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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 they said they would do this. This is another blow to the Republican Party, which is beginning to many conservatives to seem as irrelevant as the Democrats are virulent.

The three Republicans opposing this measure have a right to their opinions, but they don’t have a right to their power, which stems from Republican voters who put the GOP in the majority and therefore in charge of committees. With that in mind, Collins should be forced to give up her chairmanship of the Aging Committee, John McCain should be removed as chair of the Armed Service panel, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska should get the boot as chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee.

From Collins’ statement:

I have three major concerns with both the proposal that we were discussing last week and the newest version that was put together this weekend:

First, both proposals make sweeping changes and cuts in the Medicaid program. Expert projections show that more than $1 trillion would be taken out of the Medicaid program between the years 2020 and 2036. This would have a devastating impact to a program that has been on the books for 50 years and provides health care to our most vulnerable citizens, including disabled children and low-income seniors.

Medicaid is going broke. It is not sustainable at current spending levels. And it’s not clear that people have better health outcomes who are on Medicaid.

Second, both bills open the door for states to weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Some states could allow higher premiums for individuals with pre-existing conditions, potentially making their insurance unaffordable. States could also limit specific categories of benefits for Affordable Care Act policies, such as eliminating coverage for mental health or substance abuse treatment.

Forcing people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional – despite the Supreme Court ruling – and making the young purchase it amounts to a massive subsidy paid by them for their elders. They’re already paying for seniors’ Social Security and Medicare. But not everyone with every pre-existing condition can just wait until they get sick to purchase health insurance. There have to be some penalties for not accounting for risks, instead simply making other people pay for it.

Third, physicians, patient advocates, insurers, and hospitals agree that both versions of this legislation would lead to higher premiums and reduced coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

Who cares what they think? And premiums are already going up under Obamacare.

The CBO’s analysis on the earlier version of the bill, incomplete though it is due to time constraints, confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance.

Many of these people will not have health insurance because they choose not to. Others won’t be much worse off, if at all, than they are under Medicaid.


Maybe you, maybe me.

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 of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.

We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do.

And blah blah blah blah blah. Note the contradiction in the last sentence. Democrats, very likely thanks to McCain, will not have had short-lived success.

There is no way that McCain would normally be a “no” vote on this. Here is the statement he should have given:

I’m a mad as hell that Donald Trump said mean things about my capture and imprisonment by the North Vietnamese, and now I have my revenge.

That’s what’s going on here, believe me. Because of one person’s grudge, Obamacare likely will stay. It’s a sad end to Sen. McCain’s honorable and heroic record of service.

McCain should be mad. He also should do what’s right for the country.

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

Trump: Let Obamacare Fail of Its Own Accord

President Trump Tuesday morning tweeted that Republicans should just let Obamacare continue to fail, changing strategies after it became clear Monday night that the repeal and replace bill could not pass as two additional Republcians joined two others in opposition. As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a… Continue Reading

McConnell: From Rip Out O’Care “Roots and Branches” to Light Gardening

Well, the Washington Establishment is striking back. It truly would be one of the great examples of political fraud if Republicans got themselves elected to Congress on a vow to end Obamacare only to wuss out when the opportunity arose. Sen. Mitch McConnell, no doubt personally miffed that President Trump has interfered with his plans… Continue Reading