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Aetna CEO: Young people would rather buy beer than overpriced Obamacare insurance

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:.

Tap into their brew money to spend $4,815 on Obamacare premiums?

 “‘Keg stands are crazy. Not having health insurance is crazier,’ it says next to a photo of three hard-partying guys, described as ‘bros for life.’

“‘The feedback, especially on Twitter, has been kind of off the charts, and I think we are surprised to see the Brosurance ad take off quite as much as it did,’ said Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI), which helped create the ads.

“The  ‘got insurance?’ campaign is an irreverent spoof of the iconic ‘got milk?’ ads. It’s a collaboration between CCHI and ProgressNow Colorado Education, two nonprofit advocacy groups involved in promoting enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.”

That was 2013. But now it’s 2016, and let’s see what’s happened over the past three years to the hard-partying bros for life.

From the Chicago Tribune:

“Healthier people will avoid buying Affordable Care Act health insurance plans as premiums climb, threatening the stability of the market, Aetna Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said.

“‘As the rates rise, the healthier people pull out because the out-of-pocket costs aren’t worth it,’ Bertolini said at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York. ‘Young people can do the math. Gas for the car, beer on Fridays and Saturdays, health insurance.'”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Man in “misogynist” hot water for saying most women over 20 look terrible in yoga pants

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Yoga Pants Parade

Not dressing for men’s visual pleasure

Poor Alan Sorrentino had the misfortune to notice that most women past their teen years don’t look so great in sheer, shiny britches that fit like twin sausage skins and are supposed to be worn only when you’re standing on your head while uttering “Namaste” on a special mat in a studio. Especially when said shiny britches sport swirly, brilliantly hued patterns that look like cotton candy on LSD and you can’t get into a size smaller than XXL.

So the 63-year-old Sorrentino wrote a letter to the Barrington Times, a tiny Rhode Island newspaper with a print circulation of only 5,000, that described yoga pants as “stinky, tacky, ridiculous looking.” 

“‘They do nothing to compliment a woman over 20 years old,’ he wrote in the letter, which was published on Wednesday. ‘In fact, the look is bad. Do yourself a favour, grow up and stop wearing them in public.'”

Uh-oh! According to Fox News:

“Hundreds of women, girls and other supporters proudly donned their yogapants Sunday as they peacefully paraded around the Rhode Island neighborhood of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous….

“‘Women are fed up with the notion that we have to dress for people’s visual pleasure,’ said Jamie Burke, parade organizer.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Eat your peas: The Obama USDA’s long-running crusade against “food waste”

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

The goal: to halve the number of leftover legumes on this plate by 2030


America’s most pressing problem: Leaving your peas on your plate after you’ve finished dinner.

And since this is America’s most pressing problem, America’s most responsive branch of government, the Obama administration, is doing something about it right now!

For example, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak is hitting the hustings to lecture Americans about how they should eat all of Mom’s creamed beets, not just a few bites to be polite. Here’s PJ Media’s report on Vilsak’s Oct. 4 speech at the National Press Club:

“Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said America needs to stop wasting food, even if that means teaching people to cut back on the amount of food on their plates.

“Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, the former Iowa governor said long-term food insecurity ‘is a challenge, because we’re going to have to increase food production — I’ve seen anywhere from 50 to 70 percent in the next 35 years — to meet a growing world population.’

“‘But the first step, and the one way the USDA can provide help and assistance to meet this need, is to expand on the — on the issue of food waste,’ Vilsack said. ‘A third of the food that we grow, raise and produce in this country is never consumed the way it was intended. It’s wasted.’

Vilsak has been harping on those uneaten mashed potatoes for some time. In October 2015 the USDA teamed up with the Environmental Protection agency to launch “the United States’ first-ever national food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50-percent reduction by 2030.”

By 2030, only half as many peas left on the plate.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen


Canadian schools do USDA one better: reportedly confiscate kids’ “unhealthy” lunches

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Image result for image usda school food

No hot dogs or Tater Tots, but mmm, whole wheat and skim milk!

Here in the U.S. we force schoolkids to eat whole-wheat spaghetti and cauliflower instead of hot dogs if our school districts want to collect federal money to subsidize their lunch programs.

But in Canada, according to parents’ reports, they’ve gone all the way: actually confiscating the food that parents send to school with their kids on the ground that the home-packed lunches are “too unhealthy” to eat.

The Toronto Star reports:

“Whitby mom of two Elaina Daoust says she was ‘infuriated’ last year when her son, then in junior kindergarten at Romeo Dallaire P.S. in Ajax, was told he was not allowed to eat a small piece of banana bread for his morning snack, because it contained chocolate chips….

“Local mom Tami DeVries says when her son was in kindergarten his lunch of kielbasa, cheese and Wheat Thins crackers was confiscated and replaced with Cheerios, while Alicia Nesbitt was ‘furious’ that her stepdaughter, currently in Grade 1 with the Durham Catholic District School Board, had chips removed from her lunch the first week of school….

“Janae Brangman says there were several incidents last year where her daughter, then in Grade 1 at Waverly P.S. in Oshawa, had her entire lunch sent home because it contained pizza outside of the school’s designated pizza days.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Gorillas in the dissed: Primate images banned in U. of Kansas dorms because too “masculine”

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Harambe: First killed, then turned into a non-person


Campus Reform reports:

“An RA at the University of Kansas was advised against incorporating an image of a gorilla into a jungle-themed floor decoration because the animal apparently represents ‘a very masculine image.’…

“’I think it would be best if your floor chose a different theme animal to be more inclusive,’ Assistant Complex Director Dale Morrow wrote in an email at the start of this academic year. ‘First, gorillas represent a very masculine image, and I feel that this would not be inclusive to all of our residents on that floor.’

“’Second, this animal could be triggering to some people as their [sic] are stereotypes that surround this animal,’ he continued, noting that all the RA would need to change ‘is the picture and the words.’”

I can’t tell whether the administrator in question had something against the species Gorilla gorilla, whether he actually meant to include all primates in the ban, or his gorilla revulsion was somehow related to the Harambe ban at Clemson University, also reported by Campus Reform:

“A Clemson administrator sent an email to Resident Advisors (RAs) Friday instructing them to demand that freshman remove all Harambe references from dorm hallways and windows.”

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Media’s pre-debate sexist stereotypes: Inviting Flowers supposed to be a turn-off for women

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

hillary-stairsGetting ready: Women were supposed to side with the Clintons over Bill’s adultery


Wouldn’t it be nice if, given that we’ve got a woman running as a major-party candidate for president for the first time in history, that the press refrained from sexist stereotypes?

Here are a few, from major-newspaper commentary on tonight’s debate between Democratic contender Hillary Clinton and Republican contender Donald Trump:

1. Women are so mindlessly loyal to their husbands that when a husband commits adultery, they’ll take his side:

“Mr. Trump also boasted of having employed women in influential jobs. But he risked alienating some women voters over the weekend by threatening to provide a front-row seat at the debate to Ms. [Gennifer] Flowers as retaliation to remarks by Mark Cuban, the billionaire who has been a vocal Trump critic.”

That’s Patrick Healy and Alexander Burns of the New York Times in a pre-debate analysis.

Right, it’s “alienating” to a woman to point out that some other woman has messed around with her husband. Sisterhood is powerful!

2. Women are natural caregivers for children, and that’s the role that ought to define them.

“So who are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?

“We know their resumes. We know their histories. We know their foibles and weaknesses. But do we know their characters? Clinton has asked who the American people want to answer that 3 a.m. call. In past campaigns, other questions have arisen. With whom would you leave your children? With whom would you like to grab a beer?

“Hands down, Clinton gets the kids and Trump gets the tab.”

That’s Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post.

Hmm, Donald Trump has raised five children, and among the four adults, three are Ivy League grads or near-grads, and one’s a graduate of elite Georgetown. Plus, he seems to get along well with young people: Remember the helicopter rides he gave the kids at the Iowa State Fair in 2015?

Futhermore, Trump doesn’t drink–so he wouldn’t be worth much in a bar. Clinton, by contrast, enjoys a beer or two, especially with the press in tow.

So, isn’t it kind of sexist to assume that just because she’s a woman, Hillary is the one whose better attuned to taking care of children instead of companionably enjoying a brewski? Is women’s place always supposed to be in the home?

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

Old and tired: “Basket of deplorables.” New and hot: “Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?”


My late father was a successful trial lawyer, so good at his job that he regularly taught classes to other lawyers on the nuts and bolts of winning a case in the courtroom. One of his topics was examining a witness on the witness stand.

And here was his top piece of advice:

“Never ask a question that you don’t already know the answer to.”

Because you might get answers like these collected on Twitchy:

The short explanation for why Hillary Clinton isn’t 50 points ahead is “Hillary Clinton”

Because you’re an Anti-American, felony committing hag who has proven time and time again that only the the deranged and moronic of our nation would possibly think of voting for you.

she has to ask?

It’s the pantsuits, Hills. There I said it. Sorry…….

Be thankful you’re still even in the race, Hillary.

The question isn’t why she’s not 50 points ahead, the real question is WHY ISN’T SHE UNDER INDICTMENT?

Because her shrieking voice would drive Vultures off a day old road kill?

Because the only way to do that is to salt the polls with 90% democrats.

See what I mean? Now, Hillary Clinton is a lawyer, and she went to one of America’s best law schools: Yale.

But she didn’t take a class from my dad.

Or these words would have been burned onto her brain: Never ask a question that you don’t already know the answer to.

Posted by Charlotte Allen