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Thursday, March 9, 2017

First hour today, Kerby will do an open line focusing mostly on the proposed health care reform, he will take your calls and welcome your feedback on the issue so give us a call at 800-351-1212.

In the second hour we hear from Dr. Luke Barnes, a postdoctoral researcher at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy. He tells us more about his book, A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos.

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Kerby Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and currently serves as the President of Probe Ministries as well as Host of Point of View Radio Talk Show. He graduated from Oregon State University and holds masters degrees from Yale University (science) and Georgetown University (government). He is the author of thirteen books including Signs of Warning…

Guests
Dr. Luke Barnes
Author | Researcher - Sydney Institute for Astronomy
Luke A. Barnes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy. His university medal from the University of Sydney helped him earn a scholarship to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge. He has published papers in the field of galaxy formation and on the fine-tuning of the Universe for life. He has been invited to speak at the 2011 and 2015 St Thomas Summer Seminars in Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, the University of California Summer School for the Philosophy of Cosmology, and numerous public lectures. His book with Geraint Lewis, “A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos” is available from Cambridge University Press.
A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos
Over the last forty years, scientists have uncovered evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different properties, life as we know it - and life as we can imagine it - would be impossible. Join us on a journey through how we understand the Universe, from its most basic particles and forces, to planets, stars and galaxies, and back through cosmic history to the birth of the cosmos. Conflicting notions about our place in the Universe are defined, defended and critiqued from scientific, philosophical and religious viewpoints. The authors' engaging and witty style addresses what fine-tuning might mean for the future of physics and the search for the ultimate laws of nature. Tackling difficult questions and providing thought-provoking answers, this volumes challenges us to consider our place in the cosmos, regardless of our initial convictions.
Replacement Won’t Lower Health Insurance Costs
For seven years Republicans have complained that the Affordable Care Act makes health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans. The two primary drivers of those high health insurance prices were (1) abandoning actuarial standards and (2) requiring people to have very expensive, comprehensive coverage. The Republican bill addresses the second problem but ignores the first.

President Obama and the Democrats do not believe a health insurer should be allowed to decline coverage to applicants in the individual (i.e., non-group) market, even if that person has a costly medical condition. Nor could insurers charge more for that condition. So Democrats imposed those provisions in Obamacare.

But they were warned that doing so would encourage individuals to remain uninsured until they need medical care, and then drop that coverage after their condition is treated. So Democrats included the mandate to have health insurance to keep people from gaming the system. However, it didn’t work because the penalties were fairly low.

Many of us warned at the time that young and healthy people would likely stay out of the insurance market until they needed care. And if you’ve followed Obamacare’s travails, you know that’s exactly what happened.
Obamacare Replacement Won’t Drain the Healthcare Swamp
In his February 28 address to the Joint Session of Congress, President Trump called the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") an "imploding disaster."

His references to soaring premiums, contracting choices, and market collapse are all spot on. And of course everybody wants "reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare." Trump wants Americans to be able to choose "the plan they want, not the plan forced on them by the government."

But what must we do "first" and "second"? From a physician’s perspective, "first" is to make the diagnosis. "Second" is to remove the cause of the ailment if possible. And that means to drain the swamp.

Unfortunately, Trump’s "first" is to "ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions have access to coverage" and "second" to "help Americans purchase their own coverage, through the use of tax credits…."

These "popular" ideas emanate from the swamp, percolating up through lobbyists, think tanks, and congressional "leadership." Correctly translated, these mean to abolish true insurance — and the only reason for buying it when healthy — and to force healthy or higher-income people to pay more than their fair share. A "refundable tax credit" is a disguised subsidy, courtesy of present and future taxpayers.
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Disappointing Obamacare Replacement

If you want to see political malpractice in action, you don’t have to read Donald Trump’s latest tweet — just look at the mess Republicans have made of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Given seven years …

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