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GOP foolish to think ObamaCare is fixable

By Betsy McCaughey

April 30, 2014 | 10:37pm

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the No. 4 House Republican, is walking back comments attributed to her that ObamaCare can’t be repealed. But she’s not the only one suggesting Congress merely make changes within the framework of the health law. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the goal is to get the law “fixed.” It seems many GOP lawmakers still haven’t read the law, or they’d know the framework is corrupt.

Even Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speculated Friday that repeal is unlikely because it will be “difficult to turn the clock back.”

Nonsense. Even by the most inflated administration claims, some 8 million people have signed up for exchange plans, out of a nation of 318 million. ObamaCare is repealable, and should be replaced with a plan to cover the uninsured and reduce costs.

ObamaCare’s authors paid lip service to these goals but had an ulterior motive: forging a permanent Democratic majority. The law creates a huge infrastructure for enrolling millions of people not just in insurance but also for food stamps, housing assistance and other welfare programs — and registering them to vote.

Here are the pillars of this corrupt scheme. None of the minor fixes Republicans are discussing comes even close to sweeping away this corruption.

Navigators and assisters: Instead of government employees promoting ObamaCare and enrolling the uninsured, the law (Sec. 1311) reserves these jobs for community activists, unions, community health centers and other not-for-profits. Players include the NAACP, Planned Parenthood and Service Employees International Union. Hiring these groups is a way to fund the Democratic Party’s shadow army between elections.

Assisters sign up the uninsured for non-health benefits and register them to vote. The National Association of Community Health Centers identifies voter registration as a key part of its mission.

The whole scheme recalls the days of Tammany Hall, when local ward bosses got the poor and newly arrived whatever they needed, in exchange for their votes. ObamaCare institutionalizes this corrupt model and pays for it with your premiums.

Bailouts for insurers: ObamaCare rules make it impossible for insurers to offer “affordable” plans and still cover their costs. The premiums have to cover a long list of mandatory benefits as well as $100 billion in taxes on insurers over the decade. Insurers also have to cover seriously ill people for the same price as healthy people. Every state that tried this “community rating” scheme has seen premiums soar, as the healthy stop buying the plans.

To make ObamaCare seem affordable, the law includes a bailout (Sec. 1342). It encourages insurers to price plans below cost, with the assurance that taxpayer money will make them whole for most losses at year’s end. In short, John Q. Public is paying to make a law look affordable that isn’t. Worse, in January, the Obama administration sweetened the bailout terms, though only Congress has the legal authority to do so.

The big lie that this law is paid for. Reductions in future Medicare spending pay for over half the law, including a staggering 27 percent cut in payments to Medicare Advantage plans. That’s on paper. But the administration is postponing the Medicare Advantage cuts to dodge angry seniors.

Also postponed is the employer mandate, which requires workplaces with 50 or more full-time employees to provide a costly package of benefits. In anticipation of that mandate, employers are holding their workforces below 50 or cutting hours below the law’s zany 30-hour-a-week definition of full time. In the first seven months of 2013, an astounding 77 percent of hires were part time.

With the employer mandate, the economy cannot recover. Without it, millions more will need taxpayer-funded coverage and ObamaCare collapses.

So much for the false sales pitch that ObamaCare is paid for and repealing it would increase the deficit.

Attention, Republicans: Repeal this “stinkburger” and replace it with a health-insurance safety net built on compassion, not lies.

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Re: GOP foolish to think ObamaCare is fixable By Betsy McCaughey
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014, 09:13:46 AM »
Government never downsizes.

Obamacare is a tool that facilitates government growth.

Obamacare was a tool for one Party to seize control, and now it has become a tool for the other Party to take control back.

It is too effective a tool for either Party to discard.

Obamacare is here to stay.

Government never downsizes.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2014, 09:14:18 AM by Luis Gonzalez »
“[Euthanasia] is what any State medical service has sooner or later got to face. If you are going to be kept alive in institutions run by and paid for by the State, you must accept the State’s right to economize when necessary …” The Ministry of Fear by Graham Green (New York: Penguin Books [1943] 2005, p. 165).

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Re: GOP foolish to think ObamaCare is fixable By Betsy McCaughey
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2014, 09:22:15 AM »
Government never downsizes.

Obamacare is a tool that facilitates government growth.

Obamacare was a tool for one Party to seize control, and now it has become a tool for the other Party to take control back.

It is too effective a tool for either Party to discard.

Obamacare is here to stay.

Government never downsizes.

There is a first time for everything Luis! And there is no better time than NOW!

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Re: GOP foolish to think ObamaCare is fixable By Betsy McCaughey
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014, 09:29:20 AM »
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Obamacare was a tool for one Party to seize control, and now it has become a tool for the other Party to take control back.

Very true.  The problem the GOP will have in trying to do that is that while a majority of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, few want it repealed.  Most want to see it improved, and the challenge for candidates this fall is how to do that.  Calling for repeal is easy, but likely won't get too many votes.  Calling for fixing it means some specifics.  It's not unlike a few other issues facing the GOP this year.
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Re: GOP foolish to think ObamaCare is fixable By Betsy McCaughey
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 09:42:46 AM »
There is a first time for everything Luis! And there is no better time than NOW!

That's true.

Sooner or later I'll be able to keep my eyes open when I sneeze.

I'll take your advice and make that happen today.

If you don't see me posting for a while, it's because I'll be busy trying to reinsert my eyeballs back into their sockets.
“[Euthanasia] is what any State medical service has sooner or later got to face. If you are going to be kept alive in institutions run by and paid for by the State, you must accept the State’s right to economize when necessary …” The Ministry of Fear by Graham Green (New York: Penguin Books [1943] 2005, p. 165).

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Re: GOP foolish to think ObamaCare is fixable By Betsy McCaughey
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 09:50:44 AM »
Government never downsizes.

Obamacare is a tool that facilitates government growth.

Obamacare was a tool for one Party to seize control, and now it has become a tool for the other Party to take control back.

It is too effective a tool for either Party to discard.

Obamacare is here to stay.

Government never downsizes.

Additionally, Americans think they have "something" with obamacare. Now that they have it, they will be quite angry if it is taken away. The media will tell them how the public is being abused, fan the flames with more stories about the paradise that is Cuba with their marvelous healthcare system, and the reaction will not be good for whoever is behind repealing obamacare.

Bottom line is that I agree with you whole heartedly.

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Re: GOP foolish to think ObamaCare is fixable By Betsy McCaughey
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 10:10:28 AM »
That's true.

Sooner or later I'll be able to keep my eyes open when I sneeze.

I'll take your advice and make that happen today.

If you don't see me posting for a while, it's because I'll be busy trying to reinsert my eyeballs back into their sockets.

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