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That Medicare for all article?

Comes with a big catch

It shows that we could cover everyone, for $2 trillion less.

"A new report from the libertarian Mercatus Center drew attention as it showed Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All plan would cost the federal government an additional $32.6 trillion over 10 years.
But the Mercatus report also showed that the national health expenditure - the total amount spent on healthcare in the US by the federal government, states, businesses, and individuals - would actually come in below current projections under Sanders' plan.
So while the price tag for the federal government would increase, the total cost of healthcare would go down while also providing healthcare to more than 30 million uninsured Americans."

Infant mortality by state

Who is really pro-life?

"Why do people come to the US for medical treatment?"

"1.25 M Americans will Travel Outside the U.S. for Medical Treatment This Year"

About the people coming to the US for treatment?
"There’s a whole section of the travel industry devoted to "birth tourism," according to Jon Feere, a legal policy analyst with the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington. "Foreigners who are well off commonly fly to the United States in the last third of a pregnancy to add a U.S. visa holder in the family," Feere says.

There are all sorts of advantages to that sort of thing — both for the kid and the parents. Feere estimates that about 40,000 of the annual births in America are the product of birth tourism."

This would account for the lion's share of medical immigration to the US.

Relax boomers, socialism is good now

The Baby Boomers are the worst American generation since Reconstruction, but they had many reasons to turn out this way. The Boomers were raised in a political culture dominated by madmen, their minds warped at an early age. For decades, Boomers saw the term “socialism” deployed not to denote a set of economic policies, but to conjure a vague, foreign horror. Accustomed to this nomenclature, Boomers have reacted with fright or at least confusion to the terminology of today’s American left, which has embraced the “socialist” label more widely than any domestic political movement in living memory. But the Boomers need to relax. Socialism is good now.

Trumps Feud With Michael Cohen Will Not End Well

"Trump, Trump Jr., their lawyers and the White House have long denied that the president had any knowledge of the meeting, which is perhaps the most concrete indication to date that Trump’s campaign may have attempted to collude with Russia prior to the 2016 election. Prior to the June 9th sit-down, Trump Jr. received an email from music publicist Rob Goldstone promising that Arad Agalarov, the father of one of his Russian clients, could offer “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary” and that “would be very useful to your father.” Goldstone noted that the gesture would be “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” This all sounded just fine to Trump Jr: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” he replied.

The meeting didn’t yield any dirt on Clinton, but the intention was there. After the New York Times got wind of the sit-down in July 2017, Trump dictated an excuse about a need to discuss Russian adoptions for his son to provide to the press. Trump Jr. later admitted the meeting was indeed to gather damaging information on Clinton, which was confirmed hours later when the Times released the emails Trump Jr. exchanged with Goldstone."

Cohen Bombshell - Trump knew of meeting (of course)


(CNN) This may be the most important paragraph of Donald Trump's presidency:

"Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said."

Holy crap."

... details of how the accord will be executed remain unclear and EUs concessions are minimal

"BRUSSELS—President Trump’s truce with the European Union signals a tactical shift in his “America First” trade policy, as he scrambles to show successes after an intensifying revolt from Republican lawmakers and American businesses.

But beyond a shift in rhetoric, the concrete results so far remain minimal. Europeans touted Wednesday’s joint statement as reaffirming a trans-Atlantic free-trade relationship that Mr. Trump had openly questioned, without forcing them to make concessions to Washington’s demands.

Mr. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in their hastily arranged White House ceremony, pledged to work toward negotiating a broad reduction in tariffs on industrial goods and to cooperate against unfair Chinese trade practices. The U.S. agreed not to impose tariffs on European autos as long as negotiations are ongoing, while the EU also said it would try to boost purchases of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans."

Evidence Shows Hackers Changed Votes in the 2016 Election But No One Will Admit It

The Root

"The only logical explanation that could possibly explain why Russians did not change votes in Georgia is to somehow believe an international cabal of hackers got into the system, found instructions, voter registrations and passwords to voting machines and yet somehow decided not to do it, just because.

Marks says Georgia’s systems would have been an “ideal” target for Russian hackers because the state doesn’t use a system with a paper trail so there is no way to audit the system. Of course, a diligent eye could have inspected Georgia’s system or compared the saved backups with the hacked server.

But when Marks’ organization sued for data to see whether or not the state’s elections systems had been penetrated, Kennesaw State University, the college that houses the Center for Election Systems, wiped the servers clean.

Then they wiped the servers’ backups clean."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is traumatizing to conservatives

When Paul Ryan leaves Congress, the deficit will be $1.2 trillion more than when he started.


"One fun thing about the Nexis online news archive at Nexis is that you can search for how many times certain people have been described in certain ways in news reports. For example, one can learn that, since June 2008, Paul Ryan has been called a “deficit hawk” more than 400 times in English-language news reports. The first included in the index is an article from Roll Call titled, “Ryan Campaigns for Fiscal Fitness” — sadly written before Time magazine snapped some of the most iconic images of any legislator in history.

The House speaker is a deficit hawk, you see, because of his long-standing crusade for lower federal budget deficits. It has been the cause with which the Wisconsin Republican has been associated for most of his career since getting to Capitol Hill in 1999 — cutting spending and bringing the budget under control."
Those figures are accurate. Under Ryan’s tenure as speaker, the deficit will have more than doubled. If we extend that idea backward, though, it’s worse: Since he joined Congress in 1999, the budget will have gone from a $125 billion surplus to a $1.1 trillion deficit — a swing of $1.2 trillion to the red."

He's just doing what Republicans do.
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