June 28th, 2012
05:09 PM ET

Mash-up: Dogs killed by bees

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Well, when you put it that way ...

Your quote of the day comes from a Supreme Court decision you may have heard about. Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, wrote in the opinion's pivotal paragraph:

The federal government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance. ... The federal government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance.

Mixed feelings on court decision

CNN iReporter Jannet Walsh of Murdock, Minnesota, was both pleased and disappointed by different parts of the Supreme Court's health care ruling. She's unemployed and Catholic, and she questions whether religious institutions can be forced to provide access to birth control.

It's going to be great for people to get health care, but I still think we're going to wonder how we're going to pay for it. ... I'm left wanting to know more, and want someone to address those points.

A healthy debate

CNN's users have been engaging in a strong back-and-forth on health care for years, rarely more so than today.


Our freedom to choose a medical plan (or even to not have a medical plan) is being taken away from us. At least – that is my personal feeling. I don't appreciate the government telling me what I have to do – it opens the door for precedence to take other of my freedoms away.


Most of you who have a problem with health care reform have no issues paying your Social Security and Medicare taxes on your paycheck. In fact, I'm sure the majority are counting down the days until they can take advantage of the Social Security and Medicare they have paid into. How is this health care as a tax any different?

Simple solution for homeowners

A couple in a ritzy California neighborhood didn't like their view. How they solved the problem probably won't be featured on a future episode of HGTV's "Decorating Cents."

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Bee attack leaves pugs dead

Julie Lundley of Palm City, Florida, was walking her dogs, Shadow and Zoey, on Monday when she was stung by a bee. She brushed it away, she told CNN affiliate WPBF, but in the next moment hundreds of bees were swarming around her and the dogs.

"All of a sudden they were just on top of us," she told the station.

Shadow and Zoey were killed, and Lundley was treated at a hospital after being stung more than 100 times, WPBF reported.

On the horizon: Economic report

The euphoria at the White House over Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on health care could be tamped down or fanned Friday, depending on the news from Department of Commerce and the Bureau of Economic Analysis on consumer income and outlays.

June 29 anniversaries


1613 - London's Globe Theatre burns down.

1956 - The Federal-Aid Highway Act is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, creating the interstate highway system.

1972 - The Supreme Court rules that the death penalty could constitute cruel and unusual punishment, forcing a moratorium on executions until some states revised their laws.

2007 - Apple releases the iPhone.

June 29 birthdays

  • Filmmaker and special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, 92
  • Actor Gary Busey, 68
  • Comedian Richard Lewis, 65
  • Actor and former U.S. Rep. Fred Grandy, 64
  • Actress Maria Conchita Alonso, 55
  • Filmmaker Zoe R. Cassavetes, 42
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  1. DNA

    How is the requirement to have auto insurance any different than the requirement to have health insurance? If you want to live/drive in this country you have to have health/auto insurance. I don't see a problem with that. Too many un- and under- insured patients are a burden, that same way un- and under- insured motorists are a burden.

    June 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pacozzi

      You are required to have auto insurance to protect others. The bank with a financial interest or people you may injure. Health insurance is to protect yourself from yourself.

      June 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dentate

      I don't understand people who compare auto insurance mandates to health insurance "mandates." You are not required to buy a car or to drive. If you choose to do so, you are required to pay for insurance. I suppose per Justice Roberts that is also a "tax." Health care is different: people do not ask to be born, so health care is not really an option. I agree with Justice Roberts that this amounts to a tax. It is dishonest of Obama to call it anything else.

      June 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JHH

      Driving is a privilege and a choice you make. As a consequence of that choice you are required to purchase insurance. Same things don't apply to this. Should the government levy a tax on obesity, on people who don't exercise 20 minutes a day, or who smoke or drink. All are known to cause health issues and all are choices we make. If you are going to require me to pay for things for other people then I should have a say in what they do to minimize my risk

      June 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruby

      Ah, the voice of reason. Well done.

      June 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • reasonablebe

      you don't need a car or have to drive to survive. you need health care to survive. no insurance is playing roulette with your life and everyone else's money– who pays for your health care if you get sick and have no insurance? the rest of us. those who want choice and freedom are also charged with responsibility– going bankrupt because you can't pay for the care you needed because you a) had no insurance or b) were denied coverage means the health care providers pass on the costs to those of us with insurance– and the insurance companies pass that cost onto us.

      Take some responsibility. Get health insurance or have no health care. children must be covered because they cannot make a rational decision or choice– they are too young to understand consequences or be able to have themsleves insured, so it must be required for them . Adults- if you roll the dice wrong, choose no insurance and get really sick, deathly sick, will you change your mind and beg for care, or will you just say you played the hand wrong and agree to die?

      June 29, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • guesswho22

      I laughed whenever Mitt's response was analyzed by Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Mitt said he would repeal Obamacare and replace it with an new healthcare law and then went on to describe what that new law would do. LAUGH. Everything accomplished by Obamacare would be in his new law, but no mandate. So, I guess he's going to have to raise even more taxes on the middle class cause he's also going to give the wealthy another huge tax cut, right off the bat. Seriously, these Republicans are morons

      June 29, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. MannyHM

    Call it a tax, a penalty, or whatever.
    A rose by any name is just as sweet.

    June 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Glenn

    Many of the insurance companies actually LIKE the plan and had planned to keep many of the provisions no matter what the Court said.

    June 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Piers Morgan, Supervillain

    I am not a huge fan of the Affordable Care Act, but that's because I am a liberal with a memory. See, the conservatives have some how succeeded in calling this Obamacare, when in truth it's really just Romneycare. The Healthcare mandate was a republican idea, and they all loved it until Obama said, "ok, let's use that plan" in a misguided attempt to reach across the aisle to build consensus with a bunch of people who would sooner kick him in the nutz than say "hello." He still doesn't get it. Anything he does or says will be demonized by the right – even if it was their idea first.

    June 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • reasonablebe

      yup. the gop has lost sight of the meaning of this great nation and its formation, founding fathers and government in a dempcracy. It is not just to hand power to the wealthy or corporations, or just to say, " I won! Aren't I great!" This is NOT Capture the Flag. this is real life. what matters is that this country provide laws and a system that provides protection equally for all, that all have the same rights and that the welfare of the country, not the party or an individual , come first.

      June 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dsavio

      I think he gets it at this point. That's why he's exercising executive privilege and reaching out to gays and immigrants.

      June 29, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Teresa

    I am glad it was upheld. Meaning obama care. I have several pre existing conditions and this plan will keep the insurance companies from denying me the care i need because off them. I will be able to receive the preventive care i need for cancer. Since there is alot in my family history.

    June 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Ty @ Piers, too many people seem to forget that. Lol including Romney, the greatest flip flopper of all!

    June 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    OMG The Dingo got me baby!

    June 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joy ll

    not to mention romney dont like gays as a matter of fact he hurt one who is still a person if he could be that ignorant how could you trust him omg


    June 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rascal Rabble

    i wonder if the bees were ever identified..

    June 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @JHH. Good question(s). Common sense says that willfully healthy people should not be on the same healthplan as willfully unheathy people. Ditto willfully good drivers vs. willfully bad ones.
    Really. Who would even want to eat out of the same bag as a hog.

    June 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. reasonablebe

    the killer africanized bees have made it to FLA?

    June 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    95% of Arizona's bee population are now Africanized Killer Bees originally imported from Africa to control insects eating fmr. President Dwight D. Eisenhowers banana plantations in S. America. (65% of Socal's bees now are)
    Rather than killing insects, the killer bee crossed with honeybees, and began marching north as global warming allowed. Years ago they first arrived here. Now, US beekeepers buy millions of extra european honeybee drones to make-up for the drones killed by killer bees.
    FACT: WITHOUT HONEY BEES, one out of every three meals on your table would be missing. THAT'S how big Eisenhower's mistake was.

    June 29, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    ...and, get this: just to break even, 150,000 new jobs per month must be created.
    I've created 2 so far this year. You?

    June 29, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. guesswho22

    Philip, another typical Republican falacy. Jobs are not created by any business, they are created by consumer demand. Without the money to purchase, the whole Capitalism theory falls like a house of cards. That's why whenever business pays their employees peanuts and no benefits to speak of, the economy keeps growing weaker and crumbles. Profit margins were considered healthy when they were 20%, decades ago. Now greed has set our economy on a downward spiral that won't cease until workers are treated like humans instead of trained monkeys working for peanuts and head pats. Seriously, Capitalism is doomed without taking extraordinary care of the middle class workers who deserve better pay and benefits.

    June 29, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Good Comment! You are correct. Demand creates the need for employment. Not the good nature of some 'job creator' or anything else. If there isn't demand for a product, no one, even the almighty 'job creators' will produce it because no one will BUY it. It ALL comes back to profit. If it is not profitable, it will not be done simple as that.
      Glad to see people out there get this. Economics 101.

      June 29, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • StanCalif

      Good comment! I am also sick of hearing about all these "job creators" who continue to fail in doing "their job"! Not one "job creator" is actually required to create a job in return for his tax breaks, or other benefits!
      It's just like sending money to Afghanistan! No accountability!

      June 30, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. charles huckeby

    It's good to know that people are being made responsable for their own health care,except the very poor,my children and grand children won't have to pay for the people who can afford,but don't want to cut into their cigerate and beer money to pay for insurance that they can get in the E.R. at nite. I hope these small business will be required with assistance to get coverage for their employees. I really belive some of the small business won't get coverage because it will cut into their profits when they could put some of those profits into health care. This is just a start things will get better when necessary.

    June 29, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
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