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Indiana Supreme Court: Reaffirms that both sticker price & amount accepted are evidence of “reasonable value” of medical procedures

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:38:09 +0000

On October 21, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a decision in Patchett v. Lee that reaffirmed and somewhat extended the decision it made in Stanley v. Walker. The general rule in civil litigation is that, when a person has been injured through the negligence of another person, the injured party should receive an amount […]

Indiana Bicentennial 11.6: Gerald Ford

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:59 +0000

Gerald Ford (1974-1977) Gerald Ford was the accidental President. He had not run for or been elected as President or Vice-President. However, he was selected as V.P. when Spiro Agnew resigned due to bribery accusations and then, when Nixon resigned due to his involvement with and cover up of the Watergate break in and associated […]

Indiana Bicentennial 11.5: Richard Nixon (Continued)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:02 +0000

One of Nixon’s foreign policy breakthroughs was a trip to China. China had turned communist in 1949. Initially, there was cooperation between China and the Soviety Union which necessarily meant that relations with the U.S. were poor. Nixon had a reputation as being strong against communism which led to the expression, “only Nixon could go […]

Indiana Bicentennial 11.4: Richard Nixon

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:00:05 +0000

Richard M. Nixon (1969 – 1974) Richard M. Nixon was, of course, our first President to resign from office. Like I mentioned earlier, this was a turbulent time for the Presidency. From 1933 to 1961, we had had only three Presidents. We had that many in the period from 1974 to 1977. Nixon was a […]

Indiana Bicentennial 11.3: Lyndon Johnson

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:48 +0000

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) Born in 1908, LBJ was a Democrat from Texas. He was a U.S. Representative from 1937 to 1949 and Senator from 1949 to 1961. In 1961, he was JFK’s Vice-President and became President when Kennedy was assassinated. Johnson had worked his way through school and then became a teacher in 1930. […]

Indiana Bicentennial 11.2: John F. Kennedy (Continued)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:00:52 +0000

The Cold War dominated Kennedy’s foreign policy. The USSR erected the Berlin Wall. The Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in an effort to oust Fidel Castro was a debacle. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a game of chicken where the Soviets blinked first. They were attempting to put missiles in Cuba, and the U.S. […]

Gov. Pence First Indiana Governor in 173 Years not to be Re-Elected when Eligible for Consecutive Terms

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:36:29 +0000

I believe my history on this is correct: Governor Pence is the first Indiana governor since Samuel Bigger in 1843 to be eligible for consecutive terms but fail to win a second term. Bigger was a Whig who  was elected in 1840, in large part because he was not connected to the Indiana Mammoth Internal […]

Indiana Bicentennial 11.1: John F. Kennedy

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:00:49 +0000

Indiana Bicentennial 11 (1961 – 1977) With Indiana Bicentennial 11, we will be covering the 60s and 70s, into the nation’s bicentennial. Now we’re entering territory I was alive to see. As we approach the present, history has a way of insensibly turning into “news.” I’m not sure how I will approach the end-game of […]

The Atlantic, for the 3rd time in 159 years, endorses a Presidential Candidate

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:45:45 +0000

The editors of the Atlantic explain that they have, in the past 159 years, endorsed only two candidates. In 1860, the magazine endorsed Abraham Lincoln. Opposition to slavery had been one of the motivating forces behind the creation of the publication. In 1964, the magazine endorsed Lyndon Johnson — not so much because Johnson was […]

Indiana Bicentennial 10.12: Harold Handley (1957-1961)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:00:40 +0000

Returning to Governor Handley. After serving a term as lieutenant governor to the less conservative Governor Craig, Handley  sought nomination as the Republican candidate for governor in 1956. In an effort to undermine Governor Craig’s influence in the party, he blasted Craig for the scandal in the highway department (which Craig ultimately had no part […]