MH. Barthelona. Emma is waiting to give her statement to police when Jackie comes by and hands her Mr. Tall's pink bunny, which was left in the overhead compartment. I wonder how she knew it was his? He hardly looked like the pink bunny type. Do you think the pink bunny had a luggage tag on it? In any case, Jackie and John go off to the hotel. Emma tells them to get a room for her, since all the hotels will be packed due to the strike.
MH. A while later, Emma has finished giving her statement to the police. She's about to leave just as Mr. Tall emerges from...a holding cell, I guess. She tries to give him the pink bunny, but he tells her to keep it. And then he starts screaming at her, and gets taken away by the cops again. He sure is consistent, I'll give him that. And then poor Emma arrives at the hotel to find that she's going to have to share a room with Jackie, while John shares with the pilot.
TWW. Forrest asks Vinick what he would do to help the forty million Americans who are uninsured to get affordable health care. He says that he would make insurance premiums tax-deductible, which he claims would cut the cost by up to 35\%. Santos rightly points out that it's only a 35\% cut for people who earn a lot (and therefore most likely already have insurance), and that for working people in the lowest tax bracket, it would only be a 10\% cut, which would reduce the annual cost of a $10,000 policy to $9,000. Vinick asks Santos how many people would get insurance under the Santos plan, and Santos tells him that 15 million of the 45 million uninsured would get coverage. Vinick slams him for solving less than half the problem (which is rich, coming from the guy who doesn't seem to solve any of it). And then Santos admits that he doesn't really like his plan and would much rather enact a single-payer system by admitting every American to Medicare. Vinick accuses Santos of supporting socialized medicine. Santos tries to step away from his podium, but the sound cuts out. After a few seconds, someone runs up from the pit in front of the stage and hands him a portable microphone. Santos points out that private insurers spend around 25\% of every premium dollar on administration. He solicits guesses from the audience as to how much Medicare spends on administration. The brain trust in the debate hall guesses that it's up to 45\%. And of course, it's much lower than that. Because everyone with a brain realizes that Santos would only bring it up if the number supported his plan. It's actually just 2\%. Just as a debate strategy, I really like the way Santos has moved away from the podium, because it puts his back to Vinick and makes it much harder for Vinick to interrupt. Vinick points out that Medicare taxes would go up, but Santos thinks that most people wouldn't really care as long as the tax increase was less than the premium they (or more likely their employer) was paying. Vinick accuses Santos of not being sensible. Vinick asks for his own mic. Santos gives him his, and then another flunky runs out with a new one for Santos. Vinick pledges that he would never raise the Medicare tax. Santos slams Vinick for himself relying on a combination of the Senate health plan and Medicare for his own private needs. Blah blah blah, if it's good enough for you, why isn't it good enough for the American people, blah blah blah.