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  1. 48 minutes ago, Massdriver said:

    I would feel more comfortable with impeachment if Pelosi supported it and they had a recording of Trump's phone call on Ukraine. 

    Rather have the whistleblowers complaint, as the call itself would lack necessary context that prompted the complaint.

     

    Releasing the call or transcript in and of itself gives Trump an out to claim victory if there's not EXPLICIT quid pro quo. That's why Lindsey Graham is pushing for it.


  2. The midterms were a "healthcare election" if you ignore the actual evidence from battleground districts that Trump was just as much a factor.

     

    Further,

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    Q: (Among those who supported a Democratic candidate for House) Based on what you know, do you think Congress should or should not being impeachment proceedings that could lead to President Trump being removed from office?

    Should begin impeachment

    64%

    Should not begin impeachment

    36%

    So the people elected to these swing districts are wrong, Pelosi is wrong, democrats arguing against impeachment are wrong. IMPEACH.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Massdriver said:

    The money that employers would put into HSAs could be used to purchase health insurance and pay for premiums. I imagine in such a scenario, in addition to employer contributions, the middle class and below would have Federal subsides to help too. I believe he also said you could purchase Medicare with this, so I'm not sure why you only mentioned private insurance when Medicare would be available to anyone who wants it.

    Barring government intervention, private insurance as a primary provider of health insurance, won't be able to compete with Medicare. This plan still keeps in place the link between medical coverage being affordable and employment, just makes things even more confusing but hey the "consumer" has "choice"


  4. Health savings accounts are great if you're young and healthy, or middle to upper middle class, and are relatively useless if you have an actual emergency that costs a significant amount of money. Hello cancer and heart attacks. Hell, diabetes maintenance is hard enough as is. I had two ER visits for my daughter that have cost me about $3k out of pocket in my first year with an HSA (cost about $5k before insurance negotiating down the price).

    Besides, it's not the $150 doctor checkup that's bankrupting people and exploding costs in the country. It's wildly expensive medical tech, prescription drugs, just generally out of control medical costs (high deductibles and expensive premiums), in network/out of network unknowables, and administrative bloat. More private insurance in the US won't help any of this.

     

    There's literally no one who is getting rid of the VA healthcare. Ever. Not even Bernie. Same for preexisting conditions. Both political nonstarters.

     

    And none of this touches the very serious ticking time bomb for families reaching their late 60s/70s--long term care costs, which will eliminate the wealth of all but the most wealthy/healthy/AND well prepared (But would be covered under M4A as written)

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