop around. We don't ask, "Do I really need that test?" "Is there a place where it's cheaper?"

Hospitals and doctors don't try very hard to do things cheaply.

Imagine if you had "grocery insurance." You'd buy expensive foods; supermarkets would never have sales. Everyone would spend more.

Insurance coverage -- third-party payment -- is revered by the media and socialists (redundant?) but is a terrible way to pay for things.

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Press Release (Griffis/Blessing)

Patty Jones

Griffis/Blessing is excited to announce that Patty Jones has been promoted from Assistant Portfolio Manager to Portfolio Manager in the Commercial Services Group. Ms. Jones will head a seven building, 358,788 square foot portfolio of medical, office, and industrial property types.
“Over the past eight years, Patty has worked her way up through the hierarchy at Griffis/Blessing. Her experience in the industry and with a variety of property types, along with her drive to learn and succeed make her the ideal person for this promotion,“ says Doris Wall, Vice President, Commercial Property Services.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,300 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit

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  LuisJoe Ybarra Jr, from Widefield High School won the western Regional open championships in the 125-lb Open Junior Division in Albuquerque, New Mexico Saturday night.

The event was held from the 19th through the 25th of March 2017. LuisJoe who is seated #2 by USA Boxing point system chose to participate in this tournament instead of the State Golden Gloves this year, due to both tournaments being on the same week.

The Western Regional Open Championships is protocall to be seated for the USA Junior National Championships in December 2017. LuisJoe defeated Ram Gandara from Houston, Texas in the Finals. Precious Ybarra from Sproul Jr High attended but didn't compete.  Also Victor Rodriguez won in the 9-10yrs old 75 lb open division as the unopposed champion.

Xavier Montoya from Sierra High School came up short in his 106lbs Open division. Congratulations to all of them representing Colorado. For more information contact:, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Phone# 719-237-6982

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Press Release (El Paso County Clerk)

March 24, 2017

Severe weather in the Denver area has caused a disruption to the Driver’s License services statewide.  The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder is notifying customers in the county that driver’s license services currently are unavailable at any of its five motor vehicle offices.
“The State Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Department is experiencing problems with the driver’s license functions due to severe weather,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.  “We will keep our county customers apprised when service is restored.  This is a difficult day throughout the state due to weather conditions and we thank our customers for their consideration.”
All other motor vehicle services such as registration renewals and titling are available at the Clerk’s five offices.  Only driver’s license service is affected.  All of the Clerk’s Offices will be open today from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Main Office at the Citizens Service Center
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Downtown Branch Office at Centennial Hall
200 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Southeast Branch Office at Powers & Airport
5650 Industrial Pl.
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
North Branch Office at Union Town Center
8830 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Fort Carson Branch Office
6351 Wetzel Avenue – Bldg 1525
Fort Carson

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by John Stossel

"Devastating!" shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending "conservative" congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts "draconian, careless and counterproductive."

But Trump's cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume that government spending helps people? It always has unintended consequences.

Foreign aid is attached to idealistic notions like ending global poverty and making friends abroad. Politicians also thought that by rewarding countries that behave well, America could steer the whole world toward responsible practices like holding elections and allowing companies (especially U.S. companies) to operate without interference. The young nation of Israel could be propped up with money for its military defense and infrastructure projects.

But today, the U.S. sends money to friends and foes alike, and it's hard to know what those countries do with it. Israel gets billions of dollars -- but we give even more money to Israel's enemies.

Money we give to impoverished nations seldom reaches the poor people we want to help. The funds routinely go to the kleptocrat governments that made those countries such horrible places to live in the first place. Our gifts prop up authoritarians, making it easier for them to avoid free market reforms.

We're just as dumb about spending at home.

The Department of Education doesn't teach any kids. It imposes standards on local schools that make it harder for them to experiment. It hires bureaucrats who do endless studies -- instead of letting competition show us what teaching methods get the best results.

The Department of Education also promotes government-subsidized student loans that trick students into thinking that no matter which school they pick, no matter their major, they will graduate with useful, marketable skills. Many go deeply into debt just when they should be getting a start in life.

The Department of Agriculture tips American elections. Presidential candidates promise farm subsidies to try to win the early Iowa primary. Politicians say the subsidies will rescue struggling small farms, but they rarely do. Most of the money goes to big, well-connected agribusiness. They shouldn't get subsidies any more than other businesses should.