I'll admit I still get a little homesick. Evenafter 15 years of living in Colorado I miss my home state ofMissouri from time to time.

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I grew up in Kansas City, and, yes, we boast a lot more thanjust decades of unprecedented sports futility. We also have ourjazz and blues, barbecue and, oh yeah, fountains.

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But what Missourians don't have is much information about theexchanges set to start enrolling in just a few short weeks.

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That's because Show-Me State voters not only thumbed their nosesat Obamacare by refusing to set up its own state exchange, theywent a step further by preventing (by law!) state and localofficials from even working with the federal exchange. Talk aboutshedding your historical image as a bellwether state…

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Now I'm not saying the state should embrace Obamacare, but bytaking such an aggressively uncooperative stance, lawmakers therenot only hurt their own constituents, they're handing theadministration just one more excuse.

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“If PPACA fails,” I can hear Sec. Sebelius saying, “It's thegovernors' fault.”

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It would be like my boss telling me to cover employee benefits,for this magazine, and me proceeding to pen stories about videogames, auto mechanics or craft brewing. Not only would I not beable to complain once my pink slip showed up, I couldn't exactlyturn around and blame him for losing readers.

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Like it or not, it's the law of the land. Blatant obstructionismwill only play into the hands of those eager for its failure as apath to single-payer “nirvana.”

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In other equally inane political news, as Congress headed homefor its August recess (what are we, some kind of socialist Europeanstate?), we hear from an incoming GOP freshman, U.S. Rep. AndyHarris, from Maryland.

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So his righteous indignation, as originally reported byPolitico, at having to wait a month for his own health carebenefits to kick in next year, is amusing at the least—and somemight say borderline offensive. Especially since Congress, ofcourse, is exempt from the very health care law all the rest of ushave to endure next year.

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And, finally, let's look at all the hard work they did so farthis year: Out of more than 5,000 bills and resolutions introducedthis year, Congress managed to send a whopping 15 of them to thepresident's desk. When I first saw that figure, it nagged at me asyet one more reminder of our Do Nothing Congress. But, uponreflection, given their track record, I'm not sure I'd want thempassing anymore laws.

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