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  •  All dollars are belong to us and are issued by (2+ / 0-)
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    the Treasury. The question is how many hands that dollar passes through on its way to the medical/health care providers. When it comes out of the Medicare fund, the route is quite direct. If subsidies go to the insurance companies, that's a layer of middlemen for services whose benefit is questionable.

    What fries our friends in Congress is that the dollars from the Trust Funds are mandated to be spent on particular goods and services or distributed (as pensions) to individuals directly. Which means that Congress critters have no say in to whom those dollars are sent and cannot claim the recipients' fealty in exchange--unlike when they approve grants to munitions makers and can expect their employees to appreciate that they are still at work.

    Congress critters are about incumbency, which they insure by targeting dollars to affect the vote. If they can't do that, they might as well get ready to go home. Since 2008 about 212 House members have been replaced. That's a phenomenal turn-over rate that nobody wants to talk about. Apparently, it hasn't made the rest more sensitive to voter intent. So, more will have to be replaced.

    Obamacare at your fingertips: 1-800-318-2596; TTY: 1-855-889-4325

    by hannah on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 10:59:22 AM PST

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