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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 From what I understand, the only version that “mostly” repealed Obamacare was the 2015 version.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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State Department investigation in Clinton email scandal reports 23 violations so far

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State Department investigation in Clinton email scandal reports 23 violations so far

Every time someone outside the FBI takes a look at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for her and her staff when she was Secretary of State, they see a situation that was dangerous to the security of the United States. The latest to come to this conclusion is the State Department itself, which has found 23 violations and seven infractions that were allegedly committed.

And that’s just the beginning. The investigation is likely going to continue until the beginning of September.

This information comes through a letter sent to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who leads the security review, according to Fox News.

“To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents,” Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, wrote to Grassley. “DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. … This number will likely change as the review progresses.”

Current and former staffers who committed violations or multiple infractions will have them noted in their permanent record. This record is used for many purposes, including determinations on current and future security clearances. The letter did not indicate if criminal charges were possible for anyone, nor did it reveal any names of those being scrutinized.

Opinion

The FBI successfully protected Hillary Clinton and her staff throughout the 2016 election. Though one can argue former FBI Director James Comey helped her lose the election by announcing a continuation into the investigation weeks before election day, the body of actions taken by the FBI demonstrate she was being shielded from prosecution and any investigation that went too deep into her potentially criminal activities.

Thy wanted her to win. They had no intentions of derailing that possibility by doing their jobs.

Now that the State Department is on the case, there may actually be some closure for over the whole scandal. It’s unlikely her detractors will see any real form of justice served as a result, but those involved are less likely now to get out of this unscathed.

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“omg.” – Huma Abedin upon finding out someone was trying to hack the private servers

Final Thoughts

We may never see Hillary Clinton in jail. We may never see anyone truly punished for putting America’s security interests at risk. But at the very least it appears we’ll get confirmation of wrongdoing, which is better than nothing.

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Trump: ‘Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens’

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Trump Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens

One of the promises the President made through much of the 2016 election season was deportation. His views shifted throughout the campaign as he acknowledged the difficulty of deporting tens of millions of illegal immigrants while simultaneously saying it needed to be done. Some have called this a broken promise since deportation numbers have not reached the levels many expected, but that may be changing very soon.

In two Tweets, the President said, “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”

In calling out the Democrats, the President referred to their continuous blocking of any actions that could actually help solve our border crisis, from the wall to border patrol resources to fixing the loopholes asylum seekers use to cross the border and get released to the interior while awaiting their hearing. As acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan noted last week, 90% of recent migrants haven’t shown up for their asylum hearings and were issued removal orders.

Are these the “illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States” the President was referencing? Though the numbers are high, they have not reached into the millions just yet. But combined with standing removal orders already on the books, the deportation potential does hit seven digits.

This was one of the few promises the President hadn’t kept yet, but it appears the deportation machine at ICE is getting ramped up. Finally. This is a great first step towards dissuading entry in the first place.

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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

How do you stop any conversation at a cocktail party in America? Bring up the national debt. Boredom will overcome everyone listening as the complacency associated with a very simple topic that has been rendered falsely complicated sets in. Everyone will go glassy-eyed. People will nod in agreement while simultaneously not listening to anything you’re saying.

That’s the state of the national debt in the collective consciousness of Americans. Ask if it’s a problem and everyone will agree. Ask if it needs an immediate solution and most everyone will agree. Ask how they’ve voted to fix the problem or how they’ve demanded their leaders address the issue, and suddenly the drinks in their hands become much more interesting than they were moments before.

The problem with the debt isn’t that people don’t know about it. It’s that they just don’t care. Every American alive today who has paid even a little attention to the news in their lives has heard about the crippling effects of the national debt ever since the first real warning bells were sounded. Those bells rang out following the passage of the New Deal when expected GDP growth didn’t match expenditure growth. The result was the debt breaching the 40% mark of GBP. It was the end of the world for many economists who saw no way out.

At the time the national debt was 40% of GDP at $34 billion. Today, it’s 106% of GDP at nearly $23 trillion.

This is a problem that has no face, no tangible effects on the population, and no easy solutions. Entitlement reform is grossly unpopular, yet absolutely necessary to even start the process of fixing our debt issue. But entitlement reform would mean politicians would lose elections, most likely Republicans. Most of them have no intention of taking on something that’s desperately necessary yet immensely unpopular.

The Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl took to PragerU to discuss the omnipresent problem that nobody likes to think about. We need to start thinking about it immediately. Otherwise, the problem will “solve” itself.

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