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ProfessorPlum's Journal
ProfessorPlum's Journal
July 31, 2019

PLEASE stop saying (or wishing) that "You can keep your coverage"

I address this mostly to Harris's recent health care proposal, but it goes for everyone on here or on the debate stage when it comes to the implications of Single Payer, Universal Coverage.

Most people who have insurance have it through their employer. And so, in a world where a government plan exists along side of private plans, it would make a world of sense for employers to stop their fight with insurance companies on skyrocketing premiums and reduced coverage and just let their employees go on the government plan.

And in any case, the decision to "keep your coverage" is one that employers will make, not their employees.

Further, the people who actually do choose and buy their plans independently may or may not get to "keep their coverage", because "their coverage" changes every year depending on the whims of the insurance companies.

so, really, how employers and insurers react to a public option will determine who can keep their coverage. Not the consumer.

It's a dumb talking point - I get that they are trying to allay fears, but they need to be more honest about it.

July 26, 2019

Does Pelosi need a majority in the House to start Impeachment hearings?

never mind the vote to impeach - that comes at the end of the hearings process.

A lot of posters here keep writing that Pelosi needs to have the votes for impeachment, and that's why she's waiting.

But - how do impeachment hearings actually start?

thanks in advance

July 25, 2019

Sanders and women

TL;DW:. Sanders has a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and was once named an honorary woman by Gloria Steinem. So ignorant TV heads who have skin that crawls had best come with research next time.
July 23, 2019

Schumer seems to be the real force behind Frankens ouster

While Gillibrand led the charge like a good lieutenant for the senior senator from her state, Mayer's article implies that Schumer wanted him gone and didn't lift a finger to save him. And in fact actively worked against him.

It makes sense that Gillibrand couldn't have gotten rid of Al if Schumer had his back.

Not impressed with either of them for removing one of our best fighters against lies and the GOP.

July 15, 2019

People write time travel fiction about stopping a country from spiraling into fascism

That's how important it is considered to be. It is such a terrible thing, with such horrifying consequences, that we actually debate the morality of time travel and murdering baby hitler (or pregnant hitler's mom). That is the kind of lengths that people imagine they might go to to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

And here we are, on the brink of it happening in the "home of the brave", and no one with any power in this country will lift a finger to stop it. It's my belief that there already are graves in the deserts around the camps, that the genocide has started. Not to mention the rape, child trafficking, slavery. Probably worse things.

Can't we - at least - exercise the smallest piece of congressional oversight, now, while we still have a congress, and nominal oversight power, and the power to investigate and impeach? Am I asking too much?

I'd hate to get to the point where we are wishing we had time machines.

July 11, 2019

I wonder if "we had the power to stop Trump" will be a comforting memory

or whether we will as a party regret not using that power when we had it.

Unused power is effectively the same as not having any power.

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