I think American liberals desperately want to pocket their victory and enjoy peace from the American right. I don't think American liberals want permanent political struggle.
I also think that's why liberals are making such an effort to persuade conservatives. This is interesting to observe.
I think we agreed earlier that a single payer, private service, UHC solution was best, but we disagreed on the timing of implementation. That is just because I do not know how many more 1200 page healthcare bills we can afford to process and implement, with all the loopholes and exceptions and whatnot.
Just a straight up tax for single payer and UHC with private sector service is all that is needed. Let's just do it.
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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
But, that said, those riskier endeavors are when they work with industries that are heavily regulated. For example, if you try to sell software to a company for use in a nuclear reactor, the regulations of the nuclear industry will apply to you and they certainly have some requirements related to stability and security and whatnot. But still, the software industry as a whole isn't very heavily regulated, since most of the time they're not working on things with huge risks of externalities.
It isn't so much like how regulated an industry is can be specified on a scale of 0 to 10 and politicians occasionally say "lets move mining up from 6 to 7". Regulations deal with specific actions that are regulated. For example, maybe they have a regulation about releasing CFCs, a regulation about porcupine habitats and a regulation about pesticides. Some industries tend to run into more regulations that others because of the nature of their work. So, software companies run into them some, but mining companies run into them more because they work with more things that have the potential to cause major externalies more often.
And why would unelected entities be LESS prone to corruption? They would be more prone to it since they don't have to worry about voters voting them out.
Imagine that you buy a small SUV. Maybe it is built on a car chasis, but it has four wheel drive and in some ways looks more truck like. The dealership refers to it as a "car", but then when you go to register it at the DMV they say that because it is over a certain weight, they classify it as a "truck". You go back to the dealership and he says, "nah, it's more like a car". Is he "lying"?
Wow, maybe I should move to Texas.It will surely exceed my rent ($300/month)
In any case, paying more than $300 per month for health insurance, for a 60-year-old smoking male hardly seems like a bad deal. And if you can't afford it, you'll be eligible for subsidies and your premium will be capped at a certain percentage of your income. I don't want to ask your income, but if it's below 400% of the federal poverty line, you can estimate the maximum you might have to pay here:
Just FYI, if you earned more than $9,500 last year you'll need to file a FIT return, whether you're expecting a refund or not.so I will simply no longer file a FIT return in 2014 and let them wonder if I was insured or not, since the tiny refund I am normally due is not worth the bother to "self incriminate" and file as "self insured", which is then, basically a crime.
Thank you for illustrating exactly why we need the individual mandate.I am quite willing to let the medical care facility, should any volunteer to treat me in an emergncy, and should it arrise, have ALL of my assets and declare bankruptcy, go on the dole and accept medcaid until I am 65 and get SS/medicare. USA, USA, USA...
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