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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Losing the Obamacare battle, winning the war

Cheesy Chuckie Schumer was all aglow when Republican Captain John McCain, USN, retired, voted down the skinny repeal of Obamacare.

Washington Wisdom is this will pass the buck of blame onto the Republican Party for Obamacare.

However, President Trump warned Democrats that when Obamacare collapses, they will be blamed.

Who is more savvy, the pros with a combined 10,000 years of political experience in Washington, or the rookie who beat them all last year? Twice.

Readers know where my money is, but before I explain, let me turn to Scott Adams because the comics are now the intelligent section of your newspaper.

From Dilbert's daddy:
Did you wonder why President Trump seemed somewhat hands-off on health care? I think it’s because his strongest play as a negotiator involved waiting until Congress utterly and completely failed. That almost didn’t happen last night. It took a war hero to finish the job.
Now it’s our turn to come up with better ideas, or to support better ideas wherever we see them. And if we are smart, we will insist on testing some ideas in limited ways, such as Special Health Care Zones in some states, and that sort of thing.
And we should be focused on innovation and technology to lower health care costs. There isn’t any other path forward.
OK, that's the eighth-dimensional chess underwater in outer space explanation.

Oh, Scott Adams is right about the result. McCain rode to the rescue to dash the hopes of removing the tattoo Uncle Sam got one night in 2010 went he went on a bender.

But much as I like Scott Adams, President Trump did not have to use his wizardry this time.

The people in Washington are idiots.

They cannot -- and will not -- read the people. The elitists keep claiming moral victories, while the people keep handing them their asses.

Right now, half the people in the country are pissed at their senators for not repealing Obamacare.


The failure to repeal makes Obamacare another food stamps program, another HUD program, another EPA, another Medicaid, and any other government program you cannot get rid. It's herpes. Again.

So we get all mad at Republicans, and give Congress back to the Democrats, and then what happens?

What fresh hell will they give us next?

A carbon tax?

Legalizing all illegal aliens?

Sharia law?

The American people -- at least in the 30 states that elected Trump president -- know that Democrats are an insatiable party that wants power, and wants to expand the government infinitely.

The American people also know the damage Democrats do cannot be undone.

The inability to overturn Obamacare -- which by now is a synonym for every health insurance problem you have -- shows the danger of voting Democratic.

People will be primaried. No doubt.

But right now it looks as though Democrats will lose seats in both houses next year because the American people realize the damage they do is permanent.

It is the devil we fear most that we will vote against.

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  1. In MD the people who work in DC still elect Democrats as Senators. Unfortunately, fat chance of that changing.

  2. In MD the people who work in DC still elect Democrats as Senators. Unfortunately, fat chance of that changing.

  3. The people who are celebrating the failure to repeal are acting like obamacare works. When insurance costs several thousand dollars a month with high copays and much, much higher deductibles obamacare will collapse from its own weight. Fewer and fewer exchanges offering insurance wi) mean that fewer and fewer people will be buying insurance. Ultimately the only people benefiting from obamacare will be those receiving Medicaid. People who previously were insured by their employers or people who bought insurance will be uninsured.

  4. The Republican Establishment thinks it is holding the line against Trump. They are going to end up giving him more power than he would have had if they had been more willing to work with him.

    1. The only "line" they are holding is the rope they are gleefully creating to hang themselves with.

      Trump and those who are wise (like Don Surber, Scott Adams, Sundance at TLR/CTH and us) are sitting back with some popcorn and enjoying the floor show.

  5. I saw a proposal about making changes to Social Security and Medicare to "enhance" Medicaid, or basically prop-up what Obamacare has done to Medicaid. Ten years ago I would have been willing to give up every drop I'd pitched-in to SS and Medicare, but to think I'm going to take less so some mope sitting on his ass can get more, ain't no effing way. I can only imagine the type of violence that would lead to, and that is not hyperbole. Trust me.

    1. Obama and the Repubocrat unipartei robbed Medicaid/Medicare to fund the Obamadreamers.

  6. Trump threatened to buy up all the land between Mar-a-Lago and the beach before he acquired the property.

    Whereas these Republican doofuses are actually gifting him all the ground between them and the voters at the next election.

    You just know there's another "Trump The ..." book in this.

  7. The GOP seems to be shooting itself in the feet, and beginning to aim higher and higher.

    1. Well they certainly don't have to worry about shooting themselves in the crotch as they appear to not have a full set amongst them all.

  8. Rush refers to the Senate Minority Leader as Chuck U. Schumer not Cheesy Chuck.

    1. Try Schmuck Schumer; it's more appropriate.

    2. He might as well be the majority leader.

  9. I wish I could be as sanguine as you, Don. Unfortunately, I can offer the following (anecdotal) evidence to the contrary:

    * A relative of mine, who - not long after Trump's inauguration - was going on and on about his lies (her particular peeve at that time was about the business with the crowd size at that event). When I countered with the rather more consequential "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor," she fired back that all the problems with Obamacare are the fault of the Republicans. How that could be the case, I asked, when it was passed without a single R vote? Doesn't matter, was the substance of her response; it's all their fault.

    * Look at the banner on the website of xkcd (a rather popular webcomic, especially among techie types - me included). He was urging people to contact the RINO senators to urge them to vote against this bill, on the grounds that "it will hurt people." And this, for a bill that not only does no such thing, but bends over backwards not to! When Obamacare does eventually collapse under its own weight, people like that aren't going to suddenly see the light; they're just going to shift the blame, as they've done for decades about the Communist body count, to the capitalist hoarders and wreckers, etc.

  10. There's someone screwy about starting out as a War Hero, and ending up as The Unconscientious Objector.

  11. "They cannot -- and will not -- read the people."

    It is astounding that McCain would vote no because of a personal grudge against Trump without regard to what is best for the country. Absolutely astounding.

    1. Then you haven't been paying attention to mcstains entire life. Trump was absolutely right, mcstain in not and never was a hero.

  12. The so-called skinny repeal did nothing to help reduce the cost of Obumblercare plans, rather it would have hastened its demise through removal of the individual and business mandates. What it did not do, and what is the major cost driver of Obumblercare is remove the requirement that all plans provide the 10 essential health benefits.

  13. Not convinced that allowing O'care to tank itself is such a bad option.

    Not convinced that voting for modified forms of O'care is a better option.

    Clean repeal or let it die on its own.