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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    Sure. But it's too complicated. Something simple, streamlined, and not so reliant on so many arcane structural, funding, and enrollment mechanisms would be cheaper, more efficient, and easier for those people to use. While the ACA has done a lot of good for a lot of people, it's also made them jump through a lot of hoops that makes it harder for them to use it. It doesn't need to be such a mess.


    And it wouldn't be if they'd have just started with the liberal position, single-payer, and then just worked back to a compromise of Medicare for all.
    If Bernie is so persuasive, why has he never managed to get this to happen even though he's been in Congress since like 1987???

    Could it be the votes weren't there, so they took what was achievable and moved the ball way downfield? Blame Lieberman if you'd like which is fine, but also recognize without him they didn't have the votes to overcome a filibuster. Sometimes math is hard I realize, but generally 59 and 60 are two different #'s. Important since 60 votes were needed to pass legislation given unified GOP opposition.
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    Who says he's so persuasive?
    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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    So- trump puts massive tariffs on Canada. They retaliate. Now hes considering punishing them for it...

    http://thehill.com/policy/internatio...-canada-report

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    Sure. But it's too complicated. Something simple, streamlined, and not so reliant on so many arcane structural, funding, and enrollment mechanisms would be cheaper, more efficient, and easier for those people to use. While the ACA has done a lot of good for a lot of people, it's also made them jump through a lot of hoops that makes it harder for them to use it. It doesn't need to be such a mess.


    And it wouldn't be if they'd have just started with the liberal position, single-payer, and then just worked back to a compromise of Medicare for all.
    That's just not true. The problem is on the state level in states controlled by Republicans who either stubbornly refused funding or cynically worked to make the process convoluted in a way it didn't have to be. But go to a place like MN, OR, WA, etc. and that's just simply not the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trixR4kids View Post
    It cost them their "jobs" because they caved to Joe Liebermann and conservadem types on the public option part rather than holding their feet to the fire and threatening their "jobs". Which is ironic in a number of ways.
    I dunno man, all I can say is that I disagree with your recollection.
    The problem was dems in purple-red districts who realized this was going to be used against them by republican challengers, and that was exactly what happened. The number of reps who lost seats because their constituents thought the ACA wasn't progressive enough was dwarfed by those whose constituents thought it was "evil socialism" or "gov't overreach" or "death panels."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    What part of they didn't have 60 votes do you not understand?
    They did at one point. And pizzed it away with nothing to show for it.


    You care to contemplate how much disastrous legislation the Repubs will pound through if they ever get 60 seats?
    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    So- trump puts massive tariffs on Canada. They retaliate. Now hes considering punishing them for it...

    http://thehill.com/policy/internatio...-canada-report
    But trade wars are easy to win.
    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stauber1 View Post
    That's just not true. The problem is on the state level in states controlled by Republicans who either stubbornly refused funding or cynically worked to make the process convoluted in a way it didn't have to be. But go to a place like MN, OR, WA, etc. and that's just simply not the case.
    Which is why the entire structure of the thing was so needlessly complicated, and depended upon a Rube Goldberg mechanism working at 100% efficiency in order for the program to actually work.

    What you just wrote as to why it didn't work is exactly why it was such a mess.
    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    So- trump puts massive tariffs on Canada. They retaliate. Now he’s considering punishing them for it...

    http://thehill.com/policy/internatio...-canada-report
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stauber1 View Post
    I dunno man, all I can say is that I disagree with your recollection.
    The problem was dems in purple-red districts who realized this was going to be used against them by republican challengers, and that was exactly what happened. The number of reps who lost seats because their constituents thought the ACA wasn't progressive enough was dwarfed by those whose constituents thought it was "evil socialism" or "gov't overreach" or "death panels."
    The problem was once they passed it, none of these democrats would fight for it. Pretty much no Democrats would fight for it, explain its benefits, and how it would help people.. They ran away from it as fast as they could. They let the Republicans paint it as government over-reach, socialism, death panels.

    Cause no voters like having health insurance.
    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    So- trump puts massive tariffs on Canada. They retaliate. Now hes considering punishing them for it...

    http://thehill.com/policy/internatio...-canada-report
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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    They did at one point. And pizzed it away with nothing to show for it.

    Would you care to site where you're getting this from? Curious at what point they had 60 votes in the Senate for the public option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoobyDoo View Post
    We had a trade surplus with Canada. We're ****ing ourselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    Which is why the entire structure of the thing was so needlessly complicated, and depended upon a Rube Goldberg mechanism working at 100% efficiency in order for the program to actually work.

    What you just wrote as to why it didn't work is exactly why it was such a mess.
    The medicaid expansion is an absolute lifeline to millions of people in places where state gov't hasn't actively worked to sabotage it. I don't think you understand just how huge it has been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    What part of they didn't have 60 votes do you not understand?
    They get them if they hold peoples' feet to the flames, or those people lose their political careers as a result.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    If Bernie is so persuasive, why has he never managed to get this to happen even though he's been in Congress since like 1987???
    Because we've had so many progressive presidents during that time lmao.

    Quote Originally Posted by stauber1
    I dunno man, all I can say is that I disagree with your recollection.
    The problem was dems in purple-red districts who realized this was going to be used against them by republican challengers, and that was exactly what happened. The number of reps who lost seats because their constituents thought the ACA wasn't progressive enough was dwarfed by those whose constituents thought it was "evil socialism" or "gov't overreach" or "death panels."
    That's what ended up happening anyhow, which is why you don't need to try and placate them in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slap Shot View Post
    After scanning through tthe infighting between Kep/Scoobs/rufus/Rover/trix it's no wonder the Dems are a mess.
    Why, because we aren't monolithic?

    I would estimate the intersection of all of Kep/Scoobs/rufus/Rover/trix is about 93% of the Venn diagram. I'm not worried about it at all.

    Put another way, I can't think of a single point with regards to Dump or the GOP Glaubensbewegung that we disagree on.

    Plus: the Dems are not "a mess." That's a lazy media narrative. The Dems are diverse, like any healthy democratic political organization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    The problem was once they passed it, none of these democrats would fight for it. Pretty much no Democrats would fight for it, explain its benefits, and how it would help people.. They ran away from it as fast as they could. They let the Republicans paint it as government over-reach, socialism, death panels.

    Cause no voters like having health insurance.
    I have to say I'm confused.
    The problem is the legislation that was passed required a staunch defense and hard fight to sell to their constituents, which they weren't willing to engage in.
    But the leadership should have pushed for an even more progressive piece of legislation that required an even bigger defense and even harder fight.

    That doesn't seem reasonable to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    Would you care to site where you're getting this from? Curious at what point they had 60 votes in the Senate for the public option.
    I'm not saying they had 60 for a public option. They had 60 D votes. If they wanted a public option bad enough, they could have got it. But that was like the first thing they took off the table.

    You don't start negotiations in the middle, and then work towards the right. That's not compromising.
    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    But trade wars are easy to win.
    What amazes me is the laser sharp focus each of the "retaliating" nation's have had in response to the knee-jerk action by Trump.

    Mexico responded by placing tariffs on just one percent of US imports. One of the limited items impacted is Pork. One fraction of one percent.

    But for all US pork exports, Mexico accounts for 25% of it.

    I repeat: One of every four US pig farms that export pork are affected by an action that impacts less than one tenth of Mexican imports.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stauber1 View Post
    I have to say I'm confused.
    The problem is the legislation that was passed required a staunch defense and hard fight to sell to their constituents, which they weren't willing to engage in.
    But the leadership should have pushed for an even more progressive piece of legislation that required an even bigger defense and even harder fight.

    That doesn't seem reasonable to me.
    It didn't need a fight to sell it. It needed a fight to defend against the attacks claiming it was something it wasn't. And no one would do that. Cause Dems have no backbone.


    You spend 2 years shepherding this legislation through Congress, and then you won't even bother to stand up and defend your work. Spineless. That's why the public won't vote for Dems. They won't stand for anything.
    What kind of cheese are you planning to put on top?

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