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PragerU: Should healthcare be free in America?

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Normally, the results of these ask-the-people-on-the-street (or beach) videos are as predictable as can be. Whatever narrative the video producers want to create, they can do so simply by asking enough people and sifting through the answers to edit the final video as they want. This time, I’ll admit I was surprised by most of the responses.

Are young progressives really this skeptical of free universal healthcare?

Obviously some are not. But the small sampling from Will Witt at PragerU seemed to demonstrate at least a bit of critical thinking in regards to the promise of free healthcare. It was actually a bit refreshing to hear them voice concerns rather than jump on the “free stuff” bandwagon as I expected.

Medicare-for-All would be an absolute disaster, and despite this PragerU video, I’m still concerned a large chunk of American voters are going to fall for the con job.

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The real reason Trump’s healthcare transparency executive order could be huge

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The real reason Trumps healthcare transparency executive order could be huge

The standard talking heads, pundits, and lobbyists have been weighing in on the President’s executive order, signed today, that adds transparency to pricing for medical procedures, among other things. In all the hot takes, I didn’t hear a single mention of the biggest thing this order could someday bring to the people: Checks on health insurance companies.

The health insurance companies themselves are very aware of this potential, which is why they’re balking already.

“Publicly disclosing competitively negotiated, proprietary rates will reduce competition and push prices higher — not lower — for consumers, patients, and taxpayers,” said Matt Eyles, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans in a statement. He says it will perpetuate “the old days of the American health care system paying for volume over value. We know that is a formula for higher costs and worse care for everyone.”

This statement is, of course, bogus. It’s a smokescreen. It’s an attempt to confuse the masses as they try to decipher what this really means. To understand that, we have to go back to the days before Obamacare when pricing was the biggest problem with the system. Aspirins costing $15 each. Diapers costing $25 each. All the while, most Americans didn’t take notice because the bills went to the health insurance companies. Sure, patients received an itemized bill, but the bottom line was the deductible, so checking and adding up costs on several pages of the bill was not as common as it should have been.

Obamacare was envisioned to change this, but in the wrong way. Instead of working to reduce the cost of health insurance by reducing the cost of healthcare itself, Obamacare shrouded health insurance companies in even more smokescreens. It not only made it unnecessary but almost impossible to know the actual costs of things. The reason is obvious if you take a look at the industry as a whole. It behooves health insurance companies to promote higher costs of healthcare because with the mandate to buy insurance, health plans needed to justify their own high costs. They weren’t just pulling from the consumers’ wallets. Now, they were pulling from the government’s coffers, so the opportunity to raise premiums had to jibe with high costs of medical procedures.

Hospitals and drug companies were ready and willing to oblige. Their potential for profits increased under Obamacare just as health insurance companies were able to profit.

All of this may sound greedy, but these are all just side effects of Obamacare’s secretive protections. Some were going to take advantage of it, so it behooved everyone to take advantage of it. There was no incentive for competition. There was no need to charge fair pricing when the government was willing to pay high prices and force the people to do the same.

President Trump’s executive order doesn’t change any of this. But here’s the thing. If we can legislate our way out of Obamacare – a promise made by the GOP for six years before they actually had the power to do so – then the resulting free market health industry will be ripe for competition. Pricing transparency will be extremely important in a post-Obamacare world, assuming that world doesn’t go in the other direction with single-payer or Medicare-for-All.

If DC can someday finally pull the plug on Obamacare and not replace it with one of the Democrats’ worse ideas, then this executive order will be huge in a free market healthcare system with consumer knowledge and competition for business.

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British judge decrees child aborted – UPDATE: Appeals court overturns decree

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British judge decrees child aborted because mother has learning disability

Update: An appellate court overturned the decision!

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The easiest way to see what values and policies the far-left in the United States will adopt in the future, just watch what the far-left in European nations do. As Europe goes, American progressives follow. That’s why the latest story of judicial overreach, disregarded human rights, and abortion-as-a-solution coming from the UK is so disconcerting.

A British judge has ordered a 22-week-pregnant woman to abort her child, citing the woman’s mental capacity as evidence she is unfit to provide financial support or make proper medical decisions. The woman, whose name is being withheld, has the mental capacity of a 6-8 year old, according to a report by the NY Times.

Here are some pertinent facts:

  • The woman has indicated she wants to have the child
  • The woman’s mother has indicated she will take care of the child
  • The judge is making the decision because she feels the woman would suffer trauma if the baby were taken away in the future

Opinion

This is how the left dehumanizing preborn babies. They take a case in which the “best interests” of a woman with a learning disability supersede all other considerations. Her life is not in danger. She has the support of her mother, who is a lawyer, former social worker, and former midwife. The family wants to care for this child, but the potential hurt feelings of the mother in a hypothetical future situation in which the child must be taken away for some strange reason is all the judge is considering.

The judge is ordering the end of a life against the wishes of the family because of a hypothetical.

Forcing adoption, while a violation against the family, would be a solution that solves the made-up problems the judge has imposed to justify killing the child, but that isn’t even a consideration.

When governments can not only allow but decree when a child should be aborted, we should have zero doubt we’ve entered a very dangerous time in human history. It’s medieval, archaic thinking camouflaged by modern progressive sensibilities.

If progressives were truly compassionate, they’d be calling for the baby and the mother to be cared for instead of end one’s life and controlling the other’s.

Quote

“I am acutely conscious of the fact that for the state to order a woman to have a termination where it appears that she doesn’t want it is an immense intrusion.” – Judge Nathalie Lieven

Final Thoughts

Human rights are clearly being violated by this judge. The mother wants to have the baby. The mother’s mother wants to help care for the baby. The judge believes adoption would be too traumatic. Everything about this is infuriating.

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar on court ruling against abortion providers

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar on court ruling against abortion providers

“For too long that money has been used to subsidize the provision of abortion contrary to statute. Congress has said that you cannot support abortion as a method of family planning. We’re just finally enforcing it.”

– Alex Azar

There’s a ton of backlash coming from the pro-abortion lobby regarding the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the administration’s policy regarding Title X and how abortion providers are allowed to operate. The new policy, announced last year, would withdraw federal Title X funding from any medical facility that provides abortions, as well as abortion counseling or abortion referrals.

This is a pro-life administration, and while many will balk at the lack of action that has been synonymous with he Republican Party for years, this move by the administration solidifies its standing as a strong opponent of abortion providers.

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