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More young Delaware Dems getting into white-hot Presidential politics

Barack Obama had U.D. (and St. Mark's) alum David Plouffe first as his campaign manager in 2008, later as a senior adviser to the President.

Now, a couple of U.D. twin brothers are already working for a couple of Hillary Rodham Clinton super-PACs. (It tells you something about U.S. Presidential politics that a would-be candidate already has multiple PACs working for her even BEFORE the mid-term Congressional election.)

From NATIONAL JOURNAL on line... "Super PAC Super Twins"


http://www.nationaljournal.com/daily/how-to-succeed-in-washington-it-helps-when-there-are-two-of-you-20140407

Posted at 7:55am on April 8, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

EarlGrey
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 9:01am
The Weasel (Wessel) Twins will have quite a few fires to put out for Hillary "Reset" Clinton... of course, if the Republicans pick Jeb Bush (or another progressive Republican), they should have no problem securing the presidency for Mrs. Clinton.

The newest story/scandal for Hillary is how BILLIONS of dollars disappeared under her watch...

http://twitchy.com/2014/04/04/ask-hillary-where-is-the-money-newt-gingrich-others-wonder-what-happened-to-state-depts-missing-6-billion/

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:20am
2016 will be Hillary's last chance rodeo, so if she falls off the bucking bronco this time, she's done.

Many women are drooling over the real possibility that finally a woman, especially a woman who shares their values, will become President [so Palin & Bachmann need not apply for the job]. Elizabeth Warren would also be a possibility, but she'd have to somehow push Hillary to the side, which would mean going against the "Clinton Political Machine".

EarlGrey
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:46am
I have no problem with voting for a woman president but see none vying for the job that I could vote for from either side of the political aisle.

kavips
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 7:35pm
It is far too early to worry about 2016.

mrpizza
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 8:07pm
Time for David Plouffe to go POOF!

mrpizza
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 8:23pm
Mike FD: In response to your comment that I'd never make it as a reporter, you're absolutely correct. The news is depressing enough as it is. I don't think I could eat, sleep, and breathe it 24/7.

I am thinking, though, that I could do well as a political comedian, especially if it's making fun of Democrats. Are there any openings for an extreme-right-wing version of Letterman or Johnny Carson?

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:06pm
Mr pizza: Maybe Fox "news" Radio is looking for a political comedian, why not, they already are creating laughs having as their slogan "fair & balanced." Theyalready have one comedian there as a correspondent, Sarah Palin.

EarlGrey
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 8:11am
"It is far too early to worry about 2016."

For us, yes...for the presidential "hopefuls" no. Any real contenders have made themselves known and are busy building their "war chests" for 2016.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 8:31am
Here is an example of biased reporting from Fox "News":

Fox is reporting that folks won't be able to buy Obamacare until end of year when the next period for enrollments starts, unless they have a life-changing event such as marriage, divorce, loss of job, income, etc., etc.

This is a shock??? My employee insurance plan, that I've had for 40 years, operates just like that. That plan has a period of open enrollment, and once that time passes, you're out of luck unless you have one of those life-qualifying events I mentioned above. So why is Fox making such a big deal out of this? Fox, like MSNBC: Both so biased, they just aren't credible news sources.


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/09/latest-obamacare-surprise-most-wont-be-able-to-buy-health-insurance-until-end/

EarlGrey
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 9:35am
Mike...the difference is 0bamaCare forced people out of their previous insurance plans (your employee ins. plan did not force anyone out)...0bamaCare was supposed to insure more people but that too was a farce.

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 6:26pm
EarlGrey: I understand that Obamacare so far hasn't lived up to the Administration's hype, but in terms of having enrollment periods, that is what the normal practice is in the insurance industry, so Obamscare is doing the acceptable practice of that industry. So this is a bogus thing for Fox "News" to bring up. There are plenty of other real things they can bash them for; this isn't one of them.


mrpizza
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 6:29pm
Nope. Only that it's a ponzi scheme designed to (purposely) crash the health-care industry and the country.

EarlGrey
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 6:58pm
Incorrect Mike...not bogus.

"John Goodman of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas adds, "People are not going to be able to buy individual and family policies, and that's part of ObamaCare. And what makes it so surprising is the whole point of ObamaCare was to encourage people to get insurance, and now the market has been completely closed down for the next seven months."

That means that with few exceptions, tens of millions of people will be locked out of the health insurance market for the rest of this year.

Only about one in four subsidy-eligible people signed up for health insurance," says Robert Laszewski of Health Policy Associates. "That means about 13 million subsidy-eligible people have not yet signed up for health insurance."

Add to that millions more who waited, or thought the policies under ObamaCare were too expensive and decided just to pay the tax penalty.

“In all likelihood," says Laszewski, "we've only signed up somewhere between one in five and one in seven people who were uninsured prior to the start of ObamaCare."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/09/latest-obamacare-surprise-most-wont-be-able-to-buy-health-insurance-until-end/

Mike from Delaware
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:31pm
EarlGrey & Mr pizza: as with most policies you have an open enrollment period. If you miss it you're out of luck until the next open enrollment.

The big question is why did those folks not enroll ? The government extended the deadline & they still didn't make an effort to enroll. Funny how the conservatives bashed Obamacare when they extended the deadline & now bash it because the deadline finally came. You can't have it both ways. Bottom line is no matter what Obamacare does you'll be against it. The only thing that would work for you guys is Obamacare close down. I'll give you a clue, the only way you'll see Obamacare disappear would be when the US goes to the Single Payer system. My guess is you guys would prefer Obamacare over that.

EarlGrey
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 9:11am
Mike:

0bamaCare was supposed to take care of EVERYONE who was uninsured, but it's not. People didn't sign up for a multitude of reasons...here are but a few:

1. The rules for 0bamaCare have changed so many times, no one believed they would actually close the doors on enrollment.

2. People preferred to pay the Liberty Tax and forgo insurance coverage for themselves and their families.

3. People could not afford the more expensive 0bamaCare coverage (which they were promised would be cheaper) so they didn't sign up... which means they are still uninsured AND paying a TAX for the privilege of being uninsured.

4. People didn't want to give their valuable & personal financial/medical data to a website with little internet security (an identity thief's dream).

So now MILLIONS of additional people are uninsured, our health-care system is completely bunged up, and our economy is in the shambles (thanks in large part to this epic failure called ACA)...all this for what?

Any private-sector business that ran like this would be sued, put out of business, and demonized worse than "evil" Halliburton.

Single-payer is what this administration has wanted the entire time... do you really want the same group that created this SNAFU to be in charge of everything? Big Government doesn't work and that is why Libertarianism is on the rise.

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 2:31pm
EarlGrey: Item 1: No argument Obamacare has been, up to this point, poorly managed and yes that lack of leadership caused much of the confusion the general public has had.

Item 2: those folks chose to NOT sign up so they shouldn't be in this equation. They've chosen to pay the "penalty" or "Liberty Tax" rather than sign up. So they've opted out.

Item 3: Sadly many of those folks couldn't afford Obamacare AND made too much so they didn't qualify for the free expanded Medicaid. So yes those folks got the shaft and this needs to be addressed quickly, I agree.

Item 4: There was a 1-800 number also available for those who had that exact issue, so that isn't an excuse. If they wanted Obamacare, they could have called the 1-800 number and been enrolled.

Some reality, the problem is the "free market" WASN'T working for all in terms of providing medical health coverage, and this problem has festered for over 60 years, so the GOP has had plenty of time to create a workable market driven system they liked better than their original plan that is today's Obamacare [yep that was a Republican counter plan to Hillarycare]. So if Obamacare is a failure, it is a Republican failure as it is their plan. Obamacare is the GOP attempt to have a market driven plan to insure all.

So unless your pals come up with something better than this or Single Payer, we'll eventually end up with Single Payer. So it's time for the GOP/TEA party to either put up or shut up. As of now they're not offering a better plan so folks who need insurance are not going to back the GOP let's go back to where we were in 2008. THAT isn't going to happen.

I keep hearing about Germany's excellent plan that covers all and offers top notch medical care at a fraction of what we pay in the US. Why doesn't some TEA/GOP person go study that and find out why it works so much better than anything we've done so far in the US. Oh, I know, the German plan is probably a "socialistic" plan, so rather than admit sometimes a socialistic plan is the better way, they'll just dig in their heels and do nothing, thus giving the DEMS another winning issue over the GOP/TEA.

EarlGrey
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 3:07pm
Well Mike... If anyone is willing to listen, there are MANY solutions offered by Tea Party reps and candidates to rid the country of 0bamaCare and REPAIR the earlier broken system. 0bamaCare cannot be fixed/repaired as many in the G.O.P. want to do... am done with the G.O.P. (Grand ole' Progressives) because they also want Big Government to be involved in every segment of our lives.

Hopefully many of the Progressive Republicans will be shown the door by the Lincoln-type Republicans in 2014... this new crop of candidates has fresh ideas to help our country, and they've not been corrupted from spending too many years in D.C.'s culture of corruption.

"I believe the very heart and soul of Conservatism is Libertarianism."~Ronald Reagan

Mike from Delaware
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:21pm
EarlGrey: besides spending accounts what else have they proposed?

EarlGrey
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 1:58pm
Mike; Three more that come to mind are:

1. Insurance no longer tied to employers.

2. Insurance across state lines.

3. Insurance coverage customized for the needs of you and your family.

Basically apply everything we now have for auto insurance to health-care insurance...

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 4:43pm
EarlGrey: What about pre-existing conditions? The problem with the old system was insurance companies wouldn't insure someone with a preexisting condition or would charge such an outrageous premium that the average person/family couldn't afford the insurance. This is part of what Obamacare or yes a Single Payer system would address.

This is the Achilles Heel of the old system. If you were healthy, no problem, but as we age, folks develop things and then the insurance companies want to throw those folks under the bus, because they are in the business to make money as all companies are. Under that plan, ONLY folks like Rush Limbaugh and Ophra didn't have to worry about losing their home due to some medical issue.

That's why I believe we will ultimately end up with a Single Payer System. Sure I'd love for a market driven system to work for all, but the sad fact is in terms of healthcare it hasn't.

What I've come to understand over the years is, that we should use market driven solutions when that works the best for all and a socialistic solution when it works the best for all. An easy example is mass transit. If the bus/train/subways were market driven they'd be a fond memory as the price of the ticket would be more than the average person could afford. No mass transit is a big deal in major cities. Their already clogged streets would be so much worse. The poor who can not afford to own a car would not be able to get to their job so we'd end up with more folks on Welfare.

So by some of our taxes helping to subsidize mass transit it makes our drive better, provides folks the means to get to work so they can pay taxes, and also cuts down on pollution. So from where I sit, subsidizing mass transit is a good solution. Yep that's a socialistic solution, but in that case it is the better choice.

So what I believe we should do is get the best of both worlds, market driven and socialistic. The key of course is knowing which things that should be socialized, mass transit and healthcare are two that would benefit the nation better as a socialized system since the market driven version of both has failed.

EarlGrey
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 12:25am
Mike: Even the G.O.P.-types have said we need to allow those with pre-existing conditions to be insured... single-payer is not the way to go if you want good health-care as you age. There are elements of ACA that are good, but there are also thousands of pages of government overreach in the law.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 6:29pm
EarlGrey: Those Republican folks surely aren't saying it often as I do follow the news & never here it. It's one thing to say even those with pre-existing conditions should be insured; it's something else to design a plan where that happens so that it is affordable for the average Joe or Jane.

Sadly, Republicans spend far more effort demonizing Obamacare than offering solid solutions, both now & back before Congress voted to make the ACA the law of the land. So it's hard to take them seriously. They are their own worse enemy. They can't blame the "liberal" media either as they have Fox "News", Wash Times, Wall Street Journal, plus all the right-wing talk ploviators like Rush, Beck, & Hannity giving them total coverage. So sorry, the G.O.P. / TEA party needs to truly get behind coming up with a real solution. The dirty secret is, they don't really want a solution other than going back to what we had before Obamacare. So this discussion is purely academic.


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