Next Right Reads

9/13/16

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Avik Roy calls for a new kind of healthcare reform.

The debate among policymakers as to how best to reform the health care system has evolved since 2014. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has promised to “defend and expand the Affordable Care Act” by adding a government-run health insurer to the ACA exchanges, and by allowing those over 55 to “buy into Medicare.”
Republican nominee Donald Trump has to “ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare” on the first day of his administration. Among other things, he would replace the law with reforms that would allow individuals to buy insurance across state lines, and allow all Americans to fully deduct their health insurance premiums from their income tax liabilities.xvii
Paul Ryan, the Republican House Speaker, has proposed repealing the ACA and replacing it with a system of non-means-tested tax credits that would subsidize, to a lesser degree than the ACA, the purchase of health coverage.
Few of these proposals are likely to make it into law. Many of Mrs. Clinton’s measures, including the “public option,” were debated during the drafting of the ACA in 2009, and could not pass the U.S. Senate when Democrats controlled 60 votes in that body. Similarly, Republican proposals that would lead to fewer Americans possessing health coverage — as Mr. Trump’s plan would — stand little chance of gaining the support of 60 senators, and thereby overcoming a filibuster.
Hence, there remains a critical need to identify opportunities for bipartisan reform that can help the uninsured afford coverage, while also improving the quality and fiscal sustainability of U.S. health care.

Leo Smith attended a Trump rally with Newt Gingrich.

One of the key skills of engagement with an audience across difference is having a willingness to accept their truth. Some call it empathetic listening. Newt Gingrich, in a Town Hall Meeting for 2016 Presidential Candidate Donald Trump did exactly that today in Georgia. The result was young black American students who felt engaged enough to connect with the message even if not the messenger. At least one student, who’d held his fist up in protest of racial injustices while the American Pledge was recited, trusted the messenger in the room enough to ask thoughtful questions at the end of the former Republican Speaker of the House’s pro-Trump presentation.Gingrich’s ability to connect was highlighted in a key moment when he agreed with the black male collegiate’s assertion that Donald Trump over-generalized about the state of black America.

Senator Pat Toomey shares three ways he’s tried to end corporate welfare for the big banks.

2. Ending “Too Big To Fail”
Not only did Pat oppose the Wall Street bailouts, but he has taken steps to ensure they never happen again. Pat introduced legislation to end “Too Big To Fail,” which shields taxpayers from ever having to bail out failed banks and other financial institutions by replacing the federal bailout program with a new bankruptcy process.

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