Senators Weigh Bipartisan Effort to Save Health Insurer Subsidies

By Alan Fram | August 4, 2017

  • August 4, 2017 at 7:50 am
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    • August 4, 2017 at 7:52 am
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      • August 4, 2017 at 8:36 am
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        Thank you for finally admitting the true reason for your ridiculous posts.

        Troll.

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      • August 4, 2017 at 9:12 am
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        Yogi makes 3 posts in 10 minutes then whines ‘Why isn’t anyone downvoting me yet? Am I not trolling sufficiently? Here, let me try harder.’

        • August 4, 2017 at 11:20 am
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          • August 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm
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            k

          • August 7, 2017 at 9:38 am
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            Love the humor…salmon or tuna Danish?

          • August 7, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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            Any fish is good fish to me.

    • August 5, 2017 at 7:40 am
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      Maybe the Ted Cruz ideas will work. But wouldn’t it be better to implement Trump’s plan where everyone is covered with lower rates and lower deductibles. Tell us again what the specifics are on this plan.

      • August 5, 2017 at 11:22 am
        PolarBeaRepeal says:
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        There are too many plans floating to tell you which will be brought up for a vote next. The key criteria is CHOICE, and after that, HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS. Finally, many cost savings means must be used, not just higher deductibes and co-pays.

      • August 6, 2017 at 9:04 am
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        You mention lower rates ad lower deductibles. That’s possible, but not with an ACA-lite approach. The variety of policies offered under Cruz’s approach follows economic rules known to all, some of which are in HEALTH CARE SPPECIFICCS. FREEDOM OF CHOICE is the key, and not just varied coverages of various policies. Health care options are also critical to market stability and lowered costs.

      • August 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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        For those 3 persons / BOTs which down voted without bothering to reply, would you like JUST a cup of coffee the next time you visit a coffee house, or do you prefer a CHOICE of different coffee bean beverages?

  • August 4, 2017 at 9:17 am
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    I can only imagine George Costanza. Someone with an anger problem who looks for something and someone to vilify and also play the victim card about.

    You are a sad individual, Yogi.

    • August 4, 2017 at 11:21 am
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      I am glad a Libitteral thinks so. That validates my efforts to edify people.

    • August 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm
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      PS my post about downvoting was specifically intended to make down voters self conscious about their action to vote but not contribute to the discussion.

    • August 5, 2017 at 7:34 am
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      Serenity now, Doug. Serenity now.

  • August 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Who wonders why people just fade away from this board? What ever happened to the exchange of ideas to make our lives easier / better / more productive?

    Now, its just one insult after another. Just like to politicians.

    • August 4, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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      I forget who, but someone on this site not to long ago said we should make this a non political comment section. I was on board then. I still am, but I was then too :)

      • August 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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        Rosenblatt, how about you write to Andrew and tell him to stop publishing articles with political over tones? By the way IJ has been favoring Obamacare for over 7 years and several articles actually said it was working. What a joke.

        • August 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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          Sorry Agent, I’m not on a first name basis with Andrew and don’t have his email address memorized. Seeing as we know he listens to you (and/or Yogi, et al), I think we’d have a better chance if you sent him a message.

          • August 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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            Rosenblatt, as you can see from Andrew’s post below, you don’t need his email address since he reads the posts. Sorry, we aren’t going to do your work for you.

    • August 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm
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      FFA, you are entirely correct. I can’t tell you how many times Polar, Bob and others have brought forward ideas to solve this gigantic mess in Healthcare Democrats made and only got nasty insults and down votes for their efforts from the Progressive side. After a while, it gets very old indeed and the sarcastic insults go back at them. With a Progressive, it is their way or the highway and ideology rules. Just look at the down votes on anything Polar says and you can see the game plan. 11-8-16 was a good turning point, but the nasty only got nastier.

      • August 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm
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        Agent,

        Please enlighten everyone on how my ideas were received by the “Conservatives”?

        • August 4, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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          Speaking for me, not Agent, your ideas are allowed, but no one has to agree with them, or refrain from discrediting them.

    • August 5, 2017 at 11:25 am
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      The exchange of ideas to better serve US citizens went out the door when The Body Reid had the Capital maintenance crew change the locks on the doors of the Senate meeting room before the DEMS ONLY discussed ACA right before they voted for it.

      • August 7, 2017 at 11:48 am
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        Really interesting accusation. And yet, when everyone wanted in on what McConnell was developing behind closed doors with only a dozen senators (all male Republican Conservatives), they got stonewalled and told to vote on something that was released with only a few days to look at was was being voted on.

        Before you talk about exchange of ideas to better serve US citizens, please note that the current senate was far more secretive about what they were working on.

        http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/07/10/us/republican-health-care-process.html

      • August 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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        How many pages was McConnell’s proposal?

        What is a typical high school student’s reading speed?

        How do you get to be a US Senator without the ability to read CRITICAL legislation within a few days?

  • August 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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    So I see the name calling is still going on. Hell of a way to try and win arguments. Call people names and insult them until they give up in disgust, then claim “victory” and say that it proves your point.

    • August 5, 2017 at 7:44 am
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      This is very complicated subject so name calling is an easier solution right now.

    • August 7, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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      Yes, we ‘deplorables’ and ‘irredeemables’ sure are abrasive folks, eh?

  • August 7, 2017 at 11:39 am
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    • August 7, 2017 at 12:39 pm
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      A moratorium on political discussion in climate change topics would be nice, since over 99% of climatologists around the world agree that climate change is real, and man-made waste is the biggest contributing factor.

      It would be nice to discuss the ramifications that a changing climate has on our industry without having to entertain unscientific claims that the problem even exists in the first place.

      Also, all the various insult words that make the board a chore to read and comment on: “libitterals” being just one small one.

      • August 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm
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        Hey Good, perhaps you haven’t seen the monthly Climate Change/Global Warming articles published often on IJ.

        Breaking News! Global Warming is starting to reverse and much cooler weather is predicted for the fall, particularly in the N/E and Al Gores new film is not doing so well at the box office.

        • August 7, 2017 at 4:43 pm
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          I don’t want to get off-topic, of course, but one year of weather =/= climate. Climate is a period of time, usually taken as a group of 15 years together.

          Nobody could ever determine that “global warming is starting to reverse” off of part of a year’s worth of data, especially since 14, 15, and 16 were all the hottest months on record, and 17 has seen many, many areas break all time records in multiple months, as well.

          So, if we happen to be having a cool last couple of weeks (and I have loved it, trust you me.)that is not representative of anything, other than cool weather. You have to understand the science to look at this with objective eyes.

          Nothing in what I wrote above was inflammatory or opinion-based. All scientific fact and backed up by hard data. If you are genuinely interested, please let me know and I will post the sources.

          • August 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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            EDIT: 14, 15, and 16 were the hottest YEARS on record, not months. Several MONTHS in 17 have already broken those records WORLDWIDE.

            My bad. :)

    • August 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm
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      Well Andrew, you tried. Thanks Anyways.

    • August 7, 2017 at 6:23 pm
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      Obviously, some people read and ignore that which is requested to promote civility.

    • August 8, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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      Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Thank you, Andrew. Hoping for less name-calling, insults, and politicization of every freakin’ article on this site.

      • August 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm
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        It has already had a HUGE effect in other topics. Seriously. No matter which side of the aisle you fall on in all of the various topics (even the non-political ones), we are always welcoming of more voices around here. I hope you keep posting! :)

  • August 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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    hear, hear!

    No more political talk in climate change topics, please! Unless the topic is inherently political “President Comments on Climate Change”, it has no use in a topic. Climate Change is agreed upon by 99% of climatologists and the root cause being manmade pollution and changing the ecology around us.

    It does no good to have to weed through arguments by people without Science backgrounds, professions, and degrees who disagree about the data when the topic at hand deals directly with our industry and how it affects us.

    “Libitterals” could go, too and I wouldn’t be sad. It smacks of “I know you are, but what am I?” type of playground childishness not fit for a discussion on an insurance website.

    • August 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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      Before the conspiracy theorists start churning. I made the original post with the “Good things moving forward” name to designate that we can move forward and free this place from the muck it finds itself in right now.

      There is no Soros conspiracy (yet!), just ol’ Dough trying to be positive. Andrew could verify that our email addresses are the same. :)

      • August 7, 2017 at 3:58 pm
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        So you are one of the multi moniker dudes who keep down voting Polar on every comment. Why am I not surprised? Who is Dough?

        • August 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm
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          I still contend that is not happening. I would love for Andrew to weigh in just to settle this non-issue once and for all.

          Nobody has enough time in the day to down-vote posts they don’t like on an insurance website with extremely low exposure across multiple monikers. You are talking about posts with typically between 20 and 40 comments if they are super busy. Most have far, far less than that. Who would waste their day meticulously logging into multiple usernames to log multiple votes? The notion is ridiculous to me. That goes for Conservatives down-voting my posts, as well. It just doesn’t happen.

          It could be, just a possibility, that the content of Yogi’s posts are so inflammatory, closed-minded and negative to warrant those down-votes. He resorts to name-calling, and trolling in all sorts of manner. Many people don’t want to see yet another topic devolve into partisan politics when the topic at hand has nothing to do with politics, so they downvote his comments. No offense, but there is a reason that your posts get the same treatment.

          Other conservatives like Jax Agent and integrity manners post in a fervent style, but don’t get 1/3rd of Yogi’s downvotes. I would be willing to bet they have never had a post deleted, too.

          This is not a conspiracy. This is an open forum and people are voicing their disapproval with his content.

          • August 8, 2017 at 5:53 pm
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            So it is clear you don’t like Sarcasm or Humor. Why am I not surprised. Polar is one of the clearest thinkers on this site and too bad, so sad for you.

          • August 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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            It would appear that almost nobody feels that way. Too bad for all of us, I guess.

          • August 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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            “Too bad, so sad”? Really, Agent? I haven’t heard that since I was a teenaged girl in the 70’s.

            Sorry – I know this goes against the intent of the ‘new forum’, but once I stopped laughing, I felt compelled to post. Delete as you see fit, Andrew! :)

  • August 8, 2017 at 10:45 am
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    I think it goes without saying that for an issue as large and complicated as health-care this should not be a one-party issue. Our political leaders need to be just that, “Political Leaders”. They have the facts and the numbers. They know how changes will effect the American people. So sit down and create a 20-year, 50-year, or 100-yr plan on what is best to do for the country as a whole “TOGETHER!” keeping the basis of what the majority of American’s would prefer. Or create a vote and let the people choose their own fate. The entire country suffers with this indecisiveness on issues effecting people on a daily basis.

  • August 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm
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    Interested, do you really want to know why our political leaders don’t come up with a plan? Both sides are in bed with lobbyists who pay them to vote their way so they can get re-elected. That, and a determined group of the “Resistance” movement trying to undermine anything our POTUS wants to do.

    Definition: Liberal

    A person whose rigid ideology dictates what other people are allowed to think.

    • August 10, 2017 at 9:22 am
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      lib·er·al.

      [ˈlib(ə)rəl]

      ADJECTIVE

      1.open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values:

      “they have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people”

      2.(of education) concerned mainly with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training.

      synonyms: wide-ranging · broad-based · general

      3.(especially of an interpretation of a law) broadly construed or understood; not strictly literal or exact:

      “they could have given the 1968 Act a more liberal interpretation”

      synonyms: flexible · broad · loose · rough · free · general · nonliteral · nonspecific ·
      [more]

      4.given, used, or occurring in generous amounts:

      “liberal amounts of wine had been consumed”

      synonyms: abundant · copious · ample · plentiful · generous · lavish · luxuriant ·
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      • August 10, 2017 at 9:24 am
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        con·serv·a·tive.

        [kənˈsərvədive

        ADJECTIVE

        1.holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.

        synonyms: traditionalist · traditional · conventional · orthodox · old-fashioned ·
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        NOUN

        1.a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics.

        synonyms: right-winger · reactionary · rightist · diehard · Republican · Tory

        • August 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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          truth.

          NOUN

          1.What Captain Planet posted.

          synonyms: honesty

  • August 10, 2017 at 11:33 pm
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    The top of this page is absolutely hilarious.



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