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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
Commenter for
6 years 49 weeks

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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.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

And it's not just the Bible. When prayer is at issue, they are so quick to argue that it's a meaningless public ritual which unifies. When did it become ok with the faithful to say their faith wasn't deep and profoundly controversial?

I thought I would provide some possible answers to questions asked.

"If said deficits were SO TERRIBLE, then why didn’t you tell legislators about them when you begged taxpayers for $14 million for a lobby renovation?"

Presumably because he wanted the legislature to allocate money to the building program.

Would you trust any numbers Doug Kelley gave you?

Generally, no.

Why [not]?

Because they were provided in the context of a negotiation and...

Posted on 06/20/14 at 09:38 am in response to Have voters hit the mute button on Obama?

One of the ironies of Barack Obama is that while he is extraordinarily eloquent, he isn't terribly effective at messaging. It's as if he were James Joyce, when what he needs to be is Don Draper. The obvious contrast is with Bill Clinton. Has that man ever said anything eloquent, anything that soared at any time in his life? But his talent, his gift really, is the ability to break down complicated concepts into simple phrases and ideas, that people can understand and at times, even relate to...