<<First Name>>, here's your Volume 21, Issue 7 of the Liberator Online for February 18, 2016
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In This Issue
Politics Can Wait! 
ACA’s Bureaucratic Requirements Force Patients to Lose Access to Care
Sharing Economy is Challenging Labor Laws, Are Lawmakers Paying Attention?
Factcheck Debates
See what Sonya Sotomayor, German Lopez, Mary Lou Marzian and Antonin Scalia have to say about the Constitution, Viagra, gun violence and jury nullification
One Microaggression After Another
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Politics Can Wait!

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. At 79, he passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 13th.

Within hours, political pundits, amateur and professional alike, took to social media and the airwaves to share their thoughts on Scalia’s passing and offered their view on what should happen next with regard to the vacant seat on the bench. The typical partisan divide and political fight appeared almost immediately with Republicans pointing to a delay of the appointment, with Democrats favoring the president’s intent to fill the position during the current term.

We even saw a question at that night’s GOP Presidential debate posed to the candidates, who all agreed that the Republican-controlled Senate should delay any nomination until the 2016 election victor assumes office.

Punch Through the weekend, each “team” lined up with their talking points and punditry about the history of Supreme Court appointments that supported their view. The audience they reach became parrots for those same talking points and historical events to allow them to score political points for their “team.”

Here’s the problem: Everyone was talking past one another to “win” the imaginary debate taking place before the other “team” could.

In a few hours after a man’s death, very few took the opportunity to acknowledge it, praise the good works, lament the loss, and extend condolences to those personally affected by his passing. Instead, it became what politics brings out in people… the worst.

We also see it in the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and tragedies like Sandy Hook. Rather than react to the situation to make the lives affected better, a stampede to microphones and platforms takes place to politicize what just happened.

While it may appeal to some to jump into the fray in the wake of a disaster or the loss of a prominent figure, that activity drives away those who aren’t a part of your “team.”

The divisiveness of these conversations is akin to the wedge issues used by politicians to divide the public and prevent discourse about the ACTUAL issues.

Normal people take a moment to reflect on what just happened, while the super political “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Walk the walk,

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Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

 ACA’s Bureaucratic Requirements Force Patients to Lose Access to Care

The Affordable Care Act has become a joke among conservatives and libertarians.

Since the passing of the law, mandates concerning enrollment requirements pushed the cost of health care up, forcing countless to not only find themselves uncovered, but also unable to have access to the care they had before Obamacare.

DoctorWhile the overregulation of health care in America is nothing new, ACA accelerated a process that was well under way before President Barack Obama took office. Unfortunately, officials didn’t pay attention to the market signals. What the current administration decided to do instead was to focus on pushing laws based on hopes and aspirations, ignoring the potential consequences.

Read more about the ignored consequences here...

The Sharing Economy is Challenging Labor Laws, Are Lawmakers Paying Attention?

Ride-sharing apps are revolutionizing how people across the country commute. But with the growth in popularity, companies like Lyft and Uber become easy targets for regulators and lawmakers, mostly because laws already in place protect industries that are already losing their appeal due to competition.

Last month, Lyft settled a class-action lawsuit brought by its California drivers. With the settlement, Lyft upheld the freedom of drivers locally by avoiding to classify them as employees. By allowing participating motorists to remain as contractors, Lyft gave drivers the flexibility to control when, where, and for long they work through the platform.



Black Entrepreneurship Is Alive and Well - FEE
Could this glove be the solution to Parkinson's tremors? - CNN
Apple Stands Up to the US Government Spying - 

Students Get Free Shipping From Amazon
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

THERE IS A PLACE: "There is a place, I think, for jury nullification—finding the balance in that and the role judges should play." — Sonya Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice, February 11, 2016

FAIRLY UNEQUIVOCAL?: â€œThe research is fairly unequivocal in demonstrating that reducing access to guns — and reducing the number of guns — would reduce gun violence in America.”  â€” German Lopez, Vox Journalist, December 17, 2015

REGULATE VIAGRA: "I think it illustrates how intrusive it wrong it is, for any type of government, whether it's state legislature, whether it's Donald Trump, inserting themselves into personal, private medical decisions."  â€” Mary Lou MarzianKentucky State Representative, February 15, 2016
Antonin Scalia

One Microaggression After Another

Now more than ever, college campuses are offering training, courses and even online portals for students, faculty and staff to understand and report microaggressions. Failure to acknowledge harm caused by microaggressions on college campuses is resulting in the resignation of administrators.

Microaggression Microaggressions are small actions or word choices that seem on the surface to have no malicious intent but that are thought of as a tiny form of violence nonetheless.

For example, by some university guidelines, asking an Asian American where they are from is a microaggression because the questions implies that the person is not a real American.

What's Happening with the Advocates

The Advocates will be at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC Feb. 26-28.

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Advocates Executive Director, Brett Bittner, is going to speaking at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum. 

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