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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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Democrats’ road to victory is paved with the broken promises of the GOP

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Democrats road to victory is paved with the broken promises of the GOP

In the push leading up to the November mid-term election, Republicans and faux conservatives have completely abandoned any semblance of integrity concerning the promises they made when America gave them full control of Washington two years ago.

One area where their betrayal has been most obvious is their promise to repeal Obamacare, a promise they made in 2012, 2014, and 2016, and again a few months ago if voters let them keep their majority.

Despite their repetitious “repeal Obamacare” mantra, Trump and the GOP recently passed an $854 billion spending bill that included a boatload of betrayals, including funding for Obamacare.

While they attempted to hide the fact that the spending bill provided a big boost to Obamacare and government-run, single-payer healthcare, Trump and the GOP aren’t even trying to hide their betrayal any longer as they have begun to support the “good” parts of Obamacare, such as pre-existing conditions.

This healthcare slight-of-hand is clearly nothing but a lame attempt to buy a few votes in November for Republicans, but it appears to be having the opposite effect. GOP betrayals have created votes for Democrats, giving the party of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi fresh wind in their sails.

With no Republican resistance and momentum on their side, Democrat candidates for governor in red and purple states are openly pushing to expand Medicaid while “Medicare for all” — the politically correct way of saying single-payer healthcare — has been adopted on the national level as a 2020 campaign issue.

It appears that Democrats can and will win on this issue.

In Pennsylvania — a state Trump narrowly won in 2016 — Democrats are surging in popularity thanks to the GOP’s broken healthcare promises. Besides a likely victory for Pennsylvania’s incumbent Democrat senator and governor, the blue party could pick up six Congressional seats, 25% of the seats they need to retake the House.

Trump’s Medicare policies along with his long history of supporting socialized medicine and single-payer has already put America on the path to Obamacare’s ultimate goal of government-run healthcare, but now we’re hearing about Trump making overtures to Democrats ahead of their likely takeover in November in an effort to secure a few policy “wins” for himself ahead of 2020.

Which begs the question: If Trump’s willing to sell out to the Democrats with Republicans in charge, what do you think will happen to healthcare if his buddies Chuck and Nancy are running Congress?

I think we already know the answer to that question.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Infographic: Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

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Infographic Opioid overdose deaths in the United States

The use of opioids in the United States has dramatically risen in recent years, prompting calls for action from both sides of the political aisle. It’s not like the old drug wars on the streets of New York or the suburbs of Dallas. This drug epidemic is affecting all races, economic conditions, and ages.

In this infographic from Visual Capitalist, they examine the death rates county by county. Of note is West Virginia, where in some areas the opioid death rate is approaching the cancer death rates.

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

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Trump’s Medicare policy the next step in his march toward socialized healthcare

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Conservative media outlet praises Trumps attack on the Constitution

After squeezing all the political life he could out of the Kavanaugh confirmation circus, Trump went to work this week on other ways to fire up his uninspired base ahead of next month’s election.

On Tuesday, Trump made an appearance at an Iowa worship service disguised as a campaign rally, where the man who once bragged that he was capable of changing into anything he wants when it comes to his ever-changing policies, reached out to corn farmers being hurt from his “good and easy to wintrade war.

In an obvious attempt to buy votes in November and lay the groundwork for the 2020 Iowa caucuses, Trump announced that he would be expanding the use of ethanol; free market and the environment be damned.

Yesterday, Trump allegedly wrote an op-ed for USA Today — I say “allegedly” because Microsoft Word graded it at college level, and Trump speaks at a seventh-grade level or lower — decrying the Democrat Party’s call for “Medicare for all.” For the uninitiated, Medicare-for-all is the politically correct way of saying single-payer.

Trump’s fake op-ed is nothing more than the latest round of the politics of distraction where the GOP attempts to shift voter attention away from the past two years of lies and broken promises. In Trump’s case, however, the op-ed is also hypocritical because he supports single-payer healthcare, and his policies pretty much guarantee that socialized medicine will be here sooner rather than later.

Throughout his political career, Trump often sang the praises of socialized medicine and single-payer healthcare, and he reinforced his support during the 2016 campaign when he promised to have the government pay for universal healthcare for everyone.

During his campaign, Trump also made the promise repeatedly broken by the GOP to repeal Obamacare, which Republicans love and was given a big boost when Trump and the GOP completely funded it with the #MiniBusBetrayal he signed into law in September.

Many, including myself, pointed to this broken promise as evidence of Trump’s lack of integrity, but now I think it makes sense when you consider that Obamacare was created to be the catalyst for single-payer healthcare.

In his op-ed, Trump also renewed his commitment to save Medicare from being used as the mechanism for delivering single-payer healthcare. It’s a politically convenient move, but in reality, Medicare is already the largest socialized healthcare program in the world, so his Medicare policies are guaranteeing socialized medicine, not preventing it.

When you look at the complete package — lifetime support of socialized medicine, not repealing Obamacare, and letting Medicare grow out of control — Trump is accomplishing everything Barack Obama and the Democrats wanted concerning socialized medicine.

I guess I see now why we had to keep Hillary from winning and advancing Obama’s agenda . . . Trump wanted to be the one to do that.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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