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Republicans Give Up on Repealing Obamacare

I thought repealing Obamacare was the reason that people put them in office in the 2010 wave election?

Well, so much for that. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not going to run the flag up the pole again this year, and any effort to finish off Obamacare will have to wait until there are more Republicans in the Senate, according to Politico.

Republicans have damaged Obamacare by eliminating the requirement that everyone have insurance, something they achieved as part of the tax cut plan passed late last year. But the government continues to fund the program, and McConnell is apparently refusing to move legislation that would transfer funding to the states and eliminate some of Obamacare’s requirements, allowing the states to design their own programs.

McConnell is hardly a Tea Party-type advocate for getting rid of this law. I don’t think he has the stomach for another fight. And President Trump also failed to put enough effort into attempts to repeal the law last year. I don’t think he was particularly interested in the repeal fight or knowledgeable about it – unlike the tax cut law, for which he provided the leadership needed to get it passed.

McConnell and Collins Have a Deal to Try to Save Obamacare

Congressional Republicans deployed a brilliant strategy to gut Obamacare by camouflaging within the tax cut bill language ending the insurance purchase mandate. Had they tried to run that as a “standalone” measure, it no doubt would have been defeated, as was their initial effort earlier this year to wreck Obamacare.

The requirement that everyone purchase insurance helps Obamacare survive by guaranteeing income to insurers that they lose by being forced to cover everyone – including the sickest people – and give them the same basic coverage no matter their needs. By requiring younger, healthier people who would forgo insurance to pay for it, insurers get the cash they need to pay the bills of the least healthy. Without this requirement, insurers would take a big hit and have no reason to participate in the health care “exchanges” providing insurance to individuals.

But in order to get the vote of moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine for the tax cut, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to move legislation that would have taxpayers restore “cost sharing” payments to insurance companies, which would help them deal with the expected decision of many healthy young adults to stop buying insurance. This would, of course, undermine the whole purpose of eliminating the mandate.

Fortunately, it appears that House Republicans are going to reject the idea, which the Senate wants to include in a separate spending package. Conservatives likely will not agree to again grab defeat from the jaws of victory on Obamacare. Barack Obama’s signature achievement – other than doubling the debt, vastly weakening our national security, and growing the economy at the lowest rate of any post-World War II president – likely is on its way out, while Collins will be left with a face-saving deal she can blame the House for not agreeing to.

Trump to Rein In Obamacare Birth Control Coverage Mandate

President Trump is set to allow employers who object to providing birth control coverage for their employees to opt out of the Obamacare mandate requiring them to do so.

From the New York Times:

The new rules, which could be issued as soon as Friday, fulfill a campaign promise by President Trump and are sure to touch off a round of lawsuits on the issue.

More than 55 million women have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate, according to a study commissioned by the Obama administration. Under the new regulations, hundreds of thousands of women could lose birth control benefits they now receive at no cost under the Affordable Care Act.

One new rule offers an exemption to any employer or insurer that objects to covering contraceptive services “based on its sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Another regulation offers a new exemption to employers that have “moral convictions” against covering contraceptives.

Birth control is not, generally speaking, a health care issue. The baby process becomes a health issue for the woman and the child once a woman becomes pregnant, not before. Prior to that, it’s an issue related to morals and temperament. And please, no Orwellian language about how birth control is “preventative medicine” addressing a “condition” women seek to avoid.

There are other ways to prevent pregnancy short of birth control. One of the ways was first discovered in the year 10,467 BC when a caveman first noticed that babies did not just pop out of women randomly, but that the event had something to do with prior activity that was going on in the master caveroom. These cavemen and women noticed that, if they laid their heads down on the rock and went to sleep every night without doing anything else, no babies appeared.

Today, in our modern world, we continue to possess this critical knowledge, though we often choose not to act on it, particularly before marriage. And if we want to engage in that admittedly pleasurable activity related to the creation of children and seek not to incur the consequences that nature intended, then that’s our problem, nobody else’s.

That is, there is absolutely no reason why anyone should pay for other people to have sex, either as their employer or as a dues-paying member of a health plan. Crazy ‘ole Trump is taking a first step toward doing something completely rational and correcting the insanity of the leftists and elitists who run our lives.

Obamacare Repeal Dead as Collins Votes No: Strip Her Chairmanship

A third Republican this afternoon announced that she opposes the latest effort by Sens. Graham and Cassidy to partially repeal Obamacare, putting an end to the effort as Republicans now lack the 50 votes needed to pass the measure. Republicans were elected to repeal Obamacare and their power stems from people who trusted them when… Continue Reading

McCain Opposes Obamacare Repeal

Sen. John McCain Friday became the second Republican to oppose the latest Senate effort to repeal Obamacare, joining the other Senate Master of Self-Indulgence, Rand Paul, in opposition. Just one more Republican opponent and the bill is sunk. From McCain’s statement: As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product… Continue Reading

Just Like We Thought: Next Step, Single Payer

More than half of the Democrats most likely to run for president in 2020 support fully socialized medicine, and I guarantee you, none of the others will make it through the primaries without backing single payer. From the Washington Post: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) became the fourth co-sponsor of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) “Medicare for… Continue Reading

Aetna Withdraws From Obamacare Exchanges

Don’t worry, nothing to see here, move along now. From the Washington Examiner: Health insurer Aetna announced Thursday that it would completely withdraw from the Obamacare exchanges in 2018, after seeing its profits soar from reducing its participation this year. The company said during an earnings call that it was withdrawing from the exchange in… Continue Reading

Huckabee Sanders Warns of National Health Care

The White House finally seems to be getting some good messaging going in support of Obamacare repeal. With Democrats scaring everybody that repealing the law is going to kill people, Republicans haven’t sufficiently scared people right back. Trump Monday declared, accurately, that “Obamacare is death.” As it degrades the health care system, people will die.… Continue Reading