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The White House will take the lead this time on Obamacare repeal and replace

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The White House will take the lead this time on Obamacare repeal and replace

President Trump surprised most last week when he Tweeted the GOP would become the “party of healthcare.” This came out of the blue… or so most believed. Now, it’s being reported the White House has been working with conservative think tanks to come up with a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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The last round of Obamacare repeal and replace was a debacle. Not only were the proposals abysmal and difficult to sell to the people. They were difficult for most to even understand. It wasn’t their complexity. The one that got the closest to passing before Senator John McCain tanked it was essentially Obamacare 2.0.

The best option is to repeal. Full stop. But chances of that happening are slim to none, so we’re stuck with a replacement plan. Thankfully, it seems the White House has been putting thought into it, including getting thoughts from those outside of government itself. This is important as the failures of the 2017 debacle could be blamed squarely on a group of Republican lawmakers who really didn’t know how they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare without tanking the 2018 midterms.

With the midterms behind us, it’s important for the White House to take the lead in repealing Obamacare just as the last White House took the lead in getting it passed in the first place. Perhaps if this had happened last time, we’d be in a completely different situation by now.

Hindsight is 2020, but at least it appears the GOP is taking their past failures into account.

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John Kennedy Quote Healthcare

“I’m anxious to see what the White House is going to recommend in terms of a healthcare delivery system that looks like somebody designed the damn thing on purpose.” – Senator John Kennedy

Final Thoughts

Just as President Obama sold Obamacare, so too must President Trump sell Obamacare repeal. To do that properly, the plan must come from the White House. Then, he’ll have full support instead of relying on GOP weakness on Capitol Hill.

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With Kasich out of the way, Ohio poised to pass ‘Heartbeat Bill’

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With Kasich out of the way Ohio poised to pass Heartbeat Bill

It appears the third time is a charm for pro-life Republicans in Ohio who have now passed their “Heartbeat Bill” again. The difference this time is Governor Mike DeWine will sign it. His predecessor, John Kasich, vetoed it twice.

This bill will prohibit most abortions beyond the moment a heartbeat can be detected in the fetus, which is normally around six weeks from conception. Opponents to the bill, including Kasich, argued that it doesn’t give the mother enough time to even know she’s pregnant before the door is closed on her ability to have an abortion.

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There will be challenges and even if it gets signed, it will likely have a hard time being codified. As I noted when Kasich vetoed it last time, one of his arguments is that he wouldn’t sign a bill that would go through all the legal challenges and be found unconstitutional. It was a cop-out, but there’s some truth to what he said.

Nevertheless, we must continue to get these types of bills passed even if there’s a good chance they won’t make it all the way through. The fight for the rights of preborn babies isn’t one that must rely on practical victories only. We need to win on the cultural level. To do that, we need debate. To have debate, we need bills like these to his the news and make people talk. Only then will we have sufficient opportunities to make out case before the nation for the sake of the children.

Women’s rights groups are already swarming on Ohio. We’re likely to hear from Hollywood soon just as they made their fuss over Georgia. While this may seem like a bad thing, a mobilized and passionate pro-life advocacy is more than enough to counter their narrative. Lest we forget, we have both facts and emotions on our side. Arguments about women’s rights being trampled upon for the sake of killing babies is are all ludicrous.

I’m very proud of Ohio and I will pray this becomes law.

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“The bill — which makes no exceptions for rape or incest — is among the most restrictive abortion measures in the country.” – Nicole Darrah

Final Thoughts

With an actual Republican governor ready to sign it, Ohio is demonstrating what can be done when RINOs leave office. The Heartbeat Bill will protect the lives of thousands of preborn babies. It’s a good day for the pro-life movement.

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There is no fix for Obamacare

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There is no fix for Obamacare

At least not one that can maintain the virtues of a free market and the independence of the American consumer.

There have been many who have postulated that Obamacare was “rigged to fail”. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. But, I think it can be clearly inferred that it was not designed to be fixed with efforts that attempt to revive market forces or consumer choice and independence. You see, for the health insurance market, the ACA was a “total buy-in”. Its roots spread through the entire foundation of the Healthcare industry and its basic premise was a guarantee that too many consumers would become dependent on its mechanisms for continued coverage, that any alteration would appear dooming to large numbers of insured Americans.

While the ACA may not have been designed to fail, it was nevertheless designed to falter and its crafting was of such a manner so that the only way to prop it up was to move further towards socialized medicine. Any move to allow market forces to re-enter and re-invigorate the health insurance market would only hasten Obamacare’s collapse because it has been rigged to respond to such attempts catastrophically, so as to delegitimize such attempts.

Obamacare is quintessentially socialism in embryo. Capitalism cannot save it, for its precepts are counter-intuitive to the principles of the free market and consumer independence. The only way to save the health insurance system from inevitable, and possibly designed, collapse is Obamacare’s end.

This is why every Republican attempt to fix the health insurance market has been rated by the CBO and other entities as making more problems instead of less, and leading to less coverage instead of more, because as long as the bulk of Obamacare remains in place as the main propellant of the health insurance market and the healthcare industry, it will respond as designed and swirl out of control as the market becomes more and more confused by the application of counter-intuitive principles (socialism and capitalism). What we are witnessing in the steady collapse of the health insurance marketplace is a fast-paced demonstration of what American society has been steadily experiencing for over half a century: the failure of mixed economics. This foolish attempt to wed socialist ideas with capitalist ones ignorantly assumes that two fundamentally opposed economic models could be combined in a successful manner.

The only way to fix the health insurance market, and the only way to continue invigorating an American economy once the greatest and most industrious in the world, is to hack away the creeping vines of socialism taking hold of our economic sectors and reaffirm the benefits of market forces and, above all else, consumer independence. The fastest way to regain confidence in capitalism for the current and rising generations is to responsibly repeal Obamacare and craft piecemeal steps towards a truly free market in its stead.

The focus cannot be on fixing Obamacare, or even on replacing it. It must be on saving consumers from destructive ends… both from catastrophic premiums and the growing threat of absolute government dependence.

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Abby Johnson confronts those accusing Unplanned of being a fake story

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Abby Johnson confronts those accusing Unplanned of being a fake story

The recent life of pro-Life activist Abby Johnson, detailed in the movie Unplanned, is one of the most interesting stories about Planned Parenthood to make it into the mainstream. Despite aggressive attempts by the left to suppress the movie, it has enjoyed a very successful two-week run and it’s not done yet.

But now many in the pro-abortion camp have been circulating a false report that the whole story is fiction. Johnson has confronted these attacks with her response posted in The Federalist:

Yes, I Really Did See An Ultrasound-Guided Abortion That Made Me Pro-Life

I left Planned Parenthood nine years ago after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus. I saw the unborn child struggle for its life against the abortion instruments. I saw the empty uterus on the screen where life had been just moments before.

This story is now a major motion picture released in theaters nationwide, called “Unplanned.” While the movie defied industry expectations at the box office, attention has also been drawn to an article written about my story soon after I left the abortion industry. I had never felt the need to respond to the false claims in this story until now.

The best thing going for Planned Parenthood is disinformation and they’ve mastered the art of spreading it to the masses. If the truth about their base ideology ever made it out to more people, they’d quickly be out of business. Why? Because this isn’t just about pro-life versus pro-choice. Planned Parenthood was born from bigotry and hatred and continues the tradition of their founder, Margaret Sanger, unto this day. But they hide the truth behind a thick veil of lies and platitudes designed to keep the people in the dark and the babies from ever seeing the light of day.

Faulty information from a single source is being spread by multiple news outlets as proof Johnson made up the whole story. The source pretends to know more about the procedures of Planned Parenthood than Johnson, who was a clinic director. It’s absurd. Thankfully, Johnson has responded with the truth and now it’s incumbent on us to share it with the world.

When the truth goes against Planned Parenthood’s false narrative, they will do everything within their massive power to discredit this truth. It’s time to get even more people to watch this important movie. Let’s change some more lives.

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