Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bad News for Your Side, But I Think You Are Good Looking

Eli,

Science!!

Bill


Edging to Trump

Eli,

As you know, I don't like Trump and I think his major policies are wrong. But the behavior of the press and his political opponents since the election has sure made me much more sympathetic to him. So congratulations on their defiance, or opposition, or resistance or whatever else they are calling it: it is turning me into a supporter.

Bill

Why Does There Have to be a Replacement to ACA?

Eli,

I know the Republicans have stated they will "replace" the ACA, but I don't see why they should. When natural gas prices were deregulated, there wasn't a replacement. When airlines were deregulated there wasn't a replacement. When wage and price controls were eliminated after WWII, there wasn't a replacement. When wage and price controls were eliminated in 1975 there wasn't a replacement. I don't see why there has to be a replacement to the ACA either.

Bill

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

He Doesn't Care About The Hype

Bill,

I read your post with interest as the second round of the playoffs approaches. For us lucky Patriots fans (what an era to have enjoyed), the two people who won't be paying attention to the prognosticators are  Belichick and Brady. And they'll make sure the rest of the team doesn't either.

Eli

Pats vs Texans

Eli,

from BarStoolSports:

In a game like this I almost feel like it would be more fair to give Belichick a exact number he has to hit without going over. If you told Belichick he had to score exactly 30 points in this game to win I bet you he does it 4 times out of 5.

Bill

The Political Price for Repealing the ACA

Eli,

The political price for repealing the ACA may be very small. The 20 million with coverage from the ACA is vastly over-stated. 10M from Medicaid expansion, some from the growth in the economy, some from shifting from the individual market to the exchanges, some from the mandate. Plus, for some, it's a crappy product, hence the issues the exchanges are having.

According to Democratic orthodoxy Republicans only represent, due to gerrymandering, white evangelicals. If true maybe the political hit is small. And to suggest there will be no market for insurance once the ACA goes away is really just silly. Unless, of course, legislation bans new products from being offered.

There will be a hit; no one knows the magnitude. It would be ironic if the impact were as large as what the Democrats suffered for passing the law in the first place.

Bill


Monday, January 9, 2017

What Else Dies With Obama CAre?

Bill,

So we agree on the fate of Obamacare. I wonder though, just what else (some republican Congressional careers?), and  who else will die with it. Twenty million Americans stand to lose their healthcare. Hard to imagine such an event will be consequence free.

Eli