... is that they WANT less people to get their healthcare via government. So why aren't they pleased with the CBO analysis when it says that 33million fewer will be insured https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52939 ?
If they believed their ideologies were right, they would be able to just say - "We believe it's right that fewer people get healthcare through government because that way we can make government smaller and reduce taxes. The way to get healthcare is to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and get rich like us. If you're already sick and really poor, we'll still have a really basic Medicaid so we don't totally go against everything Jesus taught but if you get sick then basically you're ruined. But as soon as all the sick and poor people die out everyone will be happy like us!" /politics /ahca
16 07 2017 08:07 | #1 /jamesleeds
Understanding one's own (and other people's) ever-surprising ability to disregard what is blatantly true is something of an obsession for me ATM. When you believe something defines you ("I am a Christian") it appears this cannot be questioned without putting at risk the whole idea of who you are.
As it transpires, the same regions of the brain light-up under MRI when confronted with an actual knife-wielding physical threat as when a statement contradicts closely held beliefs important to our identity:
The thing I would question is the conclusion. Are "who we are" and "what we believe" different things?
There is no free market health care option; a true "free market" would allow poor people to die.
Here s a big one. (well, quite small really.)
Hardly any decisions we make are based on a dispassionate assessment of facts or stats - we feel things. And I'm not just talking about those we consider less intelligent - the populists, the sheep - we are all readily persuadable as even smarter people don't make probability calculations in everyday life.
So what can we do if we don't wish to be part of the prejudiced throng - we can't stop our minds making simplifications ourselves? We can acknowledge WHERE we are making simplifications and honestly state so. There is nothing more terrifying than someone who makes a simplication on a sixpence as a means of coping but who then zealously defends it for fear they won't be able to cope if it might turn out to be wrong (or simply more complicated).
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In polling, 75% of Trump supporters want to repeal Obamacare even though they are mostly the poor beneficiaries. If you ask the exact same question without calling it "Obamacare" that drops to 13%http://www.salon.com/2016/12/21/drain-the-swamp-of-all-those-p-c-liberals-turns-out-trumpers-dont-care-about-lobbyists-or-plutocrats/
Those fighting against the USs fledgling ability to catch up with the rest of the civilised world and look after people who are ill are able to keep popular support against it by reminding people it was proposed by a black man.
In Kentucky, they even rebranded it so that those in need would take it up: http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/12/13/13848794/kentucky-obamacare-trump
It's only after reading comments against various Obamacare articles that I understand (though disagree) with the opposition to it from poor white Americans. The rebranding of ACA as "Obamacare" is a racist issue THAT makes it sound like healthcare for poor black people, paid for by increased premiums to wealthy whites.
22 07 2017 10:07 | #1 /jamesleeds
... you can do anything, so you don't
....that's akin to saying we might not face a military threat again; so let's not bother with an army /climate
Refreshing to see analysis that is both Pro-market and Pro-state: The Republican Health Care Crackup https://nyti.ms/2msnOz8
This week's Toca Town update allows you to claim free gifts when by typing 8 character words in the keyboard room. After some experimentation with my daughter, I thought we'd share the ones we've found (as nowhere else on the web seems to interested in children's games such as this)
...you can do anything, so you don't.
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The biggest split will be between those who draw a line and the power-sick—whose longing to have access to power, or influence
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- Margin notes (always specific to you, but can be written against anyone's big thoughts!)
- "Following" people or piles?
- Different "levels" of friendship
- Collapse big thoughts into summary paragraph
Compare that to Obama in 2013:
20 01 2017 16:01 | #1 /jamesleeds
This is a 198/trumpinauguration Ford Mustang with a 4.2L V8 petrol engine that produces 119bhp. My older, 1974 1.6L makes more than that.
Yes, have been thinking about gamification for a while. Probably something for the free version
Would require a similar transition period to the move from OS9 to OSX, with MS universal binary equivalents.