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  1. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    What's this scenario? I am intrigued.
  2. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    Because he's an egomaniacal asshole?
  3. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    I don't know what that scenario was, but I am sure I put no faith in Republicans--any Republicans. They've demonstrated time and time again that although they may not much care for Donald Trump, they'll do nothing to hinder him. Unless the American people turn strongly and severely against The Donald, the GOP will back him at every turn.
  4. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    Our only hope is that the Republican Party destroys itself with its own power, as it did 2001-2006.
  5. U.S. Politics: Confirming The Trumpocalypse

    I think that "kidding yourself" pretty much sums up most of the impetus to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That, or thinly disguised indifference to human suffering.
  6. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    Ordinarily, I'd point out that political scientists know that most politicians try to keep most of their promises, but this is the Great Orange Ego Elemental we're talking about. So who knows what Trump will bother doing?
  7. Best books you read in 2016?

    Read that in 2015 and would recommend it to anyone who ever uses social media.
  8. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    I sure would hate to sound pedantic.
  9. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    I agree, and I'll add this. The Democrats worked for more than a year to come up with the ACA, but health insurance reform was a party priority for Democrats so that made sense. The GOP doesn't care about reforming anything about health care, so why does anyone think the party will spend a ton of political capital tackling this issue? I'm 50-50 on where I think this will go. Part of me thinks Republicans will kick up a lot of dust and then pack it in, and another part suspects that the party may be just dysfunctional enough to screw up the ACA and incur the wrath of millions of voters--some in red states.
  10. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    Not to seem like a smarty-pants, but I hear this all the time and it's not really true. The ACA passed the Senate 60-39, in regular order, over a filibuster. The House passed the same bill, then a bill was passed via reconciliation to make a few small fixes that the GOP had promised to filibuster. That's why Republicans today can't repeal the law root and branch via reconciliation, although they can certainly screw it up. Speaking of screwing up, this entire issue is a loser for them. Repeal will antagonize millions of a voters and the entire healthcare industry, but not doing so will piss of their voters. If I were the GOP, I'd pass a repeal that essentially keeps all of the ACA except for a few unpopular bits and renames it the Ronald Reagan Healthcare Goodies Act. Then I'd lie shamelessly and claim to have repealed "Obamacare." After all, the closed conservative information loop ensures that most Republicans will believe whatever they're told, so why not make use of that?
  11. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    I don't disagree with this, at least in principle. It's possible that a single-payer system (if we had one) might not cover every procedure and treatment under the sun, so there would still be some place for private insurance.
  12. U.S. Politics: Feelings Trump Facts

    So the solution for insufficient charity to cover the uninsured is more charity? I hate to seem really sharp here, but come now. Commodore, if you simply don't care about the uninsured, please say so and we can have an honest conversation. This fantasy about Goodwill or someone stepping up to solve the problem is just a waste of everyone's time. It didn't work before 2010 and it won't work now. Let's stop pretending that it will, yes?
  13. Also, the uninsured are indeed my problem, and everyone else's...unless of course we propose to let them die untreated. Then there is no problem with the uninsured, because they're dead.
  14. Exactly. "Charity" in this context means, "Not my problem."
  15. I get that, but in terms of policy it's not something to consider. Mandates of this sort are constitutionally permissable and may be reasonably considered when constructing policy. Myself, I'm not convinced the mandate is necessary, given that about 82% of those who use the exchanges receive subsidies. I don't think that's something anyone knows, because as far as I know it's not been tested. If conservatives wanted to eliminate the mandate I'm not necessarily opposed, provided that other steps are taken to ensure that the pool of insureds remains viable. Ironically, I think the provision that young adults can remain on their parents' policies until age 26 might have kept lots of healthy people out of the exchanges, so maybe that's something to be adjusted.