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Rand Paul blocks Senate from approving 9/11 victim compensation fund

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by orangeblue_coop, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. VAg8r1

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    In relation to the size of the federal budget ($4.746 trillion for FY 2020) the cost of bill is minuscule ($10.2 billion over 10 years). It's a political stunt by Paul and if the money were to be spent in a "red" state he would have had absolutely no problem with it, offset or not.
     
  2. uftaipan

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    All of that might very well be true. But my point is that your title is not accurate, even if you believed it was at an earlier point. For one, Senator Paul "blocked" nothing. At worst, he introduced a point of order that you don't agree with. The bill passed and easily. If your comfortable with keeping the title as is, then so be it.
     
  3. mutz87

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    In the funky way the senate operates, it was a block from getting full consent. Things changed later on, but the title is not inaccurate.
     
  4. mutz87

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    Why should New Yorkers be the only ones to foot the bill when this was an attack on the US too?

    At least that's how I see it. Not unlike, e.g., FEMA help in natural disasters, EPA superfund sites, etc....
     
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  5. OklahomaGator

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    I don't have a problem with this bill at all, it was an attack on the US. And maybe all of the work comp and other health insurance has probably maxed out their coverages. My point is the US government should be coming in behind all of those other coverages to see the people are taken care.
     
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  6. mutz87

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    I think insurance being maxed out is the main issue, along with what are likely other costs that cannot be paid because they are sick.
     
  7. OklahomaGator

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    Remember, this was before the caps on health insurance were removed under Obamacare, but don't know if NY work comp has limits. They can't remove the caps retroactively.

    Interesting point, if this had happened after Obamacare was in place, would this bill even be necessary? The insurance companies would be on the hook for all of this.
     
  8. VAg8r1

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    Probably would have been more accurate to say "Rand Paul delays" rather than "blocked". Still doesn't change the fact that it was political stunt and the total 10-year cost of slightly over $10 billion amounts to around one dollar a year for every resident of the US over the 10-year period.
     
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  9. mutz87

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    Agree, it is interesting. I can't say with any certainty, but I imagine it has to do with the costs associated with treatments that can normally be denied under healthcare plans. I imagine given the range of disease and treatment necessary, the costs are likely astronomical.
     
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