If pictures are worth a thousand words, this one truly is. Our well-intentioned new President has a lot to discover about trustworthiness in Washington DC. He must learn that many poker face leaders, advisors, and appointees whom he wants to believe in as swearing to their allegiance and patriotism are actually either naive, deluded or outright lying to his face. He must vet them all constantly.
Take Paul Ryan, for instance, a guy that I have admired in the past and would like to believe in today, but the proof is that I cannot trust him and President Trump most certainly should not. Ryan is one of those ‘Republicans in name only’ (RINO) people we need to be very aware of. He and his supporters of this truly ‘ObamaCare Lite’ bill, formally called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would most certainly not accomplish what President Trump proclaimed he was going to do during his campaign.
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said on Friday the 24th that the House GOP leadership “lied to the President,” about not being able to fully repeal ObamaCare through the budget reconciliation process in the Senate because of the so-called ‘Byrd rule.’ See: Byrd rule.
“It [AHCA] isn’t going to work. We’re told that the prices [of insurance premiums] will probably go up 75% or so but maybe in the third year they may come down 10%.”
It really does appear that President Trump bought into Speaker Ryan’s assurances that this is the way to go without the advantage of the time to personally vet Ryan’s bill which blatantly violates what he intended to see offered the American people in his many campaign appearances.
As Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation,’ video ‘Fundamentally False’: Ted Cruz CRUSHES Paul Ryan’s Lies About Repealing ObamaCare, “If Republicans hold a big press conference and pat ourselves on the back that we’ve repealed ObamaCare and everyone’s premiums keep going up, people will be ready to tar and feather us in the streets, and quite rightly.”
JUST THE FACTS
As detective Joe Friday on the old Dragnet TV series used to say, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.”
“Cruz further stated that Paul Ryan’s deceptive and dishonest claim that ObamaCare can only be repealed under three phases and said that the ‘repeal and replace’ bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) only repeals two of the 12 free market-killing mandates of ObamaCare that have made insurance premiums unnecessarily skyrocket.
“He also made the case that anyone who believes in the so-called “three bucket solution” with all the goodies in step three is being suckered because it takes eight Democrats and now you can’t get eight Senate Democrats to agree on even saying the words “good morning.”
I quoted Rand Paul’s complete comments on his four primary areas of contention in my last article: “Rand Paul’s Patriots vs. RyanCare’s (ObamaCare Lite), ‘Repeal and Replace’”
Here is the crux of those comments of Rand Paul’s:
- “I think the reason why the House leadership bill is ObamaCare Lite is because it retains subsidies. ObamaCare had subsidies for people to buy insurance. In the Paul Ryan bill, they keep the subsidies — they just call them refundable tax credits.
- “The second thing that Paul Ryan’s ObamaCare Lite bill does is they keep the ObamaCare taxes — all of them — for a year. And then after a year, they keep the Cadillac Tax forever. That’s the tax on if you have really good insurance, Obamacare taxes that. So will Paul Ryan’s plan.
- “The third thing they do that is ObamaCare-like is they keep the individual mandate. It seems like every Republican says they were against the individual mandate. That’s if you didn’t buy insurance you had to pay a penalty to the government, a tax. ObamaCare Lite, Paul Ryan’s plan, just changes it so you have to pay a penalty to the insurance companies.
- “Then the fourth thing they do is they actually subsidize the insurance companies. Right now, insurance companies are losing money and ObamaCare has this rescue thing called ‘risk corridors’ to bail out the insurance companies. Paul Ryan has got the same thing, he just calls it reinsurance and its $100 million worth. I predict that might not even be enough.
Where tort reform has been mentioned as necessary to markedly help bring down out of control medical costs there has been nothing concrete specified in Ryan’s bill that deals with it, just cursory acknowledgments about something addressing it ‘down the road,’ so to speak. Imagine the strength of the lobbying effort pressures from the legal profession, and how cowering GOP leadership has been to similar pressures during the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fight from the consortium of big business special interests spearheaded by the National Chamber of Commerce. Ryan capitulated completely.
REVEALING CRITICISM ABOUNDS
Senator Rand Paul speaking at the FreedomWorks rally against the health care bill said that the reason why a clean ObamaCare repeal bill has not been offered is that leaders in Congress, apparently referring to RINO Speaker Paul Ryan and his RINO henchmen are “weak-kneed.”
“The problem is this, though, the leadership in the House is weak-kneed,” a fired-up Senator Paul told 700 conservative grassroots activists at the FreedomWorks “Day of Action” in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. “And they are afraid to lead with freedom and capitalism so they’re giving you something that’s half as much as ObamaCare but doesn’t fix the problem,” he announced.
Sarah Palin blasted the health care proposal in an interview on Breitbart News Radio, calling the bill “RINO-care,” meaning, “Republican in name only.”
“Remember,” she said, “this is government-controlled health care, the system that requires enrollment in an unaffordable, unsustainable, unwanted, unconstitutional continuation of government-run medicine, and even in this new quasi-reformed proposal, there is still an aspect of socialism.”
The Blaze reported that she later said that Trump will have to “step in and fix it.” She added, “I have great faith that President Trump is one who will fulfill campaign promises.”
Interestingly, FOX Business reported that Trump’s senior adviser, Steve Bannon, has been telling people that if the bill fails, Ryan should be replaced as Speaker of the House. One name Bannon has allegedly floated as a potential replacement is Freedom Caucus chief Mark Meadows (R-NC).
“Steve is telling people if this thing fails Ryan should go,” said one GOP insider. “And he has said Meadows could be the guy.”
Fox Business also reports that, “Other ObamaCare leftovers, sticking around, include that the bill does not immediately repeal all of the taxes originally included in ObamaCare. The revised health care bill keeps the ObamaCare provision for allowing people to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26 and insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.”
So therefore, with the preexisting conditions feature included, it could be said that “Why would anybody want to buy insurance when you can just wait until you need it and buy it under this preexisting rule?” This could become the death knell for the insurance industry. Because the insurance industry is not unlike all other businesses. You see the sole purpose of a business is to make a profit. Doing something worthwhile and lasting is the means and a wonderful thing.
There is all too much being said about insuring all Americans. I guess we could house all Americans, feed all Americans, and guarantee all Americans an income, just like Sol Alinsky’s socialists would have things. In a truly free society it is up to an individual rather if he wants to insure himself and to what extent. For many young people, prudent coverage would most sensibly lie in the major medical arena since it features catastrophic coverage with very low premiums. Seniors on the other hand sure don’t need maternity and coverage for children up to the age of 26.
IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL
It is not up to the federal government to even be talking about insurance in the first place since it is not constitutionally enumerated as one of its powers. The best thing that can possibly happen to the state of insurance in the United States is for the Fed’s to get as far away from any involvement in it as possible. The Fed’s run absolutely nothing efficiently and truth be known, the root motive for their involvement is that it provides them a control mechanism over the people. It is purported to be that the 1st Rule in ‘Saul Alinsky”s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state’ is: 1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people.
The government shouldn’t be subsidizing anything, the free marketplace is the best answer to most that concerns patriotic Americans who understand what our freedoms can reap. One of my favorite people I enjoy quoting is former Treasurer Secretary to Presidents Nixon and Ford, William E. Simon from his book ‘A Time for Truth,’ where he said, “Most things work best that work most simply.” And most simply, insurance would work best if the states allow all insurance companies to compete everywhere and just monitor them for validation of their practices with contract law.
Republicans that don’t understand that the Federal Government doesn’t have the enumerated power to deal with insurance in the first place, are the same Republicans, like all Congressmen, that swore an oath to uphold our Constitution, and that should mean that they understand what that Constitution states. Those that are not following that oath are called RINO’s. We have far too many RINO’s today and they all need replacing at the polls ASAP. Too many RINO’s are being taken in by talented $PECIAL INTERE$T LOBBYI$T$ and the very deceitful influencers of the ‘Establishment’ aka the Council on Foreign Relations.
WHAT WE MUST DO!
There’s a very simple way of identifying which elected representatives need replacing in our Idaho statehouse and in Congress in Washington. You study The Freedom Indexes for both bodies which show exactly how they vote with criteria in keeping with Federal and State Constitutions and then cull the bad ones at the voting box. Here in Idaho, the 2017 Idaho Freedom Index is at IdahoFreedomIndex.com published by ‘The Idaho Freedom Foundation.’ Since the legislature is currently in session, go over on the right side of the page and click on 2016 to see the most recent index completed.
For the U.S. Congress see The Freedom Index at The New American.com/freedom-index “A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution” rates congressmen based on their adherence to constitutional principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, national sovereignty, and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding foreign entanglements. In this fourth and final 6 month session of the 114th Congress just completed, abysmally our congressmen and senators in Washington, D.C. voted with the Constitution 34% of the time. So there you see now why we are where we are.
Don’t count on a thing politicians say, only believe what you see and judge them on how they vote! Then do your part in draining the swamp by culling them at the ballot box and replace them with Constitutional following patriots that understand the importance of upholding the oaths they swear to when they are elected.
Thank God for the House Conservative Freedom Caucus of which we are proud to proclaim that our very own Congressman Raul Labrador is a devout member. See: Membership Roster of House Freedom Caucus