Think College is Expensive Now – Wait Until its Free

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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There is a well known saying which most of us have heard. It goes: “You think it’s expensive now. Wait until it’s free.”

We heard it from those darned conservatives and fiscal hawks prior to the passage of ObamaCare, and the left claimed we were crying wolf. We said: “you think health insurance is expensive now – wait until it’s free.” And the left laughed and called us fearmongers.

They on the left knew that ObamaCare, the government manipulation of the health insurance market, would actually save us money, because – you know – that’s what always happens when the public sector injects itself into the private sector.

And son-of-a-gun if they weren’t right. On average, everyone saved over $2500, just as it was advertised by Obama. Oh wait…that must have happened on Earth 2, where Hillary Clinton is president.

Here on Earth 1, everything the government gets involved in always ends up costing more – a lot more. ObamaCare is just one example. Another that most of are all too aware of is the cost of higher education. read more

Bipartisan ObamaCare Fix is Dead – but not for Long

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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It’s as we predicted. The Republican stance regarding ObamaCare went from 7 years of clean, full repeal bills, to repeal and replace, to no repeal – just fix, to now – no repeal, no fix, just extend. The Republicans, at least some of them, are as predictable as Sunup.

And just as predictable, republican Senator Lamar Alexander and democrat Senator Patty Murray, apparent authors of the Obamacare stabilization bill, are being congratulated on their “bipartisan” effort.

But why? Bipartisanship is held in such high regard, yet I can’t name a single piece of “bipartisan” legislation which has been anything but damaging to the country.

President Trump congratulated Alexander on his hard work, and has subsequently been for and against the bill. As of yesterday afternoon, both he and Speaker Paul Ryan finally came out against it. Trump says he does not want to bail out insurance companies, which is a key part of the “bipartisan” effort.

But we conservatives have been preaching for years that what is considered “bipartisan” in Washington is nothing more than code for doing the democrat’s bidding. It’s become synonymous with weak republicans willing to cross the aisle to give those who still control the government virtually anything the wish. Bipartisanship means the right compromises and the left does not. Check that. Bipartisanship means we are on the right are forced into compromise by means of our weak and feckless leaders. read more

McCain’s Hatred of Trump is Stronger than Friendship

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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John McCain is in a familiar position. He is once again back with his people. John has regained his status as the darling of the leftist media. Just the way he likes it.

The Maverick, as he’s been known in the past, is normally the definition of a republican establishment hack. Yet he has now bucked his own party not once, but twice, with his two dramatic “no votes” on beginning the process of at least curtailing ObamaCare.

Let’s be clear. This was not an ObamaCare repeal vote. But remember – an object in motion tends to stay in motion. If this is all we can get – at least it’s motion.

Recall his first no vote as he strode to the floor of the Senate chambers to give his cinematic thumbs down – mic drop and walk-off.

If the Senate had performance awards, like the Emmys or Oscars, he would surely have won one. read more

Like ObamaCare – Bernie’s Medicare-For-All will Cost You

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Did you hear the good news? The left appears to be giving up on single-payer healthcare – or at least is one leftist.

Okay – not quite. Actually not at all. Socialist front man, and member of the richest 1 percent, Bernie Sanders, who has pushed single-payer for a while now, no longer speaks of it.

Sanders now trumpets Medicare-for-all. It’s the same thing. He just changed the name to something probably focus-group tested that sounds more attractive. Bernie wishes “to provide quality care to all, in a cost effective way.” He states that, “while your taxes may [will] go up to pay for this publicly funded program, that expense will be more than offset by the money you are saving by the elimination of private insurance.”

By saying it’s publicly funded, it sounds like he’s selling it as free healthcare for all – and I’ll guarantee you, this is what his followers are hearing. Well, it’s not free. He never says anything about how much the “free” government system will cost you and me. Anyone currently on Medicare can confirm it is hardly “free.”

First, as Sanders admits, are increased taxes. How much will this be? No one knows. Know one can possibly know. Just be assured that it will be significant. read more

More ObamaCare Rate Hikes Coming

Remember, others and I warned, years ago, that as bad as ObamaCare seemed then, the disaster of the bill would not appear until after Obama was safely out of office. Well folks – welcome to it. Ever disaster that is and will occur was baked in long ago and artificially tamped down or covered up until after this last election.

from IBD:

ObamaCare, Not Trump, Is Causing ObamaCare’s Massive Rate Hikes

In Iowa, the state’s sole remaining insurer announced on Thursday that it wants to boost ObamaCare premiums by 57%. This isn’t exactly the vibrant, competitive, low-cost market that Democrats promised. But it is the inevitable outcome of ObamaCare’s government-knows-best approach to health care.

Earlier this year, Aetna and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced that they were pulling out of Iowa’s ObamaCare exchange, leaving only Medica, which was also threatening to leave. Not surprisingly, Medica has used its newfound monopoly status to push for increasingly higher rates, while trying to pin the blame President Trump for the increases. read more

Republicans Work with Democrats to Bail Out ObamaCare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Yep – Republican inner-circle hack, Lamar Alexander, is working with Chuck Schumer to stab us in the back.

Have we voters finally woken up to the reality that Republicans, save for a relative few, never really wanted to repeal and replace, or just repeal ObamaCare?

It’s not that they are enamored with the un-Affordable Care Act. I don’t think they are at all. They are just lazy, shiftless and lack any kind of courage or leadership.

These Senators have the luxury of being only one of 100. The President effectively stands alone. He can’t hide behind other members of the “august” body. He can’t make promises like our current Senate leadership and then blame the failure on some arcane procedural or parliamentarian rule.

He can’t take to the microphone to make some bold statement and then slink off to some back room where a double-deal is being hatched behind locked doors. If he tried, you could be sure it would be leaked almost immediately. read more

Did the Susan Collins Airport Applause Event Really Happen?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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I’m not saying Susan Collins is a liar – but maybe she is. My personal opinion is that Collins’ story of her receiving spontaneous applause from people in a Bangor, Maine airport terminal may have been fabricated.

At best there may have been a few people applauding, but that’s it. However, like whisper down the lane, the story has morphed into something grander. And if there were a few people clapping, who’s to say it wasn’t staged by her people?

How can I say this about the distinguished Senator from Maine? Easy – liberals lie and she’s a liberal democrat who just happens to have an ‘R’ after her name. To her, as all liberals – everything boils down to politics and gaining a political advantage. And if one has to, say, stretch the truth to gain advantage – so be it.

“I got off the plane and there was a large group of outbound passengers, none of whom I happened to know. And spontaneously, some of them started applauding, and then virtually all of them started to applaud. It was just amazing. I’ve never had the happen in the 20 years that I’ve been privileged to serve in the Senate. So it was very encouraging and affirming,” Collins said. read more

WND Exclusive – It’s over! ‘Queen of bubbleheads’ just threw Obamacare curveball

Well, it seems that the question of whether to keep Obamacare has been decided for us. The fight appears to be nearly over. Clearly we, who wished a full repeal of the U-ACA (Un-Affordable Care Act) and a return of some semblance of private health care, have lost.

Oh, I know it was an uphill battle and the weasel Republicans were bound to do exactly what they did. We all knew that. No – I’m speaking of the final nail in the repeal coffin – that Kim Kardashian has tweeted in support of both Obamacare and Planned Parenthood. read more

Video Podcast – Republicans Heart ObamaCare – A Second Amendment Victory

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Out and about in the forest, I speak to you regarding an article in the Conservative Review about the turncoat Rep

ublicans and their desire to maintain the status quo and yes – ObamaCare.

Walking the rails like a hobo, I discuss a recent lower court ruling that once again slapped down Washington D.C.’s latest attempt at a gun ban – this time on concealed carry. read more

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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