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Amen!  I would not call it “Republicans healthcare reform”, I would call it “RINO healthcare reform”!

The only reform that The People voted for was pure repeal…all of it, every last word of Obamacare!  Let’s get away from the ruinous law and its disastrous regulations that nobody bothered to read years ago and return to the private market solution with states as the backups, should they so desire!

Failure to do what was promised will only lead Republicans down the path that they have travelled many times…loss of an opportunity to bury the left and stop the onslaught of socialism in our country!

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Republicans’ healthcare reform efforts are taking them down a perilous path. In control of Congress and the White House, they plan to pass a bill with zero Democratic support that pretends to repeal Obamacare and falsely claims to introduce market disciplines.

President Trump on Tuesday told a small group of Republican senators that their bill was too “mean” and needed to be more generous. Republican senators are privately saying there aren’t 50 votes to repeal Obamacare regulations that drive up premium costs.

This puts the party and president on course for disaster. If Obamacare’s costly regulations are left in place, the bill cannot honestly be described as “repeal” or “reform.”

Republicans look ready to rush a bill that was drafted in secret through the Senate using the budget reconciliation process and probably relying on Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote.

It won’t do what’s needed to reduce premiums because it will preserve Obamacare’s regulations that outlaw cheaper plans. If it were less “mean” and “more generous,” as Trump wants — he had no such criticisms of the bill when it passed the House — it also would not cut the deficit. Fewer people would have insurance coverage, and state insurance markets that Obamacare has destabilized will get no relief.

The main accomplishment would be to repeal Obamacare’s tax hikes, but a more “generous” bill would delay those cuts to disguise their budgetary impact. Tack on subsidies for insurance companies, and voila: Republican healthcare reform!

Haphazard tinkering with a left-wing law that has failed and destabilized a vast and highly complex sector of the economy does not count as reform.

Republicans would not be repairing a crumbling bridge. They’d be buying that bridge. They’d be to blame when it collapsed.

There’s still time to choose a better way, and Trump’s call for more generosity could provide a good nudge if understood broadly.

During the primary campaign, he articulated his objections to GOP healthcare orthodoxy, saying: “Nobody is going to be dying in the streets with a President Trump.” He was voicing the widely held moral sense that nobody should die because he can’t afford an available surgery, and nobody should go poor because she had the bad luck to get breast cancer.

Trump and congressional conservatives could be generous with market reforms by doing what they promised to do, which is to repeal Obamacare. True reform would introduce competition, reduce costs, improve quality and make sure that fewer people are trapped or slip through the cracks.

What’s needed is a robust, lightly regulated private market with a government backstop for those whose costs exceed their means. Democrats would object because this would actually repeal the dismal totem of Obamacare. But Democrats are already crying murder over a bill that leaves Obamacare broadly in place, so Republicans should pluck up the courage to do what actually works.

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  1. uniwersity of barsoom at helium inflation novice June 14, 2017 at 6:54 am -  Reply

    Been out of planet for a few months??

    SO-o-o-o… last fall we were discussing how IMPORTANT it was our GOP candidate got elected…

    … to add a SCOTUS Justice…

    … who would agree with the simple fact 4 Justices stuck to …

    … that our US Constitution does not provide authority for our Federal GOVT to usurp one sixth of our US Economy that is HealthCare and Health Insurance!!

    Just got back… WHO WON??

    DID ‘we’ get to appoint that SCOTUS Justice??

    We still behind “REPEAL every word” … right??

  2. Angus Rangus June 14, 2017 at 7:02 am -  Reply

    HERITAGE CONSERVATIVE SCORECARD @ 1/ 05 /2017 :

    US House ‘average’

    GOP == 65%

    DNC = = 14%

    US Senate ‘average’

    GOP = = 56%

    DNC = = 8%

    HOW DID YOUR “STATE” do??

    HOW can Florida send Marco Rubio = 73%… and keep Bill Nelson = 2%??

    Let’s start with repealing the Amendment for Direct Election… the ‘states’ should be selecting WHO will represent them ‘collegially’ in that Federal GOVT deliberative body US Senate… our Founders knew their method was exactly how to keep Democracy of a Republic sound!!

  3. Old Jim June 14, 2017 at 7:22 am -  Reply

    HERITAGE:

    GOP US House/Senate “range” == 100 % – 24%

    DNC ” ” ” ” = = 29% – 0%

    GOP … Top 5 = Rep Buck – CO / Sen Mike Lee -UT = 100%
    Reps Jordan – OH / Palmer – AL / Ratcliffe – TX = 95%

    DNC … Bottom 5 = Rep Eleanor Norton – DC = 0
    Sen: Coons-DE / Feinstein-CA / Kaine-VA / Nelson-FL / Sheehan-NH = 2%

    POLARIZED??

    Consider how close to being a pure Communisto …
    … when you vote 80% of the time AGAINST the Democratic interests of your Republic??

    Senator Ted Cruz at 94% remains the most Conservative / Originalist / Libertarian / TEA Party ‘moderate’ we have had in the past 100 years to attempt the White House…
    … he got the full weight of Faux GNU’s against him in the worst YELLOWDOG JOURNALISM seen in American politics since our founding!! {publishing known lies to demean a person or group…}

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