Category: History

American History Seen Through Five Trades

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Old Tools

“A nation that forgets it’s past can function no better that an individual with amnesia.” -David McCullough What may be done with hands and a tool. This is the essential relationship of the human story. Since way back. Before technology, before history, before most everything we know. Since the human animal fashioned a sharp object perhaps to hunt efficiently or to make fire, all of our shared experience since then…

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Our 1958 Newsletter

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Newsletter Heading

Our insurance agency started in 1946. Every now and then we come across something special. The other day we found a few old newsletters. So who is John Bailey? The newsletter we found introduces him and speaks about our insurance agency. While our writing styles and education points have changed; what is interesting about the newsletter is how history repeats itself, just in different ways.  The newsletter idea today is…

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Open Enrollment…What?

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Pill and Money

Every year I have the opportunity and pleasure to re-certify for Medicare with each of our Insurance Companies servicing Medicare. For most seniors, this is time to scramble and find the best plan for their current situation and needs.  The governing body responsible for this oversight is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  CMS also determines the Open Enrollment dates for Medicare Advantage plans and now, Affordable Care Act…

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Are You Subsidizing Health Care Subsidy?

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Washington DC

As an insurance agent, specifically for this blog, health insurance; I am inundated with information regarding health care costs and questioned about the tax and cost implications thereof. From a statistical perspective, or in the insurance world, actuarial statistics- the increase in health care costs are directly influenced by the increase in risk.  In other words, the fact that people are no longer underwritten for health care policies for certain…

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Affordable Care Act-Not Obamacare

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Doctor Greeting Patient

I was privileged enough to watch about 15 minutes of the State of The Union address the other night.  Political affiliation, or not, I could not help but notice the dynamics of the whole room of “representatives”.   I know crowd psychology as a musician, and I understand how masses of people are moved or swayed because of an initial response to a particular agenda, idea or emotion.  This was very…

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Proud Past, Bright Future III

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We have come a long way with technology. John Bailey Company now uses dual monitor computers in lieu of typewriters. However, we still find uses for this old beauty!

Proud Past, Bright Future II

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  When I first started working here, I was hoping to be able to use this Paymaster Ribbon Writer. Now, a few months later, I’ve used it a couple times and still get excited every time! I love things from our past!

Who Knew?

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photo credit: Infrogmation Little bit of interesting information for you today. Did you know that the first insurance policy in the United States came around in 1889 in Buffalo, New York? With barely 100 cars on the streets, Travelers wrote the first auto policy, with $5,000 in liability, to a Dr. Truman J. Martin for only $11.25. I know what you’re thinking: if only my insurance cost me $11.25! But…

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