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Proponents of single-payer health care haven’t learned from reformer’s past mistakes. Here’s why they should

The 2020 Election is shaping up to be a referendum on the future of health care in the United States. The Progressive wing of the Democratic party is championing a single-payer health care system at all costs. In their eyes, there should be no middle ground. With a potential unified democratic government come January, Progressives have proposed enacting single-payer care without compromising with Republicans on the legislation. The left-wing of the party believes Democrats have tried “pragmatism” far too often without success.

The moderate wing of the Democratic party recognizes that single-payer is just out of reach in the current…

How a well-intentioned environmental protection law created a housing shortage

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California is suffering from a severe housing crisis. With a 3.5 million unit deficit predicted by 2025, the state needs to start building much more housing. Policymakers recognize this is a problem. The citizens of the state recognize this is a problem. Solutions abound, but entrenched interests have made development cost-prohibitive state-wide, particularly in large cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. So long as the status quo continues, the problem will not be solved. …

How politicians actually represent us well, and why that’s the problem.

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Congressional scholars believe that Members of Congress’ (MCs) actions are mostly driven by three goals: representatives want to win re-election, create good public policy, and they want to follow their own ambitions by gaining power and influence within government. By creating this framework to measure and compare MC’s actions, observers can understand why our elected officials do what they do. The actions they make both on Capitol Hill and at home in the district determine whether or not an MC can meet these three goals. The logic of Congressional action is thus as intuitive as the invisible hand driving Adam…

Gustavo Munoz

Writings on politics, history, and the interplay between the two. UC Santa Barbara graduate.

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