Yes Virginia – America Does Have Free Market Medical Care

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What is the number one complaint amongst conservatives regarding healthcare? That it is completely void of the free market. Whether it is ObamaCare, or what we currently know of RyanCare, for all intents and purposes, the free market simply doesn’t exist.

We on the right understand that free market forces like competition and innovation are the keystones to any successful industry – any mutually beneficial transaction. Insurance is no different.

Health Insurance, which, to reiterate for the thousandth time, is not healthcare, anymore than auto insurance equals car repair, etc. We would never think of attempting to use our auto insurance for a tire change or a new muffler. Yet we don’t think twice about using our health insurance when we see a doctor for the common cold.

And why? Simple, as we know. It’s called third party payer, or worse, single payer. As long as we perceive that someone, the insurance company, will pay for the visit, we don’t ask what the charges are before service is rendered. We don’t ask after the services are rendered, nor do most even care. It’s the antithesis of the free market. read more

Trump May End Up Owning RyanCare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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If Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare-lite bill makes it to president Trump’s desk in any form close to what it is now and he signs, it will become Trump’s healthcare debacle. Although it should be called RyanCare or CowardCare, it will ultimately end up as what I coined on Wednesday – O-DonaldCare.

And this is the shame of it. The president can’t know everything, so he must rely on honest brokers to give him an accurate account of various bills. Rand Paul, who is steadfast against the Republican bill, thinks the Republicans, particularly Paul Ryan, are not being accurate or honest with Trump. My buddy, Onan Coca at Constitution.com quotes Paul saying: “I don’t think it makes any sense and I think he’s [Ryan] trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the president.”

Unfortunately that’s just the way it works. Presidents get congratulated on everything good that happens on their watch, but also get hung, rightly or wrongly, by any failures. Few will remember or care that this sham started with Paul Ryan, anymore than we recall that Obama didn’t draft ObamaCare. Yet no one calls that GruberCare, after its architect, Jonathan Gruber, do they. All that will matter is that Trump promoted it and ultimately signed it, so it’s his baby – Rosemary’s baby!

Now I must admit, that in my haste to rush my initial reaction out to the Republican bill, I didn’t do justice to just how bad this thing is and I also was inaccurate on a point or two. If you care to go back and read it you may do so here.

I also admit that I am not personally privy to all that is in the Republican replacement bill, so must therefore rely on experts I trust to do that leg-work for me. read more

Ladies and Gentlemen – I Give You O-DonaldCare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Yesterday, I received this email from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

BREAKING
House Republicans just introduced an Obamacare replacement.

Sign on to support the Repeal and Replacement of Obamacare >>>

Brent — You elected President Trump and House Republicans to repeal Obamacare.

Now, after 7 years of Democrats’ blocking our efforts, House Republicans just introduced a replacement for Obamacare.

The only thing that stands in the way now is the Democrats’ obstruction tactics.

ADD YOUR NAME: Show your support for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare >>>

Needless to say, I did not sign on to show my support for O-DonaldCare.

And Why? Simple – because this is not a repeal bill. Repeal means to revoke or withdraw from something. This bill does neither. And it says it right there: “House Republicans just introduced a replacement for Obamacare.” It just replaces socialist Democrat crap with progressive Republican crap. read more

ObamaCare is Great – According to Only 22 Percent of Americans

from IBD:

The need for an overhaul of ObamaCare just got more acute, as a new survey shows that satisfaction rates among those enrolled in ObamaCare plans has taken a steep nose-dive this year amid premium hikes and reduced choices.

The new coverage of ObamaCare these days has been all about protests against repeal and the alleged increase in public support for the law.

But a survey of actual ObamaCare customers released this week paints an entirely different picture.

It found that just 22% of the 44,200 ObamaCare enrollees polled rate their health plan as good to excellent. That’s down from 77% who gave their ObamaCare plans high marks last year. read more

Conservatives Insist on Full Repeal of Obamacare

Hooray for Real Conservatives! Hopefully they will all stick to their guns and hold Leadership’s feet to the fire, so they do what they promised and successfully voted on in 2015.

from Breitbart:

Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Mark Meadows, and Rep. Jim Jordan spoke with reporters Tuesday to discuss their opposition to any legislation that does not fully repeal Obamacare.
Senator Paul (R-KY) said:

Basically, conservatives are coalescing around a complete repeal. Conservatives want no less than to vote on what they did a year ago with the 2015 repeal bill. I think that we have to votes now to tell the leadership that this is what we want to do. read more

Is Obamacare Here to Stay

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What’s the hold up!! Why do we have to wait to repeal Obamacare? Anyone with a brain can see that it is total disaster. Of course anyone with a brain knew from the beginning that it was expressly designed to be a total disaster – that the master plan, or scheme, was to have Obamacare, in it’s current form, fail, thus clearing the way to a single payer, full-blown, socialist healthcare system.

Those on the left knew. Pelosi knew – which is the reason she said “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…” The architect, Jonathan Gruber, certainly knew, as he admitted they had to lie about it and hope that Americans were as dumb as he hoped they were.

Now that we can repeal it, the Republicans have attempted to change the narrative from repeal and replace to repair and fix. Well – we aren’t buying it.

“You spineless, gutless, timid politicians. (The Republicans) have all three. They have the White House, the Senate, and the House. What’s their excuse now?” Sean Hannity asked. He also echoed our sentiment that they are now proposing to, “repeal and repair the disastrous health care law.” read more

Podcast – My Answers to Some of the Cruz v Sanders Debate Questions

Although I found the Obamacare debate between the Constitutionalist Ted Cruz and the commie Bernie Sanders highly entertaining and informative, I thought there were points that could have been made, but were not.

I share a few of these, presented by me, in my own less than articulate (compared to Cruz) and impolitic way.

After listening, you will agree with me – that I could not get elected dog catcher. read more

My WND Exclusive – I’m Tired of Republican Tough-Talk Lies

Raise your hand if you thought those jelly-spine wastes of human flesh, the Republicans, were ever going to repeal Obamacare. No hands? I thought not. If you did raise your hand, you should have your head examined.

For as long as I can remember the GOP has been the party of tough talk … and disappointment. And as much as I hoped they would actually see the light and anger of their base, who foolishly continue to vote them into office, I knew in my heart of hearts that they would never have the courage to actually follow through with the promise to rid us of this disaster. read more

Trump Hopes to Slash the Unconscionable Cost of Bringing Drugs to Market

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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This week President Trump had a widely publicized meeting with the bosses of Big Pharma.

The Daily Mail reported that the CEOs met with the president at the White House on Tuesday, and said “he expects them to lower drug prices and bring jobs back to the United States.”

“You folks have done a terrific job over the years, but we have to get prices down for a lot of reasons. We have no choice,” Trump said.

Thus far Trump has done some pretty great things – last being his pick for supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. If he is confirmed, which is likely, and acts according to his history, he will be a voice for the Constitution for decades to come.

However, of course the drug companies have a choice. And to date their choice has been to move elsewhere. And that hasn’t been much of choice. I suppose a better explanation would be to say that our government has forced drug manufacturers to move, just like many other industries, to avoid the crippling taxes and regulations past administrations have saddled them with. read more

Democrats Can’t Decide Between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Ever wonder why Hillary Clinton got so many votes? Is it because democrats love Hillary? Ummm…no. Many dems maintained a severe dislike for Clinton personally, but she was the one on the ballot not named Trump. That and they don’t want their government freebies revoked.

But there is another reason, and it is more disconcerting then just being a lifelong democrat or a layabout. Democrats are the least informed voters in the nation. I hesitate to say they are stupid. That’s not it. Many dems are otherwise very intelligent.

Rather, democrats are just hopelessly ill-informed.

For proof of this, late night Talk Show host Jimmy Kimmel had his people hit the streets of Los Angeles, not once, but twice, to demonstrate just how little the average man or woman on the street knows of Obama’s most recognizable initiative – Obamacare.

Yesterday I posted an article  about Rosie O’Donnell wishing to suspend Trump’s inauguration by invoking martial law. Much like Kimmel, Pam Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative sent a reporter to the streets of Manhattan to discover most were in favor of “martial law,” despite not knowing what it is. Their reasoning: Anything that might thwart Trump. read more