OUR REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES IN WASHINGTON ARE TAKING A LOT OF HEAT FOR CHALLENGING OBAMACARE. IT SHOULDN’T BE A SURPRISE. OF COURSE THEY ARE. IN AN INCREASINGLY CRAZY WORLD, IT’S TOUGH TO WEAR A WHITE HAT.

 

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

 

Republicans are America’s champions of conservatism. If you don’t believe it take a look at our Party’s state platform – a microcosm of our national platform:  http://nc.gop/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-NCGOP-Platform.pdf

Therein you will find a persisting parade of conservative principles, policies, and priorities stated in clear and courageous language. Our Party Platform stand for something almost all people can understand, embrace and count on. Importantly, it serves as a compass.

The efforts by our Republican President, Representatives, Senators and operations staff to address the imploding reality of Obamacare comes right out of this handbook.

Article X Federal Policy – 7 Understanding that individuals and households are the basis for our economic system, we support free market solutions to societal problems. Market based solutions offer the most efficient use of scarce resources to solve public goods problems. We support individual’s ability to choose private market-based solutions to retirement, health insurance, worker’s rights, or any other public goods or infrastructure issues.

Our Republicans are attempting to craft and establish a healthcare policy that gives primary consideration to our conservative belief that free enterprise and competition fix most people problems faster, better and more surely than heavy-handed governmental interventions. Look at essentially any government service or entity for confirmation of this conservative principle. Read any letter from the IRS to set our thinking in stone.

Obamacare is about making government bigger and people smaller. Less we forget, remember that “mandate” stands at the foundation of this misbegotten plan. Forced participation is necessary to sustain the ruse. In fact, when the Congressional Budget Office projects the gazillion people who will lose healthcare coverage if Obamacare is appealed, they are specifically referencing all the people who will no longer be forced into a decision between getting coverage on their dollar or paying fines to Uncle Sam.

After all, one of the main reasons for the extraordinary rises in private health insurance comes directly from government – forced mandates that impair competition and encourage abuse and the persistent underfunded status of Medicaid and Medicare. In what amounts to a hidden tax increase, private insurance payers are forced to indirectly subsidize these government programs – not fair – not open – not honest – not sincere.

Have you noticed how so many people complained about Obamacare for so long? Now that Republicans are attempting to do something about it, the polls are indicating public Obamacare favor. Perhaps the polls are bogus – there’s some history of that – but the broader reason is that most everyone likes the fantasy of something for nothing and we don’t like to give it up when we get it.

That was, after all, the whole marketing plan of Obamacare – everyone gets something for nothing. Promises included low premiums, the option to keep your own plan, expanded Medicaid coverage paid for out of a bucket of magic money, and then perhaps the most egregious deception of all – our new healthcare reality is going to be inexpensive, accessible and comprehensive. That there is no such reality anywhere in the world got lost in the hype. Out of the three – one can only pick two.

Our Republicans were thus set up to fail from day one. They were expected to come up with a plan that was three for three. That the Democrats couldn’t do it and Obama didn’t do it has been conveniently lost in the exhalations of “failure” being echoed by every liberal talking head in America.

So there it lies – our Republicans have been attempting an impossible task without support, encouragement or sincerity from any quarter. They’ve stood alone and worked far harder than most of us are able to see to chart a sustainable healthcare solution.

That’s what people who wear white hats do. They stand for something and try to get it done. They don’t always win – but it still matters. And there’s always another day…

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

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