The central planners of ObamaCare have established an Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable government officials who will call the financial shots in the U.S. healthcare system — no oversight or consent required by Congress, doctors, patients or the public.

 The attorney general of New York has launched an investigation into whether the energy-drink industry is misleading consumers about the ingredients and overall health effects of its products. Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas to three manufacturers — including Monster Beverage Corp., Living Essentials LLC, and PepsiCo Inc., which manufactures the popular AMP energy beverage — last month requesting details regarding the firms’ marketing and advertising practices.

 “Is ObamaCare a government takeover of medicine?” That’s the question Forbes contributor Carolyn McClanahan posed in a recent blog post, as she attempted to quell “misconceptions” about the President’s Affordable Care Act, while promoting key aspects of the law. McClanahan concedes the law is far from perfect, but that it is “the most significant attempt our country has ever made at reforming our costly and inefficient health care system.”

 The belief that fats are mainly bad for you and cause clogged arteries and heart attacks has been accepted for many years, but what is it based upon? It makes sense to avoid food that is considered bad for your and arteries while eating foods that are "heart friendly," but what if much of the conventional wisdom regarding fatty foods is wrong?

 For the next six months or so, the best strategy for stopping ObamaCare is nullification. As Art Thompson discussed in the Foreword to the September 2012 JBS Bulletin, we are asking JBS members and our allies to reinvigorate our Stop ObamaCare campaign in their local areas in order to educate their neighbors and opinion molders, and then activate them into local groups to help stop any form of government healthcare.

 Besides ushering in the election of the 45th U.S. president, November ballots across the country will present other important choices. For example, Californians will vote on whether or not food labels must list ingredients made from genetically modified organisms.

 Thanks to the Heritage Foundation's report on Taxmageddon, taxpayers became aware of the $500 billion of new taxes the government is expected to extract from the economy starting the first of the year. What they didn’t learn is how devious and pernicious some of those taxes are because they are buried so deeply in the ObamaCare monstrosity, otherwise known perversely as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Orwellian title is exactly the opposite: Patients won’t be protected and medical care will become less affordable.

 Prominent so-called “ethicist” and Oxford University Professor Julian Savulescu claimed that humanity has a “moral obligation” to genetically engineer children — essentially creating “designer babies” — to make them into better people, sparking an outcry among critics who claim such morally repugnant practices would be akin to playing God. Embryos that do not qualify for life in his view, such as those whose genetic make-up is perceived to indicate potential future “personality flaws,” would presumably be destroyed.

Few are predicting the Grand Old Party, which now has 47 Senate seats, will achieve the 60 needed to shut down the filibuster that Senate Democrats would surely wage against an effort to repeal ObamaCare. In short, Romney may have about as much chance of repealing ObamaCare as the Red Sox have of winning the American League pennant.

 With political ads defending and bashing various proposals about how to “fix” Medicare reaching a crescendo, fact-checkers are having a field day in sorting through who’s right and who’s wrong. Claims by Democrats that Paul Ryan’s reform bill would “end Medicare as we know it” was awarded the “lie of the year” by Politifact, while Factcheck.org named it one of the “Whoppers of 2011.” Even the liberal Washington Post gave the canard its highest — or lowest — rating of “four Pinnochios.”

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