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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.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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