In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Supreme Court upholds Trump religious exemption to ACA contraception coverage rule

A victory for religious freedom. Even Elena Kagan agreed. The rigidly doctrinaire yet widely celebrated leftist Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented. According to the Wall Street Journal: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Trump administration rules that expanded moral and religious exemptions to a federal requirement that employer-provided health-insurance plans cover birth control with no out-of-pocket costs. The court, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas,

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Trump Wants GOP to Run on Healthcare

President Trump has backed away from trying to pass healthcare legislation with the current Congress. But he still wants Republicans to campaign on the issue. And he’s right. If the GOP is not offering an alternative, they’re playing defense. Trump likes to play offense. Republicans have the right ideas on healthcare, and they have to explain why Democratic policies are killing our healthcare system. According

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Unseated GOP Congressman: John McCain Lost the House

Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., who was defeated in his bid for reelection, has a theory that makes a lot of sense about why Republicans lost the House: John McCain. According to exit polls, the top issue on people’s minds as they entered the polling stations was health care. That was by design. Democrats waged a massive, national effort to convince voters that if Republicans maintained

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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 all” health-care bill Monday. In doing so, he joined Sens.

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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 Nevada, the last state it had considered staying in. Aetna

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John McCain is About John McCain

I honestly hate to write a negative piece about John McCain, because I can’t help but like him. I’ve known him a bit from my coverage of Capitol Hill, and he’s great to be around, he’s a gentleman, he’s honest, and of course, he’s a hero. And now, he’s dying. He has always been a “maverick” and a “rebel.” I think it’s his personality. But

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