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New issue, now live

Our new issue is now live. Among the highlights are stories on the misguided reporting and analysis of the Obamacare rollout (see Nick Baumann’s “Catastrophic Coverage”) and the equally misguided unwillingness of supporters to make the political case for a successful and increasingly popular program (see Rand Richards Cooper’s “Give It to Us Straight, Doc” [subscription]).

Also, Mollie Wilson O’Reilly writes on breastfeeding in the Bible—and in the church (see “Not So Fast”), while Donald B. Kraybill in our cover story looks at how America’s Amish not only manage to survive in our hypermodern world, but to thrive (see “Opting Out” [subscription]). See the entire table of contents for our March 7 issue here.

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Among the highlights are stories on the misguided reporting and analysis of the Obamacare rollout ...

Julie Ravner of NPR has done the best coverage about this I've seen on this. (And today I am an Obamacare believer; my application went through, and I will be able to afford a modest policy. While this program is still in the cross-hairs of many lawmakers, they may want to consider this: If I can keep my ailments treated and stay in the workforce without drawing SS until I'm 70, I will probably have paid back the subsidy I'm getting now).  

And Donald Kraybill on the Amish! Glad to see this writer on your pages. 

There are suddenly more articles on the first page of the dotcommonweal blog! What a nice surprise! Thank you!

I mean, how nice that posts that had oreviously been relegated to the second page are now back on a longer first page of threads!

The Donald Kraybill piece on the Amish is marvelous - I highly recommend it to everyone.

(And Jean, that is wonderful news about your health insurance!)

More news on snafus Obamacare is causing in doctor's offices, though the whys behind the policy of checking on the payment status of every policy wasn't explained very well. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/25/282115303/doctors-offices-get...

Taking your proof of payment to the doctor might help ease the burden on office managers. 

(Yes, Jim, I'm extremely grateful I won't have to continue to ration my own care for another five years until Medicare kicks in. But the fact remains that my employer has cut my hours to avoid paying me benefits and has passed that cost along to you and the other American taxpayers. If my employer raised my wages, I would be eligible for a smaller subsidy, thus saving taxpayers money. But why bother when you all are so accommodating? So I stop short of actually celebrating; celebrating a hefty subsidy from the gummint is pretty much celebrating your own poverty. Geez, I sound more Republican than you right now!)