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  1. Hootenany

    Health Care

    ^Medicaid doesn't have the approval ratings that Medicare does. Simple as that I would imagine. Also, Medicare level coverage is, in my opinion, a good place to start. Every American citizen should have some basic level of medical health insurance coverage. Medicare would meet that standard while not completely killing the private insurance market. Once everyone has coverage we can begin debating the level of coverage that is appropriate.
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    I'm going to jump in here admittedly at my own peril. I think there's a huge difference between allegations of Democrats busing in voters or voting from the grave over 40 years ago and blatantly racist voter suppression efforts that were ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in 2016 who remarkably stated that the North Carolina law had "discriminatory intent" and attempted to "impose cures for problems that did not exist". In 2018 there's really no comparison between the parties in regards to the "dirty tricks" they play. Democrats encourage people to vote (legally), Republicans use state laws to restrict the voting rights of probable Democratic voters. http://electionlawblog.org/wp-content/uploads/nc-4th.pdf
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    The Trump Presidency

    ^It's America's pasttime! You America hating libs wouldn't understand. ;D
  4. Hootenany

    Health Care

    Have you really done or seen the math on that, or are you just saying that? I wouldn't assume that at all, even if hospitals could shrink their billing departments to a tenth of their current size because there would only be one place to bill. Administrative costs at US hospitals are about double that of our Canadian counterparts. If that were broken down into just the coding and billing departments I'm sure the discrepancy would be even higher. https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/journal-article/2014/sep/comparison-hospital-administrative-costs-eight-nations-us
  5. Hootenany

    Health Care

    What is the Republican solution to the health insurance / healthcare problem in the US? Medicare for all may be expensive and force large tax increases, but at least I understand it and I can see it leading to cost reductions across the board due to efficiencies that are gained through the system as well as the massive bargaining power they would have. When you look at this issue at a macro level it's glaringly obvious that we are way off the mark. It's not even close. So what are we going to do about it? My opinion is that it will take some fairly drastic government action to start bending the cost curve downward. Medicare for all is fairly drastic. https://www.healthsystemtracker.org/chart-collection/health-spending-u-s-compare-countries/#item-start
  6. Hootenany

    The Trump Presidency

    What do you mean by the term "consequential?" I understand the deep state's natural inclination is to protect the deep state, hence the laughable assertion that there was no "bias" shown by the IG report ::), it clearly showed a willingness by highly corrupt members of the Mueller team to derail the possibility of Trump's election by any means possible. If this isn't a major abuse of power I don't know what is, and to dismiss it so lightly as the mainstream media is attempting to do as no big deal, or an isolated incident by a couple of disgruntled bad apples, is shocking. At least I hope there's enough justice left in America that Peter Strzok and what's her name, Page, are sent packing to prison FBI agent's text disclosed by Justice watchdog: 'We'll stop' Trump from becoming president https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/14/fbi-agents-text-reportedly-disclosed-by-justice-watchdog-well-stop-trump-from-becoming-president.html Are you being purposely obtuse, trolling, or do you really not understand that holding a personal opinion (bias) is not illegal? Honestly, you say they should be sent to prison... for what?!?! Did you even read the article you linked? This is absolutely maddening and I'm pretty pissed off that I'll have to have this argument with my parents this weekend.
  7. Hootenany

    The Trump Presidency

    I honestly can't get over the fact that this meeting would have led to calls for impeachment from conservative pundits if it were conducted 4 years ago by President Obama. No pre-conditions, no binding agreements, showing Kim as an equal to the US President... just imagine. I'm not even saying that I disagree with this meeting in particular, but the about face that conservative war hawks have made on North Korea is truly stunning.
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    Terrorism / Mass Shootings

    You won't find a bigger proponent of gun reform than me, but we need to be honest about the motivation of most people opposed to new gun laws. They truly believe that more guns are the answer to our gun violence epidemic. It sounds stupid and asinine to you, me, and most of the civilized world, but they are genuine in their belief that more good guys with guns is the only reasonable response to this problem. We need to be honest about this if we hope to change some minds.
  9. Hootenany

    Income Inequality

    You clearly value capital over labor. Probably the clearest example I've personally seen of the rich telling the middle class to blame the poor. Your charity reference is also confusing. Are you comparing the workers wages to charity?
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    I'm 100% sure I'll regret asking this, but how is illegally crossing a border immoral? Obviously, just because something is illegal does not mean that it is also immoral. So what about this specific illegal act makes it immoral?
  11. Hootenany

    The Trump Presidency

    If you really believe they're animals, as I do, you shouldn't need to spend so much time rationalizing the comment to others. This type of language just isn't acceptable from our leaders in the 21st century. Does nobody else get a chill down their spine when they hear a leader dehumanize a group of people like that? The dehumanization of our enemies has led to countless acts of violence, human rights violations, war crimes, and genocides in the 20th century alone. It's really not a snowball that our leaders should start rolling down the hill. No matter how violent and atrocious the groups actions may be. "Dehumanizing and holding people accountable are mutually exclusive. Humiliation and dehumanizing are not accountability or social justice tools, they’re emotional off-loading at best, emotional self-indulgence at worst." https://brenebrown.com/blog/2018/05/17/dehumanizing-always-starts-with-language/
  12. Hootenany

    The Trump Presidency

    ^Wait, Trump drinks Diet Coke Mango? What kind of a maniac drinks that stuff? This is the scandal we should all be talking about.
  13. Hootenany

    Tax Reform

    Here's some Ohio flavor to the above point. Eaton raised their dividend 10% and repurchased $300 million of Eaton stock in the first quarter alone.
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    That's an awfully bold statement. Advertising (facebook or otherwise) does not change votes or opinions... Ad sales reps around the country are shaking in their boots after reading that statement just hoping that you don't write and influential book that changes the advertising industry. You've clearly never met my mother. She changed her mind no less than 4 times during the last campaign and each time it was based on something she had seen on facebook. Not everyone is as politically engaged as most of the people on this forum and to the disengaged those silly facebook influence campaigns can be very effective.
  15. Hootenany

    The Trump Presidency

    Trump could be making a smart long term play IF he gets IP concessions out of China for relief of the tariffs. It is absolutely true that China (and others) have been stealing IP for decades and are now using their economic power to coerce the handover of IP from companies as a condition of doing business in the country. The choice becomes either give us your IP and we'll give you the right to sell your product here (for a little while at least) or you can't do business here and we'll steal your IP anyway. We'll see how this plays out. Something needs to be done about the IP issue, but starting a trade war is a strange way to get there.