Sunday, March 26, 2017

Obamacare

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Support isn't blind.

Typically when a strong “personality candidate” like Donald Trump or Barack Obama rises to the top, a sheep-like mentality quickly emerges to support every move of the politician.

During President Obama’s eight years in office, some called his supporters “ObamaZombies.”

George Bush’s blind backers were called “BushBots.”

With Bill Clinton, they were just called “dipshits.”

Whether under Obama, Bush or Clinton, their supporters who blindly went along with every move were a powerful, vocal force.

But within the first months of Donald Trump’s administration, something radically different is happening among the President’s most loyal supporters.

They are holding him accountable for his campaign promises.

Rather than jumping on board with RyanCare as President Trump has requested, pro-liberty voters are saying, “absolutely not, get it right and repeal!”

In addition to nearly every conservative group opposing the bill, from Heritage Action to the libertarian groups Cato Institute and Liberty Guard, diehard Trump supporters are telling the President to get it right.

When President Trump tweeted this morning, “Big day for healthcare. Working hard!” the response was overwhelming . . . against the President . . . by his own people.

Here’s just a sampling:

Even typically quiet members of Congress like Dave Brat (who led a revolt against the establishment by beating Eric Cantor) said, “We want Trump to be hugely successful, so we don’t want to handle a bill that’s going to fail in a few years.”

The Republican Congressman called RyanCare a “perverse economic system.”

To the credit of the grassroots movement that elected Donald Trump, they’re not going to toe the line just because they were told to do so.

Just as Trump was an unconventional candidate that won the election based on faith in his ability to deliver . . . his support base is also unconventional in that they are showing something rarely seen in politics . . . collective intelligence.

While Ryan, Trump and even Fox News are calling the American Health Care Act the “Repeal and Replace Bill,” nearly all of Trump’s supports can easily see through that lie and know it’s nothing more than a fresh coat of paint on ObamaCare.

Make no mistake, Trump’s supporters are not turning on the President, quite the opposite, they are serving as guiding force to get him on track when he swerves off course.

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Right on.

50 Days, or 1,200 hours have passed since the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

While in any other circumstance with any other human being it would be completely unfair to review a President’s performance at the 50-day mark, but President Trump is no mere mortal.

The man makes the Tasmanian Devil look “low energy.”

And since the billionaire turned president is a man who puts accomplishment first, it’s fair to throw in a quick and honest evaluation.

To back up a bit, when I initially endorsed Donald Trump during the primary, it was not because I thought he was a conservative, or even a man who understands the value of a small government. He is a man who has little understanding of Liberty. That’s undeniable and displayed in his actions since becoming President.

Being a libertarian, why in the heck would I back a man like Trump?

It was an easy decision for me.

First, there was no libertarian candidate on the ballot (don’t get me started on Gary “Let Them Eat Nazi Cake” Johnson), and even if there were, I still would have likely backed Donald Trump.

And I have a very, very good reason for that.

Trump is a modern day Conan the Barbarian. Instead of muscles and a sword, he wields disdain for the Establishment and can strike hard blows through the power of the White House.

When you diminish the power of the Establishment, you put massive cracks in the foundation of the government largess they have built.

In the simplest terms, whether or not it’s his intent, Trump is going to rattle the walls protecting government so much, that others can rush in and do lasting damage.

Time Magazine wrote in their latest edition, “Trump is a Threat to Democracy.”

They meant to say, “Trump is a Threat to Government.”

Yes . . . he . . . is.

Now, on to that 50-day critique.

The Trump Administration moved quickly to disrupt Washington since Day 1. The hiring freeze, travel ban, restarts on pipelines and a focus on industry were no surprise and all what was promised.

However, what happened behind the scenes was not expected by most people in or out of Washington. The government bureaucrats (not just the politicians) fought back.

We refer to them as the Deep State.

They are the government workers that you and I pay for who are protecting their way of life that comes from the massive size, power and expense of the federal government.

They ignored his hiring freeze, leaked any details at all to the press, and even overtly disobeyed him (specifically the acting Attorney General who was fired).

Worse, they decided to put their disdain for Trump above the law and national security, leaking classified material to the press . . . and we now find out that the material may have been collected illegally.

The Deep State has been engaging in Guerrilla Warfare with the President of United States.

We couldn’t ask for more.

You see, Trump is a man with little patience, a quick temper and a long, vindictive memory.

The secrecy and power embedded within the Deep State will have to be dismantled for Trump to end this conflict . . . and if he wins, we’ll all be a bit more safe from our own government.

So how did Trump do in his first 50 Days? Better than we could have ever expected . . . with one exception.

His vocal support for ObamaCare 2.0 shows that he has likely been co-opted by the Republican Establishment.

There is nothing honest about the Republican plan to “Repeal and Replace” ObamaCare as it doesn’t even carry out the first goal to “repeal” the legislation.

Paul Ryan and other big government Republicans have his ear for now.

That’s where we come in.

Trump needs to hear the truth from his own supporters. They cannot fall into the trap of genuflecting to the promise of the President rather holding to his promises to America.

On the issue of ObamaCare 2.0, the calls to “give him time,” or worse the bleat of the sheeple, “let’s trust him” are long gone on this one.

Obligation goes both ways.

Trump has obligations to the American People that are unbreakable, and we have an obligation to hold politicians accountable for their actions.

Donald Trump needs to be reminded that he’s our President, or he runs the risk of becoming a puppet to the GOP Establishment.

So let’s get to it.

Let us know what you think by voting in our poll.

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This is your government.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went to the media this week to lower expectations about tax reform in 2017, a top goal of the Trump Administration.

Why?

It seems that Congressional Republicans can’t take on more than one thing at a time.

McConnell told Playbook Live that they would have to “wrap up work” on the ObamaCare “repeal” bill before taking a crack at tax reform.

McConnell also said, “All of those discussions are already under way, [but] how do you craft it?”

Given that Senator McConnell has served in the Senate since 1985, the question is bizarre. He and many of his colleagues have literally had decades to ponder tax reform.

And for decades, they have done nothing.

Another reason for the delay on the issue, is that Senators are choosing to take the month of August off. Their recess begins on July 31st and resumes in September.

American businesses however are churning along at a pace that has not been seen in decades. They are operating and investing based upon the promise of a 15% corporate tax rate that has been committed by Donald Trump.

If there is even a hint that tax reform will be a broken promise, the recent stock market gains will turn into a bursting bubble.

[Correction: On January 23, 2017, President Trump stated that the corporate tax rate will now be “anywhere from 15 to 20 percent.” The change in the corporate tax rate followed a raise in his proposed income tax brackets that quietly changed at the end of the election. The top tax rate increased from 25% to 33%. ]

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Con Man Paul Ryan presenting ObamaCare 2.0 to President Trump

Across the country, from the top of the ticket to the bottom of any federal race, Republican politicians promised the repeal of ObamCare.

When they rolled out their plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act on Monday, it was clear . . . they lied.

If you read the first page, specifically the first paragraph, you’ll see that the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), “is amended.”

Let me make this clear: this is no repeal of the ObamaCare monstrosity.

In addition to House conservatives, Americans for Prosperity, Liberty Guard, Heritage Action, Freedom Works and the Cato Institute have all come out swinging against the plan.

Cato Scholar Michael Cannon put it best, “The House Republican leadership bill does not replace ObamaCare. It merely applies a new coat of paint to a building that Republicans themselves have already condemned.”

Paul Ryan and his establishment lackeys are not only amending the ACA, they are expanding it by creating more entitlements to the public and the states.

Personally, it is shocking that Paul Ryan could be either this dumb, or this arrogant . . . or worse.

And we know that Ryan isn’t dumb.

While his arrogance is a given, you don’t make moves like this without a Machiavellian purpose.

Please let me explain.

It’s clear that Ryan and Republican leaders have convinced President Trump that this is the right way to go.

How did they do it?

While Donald Trump has many strengths, he was one significant weakness: he chooses not to read.

He admits to making decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I had, plus the words ‘common sense’.”

Trump has historically relied on hiring good people, and when they don’t do what they say they’ll do, he fires them.

Easy stuff and a known factor with the President.

And Paul Ryan took advantage of that weakness knowing he would not read the new health care bill.

Here’s what likely happened when Trump met with Ryan and other authors of ObamaCare 2.0:

President Trump: Do you have it ready?

Speaker Ryan: Yes Mr. President, and you’re going to love it.

President Trump: Good, good. Will it lower costs, kill ObamaCare taxes and open competition?

Speaker Ryan: Of course Mr. President, we eliminate all ObamaCare taxes and subsidies and the American people will spend less while getting better care.

President Trump: Great job. Let’s get it passed in record time. Just let me know what you need.

Speaker Ryan: Yes, Mr. President [the speaker slinks out of the Oval Office].

When it comes to Washington politics, Trump is a neophyte. And that’s why he was elected. Americans were near the brink of societal breakdown due to their hatred of Washington politicians like Ryan.

And now we see why.

But that’s no excuse for Trump and his team.

He hasn’t just been betrayed by Paul Ryan who clearly lied to him about the contents of this bill, Trump’s staff failed to catch and stop this attempt to undermine Trump’s integrity in the eyes of the American people.

Paul Ryan knew exactly what he was doing. If you watched his press conference announcing the plan, Ryan started out by giving credit to both “President Trump and Vice President Pence” for making this happen.

Slimy Ryan wants this failure to be known as “TrumpCare” and with those too busy to know the difference, it’s working.

President Trump will be best served by tweeting: “Paul Ryan and GOP lied to me about new bill. I demand complete repeal! No more games!”

Then he needs to fire those in his White House who were tasked with vetting this bill along with this spokespeople like Spicer and Conway who failed to do their homework before participating in this con.

Most importantly, Donald Trump cannot forget this and when it comes to the next election cycle, he needs to start campaigning for a clean sweep of Congress.

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Seriously?!?

After seven years of campaigning to repeal Obamacare, Paul Ryan and his GOP Republicans unveiled their healthcare replacement . . . and Americans should be pissed.

There was a reason this plan was under lock and key for the last week.

Like a unwashed meth head fiending for his next hit, the GOP healthcare bill should have never been released until it was cleaned up.

Here’s a quick recap on “American Health Care Act” (note that these geniuses couldn’t come up with a decent name):

Plays a shell game between subsidies and tax breaks. Insurance providers still get their money at the expense of the working class.

Does not open competition between state lines.

Maintains requirements on preexisting conditions.

Twists the individual mandate penalty to a 30% fine paid to insurance companies for those who drop coverage and then re-enroll.

Gives states $10 billion to expand Medicaid.

Throws a jaw-dropping $100 billion to states to expand services for the “poor” and “sick.”

Keeps a 40% tax on “Cadillac” health care plans.

Grandfathers Obamacare Expansion and . . . get this, allows enrollment in Obamacare for another two years.

On top of all of this, the GOP plan includes Obama’s request for a bailout for insurance companies!

This plan is not “Obamacare Lite” this is, in its worst connotation, RINOCare.

To be fair, the “what’s good about it” question now must be addressed.

What’s good about it?

The best thing about this proposal is that American voters can now wake up from the fantasy that politicians look out for their interests because of a party label.

Politicians on the Hill are looking out for one thing: the lobbying interests of the health care industry.

Health care companies and their investors began popping bottles yesterday as the plan – that they wrote – was revealed.

Two months ago, I was personally told by a source who has made many millions off of Obamacare, “we don’t want anything to change.”

They got their wish.

And to some, it’s no surprise.

Former House Speaker John Boehner, who was collecting a speaking fee for an appearance at a health care conference, told the group of well heeled executives that the repeal and replacement of Obamacare is, “not going to happen.”

He was spot on.

RINOCare maintains Obamacare in its current form, and makes it worse.

By keeping the requirement to provide coverage for preexisting conditions – while backending subsidies in the form of tax breaks, insurance premiums will skyrocket yet again.

Many Americans support preexisting conditions, but it’s wrong headed.

I’ll explain.

My 22-year-old sister-in-law is one of the worst drivers I know. If you take a car, park it in the middle of an empty parking lot and surround it with barricades, she’ll still find a way to hit it.

Imagine if we all had to pay the same auto insurance rates of my sister-in-law?

That’s what happens with preexisting coverage requirements.

That’s why all of us are paying significantly more for health insurance.

The biggest tell from RINOCare is that they didn’t open competition among insurance providers across state lines.

Republicans are for free markets right?

Wrong, Republicans are for winning reelection and that’s about it.

The health care industry DOES NOT WANT competition across state lines. Why would they? They would actually have to offer competitive pricing and spend money on advertising.

Limiting competition is great for the companies that currently have all of the business. It’s a state-by-state monopoly and they love it.

As Bill Walden and other Republicans march from microphone to microphone promoting this trash bill, do not be fooled for a second.

This GOP proposal is the biggest scam they have ever attempted to pass.

Not only is the bill worse than Obamacare, its mere proposal is a betrayal of everything that was promised by these politicians for the last seven years.

And if Donald Trump goes along with it, he will be the biggest betrayer of all.

When politicians have to “get into the weeds” and explain with high complexity why this plan is better, you know they are simply full of crap.

The solution to healthcare is the same as the solution to every other issue out there: Liberty.

As a crusty old activist has said for years, “Liberty is the answer, what’s the question?”

Drop Obamacare, drop regulations on competition, drop employer requirements, and let the industry sort itself out.

If Republicans were to do that, they would never get anther dime or dinner from a health industry lobbyist – but they would finally gain the respect of the American people.

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Who is Ryan looking out for?

On Fox and Friends this morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared and was about the lack of progress on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

The Speaker slipped up and spoke the truth for a moment, telling the hosts they intended to “repair a broken system.”

When pushed by the Fox News hosts, Ryan backtracked and said they will still “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

But that doesn’t fall in line with the buzz on the Hill.

Multiple sources have reported a shift in tone and rhetoric to promote a “repair” talking point over the charged cry for repeal.

Even key players in the Obamacare fight are on record backtracking.

Congressman Greg Walden from Oregon told the press, “We’re going to fix things, we’re going to repair things. There are things we can build on and repair, there are things we can completely repeal.”

The move for those inside Washington and familiar with the lobbying power of the healthcare, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, is obvious. They want every aspect of Obamacare left intact.

An insider of the healthcare industry who requested anonymity told Liberty News Now, “As an America, I hate Obamacare, but it’s made me rich. We don’t want to change a thing.”

The biggest beneficiary of Obamacare has been the healthcare industry that now has 20 million new patients who can pay their bills.

House Republicans’ purpose of stalling may very well be due to the pressure of their backers within the health care industry.

However, while Republicans have little motivation to repeal Obamacare, President Trump is eager to follow through on all of his campaign promises, and the repeal of Obamacare ranks in the top five commitments made to the American people.

Is Paul Ryan and his fellow members of Congress stalling in the hopes the issue goes away? Comment below.

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Jimmy Kimmel put people on the street to the test to see if they preferred Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.

With the Senate taking the first steps to repeal the ACA, it was an interesting test to see how brain dead most people are.

Watch above.

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President Elect Trump made waves shortly after his election when he stated that instead of repealing Obamacare, he may support simply amending Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation.

Working Americans have paid the highest price for the Affordable Care Act. A law that has turned out not to be affordable for those who choose not to live off of the government.

Between 2013 and 2015, market medical costs have increased an incredible 69%.

Those increases in care quickly worked their way into the health insurance market where prices are expected to rise AGAIN, by at least 30% in several states in 2017.

There is little arguing that Obamacare is a complete disaster for most Americans and their families.

But, who has benefited?

Healthcare companies, their investors and some insurance companies.

With the highest level of coverage for Americans in history, business is a booming for healthcare providers and rates are only going up.

To add even more pain to the system, those newly subsidized Obamacare recipients are taking advantage of their low-cost coverage and lining up to see the doctor at any given opportunity – meaning prescription drug abuse is at an all time high – as is heroin addition with overdose rates hitting all-time highs year after year.

Addiction, as bad as it seems to society is great for healthcare as rehab is funded as are the constant visits for the problems associated with addiction.

A vicious cycle for sure . . . but great for business.

Just take a look at the Vanguard Health Care Index Fund. In 2013, when Obamacare rolled out, the fund was priced at $36.

By mid-2016, the fund had broken $70 per share. Far outperforming the market.

Over the weekend, Sen. Mitch McConnell began to beat the war drums to completely repeal Obamacare, before a replacement is considered.

Repeal, while great for American taxpayers, will hit the healthcare industry like a bullet train barreling into Trump Tower.

As it stands, the medical provider industry could not have it any better, and they have made a killing over the last three years.

Money like that doesn’t go away without a fight so expect the healthcare industry to get off of the fence and send in their best, brightest establishment lobbyists to maintain the status quo.

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The government spent a breathtaking $26 million to provide dead people—who were poor when they were alive—with health insurance in one state alone, according to a new federal audit. The benefit was administered through Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the needy and the astonishing multi-million-dollar figure applies to just Florida but similar atrocities are likely occurring in other states.

American taxpayers may wonder how this could possibly happen, though fraud and corruption are rampant in government, especially in welfare programs. First let’s explain how Medicaid, jointly funded by federal and state governments, functions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administers the program at the federal level. States must create CMS-approved plans to run their Medicaid programs, which provide low-income residents with medical coverage. In some states, such as Florida, the government contracts with insurance companies and makes fixed monthly payments to provide coverage. In Florida 37 insurance companies have contracts to provide coverage.

In this case, the government continued making payments to the insurance companies long after the beneficiaries had passed away. In other words, the government doled out huge sums to provide dead people with medical insurance for years. The astounding figures were made public recently in a report issued by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General, which blamed the outrageous waste on lack of collaboration between various state agencies and outdated information in databases. In some of the overpayment cases, investigators found that the state was “not able to explain the reasons they occurred.”

The investigation covered a five-year period from 2009 to 2014 and reviewed a sample of 124 payments to Medicaid insurers for subjects that had died. Of the 124, the inspector general determined that 113 were overpaid at a cost to the government of $192,273. Using that formula, auditors estimated that the state paid $26,202,536 over the five-year period to provide dead people with taxpayer-funded health insurance. This occurred because Florida officials failed to update the death dates of beneficiaries in its Medicaid database, the probe found, so the payments kept rolling. “The State agency had inadequate policies and procedures to identify and correct inaccurate death information,” the report states. As is the case in other states, the feds cover about 60% of Florida’s Medicaid tab so in this instance Uncle Sam got fleeced out of $15,356,486.

The government spent an eye-popping $545.1 billion on Medicaid in 2015, according to National Health Expenditure Data made available by CMS. California’s annual Medicaid costs are top in the nation at $85.6 million followed by New York at $60 million and Texas at $36 million. It’s hardly surprising that states with large immigrant populations have the biggest Medicaid tabs. Though federal law prohibits illegal aliens from receiving Medicaid benefits, some states, like Massachusetts, openly provide illegal aliens with publicly-funded health coverage through its Medicaid agency known as MassHealth. Additionally, Medicaid has a multi-billion-dollar slush fund to offer illegal immigrants “emergency” coverage. Furthermore, the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens (anchor babies) automatically qualify for Medicaid.

Fraud in this colossal healthcare program has been pervasive for years and things only got worse with the implementation of President Obama’s disastrous healthcare overhaul. CMS was in charge of Obamacare’s tumultuous implementation and catastrophic health exchange website yet the government officials who screwed up quietly received tens of thousands of dollars in performance bonuses and other taxpayer-funded perks. Judicial Watch obtained records that show Medicaid officials who played a significant role in the healthcare law’s failures were handsomely rewarded with large sums of cash and generous amounts of paid time off on the public’s dime. Many have left their lucrative federal government jobs for the private sector.

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obamacare

So far this October we have heard secret Trump recordings and seen undercover videos of Hillary’s corrupt campaign, but ObamaCare is the real October surprise.

The White House came out on Monday and admitted that premiums were going to go way up next year. In fact, they are going to up around 25%.

The news is not good for Democrats and the Affordable Care Act which Obama pushed through his first term. He still considers it his best domestic legacy, but it is falling apart.

ACA was sold to America as a way to keep your doctor, keep your plan and bring the prices of healthcare down while giving more people insurance.

More people have insurance, but they are paying a lot of money for it.

In some states, Alaska, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming, members of ObamaCare will only have a single insurer providing plans.

There will be no competition because all the big insurance companies ran out as soon as they started losing money.

After the White House made the announcement that the premiums would be skyrocketing next year, Trump went on the offensive and attacked ObamaCare.

“It’s a disaster. In some areas they’re paying 60,70 and 80 per cent more than they were paying last year. It’s over for ObamaCare.”

Hillary continues to defend the Affordable Care Act, and that could really hurt her come Election Day.

If people who were planning on voting for Hillary see that their plan is going up another 25% after their plans have already gone up, they might switch to Trump.

Trump wants to repeal and replace ObamaCare and now that the ACA premiums are going up even higher, he might find more support for that decision.

The timing couldn’t be worse for Hillary Clinton as she is being buried in scandals from WikiLeaks, Project Veritas and plagued by low enthusiasm. Will the ObamaCare premium spike be the October surprise that finally breaks the camels back? We’ll find out in two weeks.

Are your ObamaCare premiums going up? Let us know in the comments below.

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