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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
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Posted on 11/11/14 at 09:28 am in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

he did not write the legislation (Congress does that).
For the full quotation (warning; it's about an hour) providing more context, see
http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/gruber.asp
Hopefully the Supremes (or at least their clerks) will do their homework.

Remember, anyone can post anything to Youtube.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 09:20 am in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

The ACA itself was not a Republican plan.
However, it was closely modeled on Romney's Massachusetts plan.
see
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-pushed-individual-mandate-mas...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 09:25 am in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

Gruber was also a consultant to Romney on the Massachusetts plan.
And I don't recall him saying that he had made any outright lies in his proposals.
For that matter, he didn't say that he had fooled the American public; just that many Americans don't do a careful analysis of government policies and don't realize all the implications of those policies.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 09:31 am in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

According to the WHO, the United States ranks 34th in longevity (just behind Costa Rica).
Guns can't account for all of that ;-).
And again this is partly a public health issue rather than a medical treatment one, but the dividing line gets fuzzy.
But whether we rank 5th or 34th, that's hardly the world's best.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 07:22 pm in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

Many Americans do fly to Costa Rica for affordable health care.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 07:23 pm in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

a link to the complete quotation.

Posted on 11/07/14 at 09:56 pm in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

If they start invalidating mixed marriages, Clarence Thomas's marriage might have to be revoked ;-)

Posted on 11/07/14 at 09:35 am in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

as an impartial source of information about it's own activities and their effects.

Posted on 11/07/14 at 02:53 pm in response to Minnesota DFL, GOP in day-after event: Nobody’s delighted

Prices go up -slightly- (the markets are still competitive), but so does spending (minimum wage workers spend most of their income. This in turn boosts demand and ultimately tax income, which funds the benefits of people on 'fixed' (see COLAs) incomes, and the public benefits that they use to supplement them.

were said about Social Security and Medicare.
But the people campaigning on a platform of eliminating them never got elected.
Same thing here.
The 'I've got mine, Jack' types will rail against it, but as more people benefit from it, it will be harder for reactionaries to believably claim that it hurts most people.
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