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20 facts about Obamacare (STAY INFORMED)


20 things to know about 'Obamacare': "Get Covered America" buttons during a training session on Sept. 7, in Chicago, Illinois before volunteers canvas a Chicago neighborhood to talk with residents about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.: "Get Covered America" buttons during a training session on Sept. 7, in Chicago, Illinois before volunteers canvas a Chicago neighborhood to talk with residents about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.


A breakdown of what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

What do you need to know about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the health-reform law or the “federal health-care overhaul”? It’s big, it’s far-reaching and it will change many things about the way you get health care.

Here are 20 things to know about the new law:

1. Next year, you must have health insurance, one way or another, or pay a penalty. There are exceptions, but they won’t apply to most people.

2. Very likely, you already have insurance, so don’t panic. If you are covered by an employer-sponsored plan, Medicare or Medicaid, military or veterans programs, an individual plan or other group plans, you’re golden. If it’s very skimpy or unaffordable, you can buy on the state’s exchange marketplace, where you might get financial help.

3. If you have an individual plan, you’re considered covered, but your plan is likely going to change, and you’ll have to pick a new one.

4. Insurers can no longer reject you or charge you more because you have a health condition.

5. Your kids can be on your policy until they’re 26.

6. You can’t sign up for insurance coverage all year long. You’ll be able to sign up only during specified open-enrollment periods. This year, a special six-month period lasts from Oct.1 to the end of March 2014.

7. If you’re a mom, you’re the most-trusted adviser to over-26 kids. So you’re the one who needs to explain that, yes, they can pay the penalty and skip insurance.

8. There is a new way to compare and sign up for individual insurance. In Washington, the insurance-exchange marketplace will appear Oct. 1 as the Washington Healthplanfinder, a one-stop shopping site that will take care of a lot of messy details for you.

9. The Healthplanfinder will do some whiz-bang stuff behind the curtain. You’ll be able to find out, for example, if your income qualifies you for free or lower-cost insurance.

10. The exchange isn’t the only way. You’ll still be able to buy individual insurance through a broker, or through the insurer the same way you signed up before. But there are no subsidies for purchases outside the exchange.

Related: Under fire, ‘Obamacare’ going live — with glitches

11. If you work for a big, self-insured company, you won’t see many changes. At least not right away.

12. Expect new arrangements between insurers and doctors and hospitals. In general, they may lead to better coordination of care, but you may also see fewer choices of doctors, clinics and hospitals.

13. You might want to call way ahead of time to make that doctor’s appointment. If it turns out that more people are insured, there just might be a few more patients in the waiting room.

14. Don’t expect costs to go down soon. Once most people are in the pool, expect some slow ratcheting down of costs as businesses, insurers and health systems find ways to reward care that works and discourage care that doesn’t.

15. Expect more pressure from every direction to adopt healthful habits and choices.

16. Businesses aren’t required to insure workers this year. The federal government in July delayed the mandate for business coverage for a year. But in 2015, employers of more than the equivalent of 50 full-time workers will have to insure or pay a penalty.

17. Undocumented immigrants won’t get any subsidies. But legal immigrants can buy insurance on the exchanges and qualify for subsidies, if their income qualifies them for help.

18. Watch as hospitals pull out all the stops to sign up patients for insurance.

19. Soon, there will be information everywhere. There will be assisters and seminars and advertisements and info packets about the exchange and the ACA everywhere you turn.

20. Despite what you may have heard, Obamacare doesn’t change the world as we know it. There will still be hospitals, and doctors and insurance companies. Employers will still offer insurance to workers. Brain surgeons will still make a lot of money.

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If you like Pina Coladas and Moscato, then you’ll LOVE this drink! Perfect for the beach, poolside, or just a lazy summer day, this refreshing beverage will cool you down in the scorching heat.



  1. Put the rum, Moscato, pina colada mix, and ice into a blender
  2. Mix together on a medium setting
  3. After you pour into a glass, put the whipped cream on to, and add a piece of fruit (like a strawberry or pineapple) as a garnish 🙂



Watermelon Moscato

Watermelon Moscato


Now that it’s summer time, get creative and try out different drinks – for example, a sweet, yet refreshing watermelon moscato!


  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Moscato


First thing to do is to scoop out all of the watermelon into a large bowl.  Then, give it a blender treatment. This way you can puree the fruit and strain it to get the sweet, juicy flavor.

You’ll probably end up with around nine cups of juice and one cup of pulp. Add the juice of one lime to the pitcher, to make it a little bit more refreshing.

Next, make a simple syrup by heating 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water on the stove. Let it boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, let it cool and mix it with 4 cups of the watermelon juice.

At this point grab a flute and mix the watermelon syrup with some Moscato. Success! What a refreshing summer drink.


Ingredients: 2 oz. Moscato Castello del Poggio 1 oz. Triple Sec 1 oz. Cranberry juice Directions: Add fresh squeezed lime to taste Stir, shake & serve!

2 oz. Moscato Castello del Poggio
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Cranberry juice
Add fresh squeezed lime to taste
Stir, shake & serve!

This is the perfect recipe for any event! This is my favorite Moscato! Try it!



Aspartame made from a genetically modified bacteria byproduct

File photo of soda being poured into a glass (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Guess what aspartame is made from?


So, you know that artificial sweetener that soft drink companies are telling you is perfectly safe? Well, aspartame might be safe, but apparently some it is made with, um, a bacterial byproduct. And not even a natural byproduct, but, in some cases, a genetically modified bacteria byproduct.

Anyway, the patent for aspartame production, filed in 1981, is now available online, and it turns out that aspartame is made by feeding genetically modified E. coli bacteria, harvesting their protein waste (which contains the aspartic acid-phenylalanine amino acid segment aspartame is made from) and then adding methanol to the harvested proteins.

So think about that the next time you chug down your morning Big Gulp of diet soda

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STAY AWAY from artificial sweeteners!

Artificial sweeteners (© Getty Images)

Your brain is neither fooled by nor pleased with artificial sweeteners

Your brain isn’t thrilled by your attempts to trick it with artificial sweeteners, and it’s making you want more sugar as punishment. At least, that’s what a new study from the Yale School of Medicine is suggesting, which scientists are hoping will explain why obesity rates have continued to rise even as artificial sweeteners have become more prevalent.

The theory is that your brain doesn’t release as much dopamine when it recognizes artificial sweetener, which is why aspartame and other sugar substitutes can actually make some people feel hungrier — your brain literally refuses to acknowledge that you’re full.

Study leader Ivan de Araujo told Nature World News that he hopes the findings will lead to a “happy medium” that involves “combining sweeteners with minimal amounts of sugar.” Our brains have to ruin everything, don’t they? LOL

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Starleigh’s revamped Chicken Parmesan!

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Chicken Cheddar Parmesan!


2 Eggs beaten

 5 oz. Dry bread crumbs  Dry italian bread crumbs

 5 Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

 2 16 oz. jars of spaghetti sauce

 5 oz. shredded mozzerella cheddar cheese

 1/2 cup and 2 tbsp. parm. cheese (I used store brand 100% grated parm. cheese) not fresh parm.!


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking sheet.
  2. Pour eggs into a small shallow bowl. Place bread crumbs in a separate shallow bowl. Dip chicken into eggs, then into the bread crumbs. Place coated chicken on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until no longer pink and juices run clear.
  3. Pour 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce into a 7×11 inch baking dish. Place chicken over sauce, and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheddaeand Parmesan cheeses on top and return to the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

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