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5 foolish reasons to support Graham-Cassidy and 2 solid reasons to oppose it

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Stepping Stone

My partner is this endeavor, Managing Editor Steve Berman, wrote a thought-provoking piece earlier about why we need to support Graham-Cassidy. I’m of the opposite view across the board. His piece was over 3,000 words. Mine will be tiny. He referenced others. I will not. He supports it. I do not.

Thankfully, I have very few problems with his reasons for supporting it. They aren’t foolish. Misguided, in my humble opinion, but definitely not foolish. Republicans in the Senate have their own reasons. Those are the foolish ones. There are five reasons why GOP lawmakers are supporting this bill. I’m not referring to their talking points. I’m talking about real motivations::

  1. They need a win. There have been so few despite control of every facet of government
  2. Removing the individual and employer mandate
  3. Attempt to stop single-payer from picking up steam
  4. Do what they promised (or a strange variation of it) before the midterm elections
  5. Use (false) federalism to pretend like they’re a small-government party

There are really only two reasons why they shouldn’t support Graham-Cassidy. Unfortunately for the GOP, these happen to be the two most important reasons, period.

  1. Premiums will rise faster than they already are. When you take away the mandates (good) without taking away other requirements such as preexisting conditions (bad), you forcing premiums and deductibles to go up while making quality of coverage worse. It’s like taking the pseudo-balance that Obamacare tried to create between high- and low-risk cases and pulling only from one side. No mandates mean low-risk consumers will bolt while high risk cases such as preexisting conditions are still required. This is why the GOP has suddenly stopped screaming about high premiums after incessantly chanting about them for seven years. They realize that with Graham-Cassidy, Americans will, with 100% certainty, pay much more for their health insurance.
  2. Single-payer. It’s not a coincidence that Bernie is pushing it now knowing perfectly well it has no chance of succeeding yet. He needs it on the books that the Democrats were trying to fix the system at the same time the Republicans were destroying it. The fastest path to single-payer is to give the Democrats massive credibility by delivering a program such as Graham-Cassidy that will raise costs for Americans. As their premiums explode, the Democrats will say, “Hey, with our plan, the $2200 bill you’re paying every month for health insurance will go away. The GOP had their shot. Now we need out shot.”

Ask a conservative Republican voting for this if they think it’s going to work. Their answer will invariably be that it will “be better than what we’ve got.” They believe that if they pass nothing that President Trump will turn on them. He will. If this bill had been introduced five months ago it wouldn’t get 35 GOP votes. At this point, they’ll take anything they can get their hands on. That alone spells doom for America if it passes. I, for one, am not excited about the Graham-Cassidy-Stepping-Stone-To-Single-Payer Bill.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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Direct Primary Care: Hopefully, the future of basic healthcare

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Direct Primary Care

There’s a trend that’s sweeping the nation. No, it’s not Pokemon Go… that’s old news. The trend is actually an old one: Direct Primary Care. It’s how healthcare was handled in the past when doctors still made house calls and it’s quickly becoming a viable way for tens of thousands of people to receive their basic healthcare needs.

For now, it’s still only available to thousands instead of millions. With a stranglehold on the healthcare industry being jointly held by the national government and the insurance cartel, most Americans don’t even have access to this type of service. Thankfully, it’s growing rapidly.

Joel Kurtinitis of the Federalist Party said, “Direct Primary Care is a rapidly growing solution to the healthcare problem. Unless DC tampers with it, its trajectory is such that it could replace the health insurance structure we have today.”

In this video by ReasonTV, they explore the burgeoning industry.

These Doctors Got Fed Up With Insurance. Now They Treat Their Patients Like Valued Customers. – Reason.com

https://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/16/doctors-direct-primary-careOne of the most profound changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act is that it drove thousands of independent doctors to throw in the towel and join large hospital networks. This is particularly true of primary care doctors. As the rules involving medical records, billing codes, and prior authorizations have gotten more complex, physicians find they can’t survive without joining large health care networks. And they’re becoming increasingly demoralized.

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Mixed feelings on Trump’s current opposition to Obamacare bailout

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Donald Trump Opposes Alexander-Murray

In today’s political atmosphere, conservatives and federalists must take victories when we can. It shouldn’t matter if those victories come through ignorance or error, but for whatever reason I’m stuck on President Trump’s opposition to Alexander-Murray, the proposed Obamacare bailout bill.  I’m glad he opposes it, but I’m annoyed by his reasons for doing so. They’re wrong.

It’s hard to discern full intention from a Tweet, but if I’m reading the President’s 140-character statement on the proposed bill properly, I can only assume he doesn’t quite understand what’s being proposed.

There are two problems here. First, the bill wouldn’t bail out insurance companies. It bails out Obamacare’s low-income recipients. The money that President Obama illegally procured was to allow insurance companies to charge below-market prices for coverage by compensating them with the difference. They get their money with or without the bailout. It’s just a question of whether the low-income families pay the difference or the taxpayers.

The second confusing part of the Tweet is supporting insurance companies who have made a fortune off Obamacare. Granted, Obamacare has been what the insurance companies have wanted for decades, but they weren’t making the fortunes they expected. That’s why so many of them are pulling out. If they were making fortunes through Obamacare, they wouldn’t be running as quickly as they can away from the program.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that they’re not making money. Those who have survived are poised to make even more money as choices have been eliminated. The herd has been thinned so that those who remain have greater opportunity for profits. Still, the President seems to be missing the point.

We need a full repeal. We need this repeal to be implemented in appropriate stages; some pieces of Obamacare can be eliminated immediately while others can be weened off over time. We can get things to the best point we’ve ever been in the modern era’s healthcare world by fixing some of the problems that existed before Obamacare while eliminating the federal government as a whole from the health insurance industry. If the President understood this, we’d have a much better chance of seeing real change for the better. Instead. we have a Congress that doesn’t know how to move forward and a President who isn’t even aware of which direction he’s heading, let alone where he’s taking the nation.

Some “pragmatic” conservatives would say we need to help the low-income families so the GOP doesn’t lose majorities in 2018. First, I’m not one who’s too concerned about majorities since it’s clear there’s very little difference between the major parties. Second, by bailing it out, the GOP takes ownership. They need to declare that they won’t bail anybody out because the whole program has been a failure from the start. They need to do everything they can to remind everyone that Obamacare was failing before President Trump took office. They need to put ownership back where it belongs, in the hands of the Democrats, so they can force them to choose between repealing it or allowing it to collapse.

The good news is that this bailout is less likely to happen without the President’s support. The unfortunate aspect is that the President doesn’t know why he doesn’t support it and Republicans on Capitol Hill won’t admit why they do.

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BREAKING: Federal judge sides with ACLU: orders illegal alien to get free abortions

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UPDATE: The Washington Post is reporting that U.S. District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan has ordered the Trump administration to provide an abortion to the 17-year-old illegal alien. This is a travesty and an absolute moral evil.

Instead of protecting life, the ACLU wants to guarantee illegal aliens the right to kill their babies–even teenage unwed mothers–in America. Not much of “civil liberties” there.

Background

In a Texas case, a Central American teen was placed in a facility contracted by a little-known agency called the Office of Refugee Resettlement. ORR contracts out hundreds of facilities to handle the flow of refugees and unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants, and its parent is the Department of Health and Human Services.

The pregnant teen sought an abortion, because she was worried her parents might abuse her because of her pregnancy. Texas law requires parental permission, or that of a judge for a minor to undergo an abortion procedure. So attorneys tried to get a judge to sign off. But Texas officials arranged for the girl to talk to pregnancy care center volunteers and refused to bring her to an abortion clinic (at taxpayer expense).

The ACLU is up in arms that anyone would be denied what they see as a basic human right to kill unborn babies.

The case is ironic because HHS just released its strategic plan, including language that recognizes the personhood of unborn babies. But the issue of unaccompanied minors and illegal aliens is being used by liberals to push their agenda for abortion on demand.

Analysis

The abortion industry loves getting taxpayer money, although Planned Parenthood officially says just 3% of their “services” are abortions. It’s a cooked number, since handing out a pamphlet is considered a “service” in their reports. In fact, just about all PP does is abortions. They do nothing else–not mammograms, not well checks, just baby killing.

But another fact is that if Planned Parenthood lost its funding, they’d get more than enough money–probably many times what they receive from the government–from private donations by people like George Soros and grassroots liberals who buy coathanger jewelry.

What the abortion industry would love more than anything is for America to become an open-borders country, with taxpayer-funded abortions for all. This case is one of their attempts to set that precedent.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton opposes this, noting in an amicus brief that “(n)o federal court has ever declared that unlawfully-present aliens with no substantial ties to this country have a constitutional right to abortion on demand. The Court should decline to break that new ground.” He’s joined by the attorneys general of Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina in his opposition.

Perspectives

Liberals are Exploiting an Illegal Immigrant to Push Free Abortions for Non-Citizens | LifeNews.com

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/10/18/liberals-are-exploiting-an-illegal-immigrant-to-push-free-abortions-for-non-citizens/The story of a pregnant teenager, an illegal alien, has captured attention as the American Civil Liberties Union and abortion industry argue the United States should open its doors to all seeking abortion. According to reports, the girl said she sought an abortion because she was worried her parents might abuse her if they found out she was pregnant. However, Texas officials refused to allow the girl to be taken from state care to an abortion facility.

Justice for the unborn: HHS defines life as ‘beginning at conception’

http://noqreport.com/2017/10/17/justice-unborn-hhs-defines-life-beginning-conception/Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) changed its strategic plan for 2018-2022 in order to protect the unborn. Background Previously, the plan stated in its introduction that “HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.” The new…

Final Thoughts

This case is just one example of how the liberal ACLU and the abortion industry are using the court system to subvert the policy goals of the Trump administration, the rights of states to regulate and enforce their own laws, and to create a Mecca of sorts for unlimited, taxpayer-funded abortions for illegal aliens in America.

This needs to be shut down unequivocally by the courts. The next steps will be using Christian organizations’ opposition to abortion on moral grounds to strip them of federal funding and ORR contracts. This will harm actual refugees, forcing churches to withdraw their services. They’ve already done this with adoption, using same-sex marriage to end Catholic adoption agencies in states like Massachusetts.

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