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Has U.S. Democracy Been Trumped? Bernie Sanders wants to know who owns America?

#13681 User is offline   Winstonm 

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Posted 2019-September-17, 21:44

View Posty66, on 2019-September-17, 20:26, said:

$10 says you can't resist replying to the troll in question for 30 days.


How about a cold drink? I hate to take all your cash. :)
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Posted Yesterday, 03:12

View PostWinstonm, on 2019-September-17, 17:34, said:

I agree except what is really needed is a Democratic senate - a more difficult assignmnet.

It's not just about Kavanaugh. There are a number of justices that will retire or possibly die in the next 9+ years.

Thomas is 71
Ginsburg is 86
Breyer is 81
Alito is 69
Sotamayor is 65
Roberts is 64

All have reached an age where many ordinary people have been been retired for years. They'll be 8-9 years older in the next 2 presidential terms.

Kagan is 59
Gorsuch is 52
Kavanaugh is 54

are relatively young and would be expected to serve several more presidential terms than their older colleagues.

True, you may expect Moscow Mitch to obstruct the confirmation of a Democratically nominated Supreme in the last year of a presidential term. But 2 years? If he did that, there would be absolute warfare when the Democrats take back the Senate.
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Posted Yesterday, 07:24

View PostWinstonm, on 2019-September-17, 21:44, said:

How about a cold drink? I hate to take all your cash. :)

Okay. A beverage of choice the next time I'm in Oklahoma or you're in DC.
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Posted Yesterday, 12:55

View Posty66, on 2019-September-18, 07:24, said:

Okay. A beverage of choice the next time I'm in Oklahoma or you're in DC.


Good plan. For example, at the Trump Hotel in D.C you can get a Smoke and Moss for $45. Plus tax and tip, I assume.


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Posted Yesterday, 13:06

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Good plan. For example, at the Trump Hotel in D.C you can get a Smoke and Moss for $45. Plus tax and tip, I assume.


S and M: glenmorangie lasanta, glenmorangie nectar d’or, cocchi americanocarpano antica formula, ardbeg 10 mist
I have no idea what it means. Not another name for a gin and tonic, I assume.


Although my brother and my sister-in-law live just outside DC in Maryland, I don't plan on visiting DC until the current regime is gone - I don't want to catch anything.
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View Posty66, on 2019-September-18, 07:24, said:

Okay. A beverage of choice the next time I'm in Oklahoma or you're in DC.


September is great time to visit Tulsa - take today, it is only going to be 94 degrees but because no one here believes climate change is real the heat index is only going to make it feel like 102.
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Posted Yesterday, 13:18

This is simply a comment from the emptywheel.net website but it struck me as compelling so I'm sharing some of it:

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Robert Britton Jrsays:
September 18, 2019 at 12:44 pm

I worked as a Director of IT in Healthcare. Once for a Nursing home management firm. Once for a Home Care firm. And once for a non-profit / state wide Women’s health organization. I worked to implement all aspects of things: From Medical Billing, to EMR, to business processes, A/R Management, et al. I’m not an industry expert. But I’ve been inside the systems of these types of medical providers.

What was eye-opening was the consistent goal of PROFIT MAXIMIZATION and COST MINIMIZATION. Patient Care was at the bottom of the rung.

This is the root issue with health care costs: GREED, plain and simple.

I participated in numerous board/director level conversations where the goal was to get staff to increase the services rendered so as to maximize revenue and income. If a P/T patient who just had a knee surgery only needed a couple P/T visits…heck with that. BILL THE MAX! Change the forms to reflect that there’s a deeper, longer term need. Same with O/T. Run the tests! BILL BILL BILL!

One firm had a “personal pay” rate that seemed to more fairly charge appropriate fees when individuals had to pay out of pocket. But with any insurance provider, whether private, or Medicaid/Medicare, the goal was to UPSIZE THE CHARGE: Maximum billing.

GREED is the problem of so much in not just healthcare, but in private and public providers (payers/insurers) so many other aspects of healthcare.

Minimizing the profiteers by moving towards MEDICARE FOR ALL is a HUGE step in the right direction, IMHO.


Note: PT=physical therapy. OT=occupational therapy
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Posted Yesterday, 16:31

Nothing more than a very amusing news headline

'THE FIRST FAMILY IS VERY ACTIVE IN WATER SPORTS'

If you aren't familiar with the details of the Steele dossier, you won't get the headline.
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