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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trump can dump Obamacare

The Senate is loaded with lifers who learned nothing from Snarlin Arlen Specter's defeat after he supported Obamacare. They live in Washington and believe all they have to do is give voters stuff to get re-elected.

Voters remember Reagan's words of wisdom from his Hollywood years: There's no such thing as a free lunch.

For shame.

Americans don't want it. Polls, schmolls. The candidate who supported it lost last year. The repeal-and-replace candidate won.

But at present, the Senate will not repeal, much less replace.

Eventually, they will. This is just the First Act.

For now, the efforts to dump Obamacare fall upon President Trump.

Fox News reported what he plans to do:
President Trump said Tuesday he's prepared “let ObamaCare fail” after the collapse of Senate Republicans' latest health care bill, indicating he's willing to move on to tax reform and other issues – and deal with an Affordable Care Act fix down the road.
“I think we're probably in that position where we'll just let ObamaCare fail,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let ObamaCare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us."
He spoke after two more Republican senators came out late Monday against the Senate bill, effectively killing its chances in its current form. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to call a vote on a bill to repeal ObamaCare now and replace it later, but on Tuesday afternoon left the door open to working with Democrats if that fails. 
No need for him to work with Democrats or Republicans.

Trump can trump the law all by himself.

Obama gave him the power to arbitrarily ignore and waive key provisions of the law.

And Trump has waived the requirement that you buy health insurance.

Waive the whole thing.

Go ahead. Waive the requirement that companies provide health insurance. Waive what must be covered by health insurance. Waive what companies can charge for premiums, deductibles, and co-payments.

Waive it all bye-bye.

Obama did.

Trump's turn.

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  1. Capito, Murkowski, and Collins all not only think there is such a thing as a free lunch, they basically tell the guy (and gal) paying for the lunch to go eff themselves. Strip them of any chairmanships/committee assignments, whatever. If they're so willing to have such a strong hand in what will be devastating to the Republicans, then let them suffer for it accordingly.

  2. Health care and health insurance are not rights. The federal government has no business making any laws regarding health care or health insurance. It is not constitutional, period. Their meddling has done nothing but make the situation incredibly worse. All fifty states have insurance commissions to ensure that health insurers don't take unfair advantage in their state. Let the states regulate health care and health insurance. When a state hits upon a winning system the other states can emulate it. If a state wants to let folks buy health insurance policies across state lines they can. Congress is tying itself up in knots over something it has no business doing. - Elric

  3. Waive it all. And since Capito, Murkowski, and Collins are so willing to see the party fall on it's face, just go ahead and send them to the kid's table. Strip them of every chairmanship, committee, or whatever perk they have. Disloyalty should always have consequences.

    1. That is how the dems get loyalty - consequences.

  4. The argument is not about "health care" per se, it's about who will pay for it and, therefor, who will control you. Does Charlie Gard ring a bell? That's what government in the marketplace will lead to.

    1. Hate to make the poor baby a political football, but if he is not the ultimate poster child for Obamacare, who is?

    2. When Sarah Palin talked about death panels, THIS is EXACTLY what she was talking about.

    3. Right on. And there's not even an "insurance" component to it, this is all about welfare. And the three women are all about furthering the welfare state. You have to start wondering at some point if this country is even worth trying to save.

  5. All the above comments are spot on.

    Let's see what happens after today's lunch. The three leftist mainline nevertrumpers that are holding this hostage may change their tune. Maybe not if they don't fear their name going on record next week.

    Note yesterday's lunchtime comments that Trump will not own this and that he made a point of saying the dreaded and feared 2018. He will shame the Uniparty out of existence.

    Trump also is meeting with the three candidates that will face the Jeff Flake nevertrumper in the midterm.

    What they are doing today is essentially obstructing tax reform. That long picture is what he's seeing.

  6. People think Trump is just admiring himself in th3e mirror (that was the last guy).

    Trump is always paying attention and he's always thinking.

  7. Further, Trump should immediately stop the payment of the illegal subsidies paid by HHS to Obamacare insurers. Then there will be no more insurers selling Obamacare policies.

    This is all Chief Justice John Roberts' fault for not having any b*lls in 2013. If he had a pair Obamacare would be gone already.

  8. What Obama could do, Trump can't do -- the Media, leftist courts, and, even more unfortunately, the Republicans wouldn't let him. The Republicans did object to Obama re-writing the law at will ... but the Media and the Congressional Democrats came down on them like a ton of bricks -- you know, a lot of "Shut up, you fascist, homophobic racists, the party of No, you obstructionists, you terrorists!" And when Obama wrote his own laws, he did tell Congress to pass an appropriation to implement his violations ... and the GOP Congress financed whatever he told them to. The GOP won't even finance a wall for Trump or cut one penny from Planned Parenthood of PBS, even though both of those organizations exist partly to mostly for destroying the GOP and electing sympathetic Democrats. Congress has to do this.

    I admit I'm not even sure what Trump wants in a healthcare bill, but what Trump can do as a Republican president is convince the country of what has to be done (either what he thinks and therefore wants or what Congress convinces him needs to happen). The Media can't stop him then and individual votes in Congress will get on the bandwagon ... but Trump has to start the parade.

  9. Don you must have missed this Executive Order of Jan 20th 2017, which in effect killed Ocare. Sec. 2. To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications. CM