State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

public plans, vouchers, and choice
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savvy foreign policy thinking
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charts can be deceiving
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How Conservatives Can Begin Thinking About a Public Health Option
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A National Curriculum
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Pension Crisis: aka I Actually Agree For Once with Glenn Reynolds
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No Country for Conservative Health Care Policy
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Mother Jones and the War on Drugs
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A Thought on Healthcare
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pet projects
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I sincerely hope
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law & order & checks & balances
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The comments...

+ In Claudius the God, Messalina, his wife, at one point encourages him to appoint certain companies as monopolies - her reasoning was that all this [. . .]
BCChase
+ But will deregulation allowing insurers to act across state lines lead to more insurance companies? I think it will lead to fewer, as those well-established [. . .]
+ Very true, James. Jury is still out on Obama for me, though. I'm getting decidedly mixed signals - and that's to be expected [. . .]

Yup. Funny how different presidents are, especially on foreign affairs, than they were as candidates. Thankfully, Obama has moved closer to my preferred position.

+ The problem is that we've sponsored monopolistic companies, Herb. The reason those insurers are driving up costs is there isn't any competition. Seriously [. . .]
+ What do you think McCain and the Democratic Congress would have come up with, Bob? I get the feeling it would be eerily similar [. . .]
Herb
+ Hmm...deregulating insurers? I don't know, I'm still of the mind that the insurance industry is one of the reasons why healthcare is so expensive [. . .]
Bob Cheeks
+ Why are you people getting all excited about "health care," His Holiness is about to shove his plan down your throat. Sit there, be quiet, [. . .]
Jaybird
+ In that vein, when Obama said that huge numbers of the uninsured happen to be younger people who would be relatively easy to insure... the [. . .]
Sam M
+ "no one is willing to say publicly that it’s OK to leave millions of people without healthcare. " I think a lot of people are willing [. . .]
Sully Fick
+ Ok, let's talk about revenue - and trying to increase tax revenues. Let's use net worth for our calculations, since it's more honest. Top 1% [. . .]
+ There is actually very little here that I disagree with. To begin, the point I most take to heart regards the perceived condescension and [. . .]
Bob
+ Single-payer works. My brother and his wife live in Australia. A few years back she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her [. . .]
willybobo
+ but I believe that if Mom had been able to point to a national standard curriculum, and say “I appreciate your view point, but if [. . .]

Hopefully,speaking as a self-centered, evil, business-owner, they will invest in real estate.

+ [...] what we have is a almost policy-nihilistic Republican Party: as the League’s Dan Miller recently pointed out, the conservative movement has “basically abdicated its [. . .]
Jaybird

Roque, you need to go here:
http://www.reason.com/blog/show/134880.html

And drop some science on the reason folk.

+ [...] what if Americans were given a choice to opt into the public plan or take a voucher that could be used to buy into [. . .]
Jaybird
+ The number one thing that worries me is what is going to happen to the stock market. When the boomers start retiring, en masse, they are [. . .]
willybobo
+ Again, what does a decent college prep program look like when colleges are currently asking big questions about the type of skills incoming students should [. . .]
+ 1) I would provide textbooks at the National level, set a specific schedule at the national level, set topics to be discussed at the national [. . .]

We are going to have to get into the dope business.

Also, don't forget that commercial real estate is getting ready to crumble.

willybobo
+ Tim, here in essence is why your post misses the mark, and more generally why conservatives are seeing the health care discussion move on without [. . .]
Jaybird
+ There are states that have them. There are states that don't (I would put "still working on them" in the "don't" category). Are the states that [. . .]
+ Reading your response to the regional differences aspect, maybe this is just me, but I don't see how that's any different from what we have [. . .]

I think Jaybird's right here. In both statements and question.

+ 1.) Again, what you're describing would be national standards...which we already have. They're voluntary and recently 46 states agreed to voluntarily move towards more uniform, [. . .]
Jaybird
+ “…would be compensated with a flat monthly or annual fee known as a global payment.” In my brain, I am seeing hospitals closed from the [. . .]
Bob
+ You first point is absolutely correct. I think you are oversimplifying in the second example. A lot more than the initial cost of a [. . .]
Jaybird

Finally, equality for everyone who is not politically connected or spectacularly rich.

[...] Will At The League Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)The State Of The Economy [...]

yes, indeed, it's the free market, and consequences follow. Just the way it should be.

Dan Miller
+ Kevin Drum has a post about that this morning, but the short version is--if Medicare covers the uninsured, businesses will drop their plans. Soon [. . .]
Jaybird

One can sell one's birthright for a mess of pottage in a free market.

One would, however, be a fool to do so.

greginak

Free market, Baby!!!

Jim Higgins
+ .. so overall this Effective Rate graph is a tease. Better to work from the marginal rates and then make "corrections" for the [. . .]

[...] Yes, law and society are entangled in a complicated dance. [...]

+ There are roughly 39 weeks in a school year. There is plenty of room in there for national curriculum landmarks as well as elective blocks [. . .]
Jim Higgins
+ Apart from the deficiency in measuring using Effective Tax Rate , I am hearing that the rich have made use of the lower rate on [. . .]
+ I was under the impression that the Medicare tax was flat already. This CNN Money bit gives that impression as well. I may [. . .]
+ I think a decent college prep program is going to prepare kids for a life in or out of college. For skilled labor you still [. . .]
 
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