Biden’s Town Hall – Engaged, Loaded with Facts, Great!

Here are some running thoughts as I watched Biden’s Town Hall on ABC today…

I’m watching Biden’s Town Hall. I’m not going to pay any attention to Trump’s Town Hall at all. I am really impressed with the first 20 minutes. I’ve never seen Biden at a town hall event before. He comes off as genuinely engaged, and connects with the people who are answering the questions really well. It’s very good so far. No idea what crazy thing Trump is doing on his side, but I’m sure I’ll see snippets of it on the news later.

Second break. I have to admit that I am thoroughly impressed by Biden. He is really animated, engaged, loaded with facts, talks with the people who are asking him questions. He’s a better candidate than I ever thought.

Third break. I have to say he’s really hitting it out of the ballpark.
I’m really glad I decided to set aside time to watch this today.
A half hour left. Time is passing swiftly.
I shudder to imagine what’s happening on the other network.

Wow, fourth break already! He just did a great answer on renewable energy. I can’t imagine it going any better.

Lots of breaks! Fifth one now. He just finished a great piece on foreign policy, answering a conservative Republican’s questions. And then he switched to reply to a woman with two daughters, one who is transgender, and gave a great answer on that as well.

I really feel motivated by this town hall. It’s not just voting against Trump at this point. Biden has completely eliminated any hesitation I had about his age or capability or being “with it” or any of the things that people who are uncomfortable about Biden mention. He is definitely with it. The Democrats have a great candidate this year.

Unbelievably, a sixth break with just three minutes left! I assume George Stephanopoulos just wants to sum up at the end.

I don’t know much about what happened at Trump’s Town Hall, except I saw an alert that Trump refused to disavow QAnon and was skeptical of masks. Sigh.

Anyway, I’m enthusiastic. I believe I will make another campaign donation today!

Maybe the U.S. does need Medicare for all. But an affordable public option that is income based would also work, wouldn’t it?

Maybe the U.S. does need Medicare for all. This is insane. But an affordable public option that is income based would also work, wouldn’t it? I’m hoping Warren and Biden can work things out and even become a team!

“Gail Dudley, 31, who was sitting with her mother in the third row. She had gone to the emergency room at Poplar Bluff Regional in 2017 after passing out because of complications from Type 1 diabetes. The hospital had given her medication to stabilize her blood sugar, kept her overnight for observation, and then sent her home with a bill for $8,342, of which she was still responsible for about $3,000 after insurance. She’d tried to appease the hospital’s billing department by sending in an occasional check for $50, but with accumulating interest and penalty fees, the balance on her account had remained essentially the same for two years.”

Let’s talk health care coverage in the U.S.

I have conservative friends who are opposed to what they call “socialized” medicine. And they claim breaking up the for-profit health insurance system would hurt hundreds of thousands of people employed by that industry.

And I have liberal friends who want to scrap the entire private insurance system altogether.

I think letting people keep what they have if they like it (i.e. private coverage through their work) is important. It’s a more winning, practical position to take politically than saying we’re going to take your insurance away from you. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being practical and making actual progress, rather than taking an adamant, unyielding stance.

While I like the Japanese model of national health insurance and single payer, I recognize that it’s not the only possible model. Some European countries with full coverage also have a mix of private and public insurance plans. It might be hard getting the U.S. to completely dump private health care.

But… but… but… The current U.S. health care model does not work. And sorry my conservative friends, but the private marketplace is not the complete solution. There are huge gaps of desperation. If you don’t recognize that you are plain wrong. High risk pools in the private market place have never been the solution to that problem. That’s why the ACA was passed to begin with.

I was talking to one friend the other day. She has a private business and under the ACA it would cost her and her husband $2,800 a month for coverage with an annual deductible of $6,500 each! That’s like no coverage at all! It’s unaffordable. So they opt to pay a few thousand dollars a year instead as a tax penalty for no health care coverage. She was in an accident recently and couldn’t afford to go to the hospital!

Clearly that system doesn’t work.

So I think adding the so-called “public option” is the way to go. People should be able to buy into Medicare (or something like it) at a guaranteed affordable rate. Preferably something based on income.

I think that’s a reasonable, achievable way to go for now.
It’s also one of the things Biden describes in his platform. It seems like a good way to make progress.