Back in 2015, Tom Price, House Budget Committee chair at the time, said he had a plan that would repeal and replace Obamacare.
He said, “This budget repeals Obamacare in its entirety – including all of the tax increase, regulations, subsidies and mandates.”
He even had legislation ready to replace Obamacare written up.
The Empowering Patients First Act which would abolish mandates and taxes in favor of free market alternatives.
And there were other plans with free-market choices.
Price never dreamed Donald Trump would become President and appoint him as HHS Secretary.
Trump gets elected President and repeatedly tells us that Obamacare would be replaced and repealed immediately.
After all, we had the House, the Senate, and the Presidency.
But he broke his word and so did Tom Price when they embraced the pile of steaming dung called the American Health Care Act cobbled together by the same political poltroons who attacked Trump relentlessly throughout his campaign for President.
And to make it worse, Trump blamed and threatened those who represent the voters who made his election victory possible – the Freedom Caucus Republicans.
Trump and the Freedom Caucus have since made up, but now there is resistance from “moderate” Republicans.
But don’t blame him and don’t blame the politicians, they are just the symptoms, not the disease.
The current failure of the Republican Party to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare marks the entrenchment of one paradigm over another in our late, great Republic.
From vocabulary.com: A paradigm is a standard, perspective,
or set of ideas. A paradigm is a way of looking at something.
Gone are revolutionaries fighting for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and in the original draft, it was property, not happiness.
Gone are pioneers going into unmapped territories with little more than their wits and determination to live a life where their will is sovereign.
Gone are immigrants like Andrew Carnegie who work their way out of poverty to build an industrial empire that changes America from a backwater to a super power.
Gone are leaders like John F. Kennedy who challenge us with “Ask now what our country can do for us, but what you can do for your country.”
With JFK’s assassination and LBJ’s “Great Society,powerful” a new paradigm emerged.
The new paradigm can be summed up like this…
“What is the government going to do for me!”(That’s a demand, not a question.)
Dependence on government has replaced independence for many Americans.
Government dependent Americans form the largest influential voting block in this decadent democracy… Is there any other type of democracy?
Ben Franklin said, “We have given you a Republic if you can keep it.”
We chose not to.
Now we are a Democracy, not a Republic….
Which means anyone 18 or older who is not on death row can vote for the candidate of their choice – one who will cater to his or her whims.
Let’s take a statistical look at Dependent America…
68 million Americans rely on a variety of government welfare programs plus food stamps(SNAP), subsidized housing(Section 8), unemployment insurance(UI/EDD) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families(TANF).
Add to that the 74 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid.
That’s up to 142 million people who rely on the government checks to get by.
And don’t forget the 62 million Americans collecting nearly a trillion dollars in Social Security benefits.
In 39 states, welfare recipients are paid more in benefits than workers earning $8 per hour.
In 6 states welfare clients receive more value than what a $12 per hour job would give you.
In 8 states teachers are payed less than what a welfare client gets.
Less than 50% of taxpayers pay Federal income taxes.
At least 20% collect more than they paid in taxes with the “Earned Income Tax Credit” – a windfall of up to $8,463 per family.
A recent poll revealed 57% of the polls participants demanding more government services as opposed to 39% who believe government is doing too many things that should be left to private businesses and individuals.
This paradigm goes for millions of Republicans who reside in districts that routinely vote Republican.
Yes, they believe in Michael Savage’s holy trinity of language, borders and culture which sets America apart from other nations.
Yes they venerate or at least respect the military services and police forces that defend them and despise those who don’t.
They believe in American exceptionalism and they are repulsed by those who don’t.
But they want their “entitlements”, including their subsidized medical insurance and they will vote out any Republican politician who will mess with that.
Because once an “entitlement” is established, it is politically impossible to pull it back.
And that is why free market based plans were abandoned for the Obamacare-lite version given to us by Paul Ryan and his committees.
Committee and Communist share the same root…
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
AHCA keeps all of Obamacare’s mandates expect it replaces the penalty tax for not having health insurance with a 30% surcharge if you purchase health insurance for less than a full year.
Following the release of this plan to the public the Congressional Budget Office(CBO) projected up to 24 million people losing their health insurance subsidies….
People with “pre-existing conditions” would have to pay more.
And AHCA ended the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid for able bodied enrollees in 2020.
Of the 20 million people counted as customers of Obamacare, 14.5 million of them are enrolled into Medicaid expansion enacted by Obamacare.
Even before the CBO projections went public the Democrat Spin Machine media broadcast 24/7 that insurance rates would go up for low-income and middle class families while the much reviled rich – who pay more that 80% of our taxes – would get their rates reduced.
Even earlier, shortly after Trump was sworn in, Democratic Party activists rushed town halls in Republican districts to curse and shout at the poor milquetoast Republicans who cowered in fear and often ran away.
Like a virus, fear of losing medical care ran rampant throughout the country.
Passing AHCA after all this would of been political suicide for the Republican Party.
Republicans now have a similar version of AHCA with a few free market concessions given to the states.
Meanwhile “moderate” Republicans are still digging in their heels and refusing to back the new bill.
Republican chief deputy whip in the House – Patrick McHenry of North Carolina – described the Freedom Caucus plan to allow states to apply for waivers to repeal pre-existing conditions as “a bridge too far for our members.”
This is what Thoreau referred to as the “tyranny of the majority.”
Your alternative is find doctors who offer concierge services where you pay the doctor directly.
If you need surgery you would be advised to look into medical tourism… going to countries where facilities are state of the art and services are reasonably priced and you won’t be stuck in our filthy and unsanitary hospitals.
Can’t afford it? Get to work fast because those who sacrifice freedom for security wind up with neither.
As of this date… May 2, 2017
Republicans are desperately trying to cobble together a House vote to pass a slight better version of Obamacare-lite.
They are only one more defection from coming up short again.
Here’s a recent interview from today’s The Hill.
Rep. Billy Long of Missouri – a tea party conservative! – and his Republican couch potato, junk food eating, sugar water swilling constituents will have no truck with the Obamacare repeal and replacement….
To quote Rep. Long…
“I have always stated that one of the few good things about ObamaCare is that people with pre-existing conditions would be covered,” Long said in a statement to The Hill.
And to put a huge punctuation point on this mess the Ryan House of Horrors came out with their $1.1 trillion budget bill.
This bill caters to Democratic Party priorities while dissing Trump’s promises.
There is no funding for the border wall or hiring a deportation force at Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It includes an additional $5 billion in domestic spending, funding of Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities and propping up Medicaid for bankrupt Puerto Rico.
Trump got only 2/3 of the funding he requested for rebuilding our military.
And Trump caved in to the Democrat’s demand to fund Obamacare subsidies.
Donald, every one feels you got rolled worse than a drunk who stumbled into New York’s Central Park at 3AM… What are you going to do about it?