No worries, Obamacare will collapse on its own….

That’s the Trump / GOP line right. It’s not true.

Now, Obamacare did death spiral, already, to the point it’s not attracting a meaningful population of healthy, affluent premium payers…

But the program can go on … The insurance companies have the ability to raise rates (with state approvals, which they will get) and the subsidized insuree is protected from raised rates because being in the program means you never pay more than an amount pegged to your income, and this stuff is all on auto pilot.

Which is to say, it’s got permanent financing as far as it goes (even if it is additive to the deficit, which it probably is), it won’t ‘collapse’. I wrote this before noticing there’s a Yglesias article out there this morning that state Trump is an idiot for assuring an Obamacare collapse. I’ll go see if the reason MattY says is the same one I do.

Jots w/ dots 3/27/17

Mayo: We can’t discount our services and do what we do, so no Medicaid http://www.startribune.com/mayo-to-pick-privately-insured-patients-amid-medicaid-pressures/416185134/ Goes to thing I said other day, the expectation has to be that physicians and medical apparatus gets paid for services they render to the poor. This is what I meant. It’s unreasonable… unreasonable as a matter of logic and ethics and market dynamics and everything else …. to ask people… and believe it, corporations are people my friend…. to take 55% of the prevailing rate when they can get the prevailing rate. So whaddya going to do, make them take the work at your price? No, you got to pay them. And it does cost money. Taxes, whatever. Realityville.

Cops who kick http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/26/rosario-a-cop-calls-it-quits/ The most needless barbarism of this incident here is when one of the onlooker police dudes kicked Baker in the chest 3 or 4 times while he was being sicked by this German shepherd. Ya know, because he felt the suspect appeared to be ‘reaching for his waistband’. A thumper in Minneapolis actually got charged for this sort of thing last week. Suspect was complying with an order to submit, face down on the pavement, and a cop walked up and kicked him in the face. This is a thing with these guys, a lot of whom are decent sized men. They like to kick suspects in the face or chest with their big boots on, and they like it so much it doesn’t matter if a suspect is a real suspect or a dangerous suspect. Ramsey County hasn’t charged this cop here like Hennepin did the other, but figure they could, and should.

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