Experts question MnSure average rate increase of 4.5%
Why yes, they do question it! I think they question it because, ya know, it’s bullshit. Self respecting statisticians and actuarials, even if they are passionate partisans, can’t put their credibility in question by the embrace of the Dayton administrations grossly charitable statistical treatment here.
It’s a ‘lie’ as far as it goes, though Democrats are once again somewhat excused, as this is not the moral equivalent of a Republican lie. Republican lies are done for the Koch Brother’s, and Democrat lies are done to facilitate the greater good. There’s a difference.
On the question of balance, there is the presence of false balance here, I’d say. Figure, the 4.5% number ought to be indefensible, but the Strib extends some unwarranted deference to the Dayton Administrations explanation, going through the rote exercise of gathering and presenting opposing viewpoints, including the wholly ridiculous ones. They don’t push back with ‘explanatory journalism’.
Chait Stains: hey, all these things are poll taxes, and the Republicans support that! http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/how-conservatives-justify-poll-taxes.html
Bullshit. These are not poll taxes. What the republicans disapprove of and think is unfair, is this practice of rounding up transients, putting them on a bus, and taking them to the polls on election day. They think that’s a misuse of the franchise, and would not be so easy if people had an ID requirement. That’s all, and, are they really wrong in that sentiment?