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Warren DeMontague

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Name: Dr. Johnny Bananas
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Any port in a storm

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Sep 19, 2017, 10:23 PM (0 replies)

I read on DU that the First Amendment is the real problem, here.

That we'll never get rid of this sort of totalitarianism as long as we have all this annoying "free speech"

.... it makes a strange sort of sense, I mean I suspect the 1st Amendment is part of the reason we are seeing these videos.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Tue Sep 19, 2017, 06:00 AM (0 replies)

...to be fair, Romney got it from the Heritage Foundation.


Look, the ACA is a definite improvement over the pre-ACA status quo, no question, AND it is certainly one of the signature accomplishments of Obama's two terms.

But Obama himself said that logically, if one was buiding a health system from scratch, a SPHC system would be the way to go- morally, fiscally, etc.

It is a measure of how successful conservatives have been in moving the overton window, in that what once were conservative proposals (look at carbon credits, as another example) now are pilloried as the most liberal policies anyone could hope to achieve.

Which is PRECISELY WHY it is so important, vital even, that good Democratic Senators like Warren and Harris and Gillibrand and Booker and Franken are signing on to Single Payer in principle. We need to move that window BACK.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:51 PM (2 replies)

Sure, and it could be fiftytwenty majilliozillion!

I mean, as long as we're just making up numbers.


"18 Trillion" is bullshit. If Government "pays" - or to be more precise, if everyone is put into a government managed non-profit single payer insurance pool, the money spent on for-profit insurance (including the 20% overhead added by the for-profit insurance industry) diminishes accordingly. The entire Gross National Product for 2017 was 17 Trillion Dollars. Health Care Spending was approx 3.4 Trillion. Moving everyone to a single-payer system would not magically increase the amounts spent on health care, because the net amount of health care required by people is not market-dependent, among other things. If anything, total HCS is likely to go down, because more people have access to preventative care. This, too, is one of the logical underpinnings of the ACA.

It is a disingenuous argument (to put it mildly) to play funny games with big, scary-sounding numbers as if a SPHC is going to "cost us way more". It's bullshit, and illogical. It's the same as saying "oh, it wouldn't be free, people would pay for it in taxes". Yes, but they wouldn't be paying outrageous premiums to for-profit insurance companies, would they.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:12 PM (4 replies)

Or worse, they could wait until you're in the throes of ecstasy

and start talking dirty in the voice of Gilbert Gottfreid.

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Sep 11, 2017, 06:13 PM (1 replies)

Here, this is my last "overreaction" to this thread.

There. I've made the point I wanted to make, ignore it or don't- carry on. No one is going to melt if you continue to use a tired and patently false trope to try and make this point. Enjoy.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Mon Sep 4, 2017, 03:58 PM (0 replies)

Yakety Sax

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Thu Aug 31, 2017, 06:43 AM (0 replies)

would you put that in your mouth?

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Aug 25, 2017, 10:00 PM (0 replies)

carve a little asterisk on there?

Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Aug 25, 2017, 06:59 PM (1 replies)

I don't think this guy was trying to store "all porn", more like he just wanted to test Amazon's

"unlimited storage" promise.

Kind of like going to the All You Can Eat restaurant and just setting up camp.
Posted by Warren DeMontague | Fri Aug 25, 2017, 06:58 PM (0 replies)
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