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Elect McFadden & Westrom? You Lose Your Health Care

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 10/23/14 01:54, Edited: 10/23/14 06:47

by Dave Mindeman

So Mike McFadden's health care ideas don't hold up.

Huh - there's a shocker.

In advocating for a replacement for the federal health care law, McFadden opposes a national solution. He would leave most of the decisions up to states, including whether to require people to buy health insurance.

But McFadden would force states to keep some of the most popular benefits of the heath care law. Their plans would be prohibited from placing lifetime caps on insurance payouts and they would have to allow parents to keep adult children on their insurance up to age 26.

Republicans are caught in their own fiscal trap. They don't PAY FOR IT. Sure these aspects of Obamacare are universally appealing; the public has asked for them for years. But that is why Obamacare has to be taken as a whole - not some of its parts. Obamacare needed an intricate mechanism of fiscal balance to find a way to PAY FOR THESE BENEFITS.

You know, being fiscally responsible. Remember GOP? Remember that?

And it's not just McFadden. Torrey Westrom in the 7th District uttered the same nonsense on At Issue with Tom Hauser. He wanted to keep the "good" parts but repeal the rest.

Absolute foolishness.

Same goes for Mitch McConnell. He's stuck with a promise to repeal Obamacare, while the Kentucky Obamacare exchange KYNECT is wildly popular. He even put forward the crazy idea of repealing Obamacare but letting Kentucky keep its exchange.

You would think the Minority Leader of the US Senate would at least know that without Obamacare, Kentucky can't keep kids on their parents insurance up to 26, that pre-existing conditions would still disqualify people from insurance, that lifetime caps won't go away, and that Medicaid expansion has no monetary support.

The Federal dollars go away and Kentucky has to pay for it - all by themselves - which, as McConnell full well knows, is impossible.

Republicans are simply lying about health care. There is no other way to characterize it. They have to know that Obamacare is never going away, so they believe that, at least for now, they can say any tin foil hat thing they want and no one will ever remember it once the election is over.

Experts .... say much of what McFadden proposes has been tried before and left millions of Americans without health insurance.

There it is my friends - elect the Republicans that espouse this fantasy and you lose your healthcare.

It's that simple.
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How Can "Businessman" McFadden Call That A Contract?

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 10/08/14 19:52

by Dave Mindeman

As I think most people are aware, the real essence of a contract is the details, the fine print, the fulfillment clauses.

Mike McFadden is apparently giving Minnesota a contract with none of the above.

Excuse me, Mr. McFadden, as a business man you should be aware that none of us are going to sign that contract without seeing the fine print.

So, here are some questions:

If you are visiting all 87 counties every year, does that mean you will meet with at least one constituent in every county? or just do a drive by.

Will your quarterly town meetings mean EACH actual quarter, or maybe 1 four day open to the public office presence?

Sure, you can post your vote and reasoning, but how about we get to forward OUR reasoning BEFORE you vote.

If you promise not to seek re-election if you vote with your party 97% of the time, how about you tell us which "unbiased" group determines that. And do cloture votes count as part of this voting process?

And as for your "action" bills.....

--Balanced Budget Amendment? So 90's...
--No Budget - No Pay? Your Senate salary is chump change for you anyway and GOP uses budget as a tool for ideology. Why don't you address that instead?
--Legislation for Keystone and other pipelines? If this is a binding contract, I think you better tell us what "other" projects you mean. And as long as we are putting this in writing, will you guarantee American steel?
--A repeal of the Medical Device Tax? A contract requires that you tell us what your revenue offset will be.
--Legislation to streamline our regulatory process? Does that mean bank regulation as well? Remember what happened with lax rules on that.

And about those additional pledges...

I am uncomfortable with redirecting public school money into charters. Why not fully fund them all? Details, McFadden, details.

On health care. Contracts need details on this. You can't take away health care from people without telling us what the alternative is. That is NOT a contract worth signing. Details, McFadden, details.

Energy plans for energy independence. So unlimited fracking? Tar sands oil? No exports? Details, McFadden, details.

Simplify tax code? For whom? Will you simplify it for corporations and actually make them PAY taxes? Details, McFadden, details.

If you may think that your signature on that piece of junk constitutes a contract, you aren't much of a businessman after all.

Minnesota won't be signing that contract.... not a chance.
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Mike McFadden Is NOT Good For Minnesota

Category: Al Franken
Posted: 09/29/14 19:14

by Dave Mindeman

Mike McFadden has been trying to raise his profile ahead of his debates with Al Franken. And judging by what he is putting out there, Mike McFadden is either the most naive politician Minnesota has ever had or simply unable to understand the facts.

His OP-ED, which I caught in the Duluth paper is concerning in regards to his ability to represent us in the US Senate. It is statements like these that cause that concern....

No one party is to blame for what's happening in Washington. Republicans and Democrats seem to view politics as the art of the pure when it should be seen as the art of the possible. Minnesotans deserve more; they deserve a problem-solver with practical, real-world experience who will shake up Washington and get this country back onto the path of growth and prosperity.

McFadden is a Republican and as a Republican, how can he look us in the eye and say that the GOP has not epitomized his statement..."seem to view politics as the art of the pure when it should be seen as the art of the possible."

The GOP Senators have shunned the "possible" on every occasion and defined the "art of the pure" as the art of the filibuster. Yes, Minnesotans do deserve more, but sending one more Republican to Washington to continue this policy of obstruction is not even close to an answer.

What makes anyone think that a rich, naive Republican Senator can go to Washington and problem solve in an atmosphere that only obstructs. No progress is wanted - no solutions are sought.

But McFadden thinks he is optimistic....

I am ready to head to Washington, roll up my sleeves, and work with anyone, Republican or Democrat, who will help change the direction this country is headed by working to address what I like to call the "three E's" of energy, education and effective government.

Again, a naive view that is dangerous. You can't possible deal with E for Energy without adding the more important E for the Environment. Those two have to work in tandem or a temporary fix in supply will collapse in yet another round of environmental disaster. McFadden would do well to look at China in this regard. While he is accessing their cheap steel, maybe he should look at the people walking around in smog with filter masks over their mouths. China uses short cuts. They bypass regulation. But look at the result.

And as for education....despite repeated calls from Obama for changes in No Child Left Behind, Republicans, led by John Kline, block it at every turn. Special Ed is still waiting for promised fulfillment on funding increases that were promised years ago. And the GOP talks about the achievement gap only in terms of how many teachers they can blame. And McFadden adds his voice to the complainers who offer no fixes.

And when it comes to "effective government", McFadden's answer is to get rid of regulatory agencies which will lead to the same kind of oversight nightmare that brought us the bank meltdown of 2008....or the acid rain of the 60's and 70's....or the ozone layer depletion that we have finally come back to fix by restricting fluorocarbons.

And you can add McFadden's ideas on healthcare to that list. He wants to get rid of Obamacare and keep the popular aspects of it -- without any of the cost management needed to cover them. What business model could work with that?

Mike McFadden thinks he has "new" ideas. The truth is, McFadden is just a revamped version of Norm Coleman without the Kazeminy suits.
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