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Will They Ever Stop Lying About Healthcare?

Answer: No – no they won’t.

from The Blaze: 

As Senate Republicans continue to push their plan to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, a new hurdle has emerged as one of the primary objections to the plan, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA): alleged “cuts” to Medicaid spending.

While conservative Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have said they are unwilling to back the plan in its current form because it keeps too much of Obamacare in place, moderate Republicans like Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) have said they can’t support the proposal because the projected cuts to Medicaid would be too damaging for millions of Americans that rely on the program.

“That is going to cause a lot of harm, and that’s one of my biggest concerns about the bill,” Collins told CNN.

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Mark Levin Says to Just Repeal ObamaCare

Mark Levin, was on the Fox News program, The Five, yesterday. He was brilliant as usually. But by brilliant, I mean brilliantly simplistic. He discussed repeal and replacement of ObamaCare with Eric Bolling, who appears to be shilling for the GOP and is more concerned with the outcome of the 2018 midterms already, than doing what the Republicans promised prior to winning majorities. In other words, party trumps country.

Rather then explain what Levin said, why not just watch the exchange: read more

No – 22 Million Will not LOSE Their Healthcare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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As most already know, from day one, I’ve been an ardent opponent of ObamaCare. I’ve said many times that it was created expressly to fail. And it was designed to do so, both spectacularly and as a means to ruin private health insurance, by not only breaking them financially, but also to erode the public’s confidence in the private insurance market.

And it’s been working like a Swiss watch. Private insurance companies have been pulling out of State after State due the stress Obamacare mandates have put on their balance sheets. Peoples confidence in the current private/public healthcare partnership (what a joke) has waned to the point that a growing number of Americans are beginning to demand a single payer system. The speed of transformation from any semblance of a free market insurance system to a purely socialist system is remarkable and almost surreal.

But we thought – the Republicans to the rescue. Think again. As we’ve witnessed, the Republican plan is far afield from we were promised. We already know this.

We know that neither the House nor Senate plan is a repeal bill, or frankly even a replacement bill. Yet as similar to ObamaCare as both plans are, you would think, by the coverage they’re receiving, the Republicans wish to privatize everything and end all entitlements. Great idea, but it’s not what they are proposing.

One thing the left is saying is particularly infuriating to see and hear. Infuriating in that once again the left has set the agenda and talking points. The right then accepts their offensive and merely reacts to it. It appears, at least to me, that the right has no desire to educate the masses or even set the record straight. read more

Single Payer Government Healthcare was Always the Endgame

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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This was the endgame all along. A few of us saw this coming a mile away and spoke out back then. Heck – all you had to do was listen to Obama’s own words to know what the plan was. It was never going to be ObamaCare forever.

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program… A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately…” – Barack Obama, 2003.

In 2006, Obama said that although he “would not shy away from a debate about single-payer,” right now he is “not convinced that it is the best way to achieve universal healthcare.”

Obama knew back then that one cannot dive head first into the deep end. He knew the people would first have to dip their toes in the water – then step into the shallow end. Eventually the people would acclimate themselves to this new environment. Only then would they be willing to venture into deeper water.

It’s similar to the stepping stone of socialism. There really isn’t anything like permanent socialism. It’s just the bridge between freedom and communism or fascism. And unfortunately, the traffic on that bridge only travels in one direction – away from freedom and toward communism or fascism. I hate to say, but it’s kind of the natural order of things.  read more

Do We Need Transparency at the CBO

from the Washington Examiner:

Mick Mulvaney isn’t pleased with the power wielded by his competitor, the Congressional Budget Office. You can chalk that up in part to a natural rivalry between the CBO and Mulvaney’s Office of Management and Budget, which is an arm of the White House. Mulvaney also highlights some reasons everyone concerned with good policy should want reform at CBO.

“At some point, you’ve got to ask yourself, has the day of the CBO come and gone?” Mulvaney told the Washington Examiner‘s writers and editors in a recent meeting at the White House complex. Mulvaney specifically tore into a CBO staffer who helped give the Republican healthcare bill a bad score. read more

All the Blood We’ll Ever Need

Blood-producing stem cells have been generated in a lab for the first time
Blood-producing stem cells have been generated in a lab for the first time (Credit: ktsdesign/Depositphotos)

For the first time ever, blood-producing stem cells have been generated in a lab. Two separate teams of researchers have come up with differing ground-breaking methods to generate these important blood-forming cells, paving the way for the development of treatments for a variety of blood diseases and also offering a clear path towards an unlimited supply of lab-made blood for transfusions. read more

Cancer Killing Sperm

Sperm that’s been loaded with chemotherapy drugs could be used to fight cancer in women.

The guided missile technique involves using drug-treated sperm to deliver the medicines to tumors deep inside the body.

The revolutionary treatment could help thousands of women affected by cancers of the reproductive system, which can be reached by the drug- carrying sperm. Cancer of the womb kills more than 2,000 women a year in the UK and cervical cancer claims the lives of around 900.

Treatment includes chemotherapy to try to poison the cancer cells before they spread.

But this also damages healthy cells. For years, scientists have been exploring ways to deliver toxic anti-cancer medicines directly to tumor sites, leaving healthy tissues unscathed.

One method used bacteria as a form of transport, as they can penetrate the body easily.

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Podcast – 1-2-3-4 – I Declare a Twitter War

The Trump team is engaged in a Twitter war with members of the House Freedom Caucus. The President and his team are not taking kindly to the loss regarding RyanCare and have begun a war of words with Rep. Justin Amash of the Freedom Caucus.

This, in my opinion, is an ill-advised move on both sides.

I discuss the ins and outs of the so-called war and how counterproductive it is for both sides. read more

One Simple Instruction Could End ObamaCare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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On Wednesday, Erick Erickson of the Resurgent  reminded some of us and revealed for the first time to the rest, a way that President Trump could single-handedly end ObamaCare.

And what did Mr. Erickson reveal? Well, it was a pay-off to Members of both Houses and their staffs. One of which few knew or reported.

You may recall, after ObamaCare passed, many “connected” crony corporatists and Unions received waivers, effectively exempting them from the onerous bill the rest of were being forced to live with. They all knew how bad it was from the start. We all read reports of well over 1,000 waivers handed out.

Still, The Hill wrote in 2015 that, “according to Section 1512 of the law [ObamaCare], legislators and staff ‘lose the employer contribution’ that covers most of the cost of coverage. The amendment passed by Congress specifically requires that Members and their staff give up their generous Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHB) health benefits and, instead, purchase their health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges. In essence, Congress was required by law to be treated like any other citizen who lost the individual market insurance they liked.” read more

Why is the Freedom Caucus Enemy Number 1

from IBD: 

For a week now, the conservative House Freedom Caucus has been taking hits for derailing the Republican effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. But why are moderate/liberal Republicans who refused to support the bill getting a free pass?

The Freedom Caucus was the most vociferous in its opposition to the American Health Care Act — or at least its criticisms of the bill attracted the most attention.

The Wall Street Journal editorial page blamed the group, calling it the “Freedom-From-Reality Caucus.” CNN reported that “its members … are Public Enemy No. 1 on Capitol Hill.”

President Trump went so far as to tweet that “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” read more