Editorial: Say hello to Obamacare

Today, more than three years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Americans finally saw the implementation of one of its key provisions: the health-insurance marketplaces. These will allow people looking for health-insurance plans to perform side-by-side comparisons of different insurance options. The only eligibility requirements are that you must live in the United States, be a citizen, and not be in prison.

Elliot: Panda monium

So the government is going to shut down, and all the pandas will die. Well, OK, you're right - only the pandas in America will die; the Chinese pandas won't much notice if the U.S. government shuts down. The Chinese pandas don't even know the United States has a government.

Guest column: Don't hang up on pollsters

The University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll is preparing to go into the field this November. Because there aren't many terribly important election races to follow this year, some may be hesitant to assign any value to the results. However, it is arguably more important in off years for the academic community to gather research data than it is during election years.

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