President Trump is so eager to make a deal on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that he can be too easily cajoled into believing what he wishes for is what we are getting without the advantage of closer inspection by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) or weighing the damage it will inflict on citizens by not only being government run but probably and clearly a pre-cursor to the socialists’ dream of it evolving into a Single Pay System, 100% run by the Government just like the pokey and poorly run Canadian government system.
Remember Trump’s campaign promise: “‘Full repeal of Obamacare’ and replace it with a market-based alternative.“ He must begin remembering that those strong campaign statements he made are his political foundation and going south on them starts that foundation crumbling as sure as if he built a fine trophy class hotel on a crumbling foundation.
RYAN IS DRIVEN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT IN HEALTHCARE!
Why is that? Is he a secret agent, undercover for the Democrats, paid off, been threatened, confused, loyal soldier of the Council on Foreign Relations or stupid? Who knows, pick one. My guess is a CFR puppet as the result of Swamp Osmosis. A Constitutionalist he is not! The oath he swore to when taking office obviously means nothing. He is working overtime to keep the government’s controlling tentacles in place for converting later to single pay after the difficulties of the overbearing, poorly managed and underfunding by government are acknowledged.
Speaker Ryan’s first attempt to lead President Trump down the ‘trust me’ primrose path to healthcare his way, was such a bad plan and subsequent failure there was actually plenty of room left for this freshest debacle to look a little better. It is still lipstick on a pig that’s just had its finger nail polish removed.
This whole process was ramrodded by Ryan, ‘unlike business as usual,” as Senator Lindsey Graham said. It was almost as bad as, and certainly reminds you of, ‘You have to vote for it to see what’s in it!” However, there was a last minute amendment from Michigan Rep. Fred Upton to add an additional $8 billion subsidy for pre-existing conditions (PEC) to be used in the next 5 years, to be added to the already earmarked $130 billion subsidy designated for the next 10 years for PEC.
The driven UN, CFR, socialist, global government crowd work extremely hard to keep government in control of as much as possible. They must control the people to have their way. Problem has been that our people found this country to not be controlled, but to have the freedom to choose and grow as they wish within a free market capitalist system. What will these folks want the government to provide next, free housing and transportation for everyone? They already are demanding control of our property and water rights.
Our federal government was not created to provide for all the needs of its citizens. As Vice President for Communications for The John Birch Society, Bill Haun says, “The U.S. Constitution grants enumerated powers to each of its three branches. The power to fund or regulate healthcare is not granted to any branch of the federal government, so according to the 9th and 10th Amendments, the states and the people retain this power. If state legislatures want to offer healthcare to citizens, then that battle should be fought there and not within the U.S. Congress.”
God help us in the Senate.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS ATTEMPT TO KEEP CONTROL
There is much being lauded about the success of this house vote being spear-headed by Ryan at the behest of President Trump. So much so, that even Ryan critics such as my hero Lou Dobbs even gave Ryan credit for completing this for Trump like he was doing it for the team. It repealed and improved some. A lot remains foul. Be damned with details!
As Senator Rand Paul says, “The house Freedom Caucus made the bill a lot less bad. But, this is the first time that Republicans have affirmatively put their stamp of approval on a program where federal money, tax payer money, is paid to insurance companies. I’m not too excited about subsidizing the profit of insurance companies. They make a great deal of profit. Their profits went from $6 billion a year to $15 billion a year under ObamaCare.
“Now they want to quadrant off the individual market when they don’t make money and say, ‘Oh, we want everybody to have insurance, we are so magnanimous, but as long as the taxpayer pays for it. Premiums will come down as long as we subsidize the people who get sick, which is what the insurance companies are supposed to be about. When you get sick that is when the insurance companies are supposed to pay. They don’t want to pay when you get sick, they just want to reap the profits and stick the tax payers with the bill. There are about $3-400 billion dollars in this bill for insurance companies’ profits and that boggles my mind how that became a Republican idea.
“I want to repeal it. I don’t want to replace it with ObamaCare Lite, or another federal program. The programs they put in place will be there forever. So the Refundable Tax Credit which is a subsidy by another name, will be there forever. These High Risk Pools they want to create, Republicans used to hate, when they were called High Risk Corridors and they were giving money to insurance companies which were bailouts when it was a Democrat idea. Now that it’s a Republican idea they keep sweetening it up.” Paul says his vote will depend on how it changes in the Senate.
As Alex Newman wrote at The New American.com: “Despite virtually every Republican at the federal level running on a platform of repealing ObamaCare, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives just voted to retain the bulk of it under the guise of “repeal and replace.” Now, in addition to keeping in place a dizzying array of unconstitutional and destructive federal meddling in healthcare, Republicans have ensured that they will get the blame as costs continue to surge and care becomes increasingly difficult to access. Everyday Americans and constitutional governance, as usual, will be the main losers. Now the fight moves to the Senate, where analysts expect lawmakers to retain even more of ObamaCare.
“Despite deceptive coverage of the bill by much of the establishment media, which went along with the ruse that the AHCA repeals ObamaCare, the legislation actually keeps huge swaths of the unconstitutional statute in place. For instance, under the GOP version of ObamaCare, most of ObamaCare’s regulations, mandates, decrees, and meddling are kept firmly in place. It keeps subsidies for insurance, and penalties for not having it, but changes a few relatively minor elements. While the bill purports to “allow” states to “apply” for waivers from some mandates, the legislation simply requires that states create what critics slammed as “mini-ObamaCare” schemes at the state level to obtain the exemptions.
“Illustrating a possible lack of constitutional understanding, or perhaps a willingness to put politics above the Constitution, Trump vowed that “we’re going to take care of a lot of people” and their health needs, and that “we’ve all fought very hard to be able to do that.” The feds have no constitutional power to do that.
Where is the TORT reform and most people don’t realize that there will be that extra $138 billion dollars added to our tax bills for the lucrative pool that covers insurance companies risks in the pre-existing conditions market.
WHAT DOES GOVERNMENT RUN WELL?
You should be hearing crickets. The government runs nothing well! Mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuses abound.
For those who want to know truth about socialized medicine or single pay (the government pays for everything and runs everything and taxes go out of sight) David Gratzer’s article at the city-journal.org, “The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care”should open your eyes quite well.