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GOP on health care: An infinite regression of failure

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Another false “repeal and replace” attempt of Obamacare, another failure. Yet again the GOP attempts to pull a fast one on voters with their healthcare bill, trying to hide the fact that it kept the taxes flowing to the federal government, while cloaking it as some kind of ersatz Federalism by block granting the money to the states.

THIS ISN’T FEDERALISM!

I’ve written about this extensively before and I’m not about to rehash all the old issues. What I will say for about the billionth time is that the GOP needs to do what it said it would, and what it made a show of doing many times when they knew Obama would veto it: simply repeal Obamacare and let the free market deal with health insurance.

I wrote about the hypocrisy of the current healthcare debate, how the news media felt sympathy for those who might lose insurance if Obamacare were to be repealed, but had shown no sympathy for those who lost care when it was enacted. They point to how many more are insured, never mind the fact that many of those didn’t want insurance.

Burn the liberal straw men

People, this “existing conditions” thing that liberals use as their sympathy argument is simply a straw man. Let me tell you why. Even before Obamacare, group plans, like the ones you get offered when you work for a big corporation, always cover pre-existing conditions. So if you have a pre-existing condition, you might need to go to work somewhere that has a group health plan.

Oh, you don’t like working for “the man”? Grow up. Make better choices. You might have to make some life decisions you might not otherwise make in order to get the insurance you need. Oh, your portion of it is too expensive? Yeah, you can thank Obamacare for that. The skyrocketing costs are due in large part to the ACA’s requirements an for the companies getting out of the market, leaving less competition and fewer choices.

Also, take better care of yourself! A lot of physical ailments are preventable! Eating right and exercise, not smoking or drinking excessively can eliminate many ailments, and lessen the need for doctors. Some of our problem isn’t so much a health care problem as much as it is a health problem.

Final thoughts

The GOP getting the federal government out of the health care industry shouldn’t be controversial. The federal government is bad and inefficient a tax everything. I doubt you can find many, if any, people who would say Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell would be better at making decisions for the their family than they would, so why are so many so willing to let the government make decisions about their healthcare? Because they think it will be free?

Nothing is free in this world. Everything has a cost, and it’s not just taxpayers who will pay the cost while lazy people reap the rewards. Those reaping the “rewards” will also pay when the government paying the bills decides it doesn’t want to pay to provide the care a patient needs. Most people don’t think that far ahead though, and they will come to regret that.

It hardly matters though. The GOP has made it clear it wants Obamacare in place, or at least some form of it. Johnson McCain didn’t support Graham-Cassidy because he thought it needed “a bi-partisan solution.” Well John, the problem wasn’t created in no-partisan way. John wants an even more liberal solution.

THis pretty much seals the deal folks. MARK my words, the next major legislation that will be enacted on healthcare will be the next Democrat Congress and President (or maybe even Republicans) enacting single-payer. Just watch.

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Here’s hoping the President is serious about late-term abortions

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Heres hoping the President is serious about late-term abortions

I’ll admit up front that I’m a cynic when it comes to the abortion issue. My entire life, I’ve heard Republicans vow to do something about abortion. The wins have been incremental at best and the losses have been devastating. As Planned Parenthood stands funded by the government despite repeated promised by Republicans and a majority to get something done for two years, I’m always skeptical when someone says they’re going to do something about abortion.

Last night, President Trump said he would urge Congress to take action against late-term abortion. It was the only reference made to an issue directly pointed towards evangelicals, and that’s okay as long as it gets done. Other fights, such as religious freedoms, are battles that must be fought by the people, but abortion is the main issue that has both political and cultural fronts on which the battle must be fought. We’ll keep fighting on the cultural front. Will Republicans in Washington DC finally fight on the political front?

If we give him the benefit of the doubt instead of my instant cynical perspective that this was just a vote-securing statement, what would it look like? Does Congress even have the power to mandate against states on this issue? I’m no Constitutional expert, but my gut says it would have to be fought all the way to the Supreme Court for it to actually work, and once there even the so-called “conservative” lean of the bench is unlikely to uphold it. Once again, the case against late-term abortion must be different from the case against abortion itself, and that would force us to run into Constitutional issues.

Here’s the problem with the statement and any attempts made by Congress. Currently, the sentiment against late-term abortions is on our side, but that can change quickly if DC attempts to subvert Roe v. Wade in any manner. Pro-abortion groups will paint this as an example of politicians trying to stand between a woman and her right to choose. Most Americans believe it should be illegal today, but part of that is because it isn’t illegal. If there’s one way to shift sentiment on an issue, side with what the people want today. Invariably, many will change their tune once action is actually taken.

By no means am I suggesting they shouldn’t take a shot at it, but they cannot miss. The worst-case scenario is that they try to ban late-term abortions nationwide and lose that battle. During the battle itself, the will of the people will shift. Therefore, if they cannot make it happen, they shouldn’t even try.

For Americans to have better understanding of the abortion issue, they need more information about preborn babies and the realities of their existence. If the GOP can pull off a late-term abortion ban, it will go a long way to helping with the cultural battle as well.

 


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The magical birth canal

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The magical birth canal

Choice42 makes the point that an arbitrary point in life doesn’t suddenly convey humanity and basic human rights.

The contention from the Left is that there is some magical demarcation point in the life of a child. That before birth it’s just a fetus, clump of cells or a ‘parasite’.

Then in a flash, it suddenly becomes a human being, from mere passage of the birth canal. This video from a couple of months ago illustrates that this is an absurd contention.

Bonus video

 

Leftists assert that like those on the Pro-Liberty Right that they want to protect the children. But only after the life changing passage of the magical birth canal. This video makes the point that the Left can’t have it both ways.

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Morgan Ortagus: Republicans can’t go into 2020 without a healthcare message

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Morgan Ortagus Republicans cant go into 2020 without a healthcare message

On a panel last night with Steve Hilton, Fox News contributor Morgan Ortagus warned the Republican Party going into the 2020 election season that they need to have a message other than opposition to Medicare-for-All.

Ortagus noted that the current plan came from a Democratic President, but Republicans aren’t taking advantage of this notion.

“So a smart Republican could sort of make this argument and say this is why the current Democrat plan doesn’t work but instead Republicans have inherited a faulty plan that they criticize but without a viable replacement,” she said.

My Take

She’s absolutely right. It seems like the GOP has resolved to not really address healthcare at all before the 2020 election after failing to repeal and replace Obamacare in 2017. Now, they’re just railing against the proposed fixes instead of offering a solution.

 


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