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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at LynnRMitchell.com

Christmas 12 lanternThe reason for the season….

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.” Luke 2:8-20

The true meaning of Christmas … a time for the Christian world to pause and celebrate the birth of the son of God.

As 2014 comes to a close, we are thankful for a successful year and especially for our readers who contribute and share the posts we publish at LynnRMitchell.com.

It is a time to remember those who have special meaning in our lives. We are grateful to have our core group of contributors –Kurt, David, Daniel, and Lynn — working together as each brings a unique perspective that is shared in our writings:

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A tale of two health care programs

Mike ThompsonBy Mike Thompson
Reprinted with permission from the Jefferson Policy Journal

While the General Assembly and Governor McAuliffe debated Medicaid expansion in Richmond earlier in the year, the federal government bureaucracy tried to change the Medicare Part D program into a Medicaid type program. Let me explain.

When Congress passed Medicare Part D in 2003 and added prescription drug coverage to the health insurance plan that serves most of America’s senior citizens, budget hawks feared that it was just another big government entitlement program that taxpayers could not afford. After all, Congress has a long history of underestimating the cost of entitlement programs – especially when they have to do with healthcare. For example, when Congress enacted Medicare in 1965 as part of President Johnson’s Great Society, Congress projected that the program would cost $12 billion per year in 1990, but it the real cost in 1990 was $110 billion and it costs more than $500 billion per year today.

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