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Rob Wiederstein Hopes to Restore Civility to Political Disagreement

Democrat Rob Wiederstein, former Prosecutor and retired District Judge, has official submitted a "Letter of Intent" to run for the office of Representative for Kentucky's State House District 11. This will allow him to begin raising and spending funds in order to "explore a run" for office prior to the official filing date of November 8th.

              

As to his motivation for entering the race, Wiederstein says, "I’m exploring a run because of the loss of civility in modern politics. In the more sensationalist news sources like 24 hour cable news, they are normalizing confrontation, extremism, violence, divisiveness and rudeness in favor of ratings." Wiederstein is opposed to this mentality of politics being a competition of ego which only serves to widen the gap between sides while often leaving the needs of the people as secondary to defeating the opposition.


Concerning this historic level of polarization in political ideology and the resulting animosity, Wiederstein states that, "While our democracy is strong enough to withstand it, civility should remain at the forefront of our political dialog. Media coverage shouldn’t be dominated by the insult of the day, but by the instances of compromise and understanding of well intentioned people in both Parties."


It's possible that this ideal of "compromise" is the "Challenge to [his] supporters" which Wiederstein alludes to in the title of his blog post "Starting the Campaign Right: A Few Choice Words for a Republican and a Challenge to My Supporters". In a time when most Democrats and Progressives self-identify as anti-Trump, anti-Republican, and especially the #Resist movement, with Nationwide marches and mass demonstrations, it could in fact be quite a "challenge" to actually work with Republicans instead of simply dismissing them as the enemy. But Wiederstein believes that, "Glory shouldn’t be bestowed on those who refuse to show up at the negotiating table, but on those who find compromise in the intricacies of a 400 page bill."


"That’s why I’m exploring a run," declares Wiederstein, "to prove that a campaign can be civil while disagreeing with your opponent. And the state representative’s job is–when done right–creative, meaningful and impactful." The moment we give in to idea that all Republicans are inherently evil, becoming purely anti-Republican by deciding to stand against anything they might say, that is the moment we forfeit our identity. Because ultimately, Democrats cannot build an identity on a negative. It's not about what we're against, but what we are for. "Anti-bad" is necessary, but it must be balanced with "Pro-good". And if we are incapable of even speaking to a Republican without foaming at the mouth, then who will appear as the crazy ones?



For further reading:


from Rob Wiedertsien's blog: "Starting the Campaign Right: A Few Choice Words for a Republican and a Challenge to My Supporters"


from Surf KY News: Wiederstein Files Letter of Intent for District 11 Ky. Representative


RobWiederstien.orgLearn more about Rob Wiederstein from his blog and resources website.

Charlie DeLacey

Whatever he's cooking up, he doesn't want anyone to know about it... ergo, he knows people will hate it.


Charlie DeLacey

From The Washington Post article:

 Single-payer would drastically change health care in America. Here’s how it works.

As Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act continue in the background, some Democrats are starting to eye a new health policy goal: implementing a single-payer system. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a single-payer bill in mid-September with 16 Democratic co-sponsors — 16 more than he got when he introduced the bill two years earlier. But how is the health-care system funded now, and how would “single-payer” change that?

Sanders’s bill takes universal coverage close to this extreme: The government insurance would cover so many services with such small co-pays that private insurance would be almost universally unnecessary. Accordingly, it would also be quite expensive — $32 trillion over 10 years, according to an Urban Institute report. That’s more than a 50 percent increase in federal spending — all federal spending — according to spending projections by the Congressional Budget Office. That would be partially offset by people no longer needing to pay premiums to private insurers, however, and the government’s monopoly could allow it to implement cost-saving measures.

But most universal-coverage systems don’t look quite like this. It’s expensive for a government to fund a comprehensive health-care system, especially somewhere like the United States, where costs are so high.

So many governments instead pay for most but not all of their residents’ medical treatment. In those countries, people have the option to buy “supplementary” private insurance, which pays for services such as dental care that the government health-care program excludes. People often also have the choice to buy “complementary” private insurance, which pays for the co-pays and deductibles in the government’s insurance plan.

This is analogous to how traditional Medicare (as opposed to Medicare Advantage) operates in the United States. The government pays for a large portion of medical services, but it’s common for people to buy complementary Medigap plans from the private insurance market. And it’s common for people to buy supplementary Medicare Part D plans from private insurers to cover prescription drugs, which are not covered by traditional Medicare.

 

Countries with universal coverage sit on a spectrum from the least pure to the most pure single payer — that is, governments that offer the least comprehensive care, where complementary or supplementary insurance is more necessary, to those that offer the most comprehensive health-care coverage, with little need for private insurance. (Where one draws the line for “single-payer” vs. merely “universal coverage” is debatable, and largely a semantic problem.)

Some countries, such as Norway, are closer to the “pure” end. They offer such comprehensive coverage that complementary or supplementary private insurance makes up just a small piece of the system. In Canada, by contrast, 29 percent of health-care spending comes from the private sector, and about two-thirds of Canadians hold some sort of private supplementary insurance according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.

It’s yet to be seen whether Democrats will coalesce around a single-payer plan, and if so, where it will fall on this spectrum.

Icons by Aaron Steckelberg.

 

Charlie DeLacey
We want to have nothing to do with Republicans and Trump voters. But could that mentality be doing more harm than good? Hatred and Separatism create a feedback loop that divides our Country, carving out a gaping wound that can only be treated with the salve of civil communication. "Hate the sin, but love the sinner." 

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