Tag Archives: ObamaCare

Comparing ObamaCare scams

Source: Independent Institute
by Gary M Galles

"Speaking on the Boston Herald's 'morning drive' radio show several days ago, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber called the Republicans' Obamacare 'repeal and replace' plan 'a scam.' That's an interesting accusation coming from one of the architects of Obamacare, who helped 'sell' the plan to the American people by misleading them. As British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.' Gruber seems to have mastered all three, using his knowledge of economics to twist things so the less-well-informed would believe his lies. And he has repeatedly bragged about it." (03/27/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9027

How right-wing media saved ObamaCare

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

[T]the GOP didn't honestly acknowledge the hard tradeoffs inherent in health-care policy before making the case for a market-driven system. Republicans tried to hide the fact of tradeoffs …. And it helps explain how Republicans could win a presidential election and lots of congressional elections on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, only to produce bill so wildly unappealing to voters. Once Republicans commenced governing, the tradeoffs couldn't be elided any longer. Still, even the insight that Republicans spent years willfully obscuring the tradeoffs involved in health-care policy doesn't fully explain the last week. Focusing on GOP officials leaves out yet another important actor in this debacle: the right-wing media." (03/27/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/the-right-wing-media-helped-obamacare-in-spite-of-itself/520851/

Why Trump can't fix healthcare

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"Bill Clinton tried to fix America's health care problems and was shot down by Congress. Barack Obama got his solution enacted only to find most people didn't like it. Republicans who voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better have found it fiendishly hard to agree on how. It could be that our health care problems don't get solved because of partisanship, incompetence, corruption or dishonesty among our elected officials. Or it could be because those problems are not soluble." (03/27/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/27/why-trump-cant-fix-health-care

For GOP on healthcare, there's no "moving on"

Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

"On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn't have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a 'setback' and that Republicans are 'moving on' from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won't be pretty. 'We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,' Trump told the media after the House pulled the bill. There is no way this will stand. No matter what President Trump says, he is not done with Obamacare. Congress still needs to rescue Americans from this law. Now they have a chance — and a responsibility — to do it right." (03/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gop-health-care-theres-no-moving

National healthcare is the health of the state

Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

"Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs. We just had a crystal-clear proof that it's a fatally-flawed theory. In 2016 the American electorate voted for a Republican president and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress pledged to repeal the Democratic-Party-passed Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. … Debates endlessly rehash everything except the obvious: only a small caucus of Republican legislators had any desire to repeal the ACA and the GOP replacement bill was merely a reshuffling of how government-provided benefits were to be managed. … There's a lesson here for all political observers, but particularly libertarians: socialistic programs, once enacted into law, can’t be repealed. Politics, itself, foils it." (03/25/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/03/national-healthcare-is-the-health-of-the-state/

Who owns ObamaCare now?

Source: The American Spectator
by David Catron

"Otto von Bismarck famously said, 'Politics is the art of the possible.' This is a reality that President Trump and the GOP congressional leadership understand. Sadly, a small clique of rigid ideologues constituting about 10 percent of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is clearly ignorant of this fact. These people call themselves the 'Freedom Caucus.' Yet, by refusing to support the American Health Care Act (AHCA) last week, they preserved one of the most outrageous assaults on individual liberty ever signed into law. They have virtually guaranteed that Obamacare will never be repealed. Now they own it." (03/27/17)

https://spectator.org/who-owns-obamacare-now/

TrumpCare Trumped

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Donald Trump ran, in part, on the promise of getting rid of ObamaCare. But upon taking the reins, two things became obvious: Republicans in Congress lacked the guts to repeal the ACA, and even lacked a coherent scheme to alter it. The new president could hardly be expected to possess the plan they lacked, though on the campaign trail he suggested the best approach: repeal, then open up insurance markets across state lines. The GOP Congress, on the other hand, was all promise and no clue. So Speaker of the House Paul Ryan hastily cooked up what was to be the new TrumpCare — a ridiculous reform package with nothing much to say for it." (03/27/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/27/trumpcare-trumped/

Trump's healthcare debacle

Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

"Political capital is like financial capital. A politician invests it in ventures that may or may not pay off. The more bold the venture, the greater the risk — but also the greater the potential return if things go well. But the politician, like the financial investor, has to understand the market. If either makes an investment based on a faulty perception of the market, the investment almost surely will go south. Then the financial investor ends up with less financial capital to play with, just as the political investor ends up with less political capital. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan invested a large chunk of political capital in health care. They didn't know the market. The investment went south, taking with it a large store of political capital. Now they have less to play with." (03/24/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-health-care-debacle/

US House cancels vote on RyanCare

Source: The Hill

"Republicans are pulling their ObamaCare repeal bill from a scheduled Friday afternoon vote, an acknowledgement that it was headed toward a defeat. President Trump asked Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to pull the measure a day after issuing an ultimatum that the House should vote on it, a GOP aide said. Ryan is announcing the decision at a closed-door conference meeting, a Ryan aide told The Hill." (03/24/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/325690-house-expected-to-pull-obamacare-vote-from-schedule

US House delays vote on RyanCare as some GOP reps turn out to be vertebrates after all

Source: CNN

"The House hopes to vote on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare Friday morning, following a day of drama and multiple high-level, tension-filled meetings, a White House official said. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been lobbying members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and also moderate Republicans in an attempt to reach the 216 votes they need to pass the bill.
Republicans can't lose more than 21 of their caucus and still pass the bill …. Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said there are '30 to 40' votes against the bill at this point. 'We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes at this point,' Meadows said Thursday afternoon. Meadows called the long-standing plan to vote on Thursday — the seven-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act — an 'artificial deadline.'" (03/23/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/23/politics/house-health-care-vote/