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November 2015

The Real Reason Obamacare May Not Be Affordable After All -- The Motley Fool

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has officially moved into its third open enrollment period, with the Congressional Budget Office forecasting that 10 million consumers will be covered by the end of 2016. Hopes are clearly high in the upcoming year that just shy of 1 million more people will become paying customers.

Obamacare is facing numerous challenges in 2016
But there are plenty of concerns, too, that the current open enrollment period could end in disappointment. For starters, the nation's largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, threatened to pack up shop and leave Obamacare's marketplace exchanges as of 2017. The insurance giant is losing money on balance on its marketplace plans across two dozen states, and it would much rather give up its roughly 500,000 individual marketplace members than continue to take a hit to its margins.

What's more, more than half of Obamacare's healthcare cooperatives are shutting down. Insufficient funds in the risk corridor coupled with inadequate premium pricing caused by high medical expenses from its members doomed many of these low-cost health insurance plans. With shrinking low-cost competition in some markets, premium prices can be expected to rise -- not to mention that this will displace more than 700,000 people who now need to find a new plan and/or primary care physician.


Iowa's Canzeri grateful he's able to be part of 12-0 season

INCOLN, Neb. (AP) — This incredible football season unfolding for third-ranked Iowa has left Jordan Canzeri in a reflective mood.

The running back has missed so much playing time because of injuries over his time in Iowa City that while everyone whose wardrobe includes black and old gold was celebrating the best regular season in 93 years, he was simply grateful to be part of it all.

Canzeri hasn't escaped injury problems in his senior season, yet he's played a huge role in Iowa (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) getting this far. He had long touchdown runs on back-to-back plays in Friday's 28-20 win over Nebraska and finished with 140 yards on 17 carries. He's the team's season rushing leader at 96.4 yards a game, and he's run for 12 touchdowns.


Iowa routs No. 20 Wichita State 84-61 | The Wichita Eagle

Late in the first half, ESPN’s cameras lingered on Fred VanVleet and Conner Frankamp on the Wichita State bench.


The shot seemed equally cruel and uplifting. For 40 minutes on Sunday, the 20th-ranked Shockers stumbled through another nightmare that highlighted their lack of scoring, passing and dribbling. Iowa routed WSU 84-61 in the seventh-place game of the AdvoCare Invitational at HP Field House.

Soon, however, VanVleet and Frankamp should join the lineup and the Shockers (2-4) can’t wait for an infusion of talent and experience. To recap, WSU is also without senior center Anton Grady, who suffered a spinal concussion on Friday, and freshman guard Landry Shamet, out around two months with a stress fracture. VanVleet is expected to play Saturday at Saint Louis. Frankamp is on track to play Dec. 12 against Utah, with Dec. 9 against UNLV a slight possibility.


Sophomore forward Rauno Nurger tried to help, ending his redshirt plans early in the first half.

Senior forward Jarrod Uthoff led Iowa with 22 points. Senior center Adam Woodbury added 15. Iowa shot 53.8 percent from the field and held the Shockers to 35.6-percent shooting.


Iowa City man accused of filing false report in shooting

A West Liberty man has been accused of shooting his friend, and his friend has been accused of lying about how he got shot.

According to an Iowa City Police Department criminal complaint, 19-year-old Sergio Martinez arrived at Mercy Hospital the morning of November 1 with gunshot wounds. Police say Salas removed an ammo magazine from a pistol he had. Then he pointed the firearm at Martinez's legs and pulled the trigger.


Undefeated Hawks husk Nebraska, finish perfect regular season

LINCOLN, Nebraska — A head coach in his 17th year at the helm of a Big Ten college-football program doesn’t often find himself in a position in which he doesn’t know what to say. Following No. 4 Iowa’s 28-20 win over Nebraska on Nov. 27, Kirk Ferentz found himself in one of those situations.

It’s the first time in his career he’s led a 12-0 football team, and the first time not just a Ferentz-led squad but any Iowa football team has finished a perfect regular season in the modern era.


Today's weather forecast from the Coralville Courier

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Easy Thanksgiving appetizers: 11 simple recipes and ideas -

1.Slow-cooker snack mix: If you like Chex mix, you’ll love this version from Gimme Some Oven even more — it's almost completely hands off, thanks to the slow cooker. 

2. Cheese plate: There’s a reason a cheese plate is such a classic party snack: It’s satisfying and ever so simple. You can’t go wrong with this trio: a creamy Camembert or brie, a nutty manchego and a quality goat cheese. Serve with apple slices, quince paste and thin crackers.


Does eating turkey make you sleepy? | Human World | EarthSky

Ah, Thanksgiving Day. You pile your plates with turkey, dressing, two kinds of potatoes, cranberries – all the traditional foods – and dig in. Second helpings? Of course! An hour later, after plenty of food and conversation, you push back and notice you’ve become very, very sleepy. You think, “I’m sleepy because turkey is high in tryptophan.”


How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Canned cranberry sauce is a must-have side dish for some. According to a recent Yahoo Food survey, most people still prefer canned sauce over the fresh stuff.

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There are ways to jazz up the store-bought variety, but if canned cranberry sauce isn’t for you, this edition of “Tipline” shows how to make an easy homemade version for your holiday dinner.

By combining a bag of cranberries, orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon, you can make cranberry sauce at home in just a few minutes.

You can make this sauce a day in advance, giving you one less task to do on Thanksgiving Day.