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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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Democrats are right about Trump’s actions but wrong about his motives

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Democrats are right about Trumps actions but wrong about his motives

Donald Trump sent out a tweet over the weekend accusing Democrats of being “obstructionists” on the issue of so-called immigration reform. According to Trump, this is causing “needless pain and suffering” while creating the conditions responsible for the “horrors taking place on the Border.”

Besides being a blatant example of how Trump and the GOP have turned the politics of distraction into an art form, his blame game is a lie — at least, where the “horrors” on the border are concerned — because Trump has full constitutional power to stop the border invasion without Congress.

So, why perpetrate the lie that the border problem is not his fault? It could be, and most likely is, Trump’s ignorance of the Constitution and his blame-everyone-but-himself narcissism. In this case, however, I think there’s more to it.

I believe we are also witnessing Trump’s adaptation of the “never let a crisis go to waste” Saul Alinsky-inspired rule perfected by the Obama administration. Trump uses the border “crisis,” which he promised to fix and could fix if he wanted, to orchestrate a political advantage for himself by spreading the lie that the “horrors” at the border are the Democrats’ fault.

Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi have their own theory concerning Trump’s motivation. They believe he’s trying to put the focus on immigration as a way to “change the subject” away from health care.

Considering the fact that Trump and the GOP have failed to repeal Obamacare as promised, I can see how “Chuck and Nancy” might reach that conclusion. However, they’re incorrect because the NY Liberal in the White House and his swamp buddies in Congress are all-in with the Democrats on the healthcare issue.

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece about an op-ed allegedly written by Trump where he decried the Democrat Party’s call for “Medicare for all” — which is Washingtonese for single-payer — while promising to protect Medicare and parts of Obamacare. He doubled down on this commitment a few days ago.

Despite promising for the fourth election in a row to really, really repeal Obamacare if voters let them keep their majority, Republicans have assumed complete ownership of Obamacare. And when you add that reality to the inevitable expansion of Medicare, the creation of single-payer, government-run socialized health care is guaranteed, which has been the goal of Obamacare from the very start.

Heck, there’s even a movement within the GOP to advance single-payer as the conservative answer to the health care crisis.

The sad reality of today’s Republican party is that it has been transformed into the Trumplican Party. Equally sad is how so-called conservatives have become Trumpservatives whose betrayal of conservative values is so obvious, they aren’t even hiding it anymore.

Democrats are right about Trump using the immigration problem as a way to change the subject, but they’re wrong about what’s motivating him to do so. He isn’t doing it to avoid the Democrats’ goal of single-payer, government-run socialized health care … he and the GOP love it just as much as they do.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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PragerU: What’s wrong with government-run healthcare?

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PragerU Whats wrong with government-run healthcare

This latest video from PragerU details how another vote-buying pipe dream from the Left can never work.

A new video from PragerU features policy expert Lanhee Chen from the Hoover Institution at Stanford, who explains how ‘Free Healthcare’ can never work in the real world. As is the case with most Leftist vote-buying schemes, the ‘The Medicare for all’ fiction is long on promises and short on how it will be funded. The tax burden for such a scheme would destroy the economy and would have to be levied on almost everyone. This kind of national socialized healthcare would also take away the incentive for innovation, which has made for the best healthcare system in the states and the rest of the world.

One often suspects that these assurances of freebies are never meant to operate as promised. Witness the much vaunted Obamacare that was supposed to eliminate the uninsured, but did nothing of the sort. Such is also the case with their push for Liberty control, since it never works as advertised.  In most cases, it should be apparent that the Left doesn’t care if their schemes will work or not. If they did actually care, they would try something else, something that actually works.

For the Left, their ‘Ends justifies the means’ mantra extends to most of their agenda. It doesn’t matter if their system of societal slavery works or not, only that it brings them the power they crave.

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Don’t tease us, Mitch. McConnell puts Obamacare repeal back on table.

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Dont tease us Mitch McConnell puts Obamacare repeal back on table

If Republicans can win enough Senate seats in the midterm elections, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he may take another stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare. Three separate attempts last year were thwarted by unified opposition by Democrats and some defections among Republicans.

McConnell says Senate Republicans might revisit Obamacare repeal

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-senate-mcconnell-policy/mcconnell-says-senate-republicans-might-revisit-obamacare-repeal-idUSKCN1MR2QEDespite their dominance of Congress and the White House, Republicans dramatically failed last year to overturn former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare. McConnell called it “the one disappointment of this Congress from a Republican point of view.”

He said, “If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it. But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks… We’re not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working.”

His words were tempered so as not to unsettle voters ahead of the midterm elections. In past years, Republicans were bold about proclaiming the need to rid the nation of Obamacare. This helped them get control of the House, Senate, and White House. Now, public sentiment towards Obamacare has softened and so has rhetoric from Republicans in an election year.

My Take

What is really needed is a full but staggered repeal of Obamacare followed by a systematic revamping of the healthcare system with minimal government control. Most of that control should belong to the states, not DC. To make the ideal situation happen, we’d need to replace 80% of House Republicans and 90% of Senate Republicans with true limited-government conservatives and Federalists.

That’s not happening any time soon, so we’re stuck with a repeal and replace. Based on what has been proposed in the past, a repeal and replace would be incrementally better than what we have, but it may not be worth supporting. A little better than awful is still awful.

If Republicans can keep control of the House and Senate and are still unable to repeal and replace Obamacare before 2020, it will be a sad testament to the state of the party.

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