Health care is kind of the ball game in American politics. Screw this up, and voters will punish you. Jay and Mona chew over the American Health Care Act and spit out the pieces. Conversation then ranges to a special rapper, Silicon Valley parents, the thug/students at Middlebury College, and more.

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  1. rgbact Inactive
    rgbact
    @romanblichar

    Great health care analysis, minus all the hysteria that I see from others on our side. I like the idea of taking it slow. Also taking a look at ideas like Collins-Cassidy. Also, skipping CBO scoring is unacceptable. That said, I’m in the camp of “sign anything that repeals the Medicaid expansion aka blue state free money bailout”. The other stuff, I’d be fine with just leaving it and letting it crumble with D’s getting the blame….which you seem to agree with somewhat.

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  2. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    This is the first show in a long time I was able to make it through all the way.

    Jay, my father was a Prof in the same era and said the something similar.  My father was an ex-air force officer and always went to University dressed as a typical professor.  He said it was his uniform.

    He did this during the entire period, while all the rest of his fellow professors went the full bohemian.  Then one day all the prof’s started dressing like him again.

     

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  3. Online Park Member
    Online Park
    @OnlinePark

    I sometimes am multi-tasking with this podcast on and don’t hit the off button for a while. I thought today’s rap was interesting and wondered which one of you would have known that and picked it.

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  4. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Online Park (View Comment):
    I sometimes am multi-tasking with this podcast on and don’t hit the off button for a while. I thought today’s rap was interesting and wondered which one of you would have known that and picked it.

    It’s Chance The Rapper’s Where The Praisings Go Up and it was Jay’s pick.

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  5. Nick Baldock Member
    Nick Baldock
    @NickBaldock

    I’ve said this before, but the complexity and expense of US healthcare almost seems an argument for the NHS. Also, I thought one key point of reform was that people could create a bespoke plan including and excluding whatever they like? But Jay and Mona say this is impossible. Please enlighten me.

    I’m not optimistic about the ‘good progressives’ scolding the Middlebury types. For one thing, my experience of academics suggests that they would be happy to see conservative thought de-legitimised; for another, they hate to give “aid and comfort to the enemy”, so will ultimately side with the progressives.

    The Tyranny of Nice operates here. If Marcusians can promote themselves as opposed to hate, giving a voice to the voiceless etc, they will be sympathetically heard in the academy and the media (the latter being the same people as the former once they’ve graduated).

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  6. Grendel Member
    Grendel
    @Grendel

    The problem with expecting “good leftists” to curb the black-hooded SJW thugs is basic. The history of the left is that the more radical dominate the less radical.  In France, etc., people went to the guillotine for wearing last week’s fashion in revolutionary hat. That’s why revolutions devour their children.

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  7. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
    ToryWarWriter
    @ToryWarWriter

    I have often looked upon the rise of Trump as a Thermidoric reaction.

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  8. George Townsend Inactive
    George Townsend
    @GeorgeTownsend

    Mona, I hate to be critical.  As my previous messages to you attest, I think a lot of you. But I think you are wrong to be so critical of the House bill on Healthcare. In a perfect world, perhaps it is not the best; but we have to think about the Democrats, and how they will never support ANYTHING our side comes up with.  Avik Roy understands that this bill, while far from perfect, is a good start, considering everything.  I wish you and Jay  would have him on.  I know he can cause you rethink this.

    Thanks for reading this, Mona! Be well!!

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  9. Nick Baldock Member
    Nick Baldock
    @NickBaldock

    Grendel (View Comment):
    The problem with expecting “good leftists” to curb the black-hooded SJW thugs is basic. The history of the left is that the more radical dominate the less radical. In France, etc., people went to the guillotine for wearing last week’s fashion in revolutionary hat. That’s why revolutions devour their children.

    @grendel, I agree to an extent that revolutions devour their children, although the ideals of the French Revolution seem to have won! However, I’d really like to know what, if anything, you think will be “too far”? I tend to think that progressives don’t really have a sense of too far provided that it’s progressive.

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