Author Archives: Jon N. Hall


The Bottom Line on Obamacare Repeal

by Jon N. Hall7/7/17
In 2014, Obamacare took effect. It was the year that Line 61 in the “Other Taxes” section of our beloved 1040 tax form began to read: “61 Health care: individual responsibility (see instructions) Full-year coverage,” More » • (104 views)

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Slouching Towards Healthcare Reform

by Jon N. Hall7/7/17
The deadliest structural collapse in American history prior to 9/11 occurred right here in Kansas City at the Hyatt Regency in 1981 when two suspended walkways fell onto a tea dance in the hotel lobby, killing 114 and injuring 216. Emergency physician Dr. Joseph Waeckerle had just finished an eleven-hour emergency room work shift More » • (434 views)

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Pulling the Plug on Healthcare Reform

by Jon N. Hall6/16/17
At some of the raucous town hall meetings this year, indignant constituents would tell their representatives that if it weren’t for Obamacare they’d be dead. Actually, if it weren’t for modern medicine they’d be dead; Obamacare is merely a payment system, (and a rather rickety one). More » • (228 views)

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Chick Flicks and ‘High Sentiment’

by Jon N. Hall5/22/17
Although my drinking buddies may find it pathetic, I nonetheless admit to having a taste for “chick flicks.” But because certain attendees of my health club, especially the ruffians who hang around the bench press machine More » • (526 views)

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The ‘Free Market’ and Universal Healthcare

by Jon N. Hall5/4/17
With Obamacare, Democrats destroyed the market for private health insurance and then supplanted it with what they had the chutzpah to call “the Marketplace.” The people whom Obamacare hurt the most were those who had been buying health insurance in that pre-existing market More » • (421 views)

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Two Tweaks for ‘Ryancare’

by Jon N. Hall3/24/17
The structure and character of the federal government is largely the creation of Democrats. From Woodrow Wilson to FDR to LBJ to Barack Hussein Obama, every time progressive Democrats seize the presidency and Congress More » • (1100 views)

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Obamacare in Limbo: Repeal or Let Die

by Jon N. Hall3/6/17
At Hot Air, we read that on Jan. 4 President-elect Trump tweeted: “Republicans must be careful … that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster. On Jan. 11, Business Insider quoted Trump thus:” More » • (464 views)

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Gorging on Tapir

by Jon N. Hall2/24/17
Paleontologists have recently unearthed compelling new evidence suggesting that for most of the early Pleistocene, the instincts of Man’s proto-human ancestors were severely attenuated. Although there are still disagreements in the scientific community over certain particulars of the raw data More » • (665 views)

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Tax Cuts for the Little People

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall2/13/17
The individual income tax is the largest source of revenue to the largest operation on Earth: the U.S. federal government. In fiscal 2015, the individual income tax alone brought in $1,540,802 million to the feds, or just over $1.54T. More » • (492 views)

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Cybersecurity

Cyber-Security2by Jon N. Hall1/18/17
There’s No Disputin’ that Old Vlad Putin  • Recently we’ve heard a lot of loose talk about how the November election was “hacked” by the Russians. If one Googles “election,” “hack,” and “Russians” without quotation marks, one is liable to get 20,100,000 hits. More » • (660 views)

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Making Good on the Promise to Repeal Obamacare

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall1/2/17
One thing Democrats think they know is this: Once the federal government has “given” an entitlement to the citizenry, it can never be taken back. Dems think the arc of history goes in one direction only: toward bigger and bigger government. More » • (680 views)

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The ‘Greatest Film of All Time’ Explained

vertigo2by Jon N. Hall12/20/16
The first movie that I ever really “studied” was Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. It was the mid-1980s and I had just read a review of the film by James Loutzenhiser, a Kansas City psychiatrist who moonlighted as a movie critic. More » • (469 views)

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