Tuesday, January 17, 2017

More spending, debt & gov't run healthcare on the horizon, despite presidents? (UPDATE)

I know there's lots of grade-A crapola broadcast media incessantly throws our way, especially since their coronation didn't go their way. But I challenge you to step away from that for a moment, and take a look at what's happening behind all the senseless distractions...
Somehow, I don't think this is what most of us had in mind in order to rid ourselves of the Obamacare plague, not to mention restraining the federal Leviathan in managing the debt! Do you feel this way? Or is it just whatever they want to do now? Here's a compilation from Michigan representative Justin Amash's tweet-blasts on Friday. I think it's worth considering, even after the fact...


Obviously, this fiscal reasoning is in the minority of a persistent Washington gone wild.

And I'm not convinced that an open-ended vow of ‘insurance for everybody’ in an Obamacare replacement plan is necessarily what we had in mind either.
Whenever anyone says everybody ought to have healthcare, it tells us we have lost our sense of personal responsibility. We teach it to our family, but the government teaches us otherwise. The socialized healthcare in the U.S. is becoming more centralized and less responsive. This is what happens when government gets in between you and your doctor. ~ Mark Levin, 1/17/16
We all understand that there's a reasonable place for government, but it must be balanced within the decisions of a free people. We do want to remain free, right? On health care, don’t conflate ‘plans’ with ‘government programs’...
theResurgent: People want healthcare coverage. They want to pay a reasonable cost, not more than their mortgage payment, that will give them relatively cheap office visits, one examination a year, recommended cancer screenings, keep their prescription costs low, and not let them go bankrupt in the event of a major health crisis or emergency. And if they want to go it alone without coverage, let them.

This isn’t too much to ask. We don’t need to pay Medicare for millions of people whose primary care physician is the emergency room and their main way of getting there is by ambulance (to treat the flu). If there was any individual mandate I’d support, it would be one requiring anyone who wants Medicare to choose a primary care physician and see them first for routine issues, and show up once a year for a physical. But liberals don’t want to burden the poor–just everyone else.

Health insurers would love to offer plans that Americans want to buy. They’ve had their noses so far up the government’s rectum for the past decade that they don’t even know how to ask consumers what they want anymore. It’s time the federal government got out of the business of figuring out what a free and liberated population of Americans needs, and instead just asks them.

Then let the insurance carriers work out the details, with some guidelines and input from state regulators, who have been doing their jobs for many decades. Get everyone in a room, don’t let them leave until they’ve got a plan, then figure out how to get there without keeping Brundefly alive.

It’s going to be hard, but it needs to happen. Just dismantling parts of the ACA is betraying Americans who elected Republicans to office specifically for the purpose of killing it completely.

A message to Congress: we need a plan for American health care, but we don’t need another government program. Don’t give us one.
And we'd also appreciate it without government running up our debt to only tax us more later!

I continue to hear the phrase, 'drain the swamp' bantered about. Short of a Convention of States, I really don't see how with the Washington we continue to entrust.

ADDENDUM: Simply stated, there's the straight-forward method that more conservative Republicans desire that could take a matter of months (complete repeal of Obamacare, replace w/patient-centered free market reforms long advocated by House Republicans, pressure Democrats to cave through either eventual attrition or cloture reform in the Senate, then send to the new president's desk, while saving budget reconciliation to bring mandatory spending under control before gov't bankrupts the country)...and then there's the convoluted meandering it seems that not-so-conservative Republicans are taking, which will take a matter of years, if accomplishing at all.

UPDATE: A voice of reason from McConnell on the debt Monday evening? How odd...
CT: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed President Donald Trump that his infrastructure plan needs to be paid for - not added to the debt.

That's according to the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, who says the exchange happened at a gathering for bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House Monday evening.

Trump discussed a $1 trillion infrastructure plan during the presidential campaign, one of a few areas where his proposals sounded closer to Democrats than Republicans.

According to Cornyn, infrastructure was raised at the meeting as "an area maybe to find common ground and then Sen. McConnell made the important point it needs to be paid for because we've got $20 trillion in debt."
Related link: Will Republicans squander the mandate to repeal Obamacare?

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