Unless you’ve received one of the many extensions or exemptions the Obama administration has doled out to cronies and friends, October 1st is the beginning of the “individual mandate.” You must have health insurance for 2014 or pay a fine. Of course, if you were planning on a “job-based” insurance plan, you may not know by the March deadline, as the “employer mandate” has been postponed a year. And if you were planning on using a state-based insurance plan, you may not know by the March deadline, as many states don’t know yet how they will pay for the coverage. And if you are lucky enough to have insurance now, don’t get too cocky. Many insurers are changing where and how they offer coverage.

Luckily, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services has provided an easy, one-page guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace (https://www.healthcare.gov/get-covered-a-1-page-guide-to-the-health-insurance-marketplace/). Once you’ve worked your way through the more than 50 links to actual content (or other links), you may want to call the helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Maybe they can explain how this is supposed to work.

President Obama announced today that he has spoken with Iranian President Rouhani via phone to discuss negotiations about the Iranian nuclear program.

This sounds wonderful. This sounds like a breakthrough. This sounds a lot like this:

I hope I’m wrong, and Obama’s negotiations with Syria and Iran and Russia and North Korea and China all bring us “peace for our time.” But I can’t help feeling he’s getting played by everybody, which will result in a world that is more dangerous than ever.

“I am a Christian and if you want to kill me because I am a Christian, do it.” – Sarkis el Zakhm, Murdered by Islamist rebels in Maalula, Syria. Sept. 7, 2013

Is there really a global war against Christians? Mollie Hemingway makes a compelling case that Christians are being killed or driven from their homelands all over Africa, Asia and the Middle East, while Western governments and media just silently watch. (Lee Habeeb offers a similar argument here.)

A four-year-old British boy survived the Kenyan shopping mall terror attack by speaking the truth. As an al-Shabaab gunmen approached his family, the boy shouted: ‘You’re a bad man, let us leave.’ The terrorist did let the family go, asking for ‘forgiveness’. More details here.

Thomas Sowell discusses why smart people are wrong so often about social issues.

I encourage you to visit Uncommon Knowledge for more provocative interviews.