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Old 08-31-2017, 10:27 PM   #241
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You're absolutely right, we haven't seen the official letter or the official response, so it's all in our imagination.

In the mean time, more imaginary evidence of FBI corruption:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ja...rticle/2633095

Good one. Decide on the outcome (probably with some prompting), then conduct the investigation.

Any major corrupt activity almost always requires corrupt law enforcement collusion.


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Old 08-31-2017, 11:53 PM   #242
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You're absolutely right, we haven't seen the official letter or the official response, so it's all in our imagination.
The existence is not in your imagination. Only the contents are in your imagination.

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In the mean time, more imaginary evidence of FBI corruption:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ja...rticle/2633095

Good one. Decide on the outcome (probably with some prompting), then conduct the investigation.

Any major corrupt activity almost always requires corrupt law enforcement collusion.
The rest of this has no bearing on the FOIA request.


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Old 09-01-2017, 12:28 AM   #243
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Excuse me, but wasn't the FOIA request for the FBI files in the HRC e-mail investigation? And wasn't the Washington Examiner article on Comey's pre-judgement of that investigation? In what way were they not related? It looks to me that both involved something the FBI wanted to hide. Evidence of pressure from the top?
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Medicare currently works because you have to pay into it for 40 years before you get any benefits. And many potential beneficiaries die before getting anything from it.

Medicare for all will be a disaster of epic proportions, since people will be drawing from day one, from a bank full of IOU's.

The solution to health care lies in controlling costs, not changing who pays for it.
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Old 09-01-2017, 03:04 AM   #245
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This is sometimes being reported as "Medicaid for All", rather than "Medicare for All". There is a big distinction. You must pay premiums for Medicare, and it operates not unlike a regular medical insurance policy, with limits on what it will pay, set by the program. Medicaid is the version for low-income people where the cost is subsidized by the government. It is run by the individual States withe some payments from the Feds. If you have low-enough income or fall into certain categories, Medicaid does not cost the receiver anything. But if you aren't in the low-income group, payment for Medicare is MANDATED, and is deducted from your paycheck. Or if you are on Social Security, it comes right out of your SS payment before you get it.

Since I went on Medicare on turning 65, I have some experience with it. There are several "Parts", some of which cover catastrophic care, some cover routine care, and some subsidize the cost of prescription drugs. But it should be noted that Medicare does not cover all the costs that are billed. Instead it covers only that portion that Medicare schedules cover, and then only 60% of that. So most people, myself included, have a supplemental policy or get Medicare Advantage. There are a bewildering array of supplementals from different companies licensed in each State, and some are only available county-by-county. Different "Plans" cover different levels of care, and of course, have different premiums. So really, the "Medicare for All" advantage is just that people with pre-existing conditions could get the catastrophic coverage at the same premium as everyone. Beyond that, most people would still need another medical insurance plan.

One thing that makes the physicians unhappy is that Medicare determines what the payment schedules are. Since the schedules haven't kept up with the rising costs of treatments, a lot of physicians will not currently accept new Medicare and Medicaid patients. Of course, if EVERYONE is on them, that will have to change.

I have also noted that with Obamacare, I'm a lot less likely to see an actual physician now, and more likely to see a PA or nurse practicioner. Obamacare made medicine more available, but didn't increase the supply of physicians.
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Wow, $100 million for Obamacare ads.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/tr...rticle/2633128

No wonder these government programs are so expensive.
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The problem is that you have a simplistic view of how the law works in practice and a simplistic, ideologically driven view of what the law actually is. Some laws are cut and dried and others are not. When it comes to enforcement, there is always prosecutorial discretion.
Isn't "prosecutorial discretion" the choice of a prosecutor to bring or to drop charges on an individual already in custody for an alleged offense? It cannot be the direction, by the president, to an entire branch of government to ignore enforcement of existing laws.
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Isn't "prosecutorial discretion" the choice of a prosecutor to bring or to drop charges on an individual already in custody for an alleged offense? It cannot be the direction, by the president, to an entire branch of government to ignore enforcement of existing laws.
It can be both. DA's commonly set policies regarding what they want their departments to focus on. The POTUS certainly has that policy privilege as well. Trump and/or Sessions is using it to set priorities. IIRC, Obama may have overstepped a bit in one area and had the court clip his wings.


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