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October 22, 2019

Adam Schiff: It will be said of House Republicans....

It will be said of House Republicans,

When they found they lacked the courage to confront the most dangerous and unethical president in American history,

They consoled themselves by attacking those who did.


October 21, 2019

It's possible to avoid 3 trillion/year "taxes" for M4A

I'm surprised that it's been talked about so little. I suspect Elizabeth Warren will propose something like this.
Right now a plurality (49%) of the private health insurance premiums are paid by employers to private (group) plans. Having employers pay will mean they get a big new tax, but individuals won't.
It would be quite possible to shift their obligation to a M4A program.
It is the co-pays that are the question.

Personal insurance is only a small percentage of the total market. Medicare, Medicaid and the VA are already government run.

The numbers from the Kaiser Foundation:
49% employer covered (group)
7% non-group (eg Obamacare)
21% Medicaid
14% Medicare
1% Other public (like VA)
9% uninsured

So the key is covering the uninsured and the non-group individuals==~16% which will be much less than the 3 trillion/year bill.

This will be similar to the contribution employers make to social security for each employee.

October 6, 2019

Does Trump's transcript/memo basically demonstrate a direct violation of federal law?

5 CFR § 2635.702 - Use of public office for private gain. An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office in a manner that is intended to coerce or induce another person, including a subordinate, to provide any benefit, financial or otherwise, to himself...

In the Ukraine memo/transcript first Trump asks for some (personal) favors, Trump then says “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great...”

Seems to be a clear violation of the law. No quid pro quo required.

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