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Obamacare Double Standards

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According to our trusted lawmakers in Washington DC Obamacare is good enough for the American people.  But, it is certainly not good enough for them.  United States Congress Members were to be insured through Obamacare per laws governing Obamacare.

Once those in Congress actually read what they had voted for it didn’t take long.  Clearly Obamacare was not a program they wished to entrust with the health and well-being of their families.  Hocus pocus, with the help of President Obama Federal funding magically appeared to pay for better health insurance for Congress members and their loved ones.

 President Trump tweeted  “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”  Quite frankly it is about time for United States Congress Members to be governed by the same rules and regulations as the rest of us.

Time for Democrats and Republicans alike to repeal and replace Obamacare.  How hard can it be?  For all intents and purposes, Obamacare has repealed itself.  All that is needed now is for Congress to vote “yes” to make it official.  The replace part of the equation will then be a piece of cake.  Provide the American people with the same insurance they provide for themselves at our expense.

 

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If Aint Broken Why Do Democrats Want Republicans To Fix It?

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Obamacare has repealed itself.  Contrary to what our fearless Democratic leaders in Washington, DC would have us believe, people weren’t dying in the streets before Obamacare and won’t be after.  Well, unless they were veterans.  But, that is something to discuss another time.

Considering that Obamacare has more pages than the Bible is it any wonder that Nancy Pelosi instructed Democrats to vote for it without knowing the content.  Congress didn’t have the time to actually read the bill.  Let that be a lesson for the Republicans and Democrats alike.  Know what you are saddling the American people with before making it law.

The best solution seems to be to blame President Trump for all our healthcare issues.  He does have a lot of gall so it is no wonder that I had to have my gallbladder removed.  So maybe that is not fair.  He didn’t make me eat onions.  The debate or lack thereof in Washington makes no more sense than my theory.  Or does it?

When big business has much to win or lose depending on which way the wind blows you can bet they push hard to get what they want.  When those same businesses donate big bucks to the coffers of US Congress Members’ campaigns one has to ask if there is not a conflict of interest somewhere.

Of course pre-existing conditions should be covered.  But, at what cost?  Necessary medical care should be available to all.  Again, at what cost?  Maybe Congress should forget about those lining their pockets.  Instead they should focus on the job at hand entrusted to them by their constituents.

The problem isn’t who should pay for the care.  The United States is a wealthy country.  However, we do have our limits.  When non-profit hospitals pay their top administration millions while suing poor people in small claims courts there is a problem.  The cost of five gallbladder surgeries result in bills of five different amounts.  Prescription medications cost enough to allow pharmaceutical companies to pay millions to lobbyists to strong-arm the politicians they contribute more millions to.

It is time for Congress to stop all the nonsense and get to work.  Not one Democrat had the backbone to stand up to the powers at bee and vote yes to repeal Obamacare and discuss ways to fix the mess it has created.

The best way to provide affordable healthcare to all is to make actual healthcare affordable.  Lining the pockets of those in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical industries only helps them at the expense of the United States’ taxpayers.

 

 

 

 

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Free Healthcare For All!

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It seems that Bernie Sanders in on to something.  Free healthcare for all!  While we’re at it, we should demand that free lollipops be given at every doctors’ appointment.  Now, those were the days.  What a dream come true for every hypochondriac in America.

Who doesn’t like free stuff?  The only problem is that everything comes with a price.  Unfortunately there is no exception for socialized medicine.  Those costs can be debated until the cows come home.  The only thing certain is that someone will pay.

Sanders professes that the government should pick up the tab for everyone’s healthcare bill.  That sounds wonderful.  However, it is the United States’ taxpayers that provide those very same proceeds to the government.  Healthcare costs will simply be replaced with tax bills through the roof.  One way or the other it will be the American people footing the bill.

Those pushing for socialized medicine need to be careful.  They might get what they wish for.  Although steps are now being taken in the right direction, the Veterans’ Administration has a dismal record of quality care.  The only people dying in the streets before, during and yes after Obamacare are veterans.  Considering how well our government has managed the healthcare of veterans do we really want them managing our Nation’s medical care?  I for one, think not.

 

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Think Out Side The Box

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Obamacare isn’t perfect  Many people technically have coverage.  However, their deductibles are so high that short of catastrophic illness nothing is actually covered,  Providers are dropping out like flies.  Mandatory coverage is not an option for many.  Paying the penalty is more cost-effective than paying the escalating premiums.

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In hindsight it is easy to see why Obamacare is in a death spiral.  For starters, the Affordable Health Care for America Act is one thousand, nine hundred and ninety (1,990) pages long.  My mother’s Bible is one thousand, eight hundred and fifty-three (1,853) pages.  Deemed too long to read, Congress members relied on staff to review it.

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The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi summed it up.  “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”  Translated, Pelosi instructed the house to vote for a bill they hadn’t read, didn’t understand and hope for the best.

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Like the Pied Piper, President Obama spoke and the democrats followed him blindly.  On December 24, 2009 HR 3590 passed in the Senate with sixty (60) votes “for” cast by all democrats, thirty-nine (39) “against” and one (1) did not vote.  On March 21, 2010 HR 3962 passed in the House.  The breakdown there was two hundred and nineteen (219) “yea”s all from democrats and two hundred and twelve (212) “nay”s.  Thirty-four (34) democrats were among the naysayers.

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Fast forward to the present day and the fog has lifted.  What was meant to provide affordable health care to the American people does not.  The complexity of it makes it impossible to understand for most.  Yet democrats continue to regurgitate the Party’s talking points of yesteryear.

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Since March 23, 2010 the day that President Obama signed it into law republicans have shouted “Repeal and Replace”.  But apparently it never occurred to them that in order to replace Obamacare republicans would need something to replace it with.  Instead of learning from democrats’ mistakes, republicans duplicated them.  Fortunately for the American people they failed at their attempt at more of the same.

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In a perfect world we would all get what we want.  Short of that we must compromise.  Of course every American must have access to necessary healthcare.  Unfortunately no healthcare plan alone can accomplish that.  Health care is just one piece of the puzzle.

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There will always be those less fortunate in society that require assistance.  Put in whatever safeguards are necessary to insure that no one falls thru the cracks.  Worry less about the cost and more about reducing the need for public assistance.

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Stop dumping billions of  Federal dollars into Ivey League schools that are swimming in cash.  Give it to the state colleges instead.  Make this the land of opportunity for all children.  Give them the skills necessary to become productive members of society.  Better jobs and tax cuts will make it easier for those struggling towards a goal of self-reliance.

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In order to reduce the cost of any healthcare plan we must reduce the actual costs of healthcare.  The pharmaceutical  industry is fleecing the American public.  Tax exempt hospitals pay their top management millions while their lawyers hound poor people in small claims courts.  Four different patients can be charged four different amounts for the very same procedures.

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Give all those bleeding heart liberals an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is.  On Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms 1040 and 1120 right after “total taxes” add a line “voluntary contribution to the wonderful new healthcare reform”.

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The donation could then be deducted from adjusted gross income on the following year’s return.  For a taxpayer paying at a twenty percent (20%)  tax rate eighty cents ($ .80) of every dollar ($1.00) donated would go to help fund health care.  Don’t underestimate the gernerosity of the American people.

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It is time those we have entrusted with running this country start earning those hard-earned tax dollars we pay them.  They must put partican politics aside.  Otherwise their lack of accomplishment makes Congress usless.