Trumpcare: The Great American Iceberg

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The United States citizenry is in steerage in the Titanic. The Affordable Care Act “replacement” bill (the amorphous one whose name and details keep changing) is an iceberg, and the only people getting a lifeboat from it are the .001%.  The crew is actively blocking attempts to turn the ship away from the danger. Here we are, sitting in the hull, while the engineers and the company that built the ship are taking apart the ship as it’s sailing headlong into the ice. This the situation today. This is the situation in every single authoritarian country in the world. Wait.…

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Some Facts About ‘Obamacare’ (the ACA)

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Here are a few basics about “Obamacare” that often get missed in the conversation: While a few middle class people in very good health are paying more for their health care than they did before January, most of those are paying more for significantly better benefits. The original plan was to supplement those with an income up to 133% of poverty through expansion of Medicaid in all states. When the Supreme Court said that was a Federal overreach, several states decided that they would not expand Medicare. There are private organizations in each of those states ticking away exactly how…

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Corporatism: Because It’s Impossible to Talk Sensibly about Fascism

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The CEO of Whole Food, John Mackey, has gotten a lot of the left blogosphere up in arms after stating in an interview earlier this week that “Obamacare is a form of fascism”. Want to unpack that statement and examine it? First, let’s set some ground rules. Fascism is not identical to Nazism, and it is not necessary to be a proponent of Nazi ideology to be fascist. There were various fascist dictatorships in the 20th century, and not all were Nazi. So let’s get Godwin’s Rule out of the way. However, to give credit where credit is due, I…

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You Are Not a ‘Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaire’ so Stop Voting Like One

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One of the reasons for the complete lack of perspective about the costs of entitlements for the poor compared to the costs of corporate welfare is that in our hearts, each and every one of us truly believes that just around the corner we will hit the big time and that our current situation, no matter how dire, simply isn’t how it ‘really’ is for us. We are all ‘temporarily embarrassed millionaires’. This is known as ‘the American dream’, and it’s further away today for most than it has been for generations, largely because of policies that increase income inequality.…

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