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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 06/26/14 at 09:57 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

Speaking on behalf of my fellow liberals everywhere, we aren't terribly concerned about the employer mandate. That's because the tax laws currently in effect place enormous pressure on employers to provide health care coverage to their employers, and that's why we are confident that employers will continue to provide such coverage. The mandate in the ACA is just pushing on the string.

The reason for this is that health insurance benefits are part of employee compensation, but with the...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 03:08 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

"That's what republicans mean by transparency."

Since I have health insurance, I don't need to know the answers to those questions. Republicans do like to pay lip service to buzz words, but what they say about health care doesn't seem to have any relationship to the way health care is actually provided in this country.

" People who rely on government or another third party to pay their medical bills wouldn't know or even care to know that information."

The benefit of...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 03:17 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

where has the criticism been when the administration has unilaterally delayed and waived parts of this exquisitely crafted law?

It's come from Republicans and others who have objected to among other things delays in putting certain elements into effect. When I wrote that, I was thinking mainly of the employer mandate, which I discussed later on.

"Where is the concern about delaying employer mandates?"

I don't have much for reasons I have discussed.

"Or repealing...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 03:24 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

"The idea of out of state plans (like McFadden suggests) would give that room. Which makes sense."

Out of state insurance is a Republican shibboleth, something they say but don't think about. For one thing the notion that we don't have out of state insurers operating in Minnesota right now is based on a set of legal fictions. National insurer operate locally incorporated subsidiaries. As others have pointed out, allowing out of state insurance would turn Minnesota health policy over...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 03:34 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

republicans understand health care but underestimate it centrality.

What I said was that Republicans don't understand the centrality of the problems which are inherent in their approach to health care, the approach they adopted. For reasons long understood by economists, ordinary market forces don't work in the area of health care, and that's something we are seeing played out, for many of the reasons Paul discusses.

Mr. McFadden is running as the business candidate but as is...

Posted on 06/27/14 at 05:59 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

"In the long run, with the technological advances that are going to be able to keep people "alive" for ever, this is going to bankrupt our health care system. "

It's a decision we have made that health care will not be denied because of an inability to pay.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 07:46 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

It's important to understand that Obamacare is a response to America's health care problems, it didn't create them. We did that when we decided to have fewer children and not die at a young age. We still have a chance to at least partially reverse those decisions and lessen the need for Obamacare in case anyone is up for it.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 12:26 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

I do kind of wonder what's up with McFadden. He exhibits a sort of intellectual listlessness. He repeats the usual buzz words and catch phrases but he doesn't seem to have thought about them in any serious way. His passion seems to be for education, but the creation of education policy isn't a very big part of a senator's job. He would seem better suited, based on his interests, to a run for the school board.

Transparency doesn't control costs as such. What a lot of these market type...

Posted on 06/27/14 at 03:36 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

When I talk about "efficient" markets, I am being very literal minded. Efficient markets are ones that buyers and sellers meet easily and cheaply, and where there is transparency in pricing. They can exist in the real world or in cyberspace, just as stocks are traded both at the physical NYSE, or in the cyber world of the NASDAQ.

The MnSure market is efficient in that pricing is transparent. The Republican idea is that the existence of markets drive down prices because of competition...

I get a kick out of these religious people who, the moment they get in trouble, argue that the Bible is just a "symbol". How little it takes for them to sell out their faith.