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3 reasons McConnell’s plan to ‘move on’ from Obamacare repeal is a huge mistake

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3 reasons McConnells plan to move on from Obamacare repeal is a huge mistake

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a plan. He hasn’t made the plan public, but behind closed doors he’s let other Republican lawmakers know his intentions. To the discerning public ear, his plans are coming through crystal clear. He intends to play it safe in 2018 and avoid issues that may contribute to the GOP losing control of the Senate.

Last week on NPR, McConnell laid out a populist approach to the upcoming legislative year. He heralded bipartisanship while pushing away from important controversial issues such as Medicaid, food stamps, and most importantly another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare.

McConnell Ready To ‘Move On’ From Obamacare Repeal, Others In GOP Say Not So Fast

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/21/572588692/mcconnell-wants-bipartisanship-in-2018-on-entitlements-immigration-and-moreSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants 2018 to be a year of bipartisanship, even if that means moving on from GOP dreams of cutting welfare and fully rolling back the Affordable Care Act.

The Kentucky Republican on Thursday broke with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on the approach to paring back spending on programs like Medicaid and food stamps. In an interview with NPR, McConnell said he is “not interested” in using Senate budget rules to allow Republicans to cut entitlements without consultation with Democrats.

He painted his reluctance to address the issue in terms of basic political math:

“Well, we obviously were unable to completely repeal and replace with a 52-48 Senate,. We’ll have to take a look at what that looks like with a 51-49 Senate. But I think we’ll probably move on to other issues.”

The reality is he’s not wanting to go into the midterm elections with the Democrats and their mainstream media partners complaining about lost insurance coverage in areas where seats are being contested on Capitol Hill. The two things he doesn’t want to tackle – Obamacare and welfare reform – are election losers in his opinion.

He is probably right about welfare reform, much to the chagrin of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who has been pushing for entitlement reform since he was a freshman representative. As for Obamacare, he’s absolutely wrong. Here are three reasons why:

Following elimination of individual mandate, premiums will rise

The tax law zeroed out the tax penalty associated with not having healthcare, essentially eliminating the individual mandate for now. Republicans will herald the move while Democrats cook up numbers to show how millions “lost” their healthcare as a result, but it’s how the insurance companies react that will make the real waves.

Premiums will go up. It’s unavoidable without further action on Obamacare. The individual mandate is one of the few things keeping health insurance costs down. By forcing young, healthy Americans to pay for insurance they rarely use, insurance companies are able to mitigate some of the financial damage of other aspects of Obamacare such as mandatory coverage for preexisting conditions. By not forcing people to buy, insurance. companies will be forced to raise premiums and deductibles on everyone else.

It would be irresponsible to drop the mandate without cutting or completely eliminating Obamacare. Now more than ever, a new plan must be put into place that does not have an individual mandate but makes up the difference in ways that do not include spiking prices.

Democrats will use repeal-prevention as campaign ammunition

If McConnell thinks repealing and replacing Obamacare will cause his caucus election pains, he’s in for a surprise. The Democrats will invoke “protecting Obamacare from the GOP” in all of their campaigns. There was a time not so long ago when Americans could stomach losing Obamacare, but support for the ACA has steadily increased since the election.

McConnell will have to peel back a few more layers on his perceptions of Democratic campaign strategy if he wants to know what will hurt the GOP more : repealing Obamacare or giving Democrats the threat of a future Obamacare repeal.

Conservatives won’t stand for it

Republicans have been making the same promise for seven years: give us the House, Senate, and White House and we’ll take down Obamacare. They got their wish. Now, it’s time to deliver.

The shifting sentiment towards Obamacare might settle well with some Republicans, but conservatives won’t be as forgiving. The House Freedom Caucus is already preparing to push for it:

House Republicans reject Mitch McConnell’s plan to ‘move on’ from Obamacare repeal

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/house-republicans-reject-mitch-mcconnells-plan-to-move-on-from-obamacare-repeal/article/2644219Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., also said Obamacare repeal was “still on the table.” He said President Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — who helped spearhead his own repeal bill with Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. — are still on board for repealing the healthcare law.

“I think he is probably just being pragmatic, knowing he has only got 51 votes,” said Meadows, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, in reference to McConnell’s comments.

If McConnell wants an easy button, he’ll need to help his party earn a 60-seat majority. Otherwise, it’s time to get an Obamacare repeal on the reconciliation table and make it happen as soon as possible. Waiting until after the election may mean we’re waiting for a very long time if they lose their majority.

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Conservatives, Federalists and people of faith must be a voice for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities

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Conservatives Federalists and people of faith must be a voice for people with intellectualdevelopmen

Last year as a way to help me connect with people, a friend of mine introduced me to a group that had ties to a non-profit group called The Arc. Now the overall purpose of The Arc is to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization’s roots go back to 1936 with the Children’s Benevolent League which was incorporated in Washington State. It would evolve into the Association for Retarded Children (or Citizens) which was the original acronym for ARC. Retarded these days is a politically incorrect term, and thus The Arc has no meaning anymore in itself anymore. I myself do fall into those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

While I would agree that “retarded” would be a derogatory term and mental disabilities would be a more appropriate term to use, I eventually had to leave my local group of The Arc and it was strictly out of my own choice and my choice alone.

The Arc I soon found out opposed any repeal of the Affordable Care Act. One of the biggest reasons why they support the ACA (aka ObamaCare) is that the law itself allowed for Medicaid expansion, and thus bringing more people into that welfare program including people with disabilities. I also looked at their blog and they were also opposed to the recent signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and while I have my healthy skepticism about this brand new law signed by President Trump, I do think we need to reign in Medicaid spending cause if we don’t, it will eventually go broke and those who have depended on it really suffer.

Sadly, The Arc has been grounded in a belief that only big government can help those with disabilities. The Arc’s long standing tax policy according to them is; “that it should raise sufficient revenues to finance essential programs that help people with disabilities to live and work in the community. The Arc also supports tax policy that is fair and reduces income inequality; people with disabilities are twice as likely to experience poverty.”

The term ‘income inequality’ should be a red flag for anyone who calls themselves a conservative. What does The Arc consider ‘income inequality?” This is just one of those buzz terms that the left has thrown around for years, and The Arc while they want to give people with disabilities a voice, that voice sadly eventually will advocate for more bigger government and higher taxes and regulation. All in the name of helping the intellectual and developmental disabled. The Arc to me is just another organization that is ran by maybe well intended progressives to liberal thinking people.

I would like to ask The Arc why must people be forced to buy expensive health insurance so that they can take the money out of the consumers to spread to the mentally disabled (via government edict) so that they can be insured? The money could have gone to invest in the needs of individual families who work to the bone just to make a living. Progressives have forced people to work harder for other people that they will never meet. Yet this spreading of the wealth is supposed to make us feel good about our government helping others. Some legitimately do need help from the government and others just stay on the dole and contribute to the collapse of the welfare state.

The welfare state is a sacred cow of the progressives because it is used by progressive politicians to buy votes from their constituents. The Arc is no different as progressive politicians are buying favor with them as well. The short term might be favorable to the disabled but if the socialist scheme crashes and big government can’t help them any longer, I can only tell the disabled community to be on guard.

I am not saying that the disabled should not receive government help. What I am saying is that we need to reform welfare programs so that it does not come crashing down like a ton of rocks. I am afraid that eventually the disabled will be weeded out of the population because they are now a burden to our government. If CBS News enjoys the fact that Iceland murders the preborn that have mental disabilities via legal abortion, then that thinking is only a hop, skip and jump away from coming to America and worse.

If you are part of The Arc, and agree with me that The Arc’s advocacy of big government is wrong, we need to figure out a way to create some kind of organization that is not focused on big centralized government but rather embolden those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be able to live not only independently but in a culture built on liberty and freedom. We now have stable organizations for senior citizens that promotes conservative values (AMAC, 60+, American Seniors Organization) and are true alternatives to the progressive AARP. Now we need conservative alternatives to The Arc.

This article was originally published in The Christian Post.

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Should CVS and Amazon replace Obamacare as the healthcare gatekeepers?

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Should CVS and Amazon replace Obamacare as the healthcare gatekeepers

There’s an interesting article over at Spectator that details how two of the big mergers initiated in 2017 – CVS-Aetna and Amazon-Whole Foods – may be the start of the re-privatization of healthcare. Both mergers seem to be betting on a future with something different from Obamacare, though it’s very unlikely the national government will get out of the healthcare industry altogether.

That’s okay, at least as far as CVS and Amazon are concerned. If things continue heading along the trajectory of Obamacarelite or an adjusted Obamacare without an individual mandate, the two giant companies are poised to do well. If the government gets mostly out of the health insurance industry through a clean repeal of Obamacare, CVS and Amazon will hit the jackpot. Even if nothing changes, the trends towards big dollars going into healthcare means they’re worst-case-scenario is still highly profitable.

Here’s the Spectator:

CVS and Amazon, Not Politicians, Best Bets to Reform Healthcare

https://spectator.org/cvs-and-amazon-not-politicians-best-bets-to-reform-healthcare/Americans spend nearly $3.5 trillion annually on health care. The number rises beyond inflation, with the figure fast approaching a fifth of gross domestic product as we grow older, fatter, and more demanding. CVS and others seek to capitalize, which generally betters attempts to monopolize or subsidize or any other “ize” one can imagine.

CVS and perhaps Amazon, whose acquisition of Whole Foods earlier this year set off speculation, believes that the free market can deliver care more efficiently than the government, which, long before Obamacare, became heavily invested in health (declining lifespans two years running suggest taxpayers do not get much back on their investment).

As much as I’d love to see DC remove itself completely from the healthcare business, I’m concerned that the market, even one as big as healthcare, will be swayed too heavily by the big players. That doesn’t mean we need to keep Obamacare or replace it with Obamacarelite to prevent big healthcare companies from running rampant, but it would be nice to see a bunch more smaller players entering the fray. Obamacare has scared many from participating. If mega-companies fill the void, we may be seeing different but equally risky motivations leading us down a dark path. It isn’t the capitalism of it all that worries me. It’s the stifling of innovation from the opposite side of the spectrum, one that’s not dissimilar from the automotive industry’s quashing of alternative energy cars for decades until the demand was too high to ignore over the last decade and a half.

We need to press DC to demolish Obamacare, but we must also keep an eye on the new gatekeepers who would replace DC once they’re out. It can’t get any worse than it is… unless it can. Still, Obamacare is so bad, it’s definitely worth the risk.

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People with Down Syndrome are indeed expensive in a socialist society

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People with Down Syndrome are indeed expensive in a socialist society

If there is any warning to the people to stop listening to socialism siren’s song of “I will take care of you,” the needed deaths of the “unfit” should be that very reason to stop the socialist train and move back towards liberty and freedom.  However, a media hell bent on socialism would never point that out to you, unless they do a story on Iceland and show how great they are reducing the population of those who have any disabilities at all, especially Down Syndrome.

You have heard the stories, that when a pre-born child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome, usually the doctors recommend the mother to terminate the pregnancy, and most of the time down syndrome children are denied the God-given right to life.  Let us not forget how the UK government deemed one baby unfit to live, and left to die without even trying to make one possible attempt to maybe save it from a painful death for the child and the family as well.  Never forget that our media supported Hitler before they had to turn on him.  Truth of the matter is that progressives have been big supporters of eugenics until World War II humbled them, at least for awhile.

In a world of situational ethics in which flawed people try to make up the rules God already made, there will always be those who try to challenge God in their attempt to create heaven on earth.  In a socialist world, people with disabilities like Down Syndrome are costly to society, and eventually to keep the socialist scam going and its powerlords fat and rich, they will have to get rid of people that can’t produce the goods for them.  In God’s economy every human life is precious and wonderfully made.  Also, people that have disabilities like autism and Down Syndrome are part of God’s plan to always expose the so-called wise as the fools they enjoy being (1 Corinthians 1:27).

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Grotesque: Watch as Down Syndrome Man told how “Expensive” he is to Society

https://constitution.com/grotesque-watch-syndrome-man-told-expensive-society/One of the thing I am almost constantly having to deal with as one who maintains a steady watch on the news is heartbreak.

Whether the story is about abortion, mass murder, war, poverty, scandal, corruption, crime, or political disagreement, one thing is sure – there is much heartbreak in our world today.

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