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Jimmy Kimmel Healthcare Hypocrisy

It never ceases to amaze me… the value the Left places on those who have done little to nothing to earn their way in the world, and the utter lack of regard for those who work hard and struggle because of government interference. The only time liberals adore success is when it comes from a Hollywood Leftist who hasn’t had to struggle to pay bills in years.

This issue manifested itself in the last week as Jimmy Kimmel, the mediocre comedian and late-night talk show host decided he didn’t like the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. Many, if not most, true conservatives don’t like the bill either, as it leaves massive taxation in the hands of the federal government.

As JD Rucker, co-founder of the Federalist Party said:

“We’re working on a Federalist plan for healthcare for two reasons. First, the Graham-Cassidy debacle is pseudo-federalism. It only gives a little more say to individuals, businesses, and states when they should have all the say. Second, we won’t make the same mistake the GOP made: being granted control by the people, then squandering it by not having a plan ready from the beginning.”

Well, it’s nice to know SOMEONE has a plan for taking control out of the hands of the inept federal government, because it sure isn’t the GOP and it certainly isn’t the Democrats.

That aside, it’s amazing how Kimmel is adored by the Left for his statements solely because his child needed open heart surgery. Many people’s children need expensive surgeries and other medical treatments, and most of them are in nowhere near as good a position financially as Kimmel is financially to pay for those surgeries out of pocket.

Rucker’s son, Jacob, had a condition much like Kimmel’s son. Here’s what he had to say:

“My son had a similar situation as Kimmel’s. He needed open heart surgery a week after he was born. He was treated by the same doctor in the same hospital. What Kimmel won’t tell you because he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care is that this private hospital funded by private donations has always helped people who can’t pay for procedures. Obamacare didn’t change that. Repealing it won’t change that, either.

“America doesn’t need federal health insurance meddling to protect the most vulnerable. It needs families, communities, and states to work together on solutions that don’t include unelected DC bureaucrats declaring who gets treatment, what treatment they’re allowed to get, and who has to pay for it.”

Health insurance has long been costly, but that’s because the United States has been at the forefront of cutting edge medicine for decades. You get what you pay for, and the American health care system is second to none.

Further, if there is an emergency, no one is denied care thanks to laws already in place and the generosity of Americans, just as Rucker pointed out. The liberal narrative of people dying in the streets is simply not true. I certainly don’t remember finding dead people in the streets prior to the enactment of Obamacare, but I sure know plenty of people who are in despair over being able to pay their healthcare bills since Obamacare became law.

Stories have abounded for years since the Affordable Care Act’s passage that people could no longer afford the health care plans that used to sustain their families. Even if they could, the plans were often found to be “unacceptable” under the terms of the ACA. This of course put the lie to President Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” statement which was repeated ad nauseum. Most reporters for most of the major media outlets have glossed over what may be the most blatant lie in modern political history, despite the plethora of stories available that demonstrate Obama’s claim to have been a lie.

The news media and the rest of the liberal intelligencia continually give credence to the distorted views of people like Kimmel, whose stances are in no way based in reality, while ignoring hard working Americans struggling to make it, the very people who have suffered under Obamacare. The reason for this is obvious… The whole debate isn’t really about providing healthcare, nor is it even about who pays for healthcare, which is a separate, but more relevant issue to the healthcare discussion. It’s about what every debate between the Left and their teammates, and the neocons in the Republican party verses actual conservatives is about: it is about control verses freedom. It’s about the government deciding what is best for the individual verses the individual deciding what is best for his or her family.

The Democrats want single-payer healthcare. I don’t think this is a secret. If we can all just accept this basic premise, it will allow for more honest debate. The question is WHY they want single-payer.

Those pushing single-payer will tell you that they do so because they want healthcare to be free for everyone, and for everyone to have equal access to it. The people who push this narrative fall into one of two categories: 1) people who are ignorant and don’t understand how horrible single-payer has been everywhere it has been tried or 2) those who know this, but are deliberately lying.

Single-payer means that the government pays for everything, but because the government is the only one paying, the government also decides what healthcare is worth funding, plus what the patients are worth funding. Many doctors already won’t accept Medicaid because it pays so little. Many doctors do accept Tricare, the military’s insurance, but only out of a sense of patriotism, as it’s often not cost effective to do so. Medicare is equally as problematic as Tricare, but Medicare lacks the patriotism factor to back it up.

Do you think our “best and brightest” will continue to become doctors if they are paid a pittance? Of course they won’t. The greatest healthcare system in the world will no longer exist as we now know it should doctor pay be controlled by the Federal government. Right now, those with means to do so in single-payer countries come here to America to receive medical treatment. Why is that? Because it takes too long to get the treatment they need in their own countries, and because any treatment which is received in their home countries is typically substandard.

The Left embraces the arguments of the Jimmy Kimmels of the world and rejects those of the JD Ruckers of the world for one reason: one argument fits their narrative, the other doesn’t. One argument leads to control over our lives and even our deaths, the other doesn’t.

Hey, Mr. Kimmel- How about a solution where WE control our fates, not the Federal government? Or, at minimum, how about all of the people who have never given a “fig” about WE the people just stay out of our lives? Wouldn’t THAT be a novel idea? Eh, Jimmy?

Still, that would take a miracle: a miracle where the majority of Americans want to do things for themselves, not expecting someone else to do it for them. Far too many feel entitled, and they’re the ones that fall into the first category I spoke above. They are the ones who have called for a soothing lie they so wish to believe, and they’ve done so out of ignorance. Graham-Cassidy IS bad for our country, but not for the reasons Jimmy Kimmel says, and Obamacare is equally as bad. What we need is for the federal government to limit themselves to the powers vested to it in the Constitution. Healthcare is nowhere even close to being a Constitutional power of the Federal government.

Speaking with my father, principled man if there ever was one (I have an upcoming article about that), while I was writing this article, he told me that he didn’t think we could go back to what we had before Obamacare. Or, can we?” If his initial thought is true, then we are on a road with no turns, and full-blown socialism is in our near future… and I see that future. I don’t like it. It looks like Venezuela. Don’t believe me? Wait a few years. You know who you’ll have to thank for that paradise? Media types like Jimmy Kimmel, living happily in their mansions while we the peasants starve. Hardworking businessmen like Rucker who have been through the same situation will have had their warnings ignored.

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

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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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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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