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Want to know what health care plan the Senate is voting on? Get out the Ouija board

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What do we know about the federal healthcare kickback-producing, wealth-redistributing, rights-trampling, mandated-health-insurance bill that the Senate is voting on today? I think it’s clear with Senator Rand Paul’s [R-KY] response to a reporter, “I think it’s kinda hard to make a determination if you don’t know what you’re proceeding to.” I apologize. I thought someone on Capitol Hill knew what they were doing today. My mistake. I am not even sure if it is an actual vote on the bill or a vote to debate the bill.

Some believe it is a version of the bill that passed in May. I really don’t care what version it was if it didn’t fully repeal Obamacare. From what I understand, the only version that “mostly” repealed Obamacare was the 2015 version. I don’t know whether this is supposed to be a really bad Laurel and Hardy movie or a heart-wrenching drama. There are so many memes running through my head …

As I understand it, being a simple citizen on the Left Coast, the Senate is expected to vote on debate. If McConnell gets 50 votes to proceed with debate, then the Senate begins considering amendments. Here is an amendment I might propose: Forget everything and send a reset button to all insurance providers. Well, at least that matches the levels of hilarity we are seeing in D.C. now.

Okay, in all sincerity, there are some serious problems. Obamacare tied any opposition into a precarious knot. In order for one thing to be changed – one piece to be cut – someone would lose coverage. We don’t want to be mean, though, right? Being mean isn’t really a concern for the Democrats. They pushed a whole set of mean regulations onto the backs of every working American. The Republicans in the Senate need to get over it. There is no nice way to rip this Band-Aid off the festering wound. The first amendment to the May bill: End all mandated individual and corporate coverage guidelines.

Ending all government mandated coverage items is the first big step. Is anyone going to lose coverage? No. Why would they? The government is simply stating that it is not mandating any coverage. With that amendment it is understood that there could be no fines levied by the IRS for not having the care. Okay, that wasn’t hard. What’s next? Oh, the millions already on subsidized healthcare. Next, amend the bill to audit those with subsidies to ensure they are supposed to be there.

The subsidized recipients will fall into 3 general groups: 1) fraud, 2) genuinely needy, 3) erroneously added to rolls. Deal with them as follows: 1) prison, 2) Medicaid, 3) temporary group coverage until they find the insurance they want (max two year program).

Okay. What’s next? Oh, people are going to lose insurance coverage? No. They are going to choose not to have coverage.

What about people with pre-existing conditions? Listen, we all have a pre-existing condition and I think it is a terrible practice for insurance companies to deny coverage for these people. But should the federal government really be in the business of telling companies how to do theirs’? From all the evidence I have seen, the fed is the last advisory committee I would listen to on good business models. Remember that “group coverage” idea I mentioned earlier? That could be a permanent program at the State level, administered by a provider of the State’s choosing, specifically for individuals with pre-existing conditions. And it could even have the Medicaid and Medicare members enrolled. Group plans are less expensive than individual plans. This seems like the most humane and Constitutional way to dismantle Obamacare and move on.

The most inhumane thing the Senate can do is to allow any version of Obamacare that mandates coverages. Not only is it unsustainable, but it encroaches on the individual’s right of choice. Obamacare was never about healthcare. It was about mandating all individuals have health insurance. I am simply baffled how the Democrats came to the conclusion that it was okay to tell people who had insurance already that it wasn’t good enough; this coming from the same entity that can’t separate abortion from actual women’s health, or determine the gender of an individual by physiology.

The bottom line is that the Bill is completely repeal-able without forcing anyone to “lose healthcare”. No one is going to lose healthcare. Doctors, bound by the Hippocratic Oath, will do what it takes to provide necessary care. Is there a debt incurred? Of course. But that doesn’t mean I am responsible for paying that person’s debt (this is called wealth redistribution). Healthcare is not an inalienable right which means the federal government should not treat it as one.

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As predicted, Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

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As predicted Trump offers DACA amnesty in exchange for border wall

Throughout Trump’s first two years in office, I’ve been one of only a handful of conservative voices shouting from the rooftops that the New York liberal’s promise to fix America’s out-of-control illegal immigration problem was nothing but a lie.

As a candidate, Trump promised to build a “big beautiful powerful wall” on our southern border at Mexico’s expense, and he promised to overturn Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order that allowed illegals to stay in America indefinitely. Unfortunately, the “wall” has become an “artistically designed” barrier of some sort funded by the U.S. taxpayer, and DACA is not only still in effect, it’s on its way to becoming permanent.

While the reality of Trump’s broken promises dealing with illegal immigration have been crystal clear to those not drinking the orange Kool-Aid, his inevitable betrayal on the issue has been brought sharply into focus since last summer.

In May 2018, as Trump and the GOP were looking for ways to save their jobs ahead of the midterms, the House Freedom Caucus joined hands with Democrats to push for a “fix” to DACA.

In June 2018, Paul Ryan proposed a plan that would allow DREAMers to legally stay in the country and be put on the pathway to citizenship in exchange for $23 billion for building a border wall.

Following their September 2018 budget betraying funding everything from Planned Parenthood to DACA and sanctuary cities, rumors began spreading around Washington that Trump was ready to cut an immigration deal with Democrats in light of the reality that the Democrats were about to retake the House in the midterms.

The Democrats did retake the House, and in the days since their victory, Trump and the GOP have been laying the foundation for their inevitable immigration betrayal. With the help of Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, trading DACA amnesty for a border wall is now the official position of the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Senate.

So, it came as no surprise when Trump proposed a deal over the weekend to end to his manufactured government shutdown by offering Democrats a three-year extension of DACA in exchange for $5 billion for border security funding — an idea originally conceived by Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Three years? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but that’s just enough time to kick the can down the road until after his 2020 election … assuming there is one. And just in case there are any doubts about the motivation behind this three-year timeframe, consider this: Mitch McConnell, who has refused to let the Senate vote on the shutdown, has endorsed Trump’s offer and will hold vote on it this week.

Mickey is also up for re-election in 2020.

For now, Democrats are rejecting Trump’s offer, but it’s only a matter of time before they get what they want. After all, Trump and the GOP want the same thing.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Is Israel on the brink of war?

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Is Israel on the brink of war

Israel and Iran continue to trade threats and missile attacks over Syria as the latest round targeted Iranian Quds forces near Damascus. The IDF, which has confirmed attacks recently, went so far as to announce the attacks on Twitter.

This attack was in response to a missile launched from Syria by Iranian Quds Forces into the Golan Heights. The missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome, which was captured on camera by skiers on Mt. Hermon.

The overnight attacks on Syria resulted in many missiles and guided bombs being shot down, but enough made it through to damage Quds training grounds, weapons depots, and kill at least 11 people. There are no reports of how many of Iran’s elite forces were killed, though British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said only two of the dead were Syrians.

Israel, in rare move, announces attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, delivers warning

https://www.foxnews.com/world/israel-attacks-iran-forces-in-syria-military-confirmsIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently confirmed that Israel had struck hundreds of targets in Syria linked to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group, including a weapons facility two weeks ago.

Iran and Hezbollah are allied with the Syrian government in the civil war.

Iran has begun its loudest saber-rattling in some time as they send clear threats of war and the destruction of Israel through state television.

“The young people in the air force are fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the Earth,” IRIAF Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh said following the strike.

Iran says ready for war with Israel that will ‘lead to its destruction’

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Iran-We-are-ready-for-a-war-that-will-lead-to-the-destruction-of-Israel-578108The commander of the Iranian Air Force warned on Monday that Iran was prepared for a decisive war with Israel, “which will bring an end to the IDF’s attacks on Syria.” “Our armed forces are prepared for a war that will bring the crushing destruction of Israel,” he said, according to media reports.

“We are ready for the day when we will see the end of Israel.”

My Take

Americans are often unaware of the importance of Syria to Iran. For years, it’s been assumed the only reason Iran hasn’t attacked Israel, especially when they were at the height of their power during the latter years of President Obama’s administration, is they have no clear path to reach Israel. Iraq, Syria, and Jordan are between Iran and the tiny Jewish state, making it nearly impossible for them to have any real reach into the heart of Israel.

This is why they are so intent on having an embedded military presence in Syria. It’s why Israel is doing everything in its power to prevent them from getting a serious foothold there.

Iran’s military is strong and somewhat sophisticated, but it’s still no match for Israel. However, Iran could take advantage of Israel’s small size if they can get enough missiles and launchers into Syria. Doing so would allow them to use Syrians as cover, a strategy currently in use by anti-Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

As long as Iran continues to pursue entrenchment in Syria, war is on the near horizon. Israeli strikes may be a catalyst for war, but they’re necessary if they have any hopes of preventing Iran from taking over their Syrian neighbors wholesale.


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What really separates Tom Brady from every other player on the field

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What really separates Tom Brady from every other player on the field

Every season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gains more people who believe he’s the greatest of all time. It has been a long road for him because he didn’t have the pedigree that other potential GOATs had. He wasn’t the #1 pick in the NFL draft like John Elway or Terry Bradshaw. He was drafted in the 6th round. He didn’t come in with lots of fanfare. His first starting job came as a result of Drew Bledsoe’s injury. He doesn’t have a flashy style like Brett Favre, a complex system like Peyton Manning, or a cannon for an arm like Aaron Rodgers.

He just wins.

The key to his winning ways may have nothing to do with his strong skills, good supporting cast, or excellent game plans. It may just come down to hard work and good ol’ fashioned competitiveness. His mental toughness has been likened to Larry Bird’s or Evander Holyfield’s, two greats in their sports who made up for physical deficiencies by constantly improving mentally even when they weren’t at the top physically.

“Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.”

Football is more than just a physical sport. As Tom Brady has demonstrated, mental toughness may be even more important than 40-yard-dash times or arm strength.


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