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jcitybone

Kamala tries to split the difference

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/29/kamala-harris-medicare-for-all-1438631

Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday unveiled a plan to achieve universal coverage by growing Medicare with the help of private insurers, an effort that splits the difference with her chief Democratic presidential rivals and finally equips the California Democrat with her own signature health proposal ahead of this week’s debates.

“Medicare works,” Harris writes in a Medium essay posted Monday morning. “Now, let’s expand it to all Americans and give everyone access to comprehensive health care.”

Under so-called KamalaCare, which establishes a phase-in period of a decade, Harris has at last settled on a way to keep private health insurers in the fold after seesawing on the question since January — and she would do so by leaning on an existing and popular federal program.

Harris’ offering maintains her commitment to universal health coverage — demanded by her party’s base — while lowering the temperature among the guardians of Obamacare who fear that overreaching would wipe out their hard-fought gains. Kathleen Sebelius, who served as Health and Human Services secretary in the Obama administration and was consulted on Harris’ plan, blessed it as “a smart way to get to Medicare for All where all individuals and employers can transition smoothly into a system that covers everyone.”

But Harris’ proposal skimps on myriad details, including the plan’s cost, and will likely still face skepticism from progressives — worried about propping up insurance companies and the slower pace of change — as well as from conservatives and deep-pocketed health care lobbyists staunchly opposed to any form of Medicare expansion.

Harris, a Medicare for All supporter who came out for Sanders’ single-payer health care bill two years ago, has been distancing herself from his $3.2 trillion plan and how he might pay for it. Campaigning on her own signature tax cut for working families and the middle class, Harris recently stressed that her health care vision would not further hike taxes on those Americans, a position some dismissed as unrealistic.

In her Medium post, Harris partially addressed the longstanding funding questions. She praised Sanders’ financing suggestions for his own Medicare for All proposal, saying he’d presented “good options,” particularly making the nation’s highest earners and corporations pay more through more progressive income, payroll and estate taxes.

But she took aim at her rival’s potential tax on households making above $29,000 — saying it “hits the middle class too hard” — and instead called to exempt households making below $100,000 as well as some middle-class families in high-cost areas.

Harris says she would tax stock trades at 0.2 percent, bond trades at 0.1 percent and derivative transactions at 0.002 percent to make up the difference.

“Think of it like this: that’s a $2 fee on a $1,000 trade by investors and big banks,” she writes, to raise $2 trillion over 10 years.

jcitybone

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-07-28/kamala-harris-releases-medicare-for-all-plan

Harris, an early endorser of Sanders’ Medicare for all proposal, keeps many of the same elements of the Vermont senator’s plan. All medically necessary services, such as doctor visits, hospital stays, and vision and dental care, would be included in the plan with no deductibles and strict limits on out-of-pocket costs. The proposal, like Sanders’, would allow the government to negotiate prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies in order to curb rising medication costs.

But Harris outlined a longer transition time — 10 years — to implement the new program, gradually incorporating newborns and uninsured people through automatic enrollment and giving others more time to move to the government-run plan.

Biden said the notion of imposing Medicare for all without raising taxes on the middle class is a “fantasy world.” Sanders has also said that higher taxes will be necessary, noting in a CNN interview on Sunday that “obviously, healthcare is not free” and that Americans will pay less overall under his proposal because it would do away with out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.

Tyrannocaster

Anybody who believes that a program that takes TEN YEARS to phase in is going to happen is an idiot. Even if she got elected, she would no longer be in power. And we all know how that works.

This plan is bogus from the git-go.

Benny

Harris’ new plan breaks with her rivals who occupy the opposite poles of the debate by effectively proposing “Medicare Advantage for all” — permitting private insurers to continue selling plans, akin to the two-decade-old offshoot of Medicare — in addition to letting Americans immediately buy into the traditional Medicare program and adding new benefits, like more mental health services. As a result, Americans would be able to choose between the public plan or certified private Medicare plans. Harris also says she’ll immediately enroll newborns and the uninsured, an effort to quickly get to universal coverage.

Brothers & Sisters, this is the difference of campaigns when one attends high dollar fundraisers and the other holds one with a minimum of $27. You become beholden to the donors.

orlbucfan

Harris isn’t all that bright to start with. And neither is Batty Biden.

polarbear4

she just uses her smarts in the wrong way.

Benny

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/29/us/politics/kamala-harris-medicare-for-all.html

One criticism of Medicare Advantage plans is that the insurance companies that offer them manage to make big profits by luring the younger, healthier segment of the Medicare population and by doing things like requiring prior authorization for certain care to control costs.

Seemingly nodding to the concern that Medicare Advantage plans have earned some insurers fat profits, Ms. Harris said she would be tough on companies that wanted to offer such plans under her system, with stricter consumer protection rules than exist today. She even raised the possibility that insurers would be “reimbursed less than what the Medicare plan will cost to operate, to ensure they are delivering meaningful value and unable to profit off gaming consumers or the government.”

How that would work — and how many insurance companies would agree to be reimbursed less than what their plans cost to operate —
remained unclear.

EyeRound
EyeRound

Current condition of medical care providing in this country has become a jungle, thick with intermediary money-making entities and middle-man companies. All of that will have to be carefully considered, as well as cost of the plan. It can be done, it must be done.

That said, Harris misinforms readers about the Sanders plan when she states that it taxes “households making above $29,000” and the LA Times follows suit with Harris. Unless I’m mistaken, under Sanders’ plan the 4% tax burden would kick in for households whose NET INCOME AFTER DEDUCTIONS is $29,000 or more.

That makes a big, big difference in how many households would be “hit” at all by the Sanders plan.

Harris keeps the hateful Medicare Advantage plans by asserting that a third of seniors have and like them. These plans limit medical access.

But I’m also waiting to hear what the Sanders plans does with such intermediaries.

Happy Monday to TPWer’s!

polarbear4

Even as net income, $29,000 seems pretty low. I was surprised.

Benny

I think there’s tinkering to be done here, but Bernie’s in the right direction.

magsview

I didn’t trust Kamala before this, now I don’t even like her a bit:

“This isn’t about pursuing an ideology,” Harris wrote in the post. “This is about delivering for the American people.”

WTF?

“By extending the phase-in period to 10 years, we will decrease the overall cost of the program compared to the Sanders proposal, and we can save additional money by accelerating delivery system reforms and value-based care that rewards meaningful outcomes,” explained Harris

She specifically is slamming Bernie’s plan, the only one with any real meat on it, and also the one she co-sponsored!

And more WTF?! with this:

“accelerating deliver system reforms” what the hell does that mean?

and

“value-based care” (?) “that rewards meaningful outcomes” (??)

what kind of gobbledygook is that???!

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/29/politics/kamala-harris-health-care-plan/index.html

Benny

polarbear4

bwagahahaha! you’ll be forking it over to the insurance corpses, but hey, we’ll just say the part about lower taxes than Bernie!

Benny

Benny

Don midwest
Don midwest

Trump’s lies and racism never end.

While I have been fighting to lift the people of Baltimore and elsewhere out of poverty with good paying jobs, housing and health care, he has been attacking workers and the poor. https://t.co/7N0K4GQgEO

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 29, 2019

question for Benny or anyone else

I was on this Bernie tweet and did a right click and got the HTML code provided by the Twitter these days, but I did not get the screen image above

**
another trick I use is to get a screen image, but I don’t know how to post it here

maybe that is the image option on the site

thanks

PS
before I just used the option from Twitter of copy link and posted it here and all came out just fine

magsview

Did you choose the ‘Embed Tweet’ function by any chance?

With the new twitter format I tried that (embedding the tweet), but it didn’t work at all for me, then I noticed that if I chose Embed Tweet then scroll up to the top of the page that pops up you can now see the better link and usually can now copy that link & paste as per before.

Then you have to close out of that separate window. Also an extra step than previous.

I hope that makes sense. If not, I can post a screenshot of my workaround this evening.

Please let me know how it goes!

Don midwest
Don midwest

It worked! I never would have thought about scrolling up the page to find another link!

Thanks

Showing that I can do it!

Here is a scum bag giving Republicans talking points

polarbear4

Rahmster the mahnster.

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/29/opinions/elizabeth-warren-2020-student-debt-free-college/index.html

Then, I heard about the University of Houston. It was a public four-year college just 40 minutes away and tuition was just $50 a semester — something I could afford on a part-time waitressing salary. I got my degree and went on to become a teacher for students with speech and learning disabilities. I got to live my dream.

My daddy ended up as a janitor, but I got to become a teacher, a law school professor, a United States senator and now a candidate for president because higher education opened a million doors for me. But the chances I got don’t exist anymore.

magsview

Good morning birdie friends! I just caught up on the weekend posts-Thank You jcitybone and Subir and all of the contributors!!

Benny

She was terrific at the rally!

Tyrannocaster

A break from politics…

orlbucfan

🙂

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2019/07/29/democrat-gottheimer-to-face-primary-challenge-in-new-jerseys-5th-district-1120278

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a deep-pocketed leader among moderate Democrats in the House, is about to face a primary challenge from a local elected official who was campaigning for him just eight months ago.

Arati Kreibich, a neuroscientist and freshman councilwoman from the Bergen County borough of Glen Rock, says Gottheimer had offered northern New Jersey’s 5th congressional District a chance to move on from seven terms of Republican Scott Garrett, who was by far the most conservative member of New Jersey’s House delegation.

But Kreibich, who announced her campaign in a video released Monday morning, said Gottheimer — a former Microsoft executive and speechwriter to Bill Clinton — has left her disheartened, and that she is increasingly convinced his bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus hasn’t solved anything.

“What we have is a representative in Congress who is not representing us, who is not representing the people. I think what he is representing are corporate donations that he gets. I think he’s in the pocket of corporations, quite frankly,” Kreibich said. “And I think when he does push for policies, they’re policies that are either actively against our particular self-interest or they’re really small, incremental changes. And, frankly, small, incremental changes are not cutting it.”

Kreibich is more liberal than Gottheimer and says that, if elected to the House, she would join the progressive caucus if invited to do so.

polarbear4

moderate = bought

jcitybone

Waiting for Bernie’s response to this racist lunatic

orlbucfan

I am glad I unsubscribed/disappeared my twit(ler) account. Talk about a word. pox. Medals of Honor to all TPWers who can wade through that rapidly developing and growing sewer. Did the inventors get rich off it?

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Only if one thinks of so called Third World Countries as “shit holes” would one consider the reference racist. I’m so sick of tRump and the spineless Dems that I cant watch any tv news anymore. Totally sick of MSDNC.

jcitybone

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

power and fear. deadly combo.

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

humphrey

polarbear4

😂😂😂

polarbear4

humphrey

Absolutely disgusting!

humphrey

humphrey

One could see this coming. Union leadership backing the establishment.

https://jimheath.tv/2019/04/election-2020-firefighters-union-backs-biden-for-president-trump-is-steaming-mad/

Biden started his first official campaign event strong, with an endorsement from the International Association of Firefighter (IAFF), a powerful union who sat out the 2016 presidential race.

magsview

So incredibly short-sighted and, quite frankly, dishonest and therefore probably super-corrupt.

If union workers didn’t HAVE to fight for health care (as in a MFA scenario) they could use that time, energy, and bargaining power to fight for other things like their pensions!!!

magsview

So cool.

Benny

We need a million of her.

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/7/29/20732261/bernie-sanders-kamala-harris-medicare-for-all-private-insurance

But that’s precisely what the Sanders camp argues is unserious about the proposal: A 10-year phase in is more than a two-term presidency, opening it to more political vulnerability, and it’s not even preserving the employer-based health insurance that voters seem nervous about losing. (Harris’s camp says employers could get their plans “certified” as private plans in Medicare, theoretically allowing some people to keep the plans they like.)

“Eliminating the waste, greed, and profit motive of insurance and pharma corporations isn’t just the moral thing to do, it’s the best public policy and will save lives,” Josh Orton, Sanders’s policy director told Vox. “Despite paying twice as much as peer countries on per capital health care, but our health outcomes are often much worse.”

But that’s precisely what the Sanders camp argues is unserious about the proposal: A 10-year phase in is more than a two-term presidency, opening it to more political vulnerability, and it’s not even preserving the employer-based health insurance that voters seem nervous about losing. (Harris’s camp says employers could get their plans “certified” as private plans in Medicare, theoretically allowing some people to keep the plans they like.)

“Eliminating the waste, greed, and profit motive of insurance and pharma corporations isn’t just the moral thing to do, it’s the best public policy and will save lives,” Josh Orton, Sanders’s policy director told Vox. “Despite paying twice as much as peer countries on per capital health care, but our health outcomes are often much worse.”

“You can rein in abuses, but new ones always seem to crop up,” single-payer advocate Gaffney added.

The inclusion of private insurers in the plan could make it potentially more likely to come to fruition, though it poses a significant compromise for those who have long fought for Medicare-for-all and is still likely to come up against major industry pushback. As Gaffney notes, any major Democratic health care reform will require a significant political fight. Offering concessions to private insurers — who have much higher administrative costs than Medicare — could ultimately sacrifice the gains this policy transformation is seeking.

“If you sacrifice the efficiencies of single-payer, I’m not sure we can afford to deliver the benefits of single-payer,” he said.

jcitybone

Another poll that shows Bernie’s support going up. (Biden and Warren too)

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jcitybone

The Q poll was kind of batty this week. Biden went from a 2 point lead over Harris to a 22 point lead over her. (He leads Warren by 19)

https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=3635

Former Vice President Joseph Biden reverses his slump following the first Democratic presidential debate and now leads the pack with 34 percent of Democrats and independent voters who lean Democratic, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 15 percent, with 12 percent for California Sen. Kamala Harris and 11 percent for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

This compares to results of a July 2 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe- ack) University National Poll, showing Biden with 22 percent, Harris with 20 percent, Warren with 14 percent and Sanders with 13 percent.

orlbucfan

Who are they polling? Baffled.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-swore-off-donations-from-lobbyists-and-fossil-fuel-execs-but-some-are-skirting-their-own-rules/2019/07/29/7ac49a3c-ae14-11e9-b071-94a3f4d59021_story.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Among New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s donors to his presidential campaign is a vice president of a leading pharmaceutical company. The senior vice president of Comcast who oversees the company’s lobbying efforts hosted a fundraiser for former vice president Joe Biden. An oil company development and finance manager remains one of former congressman Beto O’Rourke’s most generous donors, including to his presidential campaign.

These Democratic presidential hopefuls accepted these contributions, even though they had rejected the help of fossil fuel, pharmaceutical or lobbying industries.

According to their campaigns, they did nothing wrong, because their pledges only cover a small group of high-level executives and registered lobbyists. But critics see something darker: a willingness by campaigns to bend their own rules, allowing money and influence to seep in.

“If you’re getting large checks from or a substantial number of donations from a particular industry or from a particular company, any opponent is going to start asking questions about how they’re influencing you, and it won’t matter where in the company it’s coming from,” said Basil Smikle, a Democratic strategist and former executive director of the New York State Democratic Party.

Booker, Biden and O’Rourke are not alone. Every Democratic primary candidate this year has sworn off financial support from certain industries despised by the Democratic base, a reaction to increasing skepticism among voters of the influence of special interests on politics.

Yet federal filings show campaigns have accepted plenty of money from influential donors in those industries — as long as the donor’s job title falls outside the narrow, and at times technical, definitions in candidates’ pledges

Many of the top-polling 2020 presidential hopefuls who have taken the pledge — including Harris, Biden, Buttigieg and O’Rourke — have accepted donations from individuals in the influence industry who are not registered federal lobbyists.

Buttigieg has received contributions from donors including former White House official Josh Black, associate vice president for international advocacy at PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying arm. Biden has taken donations from several government relations specialists, including Denise McGraw, who is not a registered lobbyist but is a partner at the lobbying firm Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw, whose clients include Facebook, AT&T, and MillerCoors.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a vocal advocate for greater regulation of moneyed influence in Washington, received $2,800 from the vice president for public policy at Yelp, filings show.

“A weakness with our lobbying rules is that they actually don’t cover many who are integral to the process of what we would think of as lobbying,” said Daniel Weiner, senior counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.

jcitybone

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2019/07/29/cardi-b-and-bernie-sanders-team-presidential-campaign-video/1863371001/

Debate rap, anyone?

In the latest edition of politics makes strange bedfellows, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is teaming up with music superstar Cardi B on a video aimed at attracting the support of young voters.

The Vermont U.S. senator, who will take part in a Democratic debate Tuesday, and the New York rapper, who Sunday criticized Republicans for aligning with President Donald Trump, filmed the video Monday, according to CNN.

“We (are) working on a way to involve more young people in the political process,” Sanders told CNN before filming the video. “The future of America depends on young people. They are voting in large numbers, but not large enough numbers.”

humphrey

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humphrey

polarbear4

thanks to Briahna!

polarbear4

polarbear4

cutting $$$$ to Israel.

humphrey

Maybe we should say “benjamins”.😏

polarbear4

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polarbear4

magsview

This is my SIL’s kitty Lola, I think I may have told you about her, lol, I’m figuring it’s late and maybe you could use a break from business as usual. 😉

humphrey

humphrey

magsview

“opportunity hoarding”

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

Too bad that Cheri Bustos didn’t join them.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/455255-dccc-faces-mass-staff-shakeup-its-the-monday-night-massacre

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) saw a mass departure of senior staff late Monday amid outcry over the lack of diversity within the committee’s top ranks under Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.).

Communications director Jared Smith, political director Molly Ritner, deputy executive director Nick Pancrazio, top communications aide Melissa Miller, and the committee’s diversity director Van Ornelas all resigned by Monday evening.

The exits come on the heels of the resignation of the committee’s executive director Allison Jaslow, which she announced at an all-staff meeting earlier on Monday.

Jaslow’s exit followed complaints about the lack of diversity in the senior management positions from Reps. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) and Filemon Vela (D-Texas).

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