poorrichardsnews asked:

Hi Joe, I wanted to drop you a note and say that you are correct that I missed key details from the article because I was in a hurry and only skimmed the article. The report here is of the results of Obama 2009 changes to the work requirement to food stamps, not the July changes to welfare reform. I made the necessary changes to the post. It's been a long week, but there's no excuse for sloppy writing. Thanks for keeping me honest.

And thank you for this refreshingly classy note. My own reblog was needlessly antagonistic in places, which has no place in the type of dialog I’d like to see here. I still disagree with a great many of your conclusions in the article, but that is nothing new.

Also, thank you for noting the update in the post, rather than making edits and doing nothing to note the original version that was published.

Together, let’s build a community where the clash of ideals is fierce, but where these differences need not define and forever divide us.

Ugh! Mitt Romney already going squishy on Obamacare


Dear Paul Ryan,

Would you please explain to Mitt Romney why he’s wrong about mandating coverage for pre-existing conditions.  Please insist to him that he stay strong for a full repeal of Obamacare.  

growing weary,

The American People

from TPM:

itt Romney said Sunday that he likes parts of ‘Obamacare’ and will keep key provisions involving pre-existing conditions and young people.

“I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” he said on NBC’s “Meet The Press. “One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their family up to whatever age they might like.”

The remarks could have huge implications as they signal a marked shift from Romney’s strong, unequivocal support for full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which he has consistently held since the Republican primaries.

Politically, the pivot risks drawing the ire of conservatives, who have been adamant that Republicans repeal the law in its entirety if elected. It’s a major gamble that could reflect Romney’s need to win over more independent voters, who support those provisions.

From a policy standpoint, however, the coverage guarantee for pre-existing conditions is economically untenable without other provisions of ‘Obamacare’ — most notably the individual mandate that requires Americans purchase insurance, which experts say is necessary to broaden the risk pool and prevent an upward spiral in costs.

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The author here is right.  The individual mandate is the only mechanism that makes guaranteed coverage work.  The two are inseparable.  You cannot mandate coverage for pre-existing conditions without also mandating that all Americans buy health insurance.  To do so would with 100% certainly bankrupt the American healthcare system.  

And why in the world would he continue the mandated freeloading of 26 year olds on their parents health insurance?    

These things have already raised the cost of healthcare premiums.  Premiums will not go down until they are repealed. 

Hopefully Romney will come out and clarify his remarks by saying that health insurance companies are allowed to do so if they can negotiate it but not that they’re mandated.  

Fellow conservatives, I would encourage you to contact Mitt Romney and make your voice heard. 

I hate to break it to everyone against Obamacare, but these provisions are here to stay. Every year they stay in place public support for them grows, and Republicans are already having to adjust their positions as a reflection of this. The only possible stumbling year will be 2014, but after that the window of opportunity even for staggered dismantlement of the system closes. This was our Social Security fight, for better or worse (I say better), and it will become equally as entrenched.

I’m Going To Wait For the Numbers



But anecdotally, this is the most aggressive and on-message convention I’ve ever seen the Democrats put together. I want to shake the hand of whoever herded all these cats so well.

August unemployment numbers come out tomorrow at 8:30 and next week the total campaign donations (not including super PACs) for the month of August come out. The Romney campaign raised around $100,000,000; wonder why we have not seen the Obama numbers.

Oh, I’m sure the Obama fundraising numbers are relatively lower, but that’s not shocking for a Democrat, especially in a post-Citizens-United world.

What is worth noting is that the election markets barely budged during the speech. The unemployment numbers are what everyone is really waiting for.

Obama Reddit AMA

None of the following should come as a surprise, but this is essentially a 30 minute telepresser, except the President gets to pick the questions, and gets to double-check his scripted answers before responding. Nothing shocking or new will come out of this, but in such a simple act he’s generated how much free press so far, during the Republican National Convention?

He also gets to reaffirm the image of being tech-savvy, hip, and young, while theoretically boosting enthusiasm within the youth demographic. 

I love it.

The effort by Romney appears to be the first example of a political campaign using such extensive data analysis.

Obviously I haven’t seen this new data-mining system, but from the article (and talking with some conservative friends on the campaign) it sounds like what the Democrats have had for years now. I can pull anybody up and get their score on an index of how liberal they likely are, how likely they are to vote, and what their expected contribution should be. This data is generated via a mix of campaign voter files, c3 and c4 groups plugging in their own data in exchange for access to the system, and purchased consumer information (such as magazine subscriptions, etc.).