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1726  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: #KarlRove4Sanders on: January 17, 2016, 06:58:25 pm
Nothing about this is surprising. Clinton remains the overwhelming favorite to win the nomination, and it's no shock that Republicans are interested in scoring a few early hits on the probable Democratic nominee.

Anyone who believes that Clinton's "Wall Street cash" won't be a major attack theme for Republicans in the general election is kidding themselves. Particularly if Trump is the nominee. Sanders' apparent success with this message only demonstrates its potential. And you don't need to be to Clinton's left to make this populist line of attack work.
1727  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What would you change about the Health Care System on: January 17, 2016, 11:33:20 am
Just to bring up a random hobby horse: The botched implementation of electronic medical records - which remain expensive, laborious to implement, difficult to use, and in many cases unable to communicate with each other - is one of the biggest domestic policy missteps of Obama's presidency, yet hardly anyone who works outside of health care talks about it.

My mother worked at a hospital for awhile and was in charge of this process for her particular office. She basically described the transition as a total nightmare. Incredibly time consuming, required far more training to navigate, almost completely pointless in the long run, and whenever there was any issue with the computer system, which was a fairly common occurrence, all records just got stuck in the ether. I never understood it.

Unfortunately, it is only getting worse, and it's one of several factors that is driving more and more private practices out of business and the physicians who run them into retirement. The result of which is that it's increasingly likely that your primary care physician works in the kind of office where they track "daily patient encounters" on a whiteboard (the most modern principles of scientific management!) and fire any physician who is not seeing enough patients to maintain a suitably fat profit margin for the parent company, regardless of what kind of patients they are treating. Very few American medical graduates are interested in practicing medicine under these conditions and so most of the physicians are immigrant doctors with no other options for employment in the United States.

The modern practice is little more than a medical sweatshop.
1728  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: What would you change about the Health Care System on: January 17, 2016, 11:22:32 am
Make doctors and patients reach more agreements on payments. For example, a major surgery. You don't want to wipe out the savings of a family or let the doctor do it for free.

lmao, are you suggesting haggling for surgery?

If there is one kind of place that I enjoy visiting less than a hospital, it's car dealerships. The idea of combining the two is the stuff of a particularly bleak brand of dystopian science fiction.
1729  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Describe this voter on: January 17, 2016, 11:05:23 am
1730  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Is Trump going too far in attacking Cruz? on: January 17, 2016, 10:57:41 am
I don't think so. Consider, for instance, that two weeks ago even most of us didn't know that Cruz's wife works for Goldman-Sachs.

For a brief period, Cruz was looking like someone who could become a true coalition candidate, bringing together the religious right, severe conservatives, and mainstream conservatives desperate to support anyone who could stop Trump. Now, Cruz is (again) looking more like a strong factional candidate, the kind of person who might win with a third of the vote in Iowa, but who probably cannot bring a majority of the party together behind him, even against Trump.

Also, the undeclared loans that have come to light are potentially a bigger deal than any of Trump's attacks. (Although it should be acknowledged that, in large part thanks to Trump, every time we hear Ted Cruz talk about "New York values," we are reminded of Cruz's loans, his fund-raising in NYC, and his wife's odious employer.)
1731  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: BUSTED: emails proves Carly Fiorina illegally coordinating with her SuperPAC on: January 16, 2016, 09:53:40 pm
That's Silicon Valley values for you.
1732  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Guess who'll get the DMR's endorsements. on: January 16, 2016, 09:48:05 pm
It's worth nothing that the DMR endorsed Bradley in 2000. But I will be surprised if they don't pick Clinton this year.

Also, I doubt that they'll announce tomorrow. They're still posting videos of their interviews with the candidates - the Christie one went up this morning.
1733  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton surrogate to demand Sanders release medical records on: January 16, 2016, 05:34:59 pm
Haha, they are freaking out. Good stuff

As tempting as it is to say so, not really. I'm starting to seriously doubt whether this is a campaign capable of winning a general election.

Would that be Clinton or Sanders' campaign?

Clinton, whose odds of losing the nomination will remain marginal even if Sanders wins the first two states.
1734  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton surrogate to demand Sanders release medical records on: January 16, 2016, 05:25:52 pm
Haha, they are freaking out. Good stuff

As tempting as it is to say so, not really. I'm starting to seriously doubt whether this is a campaign capable of winning a general election.
1735  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: John Kasich Declares New Hampshire his Last Stand on: January 16, 2016, 08:41:24 am
It's unfortunate that groan-worthy mixed metaphors aren't adequate grounds for an FEC complaint.
1736  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Inevitable question (again): running mate for TRUMP? on: January 15, 2016, 09:50:00 pm
Mike Huckabee doesn't look like a man who will be alive in four years.
1737  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Guess post-debate polling numbers. on: January 15, 2016, 09:46:34 pm
Trump and Cruz steady, Christie and Bush up slightly, Rubio down.

e: I don't think the debate will have much to do with it, but a Cruz meltdown is now looking most likely. No idea who benefits, if anyone, other than Trump.
1738  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: 2016 Primary Endorsements megathread. on: January 15, 2016, 09:33:11 pm
If nothing else, Graham's straightforward rebuke of Rubio is another piece of evidence in favor of the idea that most mainstream conservatives don't believe that their faction's leading candidate is ready to be president.
1739  Election Archive / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: UT-Utah Policy Poll: Trump leads Clinton 33-28, 33 "other". Trails other GOP on: January 14, 2016, 08:44:13 pm
I know a few Seventh Day Adventists and they all act something like the stereotypical Mormon. I have no familiarity with the theological details but it's not much of a stretch to think that members of two American religious sects that A) have their roots in the Second Great Awakening and B) are generally seen as a bit strange by outsiders would have a lot of things in common.
1740  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Will Hillary Clinton's attacks help her? on: January 13, 2016, 11:17:43 pm
At this point, a lot of people just erupt in outrage whenever Clinton has the nerve to say her ideas are better than Saint Bernie's.

...peace be upon him!
1741  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Bobloblaw Theatre of Absurdity, Ignorance, and Bad Posts V on: January 13, 2016, 11:12:31 pm
Right, those kulaks aren't about to liquidate themselves.
1742  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Which Establishment Republicans will be in double digits in Iowa? on: January 13, 2016, 10:47:19 pm
Huckabee wasn't even a mainstream conservative in 2008 (which I assume is what is meant here by "establishment"). And that was as a fairly popular and well-respected ex-governor. Now he's just another crank with a radio show running a vanity campaign. I mean, my God, his campaign manager is daughter.

Rubio is obviously looking well-positioned for a strong third-place finish, but I wouldn't count on it. What's more difficult to foresee is who could surge at the last moment; the odds of it happening to any given candidate aren't high, but the odds of it happening to someone, meaning anyone, are much more substantial. I'm guessing that it won't be Kasich.
1743  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chelsea Clinton: Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare on: January 13, 2016, 10:36:52 pm
How many Democratic seat losses in 2010 are left unexplained once you account for the slow recovery, backlash against the stimulus and bank bailouts, abandonment of the 50 state strategy, the ongoing realignment in the South, racist and xenophobic sentiment toward Obama, and retirements and poor recruitment among Democratic candidates (owing largely to the aforementioned factors)?

I agree with some of Griffin's policy-based critique of the ACA, although calling it a "failure" is extremely overblown given the effect on insurance rates and cost growth, which are definitely worth something. (For one, I'd have been uninsured during grad school if not for the law - and just about everyone I know in their early twenties would have gone uninsured at some point, even if only for a few months.) But the supposed political cost of the bill, I've never been able to see. I just wish that the Obama administration had been as ambitious about pushing a larger stimulus.
1744  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Democrats: Will you support your primary opponent in the general election? on: January 13, 2016, 10:21:00 pm
Obviously, yes. Of course, virtually all of us will get over our hang-ups when the time comes, when our only choice is between the Democratic nominee and a living nightmare.
1745  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ted Cruz Broke the Law on: January 13, 2016, 10:08:51 pm
Even if this isn't significant, Cruz now has to cope with a headline that includes his name and GOLDMAN SACHS running just a couple of weeks before the caucuses. Not good, particularly for a candidate who has seen more than his share of negative stories over the past two weeks.
1746  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chelsea Clinton: Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare on: January 13, 2016, 12:12:12 pm
The New Republic is a trash magazine gliding on prestige it no longer deserves. Hughes has turned it into a massive dumpster fire and is walking away with his millions, uncaring about the institution he destroyed.

Can't disagree with you there, but the piece raises an interesting point. Many of us were expecting that this would be a highly salient issue for Democrats in 2016, yet no candidate is talking about it. It certainly seems like it would be a great tack for Clinton (and one that I'd take some comfort in) unless she's too concerned about how private insurers would react.
1747  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chelsea Clinton: Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare on: January 13, 2016, 11:27:24 am
Even the liberal New Republic is asking why Clinton and Sanders aren't campaigning on a public option.
1748  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Chelsea Clinton: Sanders wants to dismantle Obamacare on: January 13, 2016, 06:53:37 am
Access to insurance, whether public or private, is not access to healthcare. Neither candidate has a plan with a meaningful guarantee of care for all.  That would be a better line of attack than whatever this is supposed to be.
1749  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: January 11, 2016, 10:34:11 pm
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1750  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Opinion of Obama's gun speech today on: January 11, 2016, 06:21:24 pm
No one ever asks Gun Control Advocates the tough questions.  If you don't think I have a right to a firearm, do I have a right to self defense?  And if I don't have the right to either does the government have the right to use force to disarm me? 

Of course it does.

So you are not only advocating trampling on gun rights, but property rights, and due process as well? 

Huh
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