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View Diary: Rolling Jubilee Hits $8,000,000 in Medical Debt to be Retired Uncollected. MORE UPDATES! (279 comments)

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  •  they love it. (16+ / 0-)

    coordinated action by private actors?  libertarians and teabaggers are totally down with it.

    •  I was looking for a post like yours... (8+ / 0-)

      before I even considered making a similar comment. As much as I like the idea of Rolling Jubilee, if I were a GOP operative, I could frame this exactly how you frame it, and instantly cheapen the idea of government being the solution to the problem.

      A smart person would say "but hey now, 8million is hardly a drop in the bucket, gov't is totally the answer", but then I'd say "Republicans don't care for facts, just bogus studies/stats, rhetoric, and really strong cheerleading. Have you not heard about free markets? Free markets found a marketable solution" (albeit weak considering what could be done)

      This is the one thing that really worries me, if Fox were to catch wind of this line of thinking.

      •  The good news is (11+ / 0-)

        that when it becomes clear that 8 million, or 8 billion, is just a drop in the bucket, a lot of folks will finally start getting a clue about what a megalith medical costs have been in this country.

        I think the RJ and whatever publicity it generates will add to the snowball effect that started with Roberts upholding the ACA: The citizenry/electorate of this country will continue to grow in its recognition -- and ultimately its horror -- of the human and financial costs that our medical care "delivery" system has inflicted on this nation and its people, and will also grow in their appreciation of the hope that ACA represents for eliminating those tragedies.

        "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

        by NWTerriD on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:39:38 PM PST

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      •  oh, is the government retiring debt now? (10+ / 0-)

        the debt of small fries like me?

        The GOP can say a lot of things but trying to frame this as an example of private largess replacing government is laughable being that the government is not in the business of retiring medical debt or any other debt (unless you're wall street).

        In fact, i would submit that the next time wall street finds itself in need of a bailout, Sheldon Adleson and all his billionaire buddies form a strike debt organization of their own and bail  then out themselves instead of asking me for money. again.

        two can play at that bullshit game. i'm spending zero seconds of my life worrying about what the GOP framing is on whatever issue they want to set their hair on fire about this week. or next week. or next year. or next election.

        For the record, I am not a member of Courtesy Kos. Just so you know. Don't be stupid. It's election season. My patience is short.

        by mdmslle on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:01:29 AM PST

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