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    Yesterday, 07:17 AM
    Insurance companies choosing their own prices is part of the free market, not a penalty. I also surprised this bill did no include free market reforms, but not getting all of what we want is not a reason to oppose repealing some of what we don't. As Rand Paul said, no everything has to be done in the same bill. We could still have tried to get a free-market bill through later. Can you expect free market reforms when Trump goes to the moderate Democrats to make some tweaks to the current law?
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    03-24-2017, 08:50 PM
    "Repeal and replace" was more Rand Paul's priority than it was Paul Ryan, except Rand Paul wanted to do these in separate bills.
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    03-24-2017, 08:47 PM
    Please explain. Don't you value getting rid of the employer mandate?
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    03-24-2017, 08:44 PM
    It would have repealed the worst part of the ACA: the employer mandate. It would have also repealed the individual mandate and weakened the essential health care benefits regulations.
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    03-24-2017, 04:39 PM
    In what way(s)?
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    03-24-2017, 04:37 PM
    Why? And don't just say because it doesn't do everything you want.
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    03-24-2017, 03:49 PM
    I hope the Republicans who wouldn't take most of what they wanted in the American Health Care Act enjoy seeing Trump work with the moderate Republicans and Democrats to create a slight adjustment to Obama's Affordable Care Act.
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    03-24-2017, 03:36 PM
    I don't know if I have ever hear why Rand Paul does not think the AHCA is at least an improvement.
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    03-15-2017, 02:11 PM
    I was actually rather pleased with Johnson's 3.3 percent. I doubt anyone else could have done significantly better. Of course, I hope the LP chooses someone other than Johnson next time. Maybe Petersen will run again. However, the LP should get someone who can compete in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, or at least in the Democrat-leaning swing states of Nevada, Colorado and Virginia. On the other hand the candidate should also be able to do well in Arizona, Missouri and North Carolina, and that might be Petersen.
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    03-15-2017, 11:57 AM
    I will not change my belief that the Liberty Movement should focus on state and congressional offices first and only spend a little time on the 2020 presidential race. But I will admit this seems a little harder (and that is beyond how immensely hard it already was). Most Liberty Movement candidates will run as Republicans, but the many independents and liberals who supported Ron Paul and Rand Paul probably want nothing to do with the Republicans right now. And it will probably be difficult to tell how much any Liberty Movement candidate is willing to break with Trump anyway. I think one plan that might help is to try to trip up both Trump and the far left with a strong Libertarian Party candidate in 2020. It would be awesome if we can get the candidate into the debates. I have some hope that the recent legal controversy will make the debate threshold a little more realistic in 2020. Then the candidate could campaign to take electoral votes usually thought secure by both the Republican and Democrats. This strategy might work best if the Democrats nominate someone from the far left instead of a more centrist option. If this were especially successful, the LP nominee could keep both presidential candidates from 270 electoral votes and send the election to the House of Representatives for only the third time in history. The last time this happened led to one of the major political realignments in American history. This is far-fetched, and this plan should not take away from any strong contender for lower office. But this may help to draw distinctions for candidates in races for all levels of government. Despite the past failings of the party, it might be helpful to have candidates running as Libertarians for a short time until they can influence either of the major parties.
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    03-05-2017, 03:53 PM
    What reason do we have for thinking Trump wants to move things in what libertarians would consider the right direction? Trump sometimes talks a moderately good game on foreign policy, but talk doesn't change anything. His biggest policy proposal so far is the budget plans, which, although not official yet, seem likely to mean more debt. I will grant that a lot has been made of his anti-regulatory policies. While I lack the specific knowledge of how much he can put into effect and what the effect would be, perhaps that is one area where his actions look libertarian. On another important libertarian concern, limitation of executive power, his actions have been terrible.
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