#ACA Watch: No #Omnibus #ObamaCare Replacement

I’m growing …concern… over the ObamaCare Replacement debate and it is all coming from the GOP.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said there was “growing momentum” for replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the same day of its repeal.

This has troubled me the last few days. It was until just a few minutes ago that I finally put my finger on why: An Omnibus Bill, they are going to replace ObamaCare with TrumpCare. I could feel the warmth drain from my body as I had this thought.

I am not going to sit here and go over all the ideas that the GOP want to replace ObamaCare with. Some ideas I like and others, I just don’t like. However my main objection right now is an omnibus bill. I have several points on why I object to such a bill.

  1. Riders. If an omnibus was put together, there would surly be riders that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. Spending pet projects is the kind of corruption I not going to tolerate. They are tuck deep in legislation so that no one can find them, which brings me to my next point.
  2. Too Big To Read. Enough of the “We Have To Pass The Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It” nonsense! We have to be better than that! We have to be able to read it!
  3. Fixing Smaller Bills Is Easier. If we pass smaller bills or acts, then we can keep them all separate in passage. Every reform should be able to stand on its own. Then fixing and/or repealing each reform will be easier.
  4. TrumpCare. I don’t want TrumpCare. No one wants TrumpCare. I also don’t want to defend reforms I don’t like, just to defend things I do like.

You know, I can understand wanting to Repeal and Replace done at the same time. I get that, but we have got to do this right. Each reform in its own bill. You can still do this on the same day and have them take effect all at the same time.

If the GOP already plan to do this, great! Nothing to worry about. We can debate the individual reforms that come up. All I am saying, is no omnibus bill!

Well, see ya’ later!

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The Swamp #47

Not So Affordable, Is It?!

The Swamp #47: Last Five! #ACA/#ObamaCare! @RedOctober82 Guest!

This is a unique day as we have a listener to the podcast, Jon G, on as a guest! He’s in the insurance industry and I thought it would be fascinating to get his take on ObamaCare. Please keep a close eye on him, because he might just be starting a blog soon! Jon G is ready to break-out and I foresee that he will be YUGE!


Five Easy Ways To Game ObamaCare by Patrick Paule

Gaming Obamacare by Paul Demko

Gaming of Obamacare Poses a Fatal Threat by Megan McArdle

Gaming the Obamacare system leading to sky-high premiums by Rick Moran

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Election2016: #EatTheRich And Defining #TrumpCare Before They Do

If there is ever a chance for conservatives to defeat ‘The Don’ and send him away forever, here it is. ‘The Don’ just outted himself as a “big government” progressive Republican. On his newest populist nonsense pitch, ‘The Don’ wants to eat the rich:

Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?

Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular.

Scott Pelley: But Republicans don’t raise taxes.

Donald Trump: Well, we’re not raising taxes.

To paraphrase Megan McArdle: An AADHD day trader with a cocaine habit has considerably more consistency than ‘The Don’ here. The man likely doesn’t have “consistency” in his personal vocabulary.

This is nonsense on sticks. ‘The Don’ wants to lower taxes on the middle class and then instead of offering a spending cut to go along with that, he wants to raise taxes on the rich. Basically he wants to “Eat The Rich” to push a tax cut on the middle class. That is populism and you know how much I hate populism.

Bill Whittle made a video on how bad of it of an idea “Eat The Rich” was and still is:

Amity Shlaes wrote in Bloomberg in 2013 about effective rates:

Official rates matter, but so do effective rates, the percent of income that people actually pay in tax. The Internal Revenue Service reckoned that the effective rate of tax in 1954 for top earners was actually 70 percent.

Or lower. Marc Linder, a law professor at the University of Iowa, has shown that a more comprehensive interpretation of income that includes capital gains suggests the real effective tax rate for millionaires was 49 percent in 1953. The effective rate dropped throughout the decade, reaching 31 percent by 1960. That 31 percent is just slightly higher than the 29 percent level a Congressional Budget Office report figures the average effective tax for the top quintile will be in 2014. And that number for 2014 doesn’t include taxes in Obama’s health-care law.

A second fantasy about the 1950s is that government soaked the rich. Joseph Thorndike and Martin Sullivan in Tax Notes magazine took a look at the tax distribution of the decade. They found that those earning more than $100,000 paid less than 5 percent of the taxes collected in the U.S., a far smaller share than the wealthiest shoulder today.

We really don’t have to tax the rich more or less. What we need to do is get out of big and small business’s way to create jobs. Deregulation is the key, not higher or even lower government!

Oh yeah, almost forgot. Speaking of ObamaCare, ‘The Don’ wants to relabel ObamaCare and wants to start his own TrumpCare. I am not joking. Here is Gabriel Malor ripping TrumpCare apart:

According to Trump, uninsured people are going to get coverage because he’s going to “make a deal with existing hospitals” and “the government’s gonna pay for it.” There’s a word for this exact proposal: Medicaid. Trump probably doesn’t know this, but Medicaid expansion was a huge part of ObamaCare. The “deal with existing hospitals” is so unfavorable for doctors and hospitals that many of them do not accept Medicaid patients because it would put them out of business. Does Trump know this? Meh, he doesn’t care.

But that’s just the uninsured. Trump goes on to say that “for the most part,” his plan will be “a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition.” If this idea also sounds strangely familiar, it is because this too is already part of our healthcare framework. Trump described the ObamaCare exchanges just like Obama did, as increasing competition in the private insurance markets by providing lots of options.

So TrumpCare is just ObamaCare rebranded. We must now define TrumpCare before he or his batshit crazy supporters (ie: Ann Coulter and Breitbart.com) define it. It is everything we have been fighting against. It is big government and it is a further intrusion.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: About @ScottWalker’s #DayOnePatientFreedom Plan

…It’s not bad. Here, let Gov. Scott Walker explain the “Day One Patient Freedom” Plan himself:

Look, I will freely admit that Gov. Walker isn’t the most exciting speaker. However I am looking for a real conservative leader who has gotten real reform done. The Cult Of Personality has been done already and THAT is what actually bores me to death.

Gov. Scott Walker is right. Talk is cheap. We keep hearing talk about “Repeal And Replace” ObamaCare. Then when asked “With what?” people run away with the sidestep. Walker is instead stepping up to the plate and is showing you where he stands. Agree or disagree, at least Scott Walker is putting this thing out there. Well here, CNN breaks down some key points:

“People all across this country are fed up with Washington, I feel your pain, I’m fed up with Washington, too,” (Wisconsin Governor Scott) Walker said. “I think about this, we were told by Republican leaders during the campaign cycle last year that we just needed a Republican Senate to be elected to repeal Obamacare. Well here we sit, you know both chambers of the United States Congress have been controlled since January by Republicans and yet there’s not a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare.”

Walker, who has argued throughout the campaign that he is best positioned to win conservative reforms in Washington, recounted taking on legislative Republicans in Wisconsin when he won his first term as governor.

“I said to them the voters had told us they wanted is to be big and be bold,” Walker said. “As you can imagine, at the time, there were some Republican lawmakers who were kind of uneasy with the idea of taking on the status quo. I said it’s put up or shut up time.” …

One of the central elements of the Walker proposal replaces the Obama weath-based subsidies for health plans with flat tax credits, ranging between $900 and $3,000 per person, based on their age.

The Walker proposal, the first major policy rollout from his campaign, calls for “capped allotments” to states for some parts of Medicaid while allowing acute care payments to continue uncapped.

…in his 13-page policy outline, that he would eliminate all taxes associated with the federal Affordable Care Act and pay for his plan’s costs through savings made from reforming and streamlining federal government.

“To offset these improvements, we would simplify and reform how the federal government helps people access health insurance,” Walker writes in his plan. “We would empower states to run Medicaid in a way that is more effective, efficient, and accountable, and work with Congress to reform the way the tax code treats gold-plated, employer-sponsored health care plans.”

I would put in “Loser Pay” tort reform in there as well, but I am on board. I am sure there are details to be work out.

Ace, with the help of Charles Krauthammer, breaks it down further:

Charles Krauthammer explains (on the 6:000 Fox news show) that this is essentially a grant of catastrophic care insurance, for big, unexpected and high health costs, but leaves it to everyone to either pay for more routine costs out of pocket or with their own health plan.

Eh, kinda the version of “free health care” that I find the least objectionable, and the least disastrous.

Yeah, I can dig it too. Conservatives, including me, have been pushing for this kind of grants to states for catastrophic care insurance. So I don’t know what Ace finds objectionable about this at all. We have been asking for this and Governor Scott Walker has basically put out his plan to get this done.

Don’t also be shocked when Scott Walker says he is “unintimidated” by anyone, because that is the name of his awesome book!

Well, see ya’ later!


The Swamp #33

The Madness Abounding

The Swamp #33: #SouthernCulture, #KingvBurwell, #AbortionDrones, No Guest!

Only me and Tex today. First we talk about the Southern Cross and how it is a battle flag, not a symbol of racism. Then we turn our talk toward the awful King v Burwell ruling. Then we head over to Europe to talk about Abortion Drone thing that is happening. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

We have cross the brink of the Rubicon into willful insanity people. There’s no turning back now. Actual logic has no place in this world right now. Buckle-up buttercup, because no one will be spared.


I’m a black South Carolinian. Here’s why I support the Confederate flag. by Byron Thomas

“Gone With The Wind” Should Also Be Banned Or Something by Lou Lumenick

I Dissent by Streiff

Well, see ya’ later!




*sets up a chair, and waits for someone to come and cart him away*

Well, see ya’ later!

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