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BrundleFly or Hillarycare: The sad choice for Graham-Cassidy

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The other day, I wrote a long-winded defense of Graham-Cassidy. In response, JD Rucker, the EIC of this site, wrote a short rebuttal. These two pieces illustrate the upside-down nature of this bill.

In short: people who believe Graham-Cassidy should not be passed argue on the basis of it actually being implemented. People who argue that we should pass Graham-Cassidy do so on the basis that it cannot possibly be implemented.

They’re both right

If Graham-Cassidy is implemented as the bill is written, no politician could ever claim that it will solve Obamacare’s problems. All it does is intensify them and allow healthy individuals to go without insurance or join health cost sharing organizations. (Disclosure: I am a member of Medi-Share, a Christian medical expense sharing ministry that’s exempt from Obamacare.)

Moving the money to the state level as Medicaid block grants without gutting the Medicaid expansion, the coverage requirements or the heinous recordkeeping and administrative load of Obamacare is worse than living with the current, mostly-implemented and known system. States will not have enough time to enact enabling legislation, therefore by the 2020 deadline, many states will simply fall in a huge crack or the federal government will have to grant en-masse extensions. Remember, we went through this with Obamacare, which took until 2014 to fully swing into action, and by 2016, 19 states still hadn’t really done anything to get people off the federal exchanges.

Supporters say this is a feature, not a bug.

Burn the ships!

We’re passing Graham-Cassidy so we can be like Cortés in 1519. I love this story.

In 1519, Captain Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz to begin his great conquest. Upon arriving, he gave the order to his men to burn the ships. As I imagine it, someone then laughed and Cortés promptly thrust his sword into the man’s chest. After which, the rest proceeded to get hammered on rum by the glow of the blaze. Almost like a bloodier version of The Pirates of the Caribbean with Cortés played by Johnny Depp.

The lesson, presented by business leadership coach Travis Robertson is: Retreat is easy when you have the option.

There is no political body in America more in need of a swift sword smack in the behind than the United States Congress. It is in a permanent state of retreat, unless it comes to spending your money and mine on endless projects in this district and that district to make a few people wealthy and the rest of us feel good about getting something for nothing. Most of us just pay and get nothing anyway, then go about electing the same people over and over again.

There is only one argument for Graham-Cassidy. Passing it destroys Obamacare with no way to go back. Passing Graham-Cassidy burns the ships and cuts off retreat.

Brundlefly

Passing Graham-Cassidy will force Republicans to either embrace Bernie-style single-payer or proceed to a fuller repeal of the destroyed, mutated Obamacare-monster. Like the 1986 horror classic “The Fly,” the Graham-Cassidy fusion teleporter only works one way. There’s no going back. And like the BrundleFly-Telepod monster, the result cannot survive.

There will be no choice but to destroy it or it will self-destruct before it ever sees the light of day.

Or do nothing and have Hillarycare

The other option is to not pass Graham-Cassidy and do nothing. Just embrace Obamacare and let all states adopt it. We could tweak coverages or eliminate some waste and inefficiency from the program. President Trump could re-enable the IRS (still led by Obama appointee John Koskinen) to enforce the fines for not purchasing coverage. Congress could make some allowances for conscience in health sharing ministries. But that’s it.

We could make Obamacare work, such as it is, and try to keep health care costs from ballooning further within that framework. But it means more government control, more cronyism, less small government, state-controlled commerce. It also means higher taxes for everyone.

In a nutshell, it would be what Hillary Clinton would do. We’d have Hillarycare.

Congress won’t advance when it can retreat

The one truth here is that Congress will never advance when it can retreat. It will never take on anything for which it has to later be responsible without someone standing up behind them holding a sword. It will never act on its own unless leadership does what Cortés did and make an example of someone. Until we can get some leadership, or Trump actually begins to lead on health care, our only options are between BrundleFly and Hillarycare, either of which could lead to single-payer.

The solution is not one we can achieve with this iteration of Congress. It will take something else from outside.

I say burn the ships and force the issue, but others say it’s too risky to deal with Brundlefly. Sadly, both answers are probably right.

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Leftism: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

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Leftism Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

Doubling down on failure: Polling has the Left prioritising national socialized health care and repealing the Second Amendment.

It used to be a staple of every debate over the common sense human right of self-preservation. Someone from the Pro-Liberty side would point out that each assault on everyone’s fundamental human rights also infringes on the second amendment. The response from the enemies of freedom on the Socialist-Left would be along the lines of “No one is talking about repealing the second amendment” or “No one is talking about gun confiscation”.

That was before each step along the Leftist way was shown to be an abject failure. This was before the Left’s final solution to the gun problem became incredibly obvious to everyone. This was before every other part of the Left’s socialist national agenda crashed on takeoff.

Leftist priorities: national socialized healthcare and gun confiscation.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that a new poll has the top issues to Democratic priorities “securing single-payer health care and repeal of the Second Amendment.” It also shows that they aren’t eager for Hillary Clinton to give it another go, so maybe they can learn something.

It seems like they decided that if they are going to go delusional, they should go big. Going to fascistic control of the country’s healthcare system and getting rid of a fundamental human right is really shooting for the moon. This would be akin to them wanting to get rid of national borders or Abolish the Senate. Never mind, they’ve already proposed that kind of insanity.

Democrats: If at first you don’t succeed, fail, fail, fail, again.

Leftism is the only ideology that mandates doubling down on failure. Trying to carry out national socialist health care with the laughably entitled ‘Affordable Care Act’ a.k.a Obamacare failed to work as promised. That monstrosity was supposed to cut costs and eliminate the problem of the uninsured. Now that it’s failed spectacularly on both counts, the Left wants to give it a go with another version of ‘free healthcare for all’.

Meanwhile, Leftists efforts in controlling freedom have failed to keep anyone safe, So they want to redouble their efforts with repealing the second amendment. They should know that this wouldn’t remove the common sense human right of self-defence, only make it easier to do what they always denied – depriving the people of their means of self-defense.

The Left has trapped itself in an ever tightening path towards gun confiscation, the question we need to ask is are we any safer with all of their existing restrictions on Liberty? The Liberty grabber Left keeps on promising peace in our time with no results, when do we get to hold them accountable for their promises?

What is their next step?

Banning certain types of guns didn’t work. Adding every more complicated, embarrassing and expensive hurdles in the way of a human and civil right didn’t work. Controlling private property with Intergalactic Background Checks didn’t work. Restricting the freedom to buy ammunition didn’t work. So where do the liberty grabbers go from here?

At this point in time the Liberty Grabbers are falling all over themselves trying to come up with news ways of placing limitations on Liberty. One of their new and more creative methods would be to not only control sales of pieces of aluminium and parts as well as controlling the speech about said parts.

The Takeaway.

In both cases the Left’s control plans are doomed to failure. It should be obvious that making it illegal to defend yourself will not keep you safe. By the same token, the promises of ‘free healthcare for all’ cannot be fulfilled, as is the case with most socialist programs.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting better at doublespeak

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting better at doublespeak

Medicare-for-All is the highest form of socialism. Its premise is based around the idea that there’s enough money in the coffers of middle-class and above to make healthcare free for everyone else. The costs associated with such a plan are nearly equal to the current United States federal government revenue, which is why even leftists in the media are forced to ask how its proponents plan to pay for it.

Soon-to-be Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been asked this question many times and her responses have ranged from comical to dangerously ignorant. Now, it seems that she’s found her groove. Her new tactic is to act confused by the question since the answer should be so obvious to everyone.

Ocasio-Cortez calls question about how to pay for Medicare for all ‘puzzling’

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-calls-question-about-how-to-pay-for-medicare-for-all-puzzling“People often say, like, how are you going to pay for it and I find the question so puzzling because ‘How do you pay for something that’s more affordable? How do you pay for cheaper rent?’ You just pay for it,” she said. “We’re paying more now.”

According to recent studies, the program, first introduced by Sanders over the summer, would increase government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years.

If you’re thinking this response must have come from some hidden camera footage by Project Veritas, you’ll be surprised to learn Ocasio-Cortez released it. Yes, she’s actually proud of her answer.

After thinking about it, I realized this really is the best answer she can give. She’s using doublespeak, drastic oversimplification, and improved confidence to say thing that are clearly untenable. But that’s okay because she says it with a smile and seems sincerely confused that anyone would be so naive as to question the numbers.

The problem is a large percentage of Americans won’t question the numbers at all because they won’t understand them. That’s the problem with socialism at this scale. The numbers are so unfathomable that most have a hard time realizing the scope of what’s being proposed.

Let’s break it down in simpler terms. In 2017, the United States brought in $3.32 trillion in federal revenue. It’s projected to go up a little every year. For simple numbers, let’s assume around $35 trillion in total federal revenue over the next decade (which still, for some reason, puts us at a major budget deficit). Compare that to the $32 trillion price tag projected for Medicare-for-All and (hopefully) it becomes easier to see how this plan is completely ludicrous.

Her pitch is essentially, “Don’t worry about it. Rich people and the infinite coffers of the government will pay for it.” Somehow graduating cum laude from BU with a degree in economics and international relations didn’t translate in the real world.

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Democrats’ final pitch proves they think voters are stupid

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Democrats final pitch prove they think voters are stupid

The hilarity of the final pitch by the Democrats is shocking. I hear it and I feel like Tom Cruise’s character at the end of A Few Good Men when Jack Nicholson screams, “You’re ******* right I did!” Cruise was dumbfounded. He actually admitted it. He admitted he was guilty.

On three of the four biggest issues the Democrats are running on, they’re being forced to convince American voters not to look at facts. That’s not a partisan jab; I’m a Federalist, not a Republican. But I can say objectively that Democrats are selling three big lies in order to convince voters they should be voted into the House of Representatives and the Senate this midterm election.

Let’s look at their pitch:

Lie #1: The economy isn’t helping the people

The economy is booming, but Democrats say it’s not, at least not in a way that helps the people. They say things like, “The stock market isn’t the economy,” which is true, but the stock market is a tiny piece of the success Republicans have had brought for the last two years.

The people say, “I’m saving thousands on taxes.” Democrats reply, “It’s just crumbs.”

The people say, “I finally have a job.” Democrats reply, “It should pay more.”

The people say, “But my wages are higher.” Democrats reply, “That’s Obama’s policies kicking in.”

I’m not sure which is more sad, that the Democrats are running on repealing the tax cuts that are bringing prosperity or that Republicans are, for some reason, letting them.

Lie #2: Obamacare is broken and we can fix it

This is the half lie. The first part is true. Obamacare is broken. From there, the Democrats’ narrative breaks down if voters put a quarter ounce of thought into the matter.

Their landmark healthcare deal was supposed to make things more affordable for the American people. It hasn’t. It’s actually made healthcare more expensive than it’s ever been, which is why this is such an important issue to many voters. Unfortunately, they’re being convinced by Democrats that the thing they erected in 2010 is somehow the Republicans’ fault.

Democrats cannot fix Obamacare because they’re even more spread across the ideological board than Republicans. The ideological differences within the GOP may have prevented them from repealing and replacing Obamacare when they had the chance, but compared to the Democrats they’re actually much closer to be in lockstep. The Democrats are scattered between two very different ways to fix Obamacare.

There’s the far left Medicare-for-All which doesn’t require a calculator to prove itself unfathomably destructive to the economy. In fact, most calculators can’t go as high as the socialist proposal requires.

On the other side of the Democratic Party’s stance on healthcare is a fix that is almost identical to what Republicans are pushing. Keep preexisting conditions covered, but reduce the burden on the middle class by promoting private healthcare alternatives for everyone whether they have a job or not. This can work now with so many more Americans working than before. It wouldn’t have worked two years ago.

Still, the Democrats’ pitch is essentially, “We broke healthcare and most of us agree with the Republicans’ way of fixing it, but we’re unwilling to go down that road unless it’s our names on the bills instead of theirs.” Seriously, that’s ridiculous.

Lie #3: Illegal immigration shouldn’t worry anyone

“Nothing to see here. Please disburse.”

That’s the narrative coming from not only the Democrats but also their mainstream media lapdogs. They want you to take the facts and bury them with your logic and common sense in a deep hole somewhere in the desert. Don’t fear the migrant caravans forming incessantly in Central America. Pretend like there’s nothing to fear from it. Watch our biased mainstream media coverage that uses either really wide shots or closeups to advance their narrative that the caravan is comprised mostly of innocent pregnant single mothers seeking asylum.

Medium shots are discarded because they show 80% or more of the people in these caravans are young, healthy men.

As we pointed out earlier, illegal immigration harms legal immigrants more than it harms anyone else.

But the Democrats are running on a notion of open borders. They might not say the words “open borders” (though some do), but how they propose to handle the situations is indicative of an open borders mindset.

It’s not just the migrant caravans. The numbers of illegal immigrants have gone up drastically every time the Democrats block one of the President’s initiatives on border security.

Nevertheless, Democrats are running on a platform that will make the illegal immigration problem worse and they’re banking on Americans being okay with this.

The fourth factor

This should be a landslide election for Republicans based on the first three factors. The fourth factor is the only thing keeping the Democrats’ hopes alive. They’ve made many Americans hate President Trump and his own words have been used to build this narrative.

So we have a midterm election where the President isn’t on the ballot, but he is. That’s their only hope, that Americans dismiss their own prosperity, health, and security so they can send a message to a President they don’t like.

I’m betting that Americans aren’t that stupid. I’m betting that American voters are going to save their anti-Trump vote for 2020 when he’s actually on the ballot. I’m betting that they’re going to vote on Tuesday to keep the agenda that’s been working so well for two years. If they do, they’ll prove the Democrats’ wrong.

When we examine the Democrats’ pitch, it’s unquestionable that they feel American voters are too simple to look at the facts. The question that will be answered on Tuesday is whether or not the Democrats were right to feel this way about us.

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