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Want to know what health care plan the Senate is voting on? Get out the Ouija board

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What do we know about the federal healthcare kickback-producing, wealth-redistributing, rights-trampling, mandated-health-insurance bill that the Senate is voting on today? I think it’s clear with Senator Rand Paul’s [R-KY] response to a reporter, “I think it’s kinda hard to make a determination if you don’t know what you’re proceeding to.” I apologize. I thought someone on Capitol Hill knew what they were doing today. My mistake. I am not even sure if it is an actual vote on the bill or a vote to debate the bill.

Some believe it is a version of the bill that passed in May. I really don’t care what version it was if it didn’t fully repeal Obamacare. From what I understand, the only version that “mostly” repealed Obamacare was the 2015 version. I don’t know whether this is supposed to be a really bad Laurel and Hardy movie or a heart-wrenching drama. There are so many memes running through my head …

As I understand it, being a simple citizen on the Left Coast, the Senate is expected to vote on debate. If McConnell gets 50 votes to proceed with debate, then the Senate begins considering amendments. Here is an amendment I might propose: Forget everything and send a reset button to all insurance providers. Well, at least that matches the levels of hilarity we are seeing in D.C. now.

Okay, in all sincerity, there are some serious problems. Obamacare tied any opposition into a precarious knot. In order for one thing to be changed – one piece to be cut – someone would lose coverage. We don’t want to be mean, though, right? Being mean isn’t really a concern for the Democrats. They pushed a whole set of mean regulations onto the backs of every working American. The Republicans in the Senate need to get over it. There is no nice way to rip this Band-Aid off the festering wound. The first amendment to the May bill: End all mandated individual and corporate coverage guidelines.

Ending all government mandated coverage items is the first big step. Is anyone going to lose coverage? No. Why would they? The government is simply stating that it is not mandating any coverage. With that amendment it is understood that there could be no fines levied by the IRS for not having the care. Okay, that wasn’t hard. What’s next? Oh, the millions already on subsidized healthcare. Next, amend the bill to audit those with subsidies to ensure they are supposed to be there.

The subsidized recipients will fall into 3 general groups: 1) fraud, 2) genuinely needy, 3) erroneously added to rolls. Deal with them as follows: 1) prison, 2) Medicaid, 3) temporary group coverage until they find the insurance they want (max two year program).

Okay. What’s next? Oh, people are going to lose insurance coverage? No. They are going to choose not to have coverage.

What about people with pre-existing conditions? Listen, we all have a pre-existing condition and I think it is a terrible practice for insurance companies to deny coverage for these people. But should the federal government really be in the business of telling companies how to do theirs’? From all the evidence I have seen, the fed is the last advisory committee I would listen to on good business models. Remember that “group coverage” idea I mentioned earlier? That could be a permanent program at the State level, administered by a provider of the State’s choosing, specifically for individuals with pre-existing conditions. And it could even have the Medicaid and Medicare members enrolled. Group plans are less expensive than individual plans. This seems like the most humane and Constitutional way to dismantle Obamacare and move on.

The most inhumane thing the Senate can do is to allow any version of Obamacare that mandates coverages. Not only is it unsustainable, but it encroaches on the individual’s right of choice. Obamacare was never about healthcare. It was about mandating all individuals have health insurance. I am simply baffled how the Democrats came to the conclusion that it was okay to tell people who had insurance already that it wasn’t good enough; this coming from the same entity that can’t separate abortion from actual women’s health, or determine the gender of an individual by physiology.

The bottom line is that the Bill is completely repeal-able without forcing anyone to “lose healthcare”. No one is going to lose healthcare. Doctors, bound by the Hippocratic Oath, will do what it takes to provide necessary care. Is there a debt incurred? Of course. But that doesn’t mean I am responsible for paying that person’s debt (this is called wealth redistribution). Healthcare is not an inalienable right which means the federal government should not treat it as one.

David is a Christian, a husband, father and patriot. He loves the fundamental first principles of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As a full-time student at Regent University (online), he is earning a BA in Paralegal Studies with the intent to continue on to law school at the University of Texas, Austin. Whenever possible, David argues for the principles of natural law with whoever will listen. David lives in Georgetown, Texas with his wife, Mandy and two children, Ethan and Meredith.

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Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails in Washington state

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Derailed Amtrak train in Washington state has injuries and casualties

At least three people are dead and 77 people injured as an Amtrak train has derailed over Interstate 5 about 60 miles southwest of Seattle. Amtrak train 501 heading for Tacoma was part of a new set of trains being launched today. It was a high-speed train capable of going 79 MPH.

There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board when the train derailed.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Terrorism has not been ruled out.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan releases statement.

“This catastrophic derailment is horrific. My thoughts are with the passengers, families and those injured as well as our first responders, firefighters and police who rushed to the scene. “The City of Seattle has offered our assistance and aid to Pierce and Thurston counties, and is ready to work with Amtrak, local, state, and federal officials as they manage the response and deal with the aftermath of this tragic incident.”

This is a developing story. We will be updating it constantly and adding more links that become pertinent below, as well as displaying the live Twitter Moment feed from the event below.

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Amtrak derailment: Live coverage of Amtrak train 501 derails in Washington state

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amtrak-train-derailment-tacoma-washington-traffic-today-live-updates/DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train has derailed on an overpass in Washington state, with at least two train cars falling onto the highway below. Authorities say multiple fatalities and injuries have been reported. At this time, all southbound lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5.

The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted a photo of the derailment, urging motorists to avoid the area.

CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV reports first responders are treating the derailment as a mass casualty incident. Authorities have not yet provided details on injuries.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Amtrak derailment in Washington state: Multiple fatalities reported on train, official says

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/us/amtrak-derailment-washington/index.htmlAn Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday morning, spilling multiple cars off an Interstate 5 overpass and killing several people on the train in Pierce County, Washington, according to the spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Several motorists in vehicles that were struck by the fallen train cars suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities among people in those vehicles, the sheriff’s office said.

The deaths “are all contained to the train,” said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “It’s pretty horrific.”

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace… unless it’s Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerusalem

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace unless its Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerus

When President Trump announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there, most world leaders condemned the plan as an obstacle to peace. The chorus rang loud that putting an embassy in Jerusalem would derail the progress that has been made in the last few decades. Now that Turkish President Erdogan has decided to open an embassy in East Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Palestine, the world responded as expected.

Crickets.

It’s not that most of the world is against an embassy in Jerusalem or anyone acknowledging it as the capital. They just don’t want an embassy to Israel there, nor do they want it recognized as Jerusalem’s capital. The anti-Israel world (which is made up of a vast majority of world leaders, a good portion of the non-Jewish people, a surprisingly large number of Jews, and pretty much every Muslim) knows only one way to peace: a two-state solution.

The world wants to take a country the size of New Jersey with the only Jewish majority in the world and split it up with people, many of whom have vowed to destroy Israel itself. That’s why they’re okay with Erdogan making his fuss over all this. Let’s take a brief look at what Erdogan is doing, then I’ll leave my final thoughts on the matter.

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Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslim nations to go to UN over Jerusalem

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkeys-erdogan-muslim-nations-jerusalem-51811201Turkey’s president says Muslim nations will ask the United Nations for an “annulment” of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the initiative would start at the U.N. Security Council and if it’s “vetoed there, we will work within the U.N. General Assembly for the annulment of this unjust and lawless decision.”

Opinion: Erdogan′s boring taunts in the fight over Jerusalem

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-erdogans-boring-taunts-in-the-fight-over-jerusalem/a-41784633He’s back: the rapscallion, the bully, the lout, the eternal political campaigner Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president was at his old game as soon as the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off in Istanbul. He called Israel a “terrorist and occupier state,” and invited “every country” to “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied state of Palestine.”

Turkey’s President Erdogan says he will open an embassy in East Jerusalem

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-embassy-east-jerusalem-palestinians-israel-donald-trump-a8115281.htmlTurkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Final Thoughts

These moves have very little to do with Jerusalem. They have everything to do with Erdogan’s ambition to be the leader of the Muslim world. He wants to build a coalition behind him to be the “great uniter” of a diverse people spread around the globe who are often at odds with one another. He wants to rebuild the Ottoman Empire. The scary part is that it might work.

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Trump betrays conservatives: Nominates anti-Christian, pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

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Trump betrays conservatives Nominates anti-Christian pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

When US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy created a non-existent constitutional right to same-sex marriage out of thin air in Obergefell v. Hodges, justices in the minority of the 5-4 decision “legalizing” the practice warned of the inevitable threat it would create to the First Amendment right to religious freedom.

While LGBT radicals and their allies in the Gay Mafia deny it, warnings by Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito about the threats have proven to be true. In fact, the threat to religious liberty resulting from the LGBT agenda existed even before Obergefell.

In a piece I wrote shortly after the same-sex marriage ruling, I joined my fellow conservatives in expressing our concerns over the possible loss of religious liberty. In the article, I quoted several pro-LGBT activists who flat-out admitted that taking down religious liberty was the plan all along. One of those activists is Chai Feldblum, a homosexual activist appointed as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Barack Obama.

The “zero-sum game” is how homosexual activist law professor and Obama EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) appointee Chai Feldblum describes the legal battles between modern “rights” based on homosexual “orientation” (read: behavior) and the traditional American principle of religious liberty.

“Gays win, Christians lose,” Feldblum said, predicting homosexuals would win most of the legal contests.

Well, it looks like Donald Trump is ready to give Feldblum and the LGBT agenda a big boost.

In an announcement last week, the “most pro-LGBT” Republican candidate for president re-nominated Feldblum to keep her job at the EEOC. And despite claims by some in Trump’s inner circle of “evangelical advisors” that this only happened because Trump wasn’t briefed on Feldblum or involved in her nomination, the track record of the man who swore to “do everything in (his) power to protect LGBTQ citizens” at the Republican National Convention indicates that this is right in line with the priorities of President Trump and Vice President Pence.

For example, when Trump followed Jared and Ivanka’s advice to reaffirm an Obama executive order that essentially legalized discrimination against Christian business owners by requiring them to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government, Pence–who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to LGBT radicals–defended the pro-LGBT decision.

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration. I mean, he was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him”

In June, Trump pretended to reverse an Obama directive that allowed students to use bathrooms and showers based on their gender identity. In reality, Trump’s order opened the door for the government to prosecute schools that fail to recognize a transgendered student’s “right” to use the facility of their choice.

From the very beginning, the Fellowship of the Pharisees have defended Trump because he’s “God’s man,” and he will protect religious liberty. It seems to me that nominating a pro-LGBT, anti-Christian lesbian activist to a federal job where she can advance the LGBT agenda fails in that department.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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