The Obamacare Repeal Circus Continues
Well, I guess the answer to the question I put forth in my January 16, 2017 column has been answered over the past seven months: Obamacare: how badly will congress screw up fixing that disaster?
That would be a Republican controlled House and Senate. Remember how Republicans begged for the Senate so they WOULD repeal Obamacare? Well, the American people gave them the Senate and in January a Republican president and still after all these years, the GOP establishment (Paul Ryan, Mitch the banker’s bitch McConnell and their ilk) who hate conservatives have managed to make a grand mess they can’t seem to crawl out of.
“Republicans hammered Democrats seven and a-half years ago for larding Obamacare with state-specific payoffs and sweeteners to secure the last few votes for passage. Who can forget the “Cornhusker Kickback,” which funneled $45 million to Nebraska to nail the support of former Sen. Ben Nelson? But the revised Senate Obamacare repeal bill shows Republicans engaged in the same pattern of horse trading as they try to win 50 ayes to advance an unpopular bill.”
Anyone who has done the research and believes the U.S. Constitution is the law of the land fully understands Obamacare IS unconstitutional in a dozen ways from Sunday. Violation of equal protection, forcing Americans to purchase a product, ignoring Supreme Court decisions clearly stating Congress has no authority to legislate medical treatment in this country, the fact that the bill originated (thanks to now gone CORRUPT CROOK, Sen. Harry Reid) in the Senate in violation of Art. 1, Sec. 7 of the U.S. Constitution and more. Stealing the fruits of one’s labor to give to someone else for whatever reason (please save the hate mail) is morally wrong, but that’s exactly what the taxes subsidizing Obamacare recipients is all about.
“The catalogue of means and actions which might be imposed upon an employer in any business, tending to the satisfaction and comfort of his employees, seems endless. Provision for free medical assistance, nursing, clothing, food, housing, and education of children, and a hundred other matters might with equal propriety be proposed as tending to relieve the employee of mental strain and worry. Can it fairly be said that the power of Congress to regulate interstate commerce extends to the prescription of any or all of these things? It is not apparent that they are really and essentially related solely to the social welfare of the worker and therefore remote from any regulation of commerce as such? We think the answer is plain. These matters obviously lie outside the orbit of congressional power”. – Railroad Retirement Board v. Alton Railroad Co, 295 U.S. 330, 55 S. Ct. 758 1935)
What the Senate’s 3.8% surtax means for American taxpayers – Taxing those who work hard and have been successful to pay for an unconstitutional ‘law’ is NOT what this country was founded on; quite the contrary. Let’s Talk About Obamacare Subsidies
In any event, Obamacare has been a massive failure from the get-go which was the plan all along. A single payer system has always been the ultimate nightmare ‘goal’. Obamacare has caused tremendous suffering and hardship for tens of millions of Americans and it continues while the incompetent fools who ‘control’ Congress – you know – those same incumbents Americans keep reelecting every two years – can’t find their backsides.
What’s $200 BILLION here and there, but remember: It’s all borrowed money since the people’s purse is overdrawn $20 TRILLION bux: Exclusive – Sen. Rand Paul: Senate GOP Decides to Keep Obamacare
“I miss the old days, when Republicans stood for repealing Obamacare. Republicans across the country and every member of my caucus campaigned on repeal – often declaring they would tear out Obamacare “root and branch!” What happened?
“Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into a bill that doesn’t repeal Obamacare and feeds Big Insurance a huge bailout. Obamacare regulations? Still here. Taxes? Many still in place, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars. Insurance company bailouts? Those, too.”
NO WHERE and I mean NO WHERE in Art. 1, Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution does it give Congress ANY authority to steal from you to give bail outs to ANY private corporation or entity. Banks, insurance companies, auto manufacturers. Completely illegal but it was done and will be done again because those ‘conservative’ Republicans and the globalist GOP establishment could care less about the U.S. Constitution.
Of course, liberals (socialists) and progressive liberals (Marxists) are having a fit over some of the proposed changes: Here are the hidden horrors in the Senate GOP’s new Obamacare repeal bill
The bottom line is this: Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare lickety-split. On the campaign trail the last few cycles, it was their bread and butter for campaign cash. Then came we have to replace it with something. Oh, no you don’t because the U.S. Constitution doesn’t authorize you to destroy yet another important sector in America: Health care insurance coverage. I have no doubt none of the so-called ‘leadership’ in either party has read much history. Try Fascism, Benito Mussolini. Replace Obamacare With Nothing.
So, here we are eight years down the road. Republicans in both the House and Senate have done NOTHING to get rid of the decay and cancers eating away at our republic. Poor ladies and gents had to put some of their summer plans on hold to stay in DC and re-hash the same non-solutions dealing with Obamacare.
What should they have done? I wish I could take credit for this idea but I heard a caller months ago on either Limbaugh or Hannity’s radio show: Get rid of Obamacare using a one page bill at a time.
Wow. Obamacare, like NAFTA and other monster bills are thousands of pages. You have two opposing machines vying for votes and power: The Republicans and Democrats in the Outlaw Congress. Neither wants to give an inch and in the case of Republicans, too many may as well drop the pretenses and switch parties.
What do you do? How about this from that caller’s idea of dismantling Obamacare using a one page bill: Make a list of the major issues with Obamacare which the House did regarding taxes and voted to repeal : List of Obamacare Taxes Repealed The Senate has to vote for their bill that reconciles with the House. But, it worked. Republicans made a list of taxes that had to go, brought it up for a vote and it passed.
How about stop the tyranny and write a one page bill: Henceforth Americans will be able to purchase insurance coverage plans across state lines thus encouraging more competition and lower premiums for Americans. The House votes to pass it on a straight party line and so does the Senate. The one page bill then goes to President Trump to sign into law.
A one page bill: Males and women long past child bearing years will not be forced to pay for expensive maternity plans in any insurance plan they decide to purchase. Like a 21 year old guy working his way through college and a 70 year old lady who is long done having children have been forced to pay exorbitant premiums for plans that make maternity care mandatory. What crap. One page bill, get rid of that.
And, down the list you go. Take each issue with Obamacare that is unpopular with both Republicans and Democrats, write a one page bill to repeal such and such section, get it passed and off to President Trump. Over all these months this could easily have been done, a one page bill at a time dealing with a particular section of Obamacare and getting it to President Trump to sign instead of one huge ‘repeal’ bill no one agrees on and so the political factions keep fighting.
Then when you get down to the really contentious parts of the bill, Republicans who hold the majority hack away until they get a one page bill on this section of Obamacare or that one and vote. Keep reminding Americans it’s all unconstitutional and that the free market is the ONLY solution.
Of course, now that Obamacare’s been on the books for eight years, it becomes more politically difficult to be a warrior for the Constitution because a few million people’s lives will be dramatically impacted. Tens and tens of millions more for Medicaid inside the states (even though it’s all borrowed money which no one seems to care about) and so many bennies it’s like those stubborn weeds out in the back yard. The roots are now deep.
We the people did not create this mess but it IS up to the U.S. Congress to get it fixed and done with despite all the noise out there.
A vote on McConnell’s non-solution bill has been postponed because of some surgery done on the despicable John McCain. Likely yet another excuse because old Mitch can’t get enough GOP votes to pass the elite establishment’s bill filled with bailouts and more money. What money?
In the meantime, Americans continue to suffer trying to pay those high premiums and deductibles and Americans are still forced with a gun to their head to either join Obamacare or pay a huge fine to the IRS or are paying not only their own premiums but subsidies for others.
Americans are fed up with excuses. Oh, wait! We’ve been down that road before. During primary seasons public approval of the job Congress has been doing is 11% or 14%. But, during the primaries, voters hit the button for the same incumbent so come November, their only choice is the incumbent on their party ticket. That’s why we continue to see 94-96% of the same incumbents win in November every two years. Re-hire the same lousy dogs who made the mess and then can’t solve the problems they created – both parties. The answer: re-elect them! Does anyone see the problem here or is it just me?
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