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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 06/27/14 at 10:37 am in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

Is it really the case that American growth is lagging because of high energy prices? Don't countries which are growing have to pay those same high prices too? And is it the case that any of the measures Mr, McFadden addresses will lower energy prices?

Does he really think the legislators from oil producing states like Texas would support those projects if they thought they would drive down the prices their campaign contributors receive for their oil?

Posted on 06/29/14 at 03:19 pm in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

My guess is that he has come under the wing of campaign consultants and advisers, who have given him talking points. That why what he has to say is so generic, and so scripted. He doesn't seem to answer questions, he hears questions, and then responds with the talking points that seem to be related to the scope of the specific question. I did note that he was able to avoid specifics on what he would cut. That's always key for any Republican candidate. Their advisers have impressed on them...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 08:38 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

Something to understand about Obamacare is that it is an exquisitely balanced policy, that is the result of a multitude of political, economic, financial and other policy tradeoffs, One of the consequences is that whenever one focuses on one aspect of the policy, it's important to understand why it is in place and what the tradeoffs were that got it there. We, as a nation, made the decision to go for a premium support system. Republicans wanted this because they felt that competition among...

Posted on 06/26/14 at 09:41 am in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

The problem Mr. McFadden and Republicans in general are having isn't that they don't understand the problems of American health care policy, rather it's that they don't they don't understand their centrality, and their intractability. Mr. McFadden tells us that the efficiency of markets would be improved if transparency were increased. But the problem with health care isn't the lack of information, As any visitor to the MnSure website could tell you, we are overwhelmed by information. The...

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.