from President Trump will do the trick.
All Democrats and an odd coalition of very moderate and very
conservative Republican Congressmen in effect voted that Obamacare was
preferable to Trump-Ryan health reform.
Trump was not pleased: “The best thing politically is to let Obamacare
explode,” leaving it “totally the property of the Democrats.” When folks “get a
200 percent increase next year — or a 100 percent or 70 percent” surge that’s
But the media
will blame him and the Republicans regardless, so what should the president do?
He was on the
right track to ignore the dysfunctional Congress, Democrats and Republicans
alike, and let nature take its course on healthcare for a while. The House
cannot fix it, so its leadership should back off from a planned second attempt
The fact is the
individual insurance that was the focus of the defeated House bill is a tiny
part of health coverage. Medicaid, which was a part of the proposal, and
Medicare insure almost forty percent of the population and a tenth or so are
uninsured. But among the other half privately insured 88 percent are covered
through their employer and only twelve percent by individual insurance. And, as
with individual insurance, large employers who do not offer benefits that meet
expensive Federal “minimum value and affordability standards” can be penalized.
individual Exchanges collapsed on day one, even President Barack Obama realized
the better part of valor was to delay implementation of Obamacare for
employer-provided private health insurance, and to defer the so-called Cadillac
tax on generous high-benefit health insurance. President Obama further
postponed the enforcement of penalties until 2017, leaving his successor
president to handle complaints.
academic and journalist intellectuals, Democratic politicians, health
lobbyists, and foundation experts — all extolling the benefits of Obamacare —
and do not forget Congressmen with most of their premium paid by the taxpayer —
are just now fully experiencing the joys of Obamacare. Indeed, most of the
upper-middle class liberals who want Obamacare passionately for their more
unfortunate brothers and sisters may not be so anxious for it themselves or for
letting Obamacare’s Cadillac tax go into effect to further increase their health
completely ignored by the media and in the Congressional debates, the
consequences of Obamacare for the employer market are just as dire as for the
individual one. A 2016 Kaiser Family Foundationstudyfound
that, without counting the majority of premium costs borne by the employer
directly, premiums for individuals under employer insurance increased by 20
percent for a family to $5,277, with deductibles exploding an incredible 63
percent and deductibles of $1,000 or more increasing by 51 percent between 2011
and 2016, increasing the de facto cost to each one of $7,000 or more per year.
Now it is the
elites’ turn to see what the country has been complaining about.
did reach out to Democrats, but they want the tax penalty as the stick that
forces young, healthy people to sign up to balance the sick people who know
they need insurance, providing some balance on costs. But the tax penalty is
one of Obamacare’s most unpopular features. Enforcement of the penalty has been
delayed by Democrats so far, and to defer to them President Trump would have to
override President Obama’s own policy of delaying penalties, hardly possible politically.
Without the young, premiums would certainly surge dramatically.
continuing his predecessor’s policy of delaying enforcement, more and more
health insurers will be forced to abandon an increasingly unprofitable
Even if he
approved enforcement, the insurance companies still need the Obamacare
cost-sharing subsidy payments that are at issue in the lawsuit filed by the
House of Representatives against the executive branch, challenging its
authority to make such payments. Could the president fight the House and his
voters in the name of subsidizing big health insurers $7 to $10 billion a year?
If he did he would lose all credibility with his base.
On the other
hand, all Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price — who is now the
defendant in the House suit — need do, is concede the House was correct
legally, and the subsidy ends. Congress does not need to do a thing and
Obamacare becomes unprofitable and expires.
possibility is for the president to again simply follow his predecessor and
reform Obamacare through executive regulation alone — as President Obama did at
President Trump would need only three modifications.
First, a main
sticking-point for conservatives has been overly permissive and expensive
mandated benefits, especially for unproven types of preventive care. While
these benefits are broadly listed in law, it is up to the HHS secretary to
specify them. There is plenty of room to review and limit the number and type
of specific requirements and their resulting expenses for both individual and
employer plans, and Secretary Price would know just how to do it right.
Second, the most
costly Obamacare provision was granting many above the poverty line access to
the Medicaid entitlement. President Obama has already granted waivers allowing
states flexibility under the program. Sec. Price could do the same, and much,
much more. He has already revealed he would grant waivers to states that want
to experiment more broadly. Such things as work requirements for the
able-bodied, the less-poor paying premiums, and even leaving most regulation to
the states are possible under such waivers.
President Obama has already granted broad waivers of individual tax penalties
in “hardship” cases, including the harm of losing one’s old health insurance,
which everyone has done by now. So, Sec. Price could simply rule that all
Americans deserve hardship exemptions since they were promised they could keep
their old insurance and in fact they could not. No one would be left penalized
under Obamacare and all would be free to go in a different direction.
President Trump signed an executive order in January directing HHS to minimize
the regulatory burdens of Obamacare, to take steps to “waive, defer, grant
exemptions from, or delay its rules.” All his administration needs to do is
takes its course and Obamacare explodes or through executive regulation it is
radically redesigned. Either way a market would pretty much be left to develop
under state regulation to work its way out of the present morass.
mainstream media, including its alphabet television news networks, the New York
Times and Washington Post are sitting this morning on the bombshell revelation
that ex-Obama official Evelyn Farkas appears to have owned up in her own words
to have participated in well-planned surveillance of the Trump team conducted
by the Obama administration which buried their dirty work deep in the federal bureaucracy.
Read The Swamp.
who left her position as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia,
Ukraine, and Eurasia in the Obama White House in 2015, and who went on to join
the Hillary Clinton rat pack campaign team, spoke openly about her personal
knowledge of Obama national security officials rushing to preserve as much
intelligence as they could before Trump took office and directed that
information to Congress:
was urging my former colleagues, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill,
it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information
as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves
the administration,” Farkas, who is now a senior fellow at the Atlantic
Council, said. (FoxNews March 29, 2017)
“Because I had a fear that
somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who
left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy … that the Trump folks – if
they found out how we knew what we knew about their … the Trump staff dealing
with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods,
meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.”
positive that 100 percent of the mainstream media ignored what should be the
most important story of the year, in transparent attempts to suppress it, comes
from the Google list below.
at link below)
Twenty-two news outlets—all of them Conservative—reported on the Farkas
press time, a Polish news outlet (Interia) appears as number 7 on the list and
a Vietnamese one, (Báo Đấu thầu) appears as the list’s number 9.
Obama administration was spying on Donald Trump while he was still a candidate
in attempts to guarantee Hillary Clinton’s presidential election victory.
sad for words for American readers, television viewers and radio listeners,
that the MSM couldn’t give a damn.
The buzzards are out. These are a subspecies,Bueto Nevertrump vulpinus.
The carcass of healthcare reform has them circling. No, actually, they believe
it’s the carcass of Donald Trump’s presidency. Repeal and replace dies, so the automatics
kick in. “Trump’s failed. He was never up to the job. His presidency hangs by a
thread!” And the variation: “It’s good Trump failed, ‘cause Paul Ryan’s bill
was a vehicle for socialized medicine. Trump’s an unscrupulous lib. He’s a
pretender, and now there’s more proof!”
Not proof, mind you, of House GOP incompetence. Not proof
of a weak speaker and flabby leadership team. Cut ‘em slack. House Republicans
only had seven years to figure out healthcare reform and get their act
together. The failure belongs to Trump, and shows that his presidency is
beginning to unravel… 40-odd days into his administration. The next
three years and 325 days are just epilogue.
Reports of Trump’s political death aren’t just exaggerated.
They’re absurd. It’s sky-high wishful thinking. So is the cliché that Trump’s
itching to go left. It doesn’t stack up against the facts. For those who pegged
Trump as a charlatan from the get-go, it’s a never-ending quest for validation.
They just can’t be wrong. They’re always doubling down.
If Trump’s first 40-plus days in the White House are any
indication, he has a real crack at making an historic presidency. He could
rechart the nation’s course for a generation -- in ways that advance liberty
The GOP’s healthcare measure was plenty flawed. Trump does
have his fingerprints on it. But that’s hardly evidence of Trump super-secretly
hankering for government-run healthcare. It points more to Trump wanting a win.
Had the bill passed the House, it had a long and uncertain ride ahead of it.
Senate Republicans would mark it up or offer their own version. Democrats would
have their say. Then there would be a conference committee.
Instead, the House GOP’s healthcare bill tanked. Is that
fatal to Trump and the GOP? Not if Trump and congressional Republicans agree on
better legislation and a smarter approach. Trump needs the win, and so do
congressional Republicans. Voters won’t hold Republicans accountable in next
year’s midterms for failing to repeal and replace? Goofy. They gave undivided
government to the GOP to fulfill their promises.
Speaking of promises, let’s get back to Trump’s fledging
presidency. Peering through the fog of political war, we see excellent starts
and ample successes for the president in his early days. All on the record.
Despite 24/7 assaults from Democrats, the mainstream media,
celebs, and spoiled brats who took to the streets, Trump’s racking up Ws. Where
In the teeth of Democrats’ obstruction, the president’s
of accomplished men and women. Overall, the cabinet profiles as
conservative. He nominated a prudent jurist, Neil Gorsuch, to replace the late,
great Justice Scalia. Gorsuch should be confirmed if Mitch McConnell and Senate
Republicans do their jobs. The president will have other chances to nominate
justices (SCOTUS and federal benches). Expect those nominees to be cut from
Gorsuch’s cloth. Confirmations mean an originalist tilt to the Supreme Court
The president has aggressively used his pen to deep-six
many of Obama’s most ruinous executive orders. Notably, in the areas of
illegals, energy, and climate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is puttingsanctuary
cities on notice: no federal funds if your city harbors illegals in
defiance of the law. The Homeland Security Department has sought proposals forborder
wall construction. The president seeks to bulk up theU.S.
Border Patrol and ICE. The liberal Ninth Circuit can’t block Trump’s travel
ban indefinitely. Extreme vetting will happen.
Pipelinewill be constructed.
industry’s shacklesare being
smashed. The president has consistently stated his goal: U.S. energy independence.
He’s only begun to free up the nation’s energy industries. Achieving energy
independence has outsized economic benefits, but, more so, it has critical
national security advantages. The country should never again be held hostage by
OPEC or the equivalent.
Trump’s executive orders are peeling back Obama’s climate
change regs. He proposes to make “sweeping
cuts” to the EPA. His EPA director,Scott
Pruitt, is a tough, no-bones reformer. Pruitt aims to depoliticize the
Trump is stepping up efforts todefeat
ISIS. He’s not just trying to drone ISIS to death. He’s inserting two
companies from 82nd Airborne tohelp
win battlesagainst ISIS in Iraq.
The president has warned thetreacherous
North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, that aggression or nuclear attack against
the South or regional allies or the U.S. will be met with a deadly U.S.
response. Rex Tillerson haspressed
the Chineseto exert more
influence over the North Koreans.
The president is designating hisson-in-law, Jared
Kushner, a smart-as-a-whip business mind, to fundamentally reform the
federal government. Trump wants smaller, leaner, and less intrusive government.
As an entrepreneur, Trump’s had to grapple with miles of red tape and
meddlesome bureaucrats. A major government overhaul isn’t sexy, but matters
greatly to the economy and liberty.
Those are just brushstrokes. Trump’s efforts have been
prodigious in a short time. Tax cuts and reform will be huge in the coming
That’s not to gainsay the importance of repeal and replace.
Healthcare reform is a marquee issue, and it has to get done the right way.
Though sobered when Ryan pulled the bill, Trump hasn’t let the failure stop
him. He’s pressing on with other critical business. He has moved on while working
behind the scenes to make the next go at healthcare reform a success. We’ll see
how that transpires.
The president is a businessman, not a movement anything.
That and Trump’s history bugs #NeverTrump conservatives. Short of Trump being
immersed in water at a Heritage Foundation fount and born again, these
conservatives will continue to find fault with the president. Even then, they’d
say Trump was faking it. So be it.
Trump’s actions as president are revealing him to be a
practical conservative. That doesn’t mean he’ll satisfy conservatives on every
issue. Yet, in the early going, the president is keeping his promises. The
herculean task of moving the nation away Obama’s leftism is underway. Underway,
that is, to those willing to drop their biases and look.
Schumer and Congressman Adam
Schiff have both castigated Devin Nunes, the chairman of the
House Intelligence Committee, for his handling of the inquiry into Russia’s
interference in the 2016 presidential election. They should think twice.
The issue that has recently seized Nunes is of vital importance to anyone
who cares about fundamental civil liberties.
trail that Nunes is following will inevitably lead back to a particularly
significant leak. On Jan. 12, Washington Post columnist David
Ignatius reported that
“according to a senior U.S. government official, (General Mike) Flynn phoned
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29.”
From Nunes’s statements,
it’s clear that he suspects that this information came from NSA intercepts of
Kislyak’s phone. An Obama official, probably in the White House,
“unmasked” Flynn’s name and passed it on to Ignatius.
of how the government collected on Flynn, the leak was a felony and a violation
of his civil rights. But it was also a severe breach of the public trust.
When I worked as an NSC staffer in the White House, 2005-2007, I read dozens of
NSA surveillance reports every day. On the basis of my familiarity with this
system, I strongly suspect that someone in the Obama White House blew a hole in
the thin wall that prevents the government from using information collected
from surveillance to destroy the lives of the citizens whose privacy it is
pledged to protect.
leaking of Flynn’s name was part of what can only be described as a White House
campaign to hype the Russian threat and, at the same time, to depict Trump as
Vladimir Putin’s Manchurian candidate. On Dec. 29, Obama announced sanctions
against Russia as retribution for its hacking activities. From that date
until Trump’s inauguration, the White House aggressively pumped into the media
two streams of information: one about Russian hacking; the other about Trump’s
Russia connection. In the hands of sympathetic reporters, the two streams
blended into one.
report that appeared the day after Obama announced the sanctions shows how.
On Dec. 30, the Washington Post reported on a
Russian effort to penetrate the electricity grid by hacking into a Vermont
utility, Burlington Electric Department. After noting the breach, the
reporters offered a senior administration official to speculate on the
Russians’ motives. Did they seek to crash the system, or just to probe
infrastructure hack, the story continued, was part of a broader hacking
campaign that included intervention in the election. The story then moved
to Trump: “He…has spoken highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite
President Obama’s suggestion that the approval for hacking came from the
highest levels of the Kremlin.”
national media mimicked the Post’s reporting. But there was a problem:
the hack never happened.
It was a false alarm — triggered, it eventually became clear, by Obama’s
Dec. 29, the DHS and FBI published a report
on Russian hacking, which showed the telltale signs of having been rushed to
publication. “At every level this report is a failure,” said cyber security
expert Robert M. Lee. “It didn’t do what it set out to do, and it didn’t
provide useful data. They’re handing out bad information.”
damaging were the hundreds of Internet addresses, supposedly linked to Russian
hacking, that the report contained. The FBI and DHS urged network
administrators to load the addresses into their system defenses. Some of
the addresses, however, belong to platforms that are widely used by the public,
including Yahoo servers. At Burlington Electric, an unsuspecting network
administrator dutifully loaded the addresses into the monitoring system of the
utility’s network. When an employee checked his email, it registered on
the system as if Russian hackers were trying to break in.
the White House was hyping the Russia threat, elements of the press showed a
sudden interest in the infamous Steele dossier, which claimed that
Russian intelligence services had caught Trump in Moscow in highly compromising
situations. The dossier was opposition research paid for by Trump’s
political opponents, and it had circulated for
months among reporters covering the election. Because it was based on
anonymous sources and entirely unverifiable, however, no reputable news
organization had dared to touch it.
a little help from the Obama White House, the dossier became fair game for
reporters. A government leak let it be
known that the intelligence community had briefed Trump on the dossier.
If the president-elect was discussing it with his intelligence briefers,
so the reasoning went, perhaps there was something to it after all.
turning the dossier into hard news, that leak weaponized malicious gossip. The
same is true of the Flynn-Kislyak leak. Ignatius used the leak to deepen speculation
about collusion between Putin and Trump: “What did Flynn say (to Kislyak),”
Ignatius asked, “and did it undercut the U.S. sanctions?” The mere fact that
Flynn’s conversations were being monitored deepened his appearance of guilt.
If he was innocent, why was the government monitoring him?
should not have been. He had the right to talk to in private — even to a
Russian ambassador. Regardless of what one thinks about him or Trump or
Putin, this leak should concern anyone who believes that we must erect a
firewall between the national security state and our domestic politics.
The system that allowed it to happen must be reformed. At stake is
a core principle of our democracy: that elected representatives control the
government, and not vice versa.
Michael Doran is a Senior
Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., specializing in Middle East
security issues. In the administration of President George W. Bush, Doran served
in the White House as a senior director in the National Security Council.
Follow him on Twitter at@Doranimated.
always impossible to repeal laws that require Ann to pay for greedy people,
because the greedy run out on the streets wailing that the Republicans are
Obamacare is uniquely awful because the free stuff isn't paid for through
income taxes: It's paid for through MY health insurance premiums. This is
unfortunate because I wanted to buy health insurance.
Perhaps you're not aware -- SINCE YOU EXEMPTED YOURSELVES FROM OBAMACARE,
CONGRESS -- but buying or selling health insurance is illegal in America.
Right now, there's no free market because insurance is insanely regulated not
only by Obamacare, but also by the most corrupt organizations in America: state
insurance commissions. (I'm talking to you, New York!)
Federal and state laws make it illegal to sell health insurance that doesn't
cover a laughable array of supposedly vital services based on bureaucrats'
medical opinions of which providers have the best lobbyists.
As a result, it's illegal to sell health insurance that covers any of the
medical problems I'd like to insure against. Why can't the GOP keep Obamacare
for the greedy -- but make it legal for Ann to buy health insurance?
This is how it works today:
ME: I'm perfectly healthy, but I'd like to buy health insurance for
heart disease, broken bones, cancer, and everything else that a normal person
would ever need, but no more.
INSURANCE COMPANY: That will be $700 a month, the deductible is $35,000, no
decent hospital will take it, and you have to pay for doctor's visits yourself.
But your plan covers shrinks, infertility treatments, sex
change operations, autism spectrum disorder treatment, drug rehab and 67 other things you will never
INSURANCE COMPANY UNDER ANN'S PLAN: That will be $50 a month, the deductible is
$1,000, you can see any doctor you'd like, and you have full coverage for any
important medical problems you could conceivably have in a million years.
Mine is a two-step plan (and you don't have to do the second step, so it's
really a one-step plan).
STEP 1: Congress doesn't repeal Obamacare! Instead, Congress passes a law,
pursuant to its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, that
says: "In America, it shall be legal to sell health insurance on the free
market. This law supersedes all other laws, taxes, mandates, coverage
requirements, regulations or prohibitions, state or federal.”
The end. Love, Ann.
There will be no whining single mothers storming Congress with their
pre-printed placards. People who want to stay on Obamacare can. No one is
taking away anything. They can still have health insurance with free pony
rides. It just won't be paid for with Ann's premiums anymore, because Ann will
now be allowed to buy health insurance on the free market.
Americans will be free to choose among a variety of health insurance plans
offered by willing sellers, competing with one another to provide the best
plans at the lowest price. A nationwide market in health insurance will drive
down costs and improve access -- just like everything else we buy here in
Within a year, most Americans will be buying health insurance on the free
market (and half of the rest will be illegal aliens). We'll have TV ads with cute
little geckos hawking amazing plans and young couples bragging about their
broad coverage and great prices from this or that insurance company.
The Obamacare plans will still have the "essential benefits" (free
pony rides) that are so important to NPR's Mara Liasson, but the free market plans will have
whatever plans consumers agree to buy and insurance companies agree to sell --
again, just like every other product we buy here in America.
Some free market plans will offer all the "essential benefits"
mandated by Obamacare, but the difference will be: Instead of forcing me to pay
a premium that covers Mara Liasson's special needs, she'll have to pay for that
I won't be compelled to buy health insurance that covers everyone else's
gambling addiction, drug rehab, pregnancies, marital counseling, social
workers, contact lenses and rotten kids -- simply to have insurance for what
doctors call "serious medical problems.”
Then, we'll see how many people really need free health care.
Until the welfare program is decoupled from the insurance market, nothing
will work. Otherwise, it's like forcing grocery stores to pay for
everyone to have a house. A carton of milk would suddenly cost $10,000.
That's what Obamacare did to health insurance. Paul Ryan's solution was to cut
taxes on businesses -- and make the milk watery. But he still wouldn't allow
milk to be sold on the free market.
Democrats will be in the position of blocking American companies from selling a
product that people want to buy. How will they explain that to voters?
Perhaps Democrats will come out and admit that they need to fund health
insurance for the poor by forcing middle-class Americans to pay for it through
their insurance premiums -- because otherwise, they'd have to raise taxes, and
they want to keep their Wall Street buddies' income taxes low.
Good luck with that!
STEP 2: Next year, Congress formulates a better way of delivering health care
to the welfare cases, which will be much easier since there will be a LOT fewer
No actual money-making business is going to survive by taking the welfare cases
-- the ones that will cover illegal aliens and Mara Liasson's talk
therapy -- so the greedy will get government plans.
But by then, only a minority of Americans will be on the "free"
plans. (Incidentally, this will be a huge money-saver -- if anyone cares about the
federal budget.) Eighty percent of Americans will already have good health
plans sold to them by insurance companies competing for their business.
With cheap plans available, a lot of the greedy will go ahead and buy a free
market plan. Who wants to stand in line at the DMV to see a doctor when your
neighbors have great health care plans for $50 a month?
We will have separated the truly unfortunate from the loudmouthed bullies who
simply enjoy forcing other people to pay for their shrinks and aromatherapy.
And if the Democrats vote against a sane method of delivering health care to
the welfare cases, who cares? We have lots of wasteful government programs --
take it out of Lockheed Martin's contract. But at least the government won't be
depriving the rest of us of a crucial product just because we are middle class
and the Democrats hate us.
Hindenburg catastrophe last week of Paul Ryan’s effort to replace Obamacare is
a marvelous opportunity for the House Freedom Caucus – the
folks who submarined RINOcare – to offer actual Health Freedom as replacement
for the Democrats’ Health Fascism.
the House Pubs voted to repeal Obamacare 61 times – all without a bill of their
own to radically improve healthcare for all Americans. Then Ryan comes up
with a mess that makes things worse.
the Freedom Caucus can now offer real free market medicine – offer the freedom
to be healthy instead of being enslaved to the government for your health.
is critical to start by understanding that Obamacare is fascist.
the “health care crisis” in America that Obamacare claims it is solving
hasn’t got anything to do with health care. There is a big difference
between an excuse and a purpose.
issue of health care is the excuse for the crisis. The purpose,
like that of its predecessors – the Poverty Crisis, the Drug Crisis, the Energy
Crisis, the Environmental Crisis (which morphed into the Global Warming-Climate
Change Crisis) – is to be a rationale for the expansion of governmental
all of these alleged crises, their promoters offered one and only one
type of solution: vast government programs at taxpayers’ expense. None
ever offered free market solutions, or were used to increase individual
freedom, rather than diminish it.
Obamacare is a program of health fascism. It is not
socialist. It is fascist.
is government seizure of ownership of private businesses, i.e.,
nationalization. Fascism is government seizure of control of
private businesses, i.e., thoroughgoing bureaucratic regulation of business
which retains only a Potemkin-like façade of private ownership. Fascism is the
authoritarian imposition of raw, naked government power – guns and prisons – to
control people’s economic lives.
does not nationalize the U.S. health care system, and make all doctors, nurses,
and medical technicians government employees. It simply puts a gun in
their faces and orders them to do as they are told or they face fines and/or
imprisonment. This is fascism.
the true alternative to health fascism is free market health care. Real
free market medicine – not phony-crony corporatist medicine where Big
Government colludes with Big Medicine, Big Insurance, and Big Pharma to
restrict competition. Such anti-capitalist corporatism is a fundamental
component of a fascist system.
there are three basic propositions of Health Freedom legislation:
Health Care is so incredibly expensive in America because of government
intervention into the medical marketplace.
Health care costs can only be radically reduced by an equally radical reduction
of government regulations and subsidies.
Just as health care costs will be radically reduced, both the availability and
the quality of health care will be radically increased by such a reduction of
this, here are:
Ten Specific Legislative Means By Which Health
Freedom Can Be Achieved
One: Open Enrollments in Medical Schools.
many times have you sought medical care and your doctor turned out to be from
Bangladesh? He or she may be quite competent, but nonetheless, there is a
critical shortage of American medical practitioners, which Obamacare is grossly
American Medical Association (AMA) colludes with State Medical Boards
throughout the 50 states to severely limit the number of medical and nursing
schools, class size, number of teachers, and number of admitted students.
year, tens of thousands of qualified students are unable to get into medical or
nursing school because of these artificial restrictions. There are an
estimated 10 to 20 qualified applicants for every vacancy available in U.S.
medical schools. Despite a chronic shortage of nurses, most nursing schools
have a two to three year waiting period for admittance.
instructive question to ask in this regard is: Why is there no shortage
answer is that chiropractors do not have a medieval guild which has the
political power to restrict entry into their profession. Chiropractor
colleges accept virtually all qualified applicants. Those who can’t complete
the curriculum or pass the licensing exams are weeded out. The number of
chiropractors is controlled by the market — not by a medieval guild like the
freedom legislation would terminate the AMA’s monopoly over the medical
profession, allow open enrollment at current medical schools, and the
construction of as many new medical schools as the market will bear.
and testing must, of course, remain strict and reliable. But as the
number of physicians and nurses rises, competition between them for patients
will concomitantly increase, and thus their fees and salaries will go down with
the law of supply and demand.
also applies to the cost of a medical education in the first place: it
will decrease as the number of students and new schools increases.
health freedom legislation would end the AMA’s guildification of medical
things done by doctors can be done by physicians’ assistants, most things done
by them can in turn be done by registered nurses, and them in turn by nurse
practitioners. You don’t need a Ferrari racing mechanic to fix a
Toyota. You need free market medicine with several layers of medical
Two: Reduce Hospital Administrative Costs
an average stay in a hospital, fifty to seventy-five percent of the charges are
due to administrative costs.
primary cause of exorbitant administrative hospital costs is the requirements
of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (“Joint Commission” or JCHAO), a
collusion of bureaucratic health care organizations and government
regulators. JCAHO imposes such a morass of regulations that hospital
administrators must focus their efforts on “compliance” with JCAHO
requirements, rather than on the welfare of their patients.
not every patient needs to stay in a tertiary-care hi-tech hospital, replete
with MRI and CT scanners, with a capability for coronary by-pass and heart
transplant surgery. Some patients merely need a few days of IV
antibiotics and rehydration, along with TLC observation. This could be
provided by a small low-tech hospital or overnight clinic.
the JCAHO requirements, which set the standards of hospital compliance, do not
differentiate between large and small hospitals. All must meet the same
excessive criteria necessitating huge administrative costs, making low-tech
hospitals economically impossible.
example, computer system/recording needs are not the same for small vs. large
hospitals, yet ObamaCare forces all, big or small, to buy big expensive
Freedom legislation would eliminate “one-size-fits-all” JCAHO hospital
compliance standards, allowing the operation of “low-tech” small hospitals with
minimal administrative overhead.
Eliminate State Mandates and Regulatory Barriers on Health Insurance
primary reason for the high cost of health insurance today is the monumental
number of required benefits health insurance policies must provide imposed by
state regulators. Today there are over one thousand mandates on
everything from hairpieces to marriage counseling. As a result, insurers
are legally prohibited from supplying low-cost basic health insurance.
Freedom Legislation would allow insurers to offer low-cost, basic health
insurance policies with no state mandated benefits whatever.
legislation, according to a number of studies, would reduce health insurance
policy cost by twenty percent or more. Needless to say, Obamacare
nationalizes the problem and makes it far worse – requiring, e.g., that all
policies must include abortion coverage.
major cause of high health insurance costs is the regulatory barriers
inhibiting small businesses from forming risk pools. Two-thirds of all
employed but uninsured workers are either self-employed or work for firms with
fewer than 100 employees, and cannot afford individual or small group policies.
Freedom Legislation would eliminate all regulatory barriers such as business
commonality and geographic proximity requirements to small businesses from
freely combining into common insurance risk pools. It would further allow
non-business organizations – churches, unions, or any group of people formed
for whatever reason – to form similar pools for their members.
“small market” reform would make health insurance dramatically more affordable
to millions of Americans. Such reform will be bitterly opposed by the
large major insurance companies, because it would result in competition from
deregulated small insurance companies. This opposition must be
Four: Give Health Care Providers A Tax Credit For Charity Work
of the major sources of the “health care crisis” necessitating Obamacare, its
advocates say, is the tens of millions of uninsured Americans who cannot afford
medical care. They are regarded by the medical industry as “non-payers”
to be “turfed” to the county hospital and receive minimal treatment.
quality of their medical care would be very different if they were looked upon
not as a liability, but as a tax credit.
Freedom legislation would allow health care providers — physicians, nurses,
medical technicians, pharmacies, and hospitals — to deduct from their personal
or corporate income taxes an appreciable amount of the income they would have
derived if their charity patients paid the normal fees.
legislation would result in physicians, hospitals, and other health care
providers fighting among themselves to provide free (to charity patients), tax
deductible (to them) health care.
an incentive to provide free care would dramatically reduce Medicaid and
Medicare costs — more than compensating for loss of income tax
revenues. The ultimate savings to the taxpayers would be astronomical.
Restore the 100% Deductibility of Health Care Expenses
most of this century, individuals were not taxed on the money they spent on
health care. When Congress eliminated the tax deductibility of most
medical expenses, it made medical care and health insurance prohibitively
expensive for individuals to pay for on their own.
a result, employer-provided health care and insurance – the costs of which
corporations can deduct and does not count as income to the employee – is the
only option for workers. For them, their choice is restricted to whatever
plan(s) the employer offers, and they lose their coverage once they quit or are
fired. For those millions of workers who can’t get employer-provided
insurance, they simply must do without.
solution is 100% deducibility for medical expenses. One Congressman
consulted for this report estimates that “this one simple reform will enable
as many as 15 million Americans who cannot now afford it to gain access to
healthcare and health insurance.”
measure would greatly expand the health insurance risk pool, enabling insurers
to offer more options and coverages while reducing premiums. Further, the
Congressman observes, it would “dramatically increase marketplace competition
for healthcare and health insurance, as perhaps 100 million more people enter
the market to shop for the best among all available services and insurance
Freedom legislation would broaden the category of deductible medical expenses
to include alternative and preventive health care. Traditional
establishment medicine is limited primarily to medication, surgery, and medical
devices. It should more properly be called “disease care.” Genuine health
care would have its primary focus on prevention of illness and health
maintenance, and subsequent focus upon intervention to restore health.
therapies as acupuncture, nutritional and herbal supplementation, EDTA
chelation, and applied kinesiology have this primary focus. Surely, the
absolute best way to reduce health care costs is for people not to get sick in
the first place.
Freedom legislation would grant 100% tax deductibility to individual tax payers
for all healthcare expenses, including health insurance, and medical,
pharmaceutical, and alternative/preventative expenses. It would further
encourage insurers to include alternative/preventative therapies in their
Freedom Legislation would also create tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts
(MSAs, or Medical IRAs), allowing individuals to set aside tax-free up to
$3,000 per year for medical expenses.
addition, Health Freedom Legislation would make health insurance portable,
through minor changes in existing COBRA legislation, by allowing workers
between jobs to pay (tax-deductible) premiums directly to the insurer.
employees feel trapped in their jobs today because they cannot afford to lose
their employer-provided medical coverage. These proposals would liberate
them to seek their own coverage, give them the option of taking their coverage
with them after they leave their job, and provide them with tax incentives for
life-long savings for their health care needs.
Reduce Malpractice Insurance Costs
insurance costs are a major source of higher health care expenses. The
insurance premiums have skyrocketed due to multi-million dollar awards made for
“pain and suffering,” which are orders of magnitude beyond the plaintiff’s
Freedom legislation would eliminate “pain and suffering” malpractice settlements;
limit malpractice settlements to all costs of the patient’s malpractice-related
medical bills; and limit payment to patient attorneys to normal fees,
prohibiting attorney commissions of a substantial percentage of the total
legislation would cause a drastic reduction of malpractice premiums, enabling
doctors and other health care providers to lower fees. (Remember that the
increase in competition via proposal #1 above gives the incentive to do so.)
addition, physicians should be legally enabled to forego buying malpractice
insurance at all, supplanting it with:legally-binding liability
waivers and agreements with their patients to purchase their own malpractice
insurance. If the physician performed malpractice, the patient’s own
insurance company would pay him.
Repeal the Kefauver Amendment
to 1962, for a pharmaceutical company to gain FDA approval for a new drug, it
had to prove that the drug was safe. But in the wake of the Thalidomide
scare, the Kefauver Amendment was passed, requiring that a new drug, to gain
FDA approval, must be proven not only safe but effective in curing or
ameliorating a specific disease.
a drug’s safety is not that difficult or costly. It is proving its
effectivity that is primarily responsible for the current situation: it
now costs an average of over $800 million, takes up to twelve years and
requires an average of 40,000 pages of documentation to get one new drug
approved by the FDA.
primarily public concern should, appropriately, be with the safety of given
medication. But the individual patient, in consultation with his doctor
or health professional, should be the judge of whether the medication is
working out or not.
Freedom legislation would repeal the Kefauver Amendment, making proof of a
drug’s safety only requirement for FDA approval.
legislative act could more contribute to reducing pharmaceutical costs than
the Kefauver Amendment is the primary bottleneck in the flow of medicinal progress.
It creates an enormous logjam delaying for years getting new drugs on the
market which could have been saying countless lives during those years.
It creates such impossible expenses and regulatory disincentives that many
promising drugs are never developed at all.
no single legislative act could save more lives and contribute more to the
health of Americans that the repeal of the Kefauver Amendment.
Realize, though, that the phony-crony corporatists of Big Pharma will
fanatically oppose this. Reduced costs of drug approval opens the door to
Allow Truthful Health Claims for Nutritional Supplements
there is one legislative act that could compete with the repeal of the Kefauver
Amendment in saving lives and reducing health care costs, it is this.
evidence that such nutrients as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and selenium can
radically reduce the incidence of heart disease and cancer – the two diseases
which cause more deaths and are responsible for more health care spending than
anything else – is simply overwhelming.
the FDA has — let it be stated candidly — a perverse bias against nutritional
supplements. The “knife-and-fork” mythology prevails: that “you can
get all the nutrients you need from a well-balanced diet.” Getting three
grams of Vitamin C daily (the optimal amount for reducing risk of heart disease
and cancer) from oranges would require eating sixty oranges a day – and be far
more expensive than taking one or two capsules. (Not to mention the diabetes
risk from so much sugar in the oranges.)
FDA enforces this bias by threatening a nutrient manufacturer who supplies
information about the health value of his products with prosecution if he does
so without FDA’s express approval. No matter how truthful and supported
by scientific evidence are the health claims, the FDA will attempt to fine or
imprison the manufacturer for making an “unapproved health claim.”
policy is such an egregiously clear violation of the First Amendment protection
of free speech that in January 1999, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court in Pearson v. Shalala
determined that FDA regulations regarding unapproved health claims for certain
nutrients was a violation of the First Amendment.
FDA’s implementation of the ruling has been slow and obstructive ever
since. Thus to this day it has managed to prevent widespread dissemination
through nutritional advertising of how 400 i.u. of E and 2,000 mgs. of C per
day via supplements can reduce one’s chances of heart disease or cancer by over
40% — which would save hundreds of thousands of lives and save billions of dollars
in health care costs each year.
is just one example with two nutrients. The savings in lives and money
applied to all nutrients is far greater.
Freedom legislation would, therefore, force the FDA to abide by Pearson v.
Shalala, and prohibit the FDA from threatening any nutritional
or medicinal manufacturer or supplier for making an “unapproved health claim”
if that claim is truthful and non-misleading.
FDA’s latest attack on the nutrition industry is to require the same “good
manufacturing practices” (GMP) requirements as for pharmaceutical
companies. The purpose is to make it too expensive to produce
supplements. The solution is to replace GMPs entirely with purity
standards. All that should matter is the purity of the supplement or
pharmaceutical, however that purity is achieved.
Remove Government Restrictions Regarding the Importation of Foreign Drugs.
not widely known, it is currently legal for an individual to import a
“reasonable” amount (e.g., a three-month supply) of a medication for personal
use. Yet it remains illegal to promote or profit from such importation.
Americans are consequently unaware of their drug importation rights and do not
know how to obtain medication overseas. Further, those who do are
frequently harassed by the Postal service, DEA, FDA, and Customs.
Freedom legislation would allow the promotion of and profit from importation of
foreign pharmaceuticals. It is important to note that most medications
sold in the U.S. are sold overseas for pennies on the dollar over the U.S.
price. These medications are manufactured by foreign divisions of the
same companies that make them here in the U.S.
often, in fact, many medications sold in the U.S. are actually re-labeled
Allow the Purchase of Non-Controlled Medications Without Prescriptions
American visiting a pharmacy overseas, say in Europe, for the first time, is
astounded to discover that the medications he needs cost a fraction of their
U.S. cost – and that he can purchase them over the counter without a
prescription. Medications requiring a doctor’s prescription is the
exception, not the rule, in most countries in the world.
incidence of adverse drug reactions is no higher in these countries than in the
U.S. Nor is medication abuse. What is different is that in America,
you must schedule an appointment with a doctor, take the time to see him, pay
him $40 to $75 for an office visit, so that you can get a prescription.
because you can only get the medication needed by prescription, the
pharmaceutical company may charge much more money for it.
Over-the-counter medications usually cost much less than prescription
Freedom legislation would allow all non-controlled, non-addictive medicationsto be purchased over the counter without a prescription.
reducing unnecessary doctor visits, and reducing prescriptions prices to
over-the-counter price, would greatly contribute to lowering health care costs.
programs and regulations are not the solution to health care problems.
They are the cause of the problems in the first place.
by offering a genuine alternative to Obamacare can the threat it poses to
America’s health care system be removed.
by offering genuine free market solutions can America’s health care system be
improved and be made affordable.
is carpe diem time for President Trump, the Freedom Caucus, and
Republicans. The Ryancare Debacle is giving them a priceless opportunity
to live up to their professed free market principles and provide an alternative
that really will work as opposed to the Democrat Disaster.
choice must be made clear: Health Freedom that can succeed as advocated
by Republicans, or Phony-Crony Corporatist Health Fascism that is now a proven
pathetic failure advocated by Democrats.
choice and the issue really is and must be between freedom and fascism.
In Part One of this article, I analyzed the similarities of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy to Strauss & Howe’s Fourth Turning, trying to assess how Donald Trump’s ascension to power fits into the theories put forth by those authors. In Part Two of this article, I compared and contrasted Donald Trump’s rise to power to the rise of The Mule in Asimov’s masterpiece. Unusually gifted individuals come along once in a lifetime to disrupt the plans of the existing social order. Despite the forlorn hope Donald Trump or some other savior can reverse our course, decades of missteps, dreadful decisions, ineffectual leadership, and unconcealed treachery have paved a path to destruction for the American Empire.
American Empire Crumbling
“Mr. Advocate, the rotten tree-trunk, until the very moment when the storm-blast breaks it in two, has all the appearance of might it ever had. The storm-blast whistles through the branches of the Empire even now. Listen with the ears of psychohistory, and you will hear the creaking.” – Isaac Asimov, Foundation
“Now any dogma, based primarily on faith and emotionalism, is a dangerous weapon to use on others since it is almost impossible to guarantee that the weapon will never be turned on the user.” – Isaac Asimov, Foundation
The elitist ruling class gathers at Davos and their secretive Bilderberg meetings to plot the course of the world, divvying up the vast wealth plundered through their globalization schemes, and developing the newest propaganda narrative to keep the global masses confused, distracted, and powerless to fight back. Despite their wealth and power, an epic level of hubris is always their undoing.
The normal people have begun to fight back but, like the rotten tree trunk Galactic Empire, the “mighty” American Empire, forged from the debris of two world wars, awaits the storm blast which will expose its true level of rot. The American Empire is crumbling under the weight of military overreach; the burden of unpayable debts; currency debasement; cultural decay; civic degeneration; diversity and deviancy trumping common culture and normality; pervasive corruption at every level of government; and the failure of shortsighted leaders to deal with the real problems.
You can hear the creaking as the winds of this Fourth Turning winter howl through the branches of this dying empire. Trump may have forced the Deep State Second Foundation to reveal itself as they seek to destroy him, but the relentless decline of the American Empire continues unabated. Tinkering around the edges of a healthcare system designed to benefit mega-corporations and the Deep State will do nothing to reverse or even delay the decline.
Slowing the growth of government when the national debt is already $20 trillion and headed to $30 trillion within the next decade won’t cure the rot in our tree trunk. Completely ignoring the $200 trillion of unfunded welfare state liabilities helps accelerate the inevitable collapse of this empire. Cutting taxes while expanding the war making machine known as the military industrial complex does nothing to reverse what is already in motion.
In addition to the absolutely quantifiable reasons why the American Empire will collapse, there are demographic, cultural, and societal trends which will contribute dramatically to the fall. The rapidly aging populace, with 10,000 Americans per day turning 65 years old, is the driving force towards national bankruptcy, as this inexorable demographic tsunami sweeps over the fraying fabric of welfare state promises.
The onslaught of illegal immigrants and purposeful execution of a plan by the effete liberal elite to weaken our common American culture through the insertion of Muslim refugees into our communities is undermining the shared values which built the country. The immigrants who built this country assimilated, learned the language, worked hard and adopted our common culture. The hordes invading America at this time hate our values and refuse to assimilate. This Soros-funded effort to create diversity havoc throughout the world is part of the globalization one world order plan.
As Europe disintegrates under the unrelenting wave of violent refugees creating upheaval, chaos, and spreading religious zealotry through viciousness, the next target is the mighty American Empire. Fighting in the streets between the normal law abiding Trump supporters and the Soros-funded, draped in black, flag burning, social justice warrior criminals has begun. Widespread societal strife is just around the corner.
When the next financial crisis, created by the Deep State to further their plans, destroys the remaining wealth of the barely surviving middle class, all hell will break loose in the streets. The 86% of the country occupied by the red state, gun owning, Trump supporters will openly go to war against the condescending, left wing, violence provoking blue state liberals. Blood will be spilled in copious amounts. It always does during Fourth Turnings.
Will Trump’s reign resemble the reign of The Mule? The Mule’s conquest was astonishingly fast. He defeated the Foundation and established the Union of Worlds after only five years. The unpredictability of his arrival and rare mental talents befuddled the Foundation. Then he inexplicably paused in his campaign of conquests. Instead, he launched repeated expeditions in search of the Second Foundation. The mysterious Second Foundation inhibits The Mule from further conquest as he is consumed with finding their location and paralyzed with fear they can defeat his mental powers.
The Second Foundation comes briefly out of hiding to face the threat of The Mule. It is revealed to be an assemblage of the most intelligent humans in the galaxy, descendants of Seldon’s psychohistorians. Using the force of its strongest minds, the Second Foundation ultimately wears down the Mule. They succeed in defeating the Mule, transforming him into a relatively harmless individual, lacking ambition, and no longer a threat to the Seldon Plan. His destructive posture is adjusted to a benign one. He returns to rule over his kingdom peacefully for the rest of his life, without any further thought of conquering the Second Foundation.
Trump has had an astonishingly fast rise to power. He went from frivolous reality TV star to the most powerful leader on earth in the space of two years. With his clownish exploits and rhetoric, he rose to power through being underestimated every step of the way – infuriating his many enemies who miscalculated his level of political savvy and persuasion skills. Unless he is overthrown by the Deep State or killed, he will be able to put his imprint on the nation for at least four years and possibly eight.
His first two months in power will likely reflect his entire presidency. The Washington establishment and sinister Deep State players will attempt to thwart Trump’s every move. They have already impeded his immigration controls and attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare while using their illegal surveillance state techniques to undermine his administration.
The Second Foundation, through unyielding pressure and generating fear of the unknown into the mind of The Mule, was able to undermine his plans of conquest and turn him into a non-disruptive, toothless, non-threatening, passive figurehead. As Trump’s best-laid plans are obstructed, agenda foiled, and legislation hindered, will his enthusiasm for governance wane?
The surveillance agencies who are supposed to act on his behalf are clearly trying to subvert his presidency. Leaks and fake news designed to sabotage the credibility of Trump and his administration will continue. Will the fear of retribution from mysterious surveillance state operatives convince Trump to fall into line and become a submissive lackey, no longer making waves for the Deep State?
I have no illusions Trump is some sort of savior who will reverse decades of political corruption, currency debasement, financial market rigging, global military missteps, cultural decay, pervasive entitlement mindset, and out of control espionage operatives. At best, he willThe Fourth Turning: An...William Strauss, Neil ...Best Price: $7.72Buy New $9.81 slow some aspects of the decline over a short time frame. More likely, he will provoke his enemies to such an extent the decline will be accelerated due to civil and/or global war breaking out. The oncoming financial collapse will further push the country toward the brink. It’s not a matter of if, but when. And the when is closer than most people imagine.
The seeds of destruction for the American Empire were planted as Ben Franklin departed the Constitutional Convention two hundred and thirty years ago responding to a question from Mrs. Powell that they had given the people a republic if they could keep it. The seeds were slow to take root, but the transition from republic to democracy insured long-term decline as the people voted for more benefits, paid for by their fellow citizens and financed by debt.
With the secretive creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve in 1913, the debasement of our currency was begun. The true birth of the American Empire occurred with the surrender of Germany & Japan at the conclusion of World War II. As the only major power not in physical and economic shambles, America dominated the world until its hubris kicked in during the late 1960s with the birth of the welfare/warfare state financed by debt. Closure of the gold window in 1971 sealed our fate.
We’ve crossed our Rubicon with the preservation and expansion of empire bankrupting the nation. We just refuse to admit it. It’s already a done deal. The default is baked in the cake. It’s happened to the Greeks, Romans, Spanish, Dutch, British, and many other civilizations throughout history. The path to destruction is always the same because the actions of humans in large numbers are entirely predictable. The American Empire has exploited all of the productive people, leaving nothing left to invest in the future. Investment by corporate America today constitutes greedy CEOs buying back their stock to boost earnings per share and share price in order to earn multi-million dollar bonuses.
The globalization scam was the last dying gasp to exploit the dwindling resources of the planet and the people. There is nothing left to fund the bread and circuses keeping the ignorant masses distracted, amused, and fed. The monetary machinations of the Federal Reserve have reached their limit. Economic crisis is inevitable before this Fourth Turning runs its course.
The economic meltdown will likely result in the final breakup of the American empire. The best-laid plans of Deep State billionaire intellectuals will be for naught. The law of large numbers will win again. All empires eventually die, and life will go on unless the psychopaths controlling this country blow the planet up rather than relinquish their wealth and power. Is history already written or do we as individuals have a say?
“But Empire building also bears the seeds of its own destruction. The closer a state comes to the ultimate goal of world domination and one-world government, the less reason is there to maintain its internal liberalism and do instead what all states are inclined to do anyway, i.e., to crack down and increase their exploitation of whatever productive people are still left.
Consequently, with no additional tributaries available and domestic productivity stagnating or falling, the Empire’s internal policies of bread and circuses can no longer be maintained. Economic crisis hits, and an impending economic meltdown will stimulate decentralizing tendencies, separatist and secessionist movements, and lead to the break-up of Empire. We have seen this happen with Great Britain, and we are seeing it now, with the US and its Empire apparently on its last leg.” – Hans-Hermann Hoppe