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1  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How old are the people of Atlas? on: Today at 02:44:41 am
25 now and was 17 when I joined the site. I first discovered the forum when I was 16 and the result pages when I was 13 (during the 2004 elections).
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2016 Federalist Convention (Leadership/City Nominations) on: Today at 01:53:40 am
I am declaring for reelection to another term as Federalist Party Chairman.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: October 2016 Federalist Convention (Leadership/City Nominations -48hrs) on: Today at 01:52:25 am
I am opening up a 48 hour period for the candidates for the position of Chairman and Vice Chairman to declare or for nominations to be made.



I am opening a concurrent nomination period for 48 hours on cities to be selected from for our next convention site.

4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Le Petit Atlasien (Republic of Atlasia Official News Source) - Back in Business on: Today at 01:15:31 am
Newsflash: Sources within Central Intelligence Agency indicated there is a feeling of unease among the intelligence community about the new National Security Council. Some of the officials reportedly feel the possibility of leaks with "too many" people being privy to official secrets.


Their uneasiness has been noted.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1073 - Atlasian Timeline Act (DEBATING) on: Today at 12:07:29 am
This was brought up during the first NSC meeting during a side discussion and I will say that it presented me with just as much difficulty as it does with Truman. Nevertheless I look forward to the discussion and hope that a story line can be arrived at that all are satisfied with.

6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-047 - Universal Healthcare and Affordability Act (Debating) on: January 14, 2017, 12:22:07 am
Yes, I made the same case two months ago when the underlying text relied on the two traditional programs and merged them together under Medicare, likely expanding Medicaid's problems to the Medicare population on top of worsening the solvency situation.


To begin with I think even the 20 cents on the dollar recovery is optimistic. You cannot get blood from a stone so for a good number of poor uninsured that will effectively be zero or close to it.

Medicaid as a system is not the same as public option in this text or the public option in the 2014 bill. Medicaid doesn't charge premiums. The public option here would charge premiums. Also the public option has to function in a way that maintains access to healthcare networks since it is not an entitlement anymore. If it loses networks, it will lose insured patients not just among those who who can pay for it, but also those who cannot since by creating a subsidy that people can take to any provider on the exchange competing for that group of patients, it creates a degree of separation from the public option and the subsidization. The public option has to work for that money. That means it has to be dynamic, it has to innovate and incorporate new technology/medicines much quicker than Medicaid or Medicare can and it has to be able to provide a competitive provider network. If no one accepts patients with that plan, then the plan in question is worthless and people will go to private options, co-ops, state plans or what have you.

Medicaid and Medicare can only be changed by Congress because they control the quality, content, and amount of care internally, politically only congress can change them at all and then political pressures often make that impossible as well. If you get rid of both, move the subsidization to its own entity based around premium support on a sliding scale and the content requirements for a particular group is moved as well, and then as its own entity, you have the public option that charges premiums like everyone else and has to compete. That is what I mean by a "market competing" public option and you can have complete lateral competition across all sectors of the healthcare market including seniors, vets etc.

I think we agree on principle though. We need healthcare coverage that can maintain its provider networks, offer quality care and do so by competing among others for the money of empowered healthcare customers, that regulation should be minimized to improve that situation as well and that HSA's play a significant role in the equation.

However, I don't think an HSA+Private Plans combo will work for seniors, active duty military or what have you since the risk pricing is too high to make it practical. So if you want to address the portion of the healthcare system that is covered by Medicare, The VA or Tricare you need some form of public option in case no private options are viable for that group of patients.

Otherwise the alternative is to continue with a healthcare system that is segmented and to which reforms address only 45% 50% or 60% of the healthcare market, thus don't fix the problems of cost in their entirety.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1041 - Increasing the Vice Presidents Power Amendment (AMENDMENT VOTE) on: January 13, 2017, 11:46:02 pm
President Policy Advisor
- Can be Foreign, Domestic (includes Economic for game places though in real life it is a seperate advisor class)
- Helps formulate and draft policy in above categories.

Chief Advisor
-Includes Policy and the items below
- Advises on political strategy (Passing a bill through congress, support etc)
- Advises on the political appetite for various issues and proposed legislative/executive actions to them.

President of Congress
-Coordinates with the Congressional Leadership to ensure activity
-Directly involved to extent allowed by Congressional rules/Constitution (slots, Nominations, etc)
- Executive Outreach to the Leadership branch

These are all things I envision Rpryor doing just as Vice President. This does not include or extend to his role as NSC Chair and various other potential capacities he may be appointed to alongside being VP.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1041 - Increasing the Vice Presidents Power Amendment (AMENDMENT VOTE) on: January 13, 2017, 11:37:50 pm
Thank you all for having passed my proposed amendment.

Yankee I let you remind what Rpryor's duties will be Smiley.

Become NeverAgain and Leinad's "best friend"

9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: SB 2016-044 - Deputy Game Moderator Act (Back to House) on: January 13, 2017, 11:35:59 pm
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1. The office of Deputy Game Moderator, appointed by the Game Moderator with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall hereby be created.
2. The Deputy Game Moderator may help in Game Moderator duties and, should the Game Moderator be absent, will serve as acting Game Moderator until the Game Moderator returns or a successor is confirmed.
3. The Deputy Game Moderator may be removed by the Game Moderator.


10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1064 - The Deputy Game Moderator Act (FINAL VOTE) on: January 13, 2017, 11:35:11 pm
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1. The office of Deputy Game Moderator, appointed by the Game Moderator with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall hereby be created.
2. The Deputy Game Moderator may help in Game Moderator duties and, should the Game Moderator be absent, will serve as acting Game Moderator until the Game Moderator returns or a successor is confirmed.
3. The Deputy Game Moderator may be removed by the Game Moderator.


11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: The White House on: January 13, 2017, 11:33:36 pm
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1. The office of Deputy Game Moderator, appointed by the Game Moderator with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall hereby be created.
2. The Deputy Game Moderator may help in Game Moderator duties and, should the Game Moderator be absent, will serve as acting Game Moderator until the Game Moderator returns or a successor is confirmed.
3. The Deputy Game Moderator may be removed by the Game Moderator.

12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Jan 7 PPT Election Thread [SENATORS PLS READ] on: January 13, 2017, 11:32:05 pm
Congrats Leinad on your ever expanding hat collection. Wink
13  General Discussion / Constitution and Law / Re: Could you merge the positions of Senate Majority Leader + President Pro Tempore? on: January 11, 2017, 12:13:26 am
We did it in Atlasia. Therefore it would work perfectly in real life.


I would note that a game doesn't necessarily equate with real life.

As for the game, neither chamber has partisan caucuses in an organized fashion that have lasted so neither has majority/minority leader positions to being with. There have been attempts at different points to create these caucuses but they usually fell by the way side from lack of interest after their primary driving force stepped away or moved on to other things.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections on: January 10, 2017, 09:19:33 pm
Just so long as nobody is confused, you cannot be officially confirmed or swear in until Rpryor has resigned.
15  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rick Santorum *SHOCKED* that R's don't have an ObamaCare replacement plan yet on: January 09, 2017, 02:30:52 am
Would the Wyden-Bennett bill be considered, with some modifications?

It doesn't have the name "Obamacare" in it, so maybe.

Five Republicans(Alexander, Corker, Crapo, Graham, and Grassley) who proposed it are still in office. Six Democrats(Cantwell, Carper, Merkley, Nelson, Stabenow, and Wyden) are.

All citizens and permanent residents would be required to pay for coverage as part of their federal tax liability. Payment would be made via tax withholding by employers.

Won't pass the House.

According to Ezra Klein of The Washington Post, the list of HAA Republican supporters is deceptive: "The plan has a lot more fake support than it has real support. If every Republican who has co-sponsored [HAA] would commit to voting for it, the plan might pass.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1066 - Amend. to Art. 1, Sect. 6 of the Atlasian Constit. (FINAL VOTE) on: January 09, 2017, 02:16:42 am
The striking of the line in beginning of the text, could render prison terms unconstitutional.


Prison is a form of involuntary servitude.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1041 - Increasing the Vice Presidents Power Amendment (AMENDMENT VOTE) on: January 09, 2017, 02:12:19 am
Remember that the VP can be appointed as SotI if I am not mistaken.

If a VP wants to go that route in terms of a role then the President can appoint him as SotI. However, in this case Rpryor has explicitly expressed interest in foreign policy matters which is why I made him chair of the National Security Council.

On the other hand SoTI Truman is the foremost expert on the constitution we have.

While it makes sense to give the VP responsibilities or the opportunity for responsibilities, I think the area of justice should be an optional path as it is presently, but not a hard coded responsibility as this text would make it.

The risk of doing so is that if the VP doesn't have legal knowledge, we essentially have neither a Justice Dept, nor an active VP if he gets discouraged and gives up.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Senate Confirmation Hearing: Peebs for Secretary of Federal Elections on: January 09, 2017, 01:14:32 am
I will point out this nomination is contingent upon Rpryor's confirmation and subsequent resignation.

Just thought I would point that out in case it was missed in my nominating post. Tongue
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Jan 7 PPT Election Thread [SENATORS PLS READ] on: January 08, 2017, 06:12:12 pm
Any other nominations?
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: New Speaker Election Thread on: January 08, 2017, 06:08:58 pm
One chamber down, one more to go.
21  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Guess That Datapoint on: January 08, 2017, 12:03:56 am
West Coast
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1041 - Increasing the Vice Presidents Power Amendment (AMENDMENT VOTE) on: January 07, 2017, 08:58:30 pm
Bit of a recommendation NeverAgain. Posting a long text, then a direction to vote on something else is a great way to confuse the hell out of members as to what is being voted on. Tongue
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: New Speaker Election Thread on: January 07, 2017, 07:17:04 pm
Tsar NeverAgain, Emperor and Autocrat of all the People's Representatives!

Command on Conquer has got nothing on this fusion of Tsarism and Soviet theme.

I guess I have to go back and kill Albert Einstein, if I am to live up to my command and conquer legacy.

What are these nucler things you keep talking about? Never heard of them.

24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: How and when does New England go Republican? on: January 07, 2017, 06:44:02 pm
Phil Scott/Condoleeza Rice v. John Bel Edwards/Gwen Graham

VT, NH, and ME vote Republican, as might Connecticut.

Northern New England is historically anti-war. Condi would probably not sell well up there.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Le Petit Atlasien (Republic of Atlasia Official News Source) - Back in Business on: January 07, 2017, 06:31:28 pm
"Yea, lets take over Fremont, kinda


maybe not" Tongue
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