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  • mulp commented on the diary post Government Confiscating Tax Refunds Of Children Over Parents’ Debts by OldFatGuy.

    2014-04-11 21:12:54View | Delete

    Given most people posting here at FDL blame Democrats andrelish them losing to Republicans, the consequence is the Republicans put provisions in laws like the Farm Bill that remove the 10 year statute of limitation on debt collections. And Republicans loving for profits long ago privatized debt collection, so private for profit troll the government [...]

  • mulp commented on the blog post Democrats’ Best Hope Is That Obamacare Simply Becomes Boring

    2014-04-11 17:07:12View | Delete

    Right, Obamacare repeals FDR’s comprehensive single payer. And then repeals LBJ’s nationalized health care system that made all doctors government employees working in government hospitals.

    I suggest you check on the membership of Congress when FDR and LBJ were president, something like 80% Democratic, and in both times, Republicans did not declare all out war on the president and Democrats.

    Obama got more accomplished with greater opposition than either FDR or LBJ. If Obama is to be damned for not passing single payer, then FDR needs to be doubly damned and LBJ triply damned.

  • mulp commented on the blog post Democrats’ Best Hope Is That Obamacare Simply Becomes Boring

    2014-04-11 16:58:44View | Delete

    So, if everyone paid say 10% more in FICA to pay for “free” government run health care, everyone who doesn’t get sick would be saying “paying 10% of my pay in taxes kept me from getting sick”. That his pay went up 10% because the employer coverage cost was added to his pay would be ignored…

    Lots of people pay for “fire” insurance on their house and insurance on their car with no “benefit”, so why is it going to be different for health insurance?

    Are really working for the Kochs and Karl Rove? Or just influenced by their propogandists.

  • mulp commented on the diary post Catherine Rampell Is Right: Medicare Is a Steal, but for Whom? by Dean Baker.

    2014-04-11 12:08:26View | Delete

    No, ACA did not put a 85% MLR requirement on Medicare Advantage. Instead it required insurers provide care at the same costs as Medicare for patient populations with the same diagnostic coding plus 3% for overhead. Medicare contracts with insurers to handle Medicare billing and payments using government rules which involve no management of care. [...]

  • mulp commented on the diary post Catherine Rampell Is Right: Medicare Is a Steal, but for Whom? by Dean Baker.

    2014-04-11 09:49:56View | Delete

    We pay more than twice as much per person on average for our health care as people in other wealthy countries.

    Yes, because Medicare locked in a health care payment system because both providers and patients wanted unlimited fee for service as the basis for Medicare. Nixon, coming from California, and his policy advisors wanted HMOs [...]

  • mulp commented on the blog post Late Night: The Endless Loop

    2014-04-10 23:39:33View | Delete

    Democrats have an opportunity, with public opinion overwhelmingly behind them

    What drugs are you on? I’d like some so I could escape reality on occasion myself.

  • mulp commented on the blog post Sibelius Stepping Down

    2014-04-10 22:36:41View | Delete

    Yeah, Medicare is so great that it was expanded to cover everyone like LBJ et al expected once it demonstrated how great it was. Except Medicare was not that great. And four decades later is still pretty bad. Nixon had a better plan based on HMOs but the doctors and hospitals and insurers turned people who never used an HMO against them.

    Medicare is horrible. Its just better than what 50% and increasing of the rest of the people have. Employer plans for the ones covered by the Federal rules were superior to Medicare and cost less because they were more logical. And the employer plans supported HMOs so they could deliver superior care for the money without insurers messing things up. But voters voted for and with Reagan on killing HMOs (and the non-profit Blues).

    Medicare only looks good because the alternatives have all become so bad.

    A decent system would be like Israel’s HMO system – you must pick from one of several and pay for it on a means tested basis and use the doctors and clinics and hospitals that you have prepaid to provide all your health care. Doctors run the system they work for, but they must take responsibility for your health, be responsible for getting you to do the right things. They are the experts, the managers, the sociologists, the accountant, the team leader, and customer service.

    Setting up a good health care system would take a decade. LBJ and the Democrats took short cuts and put in place a crappy system that has only been made worse. Obamacare puts things in place to fix the crappy stuff in Medicare to make it easy to start, but that make it expensive and not deliver good care.

  • mulp commented on the blog post Sibelius Stepping Down

    2014-04-10 22:14:16View | Delete

    I can’t figure out how you see Democrats having a problem. Democratic office holders will likely be better off economically out of Congress.

    The voters will be worse off and are worse off for failing to vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, but somehow finding more acceptable the Republicans. Granted Republicans promise the free lunches that progressives demand. It used to be that conservatives not only didn’t believe in free lunches, they didn’t want any offered at all.

    Republicans promise a superior single payer health care system, one that is superior to Obamacare and costs you nothing with all the services you can afford. They never mention the accountants and bill collectors who will run death panels on the Republican single payer health care system – if you don’t have cash to pay, then your child, wife, or you, die.

    Progressives don’t want to pay taxes, and neither do conservatives, while Democrats especially since FDR are tax and spend. And tax everyone and spend. Progressives don’t like paying taxes – they want someone else to pay them, but they want the spending. Free lunch. Conservatives don’t like taxes, but they don’t want government either, tho a military is handy to enable pillage and plunder economics.

    But both progressives and conservatives hate Democrats so that makes Republicans the winners and since 1980, all progressives have been purged from the Republican party along with any liberals. So the Democrats are those who are liberals, pragmatic, or capitalists, or still attached to the party of FDR that LBJ broke up.

  • mulp commented on the blog post Right Under Congress’s Nose, Big Progress on Pot

    2014-04-10 14:26:04View | Delete

    Call the conservative Republicans and demand they get the jackboot government thugs of the DEA and criminal Holder off the backs of American citizens and stop the dictating of how to think, what to grow in your garden and kitchen, and what can be smoked and eaten.

    It is the conservatives at war with liberals and minorities that drives the drug laws and war on drugs.

    Go after the politicians responsible for the drug law using the conservative, libertarian, and Tea Party rhetoric to threaten defeat of Republicans.

    Unless you are determined to support the war on drugs so you can make a lot more money in illegal drug and drug trade by defeating Democrats.

  • mulp commented on the blog post The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

    2014-04-09 22:40:46View | Delete

    You obviously know nothing about the health systems in other nations as you are completely unaware of the health reforms that have occurred every 5-10 years in all of them, triggered by the dissatisfaction with the service of the system they had, the high cost, the demand for better care, etc.

    Not one has single payer any more. Britain is dismantling the NHS in favor of private providers with private payment and private insurance on top of government insurance that is restricted in terms of covered services and costs.

    Switzerland passed a private insurance mandate by referendum in the mid-90s by 51% when the system they had, which was very much like the US system in the 70s, resulted in the uninsured increased above 10%. 80% approve of the mandate today, but the system is still undergoing changes, with public hospitals and clinics being privatized so taxpayers aren’t paying to keep them running, just as been happening in the US.

    Germany is based on a mandate to buy individual private health insurance with thousands of companies and policies.

    Several of the northern Europe states have switched from single payer to essentially private insurance policies in order to provide more choices to patients and to cut taxpayer costs. Cost cuts never seem to occur, but Europeans don’t believe government paying medical bills saves money nor provides the best access to care, so they have changed.

    The closest to the system you describe in in Taiwan which is a system started only about a decade ago when it was agreed that Taiwan was wealthy enough as a nation to provide health care access to all. The tax funded system pays for all sorts of traditional healing, like herbal treatments, to give patients choice.

    I’ve been doing research on health system around the world to be informed for at least two decades and have followed the evolution in various places as well as I can without reading the languages. I years ago realized both left and right in the US make claims about other nations health systems without having a clue. Worse still, they make claims about Medicare and Medicaid that are totally lies or out of wanton ignorance.

    Medicare, for example, is not single payer, is not cheap for taxpayers, no cheap for those getting Medicare benefits. My Medicare costs over $250 per month and I still pay out of pocket. Add in the taxpayer cost and it comes out a little cheaper than the individual policy I had that had a large deductible back in 2012. But if I were younger that 65, Obamacare would have given me insurance coverage similar to my Medicare for similar cost after subsidies to my heavily subsidized Medicare. And without the private supplemental insurance added to the government run Medicare, out of pocket costs would be well over 20% of doctor and hospital bills – not single payer in my book.

    But Medicare is setup in many ways like the French system – everyone has a card and pays a significant fee set by the government out of pocket, unless private insurance has been bought – France does not have single payer.

  • mulp commented on the blog post The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

    2014-04-09 22:00:02View | Delete

    Given you didn’t move to Texas to live, with the commitment to make the Congressional delegation at least majority Democratic if you couldn’t elect a majority of socialist, you left it to Obama and Democrats who did the actual work of getting elected and who were faced with the task of getting something passed in Congress without triggering an overwhelming onslaught of protests from all corners as happened in 1994, in the 70s, in 1968, in 1948, to stop any health reform for another two decades.

    If you had demonstrated that single payer was an easy sell in Texas where you easily overcame the right-wing, the doctors and hospitals, the anti-taxers, then you would deserve to be angry, but you did nothing to make single payer possible. Unless you are all for single payer where the single payer is the patient, pay or die.

  • mulp commented on the blog post The High Cost of Going with a Health Care Exchange Model

    2014-04-09 16:48:04View | Delete

    There is clearly a significant direct financial cost created by going with a private health insurance exchange model to expand coverage instead of just automatically providing people with a government policy.

    Well, doesn’t this apply to food or housing which are even more important than health care.

    Why not have the government provide everyone with a standard allotment of food and a standard unit of housing?

    The cost of food and housing would be a lot less because there would be no billing for food and housing and the cost of collecting payments for them, and because government is providing the food and housing, they will be cheaper because no taxes will be paid on any of it. And it would be simpler for the government to decide what is good food and good housing so no one would need to worry about making the wrong choices – government will decide.

    Markets are all the same, either they are good or bad, no matter what the goods and services are, and what determines that is whether all customers in a market has the same choices as everyone else.

    Ultimately the failure is in providing a vision where everyone is satisfied they will get the choices they want without bearing the costs, but TANSTAAFL.

    Sane people understand that its impossible to tax the trillions of wealth in stock prices dozens of times to pay for everything, when to pay the tax, the stock will need to be sold, and if progressives aren’t willing to pony up the many trillions of dollars in cash to buy the shares of stocks, the trillions in wealth will vanish in a matter of hours after the taxes are levied as a few trying to cash out before the crash from selling to pay taxes crash the market and all the wealth vanishes.

  • We the People hate government, don’t trust government, think government is run by thugs, thinks government collects too much information about us, taxes us too much, has too many government workers wasting the taxes stolen from us, oppose the government dictating how we live our lives, don’t want government dictating morality, so…

    We the People vote for the people who share our values and promise to cyt taxes and make government small enough to drown in a bathtub, and get government out of messing with our lives instead of dictating morality:

    conservative Republicans backed by the Tea Party and Koch brothers

    I don’t see any call here at FDL for higher taxes, more government workers with lavish benefits and pensions (ie, more than the average private citizen with $40K incom, no benefits and no pension) spying on us and dictating how we think and act, but that is what is required if the SEC and Justice and other parts of government were to stop millions of people pursuing profit without morality.

  • Odd that Congress is pointing out that Congress refuses to do its job on setting drug policy and is blaming the Obama administration for not doing the job that Congress is elected to do.

    Why hasn’t Representative Steve Cohen gotten a bill to the floor of the House for a vote by the members elected by the people to quickly and most directly act on the behalf of We the People???

    Why is this the boldest action the honorable Cohen can muster:

    There is established a commission to be known as the National
    Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy (in this Act referred to as the

    SEC. 4. DUTIES.

    The Commission shall undertake a comprehensive review of the state
    and efficacy of current policies of the Federal Government toward
    marijuana in light of the growing number of States in which marijuana
    is legal for medicinal or personal use, including–
    (1) how Federal policy should interact with State laws that
    make marijuana legal for medicinal or personal use;
    (2) the cost of marijuana prohibition and potential State
    and Federal regulation of marijuana, as well as the potential
    revenue generated by taxation of marijuana;
    (3) the impact of Federal banking and tax laws on
    businesses operating in compliance with State laws related to
    (4) the health impacts, both benefits and risks, related to
    marijuana use, and in comparison to alcohol and tobacco use;
    (5) the domestic and international public safety effects of
    marijuana prohibition and the impact that regulation and
    control of marijuana has on public safety;
    (6) the impact of marijuana prohibition on criminal
    justice, including any racial disparities, and the collateral
    consequences of prosecution for marijuana possession, including
    lack of access to housing, education, and employment;
    (7) recommending the appropriate placement of marijuana in
    the schedule of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et
    seq.); and
    (8) the effects of marijuana prohibition or future
    regulation and control of marijuana on international
    relationships and treaty obligations.

  • Voters have a say every two years if the voters don’t like what Congress is doing.

    History suggests that progressives are always happy with Congress because they never go out and defeat incumbents when Congress is doing nothing progressive, eg, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012, and the pundits and pollsters predict in 2014.

  • mulp commented on the diary post ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada’s Keystone XL for Fracking by Steve Horn.

    2014-04-08 09:04:30View | Delete

    But no one opposes the Keystone pipeline based on the landowners right to not have their land taken by eminent domain for a Canadian corporate profit, at least not since McKibben took over and hijacked the protests and made conservatives decide they were now in favor of jackboot thugs taking private property by force just [...]

  • mulp commented on the diary post ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada’s Keystone XL for Fracking by Steve Horn.

    2014-04-08 08:18:35View | Delete

    I can’t build a nuclear reactor in my garage, and won’t because wind and solar are a lot cheaper.

  • mulp commented on the blog post Bravery beyond all bounds

    2014-04-08 07:37:43View | Delete

    Obviously progressives support the policy of deportations because progressives have done nothing to make supporting deportation cost a politician his office in local, State, or Congress.

    Doubt me?

    Name one candidate who was defeated because the candidate supported deportations and his opponent advocated open borders to eliminate the problems of illegal immigration.

    Don’t like open borders? Well explain why you don’t believe anyone who gets into the US by any means and then becomes a resident illegally not being deported but given permanent status isn’t open borders.

    Personally I favor open borders like the it was for the first century of the US history, but I yield to We the People who contrary to the Founders intent want to close the borders to immigrants – the Constitution should evolve to serve the people.

    But the will of the people is out of Congress where the laws are written.

  • mulp commented on the diary post ANR Pipeline: Introducing TransCanada’s Keystone XL for Fracking by Steve Horn.

    2014-04-07 20:36:54View | Delete

    Take a page from the farm workers: boycott fossil fuels. If you recruit 100 million Americans to stop buying gasoline, heating oil, or electricity generated with natural gas or coal, the prices of the fossil fuels will collapse and all these projects will be cancelled as unprofitable. If you aren’t willing to boycott all fossil [...]

  • You are on the winning, poster-child side of Big-Health Democrats’ divide-and-conquer strategy that prevented single-payer from even being discussed, despite being favored by a majority of Americans.

    I gather your basis for that claim is all the voters who voted overwhelmingly for Republicans campaigning to deny health care to the majority of Americans who are not over 65 Republican voters?

    Seriously, if what you say were true, you would have had no problem electing Democrats to every seat in Texas….

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