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20 hours ago @ Atheist Revolution - Republican Health Care... · 1 reply · +3 points

The encouraging thing about single payer health care is that we'd have many successful models upon which to base it. It isn't like we'd have to come up with something from scratch. We could meet with those responsible for running these systems in many other Western democracies, get a sense of what works well and what could be tweaked, and put a system in place. Aside from the insurance industry, the primary obstacles seem to be mostly philosophical.

1 day ago @ Atheist Revolution - Republican Health Care... · 0 replies · +3 points

I sure hope we get there eventually and without too many people dying unnecessarily in the meantime. Unfortunately, I don't see much progress toward a single payer system. If the Democrats aren't going to push it when they are in power (and they haven't), I'm not sure where else it might come from.

1 day ago @ Atheist Revolution - Republican Health Care... · 1 reply · +2 points

The Democrats made a conscious and deliberate decision not to pursue single payer at the time. I described this as their having turned their backs on it. I don't doubt that they thought they had good reasons for doing so.

4 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Dismissing Calls for C... · 1 reply · +4 points

Not only do they carry water for him, but I think that the fact that they do so in spite of how he treated them is something some of his supporters find appealing. We may see it as something akin to bullying, but it seems like some of his supporters view it as strength, power, or something else they regard as positive.

5 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Dismissing Calls for C... · 0 replies · +2 points

We are indeed seeing a poor example. But it isn't like Obama (who was extremely civil) brought much civility in response.

5 days ago @ Atheist Revolution - Democratic Infighting · 0 replies · +1 points

I'd sure support both term limits and an end to gerrymandering. They both strike me as very useful reforms that we'll probably never see.

1 week ago @ Bitch Spot - New to the Neighborhood · 1 reply · +1 points

Sounds like a good place so far. Lots of the benefits and few of the downsides. I grew up in one of those neighborhoods where everybody was in everybody's business all the time, and I hated it (mostly because the neighbors tattled to my parents whenever I did things I shouldn't have been doing). As an adult, I've either lived in places without neighborhoods or just kept to myself and had minimal contact with neighbors. Probably not too healthy, but I'm most comfortable that way.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Democratic Infighting · 0 replies · +1 points

Expressing different opinions and trying to work toward a uniting sort of consensus are good things. They are also things I am not convinced are happening with much success. I see more demonizing one's opponents, identity politics, and purity tests. If these things eventually result in a workable coalition, great. My concern is that they are having the opposite effect.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Democratic Infighting · 1 reply · +1 points

I suspect that will depend on what, if anything, the party learns from this and their other recent losses. I guess we'll see.

1 week ago @ Atheist Revolution - Democratic Infighting · 0 replies · +2 points

There's always Trump and his veto power. But seriously, I have far more confidence in the ability of the Republicans to be an effective opposition party than I do in the Democrats'.