Duck

More of your opinions on medicare-for-all:

“If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it probably is. Any form of a single-payer system IS socialized medicine.

“The next logical step will be the government deciding when you no longer are a useful member of society.”

And here’s something we hadn’t thought of…

“One quick observation related to the government stepping in and taking over health care. Ask some veterans how that is working out with the VA hospital system.

“From the circles I run in, the guys who can afford to go elsewhere for their medical needs do so.”

We’ll share more feedback on the VA system next week.

And this came across the transom this morning:

“Here in Philadelphia, Hahnemann University Hospital, which is probably the largest teaching hospital in the city, is bankrupt and closing down.

“It overwhelmingly serves Medicare patients, and the government will not raise reimbursements for the hospital to survive.

“Last week, there was a protest over the hospital’s closing. It was attended by Bernie Sanders who is the number-one proponent of Medicare-for-all.

“Doesn’t this genius… see the irony of what he proposes? And that many more hospitals and clinics will close as a result?”

Your Rundown for Friday, July 26, 2019:

Making a Federal Case About It

Wow. Google might have a bone to pick with Dem presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard?

Yesterday, the U.S. Representative from Hawaii filed a federal lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging the search engine paused her campaign ads for 6 hours after the televised Democratic debate on Jun. 28.

Gabbard said in a statement: “Google’s discriminatory actions against my campaign are reflective of how dangerous their complete dominance over internet search is, and how the increasing dominance of big tech companies over our public discourse threatens our core American values.

“This is a threat to free speech, fair elections and to our democracy, and I intend to fight back on behalf of all Americans.”

According to Gabbard’s team, after the debate, Gabbard’s name was trending on Google’s search engine; her advisers decided it was an ideal time to put her campaign ads on full blast.

“Just as her Google traffic was spiking, her Google ad account was taken offline.”

said Gabbard’s attorney Brian Dunne.

Google’s explanation? Gabbard’s ads were flagged for non-payment; in other words, the company chalks the suspension up to a billing error.

At any rate, Gabbard is suing for $50 million and, by way of background, she’s been a vocal opponent of Big Tech’s tendency to curb stomp American civil liberties.

Does something seem off to you? Let us know.

Market Rundown for Fri. July 26, 2019

S&P 500 futures are up 14 points to 3,018.

Oil is up just 6 cents to $56.08 for a barrel of WTI.

Gold’s added $7.90 to its price of $1,422.60 per ounce.

Bitcoin is down $104.91 to $9,788.

Have a good weekend. Don’t forget to check out our Saturday issue.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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