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The hypocrisy of the healthcare debate

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Jimmy Kimmel Healthcare Hypocrisy

It never ceases to amaze me… the value the Left places on those who have done little to nothing to earn their way in the world, and the utter lack of regard for those who work hard and struggle because of government interference. The only time liberals adore success is when it comes from a Hollywood Leftist who hasn’t had to struggle to pay bills in years.

This issue manifested itself in the last week as Jimmy Kimmel, the mediocre comedian and late-night talk show host decided he didn’t like the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill. Many, if not most, true conservatives don’t like the bill either, as it leaves massive taxation in the hands of the federal government.

As JD Rucker, co-founder of the Federalist Party said:

“We’re working on a Federalist plan for healthcare for two reasons. First, the Graham-Cassidy debacle is pseudo-federalism. It only gives a little more say to individuals, businesses, and states when they should have all the say. Second, we won’t make the same mistake the GOP made: being granted control by the people, then squandering it by not having a plan ready from the beginning.”

Well, it’s nice to know SOMEONE has a plan for taking control out of the hands of the inept federal government, because it sure isn’t the GOP and it certainly isn’t the Democrats.

That aside, it’s amazing how Kimmel is adored by the Left for his statements solely because his child needed open heart surgery. Many people’s children need expensive surgeries and other medical treatments, and most of them are in nowhere near as good a position financially as Kimmel is financially to pay for those surgeries out of pocket.

Rucker’s son, Jacob, had a condition much like Kimmel’s son. Here’s what he had to say:

“My son had a similar situation as Kimmel’s. He needed open heart surgery a week after he was born. He was treated by the same doctor in the same hospital. What Kimmel won’t tell you because he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care is that this private hospital funded by private donations has always helped people who can’t pay for procedures. Obamacare didn’t change that. Repealing it won’t change that, either.

“America doesn’t need federal health insurance meddling to protect the most vulnerable. It needs families, communities, and states to work together on solutions that don’t include unelected DC bureaucrats declaring who gets treatment, what treatment they’re allowed to get, and who has to pay for it.”

Health insurance has long been costly, but that’s because the United States has been at the forefront of cutting edge medicine for decades. You get what you pay for, and the American health care system is second to none.

Further, if there is an emergency, no one is denied care thanks to laws already in place and the generosity of Americans, just as Rucker pointed out. The liberal narrative of people dying in the streets is simply not true. I certainly don’t remember finding dead people in the streets prior to the enactment of Obamacare, but I sure know plenty of people who are in despair over being able to pay their healthcare bills since Obamacare became law.

Stories have abounded for years since the Affordable Care Act’s passage that people could no longer afford the health care plans that used to sustain their families. Even if they could, the plans were often found to be “unacceptable” under the terms of the ACA. This of course put the lie to President Obama’s “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” statement which was repeated ad nauseum. Most reporters for most of the major media outlets have glossed over what may be the most blatant lie in modern political history, despite the plethora of stories available that demonstrate Obama’s claim to have been a lie.

The news media and the rest of the liberal intelligencia continually give credence to the distorted views of people like Kimmel, whose stances are in no way based in reality, while ignoring hard working Americans struggling to make it, the very people who have suffered under Obamacare. The reason for this is obvious… The whole debate isn’t really about providing healthcare, nor is it even about who pays for healthcare, which is a separate, but more relevant issue to the healthcare discussion. It’s about what every debate between the Left and their teammates, and the neocons in the Republican party verses actual conservatives is about: it is about control verses freedom. It’s about the government deciding what is best for the individual verses the individual deciding what is best for his or her family.

The Democrats want single-payer healthcare. I don’t think this is a secret. If we can all just accept this basic premise, it will allow for more honest debate. The question is WHY they want single-payer.

Those pushing single-payer will tell you that they do so because they want healthcare to be free for everyone, and for everyone to have equal access to it. The people who push this narrative fall into one of two categories: 1) people who are ignorant and don’t understand how horrible single-payer has been everywhere it has been tried or 2) those who know this, but are deliberately lying.

Single-payer means that the government pays for everything, but because the government is the only one paying, the government also decides what healthcare is worth funding, plus what the patients are worth funding. Many doctors already won’t accept Medicaid because it pays so little. Many doctors do accept Tricare, the military’s insurance, but only out of a sense of patriotism, as it’s often not cost effective to do so. Medicare is equally as problematic as Tricare, but Medicare lacks the patriotism factor to back it up.

Do you think our “best and brightest” will continue to become doctors if they are paid a pittance? Of course they won’t. The greatest healthcare system in the world will no longer exist as we now know it should doctor pay be controlled by the Federal government. Right now, those with means to do so in single-payer countries come here to America to receive medical treatment. Why is that? Because it takes too long to get the treatment they need in their own countries, and because any treatment which is received in their home countries is typically substandard.

The Left embraces the arguments of the Jimmy Kimmels of the world and rejects those of the JD Ruckers of the world for one reason: one argument fits their narrative, the other doesn’t. One argument leads to control over our lives and even our deaths, the other doesn’t.

Hey, Mr. Kimmel- How about a solution where WE control our fates, not the Federal government? Or, at minimum, how about all of the people who have never given a “fig” about WE the people just stay out of our lives? Wouldn’t THAT be a novel idea? Eh, Jimmy?

Still, that would take a miracle: a miracle where the majority of Americans want to do things for themselves, not expecting someone else to do it for them. Far too many feel entitled, and they’re the ones that fall into the first category I spoke above. They are the ones who have called for a soothing lie they so wish to believe, and they’ve done so out of ignorance. Graham-Cassidy IS bad for our country, but not for the reasons Jimmy Kimmel says, and Obamacare is equally as bad. What we need is for the federal government to limit themselves to the powers vested to it in the Constitution. Healthcare is nowhere even close to being a Constitutional power of the Federal government.

Speaking with my father, principled man if there ever was one (I have an upcoming article about that), while I was writing this article, he told me that he didn’t think we could go back to what we had before Obamacare. Or, can we?” If his initial thought is true, then we are on a road with no turns, and full-blown socialism is in our near future… and I see that future. I don’t like it. It looks like Venezuela. Don’t believe me? Wait a few years. You know who you’ll have to thank for that paradise? Media types like Jimmy Kimmel, living happily in their mansions while we the peasants starve. Hardworking businessmen like Rucker who have been through the same situation will have had their warnings ignored.

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Brett Kavanaugh punts on Planned Parenthood cases, leaving conservatives baffled

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Brett Kavanaugh punts on Planned Parenthood cases leaving conservatives baffled

Conservatives were cheering when Justice Brett Kavanaugh was finally confirmed after a tumultuous process that polarized the nation. Leftists argued that Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be the end for women’s rights to make choices about abortions, among other things, even before the confirmation turned into a high school sexual assault circus.

Instead of hearing arguments in his first major abortion-related case since taking the bench, Kavanaugh sided with Chief Justice John Roberts and the four left-leaning Supreme Court Justices to decline to review it. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch all wanted to hear the case, but it takes four.

According to Thomas, the move was political.

Kavanaugh, Roberts, side with liberal judges on Planned Parenthood case

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/10/supreme-court-planned-parenthood-defunding-case-845056?lIn February, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that Kansas was wrong to to end Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding, writing that states can’t cut off funding for reasons “unrelated to the provider’s competence and the quality of the healthcare it provides.” Four other appeals courts have ruled that Medicaid patients have the right to access the provider of their choice.

But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that states do have the right to terminate a provider’s Medicaid contract and that residents cannot challenge that decision.

The Supreme Court’s action Monday allows the split decisions to stand in different federal circuits. Thomas, in his dissent, wrote that the Supreme Court should have taken the cases to resolve conflicting findings from lower courts.

“Because of this Court’s inaction, patients in different States — even patients with the same providers — have different rights to challenge their State’s provider decisions,” Thomas wrote.

My Take

Thomas is right. This is the type of case that is ideal for the Supreme Court to resolve the rights of individuals, who are currently bound by different laws in different states. The majority of the time, this isn’t a bad thing. States can and should act differently from one another. However, when it comes to a person’s right to challenge a federal funding, which Medicaid is in part, there needs to be clear direction from the Supreme Court.

As Thomas noted, the reasons for punting on this issue were clear.

“So what explains the court’s refusal to do its job here? I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’ That makes the Court’s decision particularly troubling, as the question presented has nothing to do with abortion,” Thomas wrote.

This case had nothing to do with abortion, at least not directly. It was about the rights of the people to challenge how their tax dollars were spent, a fundamental right that drills down to the core of our republic. The mere mention of Planned Parenthood, even outside of the abortion issue, was enough to spook Justice Kavanaugh. He joins Chief Justice Roberts and Republicans on Capitol Hill who are so terrified of Planned Parenthood, they refuse to address the issue even at its most basic level.

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Medicare-for-All would cost more than every penny we’ve spent on defense in the country’s history

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Medicare-for-All would cost more than every penny weve spent on defense in the countrys history

Math is hard for many Americans. It isn’t just the sad state of our public school system that keeps the people down. It’s politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who push lies and pipe dreams that keep many Americans thinking the government has unlimited money and there’s no real difference between millions, billions, and trillions.

There’s a big difference, of course, but leftists will never let the number of zeroes get in the way of promoting their ideological goals. As I posted earlier, even left-leaning news outlets like the Washington Post are calling out Ocasio-Cortez for her false statements about Medicare-for-All.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earns 4 Pinocchios over bungled defense budget interpretation

http://noqreport.com/2018/12/04/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-earns-4-pinocchios-bungled-defense-budget-interpretation/Ocasio-Cortez must have realized when she Tweeted the article that there’s no way “66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.” She was certainly playing down to her base in hopes they’d ignore reality and embrace her false notions just because she said it. The Tweet was either a bald-faced lie or she’s an absolute moron. Or both.

Washington Post, which normally supports socialist initiatives recommended by their Democratic puppetmasters, had to call this particular claim out. They gave the claim “4 Pinocchios,” a designation they save for some of the most egregious lies in politics.

It isn’t just about being completely wrong on the Pentagon’s accounting errors. This goes deeper. While fact-checking her claims, PolitiFact decided to do some math of their own. They gathered defense spending data as far back as they could – 1940 – and tallied the totals. Those who understand the difference between millions, billions, and trillions probably won’t be surprised to learn the total spent in that time is under $18 trillion, well short of the $21 trillion Ocasio-Cortez claimed she could have used to pay 2/3 of Medicare-for-All.

The also stipulated that since defense spending was much lower in the past, it’s very likely the total spent since the nation’s inception still couldn’t hit Ocasio-Cortez’ number.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrong on scale of Pentagon accounting errors

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/dec/03/alexandria-ocasio-cortez/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-wrong-scale-pentagon-acco/One tip-off is the amount of Ocasio-Cortez’s “accounting errors” is far bigger than the actual Pentagon spending from 1998 to 2015, which was $8.5 trillion. In fact, it’s also far bigger than the amount the government has spent on national security since 1940 and, in all likelihood, in the nation’s history.

Here’s a chart we assembled showing national-security spending by the federal government from 1940 to today. Ocasio-Cortez’s $21 trillion estimate exceeds the entirety of national-security spending since 1940, which checks in around $17.8 trillion. And while full data back to 1776 doesn’t exist, prorating backwards for another 164 years would almost certainly not add enough to make the total $21 trillion.

Medicare-for-All is projected to cost $32 trillion over its first 10 years alone.

Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and all their mathematically challenged supporters need to hear this information now. If you could somehow take back every dollar spent on defense from the time the nation was formed until today, it still wouldn’t be enough to pay for Medicare-for-All. This isn’t a right-wing conspiracy. This is left-leaning Politifact crunching the numbers.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earns 4 Pinocchios over bungled defense budget interpretation

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earns 4 Pinocchios over bungled defense budget interpretation

Either Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is willfully trying to mislead the people through blatantly false statements or she’s a complete idiot. There’s really no room for anything in between, though both options may exist simultaneously.

Even leftist news outlets are walking away from one of her latest claims about how to pay for Medicare-for-All.

Here’s the Tweet that sparked disapproval from both sides of the political aisle:

As many have pointed out, the $21 trillion in accounting discrepancies at the Pentagon does not represent money that was just sitting there getting wasted while Medicare-for-All languished in mathematical oblivion. The figure referenced represents accounting discrepancies in both directions – money in and money out – as well as transfers between departments within the Pentagon.

Ocasio-Cortez must have realized when she Tweeted the article that there’s no way “66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.” She was certainly playing down to her base in hopes they’d ignore reality and embrace her false notions just because she said it. The Tweet was either a bald-faced lie or she’s an absolute moron. Or both.

Washington Post, which normally supports socialist initiatives recommended by their Democratic puppetmasters, had to call this particular claim out. They gave the claim “4 Pinocchios,” a designation they save for some of the most egregious lies in politics.

We can hope and pray an incoming member of the House of Representatives is simply lying to promote her agenda. If she’s not lying, then she’s an idiot, and that might be worse when we consider how many Democrats adore her right now.

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