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  1. MunoRN

    Debate 10-15-2019

    Again, I'm not clear what you think our healthcare system currently costs, but it already costs trillions of dollars. Even using estimates from conservative groups like Mercatus, we would pay less under medicare for all. Their estimate is that we would spend about $32 trillion over 10 years without medicare for all, compared to about $30 trillion under medicare for all. And that doesn't include potential cost reductions by proactively reducing the need for our most costly care. Your argument that we can't afford to pay $3 trillion a year so we should instead pay $3.2 trillion a year makes no sense.
  2. MunoRN

    Debate 10-15-2019

    I'm not sure how you think we currently pay for healthcare, but the middle class is already paying, and on average they're paying about $20,000 a year for family coverage. Paying a few thousand less than that is still a few thousand less regardless of whether we call it "insurance premiums" or "taxes". I'm not sure how you've concluded that "it still won't be enough".
  3. MunoRN

    Debate 10-15-2019

    Maybe you could clarify why reducing the burden of healthcare on our economy and reducing the rate at which costs are increasing is "not sustainable"?
  4. MunoRN

    Debate 10-15-2019

    She's proposed an expansion of medicare, which already has a funding mechanism, so it's a bit silly to suggest her proposal doesn't include any funding possibilities. Medicare already uses payroll taxes as the source of funding, which would mean an increase in payroll tax deductions for workers but also a decrease in insurance premium deductions. Even predictions by conservative groups show we would be spending less under a medicare for all system than a private insurance based system, I'd have about $3000 less taken out of my paycheck each year for insurance under a medicare-for-all system. And yes, I can afford to pay $3000 less per year for insurance.
  5. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    I doubt I agree with that description as you seem to define it. This would still be a system where you go to a non-government run hospital and are cared for by non-government employed staff. The decisions you and your doctor make are not dictated by the government. Democrats want a quality healthcare system that is sustainable which can only exist if it gets paid for, which seems reasonable to me, I'm not sure why you are anybody would fundamentally disagree with that.
  6. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    I didn't actually ignore that since as Heritage points out, there are no significant differences between their position and the ACA mandate. Heritage initially supported a legal requirement to buy lower deductible insurance, which then evolved into a requirement enforced by tax adjustments and where a high deductible plan would meet the requirement, identical to the ACA mandate. Speaking of ignoring though, you keep ignoring the question of whether or not you disagree with some sort of insurance requirement.
  7. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    I certainly hope so, that's the point. We already have government funded healthcare, and compared to non-government healthcare it's far superior. Government funded healthcare has done better at controlling healthcare cost inflation, better outcomes per dollar spent, and better at reducing wasteful care such as avoidable harm.
  8. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    According to your article Heritage did in fact include an insurance mandate in their healthcare platform, but that there were a number of other conservative sources that held the same view, so we shouldn't point to the Heritage Foundation as the only conservative source of an individual mandate. Do you feel insurance coverage should be optional for those able to contribute? Why should someone be able to utilize a system they chose not to help pay for despite an ability to do so?
  9. MunoRN

    Media behaving badly

    Trump has already released the call transcript and admitted that he did what the whistleblower claimed, and others in the administration have also confirmed the whistleblower's accusations, making the whistleblower's claims effectively moot at this point. I get that there's desperation to discuss any other than the obvious; that Trump admittedly asked for a favor which was to have a foreign nation go after his political opponent and that was in the context of removing a hold on military aid, effectively offering something of value in exchange for a personal favor, but what is it you think the whistleblower should be asked that could potentially change any of this?
  10. MunoRN

    Media behaving badly

    What problem would there be with Schiff's actions? The whistleblower initially sought to contact a congressional with their concerns and was correctly referred to the legally defined whistleblower process. What should Schiff have done instead? Based on the Constitutional requirements of an impeachment process as well as House rules and by-laws, there is no full house vote to initiate an impeachment inquiry, the committees overseeing the inquiries refer the impeachment for a full house vote after the inquiry if deemed appropriate. We've heard from the whistleblower, I'm not sure what at this point they need to be questioned about. If someone goes to the police and says they know who robbed the bank, and police investigate their claim and the person in question admits to robbing the bank, why would the informant be relevant? Is questioning the informant going to undue the fact that the thief already admitted to the crime? What "corrupt behavior" are you referring to? I would agree there are plenty of reasons not to like Biden, but all you're doing throwing around baseless claims is decreasing the value of valid criticism of Biden.
  11. MunoRN

    The Congressional Committee Hearings

    I think Kyrsha is referring to the WH moving the records of the call to a classified server, there was no justification for classifying the records. The purpose of moving the records of the call, per reports that have so far been reliable, was to cover up the evidence. It is true that the President has the ability to classify or declassify information, but that power doesn't also give him the right to use that power to cover up corruption, that's the definition of an 'abuse of power'.
  12. MunoRN

    The Congressional Committee Hearings

    Biden's public comments on this haven't helped, he's managed to give some traction to a topic that in reality has none, which is classic Biden. But you're correct, it should be pointed out that the current Presidency / regime have made any thought of such standards pointless, his family has no shortage of foreign financial entanglements, including family that work in the WH, and most importantly including the President himself.
  13. MunoRN

    The Congressional Committee Hearings

    By definition, he has been exonerated. The legal definition of exoneration is "The removal of a burden, charge, responsibility, duty, or blame imposed by law". There was an investigation into the company Biden subsequently joined the board of, including an investigation into Biden's role in the company, and found he committed no wrongdoing. There was evidence of corruption within the company, but it occurred 2 years before Biden joined the board. That being said, it should be considered inappropriate for a family member of a prominent US government official to parlay that family connection into foreign business dealings. As inappropriate as that is, it's not in the same league as using taxpayer money to extort favors from foreign governments for personal political gain.
  14. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    The medicare-for-all proposal as he describes it isn't actually the platform of any democratic candidate. Of those that have a 'medicare-for-all" healthcare platform, they include various adjustments to the current medicare system to account for broader use of medicare, many of which are those he suggests adopting. So, whether you realize it or not, you support some version of liberal healthcare reform.
  15. MunoRN

    Presidential Election 2020

    That "90%" quote caught my attention to, thinking he was mistaking the 80% medicare part A coverage for 90%, I think what he was referring to is that medicare pays about 90% of what hospitals feel they should be paid, although he also points out that about 15% of our healthcare spending is "waste", so he's complaining that we pay for waste but also complaining that medicare only pays for two-thirds of the waste, so his position is a bit non-sensical.
  16. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    Weld never suggested Trump be executed, and considering it's only been a few hours since the last time Trump unjustifiably accused someone of treason I'm not sure that Trump supporting republicans can really complain about the term 'treason' getting thrown around. But what Weld actually said was in response to a question about why he thinks Trump have been looking to cut a deal with Pelosi, as has been reported. I don't think Trump's actions rise to level of "treason", and I'm not sure Weld does either, but in the full range of things Trump might potentially be accused of, aiding an enemy, ie treason, might be one of them. So his fairly reasonable point is that compared to the scope of potential crimes and the punishment for those crimes, a congressional censure might look a really good option.
  17. MunoRN

    Questioning Elizabeth Warren

    'Cultural appropriation' means that someone is aware that they are not actually part of that culture, race, creed, etc. Someone who takes on cultural characteristics of a group because they are under the impression they are part of that group is not cultural appropriation. There's been no evidence or even suggestion that she was aware her family's stated heritage was incorrect, so I'm not sure why you keep insisting the Warren took part in 'cultural appropriation'.
  18. MunoRN

    Questioning Elizabeth Warren

    She contributed recipes to a Native American cookbook at the request of her cousin, further evidence that her family was under the impression they held Native American ancestry. She did apparently paste and copy a crab omelette and crab salad recipe, although on the scale of evil deeds I rank that fairly low on the scale.
  19. MunoRN

    Questioning Elizabeth Warren

    Of the reported instances where she 'self-reported' Native American ancestry to an employer, all were after she had already been hired, so I'm not sure where you're getting that she took advantage of the system, much less that she was aware at the time that her family had overstated it's ancestry claims.
  20. MunoRN

    Questioning Elizabeth Warren

    Do I want to have my taxes increase by $18k in exchange for not having to pay $21k in health insurance, of course I do. (And that cost savings reflects the most conservative of the estimates out there). I get that the semantics of "taxes" vs "premiums" are big deal to some, but I'm not willing to pay thousands more a year to make a statement about words I dislike.
  21. MunoRN

    Questioning Elizabeth Warren

    I'm not sure where you're getting that she knowingly lied about her family's genealogy stories. Mine, like many families had stories of native American ancestors, as it turns out I'm almost completely Scottish, no native American, my wife's family had come to believe they had multiple native American ancestors, at turns out they are almost completely Norwegian and Irish, no Native American blood at all. She reported on an employee questionnaire that she understood her genealogy to include some amount of Native American heritage after she got a job at Harvard. She definitely spoke without having all the facts, although back then there was no 23-and-me, this sort of thing was based mainly on family lore.
  22. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    The 'hanging chads' vote was separate from the 5-4 decision to halt the manual recount.
  23. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    The 5 most populous counties in the US have a combined population of about 26 million, I'm not sure how you figure that represents a majority of a total population of over 300 million. But to your general premise, why shouldn't the candidate with the most votes win?
  24. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    A history of Trump's 'category 5' statements:
  25. MunoRN

    The President Donald Trump Thread

    The "trade deal" part of it is just a re-implementation of a deal we already had until Trump backed out of it, except based on the details released so far we had a better deal with the TPP. And while Japan has offered to encourage it's private sector to buy American corn, we're only in the position being desperate for buyers thanks to Trump, and all that will do is slightly reduce the $427 billion that American corn farmers are already losing thanks to Trump. It's like if I loaned my fully-functioning car to my kid, and while doing donuts in a parking lot they wrecked it, they then duct taped it back together and it runs but not very well. I'd give them credit for a partially successful fix of their screw-up, but I don't think "Nice job" would be what I'd say.
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